Fun in the Summer Fun final link up

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This is the final one and it’s so sad, but all of us hosting it are home-schooling moms starting up our school year and we were starting to run around like chickens with our heads cut off.

This time, it’s just a general blog hop.  Link up your blog, or something you want to share and have fun seeing what everyone else has been doing.  I know I’ve gotten some fun ideas from visiting other blogs.

So, Batman, Superman, Princess, and I wish you a happy rest of the summer (and that is the actual order of them in the pictures up there, and I am completely sure for once).

Can you help another Mom?

One of the lovely ladies in my MOPS group is going through a major test of faith right now.

Here’s what she had to say:

My 8 month old daughter, Ainsley, was diagnosed 3 months ago with Sagittal Craniosynostosis – fusion of the sagittal suture at the top of her skull. Essentially, her soft spot fused shortly after birth, so her head is only able to grow front to back (not side to side). She’ll be having surgery on April 12th to remove a strip of skull and insert a dissolvable plate. She will likely be in Pediatric ICU at Dell Children’s for 5 days and then will be on very limited activity for 8 weeks, light activity for 12-16 weeks. I’ll be taking a leave of absence from my job for the remainder of the spring to care for her.
We keep a family blog, and I just did a post asking for fabric donations for a quilt I’m sewing for Ainsley. I’d like people to pray over a 12×12 square of fabric and then give it to me to sew into a patchwork quilt for Ainsley to have during her recovery at the hospital and at home. I’d love for anyone in MOPS to donate a square if they feel so compelled. Here’s my blog with the info. You can feel free to share that. I’m hoping to have the squares by March 11th so I can work on it over Spring Break.
http://emmesue.blogspot.com/2011/02/wrapped-in-love-creating-quilt.html
Mostly, I covet prayers. It would mean the most to me if people would pray for her leading up to surgery and beyond. It’s so hard to have your sweet baby undergo something so serious. Also, prayers for my 3 year old daughter, Emerson. I know things will change a lot during this period of time and that may be difficult for her to understand.
Thank you for thinking of me.I am truly touched!
 
I emailed her to see if I could put this up on my blog, and she had no problem with it.  If any of you are so inclined just followed the link and all the information you need is there (and if any of you are going to try and embroider anything she did say she was going to cut the squares down smaller if she gets enough to make it smaller).
 
She’s asked for 100% cotton 12×12 squares, so my plan is to go up to my sewing/school room this afternoon and look through it all.
 
And I’ll return to my regularly scheduled posts later on today, I just need time to write them, but this was the most important one to my mind.

My blog button table

I’ve had couple of questions about how I did this.  So, here’s my super simple explanation.
1.  I opened up a word document and said Insert table.

2.  Then I changed column number to 3, and rows to 15 or so, knowing I’d need to add in extra rows.

3.  In the first column I put days of the week with a couple of rows between each day.  The second column held the name of the linky on the day it happens, and the final column was the button for that linky, so I didn’t have to keep looking them up.
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So, that’s vaguely what it looks like.  I originally just had them in a word document, but it wasn’t in any sort of order, and I added them as I started participating in them.  This way all of the ones that I participate in/have the button for get added in as I participate.  This is actually an old screen shot, because I know I’ve added in a few more since then.

I’m updating and fidgeting with stuff

I think all of the pages up above have stuff under them now.  None of them are really done, but they’re better.

 

I’m in the process of editing pages, I’ve come to the conclusion I do like how it looks with the pictures watermarked.  Which is a small thing, but I need to go back through and edit as many of the pictures as I feel up to with a goal of getting them all watermarked some century soon.

 

And, slowly, but surely I’m getting it all sorted out.  I’m still trying to figure out how I want to show off the different blogs I like without having this huge blog roll.  Any suggestions?

Ta Da! My new blog look!

I guess I should have written this post first, but I didn’t.

 

Introducing my super cool new blog look, Jolanthe over at Homeschool Creations also has a blog design company she runs.  Company just sounds so formal, it’s more of her talking through it all with you.  And if you’re curious about blogs she’s done head over to Relevant Designs and you can see some other blogs she’s made over to look TOTALLY AWESOME!  And the super cool part, she doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and I get to support a friend while making my blog look cool.

