Chloe's favorite toy is an earplug. I captured a little video of her playing with it. For some reason her playtime was short lived, though. But then again, I have to remember that Chloe considers herself a princess and therefore spends most of her time on her throne...aka - pillows and/or blankets!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Cleaning - yuck! There is only a few times that I'm really in the mood to clean. I hate to admit this, but I was really only deep cleaning my house about once a month. And then, because I had waited so long, it took forever! (Just so you don't think I live in utter filth, I did some light cleaning in between.) I only felt good about myself as a housekeeper the week of and after I'd deep cleaned. And so the cycle continued from month to month until my sister Tina introduced me to her idea of zone cleaning. The perks? Something in your house is always really, really clean. You can feel like you've accomplished something every week without spending hours to get it done. Here's what my zone cleaning schedule looks like:
Week 1 - clean bathrooms and entryway
Week 2 - clean living room
Week 3 - clean kitchen
Week 4 - clean bedrooms
When it's time to clean a particular zone, you really clean it, spending most of your time there. Dust the fan, clean the blinds, the whole nine yards! But, that's really the extent of it for the week. All you have to do is wipe down the bathrooms and run the vacuum and swiffer everywhere else, depending on what you just cleaned. It ends up only taking an hour. It's not only do-able, but I also can feel good about myself because some part of my house is always really clean. I no longer have to pick up and/or attempt to lightly clean before people come over. It's wonderful!!
If you're disgruntled with your cleaning schedule, try this out. It may work for you as well as it does for me!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
A person can only take so much swimming. We wanted to spend some time with the kiddos, something fun for them, something cool for us, so we decided to go bowling! I'm so thankful for Lighthouse Lanes, a smoke free, Christian environment! We had some buy one, get one coupons, so we loved it even more!!
Look at those brightly colored shoes! Those precious, little feet won't be little for long! Just look at Chase's. Yes, his foot is that enormous one on the right!
The plan was for a friendly game of bowling. Really? We should have known better than that! We put all the little ones (Garrett, Jacob, Ethan, and Abby) on one lane with bumpers and the rest of us (Mom, Tina, Me, Tonya, and Chase) on the other. There may or may not have been so melt downs about gutter balls or balls that didn't knock down but one pin. There may or may not have been some trash talking and some pushing. But, by the second game, everyone was focused on just improving on their previous score. Garrett won the first game with a score of 112! (I think I had my personal best - 104.) Game 2 was won by Mom - sorry Mom, I've forgotten your score, but I know it was well over 100! More importantly than who won is the fact that a memory was made!
See what I mean? Everything's a competition!!
I love these guys and will miss them terribly when school starts again!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I recently set a day aside to get some work done for school. It's amazing how clearly you can think when you're not tired or overworked. I got so much done in just one day!
I spent the last few days of June at a workshop in West Plains. I got so, so many wonderful ideas!! And, even though we sat on bleachers in a middle school gym, he (Chris Biffle) had my attention the entire time. I have so much respect for him. He offers everything, all his resources, for FREE because he wants to help as many kids as possible. Wow! Someone who's not after the all mighty dollar. I can get behind that!
Seriously, if are a teacher you have to check out his website here. I love the Superspeed Reading and Math. If you are a parent of elementary students, it would be worth your time to check these out. They are great tools for memorization in a quick, fun way!!
Check this out:
You are looking at lesson plans for the first week of school !!! Yes, finished in June!!! I'm so excited at how much time this is going to save me when I go back to school. Those first few days are filled with meetings and classroom set up. It's always hard to find the time to plan. This year there will be no need!! I'm so glad I thought of doing it early. This is something I'll probably always do from now on.
I'm sure you've noticed that Walmart has their school supplies out. That always causes such mixed emotions for me. I love, love school supplies...the smell, the sharpness of the crayons, the three ring binders and all their new, cool designs. But, it's also a reminder that school is just around the corner. Can it really be almost time to start another year? While that certainly doesn't feel possible, I do find my thoughts going there quite often. Thankfully, I still have 4 weeks off. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be ready to go back when it's time. Until then, there's plenty of summer fun to be had!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
The love affair began in the Rocky Mountains. We had been out riding all day. When we got back to camp, we were exhausted and starving. My Papa whipped us up some tuna salad sandwiches. Sitting on top of that mountain with the gentle breeze blowing, there was nothing that could have hit the spot any better! I'm not normally a fan of tuna, but these sandwiches are the absolute best! Tina and Tonya have heard me rant and rave about Papa's tuna salad sandwich ever since then. This week he called and said he wanted to fix some for us. What a treat! We had sandwiches, potato salad, chips, fruit salad, ice cream sundaes, and lively conversation; a perfect afternoon!
Papa taught them how to be wheelbarrows. They loved it!
Monday, July 5, 2010
We have been praying for today for the past several weeks. Praying for souls, that God would prepare people's heart for the Gospel. Praying for the weather, more specifically for 82 degrees with a slight wind and no rain. We called, God answered. He answered in a BIG way. First of all, the high for today was 85 degrees. It rained in Ozark, but was dry at the site. There was a breeze that kept things cool, enough so that blankets were needed during the fireworks! Most importantly, hundreds (that's right, HUNDREDS) came forward! Pastor John sent out a tweet that said, "I have never seen anything like it at ILA. Hundreds have come forward to receive Christ as Savior! Heaven rejoices!" What an incredible sight to behold!!
We knew this was something Abby and Garrett couldn't hurt, an armored truck!
At 4:00 Mom and Dad and I headed over to the funnel cakes. This is where we spent the next three hours volunteering. It was CRAZY! Keep in mind it was the ONLY place that sold funnel cakes. There was always a line!! You could hardly ever get ahead. Mom and Dad put powered sugar on the cakes and handed them out. My job? Well, I was at the fryer. While I turned a few, my main job was to get them on the plate and out to Mom or Dad. The floor was slick as snot and there was 6 other people surrounding me, dripping hot grease on my hands and sometimes legs. At the end of the three hours, I could barely open my hand to let go of the tongs. It was hard work! I so wish I had gotten a picture of my dad. He had powdered sugar ALL OVER HIM! His jean shorts were white! White I tell ya. He had it in his watch, his eyebrows, ears...you name it, sugar covered it! I came home and showered immediately, but I still smell like grease!! It was hard work, but I had a great time serving with others!
When I got back to our spot, I ran into Aimee!! We met when we were taking our Masters classes. She teaches first grade at Century. I don't get to see or talk to her much, but I love this girl! She's absolutely amazing!! She's not only a fabulous teacher, she's also a Godly woman. It's always such a treat to see her!