What I Have Been Doing During Safer at Home…

I’ve been seeing all these posts about people getting their homes cleaned out during all this because of the extra time that they have. I do have an extra hour a day that I am not driving but I’m still working so I don’t have as much time as those who are stuck home not working. Just a side note. I am not complaining by any means. I am so thankful I still have work when so many people are being laid off and not working right now.

That said I have still found myself getting some side things done…

  1. I finished crocheting Angel’s blanket that I started before Christmas. I was making it for her birthday and was only behind by 1 week so I count that as a success.
  2. I’ve only put together one of my Thomas Kinkade Disney puzzles since the Safer at Home started. I did the Princess and the Frog. Keep in mind that since January 2020 and before the Safer-At-Home order went into effect I had already done 12 of those puzzles. Don’t ask me why I have only done the one. I really don’t know.
  3. I started a new workout routine with an accountability buddy. We are one full week into this routine and lets just say I am sore, I hurt, I want to say things I shouldn’t and yet I still get up and do it all again the next day. I really do have a love hate relationship with working out. I love the results but hate doing it. And seriously to the little miss skinny minnie that I, for some reason, have allowed to torture me and continue to go back to…. I’m not that flexible.
  4. I’m reading more for fun. I’m always reading. I love to read but I’ve put “for fun” reading on the back burner because I was so busy. I picked up my 1st generation iPad (yes its that old), which is basically an over priced Kindle at this point since so few apps will work with it. I mean they aren’t updating it anymore. lol (side note: It was my dads and I got it after he passed just so I could read my kindle books on a bigger screen.) I downloaded some fun Christian historical fiction that I had on my cloud and did this instead of watching t.v.
  5. We’ve been playing more games and watching more movies together as a family. Sierra downloaded a game on steam that we can use our phones/tablets to play on. It’s called Drawful 2. It’s kind of like pictionary. It’s a lot of fun and we laugh a lot while playing it.
  6. We’ve been homeschooling of course. This is our youngest daughters final year in home education. She will be going to a private school in the fall. So been working on the application process for that. Gathering all the information. Preparing her where she feels comfortable with going and getting all our ducks in a row.
  7. I’ve been doing a lot of re-evaluating and praying. Thinking about plans for the future and new things I would like to do. Including my own school journey this fall to go for something I have always wanted to do and that is Graphic and Web Design.
  8. We’ve walked a lot and enjoyed our patio a bunch more. Sitting out in the evenings and walking during the day.
  9. I’ve done some coloring and putting Lego’s together. I enjoy doing that cause its creative and they are like puzzles. Hubby bought me the Lego set cause he wanted to bring a smile to my face.
  10. Most importantly we celebrated a birthday. Angel turned 15 a few weeks ago. But because they were already advising no groups of more than 10 that eliminated our plans for her. But we still had cake and ice cream and gifts.

So what have you been doing during all of this?

It’s a Birthday Giveaway!

Today is my birthday and do you know what that means? It’s only 2 weeks until Christmas!!!!!! Yay!!!! But that is not all. Since it’s my birthday, I’m feeling a little bit generous and thought it would be loads of fun to do a couple giveaways. That’s right TWO giveaways.

Giveaway #1:  A bundle pack of my Flash Cards that are available exclusively at CurrClick.

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I will be giving away 5 bundle packs of all three of the Flash Cards that are currently available. All you have to do is fill out the contact form below to be entered.

Giveaway #2:  Simple Devotions for Women eBook

5 winners will receive the eBook version of my current book Simple Devotions for Women.

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To enter this giveaway please fill out the contact form below.

All entries must be in by midnight (EST) December 18th. Winners will be announced Monday December 21st. Make sure to share these giveaways with your friends and family.

 

 

YamaCon 2015

We are a geeky kind of family. We love Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies. But I love all things that are considered creative. I have many interests.  But my girls are into Anime and cos-play and many other things that I did not get into until I was an adult.  This past weekend my family went to YamaCon. It’s an anime convention that is hosted in Pigeon Forge so just about an hour drive from my home.  My husband and oldest daughter, GeekGirl, went last year and had a blast. This year our other two daughters wanted to go so we made it a family event. This was my first EVER convention like this. My girls of course spent the last few months preparing costumes to wear.  It is very cool seeing their creativity come out.

When we arrived you are immediately greeted by the amazing creativity, and lack thereof in some cases, of the con attendee’s.  I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed.  I was really impressed by many of the costumes but there was so much going on it could get overwhelming.  For me the best part was the costumes and watching my kids enjoy the experience.  If there had been more entertainment and panels that I was interested in I may have enjoyed it even more so.

Anyway, I thought I would share my girls costumes with you.

GeekGirl aka Jack (Jacklyn) Frost

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Princess aka Apple Jack

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Boo aka Pikachu

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I hope you enjoyed the pics.  I hope your week is a good one as well.

Remember you can grab my homeschool flash cards over at CurrClick and my book at Amazon.

