If you give a homeschool Mom an idea

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It started with making a huge batch of tea for tea-dying paper
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And then a cup of tea sounded good…….  But first I needed to clean the table.
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Then I got my cup of tea and a good book to read.
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But then I saw these books just sitting there waiting to be looked through again…..
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So, I added them to the pile of books to read while I drank my tea.
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And I slowly went through them all, and finally got down to the last book and have thought of so many things to do, which do not involve cleaning my house or cooking, or anything else I’m supposed to do.

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Adventures in Odyssey: Cause and Effect

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When I saw that I was going to get a chance to review the new Adventures in Odyssey CD, I jumped at it and said, “Yes please.”

 

I’ve mentioned this before, but I love listening to these in the car on car trips.  They’re great because it something Jeff and I enjoy and the kids enjoy as well.  We actually got a “Mom can we finish this?” from the kids, so that’s always a good sign.

 

I also like that it leads to great discussions about morals.  This is produced by Focus on the Family, and it does occasionally have episodes that I wouldn’t play for my kids because it’s not topics they’re ready for yet, but you’re always warned before the episode starts if it might not be appropriate.  So, I’ve listened to with Jeff an episode about dying from cancer, and decided the last time we were listening to AIO to skip that with where we are right now.  But, they had a great discussion on peer pressure, and pretty much any topic you name.

 

This set is from the relaunch of the show, they took a year off (I did my homework), and so there’s some new voices and a slight change in some characters, which is kind of hard if you’ve been listening to the others for a while because it’s a change.  This one has one of our new favorite characters, Wooten, a goofy mailman character.

 

But, for this review I’m going to focus on one episode in the set called “Opposite Day,” it tackled two important issues about friendship.  The first being does someone have to be exactly like you to be a friend?  And the second, what is real friendship?  I’ll have to say the second one is the part that struck home with me.  It was addressing problems we get into with Facebook or blogging of counting the number of friends we have.

 

003 For me this hit home because I know I was really struggling with this about a year ago.  I worried that my blog wasn’t big, or someone else would begin a blog after me and then get more readers, or was someone still reading my blog.  Did they like me, I could go on, but I was suffering some real insecurities.  Finally I came to realize that if this blog was going to be a blessing to me and my readers I needed to give that insecurity to God, and since then I’ve gotten much better, and realized it’s not a personal thing if they stop reading, they just may not want to anymore, or whatever.  But, it’s not me, and if it is, that is their problem, not mine.

 

So, even though Adventures in Odyssey is written more towards kids it still makes me think.  This episode reminded me of how much I struggled with that awhile ago and how I don’t want to get back into that.  So, I work very hard to keep all of this in the right frame of mind.

 

I’ll be interested to hear ya’lls thoughts.  Do you ever struggle with the numbers issue of blogging, or compare your blog to others?  Do you have things intended to teach your kids that you learn from?

 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this CD to review, I did not get any money for this review.  I would have bought it anyways because I own most of the others already.

Of migraines, lost pictures, of cabbages, and kings

“And why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.  Calloo!  Callay! Come join today, of cabbages and kings.”

 

Take a bow, thank you, thank you very much.

 

Well, I sit here.  I have about 3 different posts half written in my mind, but I can’t find the pictures that are rather necessary to explain them.  Why do I always think necessary has 2 c’s in it?  I do that almost every time.  It doesn’t.

 

I think my computer ate my pictures.  I had a  perfectly wonderful picture to explain our geography game, but it’s gone.  So, that will have to wait for next week.

 

Oh well.  I’m sitting here putting off going out to start school and cleaning for today because I’m waiting to see if the migraine medication kicks in.  As long as I keep my head perfectly still I won’t get the blinding pain in the side of my head, and I can’t keep it perfectly still if I’m interacting with kids.  They want me to look at them, and talk to them, and fill in something else that’s interacting.

 

So, they sit watching TV, as I sit here trying to keep perfectly still.  It’s not a good long term plan because soon Dinosaur Train will be done and the kids will want me to start a new one.

 

And they expect to be fed, oh well my time of sitting still is done I need to go “start the Dinosaur Train where the dinosaur gets stuck in the mud, and you can see who gets stuck Mommy?”  Yes that was all one sentence, and “Mommy I want a cheese sandwich, can you make me one?”

 

Maybe I can lay there and blink at them for a while.

What I have learned this week

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As you can imagine this has been a rather surreal week for all of us, and forgive me if this post is a bit maudlin, and a bit of a meander.  Some of this will be me figuring out my thoughts for this week.

 

First, I learned that everyone should have what Dave Ramsey calls a “love drawer,” that’s where you have all of your relevant information for your spouse or whoever is going to be dealing with your affairs after your death.  Patrick did not have this, I don’t know if Jeff and I really have one organized properly.    But, this would be where you have all of your accounts listed, how your bills are paid, and all of the information that will be needed when you die.  I know my Mom had emailed me where hers is in case something happened about a year ago.

