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Links I need

March 31st, 2006 at 02:41 pm

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/coloringbook/archive/

http://www.coloring.ws/coloring.html

http://www.sundayschoolresources.com/clipartcoloringpages.htm

http://abcteach.com/directory/basics/abc_activities/fruit_co...

http://www.sfpg.com/animation/liteBrite.html#

http://www.quia.com/jg/388123.html

Math and english worksheets for first grade and kindergarten

March 31st, 2006 at 08:04 am

Well after deciding to not bore DS with the spelling papers he had been doing, I learned he really didn't know much about making sentances (capitalization) or nouns, so I decided to make some work for him, a bit of research online, and I had lots of ideas. a bit of time and I http://home.earthlink.net/~guin_dt_sales/sitebuildercontent/..., I am very happy with his prgress so far, much happier thandrilling him on spelling I am iffy about!

I also decided not to spend any more money on programs for DD that I ditched half of and fudged the rest, so I made the http://home.earthlink.net/~guin_dt_sales/sitebuildercontent/...

There is enough to keep us for a month, but I set a goal of not turning the internet on untill I have at least 10 sheets done for something each day. I aught to manage to get it done in only 2 ish weeks each program.

The sheets are pdfs and you are welcome to them if you want.http://home.earthlink.net/~guin_dt_sales/bba/id28.html

E-vites

March 30th, 2006 at 07:12 am

We have officially invited people for GMCs birthday!

I cut out a dino scene, then used it to make a pattern for him to vut. JC made some snis too.

Then we glued it down, scanned it in to the computer, and added some important information.

After it was all done and ready DH complains about the lack of dinosaur, so eggs, and trees are easy, the dinosaur wasn't.

In comes a large T-Rex toy for his photo shoot. A few minutes later we fudge up a cropped dino and speech bubble. voila. fancy dino on the invite.


JCs version


the invite minus the photo details.


The dinosaur

Hopefully email invitations are good enough, I can't imagine cutting that many scenes, or printing the color copy!

50 things you never asked

March 28th, 2006 at 07:26 am

I was killing time (trapped as a bed for my cranky snotty baby) and came accross this blog http://tiredbuthappy.blogspot.com/

And I thought it would be interesting to read a similar list of things about the posters here. But I couldn't imagine anyone caring about my list!

But then if I won't do it who would? so heres mine...but 50 is too much how about err whatever I get to before he wakes up?

1. I love to eat cake, quick bread right out of the pan. (doing so right now!)

2. I have been to 3 other countries (France, Italy, Britain)-I hope to take/send all of my kids.

3. I tried vegetarianism as a teen. (I missed steak too much!)

4. I can't compost so I toss the scraps 'over the hill' ( to be eaten by rodents/cats/raccoon)

5. I have no tact. Never learned the art. Makes me feel very nercous in meeting new people who havn't learned to ignore/deal with my inadequacies.

6. Politically I am a libertarian.

7. I am married to a computer geek (and I mean that in the nicest possible way!) but truthfully it took me weeks to warm up to win95, and then all of the sudden I had to learn XP!

8. I scored slighly less than 1200 on my SAT, which is slighly less than my brother, and that part bothered me the most!

9. I hate preschool games (candy land, ect)

10. I love to play with children (ever teach a kid poker err I mean that game?)

11. I haven't really drunk in 4 years! that is a long time for a former lush!

12. I love/need to be alone alot, pretty hard to achieve with 3 kids!

13. I am not an 'AP parent' but...

14. I co sleep most of the night with my baby, and did with each of my other two. (kick em out when they understand 'I'll be back')

15. I also wear a sling but only while walking (and only till my kid can walk on their own)

16. I am an anti-pacifier, breastfeeding, make my own baby food Mamma. (just don't call me AP!)

17. I am not an 'unschooler' but..

18. I have no science/social studies curriculum (library, real world, ect)

19. I can't see any point in insisting all X age kids know the same info...

20. I teach what my kids want to learn when they are ready (check frequently to see) -just don't call me an unschooler!

21. I am a closet ECer, and yes my 4 month old just peed in the potty. (shh don't tell the neighbors!)

Nightmares

March 28th, 2006 at 04:26 am

I am having nightmares that making my sons math is not good enough, I have been doing lots of research both online and at the library, and of other programs. In everything he is exceeding expectations do date, but I am still having nightmares!

I think I will start pestering teachers I know to see what sort of thing they think I might be missing.

I formulated a plan of what he at least aught to know by the end of the year, it is mostly things he tends to know already! except for rounding, borrowing he already has the concepts down. He just needs to work on speed, and a bit of vocabulary (addend, product, etc)

http://home.earthlink.net/~guin_dt_sales/bba/id22.html

Mindless entertainment

March 27th, 2006 at 04:19 am

Some days when you have three snotty kids,a cough of your own, and a house in need of major cleanup, you just want some mindless entertainment.

In comes PBS, and the internet!

Terrible waste of electricity I am sure...

On a positive note, we are 'making' clay fossils for DSs birthdya party, and possible doing some early to 'bury' for them to dig up. I have seen some kits, but we are prolly just going for playdough imprints that we then 'shellac' or something.

Now all I have to do is make invitations (fast) and send them out, oh plus decide on food...

A problem I am not comming up with a solution to, except to spend more money

March 26th, 2006 at 12:53 pm

Most Sundays I make a muffin or pack some fruit, or bake some cookies for the kids to share, if I have time I pack extra for my husband and I to share, only half the time there is no class for us to share it with, but that is beside the point.

