Monday, March 31, 2008

2 more sleeps

That's it folks. Two more sleeps and then I have an early morning plane to catch....I am feeling very overwhelmed at the moment! I have a lot to do before we leave and I feel like it's all too much! I got Janea's and my clothes bag packed tonight....Clothes for Wednesday ready to go to grandmas' tomorrow. I need to stop at Walmart for some last minute things tomorrow and then I think I may be ready...or maybe not....I don't know! Please pray for me as we travel and as I take this excursion cross the country!

So much to do, so little time

I am trying to get everything done for my trip and school being cancelled has thrown a monkey wrench in my plans. I need to finish everything and so far have been unable to do so!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Water Mains and Williamsburg

No school tomorrow for me...there is a water main break at school. You can't have school for kids with no water in the building! Hopefully they get it fixed tomorrow so we can go on Tueday!

Only 3 more nights at home before I leave for Williamsburg! Janea is starting to get excited and wants to pack our bag NOW! I told her we could do it tomorrow since school is cancelled.

Praying for Something

I don't know about you but sometimes when I am praying for something God tells me to "Wait" well, I hate to wait. I like a yes or a no or something definitive. I hate waiting. However, I have been thinking that yes, it is okay to wait...God's timing is better than my timing and He is in control. I just need to trust!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Williamsburg Countdown

4 more days until we leave...4 more days to finish my work...4 more days of questioning if it is a good idea to take 6 kids, and 5 parents(not counting myself) halfway across the country for a field trip! I think I'm crazy!

Round 3

It's official, we have started Round 3 of the Stomach Flu! Janea has it! So far this week it's been Jaron, Dan and now Janea....I better not get it!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Countdown to Williamsburg

So today is Friday and we leave for Colonial Williamsburg as a class on Wednesday so by my way of thinking I leave in roughly 5 days! Too much to do and I am getting a little nervous since the other teacher who is supposed to be coming with was in a car accident on Tuesday and is hurting a lot and may not be able to travel! I'm feeling just a little stressed!

The Topeka Zoo

Today was a field trip day! Long day for me but even longer for another teacher who was in charge of planning. My class, and the Kindergarten-1st grades plus 5 family members and 3 younger siblings all headed for the Topeka Zoo. A nice zoo, small yet fun, to study biomes. The rainforest there is quite cool and we got to see the joy of animals in Springtime.! Yes, the attracting a mate, the mating, and so forth! Lots of fun trying to explain that one! Then we spent the afternoon at the park--all in all a good day for a field trip even though the morning started cold, it warmed up nicely! I will post some pictures soon!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'll Rent you one...

For a day, for free, know I'll let you borrow my pencil for the day that way you won't have to pay Mrs. Jonathan for them during the day."

"Why won't you just give it to me"

"Well, you never know, I might need them but I'll rent you a pen for 2 days for 5 bucks!"

Overheard from my students as they clean out their bins. We have an open house tonight and I am making them clean up the room!

Should I be more proud of their sharing or concerned that they are trying to work so hard to make money in class.?

Ya Wanna Bet?

Today we are finishing up our schoolwork for the week since we have a field trip to the zoo tomorrow. Well, one of my students needed help finding a word in the dictionary and he's like:

Boy: "Mrs. J, protect isn't in the dictionary!"

Me: "Ya Wanna Bet?"

Boy: " No, what I meant was that I can't find it in the dictionary!"

They are told that if they say it isn't in the dictionary and I find it they owe me 10 dollars classroom they are quick to clarify their words!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Springtime Woes and washings...

Yes, it is Spring...the weather is finally warming up! YEAH!!! It's getting nice why do I have Woes and Washings? Jaron is why...the poor guy got sick Easter Sunday night and oh my goodness it's been bad!

