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Archive for November, 2012

Christmas Homeschooling Activities, Books, Crafts and Printables List


I thought that I would put together a list of  Christmas homeschooling resources. I have seen a lot of great stuff floating around the web lately. ;) A lot of these things can be found on my Pinterest boards.

There’s one resource that I am going to share that is NOT free, BUT it’s only $1/yr so really, it might as well be free…. LOL Anyway, that resource is Christian Homeschooling Hub.  I LOOOOOOVE this site. They have downloads for EVERYTHING!!!!  Their Holiday page is full of downloads!

 

This is a freebie from Ms. Fultz’s Corner.

 

 

 

christmas crafts for kids

From No Time For Flashcards.

 

 

 

From Raising Arrows.

 

 

 

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From Living Life Intentionally.

 

 

 

 

CurrClick.com - Curriculum in a click! Homeschooling resources, lapbooks, and afffordable curriculum

There are Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah freebies at CurrClick right now!

 

 

 

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The Simple Homeschool will be starting their 12 Days of Christmas Freebies soon! Make sure to sign up for the newsletter so you can grab them all!!!!

 

 

 

Twas The Night Before Christmas: Edited By Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century

Amazon has A LOT of free Christmas ebooks right now. Don’t have a Kindle?? Neither do I! I downloaded the free app to my iPhone, desktop AND laptop! LOL

 

 

 

Homeschool Views has a big list of Christmas freebies!

 

 

 

 

Free Homeschool Curriculum

 

Free Homeschool Deals has a great list of freebies!

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Christmas printables for pre-schoolers over at Confessions of a Homeschooler!

 

 

 

 

From Meet Penny!

 

 

 

 

Homeschool Share has a long list of units, lapbooks and such for Christmas.

 

 

Homeschool Creations also has a nice list of Christmas learning activities.

 

 

Homeschool Helper Online is another great resource.

 

 

Spell Out Loud has a list of Christmas activities, as well.

 

 

400 awesome craft ideas to do with your kids this Christmas!

This list from Sassy Sites should keep your kids busy for a while!!! LOL

 

 

 

See how Christmas is celebrated in 30 other countries

See how Christmas is celebrated in 30 other countries at TheNorthPole.com.

 

 

 

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From 1+1+1=1

 

 

 

Christmas Symbols Unit

From 2 Teaching Mommies. Actually, 2 Teaching Mommies has A LOT of Christmas learning packs!!!

 

 

 

I hope you find tons of fun stuff to do this Holiday season!!!! :)

 

 

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Pink Fig Market Day Gauchos


 

 

This is what I have been working on, The Pink Fig Market Day Gauchos.  I wanted to give them a bit of a holiday flair so I used crushed panne in 4 colors.

I really liked this pattern. It’s the first I have used from Pink Fig. It had an easy to follow booklet with directions and the lines on the paper pattern were a dark blue and easy to easy.

The only issues I had were solely due to my sewing machine acting up! ARGH! More tension issues and now I can’t set the length between stitches. I think something came loose during the move. :( And even though I LOVE that my new foot is clear, it is NOT a Singer foot and I think it is a tad bit too thick. I have been having feed issues because of that.

ANYWAY! I love the Pink Fig pattern designs and I can’t wait to try out the other patterns that I won! ;)

 

So, what do you think of my take on the Market Day Gauchos??? I will have Cailey model them as soon as the top is done!

I will be starting on a matching shirt of my own design today. As soon as I am done I will be posting the tutorial! :)

 

Tomorrow I am going to get together a list of Christmas homeschooling links. I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Christmas mood lately. I hope that will help! I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we basically skipped Thanksgiving, Jacob is not here AND it’s still VERY warm down here! LOL It does NOT feel like Christmas!!! ;)

 

 

 

T-Shirt Tunic and Legging Tutorial


I have another tutorial! YAY!!!! I think it’s safe to say that my sewing mojo is back! LOL I have made 2 sets of presents and had 2 tutorials in a week! ;) YAY!!!!!

 

 

For this outfit I used:

1 yard of jersey knit

1 yard of crushed panne

3/4″ elastic

T-shirt that fits well to use as a guide.

Leggings that fit well to use as a guide.

Make sure to have a ball point needle for knits!

