Blog Challenge Day 14

What’s on your I pod?
 
Ummmm, I don’t have an I pod. I don’t have a MP3 player or even a CD player. I don’t listen to music unless I am in the car and even then I don’t listen to it most of the time. It is not that I don’t like music, but I have never liked the idea of just listening to music. When I was in school I needed quiet to study so I never listened to music. If it is on I usually enjoy most types of music as long as I can understand the words and it is not full of cursing. You won’t usually find music on at our house unless it is Christmas time. I love Christmas music and could listen to it all year. In fact that is what I have been listening to on the way to work since November. So what do you like to listen to?
 
I am linking up with Tiffany for the 31 day blog challenge. Check out what others like to listen to.

Blog Challenge Day 13

Do you have any regrets?
 
 
So many times we fall into a should of, could of, would of frame of thought. The if I knew then what I know now attitude is a hard thing not to have on your mind when you feel you life is less than perfect. I believe everything happens for a reason. Sometimes I wonder what reason on earth there would be for some of the situations that I am faced with, but I know there has to be a reason.
 
 
This is a post that I have seen on facebook that to me really drives the point home. At the time that I am writing this blog the post has been shared over 500 times so I don’t know who originally wrote it.
 
Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise You won’t get mad

God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay
Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right
Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that
Me (humbled): OH
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed):Okay
God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m Sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the Good & the bad.
Me: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.
Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children…

 
I believe that God has a plan for my life and even if I don’t exactly know what it is, He does. The past can’t be changed so even though I have those thoughts and wishes that I could change things, I have to live for today and take life one step at a time. I have to work on making decisions and doing actions on a daily basis that won’t cause me to regret things in the future. In short, I do have regrets but choose not to harp on them and choose to live for today.
I am linking up with  Tiffany  for the 31 day blog challenge.

Blog Challenge Day 12

What is something you miss?
 
What do I miss? I miss a lot of things. I mainly miss my life before I was hurt. I miss being able to work with out restrictions. Before I was hurt at work I loved going to work, I would run all over and although I would be tired I felt successful. Right now I don’t feel the same way at work.
 
I also miss being able to walk. I never use to have to think about going some wear or doing something. Now I have to think, is the place I want to go going to have a wheel chair or be accessible? Can someone drive me or will my foot be ok to drive? Will I be in too much pain?
 
I miss being able to clean the house and do dishes without having to sit down a million times in between.
 
I miss being able to run and play in the park with my little one. I miss going to the beach and walking on the sand.
 
I miss working days instead of overnights. The good times when I didn’t feel like a zombie during the day and I could sleep at night.
 
I miss the time before my corn allergy. Oh how I miss corn dogs and Mc Donald’s french fries. I miss being able to eat pudding and jelly and chips. (not at the same time) I miss being able to order a soda or milkshake. I miss not having to worry that I can get sick if I eat something new.
 
I miss our frequent trips to Disneyland to trade pins and ride the rides. Being able to spend a wonderful day at the happiest place on earth really can’t be topped.
 
Ok, this post sounds a little depressing but it is the things in life that I miss. Those were the good old days.
 
I am linking up with Tiffany  for the 31 day blog challenge.
 


Blog Challenge Day 11

Blog Challenge Day 11
What is the last book you read?

I use to read all of the time, but honestly I hadn’t read a normal book for a while. (One that was not used for teaching my little one) That all changed after The Hunger Games came out on DVD. It was playing in the electronic department at work and I kept seeing little bits and pieces of the movie. I didn’t understand what the movie was about and would say it is still hard to explain. I had thought it was just a bunch of violence and killing but that was not the case. So after seeing a few different parts of the movie I decided to buy the book. I ended up reading it in two days and did not want to put it down. After I finished the book I watched the movie. Movies are never as good as the books in my opinion, but I did enjoy the movie. Then I bought and read the next two books. I couldn’t put them down and each page was a new clue. I loved the entire series and am now a fan of The Hunger Games. In fact my friend and I already have plans to see the second movie when it comes out. Technically the last book I read was The Mocking Jay, but I read all three books in less than a week. I need to find my next good book.
I am linking up with Tiffany for the 31 day blog challenge.

Blog Challenge Day 10

What is your daily routine?
 
