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Rainy day. What would your inner child do?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It looks like rain for the rest of this week.

(prayer request-please put out a prayer for NO RAIN on Saturday here in the city of Cincinnati. We have a HUGE Bless this city event planned. 300 projects, 5300 people, helping non-profits. We would really like to work in a dry environment. Thanks)

Back to my blog. So, rain. I watch children, ages range from 1 year to 8 years. I will have a 1 year old, a 3 year old and a 5 year old for the day today. Got any fun, indoor ideas??? Draw from you inner child. What kinds of stuff did you like to do on a dreary rainy day? Crafts? Active indoor fun? Imaginative stuff?

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JUSTMISHY 5/11/2010 1:02PM

    Indoor blanket tent for camping complete with a flashlight covered in red tissue for the "campfire", microwave smores, going on a bear hunt game, stories.
Block towers, baking cookies. Make "dirt" playdough...regular playdoh with dried coffee grounds added (no other colour) to drive cars and play dinosaurs on.
If you have a bread machine, make a batch of dough and let the kids glop, roll and form their own "bread" decorate with raisins etc and bake. They may or may not eat it but fun!
Toilet paper roll caterpillars etc.
Rice in a large container and bury small toys for them to find. Can also use beans etc.
My favourite is bundle up and discover a rainy day. Sidewalk chalk is awesome when wet, gets all bright and smeary.
Hope you have an AWESOME rainy day with no whining!

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CAALAN23 5/11/2010 11:54AM

    Favorite thing ever? Indoor fort. We got all kinds of old sheets, kitchen chair, furniture, couch cushions and huddled into that massive mish mash and had all kinds of conversations. :) Awww, good times.

We also loved to make paper boats and float them in puddles.

We made "stained glass" decorations with wax paper and crayon shavings. Fun fun!

Omg. I just read buggirl's and I so want to do indoor bowling like right NOW! LOL! That sounds fun!


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DIXIED88 5/11/2010 11:44AM

    Music day! Look up on the internet (or if you already know a bunch) a bunch of kiddo songs and sing! Do activites that relate to the songs. Make "curds and whey" cottage cheese for lunch and spiders out of pipe cleaners. Roll around being the wheels on the bus and jump up and down to be the people on the bus.

Puddle jumping! Must have parents bring extra clothes but go out and enjoy the rain. Teach them how the rain helps the flowers and the trees. Talk about how the water goes back into the sky and then becomes rain again. Jump in puddles and enjoy the splash! Mud pies? ;0) Take toy boats outside and sail across the "ocean". Then come inside to read a book about a land far away (that maybe your boat found on it's journey's).

Make a fort. Either make one big fort for all or allow them to make smaller forts. Then play store, house, car shop, resturant, and town with all the different forts.

Story time. This works better for a little older kids but the small ones sometimes have the best stories! Have each child make up a story and draw a picture for it. Allow them to get crazy with the craft supplies! Then have them each stand up and tell their story and show their picture. Ooooh and Ahhh when needed. emoticon

Inside bowling. Use empty containers and a ball. You could even let them decorate the containers and then have a round of bowling.

Hope this helps!! Have fun and they will too!

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    Here a few of my favorite things:

big box to color on and play in

noodle art. dye noodles in zip lock bags with a food coloring and alcohol or vinegar then glue to paper or string them

tear colored tissue paper, dilute glue with water, brush the tissue paper with glue to decorate the bottom of glass plates, old vases, old candle holders etc.

If I think I've more I'll be back!

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weekend update

Monday, May 10, 2010


I worked out bright and early in the am. Then I went to woman's study all about discerning the voice of God. I met some super cool ladies and am looking forward to this weekly study. Then I went to lunch with a friend and ended up hanging out with her for the afternoon. Fun! I am so proud of myself--my weekend challenge was to clean the bathroom, but I did one better. I made my darling daughter clean the bathroom! No way momma was doing it on Mother's Day weekend!

