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Books that I read for fun in January 2015

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Last year, I spent the last half of the year documenting the books that I read for fun. I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax.

So here are the books that I have read for fun in January.... (Disclaimer: if you click on the book picture, it takes you to the page on Amazon.)



Have you read any good books lately?

Rebecca...Jacob...then me and now Benjamin!

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Last Thursday night, Rebecca came down with a fever and a headache and missed school on Friday. Thankfully, there was no school Monday as she was still fighting a fever, but was able to go back to school on Tuesday. Tuesday night, I got a text from Bill  that Jacob had a high fever and was sick. He has been home from school since then. He will go about 12 hours without a fever, then it will come back.


Then Wednesday night, I came home and had a bad headache come on all of a sudden. So I decided to take my temperature...and you guessed it....I am now sick. I have been achy all over, going from shivering from being cold to being hot. I am taking cold and flu meds and it is making it a little more bearable today, but this will be the second day I am off work. (Since I work in a school, I can't go into work with a fever, even if I have taken meds to control it). Uggh...I have no energy and I just feel like I have been run over by a semi truck or a salt truck!

Then this afternoon, Ben…

Weigh In Wednesday # 27 and another kid is sick

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 224.8 lbs My weight this week is::: 224.6 lbs. 
Down 0.2 lbs! 


This past week I think I did okay. I was stressed a lot due to Rebecca being sick and now with Jacob being sick. And when I am stressed I eat. I have cut back somewhat on the sweets, but apparently not enough. Hubby has been bugging me to follow this diet program that he is on, somewhat like weight watchers but something he came up with where he does…

Weekly goals for week of January 26, 2015

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Last week, I got some things done on my to do list but not a lot. I took on an adult tutoring student so that caused a wrinkle in my plans. Then Rebecca got sick. Add in work and I was just kind of overwhelmed. I did get a few things done that was NOT on my to do list--like deep cleaned Rebecca's bedroom which took a couple hours out of my Sunday. So what did I get done that was on my list.....
dust upstairs (our room, Rebecca's room, the boys' room, and the bathroom)sweep all floors upstairs and mop the bathroomshred old bills and statements from 2014 that we don't needdeclutter 1 tote from the basementdeclutter tote upstairs in the hallway that has been there since before Christmasclean out downstairs bathroom cabinet
continue  get back on ab/squat challenge  I decided to give up on this challenge for this month. Laundry- one load at least a day, taking Sunday off Although I can't take credit, my dear hubby did all the laundry and got it all caught up.Post 2 book …

Gratitude Sunday

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One of the things that I have been trying to work on is making sure that I am looking at the good things in life. Even when there are people that are sick, the weather is lousy, and life just seems like a mountain to climb straight up there are always things to be thankful for. So I have decided to *hopefully* come back every Sunday and say things that I am grateful for from the previous week.

This week, I am grateful for (in no particular order):
A husband who has done most of the laundry for the week.Healthy kids. Rebecca has been fighting a fever the last couple days and is coughing today but her fever is gone. It makes me grateful for times that there are no sick kids in my house.Date night. Hubby brought home yummy Mexican food for him and I last night since we could not go out to eat due to Rebecca being sick. Tutoring...I started tutoring an adult student this past week. It will be a little extra money.Summer vacation. Hubby and I nailed down our main summer vacation plans and …

Fever.....

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This little girl should be at school right now taking a spelling test and doing all of her 2nd grade work. But she is not. She is laying on the couch, watching cartoons not feeling too well. When I brought her home last night after I got off work, she was running a fever of 103. Ughh. This morning it was at 103.3, after not having any Tylenol or Motrin overnight. When I called her school to tell them that she would not be in, the secretary asked if she had a fever and then told me that there were at least 2 other girls in Rebecca's class that were out today with high fevers, all of whom got them late yesterday afternoon/evening. So I am pretty sure it is something that she got from school. Now just to keep anyone else in the house from getting it.

Evening Prayers: For Every Day of the Year

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DESCRIPTION:

We want to turn to God at the close of each day, but often don’t find the words to express our deepest feelings. This collection of prayers is one of the few daily devotionals especially intended for use in the evening. Blumhardt’s words bespeak a certainty in God’s nearness. The peace that flows from them comes from a firm conviction that God’s kingdom is indeed on the way. In challenging times like our own, this reassurance can bring us serenity each evening of the year.

MY THOUGHTS: I will admit that I have been thinking that I need to add more prayer into my life. I admire those people who can spend an hour each morning going over their Bibles and devotionals. Unfortunately, I know that that route is NOT for me, as I am not a morning person. That is why I was looking forward to reviewing Evening Prayers: For Every Day of the Yearby Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt.  The book has an evening devotional for each day, starting with January 1. Each day has a short scripture pas…

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (book review)

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). 

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
MY THOUGHTS: 
It seems like I am in a constant …

Weigh in Wednesday #26-- Finally moving in the right direction

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 226.4 lbs My weight this week is::: 224.8 lbs. 
Down 1.6 lbs! Yahoo!  