10 Favorite TV Shows/Movies

Below is a list of some of my favorite tv shows/ movies divided into categories. Thought this would be a fun list for today.

10 Favorite TV Shows:

  1. Castle

  2. Once Upon A Time

  3. Agents of Shield

  4. Sherlock

  5. Downton Abbey

  6. Star Trek TNG

  7. Robin Hood

  8. Friends

  9. Cosby Show

  10. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

10 Favorite Chick Flicks:

  1. Anne of Green Gables

  2. Emma

  3. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

  4. While You Where Sleeping

  5. Finding Neverland

  6. Pride & Prejudice

  7. Sense & Sensibility

  8. Becoming Jane

  9. North & South (BBC)

  10. Dirty Dancing

10 Favorite Musicals

  1. Grease

  2. White Christmas

  3. Phantom of the Opera

  4. Wizard of Oz

  5. Mama Mia

  6. Footloose

  7. Mary Poppins

  8. Hairspray

  9. Highschool Musical 2

  10. Teen Beach Movie

10 Favorite Drama/Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi Movies

  1. Lord of the Rings (the whole trilogy)

  2. The Hobbit

  3. Star Wars (the whole series)

  4. War Horse

  5. The Blind Side

  6. Pirates of the Caribbean (the whole series)

  7. Indiana Jones (all of them)

  8. The Princess Bride

  9. Alice in Wonderland

  10. It’s a Wonderful Life (I know this is not action/adventure or sci-fi/fantasy, I consider it a drama.)

10 Favorite Kids Movies:

  1. Frozen

  2. Wall-E

  3. Beauty and the Beast

  4. Toy Story (all three)

  5. The Lorax

  6. Merry Christmas Charlie Brown

  7. Brave

  8. Mulan

  9. Meet the Robinsons

  10. Lady and the Tramp

Chipmunks Are A Tease

I heard my dog barking and scratching at the back door this morning and here is why.

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This cute little chipmunk was sitting on our patio gathering acorns that had fallen from the many trees around our home. My dog was going nuts. He was ready to take out this cute little rodent. Of course if he had actually gotten out and caught it he would have most likely played with it.

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Isn’t he/she adorable? Sorry about the quality but I was afraid if I opened the door it would run.

5 Favorite Family Games

My family and I love to play board games and Wii games together. Do you? Today I wanted to share our top 5 favorite family games.

  1. Monopoly – this is a HUGE favorite. It’s actually our number 1 favorite game because its fun for all of us. It’s a good classic game. Plus you can find all kinds of different themed 10666mloh4u8s50versions of it. I prefer classic monopoly but my kids and hubby like the Star Wars monopoly.
  2. Farkle – I bout this for like $5 at Wal-Mart and it quickly became a fun favorite. It’s a great little dice game.
  3. Battleship – this is one that we play where 2 people will play and then the winner will play the next person and so on and so forth. My oldest loves this game.
  4. Pictureka – It’s kind of a Where’s Waldo type of game. It makes you think and pay attention to the cards.
  5. Disney Sing It Family Hits (Wii) – My girls love to sing so this game is perfect. You can play it individually or in teams. It’s a lot of fun.

What are some of your favorite family game night games?

Pinterest

Yep I have jumped on the band wagon and joined Pinterest. You can follow me by clicking on the Pinterest button in my sidebar. I thought it would be fun to show you some of the things I have on my boards right now.

From My Boards:

 

Source: ohdeedoh.com via Dianna on Pinterest

 

These are just a few of the really fun things that I have pinned to my boards. Pinterest can be very addicting so I have to limit myself. lol But its oh so fun.

Fun Stats from 2010

I really like the new stats feature that blogger has now. It’s really interesting. Not that stats have any reason whatsoever to do with the reason I blog. I blog because I love it. It’s a great outlet for me. I thought I would share a few fun stats with you.

 

I started this blog (under a different name) on February 6, 2007 (almost 4 years ago). Of course it has gone through lots of changes, blog styles and two name changes.

 

The 5 Most popular posts are:

Chore Chart Tutorial

Not Back to School Blog Hop: School Room Week

Dianna’s Avon Picks of the Week 1

Our School Room

Avon’s Butler Bag

 

The Top 5 Referring Sites:

Heart of the Matter

Google

Tip Junkie

Tipnut

Networked Blogs

 

Top 5 Keywords/phrases:

avon butler bag

avon butler purse

chore chart tutorial

homeschooling stereotypes

butler bag avon

 

Pageviews by Countries:

United States

6,382

Canada

441

Netherlands

336

Russia

286

United Kingdom

133

Germany

117

Australia

85

Latvia

68

India

66

Hungary

64

And that info is only been since May of this year when Blogger introduced their stats. Of course for me the stats are nothing but for fun. But its kind of cool to see what people are looking at on my blog. 🙂

 

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Swagger Wagon

I told hubby I need a I ♥ My Swagger Wagon bumper sticker for my minivan. LOL

The little girl reminds my mother of Boo. lol

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