 

So, I now have a button and it’s so cute!  I just love it.  All that to say, if you’re thinking about redesigning your blog you should totally check out her work.  All I had to do was say, “Yes I like this, no I don’t, or how about this?” and she did all the rest.

 

And, yes I will finish Christmas and have some other fun posts soon, but this was important to say too.  That’s kind of being held up by a sick husband, and way too many post-Christmas errands to run.

Two completely unrelated things

But, I thought I’d share them………

 

First, Jeff’s having shoulder surgery today.  The kids are staying at a friend’s house and Mac is staying with Aunt Tara in practice for her to get a dog.  Yes, I did spread the dog disease……..

 

Second, I’m trying to put together a Christmas Around the World Unit, and would love suggestions of books or activities, or traditions you know of.  I’m trying to decide if I want it to be a craft type project or book driven or paper/lapbook.  Knowing me it’ll end up being a combination of lots of those things.

 

Stay tuned later today for the first in a series of “Things I’m thankful for.”  I’ve been seeing these in the blogging world all over, and been loving reading everyone else’s.  My plan is to sit and write several of these while I’m sitting at the hospital with nothing better to do than worry.  Well, that and plan my Christmas units……..

Totally honored and amazed!

I was looking through the homeschool blog awards to start (I really do need to change that, at some point, I know how I’m just lazy) voting, and was totally amazed and honored to find out I’ve been nominated in one of the categories.

 

Funniest Homeschool Blogger

 

I’m nominated with a whole slew of other very honorable nominees (I noticed Joyful Learner over in the Nature blogs, and Almost Unschoolers over in the best projects).  I’m honored to be in such august company.

 

I have to admit I was trying very hard not to bring it up this time, but I’m super excited to vote for all of my friends this year.

 

I’m hopefully going to get a more normal post up later, but I’ve been requested to go watch “My Little Pony” with the kids, so I’m trying to work on doing stuff like that more often (though I still won’t go watch Diego except on super special occasions).

More cute Mac pictures……

Ummm…….  because he is so unbelievably cute.

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Seriously.  Tara came over for an evening and left convinced she wanted to get a puppy.

 

And she’s a cat person.

 

What’s not to like about two pounds of fur?

 

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How on earth am I going to get any schooling done with this kind of competition?

 

I mean really, he’s way too cute and fun to play with.

 

 

 

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And poor guy had a horrid accident that resulted in his needing a bath, so he got his first bath last week.  Or first with us.  He didn’t really like it.  I’m betting when the kids start to help us, it won’t get any better.

 

Oh, and I’d also like to introduce a new group I’ve joined, Growing Tree Toys, I’ve joined their blog network and will get to host giveaways and reviews from them occasionally.  And right now they’ve got a Create-A-Wish List contest going on, where you can get your wish list fulfilled.  It’s very hard to do it with 3 little kids shouting “Oh! I want that!”  But, they’ve got a great selection of educational toys.And we now return you to your regularly scheduled posts……..

Tag! I’m it!

Christy from Superheroes and Princesses tagged me with a fun game.  She answered lots of questions, and then she got to ask us questions.  So, here’s my questions:

 

  • What is your favorite fictional book? Ooooooohhhhh, just one?  Ummm…… All time favorite since 5th grade would probably be Peter Pan.  That’s probably the book I’ve read the most.  Maybe.  I tend to go in for series books, so it’d be easier to name a series.
  • What was your college major?  If you did not go to college, what would your major be today if you had to pick one?  Interdisciplinary Studies, which is a fancy way of saying Elementary Education, with a specialization in history, which is pretty much useless in elementary classes, but I love history, and I already had 9 hours of credit for it.
  • If you could visit one place in the world, where would  you go? Again, only one?  Ummm…….. I’d probably go back to London and expand it out into England.  Castles!  Come on, those are cool!
  • What is your biggest challenge as a mom? Hmmm……  Probably keeping up with the daily chores.  And staying focused.  I’m a bit ADD myself and I have a tendency to get wrapped up in something and forget boring things like feeding the kids, okay, they won’t let me forget that.  But cleaning the toilet, yeah that I can easily forget.
  • What did you eat for breakfast today? Technically I haven’t eaten it yet, I need to go do that.  But, I usually drink a Carnation Instant Breakfast shake, chocolate flavor, every morning.  So healthy…..  Probably not really, but it gets me calories and I don’t have to do much to get it ready.
  • What kind of music do you listen to most often? I’m more an eclectic music person, but probably showtunes or swing.
  • What is your least favorite chore? see aforementioned toilet cleaning
  • Pretend that money is no object and you need a new outfit; where would you go to buy it? that would imply I’m willingly buying a new outfit and I haven’t decided to make it (because that always turns out so well, my Ren fair outfits I LOVE once I’ve made them, it’s the mundane clothes that don’t turn out).  So, that being said wherever I found something that fits and is comfortable, which all too often is Target or Kohls.  Now for my imaginary pretend Princess ball that I someday will attend?  Ummmm……. somewhere that has pretty Princess dresses
  • Okay, now the hard part.  I need to pick people who haven’t already been picked.  And Christy stole most of the people I would pick……..

