Christmas fun & how your taste in Christmas presents changes

calvin santa flambeWhile reading over my favorite blogs, I thought, perhaps you all would enjoy some of the Christmas fun I have been reading about.

First is one of my faves: Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate.  Not only does Christy share with us about delicious food, she gives ideas on how to have some Christmas fun.  Click on the cookies to find out how you can do 25 free & inexpensive things for the best Christmas ever.

 

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Next, there is so much going on over at I should be mopping the floor.  Kristi has some adorable printables & ways to make your holidays less stressful.  Just don’t be mad at me if you spend A LOT of time there.

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Then, my other fav, who is always keepin’ it real over at Only a Breath.  Melanie has announced she wants us to share reading the Bible in 2015.  I know she would love having you all join in to study God’s word together.  Just click on her messy kitchen to go to the blog post.  (And by the way, this was after a night of at the last minute reindeer cookie making.  I feel her pain.)

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Now that I have shared some of my favorite blog stuff with you, I want to talk about how my taste in Christmas presents have changed.  When I was younger of course it was toys, toys, & more toys!  Then, as I became a teenager, it was a special piece of jewelry, clothes, or whatever it was everybody else was getting that year.  As I got older & had kids & now grandkids -it’s hard to buy my Christmas present.  Not that I am that hard to buy for.  You see, what I want for Christmas has become something you can’t buy in a store.  My kids will ask what I want, every year.

For the past several years, it’s been the same- nothing. 

 I just want them to take care of their own babies now.  To make sure they get what they want.  My Christmas present is my house full of people who I love & who love me.  Being able to open up my house to the ones who are dearest to me is a wonderful feeling.  In the past few years, people have become so much more important to me.  I think it’s just something that tends to happen when you lose those who are very dear to you.  Many of our loved ones have gone on & you start to really pay attention to the relationships you have.  My mama loved a get together.  I think I am getting more like her.  I love eating together, laughing together, & watching them all be excited for the season.  Seeing the little ones squeal & rip & romp through my house.   Having enough food for everybody & then some.  Being able to cook with my sweetie.  That is what I want for Christmas.  The feeling of contentment that right then, for a split second, my loved ones are fed, safe, & sound.  There, for the moment, there is peace on my earth, that I live in.  I wouldn’t take anything for all of that.  Now show me how to bottle & sell that & we will be gazillionaires!

What are you doing for Christmas?  Whatever it is, I hope you feel as blessed as I do.  Not with what’s under the tree, but being grateful for your family, friends, & spiritual blessings.  That’s what it’s all about anyway.  Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

A little Christmas perspective from Calvin & Hobbes

CALVIN AND HOBBES CHRISTMAS REQUEST LIST TO DAD

 

 

 

 

 

Prayers for Lightning McQueen & you know what I think?

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As you may already know, I love to pray.  I love prayer.  I believe without prayer, we are helpless.  I try to show the little ones in my Wednesday night Bible class how important prayer is.  We have a prayer pail, where we put the names of people we want to pray for on popsicle sticks.  Then, each child draws a stick out of the pail.  When they read the name on the stick, that’s who they pray for.  I enjoy this activity because it gives the class an opportunity to lift others up in prayer.  I especially like to hear who the kids are concerned about.  We have all kinds of prayer requests.  One of my favorites came from a little boy, who obviously has a tender heart.  One Wednesday night, as the kids were getting settled in, I asked the question,

“Does anyone have someone, they know of, that needs prayer?” 

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This little boy answered, “Lightning McQueen!  Because those other cars really get after him.” 

Just thinking about this makes me smile.  My little Bible student understood the concept of asking Jesus to help.  He knew if he went to Jesus in prayer,  he was making a wise choice.  In our class, we do pray for actual people.  Even though, we have also been known to pray for a flying squirrel, too.  Hey, if you had of heard the sad story of how sick this squirrel was, you would have been praying along with us.  These kids have the kindest hearts.  They know Jesus will take care of whatever they ask.  They trust in Him.  That’s all any of us should strive to do.

