Monday, May 19, 2014

Flying

We have made some wonderful friends through the Knights of Columbus.  Jean Ann & Chris are two that Ed & I met when Eddie was a baby.  They are such thoughtful & gracious people.  We love getting to spend time with them & the boys love them.
Recently, they flew into Austin Executive Airport for some meetings & we were lucky enough to pick them up & take them back to their plane when they left.  (Chris has his pilot's license & they flew in on their small plane...easier 3 hour flight over a 9 hour drive).  For the boys, it was a fantastic experience to "play" pilot in their plane as they were getting ready to leave...
They boys with Jean Ann & Chris
Getting ready to take off....
Wait...is he flying this plane????
Until Next Time

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hmmm....

I keep thinking about my blog....and thinking....and wondering....what do I want to do???  Where is my focus?? I know I ask this one a lot.  Maybe because I really don't feel like I have focus in my life right now.....hmmm....

Liam graduated from pre-school at our church last night....where I've been teaching for the last 2 1/2 years.  Pretty sure I will leave that chapter as he moves to Kinder next year.  There is still something that I might apply for, but it is looking unlikely that is would be a possibility at this point.

So, boys will be in Kinder & 2nd....what's a mom to do?  Substitute?  That's the likely scenario.  I love teaching, but I know that I am not ready to go back into a middle or high school classroom at this point.  There would be a learning curve for the standards for the new tests....I've been out of the classroom for 7 years....and I'm not ready to bring all of that planning & grading home.  I don't know if I could juggle all of the chaos that would entail.  I know that so many do it & have done it for years, but I'm not ready.

I keep applying for all sorts of blogging things that "might" pay some, but I haven't gotten anything....probably because I can't  seem to stick with this.  I like to write, but I'm not the best wordsmith & tend to rush through things....lol....always something I would warn my students about....good teacher but not a good student.

Are there any jobs out there 8-2 that pay well & you don't have to bring home much?  Ideas anyone?  Plus, I need to do laundry, run errands, exercise & spend time with some friends during some of that time. 

Hmmmm....NOT going to happen.  Guess I will keep buying scratch offs & a lotto ticket here & there. ;)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5 DAYS....

So, I wrote for 5 days...then it was Eddie's 7th birthday party on day 5 & his birthday on the 6th day....I got distracted.  Then Liam got sick & I've been worried about him & not on the laptop much.

Life got in the way & I didn't make time to write....maybe that's my problem, I just don't make certain things....writing, running, friends....a priority.

I wanted to sit down & plan more of the month, but I still haven't done that.  I don't know why but I can't seem to stay focused.  I end up sitting down & just veg on the couch....I need help.

I know this post really sucks, but I'm a little disappointed in myself right now.  I have great intentions, but just can't get the motivation....


Marathon???

I follow Another Mother Runner on FaceBook.  I saw the following post earlier today:
http://anothermotherrunner.com/2014/04/09/26strong-looking-two-wannabe-marathoners/comment-page-14/#comment-893845

If you don't click on it....basically it says that the ladies will be choosing 2 runner mothers to train for their first marathon & run it with the authors of Run Like a Mother (Dimity McDowell & Sarah Bowen Shea). 
I've been trying to think about what I need to do with my life....I have a hard time keeping the running going without some sort of challenge or motivation.  I need someone to keep on top of me....hmmm...I think this would be perfect.  Not sure about 26.2 miles, but everyone would do it if it were that easy...right???  I'm just not sure if I can get myself fast enough to not have to spend the entire day running/walking.....

I'm not sure if I could do this totally on my own....I just don't know if I should just stick with 5Ks....not sure I have much of a chance (there are a ton of entries & there were a few tear jerker entries)...

Here is what I posted:

I need a challenge.  I have completed 2 half marathons with the last one 2 years ago.  Since then, I have been run/walking off & on.  If I have a goal & some help, I can complete a task.  I did Zooma Texas in 2012 with an awesome mentor who kept me on track.  I’m turning 42 later this year & would love to have another motivation/challenge.  I have 2 boys (7 & 4) & a hubby with a crazy work schedule.  I have done runs up to 9 miles pushing my boys.  I know that I need to work on speed, but I have time to do that, if I am chosen for this.  I have never run/walked a marathon & would love this opportunity. I would love this opportunity to be able to tell friends & family that I’m going to run a marathon….this would solidify the fact that I’m a little bonkers in my later years…lol!! I’m in Texas & have a gym in my neighborhood where I can dreadmill/elliptical/lift weights to help the training. I have some great running ladies in the area that I can reach out to for some help….PLEASE CHOOSE ME!!!


