Thursday, May 31, 2012

Now he is 7

Wayne Autry...  my baby.

He turned 7 recently.

I was on bed rest several days before he was born.  Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy Induced Hypertension were my companions through his pregnancy... I was on meds for PIH at 11 weeks.  If he were conceived 100 years ago, we would not have made it, except by the grace of God.  How we have made wonderful medical progress in these last years.  Praise God.

He's a wonderful boy.  He is currently entertaining himself pretending to be Hans or Franz... reading to "pump you up".  Lifting the couch pillows above his head.   His heart is still very tender and he loves to Lord, and tries to please Jesus.  I pray he never loses this childlike love of the Lord.

He loves to play soccer with his brothers and sisters.  Swim.  Ride bikes.  All things active and joyfully.  Reading on the other hand... not so active, and not so joyfully.

He loves his friends... talks of them often, makes them easily.  Pee Wee Patch club at church is one of his favorite activities with his friends.

Some day I pray he grows into a mighty man of God!  That is my prayer.

I am STILL Scentified!

I sell Scentsy - have you noticed?

I LOVE it!!

I have been promoted to an Independent Scentsy Director.  That's so cool - only got there by the wonderful women who are in my down line.  That was TOTALLY there doing!!

I set up an informational booth at the Knoxville Farmers' Market.  This will be my 3rd summer doing this.  I have a booth with 1 of each thing available through the catalog.  I can take orders.  I will deliver, or mail to you if you are not local.  I will book parties.  I will definitely talk to you about the Scentsy opportunity, if you want to listen.  :)

Scentsy had an incentive last fall - and I WON!  I am headed to Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, in June 2012.  SO very excited.  I can't believe I won such a prize.  Very cool.

It's the best "part time" job I've ever had.  It allows me to home school my children - flexible schedule.  I have really used that money to do some wonderful things.

If you ever need any help with your Scentsy needs - be sure to call or text me.   641.820.1168.  I'll try my BEST to make you happy.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bible Reading

Our church is reading the bible together.  For a while we got off track.  Today - we are officially caught back up.  This summer we are going to have a loose schedule so we stay on track.  I am thrilled with the results so far! 

When we are done, after 2 years of reading, we will have gone through the old testament once, and the new testamemt twice. 

I love being challenged by our church. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

36 in 366 Revisited...

1. Lose 5 pounds per month for 6 months.
     Exercise using RUSHFIT with 1 day of rest - follow schedule posted on fridge.  Have time scheduled after devotions.
      Carbohydrate Counting - grocery shopping done for January.  Will make a food schedule to follow - figuring carbs 12/31 for each day, will alternate every other day schedule.
      Number the water bottles - 5 for each day... save and refill each night before bed.
     Going to sleep in work out clothes!  (HA HA... Dan doesn't like this one - he said.)
     Need to find hand weights and put them all in the basement.

Oh my, oh my...  I'm still at the same weight, 6 months later.  =/  ALTHOUGH,  have joined and unjoined weight watchers - lost and gained 8 pounds... does that count for anything? I'll be joining a "biggest loser" contest with my HearthKeepers friends June 1st.  So - here we go again.  

I won't be doing RUSHFIT.  It hurts too much.  I'll be following the weight watchers plan of tracking food and staying at 26 points a day.  49 "extra" points to save up or use how I need to.  Yeah... so now I need to lose 10 pounds a month in order to meet my goal.  :sigh:  I guess I'll just try to be healthy... how does that sound?

2. Stick to our church's bible reading plan. 
     OT 1/2 way through, NT through once (for 2 years - to complete the Bible in 2 years).
        Make book marks for Sunday School Class...
Going to do this during BIBLE class time at home - going to listen to it on with kiddos.
We are up to date.  Summer time school schedule has kicked in - so I have decided that we will do our bible reading at 9:00 every day.  Is that late enough to sleep in for the summer?  M-F I'm in charge of the daytime activities... so 9:00 it is... S&S, is Dan's schedule... so you know... sometimes we play catch up on Mondays.  But that's OK.  :)


25. Hand write a letter to family members 1 x per month.  

Oops.. behind again.  So - it's still May (for a few more days).  I could get this months letter in.  Oh WAIT - I sent a letter to my Cousin - sent him a scentsy catalog through the mail and some goodies... I hand wrote his address on the envelop - does that count?  I'd better get busy on this one... I'm a slacker.

