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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2017 in Review

Now that it's 2018, I thought I'd look back on 2017 and see the good, the bad, and the ugly of it.

January:
It was mostly boring. The "after Christmas" blahs hit.

Since today, is a SNOW DAY in NC, I thought it appropriate to include my post about the first snow in 2017 here

In January 2017, I also decided it was time to move on from things I had been waiting for.  I cleared out some space in my office (and my mind) by Making Room For God's Plan.

Being the awesome Girl Scout mom that I am, I had to figure out how to fix the mess my made by melting CRAYON onto The Princess's brand new Cadette vest (which is light khaki)!!!  Read about that here.

February:

I got older... just like I do in February every year. :)

I was also singing on the Praise Team at church, working in Children's Church, and helping with some big projects (still doing all those too)!!

I was working out consistently and getting my mile time down so I could try to do a 5K. (Still working on that one!)

March:
The Shabbach Youth Conference is in March. The Princess goes with the group, but we got to Pigeon Forge as well.  We call it "limited freedom," but it's basically so we can be there as an extra if the group needs anything.

April:
Easter was here!  It's always busy on Easter because we have family time...with most of the family. We go to Mom and Dad's house and hide eggs (if the weather's ok) for the kids.  In all honesty, the big kids hide them for the little kids. :)  The adults hang out inside resting until time to go watch the littles find the eggs!

May:
In May, Tony and I attended part of the Homeschool Conference.   This year, I hope to go for some of the classes, and I plan to take The Princess. This helped us to make a final decision about homeschooling for this year. (so far...so good! I have posts about that coming!) 

This is where we started making decisions about the actual curriculum to use for this year. 

June:
On Father's Day, we went to Papaw's church (as usual). Spending time with him on Father's Day is awesome. It makes my dad so happy when the family all gets to go there.

July:
We made final choices for homeschool curriculum and started gathering all the parts and pieces we needed. (That proved to be more "fun" that I knew how to handle!)

August:
The Princess turned 14!

She also started having some testing done to see why she was having severe stomach pains.  (Now... they have figured it out and she's doing much better!)

We went to Cherokee, NC, on August 21, for the Total Solar Eclipse. I wrote about the experience (mostly the ride home) about a week later..... it was too funny not to tell the story.  Read it here

August 21 was The Princess's first day of High school and her first day of Homeschool! 

September:
I found out in September that I have arthritis in my right thumb and wrist.   I ended up wearing a brace on my right arm for about 6 weeks.  (That was very fun!)

The Princess was also in her first bowling league starting in late August and early September!

We went to our first Book Signing! We saw Robert Beatty who wrote Serafina and the Black Cloak. The book series is set in the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.



October:
HALLOWEEN!!!!  My sister brought her kiddos over and we trick-or-treated in the neighborhood.

I started covering a maternity leave at a local middle school.

November:
That's when things started getting really busy.  I was still covering at the middle school.

We had Thanksgiving.

The weekend before Thanksgiving was the Christmas Parade and the Tree Lighting. The Princess got to sing with the Homeschool Chorus Group at the tree lighting.  There are always fireworks right after the tree is lit.  We were standing in the street right beside the parking lot where they were being shot up!  It was AWESOME!

December:
CHRISTMAS!!!!

Christmas always brings lots of busy stuff! 

The weekend of Christmas, our church did a program called Our Coming Savior. Check out the link here


Also.... The Princess earned $105 in scholarships from her bowling league accomplishments this season!  I'm so proud of here. 

On New Year's Eve, we "bowled" out the old and in the new with new friends from bowling league. One of the girls in the group got flashing glasses for everyone to bowl in.... it was funny!



Now.... we are in 2018! Lots of things are happening and we are staying busy!

What does your 2017 in Review look like?  Leave a link in the comments so we can see what all you did in 2017!!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Wish The World Was Different

Today, I have no pictures to share.

I have no funny stories.

I have frustration.

I have anger.

I have a desire that the world my daughter, my brother's kids/grandkids, and my sister's kids are growing up in was different.

Earlier this week, in less than 30 minutes, the lives of my sister and her kids changed forever.

My sister works in the office at a child care facility. She has the privilege of having her kids in classes there while she is at work (mainly before and after school for the middle one!)!!

A couple of days ago, she had to run an errand for work.  When she got back to work, it was time to go home.  In the 20 minutes or so that it took for her to gather her things from her office and get her two youngest daughters from their classes, someone busted out the back passenger window of her car and stole her purse.

Yes, we are thankful that she and the girls weren't in the car. No one is hurt..... physically.

Luckily, she keeps her ID and stuff with her phone (which is ALWAYS connected to her hand!!)  That is safe! And, she had her keys with her.  However, her purse had cash in it that she was going to use for some of her bills.  (So that stinks!)

All that can be replaced.... with time.


What can't be replaced is the security that my youngest two nieces used to feel. 

The six-year-old cries when she has to go outside in the dark (although it was daytime when the break in happened). 

The five-year-old says, "A monster broke into Mommy's car and stole her purse."  When she goes outside, she says, "Come out, come out wherever you are!" She's trying to find the "monster".

I grew up in a house that was broken into a few times.....once while we were all in the house! (That's a different story!)  I know the fear of going back to the same place.

When the "same place" is your school, your car????  How do you cope with that?  How does a 6 year old and a 5 year old cope with their world being rocked like that?!?!

I hate that my nieces now know what it's like to fear being outside, day or night!!!


Isn't that what we try to shield our kids from?  Isn't that what parents are supposed to be able to do, keep our kids safe?  Make them feel secure? 

The purse and the wallet and the cards and the money..... they are important, but they can be replaced.

As a family, now, we have to find a way to replace the sense of security my sister and her girls lost.