 

 

 

Fold the fabric at an angle so that it will have a nice A-line when you cut. Also, put the guide shirt at an angle. ;)

Cut around the neck and arm hole of the guide shirt. Cut the bottom longer than the guide shirt and be sure to curve it.

 

 

Here is what it looks like after cutting.

 

 

 

Use the tunic piece you just cut as a guide for the next piece and be sure to fold the fabric at an angle again.

When you have the 2nd piece cut, cut the neckline of one piece lower. That will be the front.

 

 

Now we are going to cut the heart for the front of the tunic. And it is just like in school when you would fold paper to cut a heart. ;)

 

 

 

Time to cut the sleeves!

Use one of the tunic pieces as a guide. Fold over the fabric and line the fold up with the top of the tunic piece. Cut, following the line of the armhole. Then drop down about 1/2 inch and cut straight over.

 

 

 

Here are the cut sleeves.

 

 

Fold the leggings and pull the crotch out as far as you can. Place the outside of the leg on the folded edge of the fabric. Cut around the inside of the leg.

 

 

 

Now, use the leg you just cut as a guide for the 2nd one! :)

 

 

Here are the 2 legs! :)

 

 

 

Now cut the embellishments for the sleeves. Cut 2 pieces, 3″ wide and long enough to go around the bottoms of the sleeves.

 

 

 

Take the long strips and fold them in half. Pin the cut edges to the sleeve bottoms, right sides (if you have them) together and sew. ;)

 

 

 

Now press. If you are using crushed panne, be sure to use a cool iron only. You will fry the fabric otherwise…. LOL

 

 

 

Now, pin the heart to the front of the tunic. Use a lot of pins! LOL Then use a zigzag stitch and sew all along the outer edge.

 

 

 

Pin the shoulders of the tunic, right sides together (if you have right sides) and sew the shoulders together.

 

 

This is a different way to attach sleeves than I usually use but I figured I would give it a try. ;) Place the tunic right side down and pin in the sleeves, also right sides down. Sew them together!

 

 

 

With the tunic still inside out, pin up the sides and under sides of the sleeves. Sew the sides together in one continuous motion.

 

 

Turn right side out and your tunic is finished! :)

I had thought about adding a collar but I think I like it better without.

If you want to add a collar, follow the example of the sleeve embellishments. ;)

 

 

On to the leggings!

With right sides together, pin up the inside of the leg up to the crotch and sew. Make sure to NOT sew above the crotch curve.

 

 

 

Turn one leg right side out and slip it down into the other leg, so that the right sides are together. Pin and sew.

 

 

 

Turn the leggings inside out and fold over the top by 1″ and pin. Sew the elastic casing, making sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic through.

 

 

 

Measure and cut a piece of 3/4″ elastic for the waistband. Safety pin both ends and either hold tightly to one end or pin it to yourself.

Insert the other end through the casing.

 

 

 

Now, sew the ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch.

 

 

 

Sew the elastic casing closed!

 

Turn right side out and you are DONE!!!!

You can always hem the bottoms of the tunic and leggings if you want BUT one of the great things about knits is that you don’t have to. I sort of prefer my knits unhemmed… LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, let me know what you think about the tutorial. Was it easy to follow? Are my steps clear??? And PLEASE!!! if you make this LET ME KNOW!!!! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

15 Day Blogger Challenge – Getting to Know the Blogger – The Rest of the Days


SO sorry to have taken so many days off. Been sorta crazy around here! But in a good way. ;)

Now for the rest of the days!! LOL I noticed that I skipped on a while back so I will add it now. ;)

 

Why did you start blogging and what is your blog about?

 3 blogs you visit and read enthusiastically.

 Social Networks/Blog Communities you want others to know you’re a part of.

Closing and any upcoming posts or raffles you would like to share with us.

 

I started my blog to have a place to share my sewing and homeschooling ideas. I have to admit, I share way more sewing than homeschooling…. LOL But we haven’t actually been doing a lot of schooling lately, either… We will be starting back up on Monday!!!!! YILES!!! I don’t think I am quite ready….. LOL

 

3 blogs, just 3???? LOL  There are SOOOOOOO many that I read that I would feel bad just naming a few. I wouldn’t know how to pick! So, I would say a good start would be to check out all the blog buttons I have over on the right. If a blog is there, it’s because I like it. LOL

 

Well, I’m on Facebook and Twitter, although I still don’t “get” Twitter. I would LOVE to add a GFC button but they stopped doing it for blogs other than Blogger back in March. :/

 

Upcoming posts?? Welllll, I think that today I will be working on a new dress for Cailey. I know for sure that it will be knit and probably grey…… Other than that I’m not sure yet. BUT there will be a tutorial! LOL

OH!!! And in the near future I will be making Cailey and Colin both Christmas shirts. So, more tutorials!!!!! ;)

I will also be putting together a Christmas Unit for both Cailey and Colin, mostly using units that I already have, but I will be sure to share all of that with you.