23. Buy Christmas gifts all year long, be done before Thanksgiving for PHILLIPS side.
     G&G Phillips

     G&G Johnston

OK - so I have done a bit o'shopping.  Scentsy is my friend.  I hope I just didn't ruin the surprise - you won't be getting what you got last year - so never fear.  It's still a surprise.  :)  LOL

24. Pick 2 chapters from the Bible - and memorize them.
finish Psalm 34
new one
Um... I still have 6 months to work on this... yes?  

3. Stick to School Schedule for 8 weeks with out cheating - then re-evaluate.

Jan 3 - Feb 27; with out cheating means no computer for entertainment until 2:30 p.m.

OK - I did this.  I find that if I wait to use the computer until 2:30 - then the kiddos don't do their chores, and my husband gets jealous of my computer time.  So - I'm going to change my computer time to early morning.  I'll wait until he leaves for work - get on their from 6:30 - 8:30, then clean up for the day and stay off until the next morning.  That sounds like a plan.  My dh won't be nagging.  My kids won't be working in slow motion.  2 hours a day... that should be enough.

28. Get a passport.
     need it by June
This was a bigger chore then I thought - I had to find my birth certificate... couldn't find it - so had to order a new one.  Got that done... ordered the passport... now I'm ready to go.  :) Punta Cana - here I come.  

29.  Schedule hair cut before June. 
      LeAnn at Exsolance
Got it scheduled.  :)  I love how my hair looks when she is done with it.  Going to her the week before I leave. 

31.   work on Little League Fundraiser 
     Order envelopes now
     order catalogs - March 1
     get order forms now
     create "prize" sheet on other side - create instruction insert
     order magnets
     start making samples of SOTM at beginning of delivery month (April?)
     have enough labels
This is ALL done!!  Hooray!!  What a great feeling... I was able to donate $2000 to them this year.  

32.  Work on Little League signs and t-shirts in JANUARY! get instructions
     start making phone calls
This is almost done.  I now have to deliver plaques to the business' that sponsored a team.  
AND I have to put a thank you note in the paper for all the volunteers.

33.  End of March - get Tori a Manicure, before trip in April. 
I missed this - I'm a horribly selfish person at times.  Busy time of my life.  Unstable... I messed up.  I'm sorry Tori!

35.  Project list for summer 2012. 
      11 weeks - 11 projects; June, July, August
 1. clean classroom - 06/03
2. organize entry way - 06/17
3. clean dining room - 06/24
4. organize kitchen - 07/01
5. latrine - 07/08
6. organize den - 07/15
7. deep clean living room - 07/22
8. stairway/hallway (including linen closet) & laundry room - 07/29
9. master bedroom - 08/05
10. powder room - 08/12
11. guest bedroom - 08/19

This hasn't started yet - but I'm looking forward to it. I get to skip one week in June while I'm at Punta Cana.  I probably should start this AFTER I come back.... but I'll make myself clean the classroom and pack the 6 of us to be gone for a week... builds character.  The kiddos are headed to Colorado for a week with Grandma and Grandpa Phillips while I'm gone.  Dan will stay home.  

36. Discuss Thanksgiving with family before July 
 Discussed - we are headed to OKC again this year.  Fun will be had by all!!

4.  Organize Scentsy side of the class room.
    warmers on shelf, bars in containers (get lids for transporting), put bags in drawers, sample making "area"

I did do this - and will tweak it a bit more when I clean it next week.

5. Finish LibraryThing.
     Get all books put on computer, label all books, print off list and find missing books,

I finished this - and have added more books to my pile.  So I need to do it again.  The week of 07/15 I will add those new books to the library thing, and shelve them.  I need more books shelves actually.  Hmm...  

6. Jump Rope for 3 minutes straight.
    wrestlers can do this for 8 minutes, great cardio work out, just regular old jump roping... nothing fancy

I haven't started this - and I may scratch it.  I tried running a bit this spring, and my knees HURT and my feet HURT.  So - I'm getting old.  I think I may stick to walking.  We'll see.

