Thursday, May 31, 2007
Finally!!! Wow last month was hard. We get paid once a month. And by the end of every month we struggle a little bit. But this month was extra tough. We rescued a kitten and adopted her that was approx $200 in medical bills that we didn't intend to spend. Plus all the food, litter box and cat supplies. I am very thankful for the babysitting jobs I have had lately. Those helped put milk and fruit in the refrigerator. I went to Wal Mart tonight to get groceries- it is so good to have a stocked pantry again.
Anyway, today was a tough day. When Greg got home from work I was able to get out to grocery shop. I love to grocery shop when I don't have to rush or have kids with me. It took at least an hour for me to de-stress. But I did and when I got home I felt refreshed again.
So is that what you call retail therapy?
I need to have a plan for tomorrow so it doesn't end up like today. Anybody want to get together and do something (with kids)? Hmmm...I wonder if the water park in Smyrna is open. That would be fun. But more fun with friends.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Today we washed the cars. We got the kids outside to help and they were so cute. Mason sprayed the cars and Austin and Ashley got sponges and scrubbed the cars. Ashley said, "I know I'm very good at this." Then she would turn around and say, "This car is so dirty it is so disgusting." Cracked me up!
I actually enjoyed washing the car. But my body sure was aching after I finished.
Since we have very little in the bank right now, we are fixing food that we actually have in the freezer. (What a concept!)
So for lunch I made Poppyseed chicken (Ashley's request). And I made a yummy pork roast. I didn't know pork could taste so good. It was a very easy recipe. 1 pork roast, 1 cup Worstershire sauce and 1 cup brown sugar. Put it in the crockpot on high for 1 hour and then on low for 8 to 10 hours.
I got a lot of this food from the Angel Food Ministries. I don't even have a clue how to cook some of it. I've got some frozen frying chicken thighs. What do I do with them? I don't think any of us like the thighs. Is that dark meat or white meat? If it's white meat I'll boil them and get the meat off for casseroles, but if it's dark meat I don't know what I'll do with it. Does anyone want them?
I pulled out steak burgers for tomorrow.
I wish we had a grill.
Well I'm falling asleep. I am really trying to figure out something interesting to say, but nothing is coming to me.
Saturday, June 9th
Some of my friends are getting together to scrapbook at my church from 8 to 5PM. (Yes, I doubt I'll be there at 8AM) BUT...this is going to be a Scrapbooking Yard Sale too. Bring something you don't need anymore to sell and/or pick up something that you might want to have. YOU Locals are invited to come. Let me know if you would like to come and I'll give you directions. Just email me at email@example.com .
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I learned of Usborne about 4 years ago, when I saw them at a fair. I had bought several books for my kids as Christmas presents. When I got home I showed my husband the books I got.
Now Greg is Mr. Picky about books! He worked at the Nashville Library and was an English major in college. And he RAVED about them.
They are well written and well illustrated. We fell in love with them.
Now that I am about to homeschool, I knew that I would be using several of these books to teach my kids. That is why I decided to become a consultant.
I am hosting my very first e-show. If you go to this link you will see an online catalog of the books that Usborne carrys. Go ahead and browse around. If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also make sure to sign up to win $50 in free books.
Now if you are still with me, Let me tell you about 3 of my favorites.
My family loves the Farmyard Tales. We have the Complete Book of Farmyard Tales. It also comes in smaller collections and individual books. One thing that is really great about this book is that if you have a beginner reader, they can read just the sentence at the top of each page and it still tells a story. But for the advanced reader you can add to the story by reading the sentences at the bottom of the page. Plus this book also has a hidden duck on each page as an added game the kids look forward to when reading.
We also have the First Thousand Words in Chinese and Spanish. Now I took Spanish in High school, so I know how to pronounce the words. But for Chinese, I really have no clue. So these books are internet-linked with a pronunciation guide. I can look up any word in this book and I can hear what the word sounds like.
Then the next book is a new favorite of mine. I just got this in my starter kit. It's called the Usborne First Encyclopedia of Our World. I absolutely love this and so do my kids. It has internet-links for each topic. It has games and extra projects you can do. One thing it has is a recipe to make a rice crispy ball with different colored layers this is used as a model to show the insides of our Earth. Then you can eat it. One of the games it has for the planet page is of the Magic School Bus. The teacher travels from one planet to another and you have to guess where she is by the clues she leaves. I haven't gotten through all of this book yet, but I can tell you I am already impressed.