 

Oh! I read a GREAT book lately!!!! It was Something Witchy by AJ Myers.  I left a review for it over on Amazon if you would like to check it out. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingerbread Dress and Christmas Candy Headband Tutorials


I’m going to skip the Blogger Challenge today. I’m sure you won’t mind when you see the 2, yes 2!!! tutorials I have for you today! :)

 

 

So, the first tutorial will be for the dress and then I will do the headband! That headband is so easy I am almost embarrassed about working up a tutorial for it…. LOL

 

Here is what I used:

1 shirt that fits your child well

1 yard of gingerbread men

3/4 yard of brown and white polka dots

1/4 yard of red for the sash

2 small pieces of 3/4″ elastic

2 ft of red and white polka dot ribbon

1 ft of red rickrack

3 small red buttons

1 cheap plastic head band

1 cheap plastic candy ornament

1 package of white bias tape (you can use ribbon or whatever)

hot glue gun

 

 

Gingerbread Dress

 

 

Fold over the fabric you want to use for the bodice of the dress. Place the folded shirt on top. Cut around the shirt leaving excess all around for your seam allowance.

 

 

You will cut one back and one front. This is what they should look like.

Cailey is photo bombing! LOL

 

 

 

Now, take a straight edge and cut the front bodice piece right down the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bodice is fully lined so now you need to cut the lining using the bodice pieces you already have as a guide.

For the front bodice pieces it’s easier to just place them wrong sides together to cut.

The back bodice piece can be placed on the fold.

 

 

 

Now, we are going to cut the fabric for the bottom tier. Just cut 2 even lengths of the same fabric you are using for the bodice.  You can make it as wide as you want depending on the height of your child and how long you would like the dress to be.

I made my cuts where the white lines are.

 

 

 

Now cut the top tier in your other fabric, making it the same width as the bottom tier.

You will only need one piece for this tier.

 

 

 

On to the sleeves! Now, I wanted short sleeves because it just is NOT that cold here in the DEEP South! LOL The length of the sleeve is all up to your preference, and any length will work just fine with the ruffle on the end. ;)

Using one of your bodice pieces as a guide, place your folded fabric under the guide and cut, leaving about 1/2 below the arm place on the bodice, and cut straight across.

 

 

 

Now you are going to cut the piece that makes up part of the ruffle on the sleeve.  Cut 2 pieces that are 4 ” wide and the same length as your sleeve is round.

In other words ________________ this way needs to be the same as the sleeve is when it is unfolded.

And 4″ this way   .

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Make sense??? If not, just take a little peek at the picture at the top of the page and see how the sleeve is set up.

I am having a bad case of fibro fog today. BLECK!!!

 

 

 

Here are all the pieces that we have cut plus the red ribbon. :)

 

 

Pin your back bodice pieces with right sides together.

Sew up everything but the bottom. You can sew the shoulders if you want to. I didn’t with this one.

 

 

 

Now, turn right side out and press!

 

 

 

Pin your front bodice pieces with right sides together. Sew everything together except the bottom.

Do the same to the other 2 front bodice pieces.

 

 

 

Turn right side out and press. Do the same to the other bodice piece! :)

 

 

 

While your iron is still hot, go ahead and fold in half the long pieces for the sleeve edges and press.

 

 

 

Now, sew your front bodice pieces to your back bodice pieces at the tops and the sides.

Turn right side out and PRESS!!

 

 

 

Time to sew up the sleeve!

 

 

 

Take your ribbon and pin it to the edges of the fabric strips that you cut for the sleeve embellishment.

 

 

 

Turn the sleeve inside out and fold up the end 1 1/2″ and press. Turn the sleeve right side out and pin the ribbon and gingerbread strip inside of the edge of the sleeve. Sew in place.

