It’s a GREAT day so far (even though I am soooo sleepy I can’t keep from yawning every two minutes!)

I woke up this morning feeling great and decided that maybe I’d sleep a while longer, it was after all only 5:30 am so I drifted back off until my phone rang.  It was my dear mother in law and I lied when she asked if she had woke me.  I love talking to her.  I think it’s a great bonding experience for us and she is just so sweet and sentimental that it always lifts me up.  We talked for two and half hours!  Of course, about the baby, about Russell, the kids, and just about everything under the sun.  I love her!

My air conditioning is working!  I am thrilled about that! Hooray for air and breathing and comfort!  It was a quick fix and I’m afraid it may only be temporary so I still want them to investigate it further.  My phone battery is completely dead though so I have to wait a little while to call the repair company back.

I bought the kids a fun water sprinkler to play with and I’m looking forward to setting it up for them.  I’ll most likely do that after lunch.  But here is the most exciting news of all!  I’m featured on someone’s blog for the first time EVER!  It may sound like small potatoes to you but I am THRILLED!  3LilMonkeys just sent me a convo via etsy to let me know she featured me today.  She had some oh so sweet things to say too!  Check it out! http://my3lilmonkeys.blogspot.com/2008/06/armorgan-spotlights-on-you.html

Thank you!


I took my sideshow to the circus…

Last night the Lewis & Clark Circus was here in Farmville. They had left free admission tickets for children all over town so we decided to go check it out. It’s not often something exciting comes to our little town. Apparently this is one of the last tent shows left in America today. We were a bit skeptical as we pulled up and saw the tent at the fairgrounds.

This is the view from our bleacher seats of the one ring performance area.  The only circus I had ever been to was the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Three Ring Circus, so, obviously this was a bit different than what I had always seen at the Norfolk Scope.

Zoe and Russell’s silly faces before things got started.

Bradley’s “I’m way too cool for this” face.

Jarod who would have rather been at home watching American Gladiators.  Why do my kids never believe me when I tell them they will have fun?

So with everyone’s “bored” faces on, here comes the cotton candy vendor.  That sure perked them up! Sugar for everyone!  Woohooooo!

How quickly their faces changed!

I got the impression that most of the acts were preformed by a family.  We saw acrobatics, clown skits, balancing acts, horses, a camel, preforming goats, (yes, goats) a fire eater, a magician and more.  I think our favorites were Jose-Jose the clown, and the ringmaster/magician/fire-eater’s “human volcano” act…

This was a very lucky shot of the “Human Volcano”

And finally, here is Jose-Jose, everyone’s favorite mischievous clown!

Everyone had a good time and the boys didn’t want to leave.  I’ll be looking forward to this old fashioned type circus again next year!

Gone Fishin’

I can hardly believe how much I accomplished today! By 8 am this morning the boys were off to school and I was on my 2nd or 3rd cup of coffee.  I started my rounds on the internet at usual.  Check my email, look at my site stats, check my blog, the weather, etc.  I then began my design work.  I had an order from kbotello on etsy. She sent a custom request needing a few graphics for her amateur photography.  I started with  a few color suggestions and a photo that she wanted to be incorporated into her designs.  I came up with this banner which she absolutely loves!

I actually emailed her several proofs but this was the design she liked the best.  Oddly enough it was my first design.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately – getting exactly what my client wants on the first go round.  It’s a great feeling!

After that I did some chores around the house and washed, dried, and folded some laundry.  I knew that we had plans to go fishing and the boys had an early release today from school so I wanted to get as much done as possible.  Russell didn’t work today so we went to go buy me a new fishing pole because mine broke last year.  We did our shopping and then Russell dropped Zoe and myself off at home and ran to the bank.  We wanted to get the grass cut before we left for the lake so I decided I would do that too.  

It took a little while, and Russell was quite surprised, but I got the front lawn nearly half cut before he got back from the bank.  The boys came home, we finished up the yard and off we went!

