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Are You Addicted to the Internet?

more-computer.jpgI am!!  Our internet was down for 4 days and I felt like I lost touch with the world!  Are you addicted to the internet?  Sometimes you don’t know you are until you have to live without it!  Help me out moms and dads and let me know what bit of technology that you couldn’t live without. 

  • Internet
  • Cell Phone
  • Television
  • Ipod

And don’t forget to go over and visit Paul for the latest and greatest technology news!


A Mom’s Thoughts on the Virginia Tech Shootings

I know some time has passed now since the tragic day at Virginia Tech and I have been listening to some of the discussion going on about it.  Everything from reasons that guns should be outlawed to why everyone should own one for their personal protection.  Everyone wants to know how we can make sure this never happens again.

I don’t know many facts about the boy that murdered these innocent people but something in my gut tells me that he too just wanted love and acceptance like the rest of us do.  Yes there was probably something mentally off with him but I just get an image of him seeing himself as an “outcast” or maybe the weird one who nobody wanted to be friends with.  After being labeled that way for so long whether it’s a label put on by others or one put on by one’s self, you start to believe it in your spirit that you are no good and no one likes you.  This boy was obviously very angry and hurt and apparently believed a lie that everyone hated him. 

I am not in any way justifying his actions.  He committed unexcusable crimes which I believe he is justly paying for now on a level we can’t even imagine.  What I am learning though through this tragic event is how much more we need to reach out and love our neighbors, our families, even our enemies.  Show love to those that annoy you, think differently than you, or even persecute you.  Don’t let anger control your actions.  Our world has seen to0 much of the sad cycle of revenge.  Let’s teach our children to reach out in love.  We might just change the world.


Food Art

Maybe something like this could get your kids to eat their veggies!

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Musical Beds

co-sleeping.jpgNo, I’m not speaking of beds that sing, although I’m imagining now beds with built-in lullabies to lull your babes to sleep at night.  Not a bad idea.  What I’m talking about though is similar to the game musical chairs but instead of giggling children being the participants you have sleepwalking, bed-wetting kids and cranky parents.  Doesn’t that sound like fun!

If you have children especially toddlers you know exactly what I’m talking about.  This mom sure does!  You start the night with everyone in their own beds but then someone has an accident or a bad dream and the kid ends up in bed with mom and dad.  Mom gets sick of being kicked in the face with chubby toddler feet and moves to the guest bed.  Ahhhh peace at last but no, child number two realized that sister is no longer in the room anymore, finds mommy and crawls in with her.  Again more feet in the face (how is it that a 2 year old can take up an entire queen sized bed??) and mommy ends up in the little twin sized butterfly bed.  By morning no one is in the bed they started in and another game of musical beds has been completed.

I have to admit my kids are getting a bit older and this phenomenon doesn’t occur much anymore but for some of you I know it is probably just beginning.  Know this, it won’t last forever.  One of these days you will miss those chubby toddler feet in your face.

Here is an article about pros and cons of co-sleeping with your children.  Sweet dreams!


Taxes, Tears, and Toddlers

money.jpgIf you haven’t gotten your taxes filed than you are LATE!  Of course you already knew that but I just wanted to give a friendly reminder.  We are some of the many that filed an extension this year.  Our accountant finished our taxes on Monday, put them in a place my husband could come pick them up, and took off the rest of the week.  We were really suprised to find that what we owe is WAY more than what we had planned on but since our accountant is MIA we will wait to talk to her next week. 

Anyways, the hubby said I am in no way, shape, or form supposed to spend any money unless absolutely necessary for awhile.  Even though I am super glad that he is responsible, that I get to stay home with the kids and not work, and that we absolutely will survive, I still get to pout right? Of course this is the day that I planned on going grocery shopping since we are out of everything.  So now I get to be creative when planning our meals and daily activities for awhile.  Baked beans and frozen veggies for dinner a couple days in a row never hurt anyone right?  I have plenty of those!  And I will be frequenting the public library-FREE, the zoo (we have a pass), and all our county parks-FREE for fun things to do.  Oh, and I guess I won’t be buying a new outfit for our event this weekend.  Kill me now.

Seriously, as much as I like to complain, I am so grateful for healthy kids, supportive family nearby, and lots of other luxuries that a lot of the world lives without.  Help me out though and let me know some creative things you do with your family when money is low.


