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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hello world!

Okay, so I've been lame lately. REALLY, REALLY lame. I know. I'm sorry. It's not that I haven't been doing's that I've been doing a LOT. God has blessed Snapshots of Grace with 2-3 photo shoots a week right now, and doing them, editing the photos, getting them to the clients, oh, and homeschooling the kids with benign neglect, have all been taking up a lot of my time. Plus we've gone to Disney several times to see the Christmas decorations and once to celebrate my nephew's birthday. And the park day, and AWANA, and sailing, and piano, and UIP, and church stuff, and the list goes on and on, as I'm sure it does for everyone this time of year.

SO here are some rambling thoughts.

I think our indoor cat might be preggers. She got out (talk to the hubs about that) several times a few weeks back, and let's just say she's either eating well to settle in for a long winter's nap or I'll be foisting kittens on people in a few months.

Disney is the coolest place for the holidays. Just sayin'.

I agree with my friend that schooling for children in puberty should revert back to kindergarten type activities. Nothing that requires serious brain power should be asked of children whose brains aren't functioning properly due to hormones...nor of their middle aged mothers who have the same problem!

I have little stock gifts I keep for the holidays for all my children's teachers for things like AWANA, etc. Have I remembered ANY of them as each of their activities have concluded for the holidays? NO, NOT a ONE! But I won't beat myself up about it. I just won't.

I made my own applesauce and apple butter last week, and I finally got it canned yesterday. Let me just say that while it's not hard at all, it is time consuming, and you get ridiculously little final product compared to what you started with! Still it tastes TONS better than the store bought stuff.

It's hard to type with a cat walking on your keyboard. Just sayin'.

I made my first batch of soap in about a year last night. AWANA was desperate for parent helpers for store, but I needed to make soap and use the lye with no small children around, so that's what I did instead. I won't feel guilty about that either. It needed to be done. My husband's one request was that I make more soap since we are almost out, and he comes first.

On the other hand, I LOVE AWANA store right before the holidays. The kids work hard to earn AWANA bucks to spend, and their store has GOOD prizes. I love the kids' excitement at buying gifts for others. They always rush home and give me a full report on what they bought for whom. It's fun to be a kid. And kudos to my kids' AWANA-they do a GREAT job.

I forgot to send my kids with money to buy their AWANA cars for AWANA grand prix, and now my kids are afraid they won't be able to buy them before the race. Does anyone in the know know if that's true? Boy, I'll lose serious mom points if they don't get to have cars!

While I'd like to pretend otherwise, we seem to have started Christmas break already here at our little homeschool Academy. I DO want to finish the Jesse Tree though. But at this point sadly, I have so much to do that as long as the kids are quiet and not fighting, I don't even try to do school with them. Sad. Can you say, "Ding! fries are done, Ding! fries are done?" Well, someone has to work at might as well be my kids. Maybe I'll get free McCafe Frappes that way.

Speaking of fast food, Chick-fil-a's Peppermint chocolate chip crunch (or whatever it's called) milkshake is THE BOMB! I love for this time of year and would carry in $2 in pennies if I had to to buy my occasional treat.

I got something in the mail yesterday and I can't stop staring at it. You'll have to go to the photography blog to find out what...(but first give me time to post there)

I have more to say, but I need to get started on my day at some point. I also have a TON of pictures to share, but that will have to wait too.
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TOSHeidi said...

Wow - you've certainly got a lot going on! This is a busy time of year. I'm envious that you can just "pop over to Disney" any old time.

I may be coming down to represent TOS in the Florida convention in May. Do you go? We're hoping to make it a family affair and come down the weekend before, so we can do a few Disney days.

Deana said...

how in the world do you manage to keep up with all of this and stay sane :)...about the AWANA question, I can ask Tracy Lee if she knows about that, I should see her this afternoon.

oneblessedmamma said...

Hey Heidi! Yes! I always go to FPEA. I was hoping to hook up with a vendor this year to work, because finanaces are tight, but I LOVE the conference. I hope you can come!!! Let me know when you know more.

Julie said...

A lot of kids haven't bought cars yet, so I'm sure they can buy them after break. Jake and Madi bought theirs last night. The next time my kids will be at AWANA will be for the grand prix, but there are two more AWANAs before then.

Cindy @ Fenced in Family said...

I love what you said about McDonalds. My kids might be working there too. :P