This past week went a little better. I was feeling better mostly and I tried to make better choices when eating. We did eat out twice. Bill brought home Subway one day for lunch (I had half and then half the next day for lunch) and we went out as a family for lunch on Saturday. I did have a hamburger and fries, but I tried to eat healthier whe…

Contraptions A to Z

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On Saturday, Bill and I took advantage of the nicer weather to get the kids out of the house. We went to lunch and then headed to the CA&C Depot here in town to explore the art and science exhibit "Contraptions A to Z" with the kids. "Contraptions A to Z" is an interactive science and art exhibit designed by Clifford Wagner Science Interactives and it was being exhibited here in our town until next weekend.

It was a really neat exhibit and the kids had a blast! (And it was completely FREE to go to!)










Overall, the kids had a blast. Rebecca was really interested in how the different exhibits worked. Jacob like pushing the buttons and moving the gears, etc. I like that they had a good time and that it was free, fun family entertainment. I am trying to be more diligent about finding things like this for our family to do. I will say that if this exhibit ever comes to a place near you, you should go and see it. It is really neat.

Weekly goals for week of January 19

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The week before last I did SO well with my to do list. I was hoping to keep that momentum going......HOWEVER, this past week has been pretty much a write off. Being back to work, no energy, being sick for 2.5 days and just feeling depressed and down meant that not very much got done on the to do list.
cut all the kids' fingernails and toenailsdeclutter tote upstairs in the hallway that has been there since before Christmasdust upstairs (our room, Rebecca's room, the boys' room, and the bathroom)sweep all floors upstairs and mop the bathroomshred old bills and statements from 2014 that we don't needdeclutter 1 tote from the basementclean out downstairs bathroom cabinetcontinue to follow ab/squat challengeLaundry- one load at least a day, taking Sunday offPost 2 book reviewsRead to the kids at least 4 nights out of 7Figure out time for Benjamin's blood workBen speech appt.Fill out and mail off HEAP application and Insurance renewal informationdate night with BillCom…

Weigh In Wednesday # 25-- (on Thursday)

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 226.4 lbs My weight this week is::: 226.4 lbs. 
I didn't lose and I didn't gain. 


This past week was okay. I didn't lose. I didn't gain. And I know why. I tried eating better. I cut down on the snack consumption. However, there were 2 factors that I believe led to the no gain, no loss....One is that this was the week for "Aunt Flo" to be here with me for the month. And reason number 2 is…

Weekly Goals for week of January 12, 2015

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Last week I decided to start making out my weekly to do lists again to see if it would help me to be more productive. I am happy to say that it did make me more productive last week. Here is how I did...
Mail Rebecca's pen pal letterExercise following the ab/squat plan that I am followingDollar Tree trip for napkins, large envelopes and gifts for Rebecca's friend's birthday party (they wanted dog toys and treats to donate to the pet shelter instead of birthday gift)Grocery store 1 time!Post 3 book reviews (I am so far behind in posting reviews...I have 5 to do I believe to be caught up)--I posted 1.Laundry - get caught up and stay caught upBalance checkbook Hang up Bill's man cave sign that I made him for ChristmasGo through 2 totes of stuff in the basement and declutter--I went through 1 tote in the basement, but I also cleaned off and decluttered the top of the dryerTake donations to Goodwill (I have 2 trash bags and 2 boxes of things full of stuff to donate that I h…

Gratitude Sunday

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One of the things that I have been trying to work on is making sure that I am looking at the good things in life. Even when there are people that are sick, the weather is lousy, and life just seems like a mountain to climb straight up there are always things to be thankful for. So I have decided to *hopefully* come back every Sunday and say things that I am grateful for from the previous week.

This week, I am grateful for (in no particular order):

A warm house. It has been very cold, with temperatures in the negatives (-30 wind chill), and yet we have been mostly comfortable in our house. We have heat and blankets and warm clothes. I would say we are blessed.Kids toys. The kids had 3 extra days off this week from school and if it weren't for new toys and things from Christmas they would have gone nuts not having anything to do while they were at home.A working bathroom sink upstairs. Our bathroom sink has been out of commission for a week. It would not drain, so we had to call our…

Another snow day.....

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That is me today....we have ANOTHER snow day. Not because of a huge snowfall, not because of dangerously low wind chill, but I believe it is because there is so much blowing and drifting snow on the roads and ice that it is not safe to travel. We did get about another inch or 2 of snow overnight last night, but when I looked out at 3 am our road looked surprisingly clear. Then I got a call near 6 this morning that we were on a 2 hour delay. Okay. Then I got a text around 7 that the Sheriff's office had put our county under a level 1 snow emergency, which means that Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously. Then about 10 minutes later, I got a call that our school was closed. Looks like most, if not all, the schools in our area are closed again today. This is seriously getting old. Don't get me wrong. I love my kids dearly and I love being with them. However, they are going stir crazy because they…

No school due to the extreme cold

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Today is another snow day....well actually school is closed due to the extreme cold. To be honest I was kind of surprised that we closed. I left work last night thinking we would have a delay this morning, but that we would still have school. But last night, I realized when I got home that the public schools around here had already called off for today and this was around 7 pm last night. As Bill and I were eating our chinese dinner for date night, we got the automated call from the kids' school that there would be no school today due to the extreme cold. It got down to -30 wind chill overnight. As it is right now, the heater has not turned off at all and it is still struggling to stay around 67 in the house. It is a balmy 0 outside right now, but wind chills are still at -20. We have a wind chill warning going on until 4 pm today. And when I checked the weather we are supposed to get 1-2 more inches of snow overnight. Just great. It is January and we are in the middle of winter.…

Weigh In Wednesday #24

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 224.6 lbs My weight this week is::: 226.4 lbs. 
I am up 1.8 lbs. :( 


This past week was okay. I know I gained, but I think I also know the reason. 

