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Thanks thegreylioness for the nudge.  I can't believe it has been 14 weeks since I was on here last- holy cow! 

Let's see, shall I catch you up?

May I finished up work at the preschool. 

June was crazy with packing and meetings and conferences for the hubby.

Same with July- whew!

August we moved and went to the beach (Micah's first time!)

September flew by too- holy cow!

And now it is October.  Man. 

I am still trying to find stuff to do that is work at home.  I don't have the money for an Etsy shop (that requires buying supplies lol) and selling stuff (aka Avon, Lia Sophia, Thirty One etc ) is just not for me.  So I am still hunting, and hoping I can find something to do.

I am still keeping up with my book blog.  I seemed to have gotten swamped with books in June and have just started to get a handle over it.  I apparently opened the flood gates with reviewing books.  I have fun with it though (http://oneminutebooks.blogspot.com).

What else?  Man.

OH- here is a pic of the little man so you can see how much he has grown!  He is absolutely trying out the "Terrible Twos" a little early....

As you can see- he isn't so little anymore!

Cinnamon Heaven

Can you smell this?  The smell of cinnamon and vanilla.... Cups of sweet and light cream cheese icing?  Just heaven in a box.

These delightful things are from Mr. Sticky's.  Mr. Sticky's is the place to go if you want to gain 100 pounds just by smelling the food.  No seriously.  It puts Cinnabon to shame.  SHAME. 

When we go- we usually get a pack of cinnamon buns (above) and a pack of stickies.  Man are they delicious.

These are all the kinds you can get:

And you know it means something that when you google "Mr. Sticky's"  that this is what comes up....

And may I note?  There is no measly drizzle of cream cheese icing on these puppies- oh no.  If you can see in the picture above- there is a HAND SCOOPED BASEBALL of cream cheesy goodness.

But sadly, this box of glory will be leaving me soon.  They are actually part of my mom's birthday present for this weekend. 

But  since Mr. Sticky's is now conveniently off a major highway (God's Providence much?), I will be smelling sweet cinnamon-y goodness very very soon.


Ok, so I did lay it on a little thick- but they really are THAT good! 

So tired of boxes

I am seriously considering throwing out everything I own just so I don't have to pack it.


Do you ever feel the need to just create?  Something?  Anything?  I haven't had time to pursue anything artistic ... pretty much since we moved back to Pennsylvania... I used to paint often.  I still have a piles of canvases that I never used.  And a few awaiting a mound of gesso.  I tried to get over the fact that I couldn't create anymore by baking.  I got pretty good at it too.  But after gaining and losing and gaining mass amounts of weight in the last two years- my desire for baking has gone down the tubes.  (If for some reason you haven't heard me whine about this before- I lost almost 50 pounds while I was pregnant with my son because I was so sick.... and then lived on a steady diet of junk and gained it all back, lol!)

Anyway, I tried scrapbooking (I will still try to keep it up, but it doesn't really feel like creating to me...).  I tried teaching a watercolor class last summer- which was fun, but not what I want to do.  I want to make something out of nothing- create something honest.  I tried to pick up and draw a few weeks ago- and found that I had no idea where to start... it was almost as if I forgot how.

I have always been interested in quilling.  I have thought it was a beautiful and delicate process.  I used to do it as a child and didn't even know it had a term- I thought it was just a fun way to waste time.  3D doodling even.  I think I would like to take a class on quilling- or at least get a book and try my hand at it for real.  I think it could be really pretty....  (And I can already think of some art deco designs I would love to do..)

Anyway, I will use this desire to create and turn it into a desire to clean, lol!

So what are you up to today?  If nothing, do you want to come pack boxes with me?


Sundays are for two things...

Church and sleeping.

As we were on our way home from a lunch/ Sam's Club visit, the back window in our car decided to completely stop working.  It literally fell into the door of the car- so the poor little man had to ride the whole way home  with the windows the whole way down (wind seems to be his kryptonite.)

He fell asleep about 5 minutes into the drive and was snoring like an old man for the rest of the ride home- including pulling him out of the car and putting him in his crib.  Poor little guy.

He had a very eclectic lunch at the buffet.  Blue jello, lo mein, crab meat, chicken, cucumber, and beets.  But he seemed to enjoy it (I will try to keep my gagging to a minimum.)

Packing has stalled.  It is actually my goal for today to get some boxes packed ... and update my reading blog.  I seem to have lots of time to read, but very little time to update.  Whoops!

I survived my two weeks without Jim.  I told him he is never EVER allowed to leave again.  I don't know how single parents do it (and I have so MUCH respect for them).  By the second day I thought I was going to tear my hair out.

