12/31/10

My New Years Resolutions

This 2011 I dont have any. I always seem to make them and never follow through. This year i have goals. I have things i would love to do and things that i want to complete. I know that life happens and i dont want to put a limit on my goals for one year. I know there are a few things that i can get done in a few days or weeks like my school room repainting the outside of the house and redoing my laundry room. Then there are those goals that i have that i have no clue when i will accomplish them. Like learning more of my faith and memorizing scripture. To starting up a business and even finishing school .

For those of you sticking to your New Years Resolutions, i hope that you take major leaps in completing each one of them!! So with that i am off to eat my homemade tamales and drink my apple cider while enjoying my family. I hope you all have a special one and know that i am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Year In Review -- 2010


It was a fun 2010 if i say so myself.
I was thinking about talking about all the things that
have happened in the world. Yet i didnt think it
would be fitting since all i can think of is what has happened
in my children's life's.So i will just take a min to talk
about all the fun stuff that has happened in
their life's and my hubs and mine.

My children all grew a year older.
April: Excelled in kinder and is enjoying first grade.
Earning perfect attendance in both grades and in
first grade earning AB honor roll as well as other
awards. She excelled in her reading levels
and is enjoying her math.

Havanna: Ready to go to school she counted down to
her 5th birthday. She is excited to go to school.
Havanna has learned her ABC's, the sounds and
recognition. Havanna is learning to read and is teaching
her self a ton of gymnastic moves.

Tatiana: A smart little chickie, has learned how to count to 35,
her ABC's and her shapes. She enjoy watching PBS Sprout
and playing with her big sisters. After starting a new
church she became very comfortable in her class
learning many new things.

Cristofer: Walk and running like a mad man, he has gotten
so big. He is almost fully talking and is a goof ball.
Cristofer can count to 10 and knows his
ABC song. He is in love with the wiggles.

As for my hubs and i we are very blessed to have
bought a home with my father, who
has blessed us with moving to vegas to be with us.
We have our ups and downs with work but
can say it is all for a great higher plan.
I have helped at the school for most of the year.
Erik is doing great in school, and is closer to attain
his degree. I played softball for my churches tam and learned
its not like riding a bike. You cant just hop back on :)
but it was super fun. We started at
a new church and met many new people that have
become a bigpart of our life's. Coming in 2011 April
will be getting baptized.
We lost a family member this past year
and i have to say that in the year to come
we know he will be looking down on us.

So that is the basic year of my family. We have had our
smiles and our tears. We have looked forward to tomorrow
and wanted to go back to yesterday. I can truly say that
we are looking forward to this new year. A fresh
start a new 365 days to live our life's.

Happy New Years






12/26/10

What a day in my life of a 50's Housewife will be like


The typical day will pretty much be the same each day. There are things that need to be done each day, things that i might now be falling behind on for what ever clever excuse i can come up with. I know that there are few ladies doing this with me so i thought i would share what my day will look like for the most part. I can guarantee i wont list everything simply because these days have yet to come about yet. This might give you another out look to why i am doing this and what habits i hope to take from this little experiment. Well we can just call it a challenge.

May day will typically start around 4:30 or 5 am depending on what my day holds for me.

-I will be waking up 2-3 hours before my family to shower dress fully and have devotional time. I will then start on a hot breakfast( 2-3 hot meals a day) and wake my children to dress with the clothing that i took out the night before.

-While everyone is eating i will be washing up the kitchen cleaning as i go of course to make my day a little more easier.

- On a school day i will be going over anything with my child that is needed for that day of school.

- While my oldest is going over sight words or reading i will be setting up the younger three with Your Baby Can Read (yes it works) and making lunch for the children and for my oldest to take to school

- After spending about 20- 45 mins at the school i will be coming home to do homeschool with the three youngest.

- We will sit for lunch and wash up for nap time.

-While the children are asleep i will be doing my zone cleaning for that day (flylady) and preparing for dinner.

-Towards the end of nap time i will take about 20 -30 mins for my self to relax or work out depending which day it is.

- We will have afternoon snack and wash up for free play

- Will be picking up my oldest from school and coming home to do homework.

