Saturday, July 4, 2015

Catching Up: May

The blog has been way on the back burner. I may even just quit trying here soon. I am trying to get caught back up on my monthly scrapbook layouts for the kid's books. So here is May and hopefully I'll have June done this weekend too!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jonah's Preschool Graduation

Last Thursday was Jonah's last day of Preschool and they had a little program for all the 4 year olds. It was the cutest thing ever to see all those kids perform. The teachers do such a great job. Each class came out and did a song. I was so amazed that hardly any of the kids seemed nervous at all to be on the stage under those lights.

Jonah's class was the last one to come out and perform and they did a song called Run to Jesus and they had to run in place and clap their hands. Then the whole group did a couple of songs together. They did This Little Light of Mine and Jesus Love Me. Then they did a silly song where they had to do different moves and by the end everyone had to close their eyes and stick out their tongue and sing. Well Jonah was in the back in the middle and he didn't do any of the moves at all. I know he had to have practiced it. We asked him why he didn't participate and he said "he didn't want to stick his bottom out." LOL Well they all did look pretty silly!!

Then they called each of their names to receive their Bible. This was not a rinky-dink Bible either! They each got a hard-cover ESV study Bible with a concordance and maps in the back. It has cross-references and everything. Easily a $40 Bible at the store! He loved getting that and asked us to read from it for several nights since then.

Overall, we could not be happier with the experience we had with this Christian preschool program! It went above anything I had imagined for Jonah and he has flourished and learned so much. I can tell tat he is just on the cusp of learning to read already. I am going to get some tips from my friend that is a Kindergarten teacher to see if I can get him started reading over the summer some....we'll see.

I know that he is ready both socially and intellectually now for Kindergarten. I just can't believe in a little over 2 months we will be starting school!!!

Jonah and his Frog classmates walking out to do their song.

 Doing the running part of the song.

And the clapping part...

 Lots of boys in his class!

Doing This Little Light of Mine.

This is basically how he looked during the entire "silly song". 

After his name was called.

Getting his Bible from his teacher.

The one and only family picture we managed to get after it was all over.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Recap of April

Well I've slacked on blogging but not on my scrapping. Here is a quick snapshot of how our April went for the most part. Here are few more details that I didn't scrap about.

1. My birthday fell on Easter this year and that was really fun! We got the holiday dinner and the birthday done in one fell swoop and without the additional calories. LOL I got some money for my birthday and spent it mostly on clothes and shoes.

2. Haley has been behind in her talking so our pediatrician recommended she be evaluated by the Tennessee Early Intervention System. Over the course of a few meetings it was determined that she does qualify for some free assistance for speech so we got that started this month too. We've had 3 visits so far and her language is already improving! :)

3. Jonah went to school this whole month and really has learned a ton! His social skills are what I am most happy about though. That was the main reason we decided to do PreK, was to get him around more kids his age. I am so happy that we invested in him this way. He is so ready for school now!

4. My brother and sister-in-law found out they are having a GIRL!! We are so excited for them. They had a small reveal party at her parent's home and they chose to light a smoke-bomb (not as scary as that sounds) and it would either be blue or pink, and it was bright pink!!! I am already looking forward to buying some stuff for Adaline and helping Mandy in any way I can to get ready for her arrival in late summer.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tee-Ball & Life Lately

Long time no bloggy! Life keeps us busy around here and with Jonah playing a short little Tee-Ball season, it even more busy. Plus this is the last week of his preschool and we've just been busy with normal stuff. I have a lot to catch-up on in blogging and scrapbooking.

We signed Jonah up for his first year to play Tee-Ball. They can start at age 4 and go to age 6. He got on a great little team with a great set of coaches/Dads that are really teaching the kids the basics of the game. There are a few other new players on his team and some older ones too that he can learn from. Thankfully our league is pretty easy-going at this level. They don't have outs and everyone gets 2 turns to bat and play the field. They use the tee after about 4 or 5 pitches. Jonah says he loves it and he even got to tag someone "out" last game (the coaches helped him a bit).

At some point, I'm sure there will be a team picture taken professionally but I decided to lug out my big camera and get some pictures of Jonah one pretty Saturday while Haley was napping. I may or may not have bribed him with a special treat (fruit snacks) to get these shots. Hey! It worked!

