Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Crafts

I did Christmas crafts with the boys this year. We gave the crafts as Christmas presents to grandparents and aunts. They were a hit. The boys liked to tell what part of the painting was theirs.


My Aunt works at UPS. They handle so many packages at Christmas that they are definitely part of Santa's team!




Saturday, November 8, 2014

Home For Sale - ROME, GA

Brick Home with Full Basement                                         118 Chief Vann Drive
2 bed/2bath                                                                          Rome, Ga 30165
1377 sq. ft.
Asking Price: $80,000

Single family brick home located in West Rome - just minutes away from Walmart, Lowe's and dozens of restaurants in highly sought after West End school district. Built in 1958, this brick home features newly refinished hardwoods throughout (exception for kitchen and master). This is a one-story house with a fully concreted daylight basement below which opens to the spacious back yard and also allows parking for one vehicle (home also has a carport for a second vehicle). There are two (2) bedrooms on main level plus one finished room in the basement used either as a bonus room or 3rd bedroom. The basement has a storm shelter and ample storage space. The main level has a den plus a large living room with gas logs in the fireplace. Dining room opens to a 10x12 deck which overlooks the rear of property. Master bedroom is carpeted and has it's own full bath. Large workshop at rear of property connected by a quaint rock path and is wired for full electricity.

Your new home has been well maintained - roof and HVAC system is <12 years old - AC serviced this past summer. Hot water tank was replaced in 2012. This property has city water/sewer and has garbage pickup each week. Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator and Stove are included in the sale of the house. The front lawn is Bermuda grass and was formerly the practice field of West Rome High School.

http://nwga.craigslist.org/reo/4746762671.html

Contact Brian Fincher: chiefvann118@aol.com



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Picking Up the Toys

While browsing Pintrest I saw an article about how to get your kids to pick up their toys without nagging them. I thought, maybe this will give me some more ideas or an easier way to get the boys to pick up their toys. Here is the 'plan' from someone's blog:

We set a timer and when the timer goes off he runs upstairs to put on pajamas.
After that, he has 45 minutes to clean up his toys before the next timer goes off.
If he finishes with time left over, he gets to do something fun with Mom or Dad (puzzles, board games, tablet time, horseplay, read books).
If he doesn’t finish, it’s just bedtime.  (We do still spend time with him reading books for our normal bedtime routine.)
So....by following this plan, the kid can play for 45 minutes after putting on pj's, doesn't have to pick up his toys and he will still get a book read to him??? The only way he would pick up the toys would be if he really wanted to do 'something fun with Mom or Dad.' Which, I'm sure he would do sometimes, but what does this teach the kid? That if he does what he is asked then he gets rewarded, but if he doesn't then he still gets what he wants by being allowed to play? This kind of helps me realize why kids at school don't do what is asked of them immediately. I know spanking is not popular these days, but there has to be some type of punishment even if it's not spanking.

Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not dies.

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievious; nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Spanking should not be enjoyable to the parent, nor should a parent spank if they are angry or not in control. It is however a parent's duty to discipline children as they try to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

I rarely have such a strong reaction to someone's statements. If that 'plan' works for them and their child actually picks up his toys in a reasonable time, then great. I don't believe it should take a child 45 minutes to pick up their toys. If they still want to play with some of the toys, fine, set them to the side and pick up the rest. Then go play with the toy if it is not bed time yet. The point is, if you tell a child to do something, the child should do it. I always remember what I read in a Christian parenting book. "Delayed obedience is disobedience."






Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Month at the Beach

It has been months since I updated the blog. The everyday life of being a stay at home mom got busy and stressful and exhausting. Vacation came at just the right time. Lomax wanted to rent a place at the beach for the month of June, so of course I'm in! It was amazing. We were on the bottom floor of the condo so we could walk out from the balcony to a grassy area where the kids could play. To the right was the walkway to the beach and to the left was the pool. The condo had 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and had a highchair, pack & play, beach toys & cart & kids toys and books. It was perfect for us. The first week it was Lomax, the boys and me so I got my own room. It was great until one of the boys woke up in the middle of the night and joined me and then it was still great :-) The second week Brian and Aaron joined us. We had some good family time and it was nice that Aaron and Lomax could watch the boys so Brian and I could go play golf, twice! I was planning on coming home with Brian after being at the beach for 2 weeks, but then I thought, why? Brian was going on a business trip the next week (although that Sunday was Father's Day). So I decided to stay and let Brian ride home with Aaron. Liz and her kids came the third week and Aaron came back the 4th week bringing Bridget and Emma. We came back on the 26th, which was Brian's birthday. Bridget and Emma rode home with us. We had 3 kids in the middle seat. It was interesting. It helped that Bridget could hand them things, but it also meant they could touch each other. After a pit stop, lunch & gas, another pit stop and a detour to avoid the heavily congested interstate we got home! It was great being able to go to the beach and the pool everyday, but I think it was even more relaxing to have another adult around during the day to help with the kids. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be at the beach for so long. I am thankful Brian was supportive of me staying at the beach for so long even though I know he missed seeing the boys and me and having meals prepared for him and laundry done :-) The boys had a great time too. The last week Caleb finally got in the ocean without having to hold someone's hand. I think it helped that Emma was playing in the water. Jacob wasn't afraid of the water. He had fun running in the ocean and jumping off the side of the pool to me. He didn't mind going underwater, but the last night at the beach he started running a fever. Brian took him to the doctor on Friday and found out that he has Swimmer's Ear in both ears and an infection in his right ear. Poor boy feels horrible. Hopefully with the antibiotic and the ear drops he will feel better soon. We had a great time at the beach but it was great to be able to go to church again today!

Watching boats go by at the State Park.
We stopped to look at a turtle
Walking out to the beach
The tide was in so we couldn't actually walk along the water

My boys walking to the playground
Selfie while waiting on the ferry to see Fort Matanza
Jacob getting ready to fire the cannon
Caleb and Emma had a great time together
Playing in the ocean!




They loved chasing each other!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SNOW!!!

We had a great time playing in the snow! We really missed having Brian at home to play with us. He was out of town on business from Monday to Thursday afternoon. There was a little snow left on Thursday so he got to play with us some. Caleb liked the snow and he liked to throw snow at the dogs. However, he did not like it when I threw a snowball at him! Jacob liked the snow too and even crawled up the hill and slid down, very slowly! I had tried to slide down the hill on a cookie sheet but ended up doing a face plant and flipping over down the hill. I was laughing when I got up and the boys weren't even watching :-) When I put the boys to bed on Tuesday night I really wanted to go out into the front yard and play in the snow, but I was so tired I chose to lay on the couch!

Caleb did not want me to take his picture. 

Just looking in amazement





Jacob sliding down the hill!
Caleb's gloves got wet so he wanted to wear mine

Caleb making a snow angel. He thought it was hilarious!

Admiring his work. 

Working in the snow




Raking the snow




Yay! Daddy's home! Going for a walk to look at the snow!




Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 2014

We have had fun at the park and outside even though it has been quite cold.









Caleb found a great stick!




We made some goop from baking soda and food coloring. Jacob loved it!