Matthew 21:22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Prayer is comforting.  Last night, I got a text message from a sweet friend that simply said,

“I’ve been thinking of you & praying for you.”

That automatically made me happy & feel good inside.  Like chocolate gravy & biscuits good!  You see, just knowing I am thought of & loved is a wonderful feeling only Jesus can give.

On another random note- not that ya’ll care, but I have a little list of things, I have written down in the past few weeks, that may or may not have to do with the fact I ran out of hormones.  These are in no certain order of how I have felt about some events in my life. You may or may not agree with them, but here is the list titled :

You Know What I Think?

1. I think if you are in the passing lane you should pass.

2. I think blinkers are put on vehicles for reasons.

3. I think some middle school teachers should rethink their career path.

4.  I think people should do more of what I say & less of what they think is a good idea.

5. I think 15 lbs of corn meal would make a big pone of cornbread.

6. I think spoken words should be put off until later on in the morning.

7.  I think coffee doesn’t judge me.  Coffee understands.

8.  I think folks should be thankful for what they have instead of trying to ruin it for everybody else.

9.  I think people could use some of the time they spend checking Facebook to read scripture on their Bible app.

10.  I think your mood should not dictate your manners.

I hope everyone is having a good week.  We have had some lower temperatures in northeast Mississippi this week.  We have our hayride at church Saturday night.  It should be lots of fun.  Until then, I should be going because I should be washing clothes.

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photo credit: photoswithquotes, Disney, pinterest

Do you want a piece of me? & what a wonderful life it is…..

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As I get older, my life gets more full & blessed.  I am so thankful for the people in my life.  I am so glad our family is close knit & loving.  Even though my daughter is married, with a baby & my middle daughter has a busy life, we still can’t hardly go to town without calling each other to see if the other one wants to go.  Just the other day, I asked my 10 year old daughter if she ever felt like I didn’t give her enough attention.  You know I got these grandbabies, now, that we just gush over.  Then, the older girls, my 2 sons, my daughter in law, my sweet husband & I try to keep up with my Daddy, as well.  I work full time, teach a Bible class at church, try to keep a house, cook, clean (sorta) & sometimes, after all that, I feel like she may get a little left behind.  But when I asked her if she felt left out, she looked at me in utter surprise.

She said,

“No, I love my life.  I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”   

Whew,nailed it.

Isn’t that what we all strive with our kids? We just want them to feel safe, loved, & well, happy.  Now, ask her how happy she is when she can’t keep Mr. Sweetie Pants out of her room messing with all her stuff & you may get another answer!

Nonetheless, with my big family, something is always going on.  Ne’er a dull moment.  My oldest daughter got her degree in May (Yay!)  She has gone to work for a school district.  They had a 2 day kindergarten camp with the kids to get them ready for the school year.  She said there was one little boy that was a mess.  On the first day, he kept asking her,

 “Miss K.K. do you want a piece of me?”

 She kindly reassured him, she did not.

On Tuesday she finally had to get on to him.  She said,

“If you don’t stop doing that, you are going to have to come stand beside me & hold my hand.  Do you want to have to come hold my hand?” 

He sweetly replied, “Maybe.”

Looks like she will have her hands full & heart full by the end of the school year!

I am so proud of my daughter & her love of children.  Her grandmother loved children, too.

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Jesus had encounters with children.

Matthew 19:13

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. (NKJV)

 

Jesus knew the value of children.

Matthew 19:14

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (NKJV)

 

 

We should be ever mindful of these little fellows.  They have an innocence & trustful, loving, heart just like we should have.  Those are the kinds of things that will get us a 1st class ticket to be with Jesus.

I am so glad you came by today.  I hope your week has been full of good days. If you have not had the grandest of days I want to share this quote I saw this week:

You were born for a purpose,

You are here for a purpose.

When live knocks you down,

Remember your purpose.- Billy Cox

 

Now, go out & make it a great day!  As for me, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

 

Camping schmamping

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Well, I did it. After 42 years of being campless, I had my first camp out Friday night. It was a Girl Scout event with Miss Neenee. She got some patches for camping out, making s’mores, a hiking adventure, singing camp songs, cooking, & learning some things about this great outdoors of ours. She did get some mosquito bites, as well. You know what I got? Tired achy feet.

