Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2 weeks!


I made it about 2 weeks during my blog-- not bad!

That is about the story of my life.  Do a huge plan- get it all planned out--be gun ho about it and then...

well a few weeks go by and that is the end of my grand plan.

It is a horrible pattern I have found myself in.

I can't say that I am going to be back on track--cause those first few weeks I didn't have much going on in my life--but as they say---life happens.

I normally have lots of time at night to write on my blog, but I bought a subscription to a face paint website.  It is only good for a year SO I am trying to take advantage of every extra minute I have to watch the videos and learn all I can. The website has over 300 hours of face paint videos from all the professionals from around the world.

I will post-- I won't forget about the blog, but I am NOT going to feel guilt about missing a day (or even a week)!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thinking Thursday-- The Professor


So I was going to write about my mother, cause seriously who is more influential in a persons life than the people that raise you.

BUT...

I am learning that this isn't a post I can just write up off the top of my head, I am going to have to give this some thought.

SO...

I choose someone else who has been an influence in my life, but not so much that I can't write something quick about them.


I had a professor at college and he was one of the best/worst teachers I ever had.

I may have cried out of anger in his class and I am SURE I was that girl that when I rose my hand or made a comment the other kids would groan.  Yes, I was that student in class.

Anyway.  The reason this professor changed my life is because he made me question everything I had ever been taught.

He taught that progression was bad. It was really the first time I ever wondered about that.  I had always been taught that we want to progress, get better, get healthier, get more.  He said all of that was wrong.  He wanted things to go back to the Amish way of life if not the cave man days, But on the other hand he liked inflation.  He was really a strange man.  

I was an 'older' student when I took his class.  I had gone to about four different colleges (but never getting an associates I was still considered an underclassman cause so few of my credits transferred) and had been married for a year when I took his class, which was full of upper class-men taking it to just finish school, freshmen who were just entering college, or the stoners knowing they could pass his class - I am guessing-because he was smoking it up with them on the weekends..

I learned from his class that I needed to really question some basic things I had been taught and seek some more answers for myself.  I have never been afraid to speak up (or against) teachers whom I thought were dead wrong, but in this class I took it to a new level.

I may or may not have said -ok, kind of yelled-  in class once "Does anyone else think what he is teaching us is total crap?"  I think at least 2/3 of the class was asleep or ignoring him, cause no one really said anything after I said that, but the atmosphere changed and the teacher just shook his head and said "It's ok, just calm down."

I was in two clubs that he was in charge of and was taking another class of his, so we knew each other pretty well and he wasn't offended.

There were a lot of other times when I just had to question what in the world is he teaching us and are these other students thinking he is right?  I felt I needed to say something, to let the other students know it was OK to think differently and to question this (any) professor-- I am not sure if any of the other students even cared as much as I did, but I felt it was my duty to speak up.

And so while I only knew him for about a year (he was fired/quit after during his review with the school board he yelled at them and swept everything off the desk)-- I will always remember the lessons I learned in his classroom, even if they weren't the ones he was teaching.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Craft Day



So today is a house, yard, kid craft day.

Outside isn't above freezing so I am skipping yard craft, and I am barely getting over Christmas decoration overload (at least for me)-- so that gives me a KID craft.

I live in a tiny town and my kids will be with the same 30(ish) kids through out their whole school career (K-12), so I want to get to know the kids in my child's class before they are don't want me around.  So on Tuesdays you can find me in one of the kids classroom.  

The 2nd Tuesday I help in my sons Head Start classroom. 
I am going to post about the craft I did with them.

I have to keep it kind of simple because 1. It is pre-school 2. I have about 30-45 minutes.

It was really fun and I think the kids enjoyed it.  I didn't take any pictures cause they are Head Start kids and I don't want to infringe on their rights--so I didn't take any...


But we did colors. I read two really cute books about colors



White Rabbit's Color Book

White Rabbits Color Book by Alan Baker



And


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   What makes a rainbow



I liked both these books--very cute and they held the children's attention.


After reading these books I had the kids get around a big table.  I had 3 small mason jars with colored vinegar.  Red, yellow, and blue food coloring plus the vinegar.  I thought the kids would take about the stinky smell, but no one did.

I put about a tablespoon of baking soda on a cookie sheet and poured on the blue vinegar. The kids thought was so cool.  I did the other colors with their own small pile of baking soda-- then I pour the yellow and blue vinegar together and so on.