    Debbie from Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn 

    Kylie, from My Worldwide Classroom 

    Nicole from Tired, Need Sleep 

    Hmmm……..  I’d throw in some others, but I’m so drawing a blank, so if you want to fill this out feel free to steal the questions and tag away.

    Questions:

    1.  What was your favorite subject in school?

    2.  How did you start blogging?

    3.  What is your favorite toy your kid has (note I did not say your kid’s favorite)?

    4.  How did you meet your husband?

    5.  What is your favorite TV show right now?

    6.  What’s your favorite type of thing to do with your kids?

    7.  What’s your favorite hobby aside from blogging?

    Okay, now it’s 9:00 and time for school to start, so I’m going to get out of my chair and be good and interact with my kids.

    An odd combination post

    There was two questions I wanted to answer this week, but didn’t quite want to overwhelm you with lots and lots of posts, so I’m putting them both in the same post, even if they don’t really have much to do with each other.
    Question 1:  What’s the craziest thing someone has said to you about your twins or asked you?

    boys in crib I’d have to agree with most of the people who commented on the actual post: “Are they natural?”
    No, I have robot babies.  I know what the intent behind the question was, but it was most often asked by people who I didn’t know.  Yes, grocery store clerk I’m really going to tell you my intimate life story.  But, since you did ask, yes they are natural I’m part of the 2% of the Caucasian population that spontaneously has twins.  And yes, that does mean I am more likely to have twins in the future.

    I was always surprised that this brought up follow-up questions from the grocery store clerk, are you going to have them by naturally, or will you have drugs?  Do you plan to have a C-section?  Will you breastfeed them?  Come on people, I don’t even know your name.

    This was then later followed by the ever-popular, “better you than me,” or the “I don’ know if I have the patience for twins.”   I have gotten so many variations on that.  It became even more ridiculous when I was pregnant with Princess, and suddenly everyone felt the right to express opinions about my reproductive system.
    And for those who are wondering, it’s Batman in blue, and Superman has the stripes.  Back then Batman always wore blue, and then the boys totally messed us up by Superman deciding that blue was his favorite color and 2.5.  Totally messed with everyone’s minds.

    What’s my favorite subject to teach the kids?

    026 This is a surprisingly hard question to answer…….  And here’s my kind of odd answer.  I don’t really have a favorite.  There are so many fun things to do with each of the different subject areas that I like all of them.  I’d have to say the mechanics of teaching to read are probably my least favorite, but I like the actual reading.  I love reading picture books to my kids, I love reading books myself, and I’m eagerly looking forward to my kids reading all sorts of books.

    I was a history minor in college, which really doesn’t go with an elementary education degree, but I loved history and that gave me an excuse to take more classes.  So, I’m looking forward to teaching my kids history.

    And as you can guess I love the hands on part of science and figuring out how things work.  I love all the different aspects of biology and astronomy and the like.  I think my senior year of high school I took 2 different science and 2 different history classes (if you count government and economics as history), and would have also taken psychology, but it wasn’t possible to fit it into my schedule.  So, instead I took the boring version of it and didn’t get college credit.  Darn.

    And by the way, doesn’t she look precious studying the caterpillar on her puppy?

    Thanks to Kylie over at Worldwide Classroom for hosting the favorite subject blog hop.
    And thanks to Multiples and More for the question of the week.