How To Choose Your Words

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Me: Aaron, What did you have for related arts today at school?

Aaron: I don’t know. It’s a long name.

Me: What?!? Tell me what you did there and maybe I can figure it out.

Aaron: Well…we touched cotton balls and sandpaper. Continue reading

Multiplication Monday

Hey everybody!!! It’s been a while since my last post. We just started week #2 of the school year. HOMEWORK TIME!!

This time of our day can be a battle sometimes. Tonight we changed it up a little bit with some rocks and guess what?!?! Multiplication was no longer hard 🙂 Isaiah did a FANTASTIC job practicing his math. Continue reading

“How To Make DNA”

Step 1: Freeze a small cup of water.

Step 2: Allow frozen water to melt slightly.

Step 3: Add the following ingredients…5 bay leaves, salt, pepper, cinnamon, & a small drop of dish soap. 

Step 4: Freeze again.

DNA is complete! 

Can He Afford His Big Dreams?

Isaiah was recently hired by his father to do dishes. I know…that’s a topic all on its own.

The focus here is Aaron’s meltdown regarding the whole situation.

Aaron: “Isaiah, can I help you with the dishes and then we can split the money?”

Me: “Isaiah are you seriously subcontracting out your one chore. I mean, I guess it’s fine because you’ll do less work and still get some money.”

Isaiah: “No. I don’t need help.”

Aaron: “AAAAHHHHH!!!!!! It’s not fair! I’m never going to catch up to him now!”

Me: “Huh?”

Not knowing at this point that daddy told them the $10 Isaiah was offered was a great deal considering the most mommy would ever pay them would be maybe $5.

Once I was brought up to speed the insanity continued.

Me: “Aaron, calm down. I can offer you a job. Stop freaking out and then we can talk.”

Aaron: (hyperventilating in the backseat) “It’s never going to work. I really need to save $300.”

Me: “For what?” (trying my best not to laugh!)

Aaron: “I need to save $300. After that I’m going to save a billion dollars so I can buy whatever I want. I was thinking about buying an island.”

Let’s pause here… what the devil am I supposed to say to that?!?!?

An island, really sir, an island???

Ok…you can do this…get back in there and see if you can help…

Me: “Ok let’s see. At $5 per week that would be a total of $20 per month. At that rate you’ll have the $300 goal met in 1 year and 3 months.”

Aaron: “AAAAHHHHH!!!!” (completely hysterical…)

Me: “Aaron…Aaron…Aaron…………Listen…Aaron! You really need to start thinking creatively if this is going to work.”

Aaron: (finally stops sobbing for a second) “What do you mean?”

Me: “Clearly your salary isn’t going to cut it. Is there anything you can sell? Maybe some toys that you don’t want anymore?”

Aaron: “I think so.”

That’s pretty much as far as we got tonight.

We’ll have to do some further research to figure out where this billion dollars is coming from!

 

The Value of a Genuine Smile

For seventeen years I have worked in customer service. I’ve done my time in the fast food industry. I’ve worked in sales and marketing. I currently manage a call center.

I understand the high level of stress that comes with the role but I also know from experience it is possible to exceed the customer’s expectations. It drives me insane when I give a business my money and I receive substandard service. Continue reading

Great Questions!

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My church is having our annual summer Vacation Bible School this week. So far it has been a BLAST! On Wednesday nights we have our mid-week Bible study and I was able to catch part of the lesson before heading outside to help with Snow Cones 🙂

The minister was talking about measuring success. In order to measure your success he suggested asking yourself the following questions.

  1. Is what I am doing working? Insanity- doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result.
  2. Why am I doing what I’m doing? What is your motive?
  3. Can what I am doing be improved?
  4. Will what I am doing help me reach my goals?

If you are the smartest/richest person in your circle…you’re in the wrong circle. You can’t afford to constantly pour into others without being fed yourself.

These are some GREAT questions to consider!

Have a wonderful day everyone 🙂

Conflict Corner

Driving to the mall this afternoon I was listening to an audio book. The narrator was talking about how boys on the playground can give each other bloody noses and then be best friends again the next day.

Isaiah: “Just like conflict corner!”

Me: “Conflict what?”

Isaiah: “Conflict Corner is a place in my P.E. class. If you get in an argument with someone you go there. There’s a piece of paper that tells you what to do.

1. Each person shares their side of the story.

2. Together you come up with a solution.

3. You shake hands.

4. Give each other a compliment.

5. Go back and play.

Me: “What was the solution the time you went to conflict corner?”

Isaiah: “I’m not very good at coming up with solutions. I just asked my friend if he wanted to go back and play again. I’m a sly fox mama…just like my daddy.”