Sweet relief for the….um…”girls”

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DISCLAIMER: This post is about breastfeeding and I will use the word “nipple” more than once. You have official been warned.

 

If you have been following my blog then you know that sweet little Bitty is doing a number on “the girls” during feeding time. For any nursing mom, the first few weeks can be a bit harsh on the nipple. After many feedings that resulted in discomfort….let’s be honest, not all nursing session are pain free or comfortable…. I did some research and mixed together a nipple cream that is soothing and safe for babies.

If you are experiencing cracked, sore or bleeding nipples, here is the cream for you. Super easy and inexpensive. My high school english teacher always told me to give credit where credit is due…I found the recipe on the Elliott Homestead blog. 

NIPPLE CREAM

4 TBSP of pure cocoa butter

2 TBSP olive oil

2 TBSP sweet almond oil

1 TBSP coconut oil

Melt down the oil and mix together. I personally use a small mason jar. Place oils in jar and set down in a boiling pan of water until all oils are melted down. Remove from heat, let cool a bit and stir in 3 drops of lavender. Place lid on jar and let solidify. Make sure you use 100% pure oils. I prefer Young Living. You can browse my website to look at the company and products.

After every nursing session and before pumping, apply nipple cream. I have noticed a huge difference in the comfort level.

I did it….I used the word nipple 5 times. That’s a Normal Girl record!

Happy nursing!

Something just didn’t seem right…

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Marathon eating sessions, lots of gas, and momma super sore during and after nursing…even after 4 weeks.  Something was not right. Time to start searching on google. After a bit of digging, it seemed Bitty’s symptoms all pointed to a lip tie. As you can see in the picture, her upper frenulum was connected too close to the edge of her gum line and too tight. A frenulum is the flap of tissue that connects parts of the body to keep it from moving too far.

The  tightness of her frenulum make it difficult for her lips to flange out while nursing. This causes pain for me and will ultimately result in a decrease in my milk supply because she is not getting all she can effeciently….hence marathon feedings.

In the long run, an untreated lip tie can result in misalignment of teeth and speech issues.

So….this information led me and the hubs to the decision to have laser frenectomy done on Bitty. Talking with others and doing our own research we discovered that the procedure is minimally invasive. The dentist uses a laser to snip the frenulum after a local numbing agent is given. The procedure takes minutes. I will be able to nurse her immediately after the procedure to calm her and me for that matter.

I am nervous but I know that this will be beneficial for her health and well being. Appt is in 4 weeks….I will keep you posted!

Have you had any experiences with lip or tongue ties in your little one?? Please share!

Connected at the….

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Yep…you guessed it…boob. That is how sweet little Bitty Buns and I spend our days. Seeing as she is only 4 weeks old…I wouldn’t expect it any other way. There are things with this little one I have done and will do that I wish I had done with my others. I cherish my time with my kids and watching them grow up at an incredible speed is amazing!

The hubs and I are pretty darn sure that we are done having babies….which is a HUGE bittersweet feeling. I do not want to have another surgery but it makes me a bit sad to think of  not having “first” moments after Bitty.

Because of our decision, I am taking in every minute of every day. I am doing things much different than I did with the first two. I want to kick myself in the tail for not starting my crunchy routine earlier.

I LOVE breastfeeding. I love that I can take her out on errands and not have to worry about taking any bottles, formulas, etc with me. I have the two things I need with me all the time. I am REALLY REALLY hoping to nurse until 1 years old or longer. When I get discouraged or feeling the Boob Burnout,  Breastfeeding Place  is a great blog to read and get re-energized and motivated.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my pocket cloth diapers. I decided to go with Sun Baby Diapers (click name for link). They are reasonable and the prints are adorable.  I save money, save my little ones hinny and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet.

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I also use cloth wipes and a wipe solution as opposed to disposable wipes. These have worked out awesomely! I bought the Bumkins Flannel Wipes from Amazon and the wipe solution is SUPER easy.

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WIPE SOLUTION:

1 cup distilled water

1 TBSP Dr. Bronners Unscented Mild Castille Soap

1 TBSP Sweet Almond Oil

3 Drops Tea Tree Oil

2 Drops Lavender

 

Mix together and pour over wipes. I roll mine up in an empty wipes container…a tupperware will work as well.

I use and adore Young Living Essential oils for all my oily needs.

 

As I continue my crunchy mom journey…I will keep you posted.

 

What do you do that constitutes as “crunchy”?

It doesnt take long and it’s so worth it!!!!

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In the past month, our household have made the following products:

– Deodorant

– Body wash

– Body lotion

– Dishwashing detergent

– Laundry detergent

 

Next in line is baby wash and baby lotion.

The process takes a bit of time BUT the outcome is WELL worth it. My family loves the products and our well being is getting stronger one application at a time.

 

What products do you make at home?????

Homemade laundry soap and update on the natural deodrant

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I finally ordered my ingredients from Amazon and made my laundry detergent. It was so super simple and now I am able to wash the baby’s clothes and cloth diapers in anticipation of her arrival. It is amazing how much this recipe made. I am quite certain I will be using this same batch at this time next year.

SUPER SIMPLE DETERGENT:

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– 3 boxes of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (55 oz)

– 2 boxes of Borax (76 oz)

– 2 canisters of Baby OxiClean (3 lb tub)

 

Mix all ingredients well in a 5 gallon bucket. I chose to alternate pouring powders in…stir….pour….stir…repeat til mixed well. All the powder is the same color so make sure you mix well.

For sake of space, I fill a medium apothecary jar with a tablespoon measuring spoon by washer for immediate use. AMAZING!!!

 

 

UPDATE on DEO for my BO:

I have a disclaimer on the recent natural deodorant I have started making….blog found here <— My pH has been a bit off becuase of the pregger hormones and the baking soda in the mix has been a bit irritating on my skin, think tiny ant bites….ouch!!!  This has just happened recently. I found a remedy on line and I love it! A small spray bottle with 1/4 apple cider vinegar and 3/4 distilled water. I spray on after shower and allow to dry. Problem solved! Other than that MINOR set back the DEO works amazingly on my BO! All day at work…no odor…no moisture. In fact, I have caught the often speculative hubs using my deodorant and he likes it!!! Yeah!!!!!

 

There’s an omelet….in a bag

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Super easy, super simple breakfast for at home or potentially anywhere you can boil water. I absolutely love this idea given to me by a dear friend. This omelet idea is super verstaile and works very well when serving a large group.

Omelet Boil in a Bag in 6 easy steps:

Step 1: Boil water in pot. More bags= larger pot.