 

 

 

Now you are going to sew the elastic casing in the end of the sleeve, leaving about 1″ for the elastic. Make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic! ;)

 

 

 

Turn your bodice inside out and slide the sleeve into the armhole, pin and stitch in place!

 

 

 

Turn everything right side out and press! :)

 

 

 

Pin both ends of your elastic and either hold tightly to one end or pin it to you. ;)

Insert the elastic into the casing.

 

 

 

Zigzag stitch the ends of the elastic.

 

 

 

Stitch the opening closed! :)

 

 

 

Remove the cat from your work space! SIGH…….

 

 

 

Time for the buttonholes! BLECK!! I can’t stand my buttonholer. It only works right about 10% of the time…. :/ It did just ONE of the buttonholes on this piece. The other 2 I had to do myself. NOT fun but it can be done, just use the smallest zigzag stitch setting you can and a clear sewing foot helps tremendously!

Anyway, take your ruler (if you can find it, I had to use something else….) and mark out where you want your buttonholes to be.

Use your (hopefully) proper working buttonholer. ;)

After you get your buttonholes in place, close up the front of the bodice and mark through the buttonholes for proper button placement. :)

Sew on your buttons.

 

 

 

Pin the rickrack around the collar and sew in place. To save time you don’t have to switch out your bobbin, just switch out your top thread to match the rickrack. ;)

 

 

 

Here is where we are now! Almost done…… :)

You can set aside the bodice for now!

 

 

Now, grab the 2 pieces that you cut for the bottom tier and sew them together on one side.

Next you need to run a line or two of gathering stitches at the top.

The way I do that is, I set all my stitch settings to the largest possible settings. This can sometimes gather the fabric for me. It didn’t this time, though…. LOL

Now, gather it up and pin it to the bottom of the fabric you will be using for the top tier. Pin it with right sides together and gathers to bottom, adjusting the gathers as needed.

Sew in place!

 

 

 

Now, run a line of gathering stitches in the top tier!

Next, pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the bodice, right sides together.

Sew in place.

Next, turn inside out and sew up the skirt’s side seam! :)

Almost done!

 

 

Fold up the bottom of the skirt 1/2″ and press, then fold up again 3/4″ , press and pin. Now sew your hem!

Turn right side out and press!

 

 

 

Time to cut the sash!

I cut from selvage to selvage for my length and 6″ for my width.

Fold in half, press and pin.

Now you are going to sew the raw edges together and make a long tube.

 

 

 

Turn the tube right side out and press!

Turn the ends in by 1/2″ and press.

 

NOW YOU ARE DONE!!!!! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headband Tutorial

 

 

 

 

This is what I used. A $1 headband and $1 ornaments. Oh, and 1/2 a package of bias tape. But you can use ribbon if you have it in a matching color….. LOL

 

 

Put a glob of hot glue on the inside of the headband.

 

 

 

Now, stick the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into the glue.

Just start wrapping the bias tape/ribbon/whatever all the way around the headband.

Oh, yeah…. this is just sooooo hard…. LOL

 

 

 

When you get to the end of the headband, put another glob of hot glue on the plastic of the head band. Then cut off the bias tape/ribbon/whatever and add another glob hot glue and smoosh the end of the bias tape/ribbon/whatever into it.

 

 

Now put a ton of hot glue wherever you want to place your ornament and smoosh the ornament on.

 

 

Viola!

 

 

 

 

Deanna is making Cailey a matching necklace with the other ornament. :)

 

 

 

 

 

As always, let me know what you think of the tutorial. Was it easy to follow??? And if you make this dress PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!!! LOL

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! We will just be here at home. My Dad and Stepmother won’t be able to make it down to celebrate with us. :(

 

 

 

 

 

15 DAY BLOGGER CHALLENGE – Getting to Know the Blogger – Days 12 & 13


12. What are a couple of your favorite blog tools that you use?

PicMonkey, hands down. I LOOOOOOOVE PicMonkey!!!! It is so much fun! You can add (oops had a typo there LOL) sooooo many cute and cool things to your pictures! I am thinking about using it if I make Christmas cards this year instead of buying them! LOL

 

 

13. Your top 5 posts and why you think they were successful.

My top posts are always my tutorials. I can submit them to so many different sites and get them out there. AllFreeSewing.com has a newsletter and a few of my tutorials have been featured in them. You also have FreeNeedle.com and SewSet.com.

