December 15, 2010

Giveaway at TO Schoolhouse blog

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:20 am by ammiejo

I’m always on the lookout for ways to encourage my kids to practice their math skills. Games, flashcards, saying them out loud….whatever it takes. They enjoy playing games that encourage their skills. It helps them to remember the facts and make them concrete in their mind.

This Old Schoolhouse is having a Giveaway for 1 year subscription for one child for Mathletics! Go Check it out!



May 19, 2010

Playing dolls

Posted in kids, life, Uncategorized at 12:53 pm by ammiejo

Yesterday I was playing dolls with Princess. She has a collection of the princess Barbie dolls. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty etc. This is the conversation that followed.

Princess: “Belle, What did you have for breakfast?”
Me: “We had eggs and bacon. What did you have for breakfast Snow White?”
Princess: “We had wolf. My dad went out and killed a wolf and we ate it all up.”
Me: (wondering where she got this and trying not to laugh) “Oh really, was it good?”
Princess: “No, it tasted like wolf.”

February 12, 2010

Lovey Dovey Five Question Friday

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:03 pm by ammiejo

My Little Life

Friday already? And Valentine’s Day weekend! Mama M cooked up a whole week of  Valentine-ness. But I missed it. I hope some of you linked up and told your love stories!

Rules: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, grab the blog hop code (if you’d like) and link up! I would love you forever and ever, amen…if you’d link back to me, Mama M!
If you don’t have a blog (get one) share your answers in the comments here, or on any blog along the way!
Okay, let’s get started…
Questions for Friday, 2/12/10: (Thanks to Jennifer, Maryanne (private blog), Heidi, Jodi, and Jessica for their question suggestions!! Wanna be linked in a future 5QF? Head on over here, to my community and offer up your best questions!)
And so we begin…
1. What is the one thing your love does for you that you can’t live without?
Let’s just be honest here, he exists. Right? Seriously! I look forward to him coming home,  so I can yell, kids Dad’s home and watch with delight as they climb all over him so I can see his face and hug him tight! Ya know cause I miss him so much!
In all truth, he builds me up. On those days, weeks, or months that I’m feeling down. He reminds me of all the things that I’m doing right. He tells me that I’m beautiful and that he can’t get enough of me. So yeah, He builds me up!

2. When did you know your love was “the one”?
Our beginning was a rocky one. Entirely our fault, we just didn’t do our beginning right. And it took awhile to get things right. I can’t say when I knew he was “the one”, but I know when I knew I loved him.

3. Does your love have a special ringtone on your cell?
Yes, When you Love Someone by Brian Adams.

4. What are you attracted to most in your special someone?
Physically…his eyes. He has the bluest eyes and his smile is catching. The way he wraps his arms around me. I feel safe.
Emotionally…His Faith. He loves God and he loves our family.

5. Did you know when/where he/she was going to pop the big question?

We had decided we were going to get married, well before he ever actually proposed or bought a ring. We already had our oldest two boys. It was just a question of when. I had almost given up on the idea and I was feeling sad. It was Christmas ’98 and he asked me to marry him Christmas Eve beside the Christmas tree. Awwww….how sweet. And it was. I was so happy.

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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.

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


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!

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!


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.

December 18, 2009

More Randomness

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:40 am by ammiejo

Vacation! Vacation! Christmas Vacation! I am so excited! Although the kids say they are so much more excited than I am!  Their friends are out of school and visits are being scheduled, plans are being made. Grandparents and cousins, aunts and uncles, family time. It is my favorite thing about this time of year. Just being with the ones we love. Christmas party after Christmas party! Sitting and talking! Playing games! Making memories!

Stacy finished his semester with all A’s again. I’m so proud. He worked so hard this semester. And next semester will be more of the same. But until then we are going to enjoy having him all to ourselves. And I have my honey to do list all ready. Unfortunately, the pine wood derby car is taking a front seat and my list a back seat. There’s only one car to make this year, which is a little bitter sweet. But we still have several years of making Brason’s cars. He picked out a truck this year. We’ll see what they come up with.

I cut Amiah’s bangs today. Every time I think, I’ll just let them grow out, and then they get longer and they stay in her eyes. She refuses to keep barrettes or pony tails in. (which shouldn’t surprise you, she doesn’t like clothes either!) So they’re cut. Maybe we’ll let them grow out when she is a little older. The back is long and a mess if we just leave it down. But I love it too much to cut it. If you ask her if she wants it cut, she tells us No! And I don’t want to cut it because I have horrible memories about a 2nd grade mullet hair cut. I cried for weeks after my mom cut my hair. So I’m trying to avoid that. But maybe the bangs are almost as bad?

I am really looking forward to our Christmas services. Sunday morning the adult choir is singing and the service will be wonderful! Sunday night is the kids service. Drama, puppets, kids choir, little kids music and more! And then there is the Christmas Eve service! It is one of my favorite services of the year. It’s a candlelight service. We sing, and someone reads the story of Christs birth and we sing some more. And visit. It’s simple and beautiful. This year we’re having it in our new Life Center.

And so for tonight, that is it. I swear when I lay down at night I have all this witty stuff running through my head. It apparently doesn’t last until morning.  Or maybe it isn’t as witty as I think! I do have some ideas about where I want to head with my blog eventually. But I’m still working on those.

Merry Christmas all!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

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