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Step 2: Gather ingredients. I used cilantro, chopped peppers, diced tomatoes and mozzerella cheese.

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Step 3: Place desired ingredients in ziploc bag and seal tight, removing all air.

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Step 4: Squish ingredients together to blend

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Step 5: Boil bag for approximately 12 minutes. More eggs and ingredients you use, the longer the boil time needs to be.

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Step 6: Dig in and enjoy!!!!

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The awesome part of this omelet experience is that is customizable. Invite some guests over, set out a variety of omelet goodie, boil some water and BAM!!!! instant breakfast meal!

Enjoy and don’t forget to share your omelet experience!!!

A little oil comparison

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This chart is provided by a Young Living member, Deanne Dobczyk. She called 7 oil companies and asked them 12 simple questions. The answers were either Yes, No or I don’t know. Check it out. The answers explain in all!

I’m here for questions, bring them on!!!

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Peace, love and chemical free

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The hubs has been referring to me as his hippy wife lately. Why you ask? I guess because I have started making my own skin products. In my quest to become chemical free in our daily life…or as close as I can, I have researched online and asked around for some recipes that are easy and clean. The more I read and research, the more grossed out I get with all the gunk in products I use daily, on myself and my kids. The hubs is a great sport, but a slow convert. I inform but don’t pressure him into totally conversion!

My quest so far has included eliminating my household cleaning products that contain chemicals and only use all natural. My product of choice currently is Thieves household cleaner  by YoungLiving. I use it in every room for every cleaning purpose. I even use it to wash my fruits and veggies…that is how safe this product is.

As many of you already know, I have taken myself and the kiddos off all OTC meds. I use a combination of essential oils and TLC to combat whatever ailment they are encountering. Fingers crossed and prayers said, my children are and have been pretty darn healthy! I attribute that to allowing them to only drink water, occasionally a juice but they truly are not fans, and a wide variety of healthy food options.

Now to my current endeavors. This week I have made lotion from scratch and deodorant.

LOTION

I love the lotion recipe I chose. I use the one I found on WellnessMama blog, which happens to be one of my new favorite blogs. She has soooooo many homemade natural recipes to tryout.

This lotion recipe –> click HERE, is super simple, smells delicious and works great. I plan on making different variations and trying them out.

DEODORANT

As far as the deodorant recipe goes, I just made it today and am trying it out. I will keep you posted. My cousin and his wife swear by it and heck,  I am will to try it.

This particular deodorant recipe –> click HERE, was found on the CrunchyBetty blog, which just happens to be another awesome blog with natural homemade recipes.

 

Time will tell and I will definitely fill you all in. Next on my list is homemade laundry detergent.

I can’t wait to hear your questions and/or comments. Please don’t hesitate!!!

 

Zucchini Carrot Bars. Healthy and delicious

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If I am in the kitchen baking, you know I must be pregnant and nesting. I LOVE to cook…the baker, I am not. HOWEVER, when I saw the recipe for these zucchini carrot bars, I had to try it. I am SO happy I did, and so is the bambino.

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(click link above for recipe)

I used all organic products (where available) and for the frosting I used 4 drops of Young Living’s Lemon Oil for flavoring.

This pregnancy is so different from my others. In the beginning, I craved sweets, but recently…I can’t get enough of the healthy stuff! My body will appreciate that when it comes time to get rid of the baby weight.

 

Back pain gone AND no greasy creams…yes please!!!

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Every since my ever growing uterus has made its appearance, my lower back has been giving me daily troubles.

Enter…Panaway

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Great aid in muscle pain from sitting at a computer, pregnancy, exercise, etc…

Also great when rubbed on temples to relieve a tension headache.

An aromatic blend of wintergreen, clove, helichrysum and peppermint proves beneficially by inhaling as well as topical application!

This has to be one of my favorite oils!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Dr. Just a normal girl that prefers the use of oils over OTC Meds with myself and my family. Need ordering information please see my “YOUNG LIVING ROCKS” page or comment for specifics!

The dreaded stomach bug…what my family does instead of OTC meds.

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It hits like a ton of bricks…out of no where!  Running to the bathroom, skin sweaty, pulse racing…. the dreaded stomach bug. In the past 24 hours, myself (at 6 months pregnant), the hubs and our 5 year old Monkey have all been hit!

At first sign I immediately began diffusing Thieves in my cool water diffuser. One of the benefits of Thieves, amongst literally hundreds, is its cleansing antiseptic abilities.

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Thieves is not only diffused, but also is applied topically to the bottoms of the feet. This is a sure fire way to enter the body at rapid speed.

Another weapon in my oily medicine bag is peppermint.

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Peppermint is known for its soothing ability for abdominal discomfort associated with bugs, travel sickness, or over indulgence at dinner. Simply massage a couple of drops on the abdomen periodically until feeling subsides. When applying to my kiddos, I dilute with some drops of a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil.

What I love about switching over to essential oils is that I know what I am putting on mine and my families bodies and in our system. I can pronounce the ingredients and don’t have to question sketchy side effects.

 

DISCLAIMER: I am just a normal girl and not a doctor. I just share what works for me and my family. Please look under the YOUNG LIVING ROCKS tab for order information.

 

 

 

Correcting behavior before things get CRAZY!!!

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I have been off work less than a week for my summer hiatis…thanks to the awesome world of education. In that short amount of time, I can’t count how many times Monkey and Buggy have argued, yelled, whined and just plain disobeyed what I had to say.

I did what every resourceful mother does…head straight to Pinterest. With several ideas from fellow Pinners, I came up with a mesh of  family calendar, behavior chart and reward jar. It was actually quite simple after my visit to the local Wal-Mart and Michaels’ Craft Store.

 

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I used:

  • Dry Erase/Magnetic Calendar Board
  • Fun Neon dry Erase markers
  • craft paper in green, yellow, red and black
  • Silver permanent marker
  • packing tape
  • mini wooden craft sticks
  • magnetic buttons with foam adhesive on one side
  • markers
  • Mason jar
  • sticky letters
  • scissors
  • pom-pom in assorted colors

 

BEHAVIORAL CHART

I used the mason jar lid to trace my circles for the behavioral chart. The stop light system worked so well for Monkey in pre-school…I just added black for a harsher punishment.

Each color was labeled with the silver marker and then secured to the calendar with clear packing tape.