I think my recent lack of tutorials is probably to blame for the deep fall in views. :( I haven’t added a new tutorial since September! YILES!!! I am SOOOOO sorry!!!!

BUT I will be making up for that this week. ;)

I finished my sewing room/library yesterday! YAY!!!!

I am sooooo excited to have my own space!!!! :) I thought I might have to fight The Hubby for it but once I explained to him how I would need that space to possibly start my own business and therefore maybe make some money, he gave it up peaceably…. LOL

 

Here are the fabric choices for my new tutorial –

 

 

And here are the cut pieces –

 

Our old stained and beat up kitchen table is my new cutting table! :) YAY!!!!!!

 

So, stick around! I hope to be posting the new tutorial tomorrow!!!!! I guess I need to get sewing… ;)

 

OH!! Here are a couple of pics of Bonnie and Cloud. They are now nicely adjusted to their new home.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you still out there, Carol??? I thought you might be wondering where my cat pics were. ;)

 

OH! It feels SOOOOOOOO good to get back to sewing!!! I freaked out a little when my all purpose foot went missing but Walmart saved the day! LOL They had ONE kind of foot. ONE!!! Praise the Lord, it fit my machine! LOL

Oh, and if you would like to check out my tutorials, just click the box at the top of the page!! I apologize, though… WordPress used to just have the links under the Tutorial Header but now it’s just a long line of the tutorial posts. :/ You now just have to scroll through them all. ARGH!!!!!!!

 

Don’t forget to check out some of the amazing bloggers that are taking part in this challenge! And stop by and give a little love to A Little Unhinged!!!!!

1. nick powers  11. Ginny @ Just Jist  2. Erica Bodker  12. Alittle Bit of This&That and Couponing  3. Alvina Castro  13. The Glamorous Life of a French Housewife  4. Ms. Morgan  14. Tami @ Thrift Shop Commando  5. Stacy Sews and Schools  15. My Morning Cup of Coffee  6. Laura Shimmerofpink  16. Trooppetrie  7. The Insomniac’s Dream  17. Life According to Lenetta  8. erica- bassgiraffe  18. The Sadder But Wiser Girl  9. Hanging Off The Wire  19. Yolanda Renee  10. Brooke Blogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Day Blogger Challenge – Getting to Know the Blogger – Days 10 & 11


The numbers are so messed up on the first post for this challenge! LOL There are definitely more than 15 questions… ;)

Today’s are –

What are some of your fears?

What are your goals? Parenting, Life, Career?

 

Fears-

Well, as a mother I am sure you can guess my biggest fears…. We will just leave it at that, shall we?????

I also have ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes! BLECK!!! I can’t even watch them on Animal Planet without having a nightmare!!! And I have developed a fear of heights over the years. It’s weird. I can ride most roller coasters but I can’t get on a Ferris wheel!!!! LOL

 

Goals – 

Well, again, as a mother my main goal would be to raise children that believe in the saving power of Christ’s blood. Next would be that they are also healthy and happy. Success is in the eye of the beholder, so I want them to be successful in their own eyes. ;)

I want to grow my blog and start selling my designs/creations.  I was doing really well with the blog up until I stopped coming up with my own tutorials! LOL I was averaging well over 200 views a day and over 2,000 on my busiest. Now I can barely hit 75 views a day! WAH!!!! I was thinking that I would be able to get back to sewing this week but now my regular foot for my machine is MISSING!!!!! It’s just GONE!!!! WAH!!!!! Not sure how long it will take me to replace it! There isn’t a Joann’s, Hancock’s or sewing machine repair place anywhere near here!! I set up my sewing space yesterday and that’s when I noticed it was GONE!!! SIGH…… There is a small hope that it might be somewhere in the sewing room but I seriously doubt. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!! I have presents I need to make!

You should have heard me trying to explain to The Hubby what a foot is and why it’s so important. ;)

A short term goal would be to FINALLLLLY get ALLLLLL the boxes unpacked!!! LOL I am getting close, though!!! I am having a space issue, though. Too much stuff and not enough places to put it all!!

 

 

 

15 Day Blogger Challenge – Days 8 & 9


8. Tell us a bit about your family!

9. What are your hobbies?

 

 

Hmmm.. I just realized that the numbers on the questions are off. That will give me MORE than 15 days! LOL

Anyway…..

