January 28, 2010

Snow and ice, not so nice

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:07 pm by ammiejo

The weather men and women are forecasting snow and ice for four area. They have us receiving anything from 1 to 10 inches. I’m not going to worry about it. It will either happen or not. I’m not concerned for my family. Don’t get me wrong, it would be inconvenient if the electricity goes out, but we have natural gas heat. So we’ll be warm, even if we don’t have electricity. My concern is for those whose primary source of heat is electricity. I’m praying that the storm doesn’t unleash so much ice as it does snow! We have our gas grill to cook on, so that’s covered for us too. I’ve got the batteries charging, the candles and oil lamps dug out.

On the plus side, it would mean dh gets to spend an unscheduled day off at home! Yay! Plus, plus think of all the fun we can have on the white stuff. The bad part of ice aside, it’s really fun to play on. Add some snow and woooohoooo! Just need to dig out the really warm coats, gloves, and hats.

I remember one winter, when I was 11 or 12, it snowed and iced! There was so much of it. We had a three wheeler and our neighbor had a four wheeler. My step dad and their dad pulled us around behind them on cardboard and an old car hood. LOL It was so much fun! Pink cheeks,  frozen fingers, fun, and lots of laughter! And then the hot chocolate. Oh yeah, the hot chocolate! With marshmallows! and not the freeze dried kind either!

Am I a mean mom because, snow or not, I plan for them to still do school? They can only play outside in the snow for so long. Right?

Off to cook some dinner. Later taters.

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Dear Husband,

Posted in Dear husband, diet at 5:01 pm by ammiejo

Dear Husband,

I love you so much. I think you are perfect just the way you are. I am so glad that we have decided to journey toward healthier bodies together. I am encouraged when you help me to plan healthy meals and let me know of yummy, healthy dishes you would like to try.

You should know, it’s not so encouraging when you whisper in my ear that you lost 6 lbs last week and still you ate the cake you wanted to have. I would like to step on your little toe.

Love,

your wife

January 25, 2010

The scale

Posted in diet, life at 6:51 pm by ammiejo

I’ve wanted to change my eating and exercise habit for so long. I told myself at the beginning of this year I would do it. And so I am. Changing I mean. I quit sugar and caffeine. The sugar didn’t bother me as much as the caffeine did. *I missed it*

Since then I’ve added caffeine back in the form of my morning only coffee. I’m so glad. So are my kids. The sugar. I’m using a sugar substitute now. Some of the substitutes aren’t so bad, but some just leave bad taste in my mouth.

I’m down 12 lbs now! Wooohooo! I’m so ashamed of what I weigh. What I did weigh. BUT I’m determined to do this. For me, for my husband, for my kids. I’m doing the South Beach Diet. Or my version anyway. I bought the book and I’m reading it and learning so much as I go.

The problem is the scale. No it isn’t what you think. My dear husband, bought me a really nice scale. It’s very accurate. One of the boys had a checkup couple of weeks ago. It’s on the dot with the dr’s scale. The problem is, I can’t stay away from it. I weigh myself at least once every day. At least. I know it’s a bad idea. Bad. Bad. BUT I can’t stop. Someone help me! It’s a terrible addiction.

Ammie

Dear husband,

Posted in Dear husband, life, marriage at 1:35 am by ammiejo

Dear husband,

Just a note to tell you how much I love you. Just to let you know, because I wouldn’t want you to doubt… Next time I ask you to help me to clean up the kitchen and you say “I would love to but I really need to go and do bills.” Then you go sit at the computer and play games. Just know, without a doubt, as much as I love you, and I really, really do, I’m going to torture you with it for days. But it’s all in love. All in love.

Love you SO-oooo much,

Your Wife.

January 23, 2010

Juggling is probably easier

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:17 pm by ammiejo

It’s a juggling act. Seriously. Doing school, housework, playing, making meals, (working, for those that do) and the hundred other things that Mommies need (are expected) to do. I think learning to juggle is probably easier. So I expect to drop the ball occasionally (it’s okay, balls bounce). Sometimes we have frozen pizza or cereal for dinner. And I’m okay with that. The laundry piles up, that’s okay it will still be there on Saturday. Housework? A little dust, some crumbs under the feet in the kitchen, or a carpet that needs vacuuming all will wait. Even school stuff. So what if we don’t do every problem on our math sheet. Do we really need to take a quiz on every single section in Science or History? I don’t think so.