We love our little ball player and love that he learning new skills and making new friends!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

March in Scrapbook Pages

March completely go away from me on blogging and scrapbooking. I just finished my monthly 2-page spread though so I figured it can speak for me. We started the month of March with a huge snow (for our area) and ended with somewhat mild weather and the beginnings of Spring. I would say it was definitely in like a lion and out like a lamb.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015


I thought it would be so fun to join in a blog link-up just sharing our kids Easter Baskets. I mean, we only get so many years that our kids are really into getting something in their baskets. I can still remember when the whole Easter basket thing was over and we just got some chocolate. I was grateful for the chocolate bunny, but the anticipation was now I get to relive it with MY kids!

 Haley (1.5)
Sunglasses from Target
Bubbles, plush food and bunny ears all from Dollar General

 Jonah (4.5)
Paw Patrol items from Target
Kite, bunny ears, chocolate bunny and Playdoh tool from Dollar General

Linking up HERE!! Join us!!

I hope you have a Happy Easter!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

32 Things I've Learned In My Years

I thought it would be fun to make out a list (in no certain order) of things I've learned as I approach my 32nd birthday on April 5th (Easter Sunday!!) These are all things that I've learned about myself personally, not about anyone else. So here goes!

1. God loves me completely, He made me and He wants to spend time with me.

2. Prayer works!

3. Love my people the best I can each day because I am not promised tomorrow with them.

4. Listen (don't talk) when older people tell me something. It's usually a good word.

5. Love your husband because God first loved him and he is made in His image.

6. Get/keep my priorities straight and my life will go better: God, spouse, kids, others, yourself. Something that it a constant thing I have to remind myself.

7. The more time I spend in God's Word, the better I know Him and what He wants for I. ('s all good stuff)

8. Time doesn't stop just because I want it to.

9. I need at least 7 hours of sleep in order to be an adult the next day. I can survive on less but I wouldn't categorize myself as an adult.

10. I could eat Mexican food everyday of my life...given the choice. I am not exaggerating.

11. I am no fun in the winter months.

12. I like to have a plan and a routine.

13. When the plan or routine gets out of whack...I sometimes have issues..something I am working on.

14. Time, distance and availability don't matter to the people that truly love you. They are there for you when you really need them to be and those are your true friends.

15. I am not a "labels" person. I don't care if my jeans are the right brand or if my make-up comes from a dept. store. I don't like to waste money on brands. I would rather save that money for something I really want or for my kids.

16. Along those same lines, I don't get caught up in what I drive, looks like. I drive a 10 year old mini-van and as long as it runs, blows cold AC and doesn't leave me stranded, I will continue to drive it.

17. I do insist on buying brand name ketchup. Off-brand just doesn't taste good at all.

18. Back to more meaningful things...I have learned that the best way to do or be something is by just doing it. I always wanted to sew and so I asked my Granny to teach me. It was hard at first but I stuck to it and now I can say I know how to sew!

19. I have learned that money (the lack of or even the abundance) is always going to be something you have to communicate with your spouse on. You have to be honest and open all the time. It never really gets easier you just get used to it.

20. Getting an education is hard and takes time, money, stress and grit but it's worth it. It's so worth it!

21. Plan for the future but live in the present.

22. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

23. Say what you mean and mean what you say! (Thanks Bill Cheatham!)

24. When you promise something to your kid or any kids, really, make sure you keep your promise or don't make the promise at all. They will remember.

25. I feel better when I move more during the day. I have to remind myself of this a lot.

26. The more I serve others, the better I feel about myself. I serve my family everyday but I look forward to the day when I have more time to serve those outside of my home.

27. When I mess up the best course of action (no matter how I feel like reacting) is to own up to it, apologize and ask how I can make it better. Believe me when I say that other tactics don't end well for all involved.

28. I can't deal with pushy sales people. They ignite all the bad emotions when I come in contact with them.

29. I would make the absolute worst sales person ever.

30. I don't have to agree with everyone but I also don't have to tell them why I think they are wrong.

31. I don't believe that everything can get done (that I want to get done) in a day. When my house is clean the meal doesn't get made. When the meals are planned the house is a mess. No one does it all!

32. The most efficient way for me to feel horrible about myself is to compare myself to others, see that I don't measure up, and forget that God made me for a certain purpose.

Do you identify with any of my 32 things? I would love to hear some of yours, too!

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