I'm excited about this new endeavor, because I truly believe in these books. Go take a look here and tell me what you think. If you have a favorite Usborne book leave a comment and share it with me and my readers.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Anyway, since I was up I thought I would check my email. I found that the tutorial that I was joining for homeschooling has been CANCELLED due to a last minute decision of the church that was going to host it. Now it is too late in the game to find and re-start negotiations with another church to host.
I really wanted to be in a co-op or tutorial of some type for support. And now I have nothing. I know it is not needed, but being my first year I felt it was important to be connected.
Please pray with me over this situation. I'm clueless as to where to turn now. I printed off a waiting list form for New-life-academy, which is where I wanted to be in the first place. I just wish I had filled it out back in March.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
We did get to see some more animals. Someday, I'll have to go back and enjoy it by myself.
And in this picture Ashley is looking at the Alligators. I just thought it was a cute profile shot.
Wednesday and Thursday were a blur, I don't even remember what happened. Friday was a BIG day! Greg and I went to the curriculum fair. We got or ordered everything for starting to homeschool in the Fall. I'm actually excited now. Everyone I talk to has such different oppinions on what curriculum you should use. I felt myself defending my decision before I even got it. That is very frustrating! Honestly I just don't know until I'm into it. I feel negatism (is that a word?) all around me. PLEASE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING UNLESS IT IS ENCOURAGING! Unfortunately, I am very affected by what people say and more times than not after talking to someone about homeschooling I feel like I'm going to be a failure. Or I think that that person thinks I'm going to be a failure. Either way it is not a healthy way to look at it. SO encouraging words only please. The kids ask everyday if they can start Kindergarten. They are very excited about me being their teacher.
So today was a BLAST! I went to Scrapin' Memories and had an all day crop. It was really fun. The owner of the plaza, Sophies Bistro, donated appetizers and they were incredible!!! I thought that was pretty smart, because I know now I will go to them. Tammy had lots of door prizes, games, contests and make-n-takes. Everybody got a door prize. I won the first game. It was several words that we needed to unscramble. They were not easy! But I finally got them all with a clue for the one word everyone was stuck on. And I won an 8x8 album.
Tomorrow is going to be a REALLY busy day. I'm not even sure we will get to do everything. Here are the events, but lots of them run into each other: Church, Church picnic, Graduation party, Usborne meeting, Harris Teeter (triple coupons), Greg works with Wes, I take kids to small group, I put kids to bed, love on neglected kitten, go to bed!
So that is my week in a nutshell! Or should I say this is Nut Chelle's week at a glance.
(My attempt at being funny late at night.) Ok so goodnight and God bless!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Mother's Day was GREAT!
Aussie jumped up first thing Sunday morning and said, "Happy Mother's Day!" He was SO excited about the gift he got me. I think he even slept with it the night before. He told me I would think it was beautiful and that I could put it up in his room on the bookshelf. So he ran and gave it to me. He got me a long ugly Cat statue. He was so excited! I told him he could keep it in his room. And I gave him tons of hugs!
Then Mason got me 3 small stinky candles (ACHOO!) Ok so they are not really stinky- they are just floral scented which I'm allergic to. But he was SO precious! Daddy said he looked at each candle and smelled each one. He picked them out especially for me, which is just priceless! He took them and distributed them around the house. Will I light them? You bet!
The best things were the homemade cards. This is the first year that they really could write all their letters. So they each wrote Happy Mother's Day on their cards and signed their names. I just LOVE them!
Now I need to tell you about one of Ashley's cards that she made for me. She made this the other day. But first a little story. Everytime I see a little baby out in public I go Ga ga over it. Many times I will hold a friend's baby and I tease the kids and say, "Should I take him home?" And they always say, "NO" I say, "Well why not?" And they usually tell me because he doesn't belong to us. Sometimes Aussie will say, "Because WE are your babies". This is a little game that I like to play with them. Anyway, now everytime Ashley sees a baby before me she says, "OH no" And I say "What is it?" And she points at a baby and then says, "Remember my rule! You can't hold or take home any other babies." It totally makes me laugh! Well the other day she told me she was going to make me something she knew I really really wanted. So she drew me a card with lots of babies on it. Isn't that sweet?