We had a nice day at Grandma's and Grandpa's ate yummy food and had an Easter Egg hunt and that night Jaron crawls in bed with big deal he does this frequently. I get up to use the bathroom and when I come in he's gone...again, not a huge deal but he isn't in his room and I go to get back in bed when I feel something different....I turn on the lights and OH MY WORD! He had vomited all over our bed...getting the sheets, pillowcases, blankets covered. So I think okay maybe he had too much candy on Easter...we did have some goodies...I get Dan we clean up the bed and lie back down...Jaron continues to vomit about every 2 hours for the next 12 hours! Most of the time he made it to the bucket we had placed at the side of the bed.

I took Monday off work since I had gotten little sleep and he couldn't go to school and washed bedding all day. Today I also stayed home since he just wasn't back to feeling good at all. Well, I was gone this morning to get my sub plan done and some copies made and taking Janea to school when I get home all the bedding is back out in the hallway...yup...he threw up again when I wasn't home...poor daddy.!

I have sanitized the bathroom, the kitchen and will take a whack at my room tonight after I pick Janea up from school. I hope the worst is over. He has eaten and drank today and so far no more throwing up! I really can't afford to take off anymore time from school and I leave for Williamsburg in a week with my class and I don't think Dan can handle a sick kid all by himself with me 1136 miles away!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday Easter Fun

Today we went over to Grandma's and Grandpa's to paint Easter eggs. We also spent some time making some very yummy and pretty easter candy!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday Fun!

Easter is one of my favorite holidays because of the great meaning that it holds and how pivotal it is to my Salvation. Last year I unfortunately didn't get Good Friday off of work since I teach at a private but non-Christian school. Well this year, Spring Break and Good Friday coincide so I got to have today off! YEAH!

My mom and I and the kiddos went shopping today. Janea got 2 new dresses(1 for Spring, one for Sunday) new sandals(and it may snow on Sunday) 1 top( on clearance for a 1.60...couldn't resist) and 2 new pairs of jeans! I got 2 new blouses, a new necklace and earrings and a snazzy new purse...Dan owed me something for my birthday! Jaron got new sneakers and a new Spiderman shirt...and my mom got some stuff too. So today we shopped til we dropped and tomorrow we will get to dye Easter eggs, and make Easter candy....a Spry/Jonathan family tradition!

All in all a great way to celebrate new Life in Christ as well as the beauty of Spring...tonight is our church's Tennebrae service a great way to refocus on the pain and suffering of Christ on the cross for our sins. I hopefully will get to go but it doesn't start until 8:00 tonight, so it depends on how Dan is feeling and the kiddos.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A sad yet happy memory

Today would have been my granparents 60th anniversary if my grandma were still with us. They were blessed with 50 wonderful years and I can't believe that she has been gone for 10. My grandpa is still around but his health is failing and I haven't seen him since Janea was if anyone from California sees this and sees him tell him I love him and was thinking about him and grandma today!

The Park and Pizza

I took the kids to the park today since its in the 60's and gorgeous! Forgot to bring the camera but that's okay since it was super windy and my kids would have looked windblown! The park was packed...everyone had the same idea as me! On the way home we stopped and got pizza at Little Caesars...gotta love 2 pizzas for $10.82! I'm thinking even though I may be sleepy I still am a supercool mom to my kiddos...

Tonight I have a CEC meeting at church so the kiddos get to hang out with daddy! YEAH! Dan is home for Good Friday and since he usually works Mon-Thurs nights he gets tonight off since today is technically his Friday! Should make our meeting tonight go a little smoother!

I'm excited to go out with my mom and the kiddos tomorrow! We're getting their Easter clothes and spending some quality time together as we haven't seen much of each other lately since my mom has been soo busy!

Sleepy Thoughts

I am so sleepy today....I haven't slept well for the last few nights and its caught up with me today....I want to crawl in bed and come out tomorrow...being amom I can't do that but I do want too....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cleaning Update

I accomplished a few things off my list yesterday....

1. I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, but it wasn't yet full enough to run so I am doing that today.