As always, Zoe caught the first fish.  And I do mean always.  She is only three years old and always catches something before the rest of us! Turned out the rest of us had no luck at all.  Guess they just aren’t biting yet.  The high point of the evening is when Jarod, my youngest son, spotted a black snake.  A HUGE black snake.  Russell ran over and grabbed the thing by the tail (do snakes have tails?), anyway, he grabbed it and dragged it backwards up onto the grass.  The thing coiled and spun around.  I ran across the clearing yelling at the kids to get back and threatening Russell within an inch of his life if he got it near me.  I’m cool with snakes, so long as they aren’t upset – in their natural habitat, slithering by – yeah, that’s okay, but not one that is being bothered and having a hissy fit because of it.  I was so terrified that Russell would tease me with it that I didn’t even think to grab my camera, which was hanging around my neck, and I missed a great photo opportunity.  Go me! That snake was a good five feet long. *Shiver*

We fished a bit longer with no luck, but that’s just fine because it was gorgeous outside.  We all started getting tired and hungry so we came home to grill some chicken. Russell cooked chicken skewers on the grill and I fixed carrots, sauteed squash & zucchini, and rice for sides. Everything was great.  We had several “happy plates”.

Now everyone is settled in and the kids are watching TV like they do on most Friday nights.  They’re especially tired from everything today so vegging out is completely okay with me tonight.  Russell is in the bedroom snoring.  He looks as if he just plopped on the bed to rest and fell asleep.  I tried to wake him a little while ago but he is out like a light.  I’ve taken advantage of the quiet time to start on another banner design.  After sending this proof to my client I will need to make a few changes to the dots but other than that it is pretty complete.  mimsylafree of etsy wanted a shop banner for her new shop “muffintops”.  She asked for a muffin to be incorporated into the design.  I sat down, drew out  a muffin and then this is what came of it…

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free business card design! Have a great weekend!



Kids Can Help Too

I believe it is very important for children to have responsibilities around the home. Today the weather is nice, mid to upper 60s. Right now I am taking a break from the laundry and have the kids outside doing some chores. The boys are cleaning out my van getting it ready to be vacuumed and Zoe is walking around the yard picking up stray papers and trash that has blown into the yard. Yes, they’re fussing, but they will be okay. Afterall, mom needs some help, and deserves some help with all the things she does for them. Like getting up this morning and baking muffins for breakfast.

My kids also have daily household chores, small things, but things that help out in the big picture of everything. They each have a “special area” that must be maintained at all times, along with their chores. There is no tv, computer, outside or play time before homework and chores are done. We put these rules into effect about two months ago and posted them on poster boards in the hallway where they can be seen, and not “forgotten”.

Maybe seeing my children’s list can help you with ideas for your own chore chart.

Bradley (10)

  • Vacuum living room rug (about a 4×6 area rug)
  • wash breakfast dishes
  • take out trash
  • clean kid’s bathroom
  • clean bedroom
  • take laundry down to basement
  • Special area – dining area (eat in part of kitchen)

Jarod (6)

  • sweep floors
  • match socks
  • gather dirty clothes
  • dust
  • empty waste baskets
  • clean bedroom
  • Special area: Hallway

Zoe (3)

  • clean bedroom
  • replace bags in waste baskets
  • fold small towels and wash/dish cloths
  • hold dustpan for Jarod
  • gather dirty clothes
  • dust
  • Special area: Foyer

Bradley always complains about getting his chores done and will take his sweet time on homework to try to get out of his chores. Unfortunately for him that means little TV/computer or free time. I figure it’s his age, and laziness.

Jarod and Zoe, however, absolutely love having chores and never complain about them. I think it makes them feel big and gives them some sense of responsibility in the family.

Even the smallest of children can start simple chores. As you can see, most of Jarod and Zoe’s chores go hand in hand, like the waste baskets and sweeping. It’s just a matter of thinking what your kids are capable of doing. You’d be surprised at how much it does help you out and how much time it saves you in the end. I really think it teaches them a valuable lesson.

10 Things I Love About Being a Work at Home Mom

  1. My daughter is right beside me, at all times.
  2. I can be in my pajamas if I want to.
  3. Coffee – all day! (and fresh coffee at that!)
  4. No time limits, no one breathing down my neck.
  5. I don’t have to smile, for anyone, if I don’t want to.
  6. Dinner is always thought out, and done!
  7. I don’t get behind on laundry.
  8. My patience is better.
  9. Breaks when I need them!
  10. I can be all the things that I love to be, all at the same time!