This week, again, I ran out of time, err procrastinated to the last minute, and I had nothing to take to the adult class. Which left me VERY hungry, and I am sure DH was in the same boat. (we eat alot, going from breakfast at 7:30 to home for lunch at 11 is way to long for us!)

I can easily double a batch of muffins, but I have only enough pans for 3 Dz mini muffins and half a dozen big ones, which 6 is not enough to share, and cutting a loaf is not a very good idea, too many crumbs.

So either I need to not procrastinate and bake twice, or I need more pans. Or I need an alternate snack (still frugal)

Shining sun, stuck indoors

March 25th, 2006 at 06:59 am

Wy am I stuck inside? cause my kids have the snots, sniffles, whatever, nothing to drastic, but enough to keep them in on a sunny but chily day. I hate that! and I have no desire to save money, make homemade treats, dinner, or whatnot when I am cooped up with kids!

Nto to mention when I have too snug jeans I can usually say "I am working on it" well I dont appear to be working on it, I seem to be sitting at a computer (with baby in hand)

People I check on in a hurry

March 24th, 2006 at 05:02 am

No offense to Nate but I really have a problem when I have 20 minutes on a computer spending 5 hunting up the blogs I check on the most! So I am finding a solution! (really has been a bit of a motto since having kids, find solutions not problems)

http://blogs.savingadvice.com/wixx

http://blogs.savingadvice.com/nanamom

http://blogs.savingadvice.com/miclason/2006/03/

http://blogs.savingadvice.com/flash/2006/03/

http://blogs.savingadvice.com/cercis

No offense to anyone who isn't on here, there are some other wonderful blogs, I tend to hit the most interesting headlines, and well these guys come up most often!

Working out

March 23rd, 2006 at 11:04 am

Well I have been doing so well at walking I am goiing to actually do the strength stuff this week... I think. After all that was part of the plan in the begining but I failed, so I reevaluated my goals (meaning I lowered my expectations!)

Anyway after 5 weeks I have burned a total of : 03259 calories in only 839 minutes.

But more importantly.....
I lost an inch on each thigh!

So why is this on a finance blog? It is all free! I signed up for the Self.com challenge, no cost, free tracker.

I walk, no cost, free.

I have a gift subscription to Self magazine with free strength workouts.

So why no weight total? I have no scale, never owned one, I lived with one at my mothers oh so long ago, but I do not own one.

So why no new waistline loss? Err not sure, prolly cause I have not been targeting my abs, and I have not changed my eating habits, something I really need to work on.

GMC (my son)

March 22nd, 2006 at 11:45 am

"I like Firetrucks" GMC thinks I need to put that in here today.

"everybody likes buffalos, trucks and cars. Well not everybody likes buffaloes."

He is cute! And he finished all of his level one math today so I get to venture into the world of making things up for level 2, which I am actually looking forward to, and so is he, he wants to learn how to write the date with numbers, and how to cube, or square numbers. I figure in the process I aught to teach him how to multiply and divide!

Doing it myself is not only frugal but fun. Course it is also scary, so I am getting 'what your kid needs to know' out of the library to make sure I cover what other people think is important too.

cheap is not better

March 21st, 2006 at 08:13 am

My husband and family really like playing with magnets, the not so new building kind. So I decided to expand our collection for Christmas. We had one set like this(only green):


But 50 is not enough, so I searched around for more, I found a huge set at a great price:


But I can't build a dodecahedron out of it!


(my sons request. I can't even build a proper cube, it collapses! The plastic rods are not strong enough.

So cheaper was a waste of cash...

Rainy day

March 21st, 2006 at 07:53 am

Aren't I supposed to be saving for a rainy day? well this is a rainy day, and it is misearable! The kids arn't really listening, my newest is cranky, I am tired, and DH spent the night having nighmares!

So what is the money for? Is saving for a rainy day an old reference to when a job depended on the weather? Silly that a phrase I have used so often I don't really understand.

I did some searching online, and while I found lots of advice on how you should save for a rainy day I found no information on why.... (about the rain, not why on saving in general, that advice abounds online).

Might be a product of the modern world but honestly I am less likely to spend money in the rain. (cept on heatng up hot chocolate!) I don't want to go anywhere and I have to force myself to do anything (like dishes)

Whats for dinner?

March 20th, 2006 at 12:38 pm

Well I forgot to put our grocery cost up last Thursday, $60

So how did I manage that (finally)? No menu! Which means no 'must get for the meal' items on the list! Which means, no clue what is for dinner!

So err, does making a menu really save money?

No, not for us! but it is healthier, spicy noodles and macncheese might be cheaper and faster than any planned meal, but they are not healthy.

That game we can't talk about

March 18th, 2006 at 07:05 am

Dh has made it past 400, and ready to branch out for more money making schemes. I just want to know when we get to use the profits for the house payments!

http://home.earthlink.net/~wixx/id4.html

'Tacafied'

March 18th, 2006 at 06:59 am

So looking at food that must be used (cooked ground turkey) and availible ingredients (not much)

I decided to make cheeseburger casserole, then I thought I should sneak in some of the yellow squash puree that UE wont eat. I was trying to guesstimate how much I could sneak in before the flavor bothered my family when I hit on a perfect idea - 'tacafy it!' If I turn it into taco flavored meat the ground red peper will cover up most anything!

boil elbow macaroni (or whatever) drain
Mix
grnd turkey (some)
tomatoes (two cans)
secret squash (shh)
taco seasoning (two packs)
extra pepper and onion (we like spicy)
add macaroni back in then
cheese


It was a success with not enough food left for lunch today! I love when an experament works.