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I am an idiot!

May 31st, 2006 at 06:22 am

I use that title alot!

This time I got an order form avon (sunscreen with bug stuff, it works and we love it) and I tottaly forgot I hadn't paid for it, so the poor girl was talking to me for 10 minutes and had to ask "did I leave the reciept in the bag?'

I look like a freeloader trying to get off wiothout paying! I wasn't honest, I just forgot!

Stress reduction.

May 30th, 2006 at 07:20 am

I got one of those emails (does everyones inbox overflow with cute things people figured you just HAD to read?)

Anyway this one was about stress reduction, and I noticed how many of them had to do with finances, if your finances arn't botherinmg you, guess life is just less stressfull!

Not to mantion less 'stuff', here are just a few of the more finance/stuff related tips in the list:


6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

cool pool

May 28th, 2006 at 10:33 am

We get pool use for our HOA fee, which is about all we get other than living here...

but anyway it opened, and I have to get off the computer to go right now.

Summer for us means lots of swimming, and lots of weird dinners....We like to eat poolside, but with timing and such, no grill options, fridge, microwave, or well anything. We have to pack and keep proper temperature of everything we eat.

tonight it is boring PB no J and carrot sticks and grapes, and lemon water...

On the grocery list for next week is some chicken patties (to heat at home wrap in foil and turn into sandwhiches) Plus some hotdog buns, not the heathiest meal, but not to terrible.

Now I just have to figure out something to eat the other 5 days, at the pool! (kidding, Friday we have company, so that will be at home Smile.)

A note about teachers

May 28th, 2006 at 10:23 am

My previous post might have left some teachers feeling like I didn't appriciate them, well many kids need that love and support they can get in school, cause they may not be getting it at home. Public school teachers fill a much needed role, and if I ever have no kids at home to teach plus a huge stack of money I would prolly start an education center..both to teach children and to help adults. I just wanted to put out an appology to any teachers, cause it is a very important job.

Why PETA doesn't sell MceeDee coupons for a fundraiser.

May 26th, 2006 at 12:25 pm

The same reason why AA doesn't sell memberships to 'beer of the month club'.

The reason why Jeffery and Nate don't sell out to a payday loan company.

The same reason why I wont start a 'school in my home'.

It just wouldn't make sense!

Soemone recently asked why I don't offer to teach for pay, and it is a reasonable question, I love to teach, and a little extra money never hurt. I even thought about it for a long time, thought up ways to do it, times that would fit my schedule, ways to keep records and all that jazz.

But then I thought, I don't want people to send their kids away to learn! It goes agaisn't the whole theory behind my homeschooling! I know over 90% of you reading this ..(all 30 of you, thanks for being dedicated to wait for a new post!) ..are prolly sending your kids away, or did, or will, or would if you had 'em. It's ok, over 90% of America does too.

I don't

Becasue I spend my morning teaching, when I am working I am teaching, when we rest we learn, when we sleep we get to 'internalize it all', when we play we learn, when we travel we learn, when we wash we learn, when we make icecream, dinner, yogurt, bread, lunch, ....., when we make lists, shop, build something, or break it down, when we have company, stay alone, or decorate, when we worship, when we relax, it is all an opportunity to learn.

This doesn't mean I have some kids who never get free time, on the contrary, much of my reading about 'great famous people' includes the phrase 'time to kill'. That and respnsibility. So my kids have responsibilities, free time, and me....plus a wonderfully supportive father.

I am a bit backwards in many things, my kids are learning more about yeast breads and the bible than about famous Americans of a particular shade of skin. They are learning odd facts about narwals and Nanook before they learn about two mom options or blended families. We know more about reading and dictating than alternate religions, more anout cleaning, and anatomy than 'the n word'....

I don't think any of that is wrong, I just think it can wait..... (well I might pass on ever knowing what 'the n word' is, but it apparently is heavily used in todays schools/sports, so I doubt we can escape.)

No I don't want to start a school in my home, I just want to encourage and help other people decide to teach their own, or at least practice 'living to learn' instead of just 'learning what you need to pass'.

