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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.
It has bee a lovely time off with my family. We
had a huge feast at my mom's on Thanksgiving. Then
turned around and had one again on Saturday with all
of the kids and their significant others. It was so nice
to spend time with everyone.

It also feels so good to be slightly organized again. I got
the entire house cleaned including Superboys room thanks to his
sister. I have our lessons ready for the coming weeks but still
would like to add some holiday crafting. Clubs are planned for
work; all of it now just needs prepared. Oh and our holiday
decorations are up and ready. Except for a few Halloween
window clings I noticed on the front door this morning. (Hee hee)



Just for fun I created this fun Turkey barrett. I found it on
another blog you can find it here Gobble Hair clip.

I am thankful for...

My Lord and Savior.

My family, home, food on the table, transportation and
clothing on our backs.

God is so good.



Nikki

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Birds First Birthday

Happy Birthday to my Grandbaby Bird.. We had a
wonderful time celebrating his Birthday on Saturday.
I thought I'd share a few of our best photos.

Bird and his Mommy...


Heart and Bird. This was after his cake. His hair is all cute
and curly... He is sporting the new jacket Heart bought him.

Bird and Sweet pea enjoying the wrapping paper more
than the toys. Sweet pea is two months older than
Bird but looks a little bit smaller in size.


I love this one of sweet pea. Her face always shows her
emotions.




Superboy stealing the show. He always is doing something
silly.



It's so fun being your grandmom Baby Bird.
Love you !!





Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Giveaway at 5 Minutes for Moms...


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I almost didn't get the chance to participate in the Christmas Giveaway
going on all through November at 5 Minutes for moms. I am finally
getting around to posting about the event. Every year 5 minutes for moms
helps bloggers get a jump start on their shopping. Go to their website
for details and rules. Last year I won a necklace with all of my childrens
names on them. Here are some of the participating contests at the moment.

Britax B-Ready Stroller valued at $499.00
Little Tikes Neighborhood Market
Keurig Single-Cup Brewer and Selection of Folgers Gourmet
Selections and Millstone Coffee K-Cups
Superstructs Custom Kit
Sing-a-ma-jigs Giveaway
BISSELL Steam & Sweep
Indestructibles Baby Books
$25 Gift Certificate to Lavish & Lime
Oneida Bakeware
Kaleidoscopes for Christmas
Epson Stylus NX625 all-in-one printer
The Land of Nod Christmas Giveaway
Disney Sing It Party Hits for the Wii
Hot toys from Playskool, Hasbro and Playmobil
Playful Playskool Giveaway
Nintendo’s New Carnival Games for the Wii
dB Logic Earphones Giveaway
Metal Frame Micro RC Helicopter from Discovery Store Giveaway
Hall Stars Indoor 2 in 1 Hockey Baseball Game
Things Remembered Giveaway
Beyblade Giveaway
Celebrity Gift Basket Worth Over $450.00
Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony Giveaway
Gift Certificate to Jewelry Ninja

Good luck entering...

Also don't forget to nominate any families you know of that are
In need.....
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Simple Womens Daybook


* What do you think of my new look?



Today is...
November 22, 2010


Weekend at a Glance.....
Saturday - I stopped at our church Christmas bazaar to deliver some
goodies for the sale. Then we headed to my grandsons 1st
Birthday party. Photos later. Lots of great photos.

Sunday- We had church services. Then I sat around waiting for a
friend to come and take a look at our van. He didn't make it.
I'm hoping he comes sometime in the upcoming week .


From the learning rooms...

Spirit age 4-
Spiders, Mice, and Thanksgiving
(Mostly educational play)

Superboy age 10-
Has just started a 5th grade math book. I'm not sure I like
the curriculum. The way it is set up is a tad confusing. He
also started a new Language curriculum. Hoping that that goes
smoother than the math has been.

Princess age 13- Princess is also finishing up books from
last year and is about to embarq on some new material as well.

I am wearing...
Jeans and black shirt

I am hearing ...
Baby fussing. She is a little over tired.
(Now she is in my lap)

Favorite things.....
My desk. It's finally cleaned off.

I am Thankful for...
Baby gates

Story time with Sweet pea (Read baby Jesus so cute)

The bible story books I found at the church sale

warm quilts

For our van, which is barely hanging on. I am filling
it with power steering every day.




I am praying for...

Our van - That Brian can come and fix it otherwise
I don't know what we will do.

In need of dads medicine. (Going on week 3 without them)


Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week

Monday- Typical monday
Tuesday- Parent training sessions
Wednesday-Fluency
Thursday- Happy Thanksgiving day at moms
Friday- Black Friday staying home
Saturday- Our Thanksgiving at home
Sunday- Church services and Hanging of the greens
at our church.
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Week of Wonder....