I really enjoyed Mother's Day! How about you?
Now for some of you who know Sam was not the winner this year. Sam died. The new winner is just as ugly!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
On the way home Ashley rode with me and we went to the grocery store and Greg took the boys to the mall to pick up some Mother's Day presents.
Ashley was so good in the grocerey store. She was so excited to be there! She said this was the first time she had just me and her together at the store. She helped me get ALL the groceries and put them all on the conveyor belt at the check out and she helped me put all of them away when we got home. It was a really special bonding time and a learning experience! I had her count how many potatoes we needed; and then I had her tell me which juice cost more.
I'm REALLY tired. I think I'll blog about Mother's Day tomorrow. I also don't want to forget to tell you about Ashley's rule and one of her mother's day cards.
goodnight for now.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Well this is long, but how about I share my testimony. It is certainly a huge answer to prayer.
I’ve always known what I wanted to be when I grew up, ever since I was a little girl. I toyed with the idea of being the “best” computer consultant, even better than my Dad for awhile. But deep down my heart’s desire was to be a Mom. Each year growing up, my Mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. She had a little school book that had a few of the typecast roles printed in it like nurse, teacher, secretary and then it had a space for other. Every year I would say, “I want to be a Mom”. And my Mom would write that in the ‘other’ slot.
When I was dating my “now husband” he said that he never wanted to have kids. I just looked him straight in the face and said, “Well then…I don’t want to date you.” I knew what I wanted. And obviously he did too, since he changed his mind real quick. We had planned to wait 5 years after we were married to have children. The 5 year mark was coming up and I was starting to get anxious. I finally had his consent. The 5 year mark passed, the 6 year mark passed, and the 7th year and even the 8th year passed. I was hurt. I was angry. I was downright devastated. All of our friends were having their 4th and even 5th babies. Why couldn’t I get pregnant? We are good faithful Christians, responsible, loving…Why not us? Oh and when I heard stories of people getting pregnant and not even wanting the child it would just throw me into a deep depression. I prayed and prayed. I had our church pray for me. We went to the elder’s meeting and had them pray over us. Our parent’s churches and friends prayed for us. If we visited another church, I would even write a prayer request card for them to pray for us. Week after week, year after year and I just couldn’t understand why God wouldn’t bless us with a child.
It got to be so hard that even going to church was difficult. Well actually church was the hardest place to be. Everyone in my Sunday school class were having babies left and right. And everyone knew we wanted to have children. I really wanted to be happy for them. And I was happy for them, except I was so jealous and hurt that I just couldn’t show it. Many times when a pregnancy was announced I had to leave the room. Unfortunately, I wear my feelings on my sleeve and I couldn’t control myself from not crying. No one seemed to really understand, except for those few who had been there. The comments people gave were well meaning, but just hurt even more. On New Arrival’s Day and Mother’s Day…I couldn’t even go to church. I was at the absolute lowest point in my life.
One day at Wednesday night church, I asked my class to pray for me. I started out saying, my birthday is on Sunday and I know that 30 is not old. At that point I got lots of laughter, which then made me break down and say, it’s going to be a really hard day for me, because I thought by this time in my life I would already have children. My class prayed with me and it was not long after that, that we decided to go through in vitro fertilization.
In Vitro is very difficult! Not only is it physically and mentally hard and painful and VERY expensive but, also many hard decisions have to be made within a matter of days. You have to know spiritually what you believe in. WHEN is a child conceived? What will you do if you have embryos left over? Is it killing a child or is it even a child at that point? How many embryos should we put in? If I should die or have an emergency hysterectomy and we have embryos leftover, what do we do with those embryos? If you believe that each embryo is a child then how will you feel if someone else is a surrogate for your children? The list goes on and on.