 

My family!

I’ll start with The Hubby. He was born and raised in Nashville. He had only lived in Tennessee until we moved to Virginia 6 1/2 years ago. I thought it was an absolute miracle that he actually took the job in a different state! LOL And now look at us! We’re in Georgia!

We have been married for almost 20 years. He was 21 and I was 18. OH! His Birthday was yesterday. He turned 41 but he LIES about his age! LOL He has some of the kids convinced that he turned 40…. Well, I know better… I have his birth certificate! LOL ;)

He is an avid football fan. His favorite teams are Green Bay and Alabama. He loves to deer hunt and fish.

Oh! He LOOOOOVES B movies! LOL I have to admit, that used to drive me crazy. ;) But now he has taken pity on me and doesn’t make me watch them with him. LOL Although every once in a while I still will just to make him happy.

 

Next up is Jacob. My first born. My crazy child! I miss him sooooooooo much. He called yesterday to wish The Hubby a happy Birthday. I was SOOOOO happy to get to talk to him for a little bit. He has to work the day before and the day after Thanksgiving so we won’t be seeing him. WAH!!!! :( But he promised to come home for Christmas!!!

Jacob  is my wild child. He is the main reason I have soooo much grey hair!!! LOL I found my first one when I was 21!! You see, Jacob has ADHD and was into EVERYTHING when he was little. I remember one day I turned the washing machine on, put the detergent in and went off to get the dirty clothes. When I came back there was Jacob IN the washing machine! Soap suds had completely soaked into his pajamas!! He was 1 1/2!!!! Then not too long after that I couldn’t find him. I was looking all over the house. Then I hear a faint noise coming from the kitchen. He had crawled into the dryer and couldn’t get out. He was always climbing something or getting away from me. SHEW!!!! And he was always getting hurt. That boy had NO fear!! A complete dare devil! He had to get 10 staples in his foot when he was in 3rd grade! He broke his hand playing football. He had to have his forehead glued once and another time had to have his hair tied together because the doctor didn’t want to put stitches in his head!!!!

Yep… The main reason I have so many grey hairs!! LOL

 

Then we have Joshua. He’s my genius. Seriously, the boy has a near photographic memory, which is good AND bad. Academics have always been very easy for him and it has made him a little bit lazy. LOL He just wants to read and not work his brain.

He has gotten SOOOOOO tall!!!! He’s now taller than The Hubby!

We Joshua was little he was severely speech delayed. When he was 3 he could only say about 5 words, so he made up his own sign language. He was also VERY attached to me. I couldn’t leave the room without him freaking out.

Now, he loves to read and play video games. Those are his two favorite things to do.

 

Next is Deanna, my drama queen. LOL Oh, she would kill me if she knew I wrote that!!! ;) She was very quiet and well behaved until she hit 5 yrs old…. LOL Then it was drama, drama, drama. Even in 1st grade she would argue with me over what she was wearing to school!!! LOL She would love for me to fix her hair. She always knew exactly how she wanted it.

Now, she is a pod person. ;) That’s my term for teenagers. You know, one day you have your sweet little child and then BAM! They are rolling their eyes and sighing at everything you say…. It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, that’s where pod people come in. LOL

She has a very caring heart and can be very sweet, when she wants to be. LOL The rest of the time is filled with attitude! LOL She is studying toward being an archaeologist.

 

Next we have my little Cailey-Bird. She is so sweet (she hasn’t hit the pod people stage yet).  She loves to draw and is pretty good at it, too! She LOOOOOVES animals! She used to think she wanted to be a vet but changed her mind when she found out all the yucky stuff she would have to do. Now she wants to own a pet grooming business. I have to say, that would be PERFECT for her!

When she was little she used to put the plastic rings from milk jugs on her wrists like bracelets! LOL It took me forever to get her out of that!

She loves to learn as long as she doesn’t have to do any actual reading or writing…. LOL She’s good at math but hates the tediousness of it. Y’know, the writing…. LOL  But she loves to do projects and arts and crafts.

 

Last but not least we have Colin. Our big surprise. LOL I had my tubes tied after we had Cailey but God wasn’t finished with our family yet. ;)

He was born 5 weeks early and was sooooo tiny!!! He came so fast that The Hubby couldn’t make it to the hospital in time. I had him all by myself. He weighed 5 lbs 10 oz. Praise God, he didn’t even have to go into the NICU! But he had a lot of jaundice.