This past week was not too bad on the exercise front. I have followed the ab/squat challenge each day! So Go ME for that! 

Eating has been my problem! Eating wise, I have been eating way too many sweets that we have around the house. One of my goals for January is NOT t…

Miracles of Jesus (kids book review)

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: Miracles of Jesus is a level two I Can Read! based on the NIV Adventure Bible, the number one Bible for kids. Through engaging illustrations and age-appropriate vocabulary, young readers will follow Jesus on his travels as he heals the sick and spreads the Good News of his Father’s love. Written for the newly independent reader, this series is appropriate for children almost ready for their first chapter books.
MY THOUGHTS:
We are a Christian family. As such, I have been blessed to receive to review several Adventure Bible I Can Read! books to share with my young children. The latest is Miracles of Jesus with pictures by David Miles. 
Miracles of Jesus centers on Jesus's journeys teaching and specifically is centered on his healing the woman who touched his cloak, healing Jairus' sick daughter that everyone thought had died, and the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to feed the crown of 5000. 
I liked how they didn't take away from the Biblical stories b…

Snow Day!

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Overnight last night we were supposed to get some snow. Depending on which weather forecast you followed, they were predicting anywhere from 1-8 inches in our area. So I went to bed thinking, we would at least have a delay this morning for school. I woke up around 4:30 and the ground and streets were covered in snow. We live on one of the main roads in our town and it was absolutely snow covered. Lovely. I checked my phone. No messages about delays, etc. Checked online. Nothing, although there were already tons of closing in surrounding counties. I could not go back to a deep sleep. Finally, around 5:45, I got an automated phone call from the school, saying we were on a 2 hour delay. Looked outside and the roads still did not look like they had been plowed or anything. I changed my alarm and went back to sleep. Right as I was finally getting back to a deep sleep, I get another phone automated message at 7:15 that school has been closed for the day. Then Bill texted me from work and s…

Weekly Goals for week of January 5

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As I was sitting here this morning thinking about everything I want to get accomplished this week, I decided that I needed to start writing out my weekly to do lists again. I did this at the beginning part of 2014 and they really helped me to get things accomplished. So I am going to try again.

This week, the 2 older kids are back in school and I am back to work after having 2 weeks off for Christmas break. I am more than ready for them to be back to school. I love my children, however they have been driving me nuts the last couple of days. I think after a week, they are ready to be back to school.
Anyhow, so this is the week that we get back to normal with a schedule (hopefully) and time to get some things done.

And I have a LOT of things that I would like to get done.....so without further ado here are my goals for this week:

Mail Rebecca's pen pal letterExercise following the ab/squat plan that I am followingDollar Tree trip for napkins, large envelopes and gifts for Rebecca…

Yuletide Ice Cube Fair By Karen Poth

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BOOK DESCRIPTION::

It’s that wonderful time of year again—the Yuletide Ice Cube Fair! It’s a time of festivity and fun as Veggies gather to eat snow cones, slurp slushies, and ice skate on the frozen pond. But the greatest part of all is the Ice Cube Carving Contest! The Veggies are trying to outdo each other in an effort to win the grand prize. But the smallest of all these ice entries is truly the most grand—a carving done by Junior Asparagus. It is a tiny stable with a shepherd on one knee. Young readers discover that it’s not what’s biggest or best that’s most important on Christmas—it’s Jesus.

MY THOUGHTS::

Yuletide Ice Cube Fair by Karen Poth is a very cute Christmas story featuring the Veggie Tales characters that aims to remind children what Christmas is really about. The story begins with the children humming with delight at the upcoming Yuletide Ice Cube Fair. All the Veggies looked forward to the ice carving contest to see what each person was going to carve. This year's t…

Happy 2015 and my resolutions

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First of all...I would like to say a Happy 2015 to all of you who dare to read this little slice of the blogging world. I hope that everyone has a wonderful 2015!

Now as for me...

As for looking forward to 2015, I thought about New Years past and how I would make grand resolutions which in turn would be broken 2 weeks later. It never fails. So I decided that instead of making yearly resolutions, I need to break any resolutions that I would like to achieve into smaller goals. But even that did not give me narrow direction....so I decided that I might try to break the smaller goals into monthly goals. I learned by following the Blogmas 2014 meme that I could do something for at least 25 days, why can't I take that idea and follow something similar for each month.


So I decided to take a look at what my BIG goals for ME are for 2015. They include:

Losing weight (In order to meet my goal of losing 40 lbs by July 28 2015, then I need to still lose 29 lbs).Find some sort of stress relief …