  • Green – “good job!” every day starts off on green
  • yellow – “uh-oh” – time for a chat and short time out…discuss that behavior and how to correct it, what is desired and what is undesired
  • red – “on-no” – consequence based on behavior, this may warrant a longer time-out, spanking, or grounding
  • black – “yikes” – Mr. Sad time, a not so fun spanking that is a last straw. Fortunately my kids are just as intimidated by the idea of Mr. Sad ( wooden spoon with a sad face) than actually receiving Mr. Sad

 

The craft sticks were added to the magnetic buttons and labeled with kiddos names.

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REWARD JAR

A Ball mason jar, found at Michaels’ is what I chose to use as the reward jar. Every evening at bedtime, if the kiddos are still on green a large pom-pom is added to the jar.

Throughout the day, smaller pom-poms are added based on good deeds, being respectful, being nice to each other, etc.

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With my kids ages, 5 and 3, I decided to have them work collaboratively on a jar. When they reach the goal they get to receive a special reward:

  • trip to yogurt shop
  • new DVD
  • mini shopping trip for a new toy
  • other special treats mom and dad can come up with

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So, now that only thing we can do is PRAY that this works.

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Please share your ideas, comments, or questions!

The many sides of Buggy…

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My sweet Buggy…you just never know what you are going to get. One moment she is sweet as pie. Telling me how much she loves me…. give me a kiss mommy, wanting to dress like me or do my hair. Just an angel! In fact if you ask her “what are you?” she will quickly reply, ” an angel”.

 

 

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And then there is this Buggy:

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This is the Buggy that I see most days. This is the one that Monkey and I refer to as “Chucky.” He has no idea the meaning of that, but oh I do! She loves the word NO and LEAVE ME ALONE. I attribute this to the terrible twos.I am soooo hoping that this phase ends quickly!

No matter her mood, the girl is a DIVA. She is constantly having wardrobe changes. She feels most complete with her skirt, heels, crown and a straw (which in her mind is her wand). We spend most days singing Let It Go and I find myself knocking on her door and saying Elsa, are you in there? Wanna build a snowman?

As her mother, I love every single side of her. Many get frustrated and chalk it up to definace. I like to view it as her being a head strong female. She knows what she wants and that will pay off in her future. For the time being, I direct her in the appropriate manner, explain right from wrong, distribute spankings when necessary, and pray A LOT.

We shall see how the Bugs manifests when the new Hill arrives, Lord save some time for me….I may need even more of your guidance!!

 

 

It happened so fast….

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This year went by so incredibly fast. I can’t believe that I have one year of administration under my belt. I have to say…I LOVED every minute of it. Every discipline case, every drama filled story that entered my office, every tear that students shed (I partook in a few) and most of all the laughter that occurred. I attribute all of it to the amazing staff I work with, that I proudly call my friends. Our office staff is full of goofball, silly, hardworking, loving people. I have learned not only the ins and outs of administration from an awesome principal, but I have also learned to laugh at situations (the “cray-crays” as we call them) and to laugh at myself more. I dare you to step into our office and hold back a smile. It’s impossible. We have more fun….productive fun that is, than dare I say any other campus in our district; maybe I’m just a bit biased.

I can say that there seriously has not been one day this year when I have woken and said, or merely thought, ugh, I have to go to work today! It has not happened…and believe me, I have had some humdinger days….cray-cray parents verbally attack me, goofy kids refusing to abide by rules, the never ending ARD meeting, and the awesome world of STAAR.

I attribute my happiness to God. I did my fair share of praying about a fulfilling career. I prayed that I would get a position as an Assistant Principal at my previous district and when that didn’t work out, I was crushed. I thought, what will I do….I can’t leave what I know! What I forgot to do was put my trust in God and know that He knows what I need. My prayers were really being answered and now I see that loud and clear.

Now it is time to enjoy my summer. Prepare to welcome Baby Hill into the world….those are a whole new set of blogs to come, and focus on the fam! It will not be long before I go back to a new set of kiddos and a new adventure in the world of Ninth Graders come August!

Allergies are the devil…but we have learn to conquer them!

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Prior to being introduced to Young Living Essential Oils, my family walked around like zombies in the allergy season. We were all so doped up on meds. NOW: we are conquering our allergies without the use of any over the counter medicines. Being pregnant, this works really well for me.  I would love to take you on a little journey of our daily regimen of oiling up.

5:45am – I am up! Earl Grey Tea made with a drop of lemon and a drop of Thieves to help boost immunity and protect me from all the yuk in the air

6am – showered and ready for my own concoction. I use a trio of Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender with Almond Oil ( 2 drops each) applied to chest and throat as well as  apply Joy behind my ears for an uplifting sense.

630am – KIDS are UP!!!! Chocolate Almond Milk in cups…kiddos watching cartoons and Thieves and Lemon in the diffuser.

7am – ready to get kids dressed, Almond Oil and a drop of Thieves and Lemon on the kids feet and lavender on their spines…..they are ready to conquer the day. If Buggy seems fussy, Peace and Calming is applied to her chest and Monkey gets a dab of Valor on his for courage to conquer the day, which is also great at night for dealing with monsters in closets or under beds!

We proceed through the day. When my day gets hectic, I run some Stress Away on my wrist for a calming effect. My co-workers know where it’s at and are free to use if the need arises. Working with 500 14-15 year olds, there is always a need for Stress Away!

At night, we repeat the same procedures we have in the morning. 30 minutes prior to each of our bed times, I diffuse Peace and Calming for a restful night sleep.

I am convinced….my husband is sold….and my kids LOVE the fact they do not have to taste anymore yucky medicine!  A huge shout out to Young Living and their amazing oils!

Disclaimer: I am only just a normal girl. I am not a doctor. I share what works with my family. Check out the tab “YOUNG LIVING ROCKS” for order details!

There is no such thing as destiny….

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There is no such thing as destiny.

Life really is what you make it.

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In life, you must learn to love  yourself as much as you love others.                                                                         

I literally have this conversation about 100 times a week. As an assistant principal, I talk to young adults on a daily basis. Most conversations revolve around the fact that a bad judgement occurred….gossip, cheating, disrespect, fighting, etc. The root of ALL the conversations is….what are YOU doing that is right? Are YOU making smart choices? Most of the times they realize that they are in deed making bad choices. I always end the conversation with, “you are not a bad kid, you are just making bad choices. I love you and start making wise choices.” I usually get an “OK Mrs.” or “I’ll do better”. It’s the days when I get an “I love you too Mrs.” or a “thank you” and a hug….those are the days that I know I have made a difference.