7. Organize boys clothes.
    they seem to always struggle with getting their clothes put away.  I hang up Wayne's clothes... but Milo and Mansel stuff... train them to put away folded... maybe put them away in outfits?  Fix Mansel's cupboard.

Well - again - I did this and it needs to be done again.  Maybe it will become a summer time project for them.  

8. Paint boys bathroom.

9. Paint living room.

10. "hang" clock in living room & "hang" saying above TV in living room
     after painting living room - put the "uppercase living" stuff on the walls... is that what it is?  the rub on sticker things

11.  take photos off of the computer and put on pica boo wink flash
  Funny how things work out - we got a new computer and solved our picture "woes".   So now all our pictures are on the computer, and backed up with our backer upper thingy ma bob.  Dan bought a new MacBook Pro.  Wowza... that thing can hold many many photos.  Nice.  Still need to put them on Winkflash.  Not pica boo... it's different and i don't like it.  LOL 

12. Paint sayings on bedroom walls.
     some sayings in the one thousand gifts book are very appropriate for my bedroom

13. Read 6 Ambleside Online books. i decided just to read books from my own library.  
1. Ronbald Reagan book...  will look for title later.  Good book.

14. Make monthly menu for winter/summer seasons. (21 meals a week).
     going back to once a month shopping - per dh's request
Well - I still need to make an "official" menu.  But shopping once a month again... less stress.

15. Print "school" photos for dining room (8x10).

16. Order sister photos from Studio 92

17. find a place for Scentsy meetings to meet.  Schedule it for the year.

Coffee Connection - love that place.

18. Keep up with "school" blog.
=/  Um.. I did just blog today... but I'm not sure I kept up with it very well.

19. Keep written "tax" stuff organized.  Start Tax Deductable folder.
using my pink calendar... need to learn the "scent tracker" thing now that we have a new computer.

20. Set up a Scentsy calendar of monthly "duties".

21. Set up the Scentsy newsletter for team.

22. name team
Swingers.  :)  As in "swinging for the fence".  I like it.

26. Get Birthday "stuff" for Young Ladies Sunday School class.
     start with cards

27. Find where to order coffee for the machine in S.S. Class.
The machine is broken...  

30. Schedule "sisters" week-end thingy.
      September   Can't remember for sure
Ohhh.. I can hardly wait for this.  Going to TX to be with my friends.  :)

34. Update the church calendar
    music schedule
      nursery schedule
      bible reading schedule

No one uses this - not going to do it.

I wonder why I only have 34 rethinks on there.  I think I messed up again.  LOL  

Monday, May 28, 2012


Is that a word?

In stead of camping, or tenting, we went sleep out on the Trampoline.

First time - me and the girls.

GREAT nights sleep.  It was warm - no bugs.  I feel asleep - woke up EARLY morning - it was still dark... started to feel a little damp - so I covered up and went back asleep.  Wonderful nights sleep.

Second time - me and two boys.

Wow - what a difference.  Wayne, Milo and Me.  Milo didn't want Wayne touching him, so he would scooch over by me, facing Wayne... so if Wayne scooted toward him, he'd push him away, and get closer to me.  It was a funny dance... I started moving up instead of over - so I would be pushed off the trampoline.

Then I must have taken too long of a nap on Sunday afternoon - because I didn't sleep well at all.  But I did hear some interesting noises.  It sounded like something splashed in the pool.  I wonder if the cat fell in... I haven't looked yet... hopefully it was getting OUT when I heard it and not falling in.

I hear some rustling in the timber - and so did Otis - the dog.  He growled... the rusting stopped.

I heard an owl - several times....

THEn I saw lightening... that was the last straw.  I woke the boys up and we walked back inside.  one good thing about Trampolining... if you wet the bed - there are no sheets to change... just let it rain.  And it did - so I was glad for the lightening alarm clock.  :)

We finished off the night here in the living room.  I drew the short straw and got to sleep on the short chair with the foot stool pushed up against it.  But that's ok - today is a holiday, I'll just take another nap.

Trampolining - it can be a fun thing.  Have you tried it?