Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

1. Watching the Olympics with my kids. The kids and I loved watching the olympics together. It was especially fun with Carson because he really got into it. Many times we would be watching together and I would find him laying on the floor "swimming" or look over and find him on the arm of the couch on his "balance beam." And almost everytime when we would watch swimming Carso would say, "Mommy, I want to do that!" Maybe someday Carso........ oh and watching when there were Japanese athletes had me cracking up. I would say "Hey Carson look it Wen Fan Shu!" and he would look at me with a serious voice and say "Wen Fan Shu Mommy?"

2. Playing games with my kids. Like when the kids are having an argument and to decide it i say "Ok guys pick a number between 1 and 5 and Kate says loudly and confidently "Six!"

3. Grey's Anatomy. Thanks to the wonders of Netflix ( a bargain at $8.65/month) I have indulged myself in all 7 seasons that are available. It's my guilty pleasure. And now that I figured out that my TV actually does tune in local channels (a wonderful discovery due to my desire to watch the olympics) I will be watching season nine.

4. Modcloth.com This is a whole web site full of wonderful dresses that are retro in nature. Shift dresses, A-line fifties style dresses. I love just browsing.

5. Rain in Texas during the summer. Nutrient rich water. Way better and way cheaper than the sprinkler system, which I still haven't learned how to control. It goes off at 3 PM which makes me look like a major water waster which is not a good thing in these parts.

6. DaveRamsey.com This guy gets me through each work day (I listen to his radio show almost everyday)  and it keeps me on track towards my debt free goal. He's taught me how to budget and his envelope system is genius.

7. My new rock reward  system. I took simple mason jars and wrote Kate and Carson's name on them with a permanent marker. I wrote a bunch of things that I want to see my kids do or accomplish everyday AKA things that make my life easier. Everything from "I brushed my teeth today" "I woke up with a smile today" to "I did not whine today" and "I did not ask Mommy to hold me" to the big Daddy of all of them "I slept in my own bed all night." Still working towards the last one and the "no whining" which seem impossible right now. And for every task they accomplish they get to put in rocks. When their rocks reach the top they get a surprise. It's still in the beginning stages so we will see how it works out. Interestingly Carson seems to be more reward driven than Kate.
8. Kate and Carson move up to their next classes both at school and bible class next week. That means Power Kids for Kate AND Carson and Pre-K for Kate (GULP!) Kate's teacher (which will be Carson's new teacher) says that when Carson comes in for his trial periods during the day Kate stays close and protects him and makes sure that he's falling in line. :)


God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6