 
Routines, they are nice in theory but never seem to stick. Working overnights has made it very difficult to have a routine. When I get home from work some days I am so tired I crash right away, other days I am wide awake for a few hours. I wish I had a routine and that each day was about the same as the one before but that isn’t the case. When I am tired I get VERY grumpy. A grumpy teacher makes for a whiny student and in turn means little is accomplished. We have to work around my sleep needs. We try to have a basic schedule. Here is my attempted routine. Sometimes doing virtual school feels like a second job, but I wouldn’t ever send her back to “regular” school.
 
 
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
 
 
7:30 I get home from work, make breakfast and check Facebook.
8:30 I try to get some sleep, some days we do school work and I sleep later.
2:00 I wake up and start dinner, or at least start to think about dinner.
2:00 – 7:00 Do school work, house work, or laundry. So much to do and so very little time.
7:00 -8:00 We eat dinner, pack my lunch for work, and clean up. Some times we add school work or games.
8:00 – 9:15 I get ready and leave for work . My little one is usually still awake when I leave, unless we have an early morning the next day.
 
 
Tuesdays
 
7:30 I get home from work and try to go right to sleep.
11:30 I get my little one ready for gymnastics and make sure I am presentable.
12:30 We go to grandma’s and take care of her bills, mail, shopping and anything else she needs.
3:00 I take my little one to gymnastics and try to sleep in the car. It works as long as it isn’t too hot out.
6:00 We leave the gym.
6:45 We are finally home from gymnastics and I make dinner if we didn’t grab something on the way home.
8:00 – 9:15 Get ready and leave for work. I watch as much of Dance Moms as I can before I have to leave.
 
Thursdays and Fridays are my days off so they change weekly. The one constant is every Thursday my little one has gymnastics and we take care of my grandma.
 
My schedule can get quite hectic, but I try to make it work. Do you have a daily routine or do you just wing in?
 
I am linking up with Tiffany for the 31 day blog challenge.

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 9

 
What’s on your bucket list?
 

I think this is the hardest question so far. My dream has always been to go to Disney World, and I got to live that dream last year. It was an amazing two weeks. Right now I don’t really have a bucket list. I am still young and have a long time to figure out my dreams. My short term dreams would be to visit all of the states in America. Currently I have been to California (where I live) Nevada, and Florida. I went to Arizona as a baby and while on the flight to Florida we stopped in Texas and Louisiana, but I don’t count those. I would love to see more of the country. I figure I will just live for today and make each day count. What is on your bucket list?
I am linking up with Tiffany for the 31 day blog challenge.

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 8

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 8
What is your biggest pet peeve?
 
To understand the answer to this question I have to give you a little background information. I am over weight and have been most of my life, but that doesn’t mean I am lazy. I was hurt at work three years ago and prior to that I would run around the store 8 hours a day, pull pallets, unload trucks, push carts, and lift heavy items. I gave my all and was by no means lazy. When we went to Disneyland I would walk all day from 8am until midnight and not get tired. I was fat but I was active. Well for the past three years I have been on crutches or in a cast most of the time. I have gained more weight. I am close to 300 pounds. I am not able to walk for any length of time without a cane and I use an electric cart when I shop and at work. I would love to walk “normally” but right now that is not possible.
 
The other night I was working in the Electronics department. I was stocking small merchandise while using an electric cart. (My Dr. orders state I have to sit 100% while at work.) I was just doing my job  and this rude customer says, “So what do you have to do to get that job, just be fat and lazy? This happens a lot and really bugs me. I get comments while shopping that maybe I should walk and not be so lazy. I wear a brace but most of the time my pants cover it so on the outside I look fine.  Normally I don’t say anything but this time I was beyond angry so I replied, “No, you have to get hurt AT WORK, have your foot not get fixed correctly, have 2 surgeries and still not be able to walk to get this job.”  So my biggest pet peeve is when people judge me because of my weight and think I am just lazy. I am not a lazy person and wish people would think before they speak.
I am linking up with Tiffany at fabulous finds by  Tiffany for the 31 day log challenge.  http://www.fabulousfindsbytiffany.com/2013/03/day-8-pet-peeves-31-day-blog-challenge/


31 Day Blog Challenge – Day 1 – 7

I have been reading a lot of blogs lately and came across a 31 day blog challenge. There will be a new question every day during the month of March. It seems like a lot of fun and while I need to catch up on a few days, I think I can do it. So here are days 1 – 7.