I don’t grade every single assignment that the kids do. For instance History. They are supposed to read the assignment and then answer the questions in their history notebook. I do not check this every day. Shame on me. Because if I did check it every day I would have known that “B” wasn’t even bothering to do his assignment. And then after looking, I found out he wasn’t doing another regular assignment. Thing is he pulled this earlier this year and I thought he wouldn’t do (or not do) this again.

I assigned the kids a journal entry on Thursday. It was a fun short story entry. I wanted them to start it on Thursday and continue working on it Friday. They really enjoyed this and each one brought their story to me to read. When “B” brought his story to me, I realized he had not written it in his Journal notebook. When I asked he told me he couldn’t find it. So I asked him where he had been doing his journal entries this month. He admitted he hadn’t been doing those either. *Oy vey* This child!

I don’t grade their journal. I do assign writing that I grade, but I want them to just create in their journal. Spelling and proper grammar is not my goal for journal writing. So admittedly I haven’t checked his journal since the beginning of last month. Or his history.

I was very calm. I didn’t feel very calm. I was frustrated at myself, because I guess I should still be treating him like he is in 2nd grade. Looking over every. single. assignment. he does. And now I will. Because I dropped the ball. I let it bounce all over the stinking place. I asked him if he knew he hadn’t completed the assignments. He told me he knew. I pointed out that every day when he checked off those assignments and put his assignment book away, that he deceived me. That he lied to me.

His punishment? He’s grounded. He has no computer or game privileges. He can not go to his buddies house or have friends over. Until he completes all of the missing assignments, if he gets the assignments done quickly, it will still be at least 1 week. I’m trying to decide if 2 weeks is more appropriate. I doubt he completes all of the assignments in 1 week. I told him he would have his punishment tonight. I needed to talk to his Dad first.

I am going to change some of the journal entries he didn’t do and have him explain why Obedience and Honesty is important. Why there are Consequences for every one of our actions…

I’m curious how you would have handled this. Any creative, learn his lesson type of punishments?

Customer Service 101

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:35 pm by ammiejo

I started this post way before Christmas. Since starting my diet, I have avoided all encounters with my friendly Sonic. *sigh* I know I could have a Diet Coke with my much beloved cherry vanilla. But, alas, I’m trying to avoid as much caffeine as possible. I even gave up my morning caffeinated coffee for decaf for two whole weeks. My children are glad I’ve decided to have a couple of cups in the morning again. 😀

Sonic is one of my favorite places to stop in and grab a drink or an ice cream cone. I used to love their chicken sandwiches, until they started messing with the bun.  And who can resist “happy hour” there? Half priced cherry vanilla coke and I’m a happy girl! I thought when they put a Sonic just 2 minutes from my house I would be in serious trouble. I think the family fortune is safe, for now, but I still sneak away and grab delicious goodness when I can.

Friday, I needed to run errands in town. I know, that’s just crazy. Friday errands? Dumb. Dumb. But I had put them off all week, and so I had no choice. Well, I did have the choice of late fees. But anyway, we headed out, did about half our errands. And the cries began. “Mom, I’m thirsty.” 🙂 “Hello, thirsty, I’m Mom. Nice to meet you.” They hate that, probably like I did when I was a kid. It was almost Happy Hour so I distracted them with a visit to see Daddy. They love stopping by to see Daddy.

Afterward, we went to our favorite Sonic. There are now 3 in our town. It seems crazy to me, but they are all usually pretty busy. This is the oldest one and in our opinion the fastest and the best. After figuring out what everyone would be having I proceeded to order.

I don’t expect much when I eat fast food. After all it is fast food. But being corrected like a 3 year old isn’t one of them. The customer is always right…or they were when I worked fast food.

I’m shocked and a little taken back when the young lady corrects me on the proper way to order a hamburger. My mouth dropped open, and my eyes about popped out of my head.  Bless her heart,   (that’s what all of us Southern girls say, just before the but…)  but, I really wanted to reach through that speaker and hug her real close. While I explain… I order the way I do, because I’ve learned if I don’t, you people mess it up. I’ve been here enough to know that while You, my friendly little order taker, may know that a hamburger with ketchup only, means ketchup, meat, and bun, doesn’t mean the guy in back knows that. BUT I didn’t. I took my happy Sonic order and went on my way. I’m still a little miffed at that girl.

January 21, 2010

Ahhhhhh!!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:01 pm by ammiejo

Trying to get the text to be below the pictures! I’ve tried everything I could find on the WordPress Help, but I’m clueless!

Haircuts today!