Looking at my own life and reflecting, I don’t always make the right choices. I try to take my own advice. I really don’t believe in destiny, I do believe that I am responsible for my actions and the repercussions of what I do. Albeit macabre, I often think about what do I want said at my funeral. I, of course  want to be known as a good wife and mom, but more importantly, I want to be known as someone who made a difference in the lives I encountered. I do my best to treat people like I want to be treated. I raise my children with the idea of being good. I believe in karma. I know that some of the choices I have made will come back and bite me. I have to accept that and try to do better. Love is in my heart. I show it to many people in different ways. Offering help when one needs it, listening to a friend, being kind when others are not, accepting of those that are different.

Buddha said, “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?” Don’t just talk a big game….act it out. How do you act it out in your life?

flowers…

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Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. 

I came across this quote and it rings so true to me.

 

It happens so fast. Without proper care…or with over caring, flowers wilt. They just do. Something so beautiful can go away so quickly. Maybe it was their time…or maybe with more care they will return. It is out of your hands. Sit back and enjoy the beauty of flowers while they are in full blossom.

 

Words and Actions

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Words are powerful. They can be helpful or hurtful. They can be misconstrued and twisted in ways in which they were not intended. They can be passionate. They can convey love and admiration. Use them wisely. Use them with caution. Make them come from your heart.

Actions are mighty. They show strength or weakness. They can demonstrate one’s emotions or mask them quite well. Actions don’t always speak louder than words and yet sometimes they scream them.

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It was up for serious debate….

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After serious contemplation of deleting my blog completely, I decided otherwise. Not because of the idea that people are reading it…which I HOPE someone out there is. BUT for the actual avenue of thought. I realized last night that I miss writing. I have not written on my blog since this summer, my last published article was almost a year ago, and I have not made any additions to the book I am currently trying to write in who knows how long.  Laying in bed last night I realized that I put a lot of stuff in life above my joy of writing. New career, being a mom, being a wife, being a whatever, being a friend….it all has taken precedent over just being ME.

Over the past few months I have done a great deal of soul-searching, realization and discovery. I have a different way of thinking and believing now. I do plan on verbally discovering myself through this media…typing out loud, if you will. Some will love it, some will not understand, and some may even look at me differently because of it, and some may even learn something new.  I am realizing that I cannot please everyone. I can live and love in the now. Be a better person. Take care of myself and those that I love.

It is no longer about what people have tried to tell me and make me believe, just because it’s what is perceived as right by the masses. It is what I am learning and discovering. It is what puts my heart at peace. Some subjects may be sensitive, some may be gentle, and some may just be me rambling.

This is a new work in progress. I hope you enjoy. I hope that my love and light shines through. I hope that if you are resistant to new ideas, new thoughts…that you will open your mind and heart and at least just read.

And finally, I hope you comment. Conversations are good for the heart. Challenge me! Enlighten me! Be enlightened!

It’s becoming an obsession…

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Hi my name is Ammie and I am addicted to all things vampire. Yes, I have read all the Twilight series…umm some more than once. I seek out Sunday nights…True Blood of course. And currently, my latest obsession is the House of Night Series. I just finish book 8 in less than 2.5 months. I have to admit…the HoN series is better in my opinion than 50 Shades.

I don’t know what it is about them that make it all so appealing. Trust me when I say that twinkling skin, super fast running and pale skin does NOT entice me.

I would have to say that the love stories (and wow…does the House of Night have love stories) involved within each of these series definitely are intriguing. The heroic studdly/beautiful vamps swoops in…hehe….. And depending on the series…saves the lady/friend/man/etc….

So now….my debate do I stop at book 8 and start something or continuing hmmm…feeding this obsession???

Nah….who am I kidding…book 9 is downloading now!

It’s that time of the year….

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Stress

Churning in my stomach

Sleepless nights

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YEP…it’s testing season. And those are just the emotions I am feeling. I can not begin to imagine what my Freshman are going through. In the next two weeks, my sweet baby Freshman will have to recall EVERYTHING they have learned (or were suppossed to learn) not only for my class, but for 2 other classes.

When did the value of education get reduced to the performance on a test on a single day.

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It’s so easy for them

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My heart swells with pride watching my children enjoy life. I hope to be a student of them as much as they are a student of me.

My daughter says hello to every one that passes by…everyone. It doesn’t matter if we are on foot or in a car. She is waving and saying hello. I absolutely love and admire her unconditional acceptance of people. As adults, I wish we all had more of that. It seems that our environment and experiences make us hesitant to embrace those who are different. I want that back!!!

My son…he can enter a new environment, be it a soccer field, school classroom or a mall playground and make instant friends. His imagination is limitless. He and a boy he met at the playground last night played for a solid 30 minutes and their imagination was incredible. They didn’t care who was around or who overheard their elaborate scheme. They just played. I want that back!!!

I love spending time with my kids and understanding that they can teach me sometimes more than I can teach them….at just at the right time.

I am better off without you

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I am not at all saying that there is nothing positive in my life. I am surrounded by it.  However, I am also exhausted with the negative parts in my life. Negative actions, negative words, and negative attitudes (mine definitely included). Therefore, I am on a quest to banish them forever.  Negativity….I am better off without you!

My sense of self will be the hardest to conquer. I have a great facade going on. I pretend that I am content with myself, but that would be an injustice. That would allude to the fact that I am done growing (physically, spiritually, and emotionally). There is always room for improvement and growth.

The negative, judgmental part of my being has to go away also. I try to be very unbiased and non-judgmental, however, human nature and inherent sin make it so easy. This is a part that needs constant attention.

Another difficulty will be people’s perception of the new real me I am so desperately needing to find. My activities will change. My outlook on myself and others will change and my perception of the world will change. I am hoping and praying that this will all be viewed as positive, however, there is no one that I need approval from except God and myself.

So…here’s to a new ME….better lifestyle, healthier living, positive attitude, non-judgmental and happier. If you see me and I am not doing this…call me out nicely. Accountability in numbers.

love peace happiness

~Namaste

Stop…

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Stop…breathe…take notice of all that is around you. You are surrounded by beautiful moments.

Look at the beauty that is in the smallest thing. The colors of the sky as the sun makes its way into the horizon. The blooms that are appearing in the trees. The toothy grin of a child.

Listen to your surroundings. The wind whipping through the yard. The sounds of children playing. The lyrics of the perfect song played at the perfect moment. The sound of “I love you” by someone who truly means it.

Feel the warmth of the sun as you talk a much needed walk. The tight embrace of a dear friend. The cool side of the pillow when you turn it over at just the right moment.