Learning about trees

Learning about trees

Our sleeping arrangements were in a tent on the ground. With no air mattress, no nothing. Just us & the hard ground. Which did not help the fact that my back had already been out the beginning of the week. I had never slept outside before. It was a little different. At 3:30am I was awaken by a whippoorwill’s call & a dog barking. Giggling girls & young’uns on the back porch patio singing, to the top of their lungs, Frozen songs until after midnight, made for an early morning, anyway. The tent was hot. Mainly, because I do not know the proper tent/camping protocol. I, however, was not going to sleep with the tent unzipped, as I did not want to look like an open invitation to any sort of bug, lizard, or snake. So, we were just hot for awhile. I had 2 snickering, wiggly girls in the tent with me. After they properly yelled good night, to the little girls in the tent beside us, they whispered only for a few minutes. Then, they were asleep. I only woke up 3 or maybe 30 times from in the wee hours of Saturday morning until 5:30am. I finally had all I could take. I got up & freshened up. I had a cup of coffee & things did not look as bleak after that.

Cooking their own supper.

Cooking their own supper.

All I could think about, while I was trying to go to sleep is the verse in Luke that Jesus talks about not having a place to sleep.
Luke 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
If Jesus slept on the ground, I’m sure He had some aches & pains. After all, He was human. I know He deserved a luxurious pillow topped, sleeping on a cloud, kind of mattress. It makes me have a deeper appreciation for all He did & went through just for me & you.

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Now, we always like to learn from our experiences, don’t we? So here is my list of what I learned about my camp out:
1. I don’t understand the term “happy camper”.
2. When camping, make sure you pay attention to what you are doing. My feet are still hurting for reasons unknown.
3. Bug spray is my friend.
4. I am not meant to be at “one” with nature & that’s o.k.
5. I really think camping, besides in our troop leader’s back yard, could be worse. I don’t think we roughed it too much.
6. Probably the last time I camp.
7. In life, sometimes you do things, you really don’t want to do, just because someone else wants you to.
8. If I had to sleep outside, on a regular basis, it would perhaps take the friendly right out of me.
9. Little girls have a big time camping. That’s all it’s about anyway.

Getting ready to kayak.

Getting ready to kayak.

I hope you have had a wonderful week. It has been just delightful here. Meaning getting to sleep in my cozy, comfy bed has been a delight. I hope you are getting to sleep in your bed, without the threat of critters of the outdoors kind, disrupting you. As for me, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

Kayaking like a boss.

Kayaking like a boss.

 

Don’t take yourself too seriously

This morning my sweet Miss Neenee said,

“I wish we were writing this week.” (at school)

 I got all excited, just thinking, my Miss Neenee might actually love to write her thoughts down, as I do.  I said,

“You have notebooks in your room.  If you have something in your head, write it down. 

I always have & look how great my life has turned out.” 

Of course I was being factious.  However, I think she takes the opportunity to cash in on my craziness any chance she gets.  So, she busted out laughing.  Hmmmm…someone that was thin skinned, might have taken her laughter the wrong way.  Someone with any ounce of feelings at all might have had them hurt.  Someone who had any confidence in their life leading up to that time, might have been a bit miffed at this laughter.  However, I knew what she meant.  She lives around me all the time & knows what a grandiose lifestyle I live.  Along with all the awesomeness in the world oozing out of me at all times.  A spectacular life any & everyone would love to have. (You may also bust out in hysterical laughing right now, too.)  Yeah, it’s not like that at’all.  Her reaction reminds me, I can’t & should not ever take myself too seriously.

When we start to take ourselves too seriously, there are all kinds of things that can happen.

For one, you may start to thinking you can do things on your own.  Without the Lord.  It’s easy to get so caught up in the world that you forget to pray or neglect studying your Bible.

