Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Soon to be on its way...
Remember last week, we got such a deal on a tricycle for Hannah? Well, Mommy just earned $5 toward this cute little flower basket to put on it! So she has $15 now and as soon as her earnings post, this little basket will be on its way! And Ellie is going to get Hannah her streamers and bell. Yeah! So what's next on Mommy's Swagbucks list? Well, she's going to get us the Advent Storybook and Calendar to do this upcoming Christmas season. She wanted one last year and now with Swagbucks, it will be easy to snag! Then of course, after that purchase, it will be time to save up for a Christmas present or two! Thanks Swagbucks!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
It's time I get a little recognition around here for what I've been learning. You see, while you see all those cute videos of Hannah, I'm right there, it's just Mommy doesn't include me. So, while I have to endure the countless letter/sound reviews, memory verses, and songs I figured I might as well make the most of it. I'm really good at the letter B sound. My favorite, however, is the letter C. In fact, I love it so much that I point to where Mommy hangs the letters and say "cah, cah, cah." And while you see me mess up a couple of times, please note my recognition of that error as I shake my head...that's me saying "no, that isn't right. I realize that...but really I have no interest in playing this silly game."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here I am saying my Bible verses. I have also taken on a teaching role as I have reminded Grant "children, obey your parents," when he throws his fits in his booster seat. However, he hasn't taken it to heart as well as I have yet. He's young. He'll catch on.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Some of you may know that Gwant and I attend the library twice a week for our "classes." I'm sure many of you recognize us from our debut in the Henry Herald. My favorite part of going to the library is singing the songs. My class begins each week with the wonderful, "Zippity Doo Dah." What could be a better start to the day? We pretend to have a bird on our shoulder and we do lots of other fantastic hand motions. So, I decided to sing you a bar from this song. However, it seems I can't get all the words in the right order, but you'll get the idea. And, Mr. Scott, if you're reading this, I even have a special shout out for you in the middle of my presentation. You were on my mind and I wanted to make sure you knew. Enjoy!
Friday, August 14, 2009
And what little girl wouldn't enjoy some streamers flowing in the wind as she rides along the way.
Okay, you all know how I love a good deal! And, also, how I've been trading in my Swagbucks points for Amazon gift cards. Well, I went hunting at Amazon to look at the trikes just to see if there were any good deals. And did I find one! This baby pictured above is on clearance! It's on sale for $27 ($37 with shipping). That's 61% off the original price. Well, it wasn't what I had picked out originally and it isn't a Radio Flyer. But, I read the reviews and it consistently got 4/5 to 5/5 stars. Not bad! Then Amazon, being the good sellers they are, mentioned how that cute little basket would go so nicely with this trike. I fell in love with it and knew little Hannah would too! So then I thought, well, if they sell baskets, do they sell streamers and bells (that was really why I liked the one I have always pictured. And sure enough they do! So, after doing the math I discoverd that purchasing the basket, streamers, and bell plus shipping in addition to this bike would still be cheaper than the trike I had originally picked out! Yahoo! So, today, I went ahead an purchased this tricycle (just in case it sold out) with my Swagbucks...right now $35 of my Swagbucks have been credited to my account...$10 is still in the works. So, I got this trike for $2.61! Then, with my remaining Swagbucks I'll knock off the basket, then the streamers, then the bell. Yay! I just love a good deal!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
When John and I found out we were pregnant with Hannah, we both knew I would stay at home. It's what we both wanted. It's funny how people responded to that at the school I worked at. Some people said, "Wow, what does your husband do?" or "That must be so nice. I wish I could do that." It's only been through the Lord's gracious provision over the past three years, we've made it work. But the response that really threw me for a loop was, "Now, all you have to do is make sure dinner is in the oven on time." Really? Is that what people think stay at home moms do? Make sure the meal is in the oven for the hubby? The rest is just a bowl full of cherries? Somehow, I don't think that is the case...at least it wasn't in my house growing up. My mom worked hard from sun up to sun down.
As I filter my days through that comment. I laugh. I laugh at what my days look like as a stay at home mom. And while dinner is usually "in the oven" for when John comes home, that's about the only guarantee to my day. My days aren't organized. I thought they would be as I stayed at home. I also thought my house would be super clean...the cleanest it's ever been. It's actually the opposite, the dirtiest and messiest it's ever been. How in the world did it get like this? Then I think back to two days ago, a very typical day in my home, and I think, "oh yeah, that's how." It went something like this:
Hannah, Grant, and I start our day as usual, eating breakfast. Afterwards, I clean them up and let them play. I clean up the kitchen. Of course, the dishwasher needs emptied because I will have no place to put the dirty dishes (that's one pet peeve I'm thankful for, I HATE dirty dishes in the sink...my only helpful pet peeve). So, I empty the dishwasher. Then, go to put the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. Of course, where Grant ate there's an army of slop covering the floor...so, I pull out my Swivel Sweeper to clean up the mess (note I'm not technically cleaning...it's just a quick once over on this particular gummy spot). Then, I smell something. And it's not pancakes. It's Grant. His normal morning poop has arrived. I wait a couple of more minutes to change it while I finish tidying up the kitchen. This is not my best idea. Grant is only in a diaper...in an exposed diaper, sitting on the CARPET. So as I go to change him, my fear becomes reality. I spot POOP on my carpet. I change his diaper. Then, I pull out my Little Green carpet cleaner to clean up his poop. After I clean that spot I notice about 100 (okay more like 10) other spots that need to be treated. So, I start carpet cleaning. And then, oh yeah, there's that major spit up cascading down the back of our couch. It's been there for awhile. Because you see, Grant stopped spitting up several months ago. So, I clean the couch. In the meantime, Hannah and Grant have to do something so they're playing with a gazillion toys at my feet. And after the carpet and couch are spot cleaned, something else, most likely unexpected, comes along that requires my attention. In the meantime as my attention is directed there I've got a little squirt working against me in another area. And so the day goes. As one problem is tackled, another one is guaranteed to always be created. I'm like a falling leaf being directed by the ever changing wind. I go in with a "plan", but inevitably something comes up that takes me in a new direction.
Being a stay at home mom, at least for me, I don't quite know where my day is going to take me. Had I planned to spot treat my floor and couch that day? No. Did I plan to use my MacGuyver-like skills to help my daughter who locked herself in the bathroom? Nope. (Okay, really, I WISH I had MacGuyver-like skills, props really go to my husband whom I called who explained where the special key was to unlock it...a girl can imagine though). But that's okay. It's life. And while my house may not be emmaculate or my plans fully followed through, I get to spend my day doing what I love, investing in my kids. . . oh yeah, and there's always that guarantee of a dinner waiting in the oven.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
As usual, let me explain how Swagbucks works. You just use Swagbucks to search the web instead of Google or another search engine. Then, every few searches you when Swagbucks. After so many Swagbucks you get, you can trade them in for great prizes...all of you know by now our favorite is the $5 Amazon gift card. Those cost 45 Swagbucks. The best part is when people sign up under you...you get their points too right along with them! And we would like to take this time to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all our friends who've signed up under us and are searching! You've been a HUGE help in getting us these great deals! Thank you, thank you, thank you! And if you haven't signed up yet, you should! Just click on the button below to get started!!
Anybody else gotten some neat toys with their Swagbucks??