Last weekend, we had Daniel home with us. That is always a happy time. We also had a belated Easter dinner with my stepsons, Bruce and Charles, my sister-in-laws family, and Bruce’s roommate, Ryan. We had a good time visiting. We were disappointed that the weather was wet and cold and we couldn’t eat outside, but we made the best of it.
Wednesday, my mom came and stayed with the kids while I went for my yearly physical. I got to meet a new doctor and we had a good chat. I asked her about weight loss plans and she told me about a weight loss program at the doctor’s office called Cornerstone. I made an appointment for Friday. Once I got home, we were putting out some mulch and the UPS guy came and delivered our two laptops. I began working on getting them set up for use. The kids and I enjoyed some of the Toshiba games that came with the laptop…unfortunately, they have to be purchased after one free trial. Not fair!!!!
Thursday, we had a long 4-H meeting as the officers met early and they continue to try to get our by-laws worked out. Who know that such a thing could be so difficult!
Friday, I met Kevin, my Cornerstone guide/coach. He used this cool thing to determine my lean body mass and my body fat. We talked some and he presented me with my diet plan which includes shakes and supplements and emphasis on proteins and low glycemic index carbs. I am in day two….I am sleepy, tired, have a killer headache, and adjusting as I go through sugar withdrawal…but this too shall pass. If anyone ever tells you that you can’t be addicted to sugar, they are so lying through their teeth!
Yesterday was the big computer push and I got a lot done. I still have a few more odds and ends to work out, but the two laptops are mostly functional. I need to set up Money and Quickbooks (personal and business), but I am having a hard time focusing….heck, I’m having a hard time focusing on posting. Hopefully, I have made some sense:)
I overslept a bit. The kids and I got ready and off to church we went. After Sunday School, I went around and gave all of the kids a Children’s Bulletin that I had made and told them to be looking for them on the table coming in starting next week. They seemed to like them. After church, I spoke with the pastor’s wife, Ruby, about next week’s Easter Egg hunt. I am in charge this year, but feel a bit funny because I don’t know what they have done in the past so I don’t want to do anything ‘wrong’.
Came home, got Daniel, said hi to Ashley, the sitter, then Daniel and I left. Since Daniel is only home every other weekend right now, and since holidays such as Easter and Katrina’s birthday are fast approaching, it was necessary for he and I to go see what we could find in the stores. We had a nice lunch at Olive Garden and successful shopping at Toys ‘R Us.
Daniel wanted to stop by Best Buy and check out movies. So we did. On our way there, I told him I had figured out what I wanted for Mother’s Day this year. Last year I saved up my money and bought myself a Nintendo DS Lite. I loved playing with it, but when my nephew was very ill back in the fall, I loaned it to him (his family doesn’t have much money and he didn’t own one). He liked it so much, that my husband’s uncle wanted to buy him mine so that Jonathon would have one (but Paul didn’t want to have to go to the store looking for one). It worked out well for us because we needed the money at the time and Jonathan needed some entertainment.
Anyway, I have missed my DS, so I told Daniel I wanted a new one for Mother’s Day. Usually I don’t ask for anything for Mother’s Day except for them to do nice things for me and maybe take me out to eat. Well, when we went in to Best Buy, he purchased a DS for me (the red and black one) and a game (Brain Age). I couldn’t believe it. He said he didn’t want to forget. I told him he should wrap it up and give it to me on Mother’s Day, but he told me to go ahead and enjoy it now.
We got home a little after 4. I wrapped birthday presents, then went online to purchase a couple of other things I wanted for Katrina. Then it was time to go to Awanas. We arrived back home around 8:30. I did laundry, washed dishes and now, now, I am going to go play my game Night!
Yep, folks, the weather is warming up here in the foothills of Virginia. Not that it was ever that cold this past winter, not that we saw more than 3 inches of snow this past winter…but now that spring is springing about us, we are all happy to get back outside. We are enjoying sitting out on our deck doing school work. We love the warmth of the sun as we sit on the deck reading a good book. The birds are fill the air with their lovely song and the yard beckons us to pick up last winter’s debris.
How can one step outside on a sunny 70 degree day filled with a cavorting breeze and happy birds and not want to just sit out there forever and enjoy the blessing of this beautiful and amazing world we live in? Why am I in here typing when I could be out there? It is because of you, gentle reader, that I have taken a brief detour indoors to let you know what’s going on in my neck of the woods.
Saturday, March 8th. The children had friends over Friday night. Saturday morning, everyone was up early because Katrina and Jack had to be in Lynchburg at the Gold Cup Competition. 40 minutes to get there, 40 minutes to come home and 20 minutes there… The kids spent the rest of the afternoon playing while I watched Madame Bovary in my room and worked on my granny afghan. After the children had been returned to their families, we did a quick clean up of the house because we were hosting the Subdivision meeting where we would be discussing such weighty subjects as where to put gravel on the raod this spring season.
Sunday, March 9th. We remembered to turn our clocks ahead (I am still missing that hour of sleep) and we arrived at Sunday School on time. Which was a great relief to our music director as Katrina was playing the special music for Sunday. Katrina’s friend came home with us for the afternoon. I worked more on my granny afghan and I watched Neverwas. Then it was off to Awanas.
Today, I arranged for, hosted and set up a Valentine’s Day Party for whomever in my Homeschool Party wanted to attend. I was a little disappointed with the fact that there are over 170 people on our list, but only 6 families signed up and in the end only four families came. It is frustrating when you have people saying ‘hey, let’s do something, let’s do something’ and then you plan something and people don’t come. However, those of us that came did have some fun.
