Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just a little bragging

I completely forgot to mention...bragging moment coming...I RAN MY FIRST 5k in June!!!

This photo is anything but flattering, but I'm proud of it; I finished in 36:19 minutes. My next challenge... a triathlon in February.

Since I'm already bragging, I might as well continue. Benjamin received 100% plus had the bonus words correct on his first spelling test...or should I say his first graded test ever!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Never Enough Hours in the Day!

Wow it’s been a long times since I’ve touched this blog! I have thought about updating often, but there never seems to be enough hours in the day…especially with two kids in school and involved in activities! A lot has happened/changed since my last post in 2011:
I am working full-time, doing what I love- graphic design field. John left his employer of fourteen years, started working at a sister company, and within three years he was promoted to a senior developer in a team leader position (LOL-that isn't the technical job title).  John joined our local volunteer fire company, earned his firefighter II and EMT certification. On August 7, 2014 we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.


Benjamin started 1st grade on August 25th, he's doing well and coming home daily with positive marks on his class chart :-). I can't get over how much homework a 1st grader brings home- Reading, writing, math, spelling words and vocabulary words!!! Yep, I miss the easy carefree days of the 3 year old preschool program  ;-).  Benjamin played T-ball for a season, but we quickly realized that wasn't a sport for him. Benjamin started taking swim lessons around 18 months, he's moved up the "ranks" of swim America and on September 12th he'll be evaluated for the Swim America Diplomat swim team. He is starting boy scouts this month and has shown interested in joining FFA (Future Farmers of America).
Ben has a kind heart, but since he tends to be a follower, he has occasionally gotten into trouble with peers. He is shy at first, but quickly opens up; Ben is the type of child that is friends with everyone and does well when placed with new students. At times, Ben shows signs of anxiety; he is also sensitive and empathetic. He will ask about kids that are out sick and tries to comfort those that are hurting. Benjamin is very organized and thrives on routines.
Benjamin enjoys reading, math, art, crafts, video games, bike riding, swimming and being outside. With the exception of swimming, Benjamin is not very athletic and quickly loses interest in sports.

Hayden started pre-k on September 5th; John and I are excited to see him learn, grow and mature this year as he prepares for Kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Hayden played Spring soccer in 2014, and is also moving up the "ranks" of Swim America.

Hayd is EXTREMLY active, sociable, the class clown child, and at times has an aggressive side. Hayden has an awesome imagination, he loves to play make believe and dressing up in his superhero costumes.

After a lot of research-I realized Hayden has an allergy to synthetic dyes (this describes Hayden on synthetic food dyes), I'm constantly reading Nutrition ingredients these days, but it's helped our family eat healthier. We've come along way, at four years old- Hayden can looks at a food, know if he should eat it or not. On his own doing he'll choose healthy foods over junk foods; LOL- as I was writing that last sentence, Hayden handed me a chocolate fruit popsicle asking "you take the chocolate off and leave me the mango?"
Hayden enjoys running, swimming , fishing and riding his scooter. Hayden is not one to sit still long, he needs to be constantly moving and engaged in activities.

Unfortunately we haven't been doing a lot of at home art/creative projects; however one of the creative Christmas traditions we added to our family three years ago was the Elf on the Shelf. While Elfie isn't half as mischievous as some of the Elves out there (he'd be kicked out of the house if I had to clean up after him daily), we still have a fun together.
For the second year, we purchased season passes to Hershey Park.

We also have a family membership to the Lancaster Science Factory

We've taken family vacations over the years; August 2014 we spent a week in Ontario, Canada.
The big news for 2014 is we sold our house and are in the process of building; I'm still in shock, we sold our house in 15 days and had to be out within six weeks. Talk about answered prayers, not only did we sell our house within a short period, but we had two offers on the table to choose from. We wanted to keep Benjamin in the same elementary school, John wanted to stay within his fire district; that left us with three development choices. Two of those were a no, one is a swing area for redistricting and the other we couldn't foresee it being our forever neighborhood (until nursing home/grave), that left us with one build. We moved out of our house in July and are currently short-term leasing, while our apartment is nice and we have friendly neighbors, we are anxious to begin the next chapter in our new home. The house is scheduled to be complete October 31st, we settle November 14th and plan to move in November 22nd (we want to take a week to do painting before moving in). I'll be honest, as excited as I am, I initially had some worries. I can now say God has been in control the whole time and he's bestowed so many blessings, and "slapped" me in the face reminding me this is his plan and he's in control.

 June 6th- Sold our house,  Benjamin's last day of Kindergarten. 
July 7th- the 12th anniversary of our 1st date,
we signed the contract on our new house

August 15th- 7 years to the date we closed on our first house,
the superior walls were installed.
September 5th- Framing began, Hayden's 1st day of pre-k.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Response to Tragedy

I’m not one to preach, but I have to share the sermon from church today. Our pastor put a pause on advent and lit 27 candles...grown men were in tears.

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 32:35

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

25 days of Christmas projects didn’t go as planned, or should I say my children’s health throw us a curve ball this year? Two rounds of the stomach bug for Benjamin, bronchiolitis for Hayden and a “Merry” Christmas Eve from the Urgent care for Benjamin…soooo yah…crafts weren’t very high on our list.

Santa made two little boys’ day a whole lot brighter :)

The boys gave me an WONDERFUL & AMAZING gift, 8 HOURS OF SOLID SLEEP AND THREE HOUR NAPS AT THE SAME TIME!!!! I’ve been sleep deprived, I was at the point I was becoming delirious and sick myself…SLEEP IS GOOD!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stomach Bug- Day 13

I received a text message from my husband around 9am; Benjamin was vomiting and my husband called off work to attend to our sick "baby" boy. Needless to say today's Christmas activity has been postponed but I can share two yummy recipes. Snickerdoodle Muffins- I made these for Benjamin's snack day at school. Roast Chicken with Caramelized Shallots - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! It's so simple and easy, I recently discovered it can be made in the crockpot (toss all the ingredients in a crockpot, cook on low for 8 hours) which is better yet :)!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Play-Doh Gift Tags- Day 12

Instead of handing out candy for Halloween, we handed out mini containers of Play-Doh; we had a lot left over and I decided to give them out as “gifts” to Benjamin’s preschool friends. I created labels, using double sided tape I affixed them onto the Play-Doh lids.

Avent Sunday Week 3- Day 11

Luke 2: 10-11
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

There are many ways to serve God and other this season, embrace new means of celebration to breathe new life into the holidays.

Lumina- Advent Project
Lumina is the Latin word for "light". This advent season from November 27-Christmas Eve donate Visa gift cards or monetary donations to support the ministries of Lumina, a Lancaster organization supported by many United Methodist churches that serve in places where poverty and despair are common in people's lives.

Food Drives
Donate a few cans or even a bag of groceries to help feed those in need during the holiday season.

"Adopt" a child for the holidays
Bring a smile to a child in need by purchasing a present for an underprivileged child. Work with a local charity that organizes events to bring gifts to children in hospitals or in foster care.

Bring some joy to a public servant
Police offers, fire fighters, military personnel, doctors, nurses... many of these workers do not get off for the holidays. Threat these people to something enjoyable when they may be missing their own festivities. Cook or cater a meal for a fire house, deliver cookies or put together care packages for military personnel.


Bedtime story day 11- The very first Christmas