Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer list

Well we are 2 weeks into our summer break, however because of all the rain we have gotten, it has been hard to enjoy the summer things we have on our list. 


Sometimes it is hard to figure out what to do without a plan in place. I had the kids help me make a list on a chalkboard with all the things we want to do and try to do all of them by summers end. They also wrote, so the handwriting is unique.

Something's on the list are things we do every summer , others are new and we want to do. 

We try keep activities cheap or free with maybe one splurge.

Disclosure: please excuse the messy paint on the chakboard. 

What things do you have planned?


Monday, June 1, 2015

Freedom Covenent Church

On Sunday, our small group had the opportunity to serve breakfast to the homeless and then attend their church service.


 I will tell you that is the most humble experience. In the society today, everything is about more. We always want more and to be honest, I have thought at times I want more.
 You know what though? We do have more. We have jobs and food to feed our hungry mouths. Beds to keep us comfy and warm, showers to keep us clean, clothes to choose from. What else do we need? The only thing we could use more of is Jesus.
 It was a great experience for the kids to see and know that this breakfast may be the only meal they get for a day or even for a week. Some live in boxes or tents or wherever they can find a place to eat .
 We are so blessed beyond measure.


 One of the light all moments that I took away from the church service is , we should never feel bad about the blessings we have , because they are blessings from God.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Easy banana bread


I had some very ripe bananas and did not  want to throw them away so the girls and I decided to make easy banana bread.

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed (I used four)
    1/3 cup melted butter
    1 cup sugar (they say you can easily use 3/4 cup, I went with a cup)
    1 egg, beaten
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    Pinch of salt
    1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • Mash bananas 

    Mix the egg, bananas, vanilla in a bowl and then add flour last. 

    Pour the mixture in a 8x5 bread pan and cook for an hour @ 350





    This turned out so yummy. Next time I may add strawberrys to the mix. I bet that would taste even better.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Teacher gifts

I have taken a little tiny break from blogging. The stomach bug got our  house and we were down for the count and I had to finish the school year teaching. It got really rough and crazy for the last couple weeks.
 Now it is summer break and I can be lazy. Yay for lazy days of summer.

One of the posts I had in planned was to post the teacher gifts I gave the teachers at the end of the year.
I always try to do something simple, but meaningful.

 I always try to give books that describes the teacher or teaching in general. Books to me are the best gift. They can used year after year. I have the kids write a note in it and then I always add one as well. We sign are name and date it. 
I remember teaching and getting books with a note inside and I to this day, still use the books and remember who gave it to me.


I gave this book to the elementary teachers. It is about a class describing how unique each teacher is. 
I asked the kids in word to describe their teacher and that was he word we wrote in the page.

The preschool teachers got Mrs. Spitzers Garden.  The teacher in the book has a classroom of plants. She waters them everyday and makes sure they are growing . At the end of the book, the flowers have grown into beautiful plants, just like preschoolers blossom towards the end of the year. 
The kids love giving them and the teachers love receiving them. It's a win , win.

Hope everybody is enjoying your summer so far.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Super heros

We all know those moms that by 8:00 am they are dressed in nice outfits,makeup on, ready for the day. No bags under eyes, perky. Kids are well behaved. 
 There cars are crumb free, the kids are always put together. There house is clean , I mean no crumbs on the floor left over from breakfast, door handles not sticky, no scuff marks on the baseboards, no pee on the floor... Anyway get my drift?  That is not reality, that is a fantasy to me. 
 I know that I am pretty good mom. I do loads of laundry, make sure everybody has their favorite breakfast because we all know as soon as you cook the same thing for everyone, they will not want it.

My house may have some clutter and tiny toys in the corners, that I see everytime I walk in the room, but ignore. I may have more crumbs than I probably should on the counter. The dishwasher needs to be run ,  and spilled frozen corn spilled in the door of the freezer and I have no idea how long ago that happened.
 Being a super hero mom is being a kid , just like your kids. Have fun and enjoy the time. Believe me, it took me a long awhile to embrace this part of motherhood. Letting go of the things that don't really matter, but hugging the moments and things that do.

What I am saying is , the mom I described in the beginning, doesn't exist. If they do than they have a maid or nanny or help of some kind of help. 
We are imperfect and dishelved and that to me is a super hero mom.
We cannot do it all and if help comes along, take it, embrace the break. Ask for help, we are superheroes, not super moms who can do it all.

So let go of the mom you think you should be or want to be and be the mom
You know you are and be the superheroes our kids know we are. It does not matter to them about anything I listed above, but that you embrace them with your arms wide open and always know you are and will be their forever super hero.







Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our calling as moms

As moms we have a calling. We are called to pray for our children;to pray that our kids will want to obey the voice of Christ on their own.
When we pray , we ask the Holy Spirit to draw each child to the lord, giving him the desire to be his obedient child. Christ like.
As powerful as our words are and as persuasive as we are,we as moms do not have the power to change our children's heart to follow Christ... This is why we pray for them right? Only GOD changes hearts.


Our job or calling as a mom is to be Christ like and follow Christ, but sometimes it can be an impossible job and challenging.
 We can be filled with courage, with God's ability.

God doesn't call the equipped,but equips those he calls."
We can keep going with confidence and give praise and glory to him.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Boy vs girl / old post

I decided to just pick a post and publish it. It is crazy when I read all my posts, to think so much has happened and how big the kids are. I plan on doing a similar post like this, but a lot  of these still stand true. I decided to keep the pictures because they are so small!


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My boy loves his mommy/then
Now/ still loves his mommy, but really loves his daddy.







The boy has the I really do not want to pretend I love my sister look.












Girl has the sassy, diva, drama ways










Girls have the I know how to pose way.






The goofiness side too







My boy and girls can be equal in imagination





My byhas the charm

My boy is a rockstar


The automactic nuture she has with babies. 



My boy has addiction to football

My girls have the style.



  I just love the difference and the similarities they love and I love them to peices no matter what.

What are the differences and similarities with you kids?