Taste the coolness of an iced tea on a hot day. The saltiness of tears streaming down your face. The boldness of a glass of merlot after a long day.

Smell of  freshly baked goodies. The smell of campfire. The smell of rain. The smell of a freshly bathed body.

It is everywhere. Beauty…often unnoticed and usually underrated. All created by the Supreme Being and for whom I give the highest credit.

Namaste

It’s the best medicine…

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Monkey thinking he is hilarious in his sister’s onesie… that’s my boy!

It should happen more often.
I need more of it in life.
I just need to make myself relax and let it happen.

LAUGHTER!!!

Yesterday, because of a pure Freudian slip that I do not wish to expand on (let’s just say it involved roosters, the BBC and falling down in the fetal position), I experienced the biggest deep down, out loud, earth-shaking laugh. It had been a while since I have one of that caliber. The feeling right after a great laugh is amazing. I swear I felt years come off right then and there…and it has to be an ab workout, RIGHT????

I have to find more to laugh about. I get so wrapped up in daily routine that I forget to just laugh.

When and what was the last time you really laughed out loud?

It’s time to get ready…are you ready???

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Are you ready for the summer? It is right around the corner. Shorts, tanks and bathing suits are in your future. Are you ready?

If your answer is no…I can help. Advocare’s 24 Day Challenge is affordable, effective and with my help – VERY user-friendly. I can’t wait to help!!!!

Advocare has launched a new website (click here) to help those with the challenge. It is very user-friendly. The phases ae broken down with helpful instructions and tips.

I can help you or your loved ones achieve the weight loss and energy level you desire.

Don’t wait any longer. Contact me for details:
ammiehill@gmail.com
www.advocare.com/111111008

I have no one else to blame but me.

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A friend was recently telling me about the ideas and premise of Tony Robbins, the motivational and life coach. Robbins explains that YOU are in charge of YOUR OWN outcome. If you are sad, you and only you have the ability to make you happy again. It is your choice…your decision… and ultimately the outcome is based on you.

This has had me really thinking lately. I have no one else to blame for my down days except me. I am in control of my actions and reactions. That is why I have started paying attention to little details in my daily life that ultimately make a big difference.

– I have always liked the idea of working out in the morning because a.) you burn more calories throughout the day and b.) life gets too hectic when everyone else in the house is up and going. Therefore, this entire week I have worked out in the morning….no excuses. The alarm goes off, I snooze for 5 more minutes and then I am up and out the door to the gym. I have felt great this week!!! It was my choice!

– Kids will be kids. After working with precious teenagers all week, often times I come home with very little patience. I have tried to maintain composure, not get overly upset at the mistakes my own babies make. I am trying to verbal discuss Monkey’s wrong choices without raising my voice (this is one I still need a bit more practice on). Just Breathe!!

– Just because the hubs doesn’t do every little romantic thing I have conjured up in my mind, doesn’t mean he isn’t showing my his love in his own way. I don’t need a dozen rose petals laid out across the bed, I don’t need a poem detailing his love (ok…maybe bad examples…those are all cheesy in my book!) I am completely thrilled when he rinses off all the dishes in the sink and leaves them to be put in the dishwasher…that is another piece of love…he knows that I am uber anal-retentive with my dishwasher space…JUST LET ME DO IT!!!!

I am in control of my emotions. I am in control of pain and pleasure. I am the sayer of what I want to do. I know that there are consequences and rewards for things I do or choose not to do. I am loving the fact that I am in this state of realization. I know that God is not going to give me anything that I can not handle. His faith in me and mine in Him has more power than anything else.

How do you get through life’s daily trials and tribulations?

Living in an instant world…

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Anywhere at anytime anyone can log on to a multitude of sites and find answers to questions, order take out, check on movie times or check the weather in a different state. Life is so fast paced.

If I can find out all that information out at the click of a button, what can others find out about me?

Facebook makes me nervous with all the “checking in” and status updates. The new way the News feed is set up, my friend’s friend can tell if I am home, what status I am currently liking, or who I am with.

I am not saying that all technology is bad. In fact, I love the idea of laying in bed reading my ebook or catching up on the latest episode of Girls….which by the way is AMAZING!!!!

I like that I can post pics of my kiddos on instagram and that my family can keep track of them. I like that I can track my fitness and nutrition on MyFitnessPal.

Hell, I am a blog writer…of course I rely on technology. What I ask myself daily is, where is the limit? How much is too much technology?

With all that said, I often wish for simpler times but it is what it is….Are we letting our lives virtually fly by too fast?

Shout out to my coaches

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For those of you that are blessed to have a coach in your life, this is for you.
For those that are coaches, this is a huge thank you.
For those that don’t understand the role or duty of a coach, I hope this sheds some light.

As a wife of a coach I have come to understand the reason, want and need for these men and women to get into this field. It’s not just about having a love for sports, although that helps. It’s not just about knowing the game, even though that is beneficial. It truly is about passion. Passion for the game…passion for the competition…passion for the kids. I have never seen a group of people have more love, compassion, and high expectations for kids than coaches.

Some have no idea what it takes, or what these individuals do (and sacrifice) for their profession.

~ The hours the coaches put in are crazy. They are usually the first people at school and the last to leave. Their cars are the ones up at the gym on Saturdays and Sundays. I honestly can say coaches sleep a fraction of the time they are breathing. The rest of the time, especially when in season, is spent working or thinking about work, or many times worrying about their athletes. Are they passing classes? Are they behaving? Are they staying out of trouble on the weekends?

~Coaches are a second set of parents to our young men and women. As educators and coaches, they see kids more hours during the day then the athletes’ own parents. They walk the halls making sure the kids are behaving, passing classes and maintaining that level of expectations set forth by their code of conduct.

~sacrifice. This is one thing coaches and their love owns have to accept. They sacrifice the time with their own family. Many times my husband does not see his kids to bed because of the hours he puts in. Often he gets home after dinner and has little time with them before bed. Honestly I struggle with this, but I know in my heart that what he does is making huge differences in the young men he is coaching.

I learn something new everyday from the coaches that I have in my life. I not only have a husband in the profession but some of my best friends are coaches. It’s not just the thrill of the win that makes what they do satisfying (although that is always nice). It’s more than that. Watching their athletes grow as people. Watching them understand rules, expectations and duty. Teaching them how to make sacrifices for the team. And at the end of the season looking back and seeing their own sacrifices were all worth it. Win or lose.

Jason, Michelle, Billy, Lisa, AC, Tiffany, Randy, John, Ben, Marty, Steve, Staci, Mark, and the many more that I am blessed to know…this is for you. Thank you.