The purple didn't turn out very well, but the rest were about perfect.

I recommend this experience for any kids.  I think even middle-schoolers would think it was cool for a few minutes.  

So there you go-- a fun, easy, and pretty cheap craft/experiment to do if you have younger kids. 



Come learn an easy trick that will get you the most dramatic, puffy, foamy baking soda and vinegar eruptions and learn the science behind it!  From Fun at Home with Kids


funathomewithkids.com is where I got this last photo--I wish mine looked that pretty!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Parenting 101


If there is anything I have learned about parenting is there is no formula.

If you do A your kids will end up like B.

I wish that was true, but it just isn't.

I never understood why my sister in law parented the way she did until I had a boy.  I had two girls before I had a boy--and she had a boy first.

I don't care what people say boys are different than girls.  After having a boy I totally understand now why she did a lot of her parenting stuff the way she did and not the way I did them.

You can't judge parenting.  When I talk about parenting I am talking about parents who aren't on drugs or need social serves in their lives.  I am just talking basic 'normal' parenting -- and if DSS or drugs are a part of your parenting I am sorry and I pray for you and your family!

Why do I feel qualified to write on parenting?  I have 4 kids--2 girls and 2 boys.  Each are totally different--image that-- but they are awesome!  I really have been blessed/lucky to have amazing kids.  We have never had to deal with major illness or trauma.  I pray for those that have to deal with any of that.

I am just starting into the pre-teen era--so I have NO parenting advice (except my teenage years and what I have observed about teenagers from other families) when it comes to that age or older.

My daughter Squirt-she is 10 and my pre-teen. She is pretty amazing.  She is helpful, loving, obedient, smart, and just all around good girl.  She learns quickly and is a great friend.

My 2nd child, 8,  another girl, Firecracker is awesome.  She fits her name.  She wants to make people happy and is my listener--she likes to listen to the grown ups talk and know what is going on int eh world.  She is smart and works really hard when she is interested in something.

My boy, 4,  is Little Man.  He is a challenge for me, but I love him.  He likes to make people laugh and he is very interested in doing what he wants to do.  He wants to learn to read and loves school and playing with friends.  We have to remind him often that WE (parents) are the boss and he needs to listen to us and not just do what he wants.

Our little Monster, is 1 year 3 months.  We call him Monster because he had his front 8 teeth (4 on top and 4 on bottom) by his 8th month.  Right now he is pretty destructive.  He lives to empty bookshelves and drawers.  He is smiley and happy and eats a ton! He has his siblings wrapped around his finger!


Before I had kids, or even married-- I worked at a mall make-up counter.  A young couple with their young child (still in a stroller) came to my counter.  The child was drinking a milk shake.  My face must have said "How can you give that child such a horrible thing?" Because the young dad explained. "It is a milk shake. She has s cystic fibrosis and needs a high amount of calories than normal kids.  She normally gets ensure, but she had some pretty big tests today so she gets a reward of a milk shake."

I was so embarrassed. I learned quickly that I was a judgmental jerk.  I didn't know their story, but I judged them in a split second when it came to their child.

I have a soft spot for children and I don't think any child should have to suffer, but that isn't realistic.

SO back to parenting--- The first thing I want people to know is I am NOT judging you if I parent differently than  you.   I will tell you what has worked (or not worked) in my experience.

My peice of advice for parents, or anyone.  You know your child the best. You know the best way to parent them.  You know if timeout, a light swat to the bottom, or sitting and holding them while discussing their actions is the best way to discipline them.

You have been blessed with instincts to know what your child needs.  Listen to that inner voice when it says to praise your child, direct your child, or even check on your child.

If you read 5 parenting books you will have 5 different parenting styles--5 different ways to handle the same situation and 5 different outcomes.  Figure out what works best for your child (and different things will work with different kids!)

Next time (2nd Tuesday) I will give some more 'solid' parenting advice that might or might now work for you!  Aren't I helpful :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

My Brain Book


So most people call it a day planner, or filofax, but I have always called it my Brain Book!

When I have to much on my mind, or to many things going on I start losing things. Keys, phones, kids--ok so not kids, but you get it.

At the high school I went to they gave each student a Stephen Covey student planner.  I loved it.  It was great to have everything in one place.  I knew what was going on where I needed to be.