However when we were going through this whole ordeal, our church of 2000 people were praying for us. My husband worked with approximately 180 4th thru 6th graders at church. And those children learned what in vitro meant and all those kids prayed fervently for us to have 3 or less. I had never seen a church come together like this and bring people closer to each other than I had seen 5 years ago. On New Year’s Eve 2001, I found out I was pregnant. It wasn’t that much longer until I found out we were having triplets. We told our preacher on Sunday morning and we had no idea he was going to do this but he announced it in the church service. I was only 7 weeks pregnant and he announced it. However, my prayers had been answered. OUR whole church’s prayers had been answered. They took very good care of us after the children were born. We had meals for 5 months, we had people come in shifts and help us feed and care for the babies for several months. We were given money. Someone gave us a diaper drive; we had diapers for a year. Two classes pulled funds together to buy a triplet stroller for us. We were given a gift of someone cleaning our house for 1 ½ years. I was given a day a week to run errands or sleep, while a family watched the kids for 1 ½ years. A friend of mine, who was a night owl, came every Wednesday night for 6 months and fed the kids at night, washed dishes and laundry and let me sleep all night long. It was truly amazing and a huge blessing how everyone chipped in to help.
I really don’t know why God took so long to answer our prayers, but I suspect that part of it was to bring our church together and let them be able to see their answered prayer. I am blessed with my heart’s desire and I thank God every night for them!!!
Saturday, May 05, 2007
She is so stinkin' cute! She just loves me. She cuddles right up under my neck or lays on my breasts and falls asleep. I MUST remember to take my Allegra tomorrow...ACHOO! I don't know how this cat did it, but she has captured my heart. She just looks up at me and tells me she loves me with her eyes. She even layed calmly on my chest while I clipped her nails.
I was writing an email yesterday and Austin was sitting on my lap. I have a signature line on my emails that have a picture of the family. Austin said, "you can put her (Kiki) next to me." So I updated my signature line. hmmm...I can't get this picture any bigger. I guess if you really want to see it you'll have to click on the image to make it larger.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Mama Mia (excellent show by the way), Greg saw this kitten lying in the middle of the street. We had to rescue it. It's so cute, but I have no clue how to handle it. It sure is a fiesty little thing. That's what Greg wants to call it...."Fiesty". I don't know. The kids haven't seen it yet.
What are we supposed to do with a kitten?
Greg just went out to WalMart to see if he could get some kitten's milk and a litter box.
We are not sure if we are keeping it. Actually, we WANT to give it away to a good home.
Right now she is in our garage. !Ay Caramba! What will we do?
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Have you ever noticed God talking to you through nature? I have.
Several years ago I was really down on myself and felt ugly. When I went for a walk on a beautiful Spring day I had a God breeze. What is a God breeze? It is my way of talking about those times when you feel God right beside you.
As I walked the track a few times I prayed to God about how I felt and he answered me through birds. You might think this is silly, but I knew God meant for me to hear this that day. The birds sang out as I passed them..."You're purty purty purty purty, You're purty purty purty purty" I felt like God was telling me I was pretty. It put a smile on my face and helped me face the day with a better attitude.
My assignment for this week is for me to take a walk outside and listen to what God tells me. It could be through a weed my child hands me smiling from ear to ear, or how some bit of nature reminds me of a poem. I've got a busy week, but I need to remember to listen.
Have you had a God breeze you would like to share?
I did this last time and it was a lot of fun, although I posted my thank yous on my other blog. But since, I do not use that blog anymore you will see postings on this blog about it. If you are a homeschooling mom and would like to participate you can go here to sign up.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Sunday afternoon Mom and I went to Radio Shack to buy a phone recharger for her car. We went in and she asked the guy to help her. She asked for a recharger that can have an adapter for when they switch phones. The guy brought out the adapter and Mom said she thought she had one of those in the car. So I went out to get it and bring it in. The guy told us that it wouldn't work on her phone. We knew the recharger belonged to my Dad, but Mom couldn't remember the last time he even drove her car. So I said, "I wonder what this charger is for?" And the guy said, "Oh that is for a razor." Mom and I started laughing. She said he must have taken it on their trip to Florida. Me being quite confused said, "You mean he hasn't shaved since then?" And the guy just smiled and said, "No not that kind of razor, the Razr phone". Mom said, that's what happens when you send a woman to do a man's job. We've been laughing quite a bit over this!