- During the remaining time of free play i will get dinner finished up and the table set. Washing up and looking suitable for my husband.

- I will start my before bedtime routine with my family once dinner is finished.

- After prayers and story time children will be sent to bed. I will take time out to listen to my husbands day listening adoringly as i would want him to listen to me.

- I will prepare for the next day and take some time out for my self before going to bed.


Now each day will most likely have added task such as hobby time with friends, get together's, dinners and field trips. My days before this have been pretty non stop with a lot of laziness so i think it is about time to get off my tush. Each person and home runs things differently, mine is more Christ driven then anything which is why i have taken time to have devotional time. I have a very supportive husband who when i am not up to doing something will pick up the slack. Whether he has worked a ten hour day or has had a day off. I gather it is time for me to show appreciation back :)

12/25/10

Housewife ... 50's style - what will i be doing


The 50's Housewife Experiment

I spoke about this a few days ago and have been thinking about it for a while now. I have always wished to be back in the 50's, living the lifestyle of a true housewife. Not one from what ever popular tv show is out but a true blue housewife. The one that is up cheerful hours before her family fully dressed and cooking away. The one who kisses her husband goodbye at the door waving till his car is no longer in site and when he returns has a clean home, hot food and a smile for him. Why you ask, simple ... why not. I am always telling people i believe a woman belongs in the home serving her family. Now wait before you jump down my throat... i feel the job of keeping a home is one of the most important right after raising children, so when i use the word serving i mean working hard at something you should take pride in.

My goal from this little experiment for the next 30 days is basically to put my money where my mouth is and take my foot out of it. I want to be that wife/mom i am always talking about. Having that spotless home (a challenge all in its own with four children) and being that chick who is doing something. I so often find my self sitting on a couch because the home is clean "enough". I dont want that.

How it will work:

clothing-

Even though rockabilly was once my style, it has kind of disappeared out of my closet so i will be doing my best to stick to it. This means being dressed before my hubs awakes and staying kept through the day at the very least. My style will slowly work it self back in to my life.

New age stuff-

The computer and cell phone has become a major part of my life. For this experiment i will be cutting down 90%. Meaning, if i receive an email i will read it but please include your address because i will be writing back to you... yes snail mail. I will only be using my computer for blogging, business (there are a few things that will have to be taken care of while in this experiment) and a few personal things. Facebook will be on limited use for the time of the experiment. Cell phone use will be cute down and used as a house phone (i will have my phone on me at all times for emergency reasons) and i will not pick up while out of the home.

Food-

While i will not be changing the menu to a full 50's style menu, i will be making some changes. We will not be dinning out at all during this experiment which will be hard in itself. Lunches will be packed and dinners will be home cooked.

Day to Day life-

My day at the moment is filled with pretty much a lot of laziness. Yes i can admit that. My day will revolve around serving God, keeping my home, training up my children and being a extra special wife. I will spend my time according to those needs using my free time to do a few different hobbies and spend with family. I will be hosting different type of things at my home during this time. Learning to be more hospitable.

Faith and Christianity -

For me this little experiment isnt just to change my look or play a part for a few days. This is a well design time period that will develop habits for myself. One of the habits that i want to have as part of my daily life is my faith. I want to get into the habit of reading my bible and devotional each morning. I want to install this into my children and i would love to become stronger in the knowledge of my faith. These are the true reasons for this experiment.

That is pretty much it. I dont expect my family to comply to any of this because it simply is a challenge for me. My hubs is very supportive in everything i do and i am sure that he will be in this too. I look forward to getting back to what i have always said my routes were. I look forward to seeing if this is something that i can accomplish in this day and age. This is not only a test of determination but a test of willingness. In this coming year of 2011 women can do anything. They can go anywhere. With that understanding i want to take more pride in my task each day one at a time in my home.

Check back and see my results. They should be interesting at the very least.

Tis the season - Merry Christmas

"Christmas is the only holiday that is a season." This said to me by my pastor the Sunday before Christmas. It got me thinking. This truly is the only holiday that is not celebrated over a day or so. We give to this holiday a season. For most, Christmas starts on the night of or the day after thanksgiving. Most shoppers find black friday the day to start shopping. Christmas music is playing everywhere you go, decorations are in the store fronts and you kids start writing their Christmas letters to Santa.