From the moment he was born he didn’t want to be put down. I had to hold him constantly. As soon as I would lay him down in his bassinet he would wake right back up and start crying. So, I got a baby carrier and started wearing him. LOL He has always slept in our bed and never wants to leave my side.

He is very strong willed and wants things to be exactly the way he thinks they ought to be! LOL SHEW!!! That can make things quite difficult at times and keeps me on my toes, for sure!!!

He has had a fascination with dinosaurs since he was 1 1/2 and says he wants to be a paleontologist.

 

Well, that’s my family! My big, crazy, loving family. I would’t change a thing for the world!

 

Oh!! I left out the cats! ;)

Pammy is the oldest at just over 2. Poor Pammy, she has a nervous condition….. And she loves The Hubby the most.

Bonnie is next and is just over 1. She is soooo cuddly and fluffy!!!

The we have Cloud. Our little kitty that we found at the dump. She is such a sweetie!!! And she also loves The Hubby the most… The Hubby is not really a cat lover but he has a soft spot for Cloud.

 

 

Next question-

Well, I think you probably know what my hobbies are… LOL Sewing and reading. Well, crafting, too. I love to make things. I was making my own soap for a while. SO MUCH FUN!!!! I would like to get back into that if I can find the right ingredients around here…..  I like making cards, too. I haven’t done it in a while though and probably need to stock up on supplies for that, too.

 

Well, that’s it!! Now I have to go try to find Pammy. We let her out for a little bit and she ran into the bushes…. SIGH….. No time to proofread! Please, excuse all my typos!!!

 

Don’t forget to check out some of the amazing bloggers that are taking part in this challenge! And stop by and give a little love to A Little Unhinged!!!!!

1. nick powers  11. Ginny @ Just Jist  2. Erica Bodker  12. Alittle Bit of This&That and Couponing  3. Alvina Castro  13. The Glamorous Life of a French Housewife  4. Ms. Morgan  14. Tami @ Thrift Shop Commando  5. Stacy Sews and Schools  15. My Morning Cup of Coffee  6. Laura Shimmerofpink  16. Trooppetrie  7. The Insomniac’s Dream  17. Life According to Lenetta  8. erica- bassgiraffe  18. The Sadder But Wiser Girl  9. Hanging Off The Wire  19. Yolanda Renee  10. Brooke Blogs

 

 

 

15 Day Blogging Challenge – Getting to Know the Blogger – Days 6 & 7


Today’s questions are –

6. Where have you worked?

7. Has your life gone the way you expected it?

 

I have mostly worked as a stay at home mom but I have had a few outside of the home jobs.

My very first job, other than babysitting, was at Subway. I hated it. I came home smelling of food everyday. The dogs in the neighborhood would follow me up the driveway! LOL

I also worked at a place that made cassette tapes and CDs. CDs were still fairly new so I mostly worked on the cassette tape assembly line.

I worked at Dollar General for a whole day. LOL The Hubby didn’t like the hours they had given me so I quit. When I went in to interview they said I would only have to work one day on the weekends and every other holiday. Well, they had me working both Saturday AND Sunday AND the 4th of July all in the same week.

My last outside the home job was at a place that made metal fans and metal racks for stoves and refrigerators. I learned how to use a spot welder. It was an OK job and paid fairly well, but I missed my kids soooo much.

After that I stuck to in-home child care until we moved to VA. After I started homeschooling I didn’t really have the time to babysit anymore. Although, people always asked…. Oh, you stay at home all day, you must have plenty of time to watch my kids, too!

 

 

The next question is a little harder to answer…. I got married at 18 and had my first child by 19. Then by 21 and 22 I had had 2 more children. LOL I certainly didn’t plan to have 3 so quickly but I wouldn’t change it for the world. We never planned on having 5 kids but again, I wouldn’t change it ever!!!!! If money wasn’t an issue we probably would have had at least one more child. LOL So I guess you could say that even though we didn’t plan our lives, God did and I am perfectly content to be where we are. God knows best and we follow where He leads. Even through trials and tribulations, He is there for us, guiding us and comforting us. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Did I do things in my past that I am not proud of? Sure, hasn’t everyone? But I have a great, big God and His forgiveness covers all. The blood of my savior washed me cleaned!