His jeans don't fit!!!

May 23rd, 2006 at 03:15 pm

That means I am getting smaller! Doubt if anyone remembers a few months ago when I posted they finally did fit, but now I am even thinner! Course I seem to still ahve 'Fat glasses', as DH calls them cause I still think I look just as wide, if it wern't for the holes and I might think someone was switching up the jeans at night just to make me think I am getting thinner! (only 1 inch to go for the proper waistline!)

On other news, I am baking up a storm, we ran out of chocolate, and BOA has to be crazy to think I want to open up a savings account for a whopping .5% interest! I would be losing money if I took it from ING even with the $25 bonus!

Tupperware

May 19th, 2006 at 07:45 am

K I must be crazy, I went to a friends tupperware party last night, mainly cause they are fun (with the right tuppergal) and because I do love the reusability/my kids can't break it...I took an order from my mom and bought some bowls for the kids (no not a need a want, we have two non breakable, if breakfast is cereal, dinner of chilli, I have to do dishes in the middle of the day-terrible problem Smile.) Oh and yes it was fun Smile

While there I saw a thing I REALLY Really want (really) It is a rollie cooler, perfect for taking to the pool when I am loaded with towels and three kids (one of whom can't walk) and of course dinner and drinks and snack so we can spend the whole evening.

http://my2.tupperware.com/tup-html/C/corinnebrown-welcome.ht...

Only problem, of course you have to have a 400$ party and two bookings to get it...I hate that part!

Oh well I am going to buy myself some of the other things I want in the catalog, and we are doing a 'fondu' party (which I love, and do not own a fondu pot..so...we have to do it the tupperware way, I buy the ingredients, she brings the pot and recipie Smile

It should be fun at any rate.

Ionizer will 'pay for itself'

May 16th, 2006 at 02:47 pm

So we have surrendered, i am allergic to the state, and those ionizer filter thingies say they will help. We are willing to try.

DH got one that has a cleanable filter, which is great, but it cost $40 more than the other brand. The filters are $20 each, so apparently the upgrade will 'pay for itself' and supposing the thing does its job, keeping me healthy, it will definatly pay for itself in less 'scripts and more work around here done.

Garden finally in

May 15th, 2006 at 08:10 am

I hope better late than never applies to gardens, cause I just today put it in!

We put in zuccinni, peppers, carrots, and basil. I hope some of it grows at least.

I am rather proud of myself, I might be late, but I did it..... I think this months challenge to rewrite the inner voice, is really making ithe most effect of all of them. I am getting more done and finding the 'bright side' of life much easier.

I can now breath!

May 12th, 2006 at 02:16 pm

Apparently I have allergies, and broncitus, and if you ignore those long enough you get to wheezing, and coughing that doesn't stop...which is a bad thing.

I went from no medications (other than vitamins) to 6!

Well I have to say I am a terrible patient, I am taking 4 of them...I got two cough meds, I only take one and it is fine...I skipped the horse pills.

I also got a script for anti asthma meds, I don't have asthma! So I am skipping it for now....

I got some sort of nose spray and that works.

I am taking the antibiotics and the singulair for allergies, and one of the cough meds. It seems to be helping, it no longer hurts to breath...I am just SUPER tired, I mean If I stop moving I wil be asleep in seconds! (I tested it several times today,a nd I am serious!)

Free translation

May 10th, 2006 at 02:48 pm

So while eating green beans I asked what green bean in french was..I only know Vert is green, I forgot bean, so I looked up free translation. came up with http://translation2.paralink.com/

haricots verts

Instant free translation, what more could you ask for Smile

Best sleep in ages!

May 10th, 2006 at 06:31 am

UE decided to sleep till 4am last night! I was in bed around 10:30, and no troubles or eeps till 4. (when my 4 year old woke me on the way to the potty). DH took care of him, and UE woke to nurse, but then it was back to sleep till JC got up for the day (630ish? but I didn't really get up till 7)

The best things in life are free, I still can't breath without pain, but at least I got rest before I tackle the day!