After listening to this hour long sermon about the "holiday season" and the need for "joy" it was kind of stuck in my mind. We celebrate Christmas as a 30 + holiday, being a little kinder and a little friendlier each day as we grow closer to The 25th. We should always take a step back from the commercial part of this holiday and remember this:

Christmas isn't or shouldn't be the time to want and receive. It should be a time of joy and giving. While we celebrate we should be thinking of the meaning of this holiday. The celebration of a birth. The joy and excitement of Jesus. While it is great to get a ton of presents and beautiful cards, we should remember what started this holiday to begin with. You may not believe that this is the day, the birth of Jesus but it is the worlds designated time to celebrate Him in all his glory.

Take a moment to look at your full (or empty tree depending on what time your children awoke this morning) tree, what feeling do you have? Is it one of, its over time to clean up... or one of joy because of the smiles and laughter.

I set out on writing this great and all knowing post of what Christmas is really about. But truly the only thing i can share with you today is that i am smiling. I am happy to see the amount of joy in my childrens eyes. The laughter from getting a ribbon stuck to their sleeve(happens ever year). I am simply filled with joy. Something i most defiantly prayed for this past week.

Christmas this year is about being happy. Counting your blessing and saying thank you. Praising the Lord. Understanding that everything might not mean you have it all but that everything you have is all you need.

Remember these few scriptures over the next few days. As the hustle and bustle calms to a low roar and the holiday season comes close to an end.

Psalms 149:4
1 Timothy 4:12
Psalms 9:2
John 15:17

Merry Christmas from my family to all of yours
Mom of For The Love Of 4

12/24/10

My Christmas eve Prayer


A prayer for my sweet angel. I know he is watching over my 4 children. Being playful and having fun where ever is little heart may be. Klassic , my nephew would have been 3 today. Tragically we lost him a few months ago. Something i still feel i am dealing with. God called for him. I don't know his plan but he had a need for this sweet angel. I just wanted to wish him a very sweet Birthday. We love and miss you and can feel you looking down on us!!

12/23/10

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12/22/10

Cookie Party gone crazy


It was a blast!! The children all had fun making snowman
cookies that turned there teeth blue and there fingers a
rainbow of colors. They had fun making card for family
members and play a few games. It was amazing time
with amazing people.

Cookies that we baked


There were so many yummy cookies.
I left with 6 dozen all different kinds.
Here's one of the batches we got to take
home that was in a very cute Hersey's box.
The idea behind the whole party

12/21/10

My Majic Mom - Making a list

I wanted to share this post with you because i thought it was the cutest thing ever. This to me is what Christmas is all about... the moments.

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Making a List

December 18, 2010

Just before we left for vacation, I found that Katelyn made a list of stuff we needed to get done or “It just wouldn’t be Christmas.” I looked at the list and wasn’t sure where she got some of the ideas, but figured they were standard things, so we would probably get her list finished. She was pretty adamant that we keep checking off things on her to do list that day.

Luckily enough for us, we already did some of the list and other list items were scheduled errands we needed to finish before leaving for our trip. Later that day, Katelyn told me we needed to go cut some branches off the trees outside. I was busy getting packed and wasn’t sure why this child thought we needed to cut off the branches. So she whips out her list and tells me we need to trim the tree.

Turns out she got the list off a word search puzzle from school.

I hope you guys are getting your lists finished and can settle down to enjoy the holidays!

A day filled with baking


Time to bake for a cookie party with friends. Tomorrow my oldest two will be attending a party with a few friends of theirs. So today we will be taking some time to make a few different cookies. Mommy and me time, something which is well needed. I have my oldest home for 2 whole weeks and plan on using this time with her wisely.

Some of the cookies we are thinking of baking are; thumb prints, chocolate chip, peacon mint rolls, shortbread cookies, rain dear express pretzels and maybe even some peanut butter chocolate dip yum yums. All of these being home made of course. I am letting the girls pick which they would like to bake since it is their party. I am sure i will get to taste some yummy cookies through out the day. I will post so photos of the finished cookies once we are done.

