Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
1. Spread the peanut butter on the bread.
2. Spread the jelly on the bread.
3. Dig in the jar to see if you can't find more jelly.
4. Bite the yummy sandwich.
5. Follow swiftly by drinking apple juice.
LOL!! As you can see, she is quite proficient at making her own sandwich. She does it quite often and never wants any help making it. It is very cute. She will soon be a master chef because I also have her stir gravy, mix cake mixes, and even have taught her to clean up after herself. Doesn't that make for the best chef in the world? Now if only I could teach others living here to clean up after themselves!! :-)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Fresh Tamales:As you can see, there were not many pictures. They wouldn't let you take pictures inside the factory, and I am sure it is for good reason. After the trip, we went to United and came home. Stay tuned tomorrow for Anna's making of lunch!! :-)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Anyhow, I better go for now. Time to get ready for school. It will be a better day today. Take care and God Bless.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
1 Spiral Notebook (70 pages) 0.30
12 # 2 Pencils 1.00
2 Erasers 1.00
1 small school box 0.50
1 bottle of glue (8oz.)-although many brought two 4 oz and this was quite fine 0.50
1 pair of Scissors 1.00
1 box of 24 Crayons 0.50
2 boxes of Kleenex 2.00
1 box of Resealable Bags-quart or gallon size 1.00
1 package of Brown Paper Lunch Sacks (50 count) 1.00
1 package of Colored Construction Paper (9X12) 1.00
1 package of Colored Construction Paper (18X24) 1.00
2 pocket folders with brads (1 red, 1 blue) 0.50
Not brand specific and not an arm and a leg. (It comes to about $11 per child.) Most of my list was on sale. (Here goes another Wal-mart plug, but I can't help it. They run good specials.) Don't get me wrong, some lists are still like this, but a lot of those poor parents are spending $40-$50 on school supplies for one child. And the brand specific thing gets me. Why don't the teacher's ask for money and go buy the kids supplies themselves. Good grief. I always bought a ton of school supplies. Spent about $45 or so and had them in my room as "extras" for when a student could not get any, so all my kids had their own pencil box and crayons. It was not that expensive and I didn't want anyone singled out. Anyhow, as you can see I am annoyed with these lists and such. It is way too much money. There are really only certain supplies that one child needs anyhow. The rest is just fluff. LOL! Ok, rant over. This is yet another reason to be glad I Home School!! YEAH!! I bought only new crayons and glue this year. I spent $2 at that above named store. :-) Oh and another $3 on new markers when they went on sale. Ok, well that doesn't count my curriculum, but on just supplies, that was it. Anyhow, I better go. Take care and God Bless!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Now, here is for the doozy update...my mom. I am sure, if you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that my mom has health issues and we are fighting Social Security Disability to get her the help that she needs. Well, on Tuesday of last week I ended up taking her to the ER. Her follow up with the doctor was yesterday, I will come back to that in a minute though. On Sunday I went to check on her and get her mail, and she had a notice on her door to vacate the apartment. (You get those when you can't pay the rent and can't work to pay the rent and no one has any more help to pay the rent. Yes, there is a lot of sarcasm in that, but its true.) Anyhow, so I spent all Monday and the rest of Sunday trying to find something we could do to keep her apartment, or move her somewhere. On Monday, I did find out that in order to have her fully evicted, they need a court order and then she will still have 5 days to move out. Anyways, we are still working on that. Now, back to the doctor appointment yesterday...the doctor she saw yesterday was the first, yes, the very first doctor down here in the 8 months she has been seeing doctors to do a fully medical and a full family history. Yes, the first. That should have been the first thing that everyone of them did, but no, they never did it. He then did a full evaluation of my mother. Yes, she still has MS, but the other things she has been having trouble with are all related to Congestive Heart Failure. Why didn't any of the others see the signs. They all kept dismissing her and saying it was all in her head. I am sorry, but shortness of breath is not in your head, low pulse is not in your head, bad heart is not in your head. UGH!! Sorry, can you see I was a bit aggravated with the other 10 or so doctors we had seen? In any case, he immediately started her on a bunch of tests yesterday. We go for more tests next Friday and then we go for a follow up on September 12. Finally, she may get some GOOD help medically. Now I can rest with that and go back to the search for somewhere to live. Time is running short on that end, but I know that something will happen. Anyhow, for those who pray, please pray for this whole situation. She needs a place to live ASAP and I am not able to afford what lots of people want for rent. I am hoping for a situation where we can get her a room to rent in someones house. I am sure some one has a room, somewhere and needs a little extra money? Anyhow, I better go for now, just pray for the housing situation. Thanks all and God bless.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I guess I could tell you how much like me Anna is, but nah, that would just let you all know how I really am and you may never read again. Let's face it. I need all 10 of my readers! LOL!!
I could also tell you that we still haven't started school, but you probably know that. I want a regular schedule again and bad!!
I could tell you about what's happened this week, but it hasn't changed much.
I could tell you a lot of things today, but I'm not.