I wish the world was different for many, many reasons, but today I wish the world was different for my nieces (and all the kids) who are realizing there are "monsters" out there!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

It's Been a Little Cold

Over the past few days, the temperatures here have been colder than normal.

They have been in the single digits in the mornings and barely above freezing (if at all) during the day.

The schools have been delayed twice this week because of the cold temperatures. They knew they would probably have bus issues; plus it was just too cold, especially with the wind some days, to have the kids standing outside in the dark waiting for the bus.

In downtown Kannapolis, we have a park--Veteran's Park.

There is a fountain there. It has been frozen this week.  The water that is moving isn't frozen, but the water that is not moving is. 

We stopped by today, after bowling this morning and I got some pictures of it. 

I think they are really neat!  One of the spouts looks like an "ice volcano" when the water shoots out.



This is the view of the fountain from the park, toward the street.



This is the view from the street.  Both sides of the fountain are frozen.



Here is the "ice volcano".  You can tell a little where the water is coming out of it.  While we were there, parts of it broke off. It should melt this week.





This flame never goes out. The seals of the different military branches are on the sides of the column.  The water around the foot of it is frozen also. 



How has the weather been where you are?  Is it abnormally cold there?  Leave a picture in the comments to show the weather where you live!

Monday, January 1, 2018

"Bucket List" for 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I'm simply amazed that 2017 has ended and today begins 2018!

My motto for this year is "It's going to be great in 2-0-1-8!" (You have to say the numbers separately for it to sound right!)

Anyways, I made a list of goals for this year. Some of them are things I have done before, but I want to do again. Some of them are things I've never done, but I want to challenge myself.

I didn't make any RESOLUTIONS this year. I guess if I were to make one, it would be to do things that make me a better person, a happier person. 

I read somewhere, and shared with my Sunday School teens, that only 12% of people actually succeed in completing their New Year's Resolutions. It also said that about 1/3 of people never actually get started with them at all. That sounds bad, but the reason given for it is that if people say "I'm going to lose weight," but they don't put in the meal planning, correct grocery shopping, and daily working on it... they have no PLAN to do it.

So, this year, my goal is to try new (or old) things!

My 2018 "Bucket" (but not because I'm dying) List

1. Go ice skating
       I've never tried it. I'm pretty sure the best part is that when I fall, I will already have ice on whatever I hurt!

2. Enter a bowling tournament
      The Princess is in a youth bowling league. I am in an adult bowling league. I want to enter a bowling tournament.... just for fun.

3. Go Horseback riding
      I have done this a couple of times, but since I lost all the weight, I want to do it again.

4. Have one affiliate program
      I want to build my blog this year, so I want to join one affiliate program before the end of the year.

5. Walk/Run/Bike 2018 miles
      I need to get back in the gym on a consistent basis, and if I set this as my goal, I only have to do about 6 miles a day (since I didn't do my 5.5 today) to get to this in a year!

6. Do the Krispy Kreme Challenge at NC State
      They use this as a fundraiser. You pay to enter. You run/walk the 2+ miles to the Krispy Kreme off campus. Then you get a dozen doughnuts and run/walk back to campus. Although I could only eat about 1-2 bites of the doughnuts, I want to do this. We have been talking about it ever since we visited NC State a couple months ago!!

7. Complete a 5K
     I want to enter and complete a 5K. My goal (just like last time I did one) is NOT to be last! :)

8. Read 20 books.
      At the rate I read, this shouldn't be hard, but I will have to keep track of it!

9. Take a trip to Pigeon Forge
      Because of circumstances beyond our control, we did not make it to Tennessee over Christmas break! We are planning a trip in March when the youth from our church go up!

10. Audition for the Salisbury Symphony
     This one totally terrifies me!

11. Write EVERY day.
      I don't know that it will be on here, but I want to write SOMETHING somewhere every day!

12. Start my book.
      I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. I think I finally have an idea, but I need to start writing it out....planning it.... to see if I can make it work!

13.  Learn a new skill--like guitar
      I have a guitar. Tony got if for me a few years ago. I need to learn to play it.

14. Go roller skating.
      I haven't done this since I was in high school, maybe. I want to do it again.... probably only once!

15. Try yoga/meditation.
      I want to try something new. These seem like activities that help to strengthen my body and calm my mind.

16. Enter something in the Cabarrus County Fair craft competition.
      Every year, I go to the fair and think, "Why didn't I submit something?" This year, my goal is to do just that!

17. Audition for The Voice 
       When they do auditions this year, I want to do it. If they don't chose me, I'm in the same place I am now..... NOT on The Voice. If they choose me.... WOW!

18. Build my Travel Agent Business
      I have been a travel agent for a couple of years now. I have booked travel for 2-3 people. I have used it for myself. Other than that, I haven't used it. I want to build my business to help other people be able to get great deals on travel.


Those are my 18 goals for 2018!

What goals do you have for 2018?? Share them in the comments

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Getting Old Really Stinks

A couple of weeks ago, m right thumb started hurting. Progressively over those weeks, it has gotten worse.

More tender.

More red.

More swollen.

Finally, on Friday, I was learning to become a lefty because I couldn't move my thumb without pain shooting up my right arm.

My mommy, THANKS MOM, made me go to the doctor. We weren't in there more than an hour, but I came out with a diagnosis of arthritis and inflammation. (The inflammation has a really long 3 word name, but I can't remember it.)

I'm in an "awesome" brace on my thumb and up my wrist. Doc said to wear it 4-6 weeks.  Mom and I both looked at her and said, "FOUR TO SIX WEEKS?!?!"

I'm on medication for the inflammation.

I really didn't realize everything that my thumb does.... until I can't move it to do things.... like hit the space bar!

What would you miss most about not being about to use one of your fingers?