All Moms Go to Heaven

blackhatps150.jpgCrazy Hip Blog Mommas is having a contest for us moms!  The winner gets some cute momma apparel.  Just enter your top ten list on why you think ALL moms go to Heaven. Here’s mine:

  1. We have learned to share our food, our beds, and even our bodies (pregnancy).
  2. We get much less sleep than any other human being.
  3. We trade watching Oprah for The Wiggles.
  4. We toast special occasions with milk and cookies instead of champagne and chocolate.
  5. We drive MINIVANS!
  6. We actually buy tickets and attend Doodlebops concerts.
  7. We can mop, talk on the phone, and feed a baby all at the same time.
  8. Laundry, laundry, laundry.
  9. We can turn boring chores for the kids into fun adventures.
  10. And my top  reason for thinking all moms go to Heaven is so that we get the opportunity to thank God face to face for letting us be mothers.

Some Friday Fun

friday-fun.jpgI have recently discovered that I prefer life without contact lenses.  Normally my routine is to put them in first thing in the morning right after I get out of bed.  Either that or grab my glasses.  Well the other day I was in a hurry to get my daughter off to school and didn’t do either.  My morning was a wonderful blur.  I finished my morning routine and then came upstairs to get ready.  It wasn’t until I put my contacts in that I realized every little crease and flaw on my face, every spot and speck of dirt on my carpet, my daughters’ jelly stained face, etc.  I took my contacts right back out and decided that sometimes blurry ignorance is a wonderful thing……

Completely unrelated, here are a couple fun websites for you to check out.

  • Howmanyofme.com  Are you really as original as you thought you were when you named your children?  Find out how many other people in the country have the same name!
  • Truthorfiction.com  Find out if all these forwarded e-mail sob stories about dying children and mass murderers really are legit.
  • WOXY.com  Check out some great tunes on this free internet radio station.  Their weeknight dj is one of my favorites.

Financial Planning for Young Families

checking.jpgOur speaker at M.O.P.S. last night shared with us a few practical ways to financially help young families get off on the right foot.  He used Dave Ramsey’s financial tips.  I want to recap what he said for those of you who are unfamiliar with Ramsey’s plan.

First of all he said the most important thing is to tithe to your church.  It’s amazing how much God blesses those who give.  Secondly, establish an emergency fund.  It’s great to have at least 1,000 dollars in your emergency fund so you can pull from that in case of a TRUE emergency instead of racking up more debt on your credit card.  Third, PAY OFF DEBT.  It’s best to start with your smallest credit card (if you have more than one), pay it off, and work your way to your credit card with the largest amount of money owed.  If you try to start with your biggest debt it is easy to get discouraged when you see very slow progress.  Once you pay off your smaller cards you can roll over the payments you were making on those and pay your larger one off much quicker.  Fourth, ADD to your emergency fund.  Try to get this fund filled with enough money to be able to live off of it for 5 months without a job.  Worst case, but often happens, you or your husband lose your job and are unemployed for a long amount of time.  This is where your emergency fund can save you from a lot of debt and heartache if it is well established.  Fifth tip is to invest.  Sixth is to save for college.  Our speaker pointed out that most colleges go up in tuition 10% each year!  Here is the thing though, don’t tell your kids you are saving.  Let them work hard for those scholarships!  Another thing is, make your kids start saving too.  It’s a good lessen for them to learn. 

You can learn more about investing, particularly investing for retirement at Empy Nest.


Easter Activity for the Family

baking.jpgHere is a great fun-to-do Easter activity that my friend shared with me.  It’s an alternative to the eggs and bunny projects!  Happy Easter!

Resurrection Rolls

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”  Mark 16:15

Crescent rolls
Melted Butter
Large Marshmallows
Cinnamon
Sugar

Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls.  The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.  

Give each child a marshmallow.  This represents Jesus.

Have him dip the marshmallow in melted butter.  This represents the oils of embalming.  

Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar.   This represents the spices used to anoint the body.

Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up…but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside).  This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.

Place in a 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes.  The oven represents the tomb–pretend like it was three days!  

When the rolls have cooled slightly, the children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!  The marshmallow has melted and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.

 I’d love to hear what your kids think of this!