James 5:16 (NKJV)  Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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 However, once a person puts simple things like that to the side, it does not take long to reach the point you are out in the world trying to do everything on your own.  Common sense is not a flower that grows in everybody’s garden, but we know better than to let the world creep in on us.  We have to make sure we are daily keeping in contact with the Lord, through prayer & Bible study.  If not, just know it won’t be long until we start thinking we don’t need God.  And heavens knows that’s a dead end road.

Another thing to remember life is just a vapor.  Meaning life is short.

James 4 :14 (NKJV) whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  

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Who has time or the want to to run around being a pain to everybody constantly?  Wait, before you answer that, I realize those people are out there.  But, you don’t want to be one.  If I take myself too seriously, I might just spit & spat at others all the time.  Because, hey, it’s ok just to be rude & act on every feeling I have.  If I feel bad everybody needs to know.  If somebody makes me mad, well, I need to let them have it right then & there.  My feelings, ugly or pretty, needs to be on my shoulders at all times. You know,  I am keeping it real & this is who I really am.  Not a fake.

“Lawdy chile, you know better than that!” 

That ain’t no way to act.  People like that can drain the life right out of you.  They can take the friendly out of you right quick.  Don’t hang around folks like that.  Better yet, don’t be one of them.  Be kind.  At the end of your time, you want to be proud of the person you were.   Don’t get so caught up in yourself that you forget, there is a whole world of people living around you.  A world putting up with you, whether good or bad.

When my oldest & middle daughters were little, the younger one would tell my oldest daughter,

“You think you are so popular!”

This was in a hissy fit of being bossed around by her older sister.  This was her way of saying, “what makes you so special that you can tell me what to do?”  We laugh about these little arguments they had, which sometimes were quite frequently.  However, people get to being too “popular” when they don’t consider the feelings of others.  If you take yourself too seriously, you can begin to think you have the right to tell others what to do & to treat them without consideration.  Thankfully, I have a daughter, that without trying, reminds me not to get too ahead of myself.  And I pray that if I ever get to thinking I am too important, she or someone will love me enough to set me straight.

Thank you for coming by to visit with me today.  I hope you make it a habit to laugh at yourself.  If not, you might want to give it try.  It will help you more than you realize.  You take care of yourself.  Because I would miss you if you didn’t stop by!  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

photo credit: lifeisaprayer.com, mission venture ministries

What happens when a cat gets in the car

The other night my daughter –in- law called me. She & my son had just picked up Mr. Sweetie Pants. Of course it was from a fun filled night & day of candy kisses, games of Elefun, cooking at the play kitchen & other various & a sundry activities we are not allowed to speak of in hopes of keeping him out of trouble.

My daughter-in-law began telling me, “You know how ya’ll are always saying, take that cat with you? Well, we did, but we didn’t mean to!” Not long after that a knock came at the door & my daughter-in-law commenced to tell what happened. She said, “ I was putting the baby in the car & I guess she got in there then. We were going down the road & heard a meow. We looked around & there she was standing on the seat between us!”

The car riding culprit Pepper

The car riding culprit Pepper

Have you ever found yourself somewhere you didn’t plan on being? I mean, when you started out, you thought,

“Oh, this is a good idea.”

Over time, you realized,

“Yeah, really shouldn’t have done that.”

Then, you are stuck & don’t know how to get out of that situation. You may not have someone as good hearted as my daughter-in-law to bring you back home. First, be realistic. Know there are consequences to everything. Those consequences may not be great. However, I heard the motivational speaker Zig Ziglar put it the best, “If you are going to have to swallow a frog, you don’t want to have look at it too long.” Meaning, get you some gumption & take it like the big bad boy you were when you made that wrong decision.  Right your wrongs quickly.  Then, know you have people around you that love you & will help you. Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes. The Lord uses both good & bad to make us who He wants us to be.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; v. 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. V. 4 But let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.