2. I destickified the kitchen and dining room floors and they look FABULOUS!

3. I washed 2 loads of laundry but still have 2 to go

4. I didn't vacuum since my beautiful children refuse to pick up there toys.

All in all a little bit done, a lot to go and I still got some time off so who really cares but me anyway!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Today's To Do List

Since I am off for a week I need to clean up the house. Today's agenda providing I can breathe and am not hacking is to complete the following:

1. Unload/Load/Run the Dishwasher

2. Clean and Sanitize all surfaces in the Kitchen and Dining Room

3. Mop the Kitchen/Dining Room Floors

4. Vacuum the Great Room!

5. 3 loads of Laundry

I will post later today and let you know what I actually got accomplished!

Monday, March 17, 2008

If I could...

hack up a lung, clean it all out and then put it back into my body I think that I would! I have felt pretty lousy the last couple of days and so has Dan! I hate being sick and tired but I hate him being sick and tired more since he tends to be a big gigantic baby when he doesn't feel good. He stayed home from work tonight and I hope he is feeling better too!

Plus side...I am not missing work since we are on Spring Break! The nieces school is also off this week so things may be stressful since at any given time there could be 4 kids in the house!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Spring Break!!!! YEEHAW~!

Spring break is here as of 3:30 yesterday afternoon! The grade cards are done, the room is cleaned and I get a week off! YEAH! This week I am going to clean house, work on a mortgage to buy this house from Sharon...yes it looks like she will be willing to sell to us..pray for financing!..and spend time with my kids just as mom.! We also will hopefully get to see "Horton Hears a Who" this coming weekend. I am looking forward to getting the house clean, getting some rest since I am not feeling good right now and spending some family time together.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring Break Countdown

Only 2 more days to go until Spring Break....only one more day with happy dance is getting stronger! YEAH!!!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Throat Heart Swallowing

My son gave me a heartattack 2 times today. Once at school, and then again at church...I say get ready to go and instead of finding him at the door he's gone...disappeared and I can't find him. At school he went out a side door, at church all the way to the car! I don't know whether to hug him or strangle him...maybe both! I'm buying a leash!

Spring Break Countdown...

2 more days to go...okay technically 3 days but I only have students for 2 days....and then I get a week off of school....yeah for me.....yeah, yeah, yeah....I am doing my happy dance!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Physical Therapy

I got really upset by someone's words today. I felt that they were unfair, undeserved and at a very bad time for me. I will say that I wallowed in the unfairness of the situation and I stressed for a few moments but a nice conversation with my dear hubbie and a much longer much needed well said conversation with my sister and I decided I would wallow no more. Instead I cleaned...I cleaned out the van and got my stuff out of it and the carpets vacuumed and then I turned to my vehicle and got it nice and vacuummed and when I was done I felt much better! It's amazing what getting up off your butt and working out your anger and frustration instead of dwelling on it will do for the soul! And you know what, I am good enough, smart enough and gosh darnnit people like me! (50 imaginary points to the person who can name the show and decade that is from) I have decided to be a duck and let the negativity roll right off me and I will be a positive person for it!

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Last night with the time change coming we tried to wear our kids out so that they would go to bed earlier and then be able to wake up an hour earlier....grrr...I hate the time change! Dan and Jaron had a wrestling match...well, maybe more of Jaron body slamming himself down full force on his dad with his nails and knees and then Dan would grab him and tickle him until he said "uncle". Well, Jaron about have way through the match decides that uncle doesn't just mean stop it also means lets he would yell "uncle" and bodyslam himself on his dad and then the minute Dan would defend himself or grab him he would yell "uncle" again so daddy would let go...then the minute he got free from Dan he would do it all over again! Funny thing...Jaron not so tired after that...Daddy, passed out on the bed! Dan got a nap and Jaron was up a little bit late.

