Friday, October 30, 2009

101 Goals

It's been sooo long since I've even looked at my goals! So I decided to update them and get motivated again! Here's the ones I've recently accomplished:
Revised #1 and #2, Completed #16, 33, 55, 58 & 74.
Click the 101 goals title above to see the many left that I have to accomplish!!

Caffeinated Randomness



1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while blogging?
Well, I never thought about it before, but I don't ever eat while I'm blogging

2. What is one thing you wouldn’t want to live without?
my family pictures


3. Beach, mountains or farm? Where would you live if you had a choice?
Beach-although I'm not a beach goddess (to say the least), I love South Florida and the warmth!
Although my husband and children would say mountains or farm...of course I'll go wherever they go!

4. What’s your least favorite chore / household duty?
Dishes and cleaning the floors

5. Who do people say you remind them of?
Good question-No one famous-people do say Rhonda (my sister) and I are alike.

6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying home with the family?
Actually kind of both-I like being home with my family, but I love to have friends over and socialize at home!

7. What’s your all time favorite movie?
Can I pick 2? Fugitive and While You Were Sleeping

8. Do you sleep in your make-up or remove it like a good little girl every night?
Honestly? I only take it off about 50% of the time-that probably would explain the wrinkles...

9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you’ve never had a chance to learn? What is it?
Hidden talent? I have no hidden talents...I'm boring that way...but I always wanted to learn to play the piano and never followed through with it


10. What’s one strange thing that you’re really good at?
Okay, I was really good at giving birth. I had fast, easy labors. I literally felt like I could do it again right away. And I didn't have epidurals. The pregnancies were a different story!

11. What first attracted you to your spouse?
I would say his blonde hair and smile. I always thought he had nice teeth! He definitely was handsome...and 18 years later, he is still so handsome! <3

12. What is something you love to smell?
Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice and laundry fresh from the dryer


13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people.
Probably that I like to control things. Maybe it's the teacher in me. But sometimes I want things the way I want them and on alot of things I'm unwilling to compromise-though I'm not outspoken, but I annoy myself with my unwillingness to compromise! I wish I could be more easy going sometimes!

14. When you have extra money, what’s the first thing you think to do with it?
extra money? what's that?

15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? What makes you laugh the hardest?
I'm not a silent laugher but I'm not a loud person. My kids definitely make me laugh. Jay Leno's Headlines crack me up.

16. Where is your favorite place to shop?
definitely Target!

17. What’s one thing you’d do more often if you had more time?
Pray. Sleep. Just sit and think. Scrapbook. Plan awesome activities for my class...

18. Are you a big spender or frugal?
I'd say frugal-maybe not by choice...but if I don't have cash for it then I don't need it!

19. Who is your favorite character of all time?
Cinderella...duh!

20. Would you want to be famous?
Never! Especially after seeing families like "Jon & Kate".

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dilemma-Solved!


I serve a very, big God! A God who cares about the tiny details of my life. Dylan will not be doing intramural baseball this fall. Now the reasoning is not cause to rejoice-it's because his grades are poor...and we decided that since apparently, he still has not adjusted to our new school and academic demands, it would not be wise at this time to give him something else on his plate. It's funny though, how I was struggling with this decision because of time...then he brought home his papers from the week and it was a quick, easy, very obvious decision that the baseball dilemma was off the table! Yay, God. I covet your prayers for Dylan as he has always been a good student, but the academics are just a step above what we came from at our other school (which I feared would happen). God is in control!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Reading


I finished Crazy Love (and loved it!) and preceeded to look for a new book. Checked the library site, amazon and ebay for some titles that I had been thinking about reading. But I decided I didn't want to wait for books to get shipped to me so I had a brilliant idea... Why don't I check out the bookshelf upstairs for a book that I haven't read yet? I'm a genius! I found 2 that I decided looked good. So, today I am starting Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury.

If you're looking for a good book, check out the link on the right of some of my faves.
Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Dilemma


Our new school has intramural baseball. Dylan said he would like to participate in it. And Brian and I discussed that it would be especially good to help him warm up for spring baseball since last season (and the season before) Dylan's confidence was lacking. He has had such a hard time hitting the ball since kid pitch started 2 years ago. But, he LOVES baseball and has since he could walk and carry a little plastic bat. So here's the dilemma...I just found out today that the intramural baseball is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 5 o'clock. "Big deal", you may say. This means that we probably would not get home until close to 6. That leaves only 2 hours for homework, making & eating dinner, making lunches, and bathtime. When are the kids supposed to play and have downtime? I have always been against filling every waking minute of my children's schedule with activities. We enjoy being home on the weeknights with our family and not rushing around from one thing to the next. I have always had a "one activity" rule in our house. (Holly has yet to have an activity during the school year. We have kept hers limited to summertime thus far.) I enjoy being able to come home, help my kids with homework in an unhurried way, sit at the table as a family and enjoy dinner and maybe some t.v., a game or bikeride before bathtime and 8 p.m bedtime. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anything negative about other families who manage extracurricular activities...I'm just not good at juggling too many things at once like other moms are...the bottomline is the craziness and running is not what's best for MY family. Also, I am a working mom so my time at home is valuable. I need to have calm evenings and a clean home. However, I am aware that as my children get older and approach middle and high school, schedules will get busier. Ultimately, Brian and I are in control of our children's schedules. We want them to be well rounded, rested and happy. And so far I feel like we have succeeded at that. So...do I let him do this activity even though it may make chaos at our house? I WILL NOT allow any activity to interfere with church on Wednesdays, or family dinners, or schoolwork...it is my job as a parent to keep my kids' priorities in check...but if we can manage it...maybe we can fit in 10 weeks of intramural baseball???? Who knows....