Nothing is a better character builder than a good ol’ dose of humility. Take inventory of what it is you are supposed to be doing. Don’t let it damper your spirit. Everybody makes mistakes. Failure is not getting back up, once you fall down. So, get up, dust yourself off & hit the ground running. Pray about it all. Ask the Lord to give you strength & He will. Just like our sweet cat Pepper, you will be so glad to see the light of home!
I am so glad you came by today to visit with me. I hope you are getting back in the swing of things after the holidays. As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 17

Slug burgers & fried pickles

Slug burgers & fried pickles

I am thankful for slug burgers & fried pickles.  If you don’t know what a slug burger is, well, you must not be from the South.  We eat these with pride.  It is so delectable & tasty we have a festival in town honoring the Slug Burger.  Read about that here.

Day 18

Sirius on my car

Sirius on my car

I am thankful for Sirius Radio on my car.  I don’t know what Miss Neenee EVER did without Radio Disney.  When my older girls ride with me, they say, “Do we have to listen to Radio Disney the whole time?”  No sweetie, we don’t, but remember sometimes you have to sacrifice to make others happy.

Day 19

Bone in pork loin

Bone in pork loin

I am thankful that when I see something like this, I can get excited because I know I have someone at home that can make this goo-ood!  Thursday night grilled goes on all year round.  My sweetie is always cooking up something tasty.  Ain’t none of us lacking in the eatin’ good department.

Day 20

Tutti Fruitti crew

Tutti Fruitti crew

I am thankful for Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt.  I really think I could live off of frozen yogurt.  It becomes a major staple in my diet from time to time.  I think I will come up with a frozen yogurt diet.  I could start my morning off with coffee flavored yogurt, lunch could be tutti fruitti flavor, for supper it could be salted pretzel caramel flavor with red velvet cake flavor for dessert.  Why am I still working a desk job when I have such incredible diet ideas??  I mean the dieting/weight loss industry is a multimillion dollar thing.  Oh wait, I know.  Because they don’t need my yogurt help.  Serves me right.

Day 21

mudI am thankful for mud on this tire.  This mud is from a little ride we took on our property.  I am glad we are blessed by being landowners.  And I am glad for the mud ridin’ we get to do there!

Day 22OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am so thankful for my sweet daughters.  You cannot make me believe there are any better kids anywhere.  I just don’t know what I would do without them!

Day 23M & MAMA

 

I am so thankful for these two ladies.  This is day 23 of being thankful & on November 23rd, my Mama would have been 67 years old.  This is a picture of her & my Mamaw (her mama).  This is how I like to remember both of them.  My Mama passed away in 2002.  She was a wonderful mother & Christian woman.  She was loving & kind to everyone.  She taught me so much.  I miss both of them more than words can say.  I am so blessed to have had their examples in my life.

 

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I am so thankful for my brother, of whom I affectionately refer to as Bud.  He is such a great person, handsome & charismatic.  He is a fantastic Dad & husband.  He got a lot of maternal instincts from my Mama.  He’s a good cook, will clean, & when my niece was little, he fixed her hair for school every day.  He takes care of his family & is very loyal.  He’s a good planner & organizer.  He’s sweet & considerate.  He’s the type of person you always want on your team.  He always has my back.   He is the reason Mama & Daddy had me.  They wanted another child as precious as him.  I am the reason they did not have any more kids. (True story)

Day 25OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am very thankful for this young man with my Daddy.  He is my nephew.  He is such a kind, sweet spirited boy.  He takes after my brother.  He always makes time to talk to me.  He is very athletic & handsome.  He is funny & smart, as well.  Before he left my house, the last time, he made everyone well aware that he was the tallest person at our house.  That’s ok little nephew.  You will always be a sweetie pie to me.

Day 26OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am very thankful for my sweet niece.  She is officially taller than me…. sad sigh 😦  She is beautiful, talented, funny & smart.  She always returns my texts.  She is the Snapchat queen.  She is tall like my Mama was.  She always makes me feel special.  She makes me proud to be her aunt.

 

Day 27OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am so thankful for Mr. Sweetie Pants’ ability to keep gum in his mouth.  He knows I keep gum in my purse.  He always tries to get as much gum out of me as he can. Here’s how the conversation went:

“Grand, I wantgum.”

“I just gave you gum.”

“Grand, I wantgumnow.”