They will announce the winners on April 16....

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day 5

5 Tips to Staying Organized

Calendar
When I don't keep up with a calendar & write family events & even meal plan in it, I am so disorganized.  It's nice to sit down with hubby & see what is going on for the week.  We are able to be on the same page and fewer arguments when we are on the same page.
I've tried the electronic, but I always go back to a written one.  My favorite over the years was momAgenda, but when I went to order the refill this year, they were out of stock.   I have the Personal Portfolio & it's nice to keep so much in one place....however, now I have a different calendar...it's working, but I can't keep notes in the same agenda....
I found this post that had a great organizational page that I think I'm going to use to organize our weeks...I essentially did this on a blank paper, but this looks nicer:
 http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/01/lets-get-organized-printable.html

Lists
I can't keep organized without a list...there are so many online that work or just make your own.  There are some great cleaning lists...organizing lists...
You have to find the list that works for you.  I've tried many & tend to look for one that is specific to what I'm doing.  Whether it's party planning, spring cleaning....you can find so many just by googling!!

Timer
This isn't necessarily something that is for organization but I learned it from FlyLady.  It makes cleaning & doing anything to keep organized easier to do because you just set the timer for 10 or 15 minutes & work.  Then take a break.  This helps with my boys too....

Pinterest
 OK....so this may be a cop-out, but there are so many great boards out there with organization tip.  I have pinned quite a few that I go & look at when I need to organize something.
Here is my board that I started to reference: http://www.pinterest.com/ctydings/organize-me/

Last tip:
Don't let anyone touch anything that is organized....not kids or hubby or even yourself....LOL!

I've been organized many times, but it's the upkeep that is difficult.  You have to take the time to put things away & keep the organization going.  You have to attempt to obtain help from everyone in your house to stay organized.  It's hard when not everything is organized but you have to try to explain that it's a process & you need help.

I'm going to close by saying that I have not gotten organized at the new house...yet.  I have ideas & pins that I would like to try, but time & $$ prevent some of the ideas that I would love to try out.

I'd love to hear your organization tips!!!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Day 4

Parenting tip: How do you keep your children from telling white lies?

Wow.  I have no idea because Liam had started telling stories & has been blaming thing on Eddie that I'm pretty sure he did.  I wish I had an answer for this one.  This is something that we really need to figure out before it gets out of hand.  I don't remember Eddie telling stories or assigning blame elsewhere.  Ugh....Liam is going to challenge me every day.  Love that boy, but is he full of it!!!
 There has to be a book or something out there that can help teach that white lies are not OK. 

I really feel like I am giving up on these writing prompts, but it's difficult.  I'm at a loss for some of them....

I wonder if I should skip around or look at some other writing prompts & pick & choose....anyone out there have something they want me to write about????

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day 3

Describe your dream job.

I've been thinking about this....
Ideally it would be something that I could do while the boys are at school.  I love teaching, but I really don't want my own classroom again with all those responsibilities....lesson planning, grading, contacting parents, meetings....
I'd love to do something history & education related....a museum education department?  That would be cool, but that would be a year round job & I'd love to have the summers off with the boys.
Helping teachers make their lessons better & their job easier....many of those type of position you would need a master's degree or districts got rid of those a few years ago when the state cut budgets.
Start my own business....don't have a clue what I would do????  Most take a lot of uang/dinero/$$$$...
Hey, I think I'm really sitting here trying to figure out what I am going to do over the next few years to get back into the job/earning market....
I'd love to write something, but I really am not a very good wordsmith....I have friends that could write circles around me.  As you can tell by this blog, I haven't yet found my voice...
Maybe I could somehow make money with writing or a blog...???? How do so many do it?? Who do they know?

I'm dreaming so....writing a blog that helps history teachers in their classroom & can make me money???  a book deal out of it???  Then maybe going into the classroom to help teachers & having districts hire me....lol!  But I'm not creative enough to come up with my own ideas....the last year that I had fun teaching, I took ideas from all over the place to have a fun classroom.....it was the best teaching year ever....2005-2006

I really loved teaching.....I would go back in a heartbeat if I could have an assistant that could do all the grading & paperwork needed.... ;)   hmmm...student teacher????  lol!

Wait...We watch Jeopardy all the time & I remember there was someone who had a profession that I thought sounded interesting...so much that I wrote it down....Study Abroad Adviser.  Hmmm...that really sounds interesting.  Might have to take a look into something like that. ;)