Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Here's my thankful list for this week!

~ having a husband who loves me and takes care of me.

~ snack day with my boy. Since he has been doing his UIL practice, I take him a snack after school and it's been a couple weeks since went to our regular snack day on Thursday!  Today the teacher couldn't meet after school so we got to have snack day. I treasure this time together!

~ being 13 weeks pregnant today. Every day and every week is a blessing that I don't take for granted.

~ having meals in the freezer that my Mom made.  It is so nice to have them for supper!

~ a nice, busy weekend!  The floor got done in the baby's room and we went to a cousin's wedding. It was nice to see family there. Before the wedding I had a tea party with my nieces.

~ people checking on us.  We weren't at church Sunday as we traveled to the wedding, and it was nice to have a couple different ones check to make sure we were okay.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?  Night time. I love reading with my boy before he goes to sleep and then talking with my husband in bed before we fall asleep. 

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? husband took ours to work and I never think to get a new one. 

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?  It doesn't take much nowadays!  Ha!  Waking up early makes me grouchy. 

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?  No, I've not been to Canada. This question reminds me of the names of explorers we studied last week as several of them discovered different places in Canada. I would like to go there and see Niagara Falls. 

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?  I loved so many of my Mom's meals, especially her goulash eaten with white bread. Yes, it is still a favorite and she still makes it for me. 

6. Do you cry easily?  Sometimes, not typically though. 

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?  Yes, I've done a little here and there. When I see something on sale I will get it and store it away. I have ideas for several people and just need to get it!  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  We had a busy floor in baby's room and had a date with my husband Saturday night. We rented God's Not Dead also. Sunday we left to go to a cousin's wedding. We stayed the night with my in laws and then Monday morning. We went to my doctor appointment. Our baby is growing!  It was fun for Caleb to see and hear the baby!  

Have a day of blessings!

Made for a purpose

Recently my husband and son ripped the old carpet out of the extra room which will be the new baby's room. My husband decided to take off the baseboards and had a tool to do this called a pry bar  When he started he realized this tool was not going to work! These baseboards had been screwed into the steel framing of the house.  He had to use his electric drill to unscrew them.  The pry bar caused the first baseboard to crack in half. On the other hand, with the drill the baseboards came off quickly and efficiently.

Visit Laced With Grace to read the rest if my devotional thought today.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, October 10, 2014

5th Grade

The first six weeks of 5th grade passed quickly for my boy.  We are in the routine now and have quite a busy boy!

Each morning when he arrives he puts up the flags.  This was his job last year at the end of the year. Then he has been running the school store with another boy on Mondays through Thursdays.  They have fun pencils, erasers, etc., and the kids love shopping there. On Friday mornings he helps me sale spirit ribbons.

After school he takes down the flags.  Last year he did this in his last period class, but this year he has math last so he does it after school instead. Since I pick him up each day, I have figured out when to go so he will be done with that!  He also gets the mail for the secretary.

The classwork has been busy too! He seems to have more homework this year than in the past.  It is mostly studying for quizzes and math homework.  Math was rough for us both for the first couple of weeks I'd say, but he is doing great.  (I will say some of the questions on those math papers confuse me so much.  The wording of the story problems makes it seem like they want to trick the student. It is definitely different than what I had.)

Now the past couple of weeks we've added something new after school!  They are starting a robotics team for 4th and 5th graders.  He is really excited to learn about this.  Also, he made the team for UIL Number Sense (which did surprise me that he tried out for this one!) and is practicing for the UIL Picture Memory team (they haven't picked the team yet).  Number Sense is a test that they have to answer as many problems as they can in 10 minutes I think without doing any work on paper.  They are learning some tricks to do them in their head.  Picture Memory is the one he did last year....they have 40 pictures to memorize the title and artist's name.  It is the same pictures for two years in a row, and he remembers most of them from last year.  This year we can focus more on the spelling of the words.  Those practices are held after school each day.

He is also in 4H and the club president.

Also a few weeks ago he made it to the 1 million word club through the AR reading program.  He was the first one to get there.  :)

He is a busy boy and seems to be doing well keeping up with things.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

"Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me." 
Psalm 66:20

I read this verse today and it made me smile. We have so much for which we can thank God. There is so much sadness and negativity in the news. I'm thankful for the hope of Jesus, His love, and knowing He hears our prayers. 

This week I am thankful for...

~ seeing how my husband responded to a work situation. I was annoyed at how the other person treated him but was impressed with his response to the situation. 

~ watching my boy succeed in school.  We are proud of him!

~ feeling okay with the pregnancy and the symptoms continuing.  My next appointment is Monday.

~ food from my Mom. Last weekend we stopped for supper on our way home.  She sent us home some leftovers and a chocolate cake she had made.  She had a bowl of beans too in her freezer which she gave to me and I had for my lunch this week.

~ the beauty of God's creation, like the beautiful moon we saw this week.  

~ being able to rest when I need to.  I'm thankful for time to rest when I feel tired.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 1. Do you manage your own money or do you have a financial planner who helps in some way? Do those kinds of conversations stress you out? A lot or a little? Yes we have one, but it's been a while since we've seen him.  It mostly confuses me and feels overwhelming if I try to process it.  I handle our checkbook and such and have my own method for that, and it doesn't stress me.

2. The second week of October is Pet Peeve Week. Off the top of your head, share TWO of your current pet peeves.
--People looking at their phones at the table.
--Drivers who don't use turn signals.

3. What is one thing you'd like to learn right now, this very week if you could?  how to make a quilt! 

4. How concerned are you about the recent health related news concerning Ebola? How about Enterovirus D68?  I have read reports about the Enterovirus, and since I have a young son, it does concern me as it seems to move closer to our area.  Ebola is concerning to me too since it made it to Texas.   I don't want to live in fear that it will spread more but feel it is a possibility.  

5. Garfield, Nemo, or Tigger-your favorite orange cartoon character?  Tigger has always annoyed me.  I guess Nemo just based on how they look!

6. I'm going to see Gone Girl with my neighborhood book club this week. So often books made into film are disappointing. What's a book turned film you thought was well done, in that the casting was 'like you pictured' when you read the book, and the film plot remained mostly true to the book plot?  I'm not much of a movie watcher so I don't really have an answer!

7. What is one story your family always tells about you? Of course there are many!  My cousin can tell a lot!  One is at supper we were having Brussels sprouts, and I told her she should try them. She didn't want to, and I told her they have chocolate in the middle and are so good.  I don't know where I came up with that!  It makes me laugh!

8. Insert your own random thought here. I thought I'd share some baby items.  My Mom knew Caleb would like the camo if this is a boy or a girl!  She said she could add a pink bow if needed.  A friend from church gave me the little blanket.  I bought some things at the consignment sale too but didn't take a picture....a sleeper and swaddler and candy corn outfit.  

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thankful Thursday

It's the first Thursday in October!  We have had a nice, cool evening with the windows and doors open.

Today I am thankful for...
~ my husband having a job!  We remembered this week how this time last year was the government shutdown.

~ my helpful boy. The other night after supper I said we need to put some meat in the freezer and get clothes off the line. I noticed Caleb putting on his shoes and realized he was outside taking the clothes down. It made me smile that he did this without being directly told to do it.

~ very pregnancy symptom I feel.  It makes me excited to think of our baby growing.

~ going to an interesting workshop. I got three hours of continuing ed credit for it. It was about anger management and test stress. Lots of good information!

~ good buys at the consignment sale. I enjoyed going to shop! And it's fun to monitor how many of my items have sold.

~ a new month. We've got lots of things planned.

Have a day of blessings!