Have you thanked a coach today?

Balsamic chickpeas and couscous

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Delicious and easy!!!! I have made the balsamic chickpeas before and put them in a salad, as well as, ate them as a snack.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Can of chickpeas…rinsed and drained –> set aside

Whisk together in a small bowl:
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp basil dried
1/2 tsp oregano dried
1/2 tsp thyme dried
1/2 tsp rosemary dried
1 tsp salt…I use sea salt

Add in chickpeas and toss

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Place coated chickpeas on lined baking sheet and cook for 30-40 mins. Stir 1/2 way during cooking.

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I put this batch with garlic couscous and feta cheese. Delicious!!!!

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Rules of parenting…whatever!

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So I am sure there are so many unwritten rules of parenting. They have been passed down through the years, generation after generation. Well…in my house, these rules are meant to be broken.

1. No throwing things in the house!!!!  I have to say that we definitely do not follow this rule. My husband and my son are constantly throwing a football or basketball. I did however draw the line at no golf clubs in the house and no punting. The rest is a free for all. One of the greatest laughs is watching Monkey go for a long pass, run it in for a touchdown, spike it and then show off his latest touchdown dance! My husband is always practicing his latest trick shot that banks off the high walls…off his head…and into the basket. Of course Monkey has to follow suit and attempt it. AND….the only person to have broken anything knock on wood, is ME!!!! I attempted one of the hubs’ trick shot and hit the lampshade….cracking it. OOPS!!!!  I did mention this all takes place in my living room right???

2. No staying up late!!! This rule has to be broken for us to have quality time together. Whoever thought working in education meant getting off at 3:30 is sadly mistaken. My schedule usually has me getting out of school on most days at 4:30 and depending on games it maybe close to 9 before I leave….at night! My hubs coaches and that is a crazy hectic schedule all in itself! The average time home is between 6 and 7pm. Buggy gets about an hour with him and it kills him. So being the awesome mom I am, Monkey gets to stay up and play with Dad. Bed time at our place is about 9. He maybe a bit cranky but being able to spend time with his dad outweighs the negatives!

3. So his socks don’t match…so what! At least he is dressed and he did it himself. I don’t think mismatched socks is the end of the world. Life goes on and he is proud of his accomplishment!

4. Yep, my kids watch TV…and OMG he watches it falling asleep  I monitor the programs my kids watch and I make sure that there is an educational purpose behind each and every one of them…but I let them watch it and I do use it as a babysitter during certain times. I am pretty sure a good dose of Wild Kratts or Special Agent Oso will not hurt while I make dinner, do the laundry or have a moment of me time!!!  AND YES!!! my son watches tv every night while he falls asleep. Hey moms…get a tv with a sleep timer on it. He has 30 mins and then lights out. I have had no issues and he knows that when show goes off…its time to go to bed, if he isn’t asleep before that.

5. Bath times don’t occur daily! I have to admit it…there have been times when I could not remember when I gave my kids a bath. I know that it had been in the past week…maybe week and a half. OOPS…what mom/dad out there has not experienced that??? If you say you haven’t QUIT  LYING!!!! As they are getting older…play harder…and eat messier food –  independently (food in hair) I have been more diligent about bath times. Let’s face it, you have worked hard, exhausted, dinner cooked, kitchen cleaned and all you want is to sit on the couch and relax….that extra 15-20 minutes of bath time is just something that can be put off until tomorrow!

Moms and dads…rules are meant to be broken!!!

Which rules are you guilty of breaking????

It’s not me…it’s you.

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Dear Facebook,

I feel that our time together is getting bothersome and irritating. It’s not me…it’s you. I am exhausted with the many ads, likes and CRAP! I really do not care if my “friend” likes a particular shoe brand…fastfood chain…or Bible verse of the day. I am done seeing the latest gripe about someone’s parents, spouse, child,  day, etc…

I plan on keeping you around for a bit…using you, if you will. I need to for the simple fact that I would like my pictures to still be accessible. Also, I plan on using you a bit more so that I have people’s contact info if needed. I however, will not be posting anymore status updates, on purpose that it. Some of my other apps may post. I know that this may cause you to miss me but it is just better this way.

For all of our mutual friends….you can reach me at my Twitter account @normalgirltales    or instagram – ammiehill   or email – ammiehill@gmail.com

 

Please do not send me emails, I am done with our relationship! You have been erased from my apps and my desktop. I hope you understand!

 

Sincerely,

Ammie

It’s in his blood

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Ever since the day he was born, my son has had a basketball in close proximity. As he grew he has had adjustable goals perfect for whatever stage he was in during his life.

As a coach’s son it only makes sense that he practices all the time. In fact there is at least one type of sports ball flying through my living room every night. Of course, it’s only fitting that the only one who has ever broken anything was me…go figure!!!

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This very evening, as I sit here and type, I am watching my son mimic plays his daddy shows him on the television. ESPN or FSSW is blaring on the tv and in any given minute Monkey yells ” whoa Dad, did you see that” or “yeah baby” then ball in hand, he mirrors the player’s moves and executes with perfection, this coming from his mom, yet so true!

Recently, I have signed him up for his first year in organized sports and my heart feels as if is going to burst with pride. It’s in his blood….the competition, the playing and practicing until he is past exhaustion. I see no video games in his future. He is all about the action. He is all about the feeling of a basketball or football or club in his hand.

I am ready for many years of sports. And it may be too soon to tell, but Bugs is quickly following in her brother’s footsteps!

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The beauty of the normal

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Days like today hold such a precious place in my heart. There was nothing spectacular or fancy about the days events…they were actually quite…normal. I did have the day off of work, so I was able to spend the whole day with my kids. We got up, hung out at the house for the morning then loaded up and headed to our fave chicken eatery with the indoor playground.

The older my kids get, the better they are at playing together. Monkey coaxed Bugs up the playground and then they took turns sliding down the slide. Up, down, repeat… for about an hour.

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When I suggested lunch, there was no arguing or whining. They both let me put their shoes on and we ate. When it was time to leave, there was very little whining and we left.

Nap time/quiet time went perfectly. Daddy came home and took the kids to play while I had a beautiful run in the great weather. Dinner made, ate, family time, baths and bedtime.

The reason I explained this day is because it really was not anything extravagant. There was no huge surprises nor was a ton of money spent.

We all had a very normal day but at the end I feel more blessed today than I have in a long time. I do believe that I am beginning to focus on the beauty of the normal. Everyday playing out as it should. Recognizing that a normal day can be just as special as something elaborately planned out.

