My Project Life

Project life

Have you every completed a project life scrapbook? I have never completed the paper one but I do have plans on doing the digital one provided through shutter fly.

My project life scrapbook will focus on the daily like Derek enjoying school and the memorable like Kyle’s first time behind the wheel of my car.

I am so excited to have “Take a Photo a Day” on my calendar! I am trying to pace my self, cause really I could take 365 photos in one day!

The best part about this project is not just to focus on photographing those memorable moments, but also to document the daily moments. The bonus, I am doing this online and I just have to upload and drop my photos into a pre-made album. On Sundays this year I plan to note the scripture verse from my church service and add a great photo of God’s creation to it.

So when you see me next and I say “Cheese” you will know what I am up to!!

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Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalms 37:1

Update: Project Life

I did complete the whole year. About 2 months into the project I ended up going to a two page spread for each week. That way if I was not able to take a photo each day I was able to have 7 photos that represented the week’s activities. I did wait for shutter fly to offer a coupon on their digital scrapbooks to help with the cost of printing the digital book. Yes, next year I do think I am taking a break from the completing another project life scrapbook.

Instead I am going to complete smaller 8 X 8 books of special occasions. I like the variety of choices and I hope the 8 X 8 will cost less in the long run.

New Year’s Resolution, I wrote mine!

New Year

New Years Resolution!

I have finally made one. I don’t know if anyone else will have the same one as me, not the typical diet, exercise or get on a budget resolution.

I want to brush my teeth before I go to bed.  Yeah I know GROSS, she doesn’t brush her teeth, think of all those germs, bad breath,and cavities!

But you know not brushing my teeth is just a symptom of my problem. I could make myself reminders, set an alarm on my phone, or do a unit study on dental care but I have not addressed the reason why I am not brushing my teeth.

If you look at my crazy day of schooling, working and caring for my family by the time night comes I have pushed myself to the limit and find myself passed out late in the evening and not an ounce of energy to get up and brush my teeth.

I need rest; I need to leave myself that ounce of energy to take care of me. Really I need to stop working late into the evening.

I have joined the Inspired to Action, Hello Mornings on-line community. I know what does a morning group have to do with my nightly neglect, well if I plan to get up early; I have to plan to go to sleep! I will have to stop pushing myself to get one more thing completed on that never ending ‘to do list.’

Note to self: schedule a visit with the dentist

Formula for My Deadlines

Time Spent

Formula for Time on Planning School.

Think about how much time it will take to complete the task? Maybe you need to think of a specific task. For example how long will it take me to plan 3 weeks of school lessons. I am sure I could to it in 4 hours, but that would be 4 hours of uninterrupted time. Well I only get that from the hours of 11pm to 5am. Not my best time for my brain to be working and thinking clearly.

Better double the amount of time I need. I am going to need 8 hours of time. Yes, 8 hours to plan 3 weeks of school lessons. I should be able to clear a Saturday and get things together.

 

Now multiply by 1/3 to account for unplanned life events. The printer will run out of ink after the first planning hour. The math teacher book will be hidden behind the bookcase for at least two hours. My husband will text me 23 times to clarify what the children are supposed to be doing.

Sprinkle in a few extra hours for unclear thoughts. Half way through the planning process I will forget where the files are for the free printables I downloaded last week. Around 2pm I will get sleepy and just stare at the wall for the rest of the hour until I get my second wind. Hopefully I do not get lost in answering emails when looking for the download.

 

So my 4 hour planning will really take about 11 hours to complete. That 11 hours may not happen in one day, probably will happen over 3 days because my other projects that I did not plan the correct amount of time will over lap my school planning.

When I think in the terms of days and months to complete a project you can see how quickly things can get out of hand.

My 2 day project will really take about 7 days.

My 5 month project will really take about 14 months.

Can I blame it on the math for missing deadlines?

 

 

Forgot my address!

How many lessons, how many drills, how many trial runs have I done with my kids? What is your address? What number do you call in an emergency? Countless I am sure!

Two nights ago my husband woke me up from a sound sleep, “I am having chest pains and I think I am going to pass out.” Then he did pass out! I leaped from the bed and grabbed the phone to call 911. So my mind is trying to process all of this through a daze of sleepiness.

The lady on the other end says, “What is your address?” Blank, my mind was blank. I could remember my street name, but the house number…Gone! Then I remembered on the inside of my pantry cabinet door was a list of important phone numbers for the kids to use and at the top of the list….My Address!!!

My husband as spent 2 days in the hospital and no one can tell us why this happened. We need to follow up with a few doctors on some things that were borderline but WE ARE HOME.

