Friday, May 31, 2013
My self talk (be frightened of my brain!):
A package...hmmm....think, think, think......did I order anything for school? Nope. Odd time to get something from Box Tops, but maybe it's summer coordinator info. Odd that they sent it to school instead of home, but that's probably it. Must be Box Tops stuff. Will go get after lunch.
I walked into the office and said, "Nice flowers! Who are those for?"
Who knew?!?! I was named Volunteer of the Year at Rebekah's elementary school. I'm very honored and somewhat amazed. Yeah, I volunteer every Friday, but I didn't make it to volunteer at any other evening event this year. Too crazy with a freshman in Marching Band--most events were on game night. So if I had to pick a volunteer of the year, I'd pick one of those moms who is at every evening thing. But they picked me--and I am humbled and still amazed. At first I put my flowers on the front porch by the door so the whole world could enjoy...but then I can't see them. So I made Sean move them to the back porch. Now I see them from my kitchen window, from the dinner table, from the stove. I LOVE my flowers...and the meaning behind them.
I didn't volunteer to 'get' anything out of it. I only wanted to help at school because I believe parent involvement is the key to a successful school...and I think I should put my money where my mouth is. I get paid a hundred times over in hugs, smiles and hearing my name called out from every corner of the room. I get paid when I get to watch a child who has struggled with a particular word or sound master it. Watching their success is worth all the time I spend with them. It was never my intention to get an award, but I was blessed by the honor.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I was asked to review the Mombo Nursing Pillow. My children are beyond the nursing age, but I did successfully breastfeed three out of three kiddos so I know the importance of a good nursing pillow. I've been researching the Mombo and I liked what I found. First of all, I found the shape to be very unique and one that I believe would be very ergonomic and easy to use. One of my chief complaints with my nursing pillows was that it was hard to find a comfortable arm position. If you look at the unique shape of the Mombo, I think you can see what I mean when I say I believe it would be more comfortable for a nursing mom to use.
The other feature that I found to be amazing is the two-sided design of Firm2Soft. One side is firm, to offer mom support while feeding baby. The other side is soft, so baby can be cozy and snuggle in the pillow. Mombo is also the only nursing pillow that offers a vibration feature. Turn on to give baby a soothing experience while reclining and lounging on the pillow.
Mombo has lots of great products so be sure to check them out. In particular, you should see all the covers for the mombo. They have gender specific and gender neutral covers and even some with Taggies. You can purchase their nursing pillow at both Toys R Us and Babies R Us. Comfort & Harmony are the makers of Mombo. Be sure to check out and follow Comfort & Harmony on Facebook and follow Comfort & Harmony on Twitter.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Very proud of Andrew, who managed to letter twice as a freshman. He lettered in Marching Band and Concert Band. He was also named the Section Leader for the Frontline (Pit) for next year.
We are waiting for the 'real' letters to arrive (there was a shipping delay). So at his awards ceremony his name was called, but we didn't get the letters just yet. So, I found a random 'N' on the internet and put it here for now. I'll get real photos as soon as I can.
Andrew hopes to add an academic letter to his credit next year. He discovered that freshmen can not get academic letters so he has his goal set for next year. He is enjoying high school and we are so proud of him and all he is accomplishing.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Since schools across the country are winding down for the year, I wanted to share the single greatest secret weapon you have to retaining knowledge and learning over the summer....
Read with your child.
No magic formula, no worksheets or textbooks or tests. Just read. Keeping the printed word in front of your child (or reading to those too young to read for themselves) does more to boost academic achievement, improve test scores, retain information learned over the past year and it also increases vocabulary. And we aren't talking major amounts of reading. If your child is preschool aged or younger, 15 minutes a day will do. For elementary children, 20 minutes. Middle school and high school 25-40 minutes a day.
And for the younger ones (and early elementary), I ran across an article based on the Johnson & Keier book, "Catching Readers Before They Fail," that gives some excellent insight into ways to boost comprehension and reading skills.
Ask questions about what you just read. If you don't know what to ask, try some of these questions:
- Does this book remind you of anything?
- Were there any parts that surprised you?
- What have you been wondering as you (I, we) read?
- What did you notice about the story?
- Does this book make you think of anything else you've read?
- What was your favorite part?
- What are you going to read next?
So get ready, get set....READ!
Monday, May 13, 2013
- A free ticket voucher (valued up to $40) to see the Globetrotters during their 2014 World Tour
- Autographs and photos with the stars!
- Official Globetrotter certificate of completion wi th a personalized Globetrotter nickname
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Friday, May 03, 2013
The music in the film was AMAZING and we all liked the songs. If you enjoy a good family film where you don't have to worry about language, nudity or sex, this is a great choice for you. And...keep reading to find out how to get a copy for yourself.
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About Ring the Bell:
Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.
I'm thrilled to announce that I get to give away a copy of the DVD to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open worldwide and will end on May 24. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!!!
Ring The Bell features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.
This family-friendly movie was produced by Mark Miller, Beach Street Records' founder and Casting Crowns’ producer. Miller, who is also the lead singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the script with Thomas Weber and Weber directed the production.
Ring the Bell is available on DVD for only $19.99DVD Special Features:
The Heart of "Ring the Bell"Casting Crowns “The Well” Music VideoOn Set with Casting CrownsFamous FacesA Very Special MovieRinging the Bell
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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Something that made my heart smile.
OK--I don't know about you, but check out the title of this new children's book, "Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Names Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up." Just reading the title I knew I had to get my hands on this book. And it was worth it!! My kids and I laughed our way through the whole book...while they learned.
I love when authors take a unique look at a Biblical story and teach the story in a way that engages children. Kudos to Troy Schmidt for doing such a fantastic job. I'm also glad that there is a parent guide on the back cover to help us all learn and be able to teach our children with even more depth.
I can't wait to see the other books in this series. We loved learning about the most famous whale in history!
From the B&H Publishing:
On sale May 1, 2013
Author Troy Schmidt
About the Book:
Oh sure, we've all heard the story of Jonah and the Whale a hundred times. But have we heard it from the perspective of the whale who experienced that history-making event?
Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up! imagines how that great sea creature from the incident might tell his side of the story, helping kids ages 4 to 8 discover a creative way of learning about that guy who was supposed to go to Ninevah.
The "Parent Connection" feature (inside the book) will help moms and dads take the story further with scripture references and tips on how to talk with their children about what really happened.
About the Author:
Troy Schmidt has writing and video production credits ranging from assignments with Disney (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Nickelodeon to Max Lucado's Hermie franchise. He is currently the lead writer for The American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on the Game Show Network. Troy and his wife have three sons.
The series: This is just the first in a series! Other books available include Hey God, Can You Stop the Rain so I Can Get off Noah's Smelly Ark? and Hey God, I'm Having an Awful Vacation in Egypt Thanks to Moses!
If you are as excited as I was about getting a copy of this book, have I got an opportunity for you. Enter my giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! Contest ends 5/17.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and receiving a copy does not influence my review.