Hi everyone. It has been one crazy week again. I barely have time
for my little blog but just can't give up my love of writing. (even
if I'm not so good at it. ) When I finally did get to visit here I found
my blog had a few errors. So I have changed to a plain template
at the moment. I hope to tweak it a bit this weekend and make it
my own. I'm not as good with blogger as I was with my other templates.

Work is going great. The kids are beginning to get into the swing of
things. We had a sparks gym person come yesterday and I loved how
she incoorporated music with gym time. They loved it and it kept
them moving. Might be an idea for those gymtime co-ops. The
children also came up with the idea to make a paper chain of all the
things they are thankful for. They have at the moment 400 links. I
am beginning to not know what to do with it.

Home education here is speeding by. My children are working
hard everyday. Superboy started a 5th grade math book. It is
new and different. We haven't decided yet if we like it. His
language and grammar is new too and has been a bit of a struggle
adjusting to it. Our home is a mess. I need to get to that as soon
as I can, but Saturday is our church bazaar and I have some things
I have to get done. Well off to work. Have a great day.

Nikki
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Political Views

I just want to say right now before I post this that I have
no idea where I stand on the political front. It is so hard to
choose someone who's views match your own when typically
only a few of the things a politician might say matches your views.
Even then you aren't sure if its the honest truth or it's someone sifting
for votes. I don't feel right being placed in one party because
my views aren't always in one spot. I may be unsure where I
politically stand but I do know one thing. I am tired
of hearing things that I believe a politician probably has
absolutely no idea about other than statistics and what
they have read. Now don't get me wrong reading is a good
thing. I am the teacher of my children after all but because I
am a teacher I also know that experienceing something
is more profound than you can imagine. Now here is what I
want to say. I want someone in office who knows. Who has
really been there and remembers. Someone who had to work
hard to get where they are but also knows it is not always
possibly for everyone to meet that American Dream.

Quite frankly I am tired of hearing people complain about
welfare and food stamps. I hear things like

"Those people just need to get a job."
"We should regulate the food they can buy."
"I could do so much if I had that money."
I am tired of lazy people, they need to work."

Seriously lets just take the poors rights completely away since..
well they are poor right. Seriously ....? Why should they matter?
(Place Sarcasm here) If you have not been there then I don't
really want to hear this .

Let me ask you .. Have you ever had to lay your sweet baby
on a floor because you had no bed for them? Have you ever
walked the streets only to be denied a job because of lack of
education but you can't afford to be educated. Possibly even
you were passed right through the system without an education.
Have you ever had to feed your child a can of green beans for
dinner because that is all you had. Now imagine that child who
has food stamps available to them and can have a snack just
like his neighbor and possibly feel a little more normal for
one afternoon. You have no idea the system before you. The
humiliation of having to apply. Being talked down to as if you
are unintelligent because you are poor. Never mind if you miss
one line on that form and loose your benefits as a punishment
for that month. What a punishment.... We take the food from
these children's mouths because of a blank box. I know it has
to be regulated in someway but wow...

And never mind all this hoopla over health care. I don't
know what is right but until you have been there.. You don't know.
What would it be like for you if you were expecting and you had
to be herded like cattle and weighed in during a check up. Where
your choice is really no choice at all. Your teeth ache but you
will need to pull it with pliers because you don't qualify for help.
What about a spouse who relies on his medicine for life but you
can't afford it. Really think about that. Your spouse would die
without it. Sure I hear you, you would do what it takes to get it
right? You would just get a job? For some none of this is an option
and the cost of health care with out insurance can be untouchable.
They can't work because of their health. No one will hire them.
What is wrong with helping each other. Our we so tied up that
we can't see past our own needs. What of the needs of others.

I don't have all the answers. I don't know what the people
in office should do but I just ask that you do a little more listening
and a lot less judging. Do one good thing for someone else. The other
day a friend of mine and her husband were going out, going through
the drive through at a fast food resturant. They have been
struggling day in and out. They ordered food.
The man in front of them paid for their meal. No questions
he just passed it along . He gave to someone
he didn't know. How hard is it for us to pull the blinds away
and give in to Gods love. To love one another . Please
pass it along we are all stuggling. If you have a gift share it.

God bless,

Nikki
Monday, November 8, 2010

Simple Women's Daybook



Today is...
November 8, 2010

Outside My Window....
It's hard to tell what the day will bring. It is still really early
in the morning. Today is a teacher inservice at the school I work for but
Before/After care meets for all day at the Community center. I only
have to work from 12-2. Which is great to me , so that I can get things
together here a little bit. Even though I don't have to get up on
these days early, I still wake up early.