Course you know 5 years ago I couldn't imagine being happy about 'sleeping in' till 4am!

Are you a brat?

May 9th, 2006 at 11:20 am

I found an interesting website (thru flylady) called http://www.thebratfactor.com/

And it hit me, I wouldn't allow my kids to act the way I do sometimes!

The site tells us to name our brat and apparently play games to get her to behave (or him for the guys). I dunno that I want to do that, but I peeked at an http://www.thebratfactor.com/images/progressreport_sample.pdf And I realized how many of those phrases I have said.

"I am sick and I need (fill in the blank)"
"It's not fair (fill in blank) gets to do (fill in other blank)"

Good grief I am a brat! I can just see that flying with one of my kids:

Kid: "Mommy, I gotta booboo, I need chocolate"

Me: "No but you can have a kiss, too much chocolate is not good for you"

Kid: "But I want chocolate!"

Me: " I know I like chocoalte too, but it isn't going to help your booboo."

See at no point would I even dream of giving my kid chocolate (or anything else) just cause they were sick! Myself on the other hand I gladly hand over chocolate (pirate MnMs!) along with dinner out, and numerous other wasted money/bad for the health things.

I think my inner brats name might be Lazy!

I can't believe he ate the whole thing!

May 9th, 2006 at 07:13 am

UE just finished a whole banana, a normal sized banana..well there was one small bit left, not even a whole bite for me.

I feed my kids till they are full, and man does that take a lot of food!

Last apointment GMC actually lost a bit of weight (2lb), there is no way I can be worried about it though, he eats as much as I do! It was prolly a scale differernce. Or because last time he was in he was sick, not moving as much, still eating.

JC is rather a 'nromal' eater..we tend to think of it as small, but it is actually more than the average..(she eats slightly less than a kids meal, GMC eats slightly more) Apparently UE is folowing in his big brothers footsteps, meaning I can envision the grocery bill in 13 years...It will be higher than my mortgage!!!

Sick or allergies?

May 9th, 2006 at 05:31 am

I have been feeling like I was wearing a corset on my lungs for a week or two, and now I have a horrid hack to go with it.

We took UE to the Doc for the hack, and got albuteral for him, Doc said he was allergic to this spring, prolly not for life, but definatly this year.

So If I just have allergies, I can tough it out, but if I am sick, I am putting my kids at risk of getting it by not getting meds...

I hate that delema.

I don't want DH to have to take a day off work for me to see a doc to hear 'yep allergic to spring'...but I also am having a bit of trouble walking and such when I can't breath right...

Educate on a dime - older

May 8th, 2006 at 11:40 am

Just Ask! - Geography

Ever wonder the capital of Canada?
Or just where Iraq is anyway?
Or what the 'ring of fire' is?
Or why Hawaii gets a cut out on an American map?

These are all questions my son has asked in the past year or so.

Todays question came from a neighbor, sporting a 'Catalina Island' shirt she asked where Catalina was. Since I never heard of it, I said we would look it up.

After well a billion kid things (lunch, nap, food on the floor, a baby in need of a nap) I finally remembered to look it up, well it wasn't there...It was just a kids atlas.

In the process of looking it up we found some states she had been to, checked out where Turkey was, looked at a couple neat flags, like Venezuala, and Zimbobwe.

Hopefully they got more of the spelling than I did!

Then we headed online, I can almost always find the answer online! Unfortunatly I hardly ever learn anything but what I asked when I do a netsearch, Yahoo is pretty good at comming up with exactly what I need, oh wait I did learn that when a native species changes one it is called http://www.ocean-institute.org/edu_programs/materials/P/PDF/... but thats it.

http://gocalifornia.about.com/cs/catalina/a/catalina.htm BTW an island off the coast of California Smile.

http://www.sbnature.org/research/anthro/chumash/lowom.htm

Kids are like sponges, they soak up information whether you want it or not, we can only chose what information is available.