“You still have gum in your mouth, let me see it.”

And there it was.

 

Day 28OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful for my family.  This is my brother, his wife, & my Daddy.  I love these people to pieces.  They are worth getting up early on my day off & cooking breakfast for.

 

Day 29OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful for this sweet family.  This is my son, daughter-in-law, & of course Mr. Sweetie pants.  They all bring lots of smiles to our lives.

Day 30OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful for these two together.  I just don’t know what I would do without her or him.  She is like a little mama with him.  He is a rambunctious, precious little boy.  Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.  Love. Every. Minute. Of. It.

 

Whew!  Finished this 30 day challenge.  I am so blessed & thankful for the fullness of my life.  I hope you have enjoyed this little project I did.  I am glad you stopped by to visit with me.  I would love to stay longer, but I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

 

 

Softball lessons

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It’s softball season again. With that comes the practices. The practices & games that you aren’t really sure what you are supposed to wear. It can be about 42 degrees, 75 degrees, windy or hot as a firecracker. You just never know what’s going to happen with spring in the South! I always do love getting to see how much the girls have grown, since the year before. There are always new girls that decide to try softball & see what it’s all about. Our girls are the 9-10 year olds. With that said, you know it is entertaining.
One of the best things I have seen so far was in a practice. The coach was getting the girls to practice hitting. Oh, did I mention this is the 1st year of kid pitch? The pitcher is an actual player. Not like years past, of coach pitch. There were several players that went up to bat. There were not many hits being made. Then, one little girl walked up to the plate. It was her first time to play softball. She gets in her batting stance, then stops & looks around at the coach. She said, “What do you want me to do when I hit it?” I was standing in the dugout. I laughed to myself. This little girl had some courage! She had already assumed the hit. It never occurred to her, that she wasn’t going to hit the ball.
This is the kind of faith the Lord wants us to have.
In Matthew 17:20 it says
And Jesus said unto them,
Because of your unbelief:
for verily I say unto you,
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain,
Remove hence to yonder place;
and it shall remove; and
nothing shall be impossible unto you.
We should always be willing to assume the Lord will handle our situations. However, I get impatient, don’t you? That’s when I worry, fret, walk around with a cloud over my head. Instead I should say, “What do I need to do, once I receive my blessing?” That’s the attitude this sweet first time softball player had. And you know what? She did need to know what to do when she hit the ball. Because she did.

I am so glad you stopped by for a spell.  It makes my heart happy when you come by for a visit.  I hope you are having a great week.  I have to be going for now, because I should be washing clothes.

Confessions of a Math despising mama

In light of Notre Dame’s linebacker Manti Te’o that got duped & the Lance Armstrong thingy, I have something I would like to come clean about, myself. This has to do with my youngest daughter. It’s something I have been trying to avoid, sweep under the rug, just kind ignore it & hope it goes away. However, I really don’t think it is. So, I thought now would be a good time to just come out & let everybody know. She likes math. There, I said it. I am feeling some sense of relief, but maybe should tell you that I really think she LOVES math. Which now, all of this is just leavin’ a bitter taste in my mouth.

I know ya’ll are thinking, what is the big ol’ deal with that? Really? Well, let me just explain a few things to you. I do not like math. I actually refuse, as an adult, to do simple addition & subtraction in my head. Mostly subtraction, but it’s just because it doesn’t make sense to me or come easy. You see, I was tramatized by math at an early age. Back in 3rd grade we had this awful thing we had to learn, called times tables. Does anyone here know what multiplication did to me?? The good intentioned teacher would pass out these tests, with a bunch of multiplication problems on them. Then, we were timed. (Much the same way, Miss Neenee is this year, in which she has LOVED.) Only, I would work a few problems, then just start bawlin’ my eyes out. I did not have these things memorized. They did not make a bit of sense to me. Why did my math world have to change? I was perfectly content with addition. Now, this junk? My teacher would ask me if I needed to go to the bathroom. And of course I did. It pretty much went that way every day, until times tables were over.