With all that being said or not said, depending on how you look at it, have a GREAT day!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
The basic package:
A pose I liked:
Too cute for words:
The basic package one is just something that I thought suited my daughter to a tee!! She is so beautiful and the picture just showed her personality and everything. There was something about that second pose that I like as well, so I go us one copy of it. The black background one is a picture of a picture. LOL!! We got a 10X13 and it was too big for my scanner. In any case, you get the idea that it is gorgeous!!
I did find a downside to this great store....you can never re-order or buy more later. They delete the files after you get your pictures all printed out. Sad, huh! Anyhow, overall it was a great experience. We will probably go back, because it was fun AND you can't beat getting all your pictures the same day!!
Anna wrote me a note. Now, granted its not 100% perfect, the point is she wrote. She sounded out the words without any help. She did it by herself. Here is a picture of the note. Can you decipher it?
For those who can't read 6 year old, it says:
I love mom.
She is fun.
Can you tell I am a proud momma?!? You should. I think she did a great job and I am very glad I got a picture of it before it got erased. Too bad that wasn't written on regular paper!!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Ok, I know I normally don't talk about my job, but I am frustrated. We are not allowed to get over-time and have to compensate by taking longer lunches, coming in later, or leaving early, unless of course we close, which then of course, we need to stay till done, which is my problem. I close almost every night. We were there 45 minutes late Tuesday night and 40 minutes late last night. That give me a bit of over time. Even coming in 30 minutes late yesterday is not going to help. UGH! How do I win?! Ok vent with that over.
Next work vent: what is it with parents these days? We have a nice TV and train table in our children's area for kids to keep busy and parents drop off their young, I mean 3-4 year olds and younger even to play while they shop. I have a serious problem with that. first of all, we are NOT babysitters, and second of all, we are NOT responsible for their children. I guess they think everything is okay and that the kids will stay and play or watch TV, but that is far from close. The kids run races and disturb other customers. My other gripe is that they let their children open packages to play with toys and then put them back?!!! What in the world?!?!?! That should never be an option. Take last night for example, we have a set of toys that we do happen to have a display for them to test. (This does not happen often, but we did have them in this case.) I walk by and they have no less than 5 packages open and all playing with them at the same time. I walk by and ask them to please put them up and that we have testers for them to use. Not 1 minute later, they are at it again. I walked over and stood there and told them they need to clean them up and put the items back in the boxes, that someone else may want to buy them and buy them new (meaning not played with yet.) These kids were somewhere around 7-12, which means they should have known better, but come on. For me to have to stand over them to make sure it got done was ridiculous. Completely!! This same group was also taking our puppets, playing with them and throwing them on the floor. UGH!! I kept picking them up and putting them back, but that didn't seem to make a difference. How can parents let their kids run wild like this? Anyhow, that is vent number 2!
And vent number 3, my old apt complex!! UGH!! Let me just say now that there is no way ever that we will EVER move into another property owned by those two-faced crazy people. NEVER, ever ever!!! I would show you who they are, but I am not that way. Just pray we get the problem resolved and quickly!!
OK, today's GRIPE session is over. Thanks if you read all the way to the end and stayed with me. If you didn't, its ok, this was a way for me to vent. Thanks.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Speaking of school, our church is doing a school supply drive for the people in the area by our church that need the help. While I was at Wal-Mart, yes, I resigned myself to a trip to that store...ugh, anyhow, while I was there, I decided to pick up a few things, I mean it wasn't that expensive to get a few things for the kids. Just because I homeschool and it works for our family doesn't mean its right for everyone, so I went to buy some of their cheap school supplies to add to our drive. While in an aisle, looking for deals, a lady and what looked like her children (two girls) asked what we were shopping for and I told her we were picking up a few things for the school supply drive at our church. She said that was nice and I never thought anything of it again. A few minute later, she handed me some money and a stack of notebooks to take to the supply drive. She said that it was pressed on her heart to do this. I was in shock. I told her thank you and went to pay. Those are in my car to drop off tonight. :-) Thanks again to the nice lady. Our supply drive will be richer because of your generosity. I know the kids who end up with the supplies will appreciate it. :-) I always donate to the back to school drives because I remember back in my public school teaching days all the kids who would come without. I always used to buy out of my pocket to make sure they all had their own crayons and their own pencil box, so I think these drives are important.
Alright, time to get on with the day. Have I mentioned that my daughter is having pictures on Friday? we have never done summer pictures, so we are doing them this Friday. I am super excited. Hoping for a beach type background. We are also taking our first trip to Portrait Innovations. I hope its good. I am excited that we will get our picture back that day and that is something new for us. I will let you know how it goes. You all know I am a picture person. I mean come on have you seen the family pictures all over my house? Do you know how many, many disks of digital pictures I need to develop? LOL!! Alright, I am truly going now. Have a great day and please pray for God's hand on help with mom's rent. Yes, the rent to August. We really depend strictly on donations to pay her rent. Anyways, thanks. God Bless!!