Sat evening I took DD to church and then she decides to confess that she has a science project she must turn in on Monday or face detention. The project was due last Friday. Umm, can you say pissed? Someone is grounded from her precious DSi until school is over. She half-efforted a project, ended up staying up all night to mark observations and I still made her get up and do Mother's Day stuff with me. Grrrr, that girl.


Went out to lunch with BF's family, Local tex-mex restaurant. Delicious. I know I did not have my fabulous, fit, forty mantra going through my head while I was there. Lunch is actually all I had yesterday.

Then I got hanging baskets bought for me by BF. And he even bought a potted freesia for my Mommy (it smells so good). I went and visited her. I made her a spectacular card. I found a poem I just loved and hand wrote it on the inside. Wish I had thought to get a picture of it... Oh well. She loved it! My step-father was all like, Jenn, you say the most thoughtful things. Made me happy. (I always feel a sense of guilt over not having funds to "treat" my Mom to meals out, or a spa day, or even a movie. But my Mom and I have never been the "go out" types. We enjoy each others company without fan fare.

My belly is a bit achy from the rich food yesterday. I plan to eat healthy today and flush myself out with plenty of water and a good workout.

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BUTTERCUP76 5/10/2010 12:46PM

    Sounds like you had a great day, mine not so good. All I wanted to do was sleep in a bit and maybe go out to breakfast, well I did not get to sleep in then I got punched in the eye ball by my 2 year old (she was not trying to do it). Since I already did not feel well (PMS) that just made me feel worse like my eye was gonna pop out of my head. In turn that made my hubby get pissy with me and then created an argument. We did go out to breakfast, but it wasn't much fun since we weren't talking. Then we came home and ignored each other for the rest of the day. Then I realized this morning that I was so mad all day yesterday that I never called my Mom. I suck! Oh well, today is another day. (He did finally apologise to me late last night)

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CAALAN23 5/10/2010 11:44AM

    I think I hate that "project due last week" thing more than anything! Kids!

Glad you had some good quality family time. Sounds like fun was had by all.



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DIXIED88 5/10/2010 11:16AM

    Great weekend minus the homework. Kids...what'cha gonna do?


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    Sounds like a nice weekend. See you at dinner Wed!!

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JUSTMISHY 5/10/2010 11:00AM

    Hmmm, we had much the same kind of weekend. Friends, family, fun stuff and the homework! My 13 yo son had to get in all his NHI's (Not handed ins) in by this morning or he doesn't go on the really awesome field trip on Friday. I know you can say grrrrr with me! And I'm going to have to do a little "flushing rich food" today too! LOL Oh well, it was fun! Have a great day!

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BUDRFLY31 5/10/2010 8:40AM

    Sounds like a great weekend. Been there with school project and procrastinating kids. Frustrating as all get out! Have a great day!

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Dodged a bullet

Friday, May 07, 2010

I was sent an e-mail this week asking me to prayerfully consider speaking at church about a moment where I learned something form God. Well, I thought about it. I had a nagging in the back of my head. It was something along the lines of: "Don't you wanna talk about me? I'm asking you to step out of your comfort zone and DO IT!" Okay, when you get this message, you could ignore. But how many times do you get a message telling you to DO something scary? Most messages seem to be that of "No WAY! Don't you dare do a thing like that. You'll die. You'll pass out in freight." NOT a "Go for it!"

So I listened and I obeyed. I sent in my e-mail giving my "story" in a nutshell. And I waited to see if they were going to use me.

Now, this is when all the nay-sayers in my head appeared out of no where and really started to dig into all my insecurities. Panic was starting to get the better of me.

Then I remembered that I have never heard of any one dying from actual stage freight. NEVER! I also realized that if I ever see someone really nervous speaking publicly, I give them grace. No one will think less of me. And they might even think more of me. All I can do is try.

Welp. I felt better about it all. Figured I would live. Now I should tell you I attend one of those "mega churches" that they make fun of on South Park and The Simpsons. I believe we have roughly 10,000 people on any given weekend. Which means speaking to about 2000 people per service. HUGE!

Again, All I could do is try and see what happens and deal with it.

Alas, they changed their minds about the direction they were going to go this weekend and I am not needed.