So, when Miss Neenee came home all excited about the multiplication speed tests, I was like, “Whoa, there, missy, you just hold on. Multiplication is hard, I mean crying everyday hard. You just don’t worry about this. We will take care of it. Mama will study with you & you will learn these ol’ dumb math facts….” In which she interupts me in mid- “blessing her heart it’s going to be alright talk”, to say, “It’s not hard.” Then proceeds to whip out a timed multiplication sheet, that she had made a 100 on. I just stood there speechless. My precious little girl, in which we have all things common, is going to like math. I did what any good mama would do. I cried a little to myself, just thinking, this is not going to last. She’s just like me. I hate math, she will hate math…. just give it some time. It will tear her apart, as it did me. Then, I would make sure no one knew about it, because heck, I did not want to embarrass my child, by everyone knowing she was no good at math. Why, she’s my baby. I think she’s great at everything. This will all pass & I will be there for her- dialing up a math tutor, just in time, to get her on the right path. She will be like me, loving to write, tell stories, you know things you love English for. Only, that’s not happening. And I did not want to admit it to myself. But I think it’s time.

I think about her family & don’t know why this has not dawned on me. My Daddy – for double digit years was a cost accountant (who must love math). My Mama worked in finance (evidently dealing with math, a lot). My father in law & mother in law, her grandparents, owned businesses all their lives(somebody was doing math). My mother in law was especially smart when it came to numbers(thus another reason she was awesome). My older girls, both understand & enjoy math(is this genetic?). Just this week, looking through her weekly sent home papers, I don’t think this is going away anytime soon. (She had a 96 & 99 in there, on Math).

Proof that loving math is real- unlike Manti Te'o's girlfriend

Proof that loving math is real- unlike Manti Te’o’s girlfriend

More real math love

More real math love

Why I did not see this coming, I don’t know. But here it is & there’s nothing I can do about it. I am just sorry you had to hear it this way. If you see me out at the store, or church, please don’t mention this to me. Because I am still having a bit of pain, upsetness, trying to digest & understand what’s going on here, with it.

So, with all of that, I guess I need to say thank you to her teacher, this year for making Math so fun. (Where were you when I was in 3rd grade???) Thank you to my family for passing this (mutant) math gene along to my daughter (in which I missed out on). Hopefully, her world will make far more sense to her, since she is not mathmatically challenged as her mother. And, too, I forgive you, Miss Neenee, for loving the math that I hate.  It’s alright.  I will get through this.

Oh, and one more thing, those Math Awards, that she’s been getting for the past few years, well, I guess I owe them an apology, too. I am sorry for not acknowledging you all sooner. It takes a lot for me to admit me & my sweet Miss Neenee might have one teeny weeny thing not in common. Which is ok. Maybe. I don’t know. I will get back with you on that one. Furthermore, I guess my life could be worse. She could like bananas. I hate bananas. They feel so squishy & nasty in my mouth. Oh wait. She does like bananas…..You know what, I am going to be going now because I should be washing clothes.

High Five for Friday

I have missed doing a High Five for Friday- for a couple of weeks. So glad to be back with everyone celebrating Friday! For starters, I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. Ours has been wonderful so far. One of the things we have been doing for the past few years is going to see Disney on Ice. My favorite is Tinkerbell!Tinkerbell

Miss Neenee had a dance recital Saturday. She had such a good time performing. It was a fun day for her!

Dancing Divas

Dancing Divas


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In light of Christmas, we were in a couple of Christmas parades. Here is one with Miss Neenee’s dance company. They are getting ready to go!2012-12-01_16.41.25

We made Christmas cookies this week! So much fun!
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Our Elf on the Shelf, Gracia, did not feel too welcome the 1st night at our house. The duck is holding a sign that says, “Go home! This is our house!” Gracia had a better week, though. She left a note today saying we were all on the nice list. I just hope it stays that way!
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Happy Friday everyone! I will be linking in with Lauren From My Grey Desk. She has the BEST link party every Friday. Have a great weekend! I will be doing a bit more Christmas shopping. Even though, Lord knows, I have more clothes to wash than ever! What are you doing this weekend??
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