Friday, April 30, 2010

Missing In Action

Yep, that’s me!!  I’m MIA right now, but I’m hoping to be back VERY soon.  Life is a bit overwhelming at the moment.  A ‘good’ overwhelming, but overwhelming none the less. 

Life is busy with dance at the moment.  It’s the end of the competitive year and beginning of a very busy recital season. 

Logan’s back home with us (home from public school)!  Praise the Lord for answered prayers.  But, his course load is very overwhelming to me at the moment.  I’m trying to get all of his lessons entered into my homeschool tracker, and then I will feel like I can relax about that! 

Also, I am in training with my new job, and there’s lots to learn.  Who knew!?!  I’m learning new things about Disney every day, but it’s very time-consuming at the moment. 

In order to accomplish the above tasks and still feed my kids dinner, I have to let my blog sit ‘idle’ for a few more days – maybe even another week or two.  But, when I come back I’ll have LOTS of good stuff to catch you up on!  Hope you’re having a great spring so far!!  Be back soon!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Upcoming Review for CSN Stores

I am excited to tell you guys about the awesome bookcase I am receiving from CSN stores. While browsing there many websites, I was surprised by the vast number of products you can purchase from the comfort of your own home.  Search for products ranging from children’s furniture to baby supplies to entertainment centers

Sling Book Shelf in Natural

When I saw this bookcase, I knew it would be perfect for our school room.  What a great way to display our themed books.  I even got to personalize it with “Let’s Read!”  Right now, I have three book baskets around the room – one for each kiddo. This bookcase will allow me to consolidate all the books into one central location.  I can’t wait to receive it and share with you what I think! 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Timely Post

I am writing this post from a hotel room in Bentonville, AR.  This weekend, Emma had a dance competition in Oklahoma City, OK.  So, we drove to OKC Saturday and spent the night.  Matt had a business meeting in Bentonville Monday and Tuesday, so we decided to tag along.  On this trip I have noticed some extremely aggravating not so pleasant traits in my lovely children.  One such trait is the “I can’t” trait.  I can’t open this.  I can’t find that.  I can’t. I can’t.  I can’t.  What it really boils down to is ‘I don’t want to put forth the effort to accomplish this task on my own’.  And, I, as the Mommy, have been far to eager to problem solve for them on the little things like this.

For example, as we were packing up this morning to head from OKC to AR, I told one of my children to go get their swimsuit from the bathroom.  I did not give any instructions on where in the bathroom it was.  But, if you’ve ever stayed in a hotel, you know the bathrooms really aren’t that big.  It was in plain sight.  He walked in a gave a cursory glance toward the spot he ‘thought’ he left it and decided it wasn’t there.  He wanted me to tell him exactly where it was or just go get them for him.  But, it was in plain sight and I refused.  He did go back in 3 times to finally discover it hanging on the towel bar not the bathtub where he thought it was.  Had he spun in a slow circle and looked at all four walls of the bathroom he would have seen it in plain sight. 

As I sit here this evening, I am trying to catch up on the blogs I enjoy.  I came across this timely post at 1, 2, 3…Come Homeschool with Me.  So, tomorrow when if this happens, my plan is to reply sweetly with ‘Please use the eyes God gave you to look at all four walls before telling me you can’t find it.’  I WILL NOT tell him where they are (if they are in plain sight), and I will not huff my way walk in there and retrieve them myself.   To me, this is one small step to independence.  The kids need to know that one day they will need to be self-sufficient, and this is one small, do-able step in that direction.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Let’s go swimming…

We have a great indoor pool in our area.  On Friday’s, they offer homeschool swim hours with a discounted admission.  I took the kids a few days ago.

GoingDown BigSmile GoggleGirlThese crazy kids had a great time chasing each other around the ‘lazy river’. 


This cool guy decided he would watch the beach bag instead of swim.  He was really worried that someone would steal Emma’s Disney Princess beach towel.  :)  (Actually, he said he hates inside pools and refused to swim…or look at the camera so I could get 1 quick pic.)


Need I say more…

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring has sprung in TX

What we saw on today’s walk around the neighborhood…

birdfeeder berries snapdragons helicopters dandelion