Dodged that bullet. (but then again, maybe there was no bullet after all?)

I did learn a few things. Like to go with the instinct that seems so counter to your natural tendency. It's probably the more truth-filled one. When other voices step in--they usually lie! Prove them wrong! You can not know the future. You can only do your best in any given situation. You can fix any mistake. People are usually forgiving, especially about public speaking. ***Sometimes the committing to something is more important than the thing you committed to.***

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DIXIED88 5/7/2010 4:53PM

    I'm proud of you for putting yourself out there. How easy it would have been to ignore that thought and hit delete...but no, you went for it! That's my girl!!

BTW, Public speaking is a huge problem for me. I can't even imagine doing it in front of that many people. LOL, 10,000 on any given weekend....that's about how many people live in my town...and we have probably 30 churchs of every shape and size!

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    I would have gone to every service to hear you speak. Let me know when they do call you and I'll be there! Awesome emoticon

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CAALAN23 5/7/2010 11:55AM

    It has been a while since I've done any public speaking, I'd have no idea if I'd be scared all over again. I know I was when I first had to start doing that.

Lucky you that it would be in a church even if it is a "mega" church. I hear those people are pretty forgiving (HA!)

You would have been great and who knows maybe since they know what your story is they want to work up an entire sermon for it and do a weekly special. You'd be great inspiration!


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BERONI 5/7/2010 11:10AM


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The plan

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Buggirl19, you were a step ahead of me. I was planning on breaking down each of my "pictures" and making a plan to get me there!

1. I am 140 pounds

-I will get there by:
-Never eating a Steak-n-Shake Milkshake (not even a small one-800+ calories, sheesh!) again! (there are faaaaar better treats that I love ever so much more for me to "treat" on).
-Treats will be just that. Treats. (the milkshake was a treat, my DD had her band concert last night and I thought for a special thing I would take her to her favorite restaurant. We rarely go there. It will be even more rare now.)
-I will find non-food treats! (like: makeup, nail polish, a nice book or magazine, a love note to myself or others, new stuff for my bike, etc)
-I will eat within my calorie range 7 days per week to the BEST of my ability.
-I will do at least 30 minutes of cardio 6 days per week to the best of my ability.
-I will do some form of strength moves 3 days per week to the best of my ability.
-I will plan restaurant eating as best I can. I will try to choose the options that will get me closer to my goals-not farther away.

2. I am at peace

-I will read inspirational messages at least once per day.
-I will reflect on what I can do more than what I can't.
-I will ask for help.

3. I am waaaaay younger looking than my biological age

-I am at a bit of a loss for a plan for this one...
-I will use sun screen daily.
-I will keep my hair and make up as updated as I can.
-I will NEVER wear high wasted jeans!
-I will purchase clothing that fits and flatters.

4. I can do 15 man style push-ups

-I will do push ups every other day, continuing to increase as I can

5. I can ride 20 miles on my bike, no problem

-I will start riding my bike at least 2 days per week
-I will push myself to ride longer each time

6. I can walk 3 miles, no problem
7. I am healed from foot pain

-I kind of need 7 to do 6; but I plan to walk at least 3 days per week no matter what. Some days I need to walk slower to keep the pain at bay.
-I will seek a second, third and fourth opinion on my foot issues.

8. I am closer to being financially free than ever before

-I will continue to cut out unnecessary items from my life by asking "can I live without this?" If the answer is yes, no buy!
-I will continue to not use credit no matter how painful it is at times.
-I will ask for help.
-I will remember my desire to visit family, take a vacation, feel the HUGE MONKEY of debt off my back!

9. I am wearing amazing new clothes that fit and flatter my fabulous shape

-This is part of #2, but may be contraindicated by #8.
-I will do my best to not look frumpy in all my too big clothes by choosing new ones carefully.
-I will look not only for price, but quality as well.

10. - 14. I have a smile on my face

I handle problems with ease, patience, wisdom

I take risks free of fear because I am armored with the strength and power of God

I know I am loved

I am surrounded by the most amazing people who love me, tell me truth, and guide me to soar in places I am meant to go

-These just all go together and are going to happen naturally or by doing the work from the first 9.