In my husband’s words, “We spent a lot of money, No answers, Move on.

In my words, “You better never do that to me again!”

Thank you for your prayers.

Gather Together, Give Thanks and Eat Pie!!

Give Thanks
Butterscotch, Chocolate Peanut butter and Pecan Pie

Give thanks for Pie Making, the Thanksgiving family tradition.

Every year my mom picks up my 4 children on Tuesday night. Then bright and early on Thanksgiving Eve pie making begins. Everyone has a job and everyone’s favorite pie is made, which means 6 different homemade pies are needed to be cooked.

I always find myself at home alone. I think I am left out because of my first Thanksgiving dinner I cooked. Let me set the scene. It was Thanksgiving of 1996, my first-born was 10 months old, and I the new wife and mother was attempting my first made from scratch meal.

I planned for weeks, got up bright and early to start the process.  About 2 hours in I was finishing up the cranberries. Now never in my life had I done fresh cranberries, but my husband promised me Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without them. Since I had no clue what they should taste like, I summoned my husband to the kitchen to taste them.

He loaded his spoon up and down the hatch went the cranberry sauce. His face twisted, turned and he spat back the cranberry sauce. Which immediately he followed with “OH something is wrong.”

After drinking down a large glass of water, we discovered I had grabbed the salt instead of the sugar! That means I just cooked cranberries with 2 cups of salt! It also meant the pumpkin pie in the oven would quickly find a new home in the compost pile.

Give Thanks 2

 

Final Salute

 

Al Lane

He was a volunteer fireman for 55 years, worked at the 911 Call Center for 18 years, and was Chief Emeritus. He lived his life serving his community and loving his neighbor.

On September 2, 2011,when my father-in-law passed away the fire department mourned his passing. The family was moved by the support of the brotherhood. I can still hear the sounding of the fire whistle that was sounded for him in honor of his service.

 

Thank you Pop-Pop, the grandchildren miss you.

 

Decorating with WonderMaps

 

Map Photos

Todays’ project: Decorating with Wonder Maps.

Our family is currently supporting different missionaries in far off lands. I wanted to be able to provide a visual of where they are serving for my kids. I did not want to just hang paper maps on the wall but have them blend in nicely with my decor. While picking up supplies at the craft store I decided to add an extra board for pray requests from our missionaries.

Materials Needed for Wonder Maps Wall Art:

  • WonderMaps I printed out maps of China, Turkey, India and Delaware. Some might argue that Delaware is not a far off land, but I think our first mission field is our home.
  • I purchased some 5X7 pieces of wood and an 8X10 piece of wood from the craft section.
  • Silver craft paint
  • Various Stickers
  • Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

I painted the the 5X7 boards silver. Red and silver are the main colors in my kitchen.

Then I cropped the maps and mod podged them to the 5X7 wood frames.

I added some stickers for more visual appeal and then another layer of Mod Podge.

I painted the 8X10 wood frame with chalk board paint. This is the one I will use to write down current prayer requests. Then I hung on 4 boards on my kitchen wall.

What about you? How will you use maps this year?

Decorative Maps

 

Breakfast Board

Breakfast Board

Every once in awhile I stumble on a new idea that really gets me excited! Have you heard about Breakfast Boards? After observing that in the morning my children will read anything laying on the kitchen table (including the cereal box multiple times) the idea behind the breakfast board really took off for me.The Breakfast Board concept is simple: it is a way of presenting information in a visually appealing manner. Pull it out daily for the kids to look at over breakfast and then store it away.My middle son knows that in the morning- as part of his breakfast chores – he is to set up the board on the table. As my kids eat, they read the board. Then after breakfast it is folded up and put away for another day.

They read anyway at breakfast – now they are reading and memorizing information that I choose in advance. So far this has been a fabulous and simple addition to our morning routine.

Here is how I made mine.

Breakfast Board Materials needed:

I would suggest choosing a theme for your breakfast board.  I chose “American History” and “Things my Kids Need to Remember.”

On my “American History” panel I put:

  • Map of the U.S.A
  • Map of the world
  • Explorers info and challenge cards
  • List of states and capitals.
  • U. S Presidents and their terms

On my “Things my Kids Need to Remember” panel I put:

  • Current weeks spelling words
  • List of Prepositions
  • Math facts (usually one addition and one multiplication)
  • Calendar with this day in history facts

Now I used red and blue card stock to back some of my different lists.  I used page protectors to slide in things that will change like the calendar and maps.  I cut up a page protector into 4 pieces and taped them closed except one end.  Then it is just about the right size to slide in an index card.  On the index cards I wrote the math facts I wanted them to work on.

My goal is to update it once a month with new information.