Once I graduated I would actually go back and I bought a day planner from my high school almost every year for 4 more years. I would print it off at the start of the year-- whole punch it, and put it in my small 3 ring binder.

After I got a little older I needed something that worked a little differently.

I bought different cheap planners all over, but nothing worked the way I thought it should, so I made my own.

I found a filofax facebook page and followed it.  I

My brain book has changed and adapted over the years and last year I felt I had a pretty good design for my planner, so of course when something works really well why not change it---

I decided to switch it up--because I like change and wanted to see if I could find an easier (but not cheaper) day planner--

This year I ordered "Mothers Who Know" day planner.  It is fantastic.  I couldn't believe how similar it was to the one I designed. This is a planner designed for the LDS mother. Here is a link
 http://intheleafytreetops.com/2016-mormon-mom-planner/

I will use it this year, but honestly after only 2 weeks in I feel like it isn't better than the planner I made.  I will incorporate a few things, but I think I will just go back to my own design.


Now that I have my new Day Planner--Brain Book-- I don't even know what I did with my old one--

Maybe I should focus a little more on keeping my house clean and organized and a little less on keeping myself organized on paper.

Story of my life!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

1/10/16-- Article of Faith



Has anyone ever asked you...."so what do you believe?"

I like to talk with people and learn their beliefs.  I find everyone's story amazing. I will talk to you if you are Christian, Jewish, Wiccaa, or somewhere in-between.

I have been asked this and because of some awesome insight from one of our religious leaders, Joseph Smith, I have a great way to answer this question.

When the Church of Jesus Christ (Mormon, LDS) was being restored-Joseph Smith was asked to sum up the religion-- so he was inspired to write 13 Articles of Faith.  It is essentially an outline of our beliefs.

So I take a few weeks (on the 2nd Sunday of a few months) and talk about The Articles of Faith.

The first article of faith is very simple.
We Believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

Pretty simple.  Do you have any question about us believing in the Godhead?  I have had many people tell me I wasn't a Christian because I don't believe in Jesus.  I am always so surprised when they say this, because 1. Our religion title is "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints" and 2. Ask any active member of our religion and they will tell you that we do believe in Christ as our Savior.
 I think that makes it pretty clear.

Here is where people who are only interested in arguing, instead of discussing, will argue with me - because we believe that Jesus is a separate person from God, and the Holy Ghost, we aren't really Christian.

I am sorry that you feel that way, because I want people to draw closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus in their lives, and hopefully that is your goal too-- so instead of fighting with me, lets join together and bring the Light of Christ to others.

The second Article of Faith
We believe that men will be punished for their own sins and not for Adams transgression.

Kind of fancy words for you are responsible for your actions. You can't say "well Adam was the first one who sinned, so anything I do is his fault."  or "well my mom smoked, so I will blame her for me smoking."  While I tend to agree with the 2nd one a little, I think that you will ultimately be held accountable for your actions good or bad.  However, I do believe that parents have a responsibility to teach their children---but that is another topic all together!

The Third Article of Faith
We Believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

Have you ever wondered if you are saved by works or grace?  This Article of Faith teaches that both are important.  Someone who learns of Christ at the end of their life isn't doomed because they haven't lived a perfect life--they can repent and be saved by the Atonement of Christ, and those that never learn of Christ, but live a good life--they aren't doomed either--its the ones that are bad and know about Christ that are in trouble!

I am not a "you are going to Hell" type of person-- in-fact I think very few people will go to Hell--

Christ was a peaceful person, but he would get angry at hypocrites.  Those who said they were the religious people and used the name of God for gain-- the money changers in the Temple-- I think that says something about the nature of our Judgement in the last days--wow I sound like of like those people on a street corner on a box--anyway...

I hope you have a fantastic Sunday and rest in order to sharpen your saw!!



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday -- Hit and Miss

Saturday-- I am a little late-- but I am getting it done!

Like I said Saturday's are hit and miss!

Today (and yesterday) was (were) an UUUUUGGGG! kind of day(s).

I find myself yelling at my kids, being general grumpy and went back and forth between trying to make everyone do chores an saying "whatever you aren't helping anyway!"

What do you do when you have days like this?

I tried to nap, but it didn't work, so a hot bath helped some. I have noticed if I clean when I am angry I clean better and when I wake the next day the house is clean and that makes me feel better!

The only thing I can say is I am thankful that I can start again tomorrow!