Saturday, October 8, 2016

Update 10/08/2016

October 8, 2016

I'm fine.
Tori is fine.
Mansel is fine.
Milo is fine.
Dani is fine.
Wayne is fine too.

ha....

Tori (21) is working at Applebee's.  I love it when she has left overs from her lunch.  I steal them.  ;) She is at a Halloween party in Boone... how fun is that?  I love her.  She's a fun daughter.

Mansel (16) is going to school and working at Coffee Connection, as well as Hy-Vee.  What a guy.  He's going to be a better person than I.  A Junior at Knoxville High School.  Plans on wrestling... being on the Trap Shooting Team.  I love getting to hear him sing with the Chamber Choir.  One of my favorite things about him.  I love him.  He is a wonderful son.

Milo (14) is going to school and not working.  He is on the football team.  Plans on wrestling.  Then track and baseball.  4 sport student.  I LOVE watching him do sports. One of my favorite things - getting to cheer my kids on.    I can't wait for him to have a good throwing coach.  He sings in the concert choir.  I'll hear him sing on Monday for the first time.  He is a freshman at Knoxville High School.  I love him.  He is a fabulous son... makes me laugh quite a bit.

Dani (13) is going to school.  She is on the xc team.  She plans on playing basketball.  Then track and softball.  She doesn't want to play softball... but you know... it's 7th grade... mom makes you play 4 sports in 7th grade.  Gotta try them all.  If she doesn't like it - that will be her one year.  I think she will like it. A new thing for our family is something that I can't remember the name of... oh.. Mock Trial.  Is that is?  She seems to be learning a lot with that.  She sings in the choir and plays in the band.  She is a 7th grader at the Knoxville Middle School.  I love her.  She is a fantastic daughter.  

Wayne (11) is going to school also.  He is in 5th grade - no teams.  He did the football drills and skills thing on Thursdays.  He will do the wrestling club practice this year too.  He likes the practice - hates the tournaments.  So - we'll just do the practice.  No choir - no band - ... just being a kid as long as he can. He goes the Northstar Elementary School.   I love him. He is outstanding.

I really love getting to watching my kiddos grow and mature.  I wish I were a better parent.  How come there isn't a manual that says, "do this - get that result."  I keep plugging along... doing the best that I can.  Seeking advice from friends... gleaning all I can.

We are all going to Celebrate Community Church in Knoxville. I LOVE going to that church and seeing my friends out and at about in town.  What a neat idea...  seeing church friends in town.  Love that.

Me... I'm still doing what I do.  Working with a student 1:1 at the Northstar Elementary School.  I have the best job at the school.  I work at the best school. Love what I do.  Since I do what I do - I'm a budget-er... living frugally.  Work two jobs... I am a janitor while the kiddos go visit their dad.  We live in a small house - close knit.  It's an interesting way to live.  Different then I've ever experienced... and this will be my kids "normal".  I wonder how they will turn out because of it.  Will they feel poor or middle class?  I bet poor... but who knows?

No pets.
A few of us read a lot.
I've lost the battle of electronic entertainment... most of the kids get computers from the school... and phones have become a necessity with a two household family.  I want to be able to communicate with them always...

Still trying to sell the suburban... but don't have the money right now to repair it to be sold.  Weird times we live in.  Never dreamed we'd end up like this.

No marriage plans either... so don't ask.  Their dad has a girlfriend - causes my kiddos stress.  Funny how that works.  I think I've raised them to be selfish beings.  Probably a failure on my part.

all in all... all's right with the world...

Until next time -- turn the music up loud!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

6 school days left

Monday is a holiday.  No school.
We return to school Tuesday-Friday, then 2 more days the next week.

We will start summer time in 8 calendar days.

I had once said I will recover from May in June... I'm beginning to think I'll recover from June in July?  I sure hope July we slow down.

We will vacation in MO with my family in July.  :) I'm looking forward to that.

June will be full of summer school, baseball, and... other fun stuff.