 

Second, I’ve learned you shouldn’t take for granted someone will be there longer.  It sounds cheesy, but don’t put off seeing someone thinking they’ll still be there tomorrow, it may not happen, no matter how much you think it will.  We certainly didn’t think Patrick would die last week.

 

Third, have a good support system.  I’m tremendously blessed that way.  This entire week someone has brought us a meal every night.  We have enough food to last us for at least part of next week, which is good, because I’m sure there will be more to deal with.  And, all I’ve had to do is say I might need babysitting for something and people have volunteered to watch the kids, do whatever I’ve needed.

 

Also, I’m always amazed at how God cares for us in the little details.  That night, my brother and his wife were at my house when Mom called, as was my friend Tara.  My Mom called and said to come over, and all 4 of us were able to go as soon as she called, and Tara stayed with the kids, all night.  The victims services person who came to help was one of Mom’s good friends at church.  Even in the worst of times I can see God’s hand in all of this.  You just have to look.

 

Well, I’ve deleted the oddest parts of the post that weren’t sounding right, and I”m off to the next step in the service planning.  I’m amazed at how many details there are to plan.

More awards

I have to admit it makes my day when I get the comment that someone has left me an award, and then I’m totally bad about actually fulfilling the requirements.  So, here goes, and hopefully I get it all right:

First is the sunshine blog award from over at My Family, My Forever, who I have to admit always has good music playing on her blog, and Casa Camacho, who has lots of fun ideas and I was totally amused by her potato post today (I’m writing this on Monday).

The rules for accepting this award are:

  • Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
  • Pass the award onto 10 bloggers.
  • Link the nominees within your post.
  • Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
Now, here’s my problem, I’m slow putting these things out, so everyone I would normally nominate has gotten this in the meantime.  So, I’m not going to pass it on by naming names, but if you haven’t gotten this award yet and you’re longing for it, just know you guys are a ray of sunshine in my life so feel free to grab it.


Amber over at Journey of Grace and Refined Metals Academy, does anyone else just love the names other people come up with for their blogs?  I sometimes just see them and think, “wow that was original,” or some variation on that.  I love the name Refined Metals Academy.

So, to accept this you say 7 things you probably don’t know about me.

1.  I know the names of all of the original Star Trek episodes, the names of the first five seasons of Star Trek Next Generation and part of the last two seasons, some of the Deep Space Nine episodes, and pretty much none of the Voyager or Enterprise episodes.  But, ironicly, okay apparently that’s not a word, is it ironical? As I was saying, Deep Space Nine is my favorite Star Trek, because who doesn’t love Worf and Sisko makes a great captain.

2.  Before I had twins I could never tell twins apart.  I think this is why God gave me twins, because He has a sense of humor.

3.  I’m a sucker for Lori Wick romance books.  Yes, they’re predictable, yes, you can tell who is going to fall in love with who in the first 20 pages almost always, yes, no real man actually behaves like that, but there’s something fun and enjoyable about knowing what’s going to happen and not having to think too much.  It’s a nice bit of fluff that can be read in about 2 hours.

4.  I like to start a project, but don’t like the nitpicky details.  So, I have several sewing projects that are all done except for the final hem, or putting on buttons or buttonholes.  I hate sewing buttonholes, which is really silly because my current machine makes it really easy.  I just don’t like sewing them.

5.  I’m a weird combination of procrastinator and someone who wants it done now, so I’m not freaking out in the long run.  That somewhat plays into number 4, so I’ll get the project 90% done, and then get excited by the new project, and then suddenly my deadline is there and I’m finishing my dress in the car on the way to the event.  I kid you not, there’s been quite a few times that I finished in the car on the way to the event.

6.  In high school I read a book a day.  I kid you not, I was a real introvert and bookworm, and that was my way of coping with life.

7.  I used to get really bad migraines when I was teaching.  I had 3-4 migraines a week, and I also lost a lot of weight.  I’ve since figured out that stress for me triggers migraines and weight loss.  Now the main time I get migraines or headaches is when there are pressure systems moving into the area.

8.  And here’s a bonus fact for you, because I just thought of it and it amuses me…….  I’m fairly good at spelling and can usually figure it out if it’s spelled wrong, but I’m horrid at grammar.  Seriously really bad at grammar.

So, that’s my 7+1 facts. Hmmmm, that’s kind of like the 6+1 writing traits I got trained on when teaching.

Now, who to pass it on to, I haven’t seen this one going around as much, but at the same time don’t want to pressure anyone into doing it that doesn’t want to, but here’s a few it’d be fun to know more about (while trying not to duplicate anyone I’ve recently given awards to:

Awww, what the heck.  I’m lazy and really don’t want to spend the time searching out all the different people, so really I’d love to know more about all of you.  I mean, I love emailing ya’ll and finding out random details about your lives, and I loved this in college when we’d get the forwards of “copy this to a new email, delete the other person’s details, and put in your own answers.”  They always amused the heck out of me, and I loved the one about happiness everyone was getting a while ago because I love reading what makes people happy, and I was very amused to read that so many other people say sunshine.