Day 1
Self portrait and five random facts about yourself
  1. I love to take pictures, but hate having my picture taken. Now that I’m the one behind the camera, photos of me are hard to come by.
  2. I have 3 dogs. Lucky is a border collie, Buddy is a boxer lab mix, and Sadie is a hound lab mix. It started out with one dog and now it’s three, good thing that is the limit for where we live.
  3. I am a horrible speller, so bad that I spellcheck my comments before I post on facebook. I am great at math so I guess being bad at spelling is okay.
  4. I love Disneyland and I am a Disney Vacation Club member. Disneyland is my favorite place to be. Living in Southern California I use to go there quite regularly. Now that I have my leg injury I haven’t been in a while and I miss it.
  5. I wore braces in middle and high school. It is hard to believe but my mouth was too small and they had to stretch out the roof of my mouth. Yeah it was as painful as it sounds.

The portrait will be posted in a few days.

 
Day 2
 What are your favorite quotes?

These would have to be my favorite quotes:

  • “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. Promise me you’ll remember; you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.” – Winnie the Pooh

I have always liked that quote, I think it shows true friendship.
 

  • “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down – Mary Poppins

I have always liked the part in the movie where Mary Poppins sings that song. I still use the phrase with my little one.

  • “Always let your conscience be your guide.” – Pinocchio

Pinocchio was never my favorite movie, but I love that little Cricket.

  • “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

I admire Walt Disney and love many of his quotes, but I think this is my favorite one.

Day 3
What makes you happy?

I would have to say being with my family makes me happy. I consider my mom one of my closest friends and love the time we spend together. My little one makes me happy. I love to see her happy and learning new things. I am also happy spending time with my friend. I love cool rainy days snuggling on the couch. The simple things in life make me happy.

Day 4
What is your best childhood memory?

Wow, this is a hard one. I have so many great memories from my childhood. I was very lucky and had a great childhood. I would have to say I loved the time we spent at the ranch when I was little. We would go most of the time when we were off track and we had a ball. I rode horses, helped in the barn, went fishing, swimming, and camping. We had s’mores around the camp fire and had a wonderful time. We could explore, be kids, and just have fun.

Another great memory I have is going to Missionettes camp when I was a kid. It was a week of fun, learning, bible study, prayer, making friends, and kind of grouse food. We would make fun of the eggs they served every year. If you could call them eggs, they were always slimy and soft and no one at our table would ever eat them. I think I went to camp 5 years as a camper and 1 as a councilor in training and I loved them all. I feel I grew closer to God while at camp and that it helped me growing up.

There are a lot more great memories, but I think those would have to top my list.

Day 5
What are favorite movies that you never get sick of watching?

I really enjoy watching older movies. Sure I like a lot of movies that have come out recently, but most of them, once I watch them once it’s enough for me. So here are my top 5 movies I could watch over and over again.

  1.  It takes two – with Mary – Kate and Ashley Olsen
  2. Yours Mine and Ours – the older version 
  3. The Trouble with Angles 
  4. The Parent Trap – I like both versions but the older one is my favorite 
  5. Sister Act

I like good family friendly movies. I have never seen a horror movie and don’t intend to. I like comedy and dramas, but honestly I like the old classics the best.

Day 6
What was your last random act of kindness?

I try to do my best to live my life right and do the right thing. This question made me think though that maybe I need to do a little bit more. I think the last random act of kindness I did was a few days ago when I gave a doughnut to a man that had seen better times. He was standing outside the donut shop and I just felt it was the right thing to do. I don’t think it was that big of a deal but hopefully it made his day a bit better.

Day 7
What’s your dream job?

I use to say my dream job was to be a teacher, now that I home school I get to live that dream a little each day. Other than a teacher my other dream job was to work at Disneyland. Anywhere at Disneyland, but now I don’t want that. It may sound stupid, but I want the magic to be there and I feel knowing all of the behind the scenes stuff might ruin the magic or take the love away from it.

So as crazy as it sounds I would love to have an in home day care. I would love to teach young kids and see the world through their eyes. To help working parents know that a good person was taking care of their kids. That, as simple as it sounds would be my dream job.