We didn't make it to Sunday School this morning but we did make it for church!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Spiritual Fuel

I spent some time this morning going over some Scripture that I had memorized a few years ago. As I was showering I began to remember that verse in I Corinthians about God not giving us more than we can handle but how he provides us a way of escape! It was a real comfort as I started my morning routine. I have a lot of housework to do today and again God's Word was a comfort to my soul. I have been focused on things that were negative this week and I need to escape from that and dwell on the positives and the Grace of God. So I am choosing to have a good day and focus on positives rather than negatives.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Feeling Frustrated

Today was a day! Duh..everyday is a day but today was one of those days...the rough kind! Janea is sick today...she has what her brother had a couple weeks ago...poor kid, she stayed home with Daddy and rested all day but you can just tell she doesn't feel good. Fever, aches, pains, the works. This may explain her crabbiness all week but that still is no excuse! She missed Grandparents Tea...grandma and grandpa came and hung out with Jaron and he had a good time with them! Thanks mom and dad for coming!

Jaron and I got home and Dan tells me he and his sister had another incident. Dan tried to be nice and explain something that happens with the thermostat when doors are slammed repeatedly and Sharon was upset by something and took her frustration out on him. Poor guy...he really wasn't trying to start anything just share some information and it blew up in his face...its things like this that make our home situation frustrating.

We are spending an evening just chilling as a fam and that is a good thing but Spongebob is getting a little old and so I thought I would check up on the blogging world. Hope all who read this are doing well and that tomorrow is a happy day for all!

Oh I forgot to mention that one of my students brought me cupcakes and a cake for my birthday...Yellow Cake with Chocolate icing and favorite! A great thing from a great little girl! My class ate the cupcakes and then we shared the cake with the rest of the school who stay for lunch!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Turning 31...

Well, I think that I am offficial no longer a kid but rather a person in their thirties...yikes! 30 was hard but the idea that I am now in my 30's is a little daunting...I should feel more grown up or something!

My birthday has been children have been less whiny which is a blessing and when I got home from work today no one was home which is an unusual occurance. So all in all not a terrible birthday!

On a side note...maybe got a few good answers so we will have to see.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Crabby kids make momma crabby

All this week my children have been driving me crazy! They are being 2 of the crabbiest, whinyiest, ungrateful, demanding children on the planet~! I have to remind Janea constantly to be respectful to adults and I have to tell Jaron no every 2 seconds! I can't take it anymore!

I asked Janea why she was having a rough week and her reply...picture a very dramatic little voice.."I think I need a vacation....I am so stressed right now!"

"I'm thinking...your need a vacation...this from the child who is demanding, rude, and very unhelpful lately...she needs a vacation...I don't think so...if anyone gets a vacation its me since I wash the dishes, make the food, keep the laundry done and be supercool nice mom.!"

I have given this a lot of thought and all I want for my birthday...March 6, 2008 is for my children to wake up happy, to be agreeable to me, to be loving and helpful and make my day easy! We'll see what happens...

Side my birthday buddy Lois...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Good news!

So I found out that I only owe like 45 more dollars for Janea's Williamsburg trip! YEAH!!! Plus I bought all the stuff for the Parent Appreciation night and it hasn't been paid yet so I am hoping that we can call it all even and I won't have to write a check:) YEAH!!!!


My husband and I are officially in our 30 somethings. I totally can relate to that old show now more than I ever could. I was at McDonalds tonight with the kids supporting Janea's old Christian school(hey they get my money once a week anyway so why not help out a good cause in the process) and boy did I start to realize what stage of life I really am in. Here I am the harried mom with 2 kids one in grade school one in preschool and I saw my reflection in the mirror and I can this be? How can I be so old? I guess it also comes from the fact that my birthday is this week. My pastor is so sweet and wished me a happy birthday a few days early...makes me feel good though!

They say that 40 is the new 30 but I feel older than I should...maybe when my kids are older and we slow down life a little I will feel better in my forties than I do now but I am not sure!

All in all just some rambling thoughts and feelings......maybe I just need a night off!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Weather wishy washy woes

I know that I shouldn't be surprised by the's only the 3rd day of March but this weekend was nice and warm and wonderful. Today is cold, rainy and icky and not going to get much above 35 degrees.

This weekend was busy! Got the powerpoint up and running at our dinner and the parents loved it but I knew it was off and it really bugged me.

We rolled 169 dollars worth of coins yesterday from the school penny drive....if I have to do that anytime soon I think I will go mad!