There it is. The plan. Fit, Fabulous and Forty!

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    You inspire me!!!

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    You all are always reading my mind! Yep, I refuse to purchase "it will do"!!! Not anymore. It's a total waste of money. That is exactly why I said "I will look not only for price, but quality as well. " I am trying to schedule regular stops at the thrift stores. Sometimes I just can't muster the strength/energy to deal with the unorganized or just plain depressing ones we have around here. I must remember to ask around about where the better "quality" ones are located. Thanks ladies for looking out for me!

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DIXIED88 5/6/2010 1:52PM

    Great plan!! I giggled at the NEVER high waisted jeans. I too refuse to wear "Mom" jeans! NEVER! lol

My comment on the clothes issue: Remember that new to you doesn't have to be absolutely new. My advice is to frequent goodwill stores in the better neighborhoods, Savers, thrift shops, and the like. You would be amazed at what the "richer" (than me!) people will donate. Sometimes they still have the tags! And really good brands too. But always try it on before you buy and look over every seam, button, and zipper. I'm a thrift shop junkie! I've gotten great deals but have been burned before too.

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CAALAN23 5/6/2010 11:56AM

    Oh, I'm not even gonna try to keep up with the numbers but I will add my two cents. If you are going to buy clothes that fit and flatter you must promise yourself that you will buy what fits and flatters even if you have to save longer for it. I've discovered that most things are on clearance for a reason, especially for my body type. It may seem to conflict with the desire to save money, but I can tell you I had a FULL closet of clothes that I bought because it was "affordable."

Now I buy a piece here or there and don't worry TOO much about the cost. I know I'm taking longer to get something but I know that I will wear it and get value out of it rather than have it hanging worthless in my closet. This is working much better for me now and I'm actually spending LESS overall in the long run.

You will be Fabulous at Forty. And don't forget will be FIERCE!

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JUSTMISHY 5/6/2010 11:04AM

    Sounds great! Now post this letter to yourself on the bathroom mirror so you can see it beside your beautiful face every morning and remember You ARE Worth It! Have an inspired day!

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My picture of 40

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

When I picture 40:

I am 140 pounds

I am at peace

I am waaaaay younger looking than my biological age

I can do 15 man style push-ups

I can ride 20 miles on my bike, no problem

I can walk 3 miles, no problem

I am healed from foot pain

I am closer to being financially free than ever before

I am wearing amazing new clothes that fit and flatter my fabulous shape

I have a smile on my face

I handle problems with ease, patience, wisdom

I take risks free of fear because I am armored with the strength and power of God

I know I am loved

I am surrounded by the most amazing people who love me, tell me truth, and guide me to soar in places I am meant to go

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    You inspire me!!!

As I walked across campus today I looked closely at all the people surrounding me and was depressed that NO ONE was thin and fit. 95% were over weight or obese and that made me sad. Then I stopped by the Dean's office to drop off paper work and they had a huge piece of ice cream cake all ready for me....ARG. I said thank you....carried it to my office and gave it away. No wonder we're all so fat. Junk and sugar is everywhere. I have a much easier time at home than at when you finish your degree and go off to strong near the nurses stations. They are always full of unhealthy food and treats.

Keep're doing so great.
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INKMANSWIFE 5/5/2010 10:35PM

    Love it love it love it!!!!

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DIXIED88 5/5/2010 11:34AM

    The first step is to visualize what you want! Now make a plan and get after it!! emoticon

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CAALAN23 5/5/2010 11:24AM

    That's a beautiful picture. :)

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BUDRFLY31 5/5/2010 11:16AM

    I love these goals!!! Since I am a few years older than you (turning 41 the end of this month) I will aim for all of these goals for 42. Instead of the foot pain, I will say piriformis/hamstring/sciatic/SI pain. They are pretty much all connected.
Thanks for the inspiration!

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PARKERB2 5/5/2010 10:57AM

    emoticonThank you.

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