Not sure what I would do without him.

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The more days, months, years that pass by; the more I realize how much I love him. He is my best friend.  Not sure what I would do without him.

There are so many times that I look at him and realize that I was made for him. He has taught me how to be a better me. He has taught me how to love and how to be loved. I realize that I am not perfect, but in his eyes, I am. Not sure what I would do without him.

He sees me for the wife, mother and woman I am and constantly tells me how he loves me. There are so many times when life is hectic and overbearing, but he makes it a point to show me that I am a top priority. I am not sure what I would do without him.

He has let me grow, make mistakes, forgives me and changes with me. He has become the most amazing father and I have fallen in love with him all over again. Not sure what I would do without him.

I have discovered some of my old friends

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My husband and family often laugh at me when I refer to my books as my friends. My favorites I tend to hang on to and revisit. Just today at lunch, some colleagues of mine and I were talking about some of our favorite books of all time and I started reminiscing about my old friends. So I am going to try to list some of my all time favorite books and why. These are in no particular order, hell just narrowing them down to this list was difficult enough.

  • The Great Gatsby – as an American history teacher and lover, this book encompassed one of my favorite decades. Fitzgerald did an amazing job portraying lust, love, deception, crime and history all in one entertaining novel.
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck’s first novel and my favorite of his. The retelling of the Book of Genesis set at the turn of the 20th century. I can’t rave enough about this novel. I have just picked it up to re-read!!!
  • Wuthering Heights – I have a love/hate with Heathcliff and I think you will agree if when you read it.  Emily Bronte’s The romance and complexity between Catherine and Heathcliff is at times too intense to read. I LOVE IT
  • Pride and Prejudice – I think I fell in love with Mr. Darcy my freshman year in college when I first read this book. There is just something mysterious and lovely about him. The relationship he and Elizabeth share is so unnerving at times. This novel makes me feel that the courtship style dating needs to return to modern days.
  • Same Kind of Difference as Me – I think this book taught me how to be a better person. How to not look at someone and assume I know what type of person they are. This story of two complete opposites building a unique unexpected friendship, is one of the most beautiful stories I have EVER read. I had to put the book down many times because I couldn’t read through the tears.

I have so many more that I could go on forever…this is just a glimpse.

PLEASE share your faves!!!!

Portabella pizza…yummy and VERY low cal!!!

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I found a delicious recipe that I just had to try tonight. Luckily a trip to the grocery store was in the plan this evening so I was able to grab all that I needed:
– portabella mushroom caps (stem removed, and washed)
– raw spinach leaves
– spaghetti sauce
– shredded cheese (I used mozzarella)
-Italian seasonings
-ground black pepper

I arranged the ingredients in order, as listed above, on a foil lined cookie sheet.

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Place in a 400 degrees preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Because mushrooms hold water, be aware that when cooked they will release the water. I just take them off cookie sheet as soon as I take them out of oven.

Enjoy!!!!

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MyFitnessPal food diary calculated this to be between 65-100 calories per cap depending on the size!

Please share any variations you do!

My bloatation device is secure….

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URGHHHHHHH. Ladies you can all feel my pain. It sucks being a woman during certain times.

The time is now! I eat good. I am active and once a month a new appendage is added to my body for about a week. I like to call it my bloatation device. This disgusting certain swelling graces me with its presence at all the wrong times.

It’s chilly outside and I would love to wear this cute mohair sweater but NOPE currently it looks as if I am 4 months preggers.

This adorable wrap dress would be perfect in this weather but NOPE bloaty bloaterson here can’t do that either!

Just started my 24 Day Challenge and what a spokesperson I am this week. Disclaimer….despite my current body shape I really am losing lbs!!!!

Sorry just had to get that off my stomach…I mean chest! (damn, why can’t that swell instead monthly????)

Take the time to just breathe

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Life is so full…well, mine is anyhow.  I am learning how to not put too much on my plate, but I continually struggle with this.

I am a wife to a coach, we have two toddler children, full-time job, blogger, free-lance writer, friend, daughter…the list goes on.

This past week I came down with the flu and I had to learn to just be content with lying there…and trying to breathe.

My inner self was saying, YOU NEED TO GET UP AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY WOMAN! and my body was saying PLEASE JUST RELAX.

When it came down to it, I sided with my body…at least for a day or two.

Life teaches us lessons everyday if you just let it. I now understand that the world will not crumble if the dishes are not done, kids are not bathed that night or dinner is take out instead of home cooked.

What does matter is that I take notice of life occurences that are happening all around. Don’t take the sunlight and its warmth for granted. Enjoy every giggle and every tear your  child makes. The kiss of your spouse is magical. A friendly hello is always welcoming. The smell of coffee (and wine) is enticing!

Life is good…it’s all about how you perceive it.

~Namaste

Why? Will we ever know…

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I know that the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy is on everyone’s mind. This morning it was on the news and mentioned on several of the radio stations I listen to in the morning. The victims were honored at a memorial last night and many of the children were being buried today.

As a member of the education world and a mom, I feel like I am affected by this times 2. I try not to watch or read too much because the senseless event breaks my heart too much; however, I feel like I need to stay attuned to the details because I too am an employee of a school system who is not immune to such tragedies.

I sit here and wonder what in life is so terrible that a person had to open fire on children and adults…but seriously…children. What purpose is there in killing a group of 6 and 7 year olds. What makes me even angrier is that the man took his own life and we may never know the answers to questions.

Moms hug your children extra tight tonight. Spend a little extra time with them. Teachers and administrators….spend some time making sure your campus is up to date with lock down information, drills and safety precautions.

I pray for the parents, family and friends of all those victims. The courageous heroes that died protecting their students and the innocence taken.

12/12/12…and #100

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How fitting that today I posted my 100th post!!!! Perfect timing!!!!

 

This is definitely a day that will go down in history. For the past 12 years we have had a day that all 3 numbers (month/day/year) have been the same..ie. 01/01/01, 02/02/02…ok you get the drift. This will be the last day like this for the next 88 years. The next will fall on 01/01/2101….CRAZY!

I hope to make this a special day by doing something small yet memorable. Taking time to visit with my family…get the kids bundled up and ride around looking at Christmas lights in the neighborhood.  Spend some extra time with my children at bedtime…read an extra story. Put the kids to bed and spend some quality time with the hubs!

So many children being born, people getting engaged/married, events taking place that will not be forgotten.

The event doesn’t have to be extravagant…the memories you make just need to be purposeful and special.