I am looking forward to summer time.  Yippee yi yeah!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let the Tutoring Begin

Our school is offering tutoring after school M&W.  I signed the kiddos up - I remember the Japanese family we hosted a while back.  They really take the kiddos education seriously.  My kids are not failing math - but really... can't they be doing better?  Sure they can... so - until they have "arrived" they will be going to school, after school.

They are not excited.

Thank you Northstar for offering this to us.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday 03/23

Back to school.

This week we traveled to Wasserbahn. A water park connected to a motel. The kids had fun. I am a bit of a s safety geek. So I wasn't really comfortable with the lifeguards. So I tried to keep my eyes open.

The finest thing for me was shopping with the kiddos. I didn't realize they would enjoy it so much.

Eating at Ox Yoke Inn was delicious. Shrimp, steak, ham and chicken.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

An eMail I sent to Walmart

My sons want to participate on the local  School Trap Shoot Team.  In order to do this - they have to use a GUN to shoot the clay pigeons.  I went to Knoxville Iowa Walmart SUPER store.  The employee said I was not allowed to buy a gun - he refused to sell me a gun, because it was for my sons and that was illegal and he would go to jail.  
I would like you to explain to me how a local high school has a shooting team with over 50 individuals who are breaking the law.  Wait - you can NOT do that because it it NOT illegal for a parent to buy a gun and register it in their own name and allow their child to use it for a lawful activity.  
I'll refresh your memory...
No unit of local government may regulate the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms otherwise lawful under state law.
PossessionNo state permit is required to possess a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.PurchaseNo state permit is required to purchase a rifle or shotgun.JUVENILES AND FIREARMSA loaded firearm must be secured if it is known or there is reason to believe that a minor under the age of 14 years is likely to gain access to the firearm. A loaded firearm can be secured by a trigger lock mechanism, by placing it in a securely locked box or container, or by placing it in some other location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure from a minor.A person under the age of 18 may possess a rifle or shotgun or its ammunition for lawful use when allowed to do so by the person's parent, guardian, spouse who is 18 or older, or another with the express consent of the minor's parent, guardian or spouse who is 18 or older.​You lost a $600 sale tonight.
​Jennifer Johnston
Mom to 2 young men who WILL be using GUNS to shoot on the Trap Shooting Team
We will be buying our guns at another store - a store who educates their employees on the state laws.  ​

Poor ignorant Walmart employee - I wonder if it is his fault or the management's fault?  Another thing I noticed... I walked away instead of educating him.  This is going to be a long path I walk, trying to unlearn my behaviours that have been ingrained into my head these last 20 years.  I stood there looking at the toothless man KNOWING that he was absolutely wrong.  I said "really?"  he said, "yup."  I walked away.  Makes me so mad at myself. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

I color My Hair

GASP!!

I do...  :)

I use eSalon

I LOVE to go to a salon for a cut and color - that is my favorite thing to do.  With eSalon, I can get a good color, for waaaaay less money.  I think it works nicely.  I have tried to go the less... well really CHEAP way by getting color at the WalMarts, and I think this color from eSalon is much nicer.  I don't end up with fried hair and needing a hair cut every other month.

So - to be honest.. .if you click on the link I posted above - I get a credit for a referral.  But I think you also get a cheaper price the first month as well.  It's a great way to try it before you buy it.  I'm actually set up on a auto ship deal - and they will send me a box of hair color every 6 weeks.  I like that deal.

I'm due for a coloring - my box has been setting on my counter for about 10 days.  SO - I went to my "auto ship plan" and had them skip the next shipment.  It's flexible... not set in stop or you get fined sort of deal.

Very user friendly.

Hope you have happy hair!  I hope you liked eSalon, friend who has tried it once already.  :)  I'll never share your name - because maybe no one knows you color your hair.  It will be our secret.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

SPRING BREAK

I am declaring that we will be moving in slow motion this week - all.week.long...

I do have a to-do list... but I'll not be very aggressive while working on that.  

Wasserbahn is on the list - going to visit the Amana Colonies, and shop in Williamsburg.

Slowly...