12/20/10

The 50's Housewife Experiment


I am always talking about the type of chick i am and what i believe a womans place is. Its time to words to action. I will be starting a little experiment to see if i can really live up to the true 50's housewife. There have been a few blogger's who have done this in there own way, each fun and great to read. I will be taking my own approach to it and challenging myself in different areas.

My style before marrying my hubs was rockabilly (pinup style) and i had rules for my self when it came to keeping my home. I have found while i still believe in the 50's type morals and beliefs, i have fallen away from it all. This is still in its planning stages and probably and i look forward to the end result of what i come up with.

Its time to put my money where my mouth is !!

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12/14/10

30 Day New Testament Challenge

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12/11/10

Christmas Party - dude santa was even there


Last night my hubs and i attended a Christmas party with a few other couples from our church. We got dressy and headed over in our festive holiday colors. (we took picture in the car and so they are a little dark ) I have to say being a part of a great group of people can only make you feel welcomed and loved. We partied like rock stars for a few hours. Great food, fun festive drinks and the games was the best. Even though my blanket was stolen not once but twice and i was the victim of my gift being taken away twice :o) i had fun. The hubs mingled and i chatted it up.

During the holiday season it isnt what you get under the tree that matters, but who you spend these fun festive holidays with. It was fantastically fun and i look forward to it next year!!

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12/10/10

The never ending day of mommy of 4

So i found myself ready to go today. Wanting to catch up on all that i missed and get my house back into order after being ill for over a week. I know that i am one lucky lady with the type of hubs that i have. He kept up on things after working long days, kept the kids active and took care of me. I know there wont be much for me to catch up on except for the regular stuff.

Today i need to do five loads of laundry : wash fold and put them away, clean the kitchen, living room and straighten the children's rooms. I will be doing a lesson with the children, music time and reading. That only leaves getting dinner ready and preparing lunch for everyone. In between all of that i will be starting on my New Testament in 30 days challenge (look for the post and button to come with it), and finishing my Christmas cards. This year i am keeping them simply so making them wont take up to much time. With all of this i will be taking my oldest to soccer practice and getting ready for date night tonight.

I found myself looking forward to this challenge of getting my to-do list done today. This maybe a overload to some but simply a day in the life for me. I think on days like this when i am so full of energy i have lost half of my mind. Why? Well i wouldn't want to be living any other way. I have been blessed and i am so thankful for it.

So tell me about a day in your life. Share what a fantastic mother and wife you are !

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Sorry readers i have been Missing In Action. I fell ill this past week. I got sick on Thursday of last week and it went all the way through Monday. I just wanted to make a little note to you all about why i haven't been on and why i haven't posted the weekly blog hop. I wanted to say thank you to Marcie over @ Obviously Marvelous for all the support and work she put in on the blog hop these last two weeks.

I will be posting the links to the blog hops for the respected day they were supposed to be posted so that you can look over the great blogs that joined. Thank you for supporting for the love of 4 while i have been away!!!

11/27/10

Seeds Of faith post

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This is the season to be thankful. With Thanksgiving done and Christmas on the way, i find myself trying to teach my children the real meaning of it all. I can see that the social world has played a big part in what they think its all about. So it was time to take a lesson in Thanksgiving and we will do the same for Christmas.

We started a new tradition with the children the night before. Explaining the reason for Thanksgiving, what started it all, how God plays a part in it and how to truly be thankful.
We learned about the Pilgrims, Squanto, harvesting and Plymouth rock. We learned verses that talked about being thankful and how important it is to tell God thanks everyday. We read a book all about prayer called, My Thanksgiving Prayer. Learning how family's pray and letting the kids learn a way all for themselves was special. I think the best thing of it all was seeing verses that spoke about thankfulness.


Some of the verses we learned were;
Colossians 3:15 (NAS)And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
*being thankful for having Christ a part of your life is number one.*


Colossians 4:2 (NAS)Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NAS)
in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.Knowing Christ and making him apart of our lives has made such a difference. Knowing the true meaning about Thanksgiving made it even more splendid. I hope you all had a wonderful blessed Holiday. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!