I know that was a long post and thanks for reading it. I am going to try and post daily for the rest of the month and complete the 31 day blog challenge. I am linking up with Fabulous Finds by Tiffany for her 31 Day Blog Challenge. http://www.fabulousfindsbytiffany.com/2013/03/day-7-my-dream-job-31-day-blog-challenge/

No Bake Chocolate Drop Cookies

Lately I have been in the mood for chocolate, so I decided to make my favorite cookies. It was the first cookie that I ever learned to make from scratch. I actually made them for a school project in 7th grade. Everyone who tries them loves them and wants the recipe. So here it is. I don’t exactly know where this recipe came from, it has been in our family for a long time. I have seen recipes for a similar cookie on the internet but this is how our family makes them.

Ingredients

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

 

1/4 cup butter

 

2 cups quick oats

(For best results use Quaker brand not the store brand)

 

3 TBS cocoa

 

3/4 cup peanut butter

 

1 tsp vanilla

 

Wax paper

The most important things to remember when making these cookies is to measure ALL of the ingredients ahead of time, and to work quickly. The most time consuming part of the cookies is the measuring.

After all of the ingredients are measured out lay out some wax paper to drop the cookies onto. Place two spoons there as well.

Over medium heat bring the milk, sugar and butter to a boil. Stir constantly. Let it boil for 1 minute while continuing to stir.

Then, remove from heat and add the peanut butter stirring until smooth. It is important to work quickly from this point on or the cookies will turn out dry.

Add the vanilla, cocoa, and oats and stir.

Once the mixture is stirred evenly, use the two spoons to drop the mixture onto the wax paper

Let the cookies cool and dry and then enjoy.

The cookies will taste amazing even if your timing was a little off. If the mixture is dry and not sticking together, the heat was probably too high and/or they were not dropped quickly enough. Even if that happens the crumbs make a great topping for ice cream.

These cookies never last very long at our house. With a melt in your mouth rich flavor they almost taste more like a candy than a cookie. They are fairly quick and easy so make up a batch today.

First Meet of the Season

Yesterday we had a stressful start. My little one had her first meet of the season and we left early to make sure we were able to get a good parking spot. For those who don’t know, finding parking and a seat at a meet is difficult. If you are not there early, you could end up parking a few blocks away. I can’t walk that far so we try to get to the meets early. We were on the freeway when we heard a funny sound and the car became hard to steer. After a moment we realized we had a flat tire. Luckily I was able to pull over quickly. We called Triple A, and my dad to bring us the other car. It seemed like it took forever and we had decided that more than likely we would not find a place to park. My dad and Triple A actually arrived at the same time, so we took the other car and were off to the meet. When we got there cars were parked along the side of the road for a few blocks away from the gym. We drove closer and found a handicap parking place right in front. Then we checked in my little one and paid to get into the meet. We had a seat right up front and were able to see quite well.

My little one and 2 of her teammates waiting to begin.

My little one got her rainbow ribbons (9.0 and above) on the beam and vault and a pink(8.5 – 8.9) on the floor. Bars is not her strong suite and she received her first blue ribbon (7.0 – 7.4) yesterday. She was upset, but I hope that the “bad” score pushes her to practice harder. She has not been putting in her full effort at the gym lately and it shows. They don’t have another meet until May so we will see if she can get her scores up by then.


Warming up, our girls are in purple.
 

Our level three team now has 6 members two of whom competed for the first time yesterday. All of the girls did very well and with the exception of the bars received a rainbow (9.0 and above) or pink (8.5 – 8.9) ribbon on all of the events. They have all improved from last year and it is neat to see them change over time. One little girl on the team tried so hard to get a rainbow ribbon on an event last season and was unable to do so. Yesterday however she received two rainbow ribbons and her teammates were so happy for her. Over all the meet went very well. It was a mixed meet which had the level threes and fours competing at the same time. Those type of meets don’t happen very often, but it was a nice chance to see some of the other girls from our gym compete.

After the meet we went to lunch at Richie’s Diner and had a good meal. It was a long day!
I will be posting the videos of her beam and floor routine on Facebook, if you would like to see them here is the link to the page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daily-Life/411107232304311