But, let me reiterate the I want to know about all of you, so if you don’t want to fill out the actual award, instead tell me a random fact about yourself in the comments section.  It can be profound or silly, like most of mine tend to be.

And for the record:

I started this Monday, January 11, at 10:47
I am publishing this Tuesday, January 12, at 8:49

Lemonade Stand Award

So I was incredibly honored to be given this award by Debbie over at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn and Julie over at Just Playin’ Around.  This award is given to bloggers who show great attitude and gratitude. The rules for accepting this award: 


  • Put the Lemonade Stand logo on your blog or within your post.
  • Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
  • Link the nominees within your post.
  • Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
I’ll have to admit, that most of the people who I’d give this to either just got it in the last few days or gave it to me…….  So, I’m a little stumped of who to give it to, or to get anywhere near 10……

So, here’s my list of people who I’d give the blog to if they hadn’t already gotten it, and some of them I know have, so consider yourself lucky that you got it twice!

Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn (yes she gave it to me, but it’s for someone who is encouraging, and she’s CERTAINLY encouraged me)
Just Playin’ Around (and yes, she too gave it to me, but I’m a Rule Breaker!)

And I know there’s at  least  a few more I’ve left off, but all of these have sent me an email or a comment in the last month that have really made my day or totally helped when I’ve been feeling overwhelmed.  I wish I could truly explain how much your friendships have meant to me in these last few months.

Now to track down all of the URL’s for these blogs……  And then I’m heading off to hide in the bath tub for an hour or so and pretend I don’t hear kids pounding on the bathroom door wanting attention.

Okay, everyone is linked and has gotten a comment!  Now, to get dinner defrosting and get that bath.

I’m off to run and hid in a zig-zagging motion so the kids don’t see me.  Whoosh, here I go.  Seriously, I think that stomach bug from this weekend must have left me slightly delirious.  Oh well, plus side I’ve lost another 2 pounds that I wasn’t really trying to lose (no, don’t throw that rotten fruit at me, please!)

I knew I forgot someone:

I Wonder Woman

And, for all of you who wondered.  No, the zig-zag pattern was not successful in distracting the kids and letting me have a successful bath.  The bath tub was full when I heard the distinctive sound of an anguished cry and then the thud thud thud of kids running down the stairs.  Someday I will.

All ’bout me

Well, Carissa over at 1+1+1=1 is hosting an “All About Me” linky, and K over at Orange Juice (I always get paranoid about misspelling your name, isn’t that sad?) gave me the Honest Scrap award (I had my choice, and that amused me most). So, I’m combinging these into the same post and telling you a little more about me. Here goes:

My name is: Ticia

I have: 3 kids, twin boys who are 4, and a little girl who is 2. They are very energetic. And seem to of forgotten what nap means this week. Sigh

I am: a wife, a mother, a daughter, a bookworm, a seamstress (technically that’s not acurate, but I hate the term sewer), a crafter, and probably many more things

The name of my blog is: Adventures in Mommydom, every now and then I think of sarcastically renaming it The Adventures of SuperMommy…… But I think people might take me seriously.

I blog about: my life, which includes: homeschooling, sewing, random crafts, things I find funny or insightful

I have been reading at 1+1+1=1: about a year

This is my first time commenting on 1+1+1=1: no, but I don’t tend to comment unless there’s not too many comments, or I have something useful to say. I hate to be repetitive of everyone else

My favorite Bible verse: this changes a lot, I usually go back to Romans 8:28, which of course I’ve now completely blanked on

I participate in Tot School: sometimes….. I’m running into that Princess is doing more of preschool and not Tot School activities, so I haven’t been posting there as much.

And here’s 10 more random facts about me:

1. I learned to sew in 4-H. I am immensly greatful for my teacher, and love that she did this for me.

2. I am very messy by nature. I have a tendency to start a project and not finish it. I am working hard to combat this by trying to organize stuff. This is slowly happening. Very slowly. I also have 3 kids who are undoing all my organizing.

3. To go with being messy I am a pack rat. I’m trying to get rid of stuff so my house can look clean. I’m fighting my tendency to “keep it just in case I need it.” Sigh…..

4. I used to read about one Star Trek novel a day in high school. As you can guess I reread a lot of books.

5. I love fantasy novels. I also love the young adult fantasy novels, because they don’t feel the need to show they’re “adult” by adding in random sex scenes.

6. I have 5 bookshelves full of books. Those are just my books. My husband has another 5. I’m going to have to start double packing my books soon.

7. If my boys had their way they would spend their whole lives wearing the same two shirts with their capes on them. I had to force the shirts off last week with tears. Real tears.

8. Princess loves shoes. She also loves to randomly leave her shoes around the house. I don’t love this.

9. I like to play silly worthless timewaster games on Facebook. It’s really silly.

10. I play World of Warcraft with a bunch of my husband’s college friends. I have a level 80 night elf druid. My boys love to sit on my lap and watch me play. It’s kind of funny. This of course makes me a bad Mom, because they are watching violence.

Go see more great intro posts over at Carissa’s blog.