11/25/10

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours

From my family to yours, we wish you a fun filled blessed
holiday! Thank you all for being apart of For The Love Of 4.

This is what my family and i enjoyed this Thanksgiving.
I am most thankful to God for blessing me with this
home and the food we all enjoyed.
I am extremely thankful to my hubs.
My hubs continuously cleaned as i cooked
making my clean u today super easy.
I am thankful to my children, healthy and happy
and to my visiting family who is making the holiday all the better.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Blessings sent your way!!

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11/24/10

My ABC's of Thanksgiving


Family arrived safe and it was time to put the kids down to sleep. We had a little lesson on what Thanksgiving is all about and why we celebrate it. We talked about how to be thankful and why we should be. We read My Thanksgiving Prayer ( a really cute book) and sent the kids of to bed. It gave me a really different outlook on what to be thankful for this year. These are my ABC's of Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoying all that you have been blessed with.

ABC's of Thanksgiving:

A- Apple pies, homemade and warm with yummy ice cream on top. The sent it brings to the house and the warmth of cuddling with my hubs as we watch a movie. The smile he has on his face when he walks in from work and smells it.

B- Biscuits with lots of butter. They make a meal complete and truly are the simplest thing to make for Thanksgiving.

C- Creativity behind all the planning it takes to pull off a stress free Thanksgiving. With my family and the inlaws, having a creative plan always makes things smooth.

D- Delicious smells through out my home due to all the yummy mouth watering things i prepared for my family.

E- Excitement. My kids think that Thanksgiving is like another Christmas and count down the days till we get to have turkey day. The know that Grandpa Fernando's birthday is two days after so they are excited to celebrate all about being thankful about him.

F- Family. Everything they bring to the table and the blessings of being around them on such a faith filled day. And of course football. My cowboys play on Thanksgiving so it makes it more enjoyable.

G- Green Bean casserole. While it is very simple to make we seem to only eat it on Thanksgiving. So i am thankful for this day if only to eat my Green Bean casserole.

H- Hugs. I seem to get a million hugs on this day. Why i couldnt tell you but i enjoy each one and the warmth they bring to my heart.

I- Importance. The importance to remember the true meaning of this day and to remember it is not about food but to be thankful for where it came from.

J- Jello. Besides birthdays its the only day i make jello. Even then i think i have only made it twice. So the kids love when i do make it.

K- Kindness. it seems as thought others take more time to be kinder to people on Thanksgiving or the Holiday season all together. Kindness is what makes a person. Without it you can lose yourself.

L- Leftovers. Yes i cook Thanksgiving dinner just for the leftovers. Dont you ??

M- Memories. I met my hubs family on Thanksgiving 8 years ago. I couldnt feel more apart of a family as i do with this one.

N- Naps. Everyone tends to sleep after eating turkey.We in our house call it turkeyites.

O- Ovens. not having enough and wishing i had more. But thankful that the one i have works.

P- Pumpkin pies. They are simply yummy.

Q- Quaker oat meal. Because it is one of the only breakfast that you cant add turkey to.

R- Rest. being able to rest after it is all said and done with. Because after cooking for 7+ hours i am ready for it.

S- Supper. sitting at a table with my family saying grace and knowing we will have yummy food is something to look forward to.

T- Turkey.Besides Christmas,Thanksgiving is the only day i cook turkey and it really is yummy.

U- Up side down pineapple cake. Its yummy and i am still holding out hope that i might get some this year.

V- Values. Being able to install the values that we want our children to learn.

W- Winter. That is what comes after Thanksgiving and i am a fan of the cold.

X- i have nothing for x. All of my x really start with E's . Excitement and encouragement are just two to name.

Y- Youth.The youth of what my children bring to the celebration of Thanksgiving. The say thanks for everything under the sun including their socks.

and

Z- Zippers and Buttons. They make more room for more when properly used.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

11/23/10

Tis the season for baking.... yum


The baking bug hit me and i made my first homemade from scratch apple pie. It was pretty easy and fun to make. It was yummy and didn't last past one dinner. I made it for my hubs and i am happy he enjoyed it. I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and that you are enjoying your very own homemade goods!!