What did you do today to make it special? Share via comments!

A definite awe factor….

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This is the view that I saw this morning as I made my drive in to work. As I drove, I could not help but realize the role we as humans play on this earth. I know to some it may seem menial but my perception tells me otherwise. I feel that I can make my mark and leave a positive impression on those around me…or at least try.

This image takes me back to a video clip that our ministry team showed at church one Sunday. The Awe Factor of God shows just how magnificent He is in His creation. The magnitude of space is indescribable.

I had a serious discussion with a student just yesterday. He came in to the office, sat down and asked me some deep, spiritual questions and I found myself having a difficult time explaining my thoughts. I know what I feel and what I believe but vocalizing those thoughts was hard. The main question he asked me and it has stuck with me is “if in the end we are all we have left, then why does everything else matter?”  WOW….I honestly could not find a way to answer that. I know how I feel but putting those thoughts into words has been a challenge and a constant thought on my mind since our conversation.

How would you have answered the student’s question?

It’s already starting….

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I can do it myself, Mom….

The words every mother is happy to hear and dreads at the same time.

Getting dressed

Filling his cup with water

Brushing his teeth

Buckling his seat belt

It has been my job as the primary caretaker to do everything for my children. Now Monkey feels the need to be independent…sniff sniff (luckily Buggy is still VERY dependent on mom)

I know…I know…this is what I have been teaching him for the past 3 years but my heart sinks a bit more every time those  words come out of his mouth.

As we were having cuddle time last night I asked him if he will always need his mommy and to my delight, he said YES!!!!

Did you do it today?

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This was the coolest day today! I took the day off to take care of some mommy duties….doctor and dentist appointments. I purposely made them today so that I could have the day off to VOTE. I get very excited to be able to vote and I wanted to share the experience with little Monkey so….he came with me.

We pulled up at the polling place and I got him super excite about the whole process. We walked in and he handed the clerk my license with a big smile on his face. To his excitement, the voting process was all electronic. I choose the candidates and he got to select “next” on each page…which he was quite excited about.

What made me super proud was when he told his ex-teacher that he just voted, while he was donning his “I voted” sticker.

Proud momma moment here!

Some people

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There are those people that are meant to be in one’s life. The more I live, the more I realize that. God put some in my life to teach me patience.
Some are there to show me compassion.
Others just to show me love.
And then there are people that show me realness.
What I love are the ones that know how to make me laugh and love me for ME!

Join the next challenge!

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Please pass along to anyone who may be interested!!!!

October 22nd is the day that will change your life! That is the first day

of the 24 Day “I’m going to be a brand new me by  Thanksgiving” Challenge! *

*Did you know the average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 6-8 lbs???    I say,
let’s strive to lose that and more in this challenge.

**A $50 cash prize and 2 bottles of OmegaPlex will be awarded to the person with the highest percentage of weight loss

**A $50 cash prize and 2 bottles of OmegaPlex will be awarded to the person
with the highest number of inches lost****MUST have a total of 10 participants in order to award prizes…call your
family, friends, neighbors, strangers…whom ever!!!
In case of a tie, a random drawing will award the winner.
IF the number of participants doubles….so do the awards winnings!!!!!
Contact me today! Previous challenge participants and distributors are more
than welcome to join again!If there are questions…message me…comment…or check out my webpage here..contact me!May the biggest loser win!!!!

*Orders must be placed by Friday, October 19th (recommended 2 day shipping)

In order to receive product in time to begin on Monday, October 22nd. Any
orders placed AFTER October 19th can still participate, as long as product
is OVERNIGHTED and you receive it in time for the October 22nd start date!
Email your before and after photo, starting weight and starting inches
(waist, hips, chest, neck, upper arm, thighs and shoulders) to
ammiehill@gmail.com NO LATER THAN Sunday, October 21st at midnight!
WE MUST HAVE 10 participants in order to award prizes, so invite your friends! *

And the award goes to….

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ME!!!! It’s ME!!!  I won!!!

I found out that I am known as the MEANEST teacher in the high school. I can not tell you how happy that makes me.  OKAY OKAY…let me explain.

The upper classmen have told the freshmen that I am the meanest and hardest teacher…little do they know that I actually love every single one of them. I just have high expectations. Such as

NO you may not use a pencil in my class….use pen. Be confident in what you write. Make it legible and stand by it.

NO you may not say what  and yeah in my class…you may say excuse me  and yes ma’am. get use to being polite. It is what society expects.

NO you may not say ugly words in my class such as suck, hate, shut up…I loathe those words…increase your vocabulary.

NO I do not allow you to sleep in my class…what I am saying is important and rudeness is not tolerated.

YES you may have snacks in my room…I understand that you are growing teenagers and I have no idea if you ate dinner last night or breakfast this morning…just clean up after yourself…and try and make it a healthy snack!

YES I understand that you also have a life and responsibilities outside of Room 102…talk to me, I am human and I understand that you may not have finished your homework last night because you had to babysit…AGAIN.

YES I care about you…I want you to succeed and become a contributing member to society.

Little so they know that I do care and all of my meanness will be understood later in life.

Thankful Thursday ~ L.O.V.E.

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There is a big joke in my family. Ammie LOVES everything. My brother-in-law always teases me; if I am really excited about something, the words you will LOVE it always passes my lips. But the truth is…I DO LOVE … A LOT!

L – Laughter – The laughter in my world is amazing. My laughter, my kids, my friends and my family. I have one of those laughs that is loud and deep in my belly. It feels good to laugh so hard that tears stream down my face.  My kids and their antics are hilarious. The words that come out of my son’s mouth are classic. I REALLY should keep a journal of his new sayings! Life is meant to be loved.

O – Observation – Just being still and observing life and the love that is all around. One of my intentions nearly everyday is to just be still and observe. Life is meant to be loved.

V – Vivacious – I love being lively in spirit. It is very rarely that I get and stay in a bad mood. I am human, I get upset, but I get over it. There is only a  certain number of minutes in my life that I get to spend with my friends and family. It would not be fair to my children and my husband if I were to be in a foul mood the majority of the time. I PREFER to see the glass as half full all the time! Life is meant to be loved!

E – Espresso – hahaha….coffee, along with the other fine things in life is supposed to be enjoyed. I tried to give it up…then I asked myself WHY???? Why would I deprive myself of the riches of coffee, or wine, or delicious food smothered in butter???? I have learned the importance of quanitity….not deprivation. Life is meant to be loved.

Love what you see. Love who you are. Love those around you.

~Namaste~

What is it about life that you truly love?