February 8, 2010

Woven Barrettes

Posted in barrette, Craft at 4:46 pm by ammiejo

I found a lovely blog! Pink and Green Mama is full of wonderful crafts and fun things to do with your littles! I love all of the fantastic stuff she has on her site! The kids and I have really enjoyed doing some of the fun crafts. But we are just getting started! She has so much!

At the end of January she posted a link to make some pretty barrettes. I remember these! And I knew Sassy would love wearing them too! So I went to the link at Family Fun and looked over the directions. I had the ribbon from scrapbooking and making other barrettes for Amiah, I just needed to find the barrettes. From the comments I was afraid I would have a problem finding them. But found them when I stopped at the local Dollar General to pick up something I had forgotten in town. So if you try these, check out your local DG for the barrettes.

The barrettes aren’t hard. Weaving the ribbon in and out was a little tricky, but I moved more quickly after I chose a technique. I haven’t decided how I want to cover up the barrette at the starting end or the right way to finish it off. I’m still messing around with that and if you have any hints I would love to hear them! Also when she wore one of the barrettes, with the lace and her hair, it was a tight fit. I’ve decided to experiment with a wider ribbon and different weaving patterns.

And without further ado, here are the two barrettes I finished. She wore the burgundy and white one to church yesterday.

Burgundy and whiteOn the burgundy and white one, I twisted the ribbon at the top because I was trying to cover the beginning end. It ended up looking neat so I left it the way it was!

Cost of supplies.

Barrettes a card of 6 barrettes was $1.50

Ribbon was .19 cents a yard if you buy it buy the yard. Mine was less because I had the spools of it.

And my time.

Very fun!


February 6, 2010

Five Question Friday

Posted in Five Question Friday at 2:23 am by ammiejo

So this is my first Five Question Friday and my first MckLinky too. Bear with me folks.

Rules for 5QF: Copy the following questions to your blog post, paste them, answer them, c’mon back and grab the MckLinky code (if you’d like), and then link up!! Easy peasy! I would also be very appreciative if you’d link back to, Mama M.!

If you don’t have a blog, feel free to jump in on the comments along the way! I’d love to hear your answers too!

Wanna be linked in a future 5QF? Just c’mon over here, to Mama M’s community, and offer up your best questions!)

1. What are you most afraid of?

I’m most afraid of dieing and leaving my children. Or even worse, something happening to my husband and having to do this on my own. My parents were separated when I was very young and divorced later. I want so much for my kids to grow up with both my husband and I present to love and to teach them.

My stepdad was awesome! He did so much for us and he loved us so much! But I wanted so much more from my dad than what he was there for. I know a lot of the decisions I made as a teenage girl were made out of that need for my dad to be there.

2. Do you use a flat iron or curling iron?

I only use a curling iron. My hair is board straight. There’s not so much as a wave, unless I put it there. The plus side is that it does curl easily and it holds a curl well.

I still have the curling iron that I bought on my honeymoon. (I forgot to pack mine.) Unfortunately, it was broken a couple of weeks ago. No one admitted to being the guilty party. That’s okay I wanted a new one anyway.

3. Hands-free or phone to the ear?

Phone to the ear. Not by choice, though.

The husband, has went through two hands free devices. I think he’s just rough on them.

I’d like to have one, for those really long phone conversations I’m always having. *snort* No really, I need both of my hands most of the time. To wash dishes, catch a child, fold the laundry, etc.

4. Do you have a matching bedroom set?

Nope. But it’s not really something that is high on my list of must haves. I’d much rather have a matching living room set first.

One would think that my dear husband would see my desire for that fluffy, comfortable couch/love seat or even a lush sectional that we could all cuddle up on. Alas, it’s not to be. Not yet, anyway.

5. Do you believe in the paranormal?

Not in the sense of ghosts of people who have lived. Yes, in the sense of spirit beings, good and evil. Angels and demons if you will. That I do believe.

And I believe in monsters under my bed. Don’t make fun. Seriously! I slept for years with the blankets pulled all the way up to  my neck so the monsters couldn’t grab my arms or legs. When I told my husband this he laughed every time he looked at me. All day long.

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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.

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.


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.


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


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!

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