Men Of A Certian Age Giveaway

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John Lennon once wrote, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." For three men entering the second act of their lives, those words are starting to hit home in TNT's newest original series, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. This wry drama stars Emmy® winner Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Golden Globe® winner Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street, TNT's Salem's Lot). It marks a return to series television for Romano, who created MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE with Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Mike Royce. The two serve as executive producers, along with Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.

MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life. They have been best friends since college but now, in their 40s, are navigating through the second act of their lives. Joe (Romano) is a friendly, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer. Now he owns and runs a party store. Terry (Bakula) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life (and women). Lately, he's spending more time working as a temp than as an actor. And Owen (Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father of three who endures constant criticism from his father, for whom he works as a car salesman.




These friends face very different challenges. Joe, who currently lives in a hotel, tries to connect with his kids and is dipping his toe in the dating pool, while also struggling with the gambling problem that may have ended his marriage. The unmarried Terry scoffs at domestic issues but sometimes wonders if his own single life is all it's cracked up to be. Owen does everything he can to climb the sales board at his father's car dealership and keep his cool over the seemingly endless renovation project in the home he can barely afford. Through it all, these men are there for each other when it counts.


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Education- and its frustrations

In California i was in school to become a teacher and taught preschool for a little while. Coming to Vegas there really isnt a need ( in the Gov. eyes) for preschool so i no longer teach outside of my home. I am a big believer in Home school. Being married though is a compromise in every way and how we parent is not any different. My hubs is a big believe in the public school system. Honestly i was okay with that because i knew i would be an involved parent. Now we come full circle to present day and my frustrations as they are now.

April had been home schooled for three years before starting public school. She went into kinder about a year ahead with the exception of reading. In Kinder we had an exceptional teacher who taught April a tremendous amount of things. Leaving kinder April was just below a 2nd grade level. I did not get the teacher i wanted but decided that i would give this teacher a go and continue to help in the school.

Well three months in the school year and i am ready to pull her out. I am not sure why a student who comes into a class and is ahead of what you are teaching can fall behind. Simply because that student is not being challenged. April is a straight A student but in 16 days she dropped 10 % in her grades. The teacher had to answer for this. Only that some assignments were worth more then others have been. April has not missed an assignment nor has she got anything less then basically a perfect score on them.

With this frustration and seeing her homework packets dwindle in size as the weeks go on i came to a boiling point. The hubs is supper supportive and was behind me 100% yet i need to talk to someone who knows what i am feeling. I was talked down to a reasonable state of mind and came to the conclusion i cant pull April out because she will shut down. I can admit i have been lazy when it comes to doing school work and adding my own lesson plan to what she is given at school. But at the same point i dont feel i should have to teach at home if she is at school 7 hours out of her day.

So i spoke with the teacher this morning and let her know simply that i appreciate how hard her job is and i love the children in her class very much( i worked with half of them for over a year) but that i am an advocate for Aprils education and it the way its going now and what she is given for homework is not suitable. I asked for a copy of a few things that i found out last night i could get and i am hoping this will change things.

I am still stuck in a place where i dont want to work with this teacher and that i want April to have a chance to move somewhere else within the school ....

Frustration can do a lot of things to you ... but i am learning that with prayer a clearer mind can be put in front of you.

11/22/10

Glory Daze Giveaway

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GLORY DAZE follows the fun -- and awkward -- misadventures of four freshmen as they navigate college life, trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Joel (Kelly Blatz) is a typical guy next door who is determined to keep his focus on pre-med, at least until he meets his unattainable dream girl, Christie (Julianna Guill). Eli (Matt Bush) is a virgin who desperately wants to be cool. Jason (Drew Seeley) is a buttoned-downed conservative, attached at the hip to his preppy girlfriend. Brian (Hartley Sawyer) is a star baseball player struggling to get out of his father's shadow. Together, the guys agree to check out fraternity houses, finally coming to the steps of Omega Sigma, where they are greeted by pledge recruiter Mike (Callard Harris). Intrigued by the fraternity's cool factor, their fate is sealed. They begin a journey that will make a lifetime of memories.

