Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Why You Should Check Your 13 Year Old's Backpack

As you all know, I have a 13 year old daughter.

Sometimes, she's a handful. Sometimes she seems to have everything together. Her grades are awesome. She has everything when she needs it, where she needs it.

Sometimes, she seems like she would lose her head if it wasn't attached. That has been our house the last couple of weeks. Last week, she forgot her Spanish notebook. Luckily for me, she remembered it (and yelled, "I don't have my Spanish notebook" and scared me to death) as we were pulling in to the school parking lot for drop off.

Then there was the lunchbox that we had to turn around to get. She remembered it before we got too far down the street.

Yesterday, it was her flashdrive, her pencil bag (one of those zipper bags that holds pens, pencils, markers...everything), and flash cards for Social Studies. So, I came home from dropping her off and rounded up all of her stuff and took it to school before I went to work at the daycare.

Today, well, today was headphones. A lot of the work in her classes is online. She actually has 3 Social Studies teachers on an A-B-C day rotation. On her "C" day rotation, she has her online day where they work in the online classroom.

Back to my topic of the day of "Why you should check your 13 year old's backpack"....

If you check the backpack, you can figure out the things that are missing BEFORE you leave the house! All of the missing items, except the lunchbox, could have been recovered and packed before leaving the house!

I have also learned that if I check out her backpack, I can find papers from teachers that I need to read. I can find a mess that she needs to organize (and we can take care of that)! I can find pens/pencils/markers that I haven't been able to find for a month! :) 

There are a lot of things to learn from checking your child's backpack.

I used to check the Princess's backpack every night when she was in elementary school. I guess until we get back to the "she's got everything together" phase again, I am going to be doing that again.

Backpacks are part of the educational experience. We need to help them to keep them together so they can be successful. 

Now.... I'm sure some of you thought that this was going to be a post about what I found in my daughter's backpack that wasn't supposed to be there. Not this time.....  but, I may be able to avoid that day if I keep a watchful eye on her bag on a regular basis!

Ok parents..... what's your reason for checking your child's backpack?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Do You Believe in Karma?

This is one of those questions that I get asked often.

"Do you believe in Karma?"

I have been known to say, "Karma stinks, right?" Sometimes I think I believe. Other times, I think it's just consequences of actions.

That makes no sense. As I wrote that, I confused myself.  :)

Sometimes, I think that there really is Karma. People do things that are mean or horrible, and then something happens to them that is equally as bad. It also works in the reverse. Someone will do something awesome and then they get a "payback" out of nowhere.

Other times, people do something horrible and then there are natural consequences from the action(s). Those consequences are sometimes better than any punishment anyone could have given them. Of course, that works in the positive also. Someone will do something and then they will get a reward they never dreamed of because of natural consequences.

My parents taught me to believe that God handles the behaviors that people have. This means that if you do what you are supposed to do, God has plans and blessings in store. If you do not do what you are supposed to do, God also has consequences. He's the ultimate parent. :) He rewards the good and punishes the bad. (Just be sure that you aren't doing things just to get rewards. That's not why you do anything.... for anyone!!)

I guess the next time someone asks me, "Do you believe in Karma," I have to answer with, "It depends on the situation."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Writing Challenge--Day #10

Today is my final day of the writing challenge. I hope you have enjoyed it.

Check out all the other days!
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9

Link up in the comments to share your Writing Challenge! 

As always, I have a lot of goals for the new year. Some of which I can control. Others, I need help to reach.

1. Have a closer walk with God
2. Get a full time job
3. Build my crafty business
4. Build my travel business
5. Write a book
6. Build my blog
7. Get back in to the gym on a regular basis
8. Read a book every month (at least one!)
9. Spend more time with family
10. Keep my house cleaner
11. Pay off bills
12. Save money

I could go on and on. We all could.

Now....what are your goals for 2017? Link up in the comments!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Writing Challenge--Day #9

Check out links to all of the Writing Challenge posts in Day #8.