 

Kind of a short one today. :/

But I have to add that I am feeling better so I have a long day of further unpacking to do. Yippee…. I am so excited… LOL I swear, the kids’ books are going to be the death of me! LOL

 

 

Don’t forget to check out some of the amazing bloggers that are taking part in this challenge! And stop by and give a little love to A Little Unhinged!!!!!

1. nick powers  11. Ginny @ Just Jist  2. Erica Bodker  12. Alittle Bit of This&That and Couponing  3. Alvina Castro  13. The Glamorous Life of a French Housewife  4. Ms. Morgan  14. Tami @ Thrift Shop Commando  5. Stacy Sews and Schools  15. My Morning Cup of Coffee  6. Laura Shimmerofpink  16. Trooppetrie  7. The Insomniac’s Dream  17. Life According to Lenetta  8. erica- bassgiraffe  18. The Sadder But Wiser Girl  9. Hanging Off The Wire  19. Yolanda Renee  10. Brooke Blogs

 

 

Fly on the Wall


Fly on the Wall

Have you ever thought about what people might think if they saw what goes on behind-the-scenes at your house? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to catch a glimpse of someone else’s daily life? Here’s your chance. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you into their homes to be a fly on the wall.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado                                                        The Mommy Chronicles
The Insomniac’s Dream                                                    DeBie Hive
Follow me home . . .                                                        My Brain on Kids
Stacy Sews and Schools                                                    Raising Reagan
Just a Little Nutty                                                             Life on the SONny Side 

Frikken Duckie                                                                 Momaical
A ginormous thank you to Baking In A Tornado for setting this up and great big I’M SORRY for being so late getting mine posted… I sort of forgot… I’m going to blame it on the concussion…. ;)
Soooo, if you were a fly on the wall in MY house here are a few things you might hear…..
Deanna- Mom, you’re out of Diet Pepsi and Dad is out of coffee and ice.
Me- Snot!
The Hubby- You need to go to the store and get coffee, ice and ….. snot???? Wait…. What?? Did one of you say you needed snot??
Me- Never mind…. LOL
Deanna – Hey! The cat’s tail is in the garbage disposal.
Me- NO!! You cannot turn it on!!!!!!
Deanna – Can I put tape on the cats’ ears?
Me- NO!!!!!!!!!! And not on ANY part of their bodies!!!!!
Colin to me – I was born to be awesome!
Me – Yes, you were, Buddy. LOL
We were sitting on the front porch the other day and Deanna gets up to walk off. Her sock snagged on a nail and she went flying. Then she gives me this look like WHY did I do that to her??? I said, “It wasn’t me!!!!” Then she realized it was a nail!
The best part was that she had been trying to walk off in a huff. Hee hee hee!!!
Here’s the basic routine of an average day in my house lately…..
5 am – The Hubby wakes me up. I stagger around for a few minutes and then he asks if I’m ready to take him to work. Ummmm…. NOOOO!!! But do I have a choice????
6 am – I am usually home by now and trying to decide if it would be worth it to go back to sleep. LOL
8 am –  Joshua wakes up by himself. This morning it scared the crud outta me! I had been hearing noises all morning and was trying to stealthily walk through the house brandishing a Swiffer as a weapon. You know, just in case some weirdo had gotten into the house somehow. I walk down the hall and look in the playroom, empty. Then I look in Joshua’s room, also empty. As I turn toward the girls’ room Joshua jumps out of it and screams BOO!!!! I then scream bloody murder. It was a wonder I didn’t wake the house!
9 am – Colin wakes up and screeches MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
10 am – I go in for about the 5th time to try to get the girls out of bed.
Lately we have been trying and trying and trying to get all unpacked and the house in order….. SIGH……
I heard myself utter these words the day before yesterday, “If I see another science book I am going to SCREAM to high heaven!” The kids, “OH MY GOSH!! Mom has lost it!!! Did you hear what she said about books????”
OH!!!! And while we are on the topic of books some of my friends had some witty remarks to make about my “Book Shelf Incident”.
My Cousin Peggy -“I guess those words really did hurt!”
My friend Wende – “That gives a whole new meaning to being buried in a book!”
Yeah, they are a real laugh riot… ;) LOL
                                                                                                 

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