It's the 1980s, and four freshman have just arrived on campus, ready to take on college life. Boy-next-door Joel, wannabe ladies man Eli, button-downed conservative Jason and handsome jock Brian soon find themselves drawn to the Omega Sig house, where their guide Mike Reno is ready to show them what fraternity life is all about.

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..its beginning to look a lot like Chrismas

Yesterday was a stormy windy day here in Vegas. As i woke up to get ready to intentionally plan, i could not see a thing besides clouds out of my window. I knew to bundle up but never thought i would still be so cold. That is when you know what type of winter it will be. Heading out the door i noticed a beautiful rainbow over our mountains that seem to continuously grow as the morning progressed.

( outside of denny's as the ski cleared for a few
moments i caught the rainbow on my phone)

Looking at this beautiful creation of God it just started off my day wonderfully even with the cold. I step out side to go home and it snowed right on top of me. Nothing big but enough to let me know Christmas is right around the corner. We headed to church and had a wonderful teaching about LOVE. What my pastor had to say was something that has never crossed my mind but will be there from this day forward. Its not an emotion it is an action that we have total control over giving to everyone.

Today i pulled together my Christmas decor (well some of it) and i am pulling out my holiday planner and getting on top of that. All i know is i want my tree up and i want to be listening to Frosty the Snowman. My presents are wrapped, my menu is planned, cookies are waiting to be baked and the family is looking forward to hanging our stockings. A Christmas in our first home as a family is something we have looked forward to. We also look forward to heading to the mountains in the next few weeks to play in the snow. Its wonderful having it 20 mins away from our home.

So to you all im wishing you a happy holiday season and would love to her what your doing for your holiday season. Leave me a comment and tell me all about it.


11/21/10

The Closer Season 6 Giveaway

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As the new season of THE CLOSER opens, the squad is moving into its new high-tech digs. But its not long before they're wishing they could be back in their old space, where a plain white board nailed to the wall was more practical than the troublesome sliding screens in their new murder room. But true to form, Brenda is determined to bend the space to her style.

With the LAPD on the hunt for a new chief of police, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (Simmons) is among those in the running. Should he get the job, it could mean a promotion for Brenda. The political juggling around the office soon leads Brenda to do some career-minded soul-searching. It also has her colleague, Robbery-Homicide Commander Taylor (Gossett), smelling a possible promotion for himself, even though he cant even seem to wrangle an office of his own in the new facility.

On the home front, Brenda's husband, FBI Agent Fritz Howard (Tenney), has some career changes of his own in store. After turning down a promotion that would have sent him to Washington, D.C., he's now in line for a job that could not only keep him in LA, but give him and Brenda the chance to spend a lot more time together.

This season, Brenda and her squad will tackle cases involving a sniper shooting in a posh neighborhood, a possible serial rapist who uses a stun gun to immobilize his victims and a drug-related custody battle that ends in two deaths. Meanwhile, Detective Sanchez (Cruz) will struggle to care for a young boy involved in a case the squad investigated last year. And Lt. Provenza (Bailey), Brenda's second-in-command, will once again find himself in a professionally embarrassing situation when a one-night stand with a flight attendant leads to the discovery of a dead body in her bathtub.

Also this season, Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) will reprise her role as Capt. Raydor, the by-the-book head of the Force Investigation Division, who has butted heads with Brenda on several occasions. This time, her presence could have major implications for Brenda's future in the department.'closer,

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11/19/10

TCM’s Moguls & Movie Giveaway

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Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.


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TCM will tell the comprehensive story of the men and women who built the American film industry in this groundbreaking, seven-part documentary series. MOGULS & MOVIE STARS features rarely seen photographs and film footage; clips from memorable American movies; and interviews with distinguished historians and major Hollywood figures, including Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell. Spanning from the invention of the first moving pictures to the revolutionary, cutting-edge films of the 1960s, this ambitious production is an epic history of Hollywood, detailing the personalities, inter-personal relationships, collaborations and conflicts that created an industry and an art form. The series also serves as a history of America, looking at how moviemakers responded to such major events as the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights movement. MOGULS & MOVIE STARS is executive-produced by Bill Haber (TNT's Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; Broadway's The History Boys and Monty Python's Spamalot) and written and produced by Jon Wilkman.

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