It's kind of fitting that I'm doing this challenge. It's starting to ask questions about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Since tomorrow is the last day of the posts I'm doing about the Writing Challenge, I think it's going to be a good way to end it.

Don't forget to leave the link to your post of the writing challenge in the comments so I can come check it out!

Today's Challenge: "What's on your Christmas wish list?"

I have a lot of stuff on my Christmas wish list; don't we all?

I want things that can be bought:
Pots and Pans
Mattress/Box Springs

I want things I know I can't get:
Pay off my bills (all of them--including house, car, and student loans) before Dec. 31
Win the lottery (except I don't play)

I want things I have to work to get:
Get my house decorated for Christmas (Tony & my nephew did the outside lights. Now the inside!!)
To get my 1/2 bath and the Princess's room painted (We got the paint last Christmas!)
My crafty business to succeed (more on that later!)

I want things that may/may not ever happen:
World Peace
End World Hunger
Stop Child Abuse
Find a home for all kids who need one

What's on your Christmas Wish List?  Link up in the comments!!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Writing Challenge--Day #8

I took a few days off to spend time with my family for Thanksgiving!  I hope you all enjoyed your time with family/friends/co-workers--whomever you spent Thanksgiving with!

There are links to all the other Writing Challenge posts on Day #7.

I know in the beginning I said there are 60 days to this challenge.  However, I have thought about it, and I think I'm going to do the first 10 days. I have started writing on a regular basis.... which was the point. So, now, I'm going to write about other things.... not just the challenge topics.

Today's Challenge is actually quite appropriate.  It's about Thanksgiving.

Today's Challenge: "Make a list of 10 things for which you are thankful."

Making a list is easy. Leaving it just in list form is hard for me. :)

I'm Thankful For....

1. God--He is so awesome. He supplies everything I need. He is there no matter what and loves me no matter what. I have failed Him so many times, but He has never failed me.

2. Family--I'm thankful for my family. We may not always get along, but we are always there for each other. This includes everyone.. Mom, Dad, Tony, Lisa (and her kids), Donnie and Mary (and their kids), Mariah (my niece and her daughter), the Princess, and my Papaw. 

3. Friends--I have a couple of close friends. Some of them have been friends of mine for a few years now. I have friends from church. I have friends with whom I love to scrapbook!!  I have friends I can talk to about work/school.

4. Home--I love that I have a home. Although it's not always clean, it is ours. We are still making payments, but it is ours. We can change what we want to---like the floors like Thanksgiving. We can leave what we want.

5. Car--Yes, this sounds trite. I'm thankful for my car. It gets me everywhere I need to be. I get to take my parents on vacation in it. I get to go see friends. I go to church. I go to work. I can use my car to get to anyone or anything I need to.

6. Work--I don't have a full time job. I only get to sub a couple of days a month. I am working part time at the daycare with my mom. I am making what God wants me to make. He knows where I need to be. He will make sure I have the job I need to have when I need to have it.

7. Food--Again, this sounds like something small. However, for me, since I had my surgery, food is my fuel. It's not for fun any more. It's just what I need to live. I have never thought about food that way. I have always just eaten when I wanted to and what I wanted to. Now, I'm thankful for the food I have and I need.

8. Computers (Social Media)--I love that I can keep up with my friends/family through social media. I can do what I need to do and complete tasks on my computer. It helps me to be able to do things that I couldn't do before I had a computer.

9. Clothes--I know this is another of those funny sounding things. Now, I have more options in the places I can get clothes. Now, I have more different things I can wear. I can even borrow some of the Princess's t-shirts!  It's nice!! 

10. Life--Every day, I wake up and I have to be thankful that I am alive. I have had so many illnesses since June of this year that I am glad that I am well and alive. This should probably be higher on my list. It is higher on my list, but I just put it here because it is where it landed.

Now, what are you thankful for?  What's on your list?