Weekend at a Glance.....
Saturday - We went grocery shopping. I washed dishes, cleaned up and
got my lesson plans together. I even had a chance to watch a movie. It
was a productive day and I felt rested.

Sunday- We had church services. The children had a fun time making
flower turkeys and learning about God giving. My power steering
was low and I didn't know what the problem was so my mom
and dad followed us home. Daddy of course new the problem and
fixed it right away. Now I have to try to figure out how to afford
new power steering as there is probably a leak. Dad made breakfast
for dinner and I took a nap before leaving for F.R.O.G.S. (Youth activites
for children K-5th grade) The kids had a great time creating a
Mural of Noahs ark. Wish I had taken a photo. I'll have to try to
remember my camera on Sunday.

Health Care....
More on this in another post.

From the learning rooms...

Spirit age 4-
Spiders, Mice, columbus, and Thanksgiving
(Mostly educational play)

Superboy age 10- Is reading a goosebumps book. I am so
proud of how much he has been reading lately. He is also
reading a story about the constitution and working through
comprehension worksheets along with it. For history he is
about to start the History of Us books that Princess has been
working through. I'll have to try to show you some of his sketches
of late. They are becoming more advanced. However he has
been giving them away so not sure if he still has them. I loved
the viking he had drawn and a dragon.

Princess age 13- Princess is reading the outsiders at her request.
She also amazes me with her excitement to read. I used to have
to force her to do so. She is working through comprehension
along with this book. She is reading another book alongside it
but don't remember the title. History is going well for her we
have entered Vietnam.

I am wearing...
Black jeans and green shirt . I need a shower though
and change of clothes. This was what was on the floor and it
was dark. I didn't want to wake anyone.

I am hearing ...
Cartoons on TV. Dad making himself some Cocoa.

Favorite things.....
My new cup for work that heart got me and my fuzzy
socks from Brenda at work.

I am Thankful for...
Time with the kids today.

The joy in the hearts of the kids last night at Frogs.
I pray they continue to come to play and pray.

Time with my bible.

Mom and Dad for following me home yesterday
with my van acting up.

Fuzzy socks



I am praying for...

Our van and how we are going to afford power steering repairs.
Hopefully it can hold out for awhile. We also may have an oil leak.
Not quite sure on that one.

In need of dads medicine.

(Yesterday at church I walked into the room and my helper
said DO not be Afriad, God will provide. (this was the bible point for
the preschoolers) I had to laugh as this is what God has
been laying before me in my reading, in my studies and now again
he simplifies it for me. )

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week

Monday- Mom works from 12-2, Heart works from 5-10
Study Islandbench mark tests begin.
Tuesday- Mom works 6:10-8:15 and 3:00-6:00, Heart has off work.
Superboy will finish his language book and will move into a new
grammar and vocabulary book.
Wednesday- Mom and Heart work, Superboys Fluency day
Thursday- Mom and Heart work, My children have the day off
of school
Friday- Mom works, Heart has off, Co-op day
Saturday- Visiting a college open house with Heart
and Heart works
Sunday- Church services and youth group

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sick but not Out, Old by not to Grey

I missed all of you out there this week. I am catching up
today on blogs. Taking it easy. I have really run myself down
and that cold I was keeping at bay finally hit me. I had
to just keep pushing through going to work and taking care
of our home. Then a co-worker suggested I try Cold-eeze.
Cold-eeze is proven to reduce your cold by days. Now I don't
normally like to take anything when I am sick. I typically
can pass illness by while others catch everything. I have
been around a lot of sick children for many years, my immune
is fairly good. When I do get something it hangs around for weeks
and usually ends up turning into broncitis. I knew it was coming
and I hate knowing the symptoms. I was really down but
I tried these and in 2 days I was over it. I still sort of have a
cough if I go out in the cold but I really believe I got better faster
because of these cold-eeze. Anyway just wanted to recommend
them for anyone else having cold issues. They worked for me.

Yesterday, Nov. 5 was my 38th birthday. My co-worker Jess
showed up with a piece of cake and a card. She really
surprised me since she doesn't even work at the time she came.
My bossed called and wished me happy birthday and my other
co-worker Brenda bought me some things to stay warm this winter.
Our co-op group gave me a card with all their signatures. I love
how warm that group is feeling. Then my mom , dad and the
kids had a little party at moms house. Heart out did herself.
I love her for making me feel special that day and everyday.
Oh and not to forget mentioning facebook friends. You guys are
awesome!

Hoping to get a few things done today and resting too.




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