Posted in kids, life at 7:09 pm by ammiejo

Today was haircut day! The boys have grown up going to a barber. My brother has gotten his hair cut there, my stepdad, and his adoptive dad (his maternal grandfather), have all gotten their haircut there. Dan, the barber man, is wonderful. He was patient through each of the boys “first” haircuts. Through years of Benjamin being so scared of people he had to sit on our lap to get his hair cut, and even then cried through the whole thing. He’s given them buzz cuts, spike hair cuts (all three went through a phase where they got it cut so it would spike), and regular little boy hair cuts. When we go, we have to wait….forever. I don’t want to wait 30 minutes and then wait an additional hour while they get their actual cuts.  Over time his prices have went up, not too much, a dollar here and there over the years. We started out getting their hair cut for $6 a piece, just recently it went from $8 to $10.  That’s considerably more than a salon in town that will do it for $5 per kid. Dh’s barber charges $7 per kid, but after one visit there I decided we would try the girl who cuts my hair.

Bethany. I love this girl. She cuts my hair, colors it (don’t tell, everyone thinks this is my natural color 😀 ), and styles it exactly like I ask her to. So I knew that if I took the boys there I would get it done, exactly the way I asked. She charges $8 per kid and I think it’s worth it to be able to go in, tell her how I want it done and walk out not feeling stressed because she didn’t listen.

So the boys all got their hair cut. It occurred to me that Princess could use a trim. Other than me cutting her bangs and trimming the very edges, she has never had a real haircut. But today, she did!

This was before.

She wanted to have a pink apron.

She sat so still! And this is what Bethany got when she told Princess to close her eyes, while she cut her bangs.

It was a wonderful experience! And I’m hoping that now that those scraggly ends are gone, the ends of her hair won’t tangle so badly! I didn’t get an after picture! How silly of me! Ah well! I’ll try to do that later!

Have a wonderful evening, all!

Giveaway from Delightful Learning

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:43 am by ammiejo

Not from me, but from Delightful Learning ! I love her blog. She has the neatest ideas for nature studies, her boys have drawn some really neat pictures, and I love her Instant Challenges. I just found those and I think our boys would love them.

Anyway, the giveaway is for a set of lacing buttons. You can see them here. Or you can see them at Delightful Learning where you can enter to win a set of the lacing buttons! I think our princess would love to use these in her school time! So hop on over and visit Delightful Learning and enter to win!

Ammie

January 6, 2010

Lazies and Crazies

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 2:17 am by ammiejo

Yep. That’s what I’m calling it. The post Christmas break ‘lazies and crazies’. Why? Because the kids are not cooperating with school time or chore time. Any need for extra help is being met with whines and moans. Not mine. Well, not too often anyway. But seriously, the boys want to do only what they have to do. They aren’t being loving, respectful, or kind to each other. Which is lazy and crazy. They expect to be treated a certain way from their brothers and sister, but no one is holding up their end of the deal. So it’s all out of whack. I’m done playing referee. I need to get back to being the coach. I’ve got to lay out my game plan. 🙂

I guess it’s time for a Mommy Boot Camp of sorts. Or Kiddie Boot Camp, mommy director. Either way, we can’t function like this! So it’s like starting at day 1. Show love for each other. Do what your asked, when your asked. No excuses. Stay focused on your school work. Do your chores. Be helpful. Be kind. Be joyful. Be a friend. Have self control. Be obedient. I’m sure there is more. But right now, that’s where we need to focus.

And if I’m being honest, and I want to be honest. This is my fault. I’ve let it get this far because I was enjoying the break and I let too much slide. Too many incidents of letting them put self first. Too much of mommy putting self first. It has to be Jesus. Others. Yourself. Or it just doesn’t work. We just need to relearn that. Be reminded of it.

So that’s what we are doing this week. Reminding ourselves to not be lazy about thinking of others. Don’t be driving momma crazy with the tattling and whining. Do what your asked (Ephesians 6:1)  and do it to the best of your ability(Colossians 3:23). So that’s our focus for the next little while.

We’ll be sticking with our schedule as much as is possible. God has really blessed us this fall/winter. Other than the flu that Brennen and I had, and some minor things, we have all been healthy. Which to me is amazing, because there has been a lot of sickness around us. I’m very grateful for that.

And now I’m ready to go to bed. Discussing building a house with the husband is stressful. Especially about the school room. *sigh* Even if we are just dreaming.

I’ll let you know how the boot camp goes. 😉 Got to get that game plan together again.