As I am looking around my bedroom, and the mess that it is, I think I may focus on the clothes strewn everywhere (erm, I mean I am the perfect housewife and my house is spotless ... HAHAHAHA).

So what are you doing for Father's Day?

Me and my Daddy :)

School's out for summer! School's out for-ever!

School is over and I am home with the little man!  WOOHOO!

I will miss the kids (alot actually.... I cried about leaving them the night before graduation- I am such a sap!), but that is all.  I doubt I will be returning to the teaching field.  Unless there is some big change in my life- I don't see myself being a teacher again.  There is just too much about teaching that I seriously dislike.  (And none of it has to do with the actual teaching part.)

T-minus some amount of days less than 30 until we move (we don't have a set moving date yet).  I am already completely overwhelmed with packing.  Yesterday I was packing up all of our kitchen appliances and was thinking to myself- "Why do we have all of these things? Do we really need them?"  It is so hard to pack- especially when you can only fit 2 appliances in a box... it feels like such a waste of a box!

Jim is gone for the next two weeks. It is funny- I am finally done with work and we still won't see each other at all for the next two weeks.

Micah is still biting.  It is incredibly frustrating (and painful!), but the timeouts seem to be helping (as is shoving whatever random plastic item is near me into his mouth as he lunges for my arm!  I know everyone has told me this will be a phase, but I will be very grateful when it is over!

If you are looking for book talk- head over to http://oneminutebooks.blogspot.com

I can't say how long I'm going to stick with Blogger.  It doesn't seem to like my computers- it doesn't fully post what I write or it just deletes random posts.  I have been with Livejournal for almost 10 years now and it hasn't frustrated me the way Blogger does.

So, I know it has been awhile- is anyone still here?  I see I lost some followers- but thank you to all of you who stuck around.  I promise my dry spell is ending!

Happy Easter

Well my 40 days are up.  I didn't finish my devotional but I did journal or write on my book blog almost every day of the 40.  The week of Easter, things got a little rough.  We had services every day from Palm Sunday until Good Friday and then 2 on Easter.  A wonderful thing- but not so good for the home life.  Jim worked 12-15 hours a day for the entire week and I was going the single parent route.  If anyone is reading this and is a single parent- I have the upmost respect for you- I don't know how you do it all.

I only have 5 weeks left of school.  I am at a standstill with house stuff.  I don't really want to start packing- in my brain, if I am packing it up 3 months early and won't be using it... do I really need it in the first place.  So to save myself from that head argument- I am just collecting boxes and not packing.  We have a leak in our roof- it leaked all over the boxes I had collected and turned them into mush.  So I am starting over and am going to put my pile of boxes in a new spot.

Have any of you had crazy weather?  I have been interested in looking at the weather maps- but it all seems to be missing us- by literally a few miles.  Is it wrong that I like thunderstorms?  I don't like people getting hurt- but I think they are so beautiful.

Me and my backache are going to go do some laundry.  Eouch.

Day 25: Using Eternal Building Materials

Dishes.  Laundry. Garbage.  Scrub the Bathroom. Vaccuum. Dust. Fold Laundry. Organize the closets.  Put the little man's too small clothes away. Groceries. New wiper blades. Oil change. Mow the lawn.  Cut down the dead branches. Emails for work. Emails for church. Post book reviews.

Man chores are never ending, aren't they?  And a lot of the time they can seem incredibly overwhelming.  I have to say, though, that getting through these tasks is usually centered around my motivations.  Why am I doing these chores?  God says that even the smallest tasks are for His glory.  We should be working through these tasks for the glory of God- not for ourselves.

I don't pretend to have a model house. It is a running joke that I can't manage to keep more than one room in my house clean at a time.  Currently my kitchen is overrun with dirty dishes, my dining room table is covered, and my clean laundry is in folded piles on the floor.  God doesn't call us to have perfect homes- even if we are showing hospitality by having others over.  He calls us to do whatever we are doing for His glory.  Having a beautiful house that is spotless can be ungodly if you are judging others for how they keep their house- or feeling prideful and self-righteous about having a clean house.  Having a complete mess of a house- and I don't mean scattered messy, I mean dirty, rat filled- haven't thrown your trash out in 3 years- can be a sign of not having your own self in order.  God doesn't call us to be perfect- we will never be perfect, but He does call us to do everything to His glory.  

So I plan on having lots of people over in my messy house- I will enjoy their company, care for them, and if you know me well- probably send you home with more than you came with.  But I am not worried about everything I have to do- it will get done in its own time.

What is on your to-do list this week?