The kids and I got there early and decorated:
I wanted to let my faithful readers know how my Food Lion ‘fiasco’ of last week ended up.
For those of you who are scratching your head and wondering what I am talking about, you can catch up by first reading:
Coupon Disaster Update
And now for the amazing conclusion….
Laura at Laura Williams’ Musings tagged me for this Carded Meme. I am always looking for fun blogging material and with the extra twist on this, I couldn’t resist. I strongly believe in the power of prayer and I think this is a wonderful way we can support one another.
Ronie Kendig altered this CARDED meme to include a Spiritual Wish list so we can know how to pray for each other, both spiritually and physically. Isnâ€™t that a great idea?
1. Each player starts with 5 gifts that they would want for Christmas.
2. People who are “CARDED” need to write their own Blog about their 5 things & post these rules.
3. At the end of your Blog, you need to choose 5 people to get “CARDED” and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a COMMENT telling them they’re “CARDED”, and to read your Blog.
My Materialistic Gift/Wish List:
1. A new used car to replace mine since it has 180,000 miles and it needs a new engine.
2. Carpet for my den/dining room/living room area
3. New windows that insulate better (we live in a doublewide…bad windows)
4. An exercise bike so I can exercise without hurting my knee
5. To pay off our mortgage
My Spiritual Gift/Wish List:
1. Discipline to maintain a prayer journal and Bible reading time.
2. To stop worrying so much and trust God more.
3. To put God first and seek his will for my life
4. To show my love for my family and friends better and not get so wrapped up in my own problems.
5. More “bravery” to testify about what God had done for me. I get nervous.
I am supposed to tag five others, but most of my bloggy friends are taking off for the holidays and I don’t want to add a burden. So if you have read this and feel like sharing your wish lists, please let me know. I will pray that God will work in your life and I appreciate your prayers on my behalf.
I have never ever been camping before in my life. My husband and I almost went once back in the mid 1990s. We borrowed a tent, but in the end, we ended up spending one night in a lovely bed and breakfast and one night in a Holiday Inn. A couple of years later, we made preparations for camping out. We bought a tent, sleeping bags, those egg crate things for under the sleeping bags. We put the tent up in the back yard…it was a really nice one. The kids had fun playing in it. But we didn’t realize that we should do something to it to protect it from the elements. It was nylon and one day during a storm, the tent was torn to pieces by the wind.
This year my daughter spent some money she had saved up on a tent. Foolishly we got the nylon kind again. It wasn’t up long, but there was a lot of work going on in our yard and we had to keep moving it around and then we got it set up where we wanted it and a terrific windstorm came through and broke the poles that held it up! She wants another tent, next time we will go for a canvas tent with stronger poles and we will find out what we need to do to the material to protect it.
Who knows, maybe once we get the tent thing figured out, we will actually go camping!
Okay, you are wondering where I am going with this after reading that bizarre title…well, follow along and you will see.
Actually, a busy afternoon isn’t correct. It was a busy day. I spent my morning blogging, reading emails and RSS feeds and teaching the children. We are reading about Greek Gods and Goddesses right now. For science, Katrina and Jack spent some time with their rabbits. We continue to try and get them to like us! Then they worked on alphabetizing and defining this week’s spelling words. Followed by learning more about verbs and how they work in sentences. Then this was followed by math. Jack is learning about decimals and Katrina is learning about adding and subtracting three digit numbers (she doesn’t like this section very much).
After lunch, we headed to town for our Tuesday errands. We stopped at the dump first. While Jack was unloading our trash, I popped the hood and tried to get a better handle on why my car has smoke coming out from under the hood when I stop. Well, there have been two problems. One is that a hose that goes into the valve cover had popped loose. My dad fixed that a couple of weeks ago, but I was still steaming and couldn’t figure out why. Then I realized I wasn’t steaming all the time. Turns out that there must be a leak involving my air condition thingy. When my AC or defrost is on, fluid drips onto the manifold and burns. Since we can’t spend money on repairs, I simply turned off the defrost and viola….no more smoke! COOL! Now I know that there are times when I will have to use the defrost, but at least, I know my car isn’t going to burst into flames…
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is growing closer and with that, the weight on my shoulders is easing a bit. Daniel has been doing some work in Ronoake over the last month which means there will be some money coming in in December. This means we will be able to catch up on a couple of bills and we will be able to actually buy some presents for our kids. Phew!
Today, he finally got the final word from the Bloomington, IL job. He starts on Monday! I am breathing a big sigh of relief today. This is the poorest we have been in a long, long time and it was getting scarier by the day. And my stress level was increasing hourly. Now I can breath a soft sigh of relief….
I know that Christmas is about way more important things than presents, but I like giving presents to my children and my family members and my close friends. The thought of not being able to do that and being unable to participate in other things that we normally do (like the angel tree) has been tough.
God has been gracious though. We have been able to keep on top of most of our bills through 6 months of very little money coming in. And while we are starting to reach critical mass now (you know…the kids need new winter clothes cause they have grown since last year and I am running out of household cleaners), we made it! A couple of more weeks and we should have some money show up in the mail and then it will be downhill from there (for awhile, anyway!)
Praises to God for the many answers to prayer.
As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I have been busy and I am going to try and put a bunch of stuff into one post!
First, I want to thank all of those that commented on my blog last week and this week. Many of the comments were in response to the giveaways related to The Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway…Wasn’t that great fun? But I know some other personal comments were in there too. I make a point of visiting people who have visited and commented here, but I have done poorly over the last week and a half. I will at least comment on those more personal comments, and I will try to visit some of you who have entered a contest, but I wanted you to know that I appreciate your stopping by! Really I do.