Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Courses (Classes)

Well, it's been a while. Hope everyone has been doing well.

      If you remember I had a post about taking a course (I've been calling it a class, but course is the word they use.) I finished that up a couple days ago. I PASSED! I missed one question on the Final, not bad for someone who hates tests.. and schooling in general.

   I'm taking a course on Teaching Preschool: A Years Lesson Plans. I'm taking that so I can find fun ways to help teach Seth here at home. It has some really cute ideas. That course will be over the beginning of July for me.

   The middle of June starts another course for me and that is the second of three courses on Excel. Can't wait to dive in more. Hopefully it isn't to difficult. The instructor so far has done a pretty good job at keeping thing simple enough.

  I'm really enjoying taking these courses.. Obviously I keep signing up for more lol. It was really thrilling when I got to copy my Certificate of Completion! I'm so proud of that paper! LOL.

   You may wonder why I'm so proud of that paper? Reason is because I dropped out of school, 2ish years later I got my G.E.D. (which is better than nothing, but it's not the same), and then I got married and had a kid. I never went to college or did any Online Schooling..and I've regretted it ever since, but I didn't have the money to do it. So each Online Course I complete is just another way that I show that I can do this, that I can be knowledgeable about things. Sure I'll never be a Doctor, but I don't want to be! I don't like blood, needles, etc. Which means I'll never be a Nurse either. BUT I can be smart about Excel, kids, Photography... things I'm going to need/use throughout my life. Maybe one day I'll take something I can make a real career out of, but for now I'm content with just these courses.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

It's that day again, it's Mother's Day! Like every other year and every other holiday it snuck up on me. I keep saying I'm going to be better prepared and have all my holidays/birthdays gifts covered long before.. and I am better than I was before, but I really hope to one day have gifts bought ahead of time. But that isn't what this post is about. This post is about Mother's Day.

The sweetest, orneriest, most beautiful little boy made me a mother. He makes me want to cry out of frustration some days, but he makes me want to cry out of complete and total love some moments. Like when I'm crying and he looks at me and says, "No cry, no cry.." and helps wipe my tears away with no direction from anyone. When he comes and gives me a hug/kiss just cause, once again with no direction from anyone. When he says, "Love you". Those moments make it all worth while. Those moments heal my heart of any bad things he's done before. Those moments make my day brighter. Those moments are the reason I would die for him and fight to live for him. Those moments make me see/understand why a mother's love for her child is so strong. I love being his mom. I'm so glad God blessed me with this precious boy.

My mother is THE BEST MOM ever! She's beautiful inside and out. She's my best friend. She sees me for who I am and loves me despite my faults/failures. She gives me her best advice, but doesn't try to force me to do things her way. She is a shoulder to cry on and a rock to lean on. She is a godly example. She's a wonderful Grandma. A fabulous cook. A designing genius. A gifted musician. Crochet pro. Cleaner extraordinaire (Danny Tanner). She prays for me and only wants the best for me. She's all these things and more. I'm so grateful that God gave her to me to be my mom. I love you, Mom!

I hope you've all had the privilege of having a mom that, in your eyes, is as great as mine. Hopefully you've spent time with her today or if you couldn't spend time with her at least called or sent a text.
If your mother has passed away I hope you've taken this day to remember the good times that you had together.

Hope you're all having a great day! Happy Mother's Day!  

Thursday, May 7, 2015


I did a post before about taking a class in Excel. Which is going well. 5 more lessons left and then the big test. The quizzes have been really easy. The lessons are obviously getting more complex. I'm a bit curious/nervous about the final test. There's 2 more classes in Excel after this one to learn all there is to know about Excel.

Well..... I signed up for another class outside of Excel. This one is Teaching Preschool: A Year of Inspiring Lessons. Now I have no plans on teaching preschool.... but I do have a 2 year old who has no desire to learn the basics. I'm hoping that this class will give a few ideas that will help me teach him in a way he'll want to learn. Not just for now, but as he gets older. I can't wait to start it! It has great reviews. Yay! This class hasn't started yet, but I'm obviously super excited lol.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Less Than 32 Hours

One day these people who have spent their lives devoting hour after hour watching football, baseball, hockey, Etc. games and drafts on TV and playing the video games are going to wake up and realize that all the important things are gone, that they missed out on all the important moments, but by the time they figure it out it will be to late. Parents are missing out on their kids growing up. People are missing out on the life that's going on around them. 

Now you may say, "This can happen with anything you watch on TV!" Well sure that's true you can... I think of it this way: Sports are taking over Monday's, Thursday's and Sunday's. Each game is on average... 3 hours and 12 minutes (Football), 3 hours 8 minutes (Baseball), 2 hours and 20 minutes (Hockey), etc... So we'll say 3 hours. That's 9 hours a week. But they play multiple games in a day so lets say you watch more.. Football says a maximum of 15 games on a Sunday so we'll go with that one.. 15 games on a Sunday * 3 hours per game = 45 hours. That's not even including the games on Monday's and Thursdays. You can't watch each one as it's on since they sometimes play at the same time plus you couldn't watch all of them in one day anyways, but if you DVR them then there goes 45 hours of your week. That's a full-time job! Now I know most people don't watch all the games, but lets just say they do. So you spend 40+ hours at work & 40 hours in front of the TV. 168 hours in a week - 80 hours of work + Sports = 88 hours left. 88 hours - 56 hours of sleep (if you sleep 8 hours each night = 32 hours of "free" time. Now I could get really technical and add up on average how much time we spend bathing, using the restroom, eating, etc., but I'm pretty sure you're getting the picture. If you still don't get it, that's less than 32 hours to spend with your kids, parents, siblings, friends, ... That's around 4 hours each day. It's not enough, just ask your kids.... Be careful what you spend your time on.