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Little Behind...


I've been a little behind this week since I had to be home 2 days unexpectedly with Dylan. Thankfully, I'm not behind on housework since I was home for those 2 days! But I was behind at work...turning in stuff at the last possible second...which I despise, since that is so not me! But that's o.k. It's not the end of the world. What's important is that Dylan is feeling better this evening. He has Saturday and Sunday to recuperate. And I'm so thankful for Mondays (sure, I can say that on a Friday evening...)but only because I can start fresh and be "with it" once again. It's so nice after a crazy week to be home. I just love being in my cozy little house with my family. My heart is so full this evening. I hope I never take these little joys for granted. I know before too long my kids will be teenagers and not want to be home with us on a Friday night. For the rest of the evening I get to be home with my sweet Holly while the boys go to a softball game. I think we'll cozy up in the bed and watch t.v. God is so good to me in spite of how truly rotten I am. I love my God so much... <3 <3 <3

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Crazy Love 10


10 things that captured my attention as I read ch. 2-6...
1. Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough in our lives.
2. Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.
3. Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it's okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance.
4. The point of life is to point to Him, Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His.
5. "Thank God We are Weak"...If life were stable, I'd never need God's help. Since it's not, I reach out for Him regularly.
6. The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time.
7. Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.
8. If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream.
9. Following Christ isn't something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.
10. Chapter 7's title: "Your Best Life... Later"

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fun Friday


"No Excuse Sunday” coming soon to a church near you.

The following accommodations will be made for your convenience:

Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep in.

There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are too hard.

Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night.

We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I ever came to church.”

Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot.

Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.

Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner, too.

We will distribute “Stamp Out Stewardship” buttons for those that feel the church is always asking for money.

One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature.

Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.

We will provide hearing aids for those who can’t hear the preacher and cotton wool for those who think the music is too loud!

The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Crazy Love Ch. 1 Tidbits


I just finished chapter 1 of Crazy Love. I'm only stopping long enough to type this and then I'm getting right back to chapter 2! I'm listing a few of the things that captured my attention as I read chapter 1.
1. Before the first page was this prayer: "Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace. Your forgiveness is SO good that I struggle with believing it at times. Thank you for rescuing me from myself and giving me your Holy Spirit. Your love is better than life." WOW! This was straight from MY heart!
2. The ultimate realist=someone who believes that God is really who He says He is and that the true reality of this life is to follow Him wholeheartedly.
3. Could someone look at my life and name me a Christian? A humbling question for sure.
4. To just read the Bible, attend church and avoid "big" sins-is this passionate, wholehearted love for God?
5. God never begs us to give Him some small part of ourselves. He commands everything from His followers.
6. His art, His handiwork, His creation all echo the truth that He is glorious.
7. God is all-powerful. Colossians 1:16 tells us that everything was created for God. Don't we live instead as though God is created for us, to do our bidding, and to bless us, and to take care of our loved ones?
Food for thought for sure!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fall Into Reading


Usually I set a goal to read a certain number of books over the summer. Last summer I read 8(my goal was 10). I love reading so much. So why should I limit my reading to summer??? I have time to watch the new shows in the fall line up...so I will make time for reading this fall! The first book I'm going to read is Crazy Love.
Will you join me in some fall reading? I would love to know what your reading!

Tackle It Tuesday


This week I only spent $35 at the grocery. How?! you ask? Well I went through my frig and cabinets and made a meal plan for the things that were in my cabinet. I had enough meat for the week in the freezer. I'm really bad about not using everything in the cabinet and heading to the grocery and buying more stuff to fill the cabinet. And Brian has yet another paycut effective November 1st, so I'm trying to scale back where I can. So tonight I had some potatoes and needed a side dish. I didn't have time for baked potatoes (Brian doesn't like nuked baked potatoes), and we just had mashed late last week. Sooo, I thought I would try to make homemade cheesy scalloped potatoes. And they came out great!! My family loved them! Now they weren't as quick as a box but they didn't take that long and they definitely tasted yummier! If you want to tackle your own cheesy scalloped potatoes and want the recipe just let me know!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Today...


Today I slept 10 minutes too late which caused me to get to work 5 minutes late (actually that's not too bad!)

Today I had my favorite school lunch ever-pb & j.

Today I did NOT drink a coke. (I gave up my coke addiction a couple years back but have been sneaking cokes every now and then and I know I shouldn't!)

Today I had the most fun teaching English to my little 2nd graders. Sounds strange, I know, but I really enjoyed it.

Today I came home to a roast in the crockpot. Perfect for a Monday!

Today I laughed at my daughter as she acted out her sight words...only my drama queen could act out sight words!

Today I was happy to see my son at carline-I missed him last week when he was not at school on Thursday and Friday because of a field trip.

Today I appreciated my husband thanking me for making dinner.

Today I had my prayer time while putting on my makeup. It was one of those hurried prayers where I really wanted to just sit at His feet, but instead I rushed by with a dozen requests in one breath.

Today I didn't stop long enough to praise Him for being good and holy and loving and everything I need. Until now...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thankful Thursday


I am thankful that tomorrow is Friday!! I love going to chapel on Fridays. I adore hearing the sweet voices of the kids singing praises to God. Watching them enthusiastically doing hand motions and lifting their hands to the Lord has brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion! I've experienced chapel at other schools where you couldn't even hear the voices of the kids. So chapel at CCA has been such a blessing to me-just sweet,simple uplifting music and angelic voices. I love FRIDAYS!!

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