Going Down

I made a HUGE step today in my weight loss.  I was a bit intrepid about stepping on the scale this week.  I’ve been sick for almost a week.  I’ve had a ton of sinus drainage and it just really upset my stomach.  On top of that, I think I had a stomach virus.  For the close to a week, I puked almost every day.  Yesterday was so bad that I wasn’t even keeping water down.  However, I also know that you can’t starve a body and lose weight.  The bodies natural reaction is to start to store what it has, thus, usually adding on a couple pounds.  Today when I stepped on the scale, I was in for a HUGE surprise!!

I was down 6.2 pounds….in ONE week!!

I’m so amazed, happy, and relieved.  Relieved that is that I also ate my first meal without throwing up today!!  I just kept drinking water yesterday and all day today.  I decided that I’d give my tummy time to heal and just keep full of fluids.  Much to my relief, dinner stayed down and I was even ready for my night snack a couple hours later.

Not only am I feeling better though, but the whole family is.  It seems they had the stomach bug too.  I’m not sure who gave it to who, but I probably got hit the worst because of the lap band.  Sadly, kiddo did have a fever for a couple days.  She’s much better today and no sign of the fever.  Also, I’m proud of her because she lost another 1.6 lbs. today as well!!  She’s just on a slow steady streak and loses that much a just about every week.  I keep telling her how good she’s doing, because she is.  That’s really major that she’s doing it the right way and that it’s coming off slow and steady.

Hubby was affected by the stomach bug too, but he was fine by the time he had to work yesterday.  He did have quite the “to do” list that he never go to last weekend.  He just took his time and rested and seems to beat the bug the best!!  While we all needed some down time, I did manage to get his hair cut.  Boy did he need it!!

Well, that’s all that I have for you right now.  I know, I’m so darn boring lately!!  I do have photos to post if I can ever get on schedule with some of the photo memes.  Miss K and I also went to go see a movie that I really need to tell you about!!  Ah, for just a couple more hours in the day or just a day to play catch-up.

Oh, and the funniest….or saddest part of how much I’ve lost lately is that I have a brand NEW dress that I wanted to wear tomorrow night to our Appreciation Dinner for religion class and it’s TOO BIG!!  Yes, this dress has been sitting in my closet because I was too fat, now I’m too thin.  Isn’t that crazy!?!?  I’m still wearing it and I’ll look good….and at least I get to say that I’m not that big any more.  For a total, I’m down about 4 sizes now.  Yes, that means that I’m getting into more and more “regular” sized clothes!!  WOOT WOOT

What are you up to….or down to??  Let me know, because I do love hearing from all of you!!

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Sequence & Pray – Our Father

Thanks to a blogger, Holly, using my Sequence & Pray – Hail Mary cards and mat set, they’ve become very popular.  That’s also sparked people to ask for a set for Our Father.  So thanks, Three Sided Wheel , I appreciate your interest in my Hail Mary set and that you blogged about it.

This is a set for Sequence & Pray – Our Father.  The cards can be used for concentration/memory (if 2 sets of cards are printed) or they can be sequenced on the mat with the words to the prayer on each card.  They also could be used to just recite the prayer or a number of other things.  These all must be printed on legal size paper!!  That is, 8 1/2″ by 14″ size paper.  

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Easter Lesson

Tonight, I taught about Easter and the events leading up to it.  It seems like this lesson is even harder to get across than Christmas is.  Mind you, we started this with Ash Wednesday and Lent.  They still want the candy and the Easter Bunny!!  I honestly thing that maybe at their age, death is a little hard to understand and comprehend.  

I did a worksheet/activity sheet for Palm Sunday (review), Holy (Maundy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  These were brief because of their age, but show the progression of events.  I then discussed Jesus dying on the cross and how he was buried and rose (and that the resurrection was what Easter really is).  I actually think that they got most of this.  In the classes leading up to this and when we do prayer, the kids love the cross.  So, I chose to do Jesus on the cross for our craft project.

I chose to do the resurrection set from Catholic Icing.  We only did Jesus on the cross and we did it without a tp roll.  If you use card stock and tape it on the inside, it stands perfectly!!  They absolutely loved this!!  Also to craft an event of Holy Week, one could do The Last Supper craft, also from Catholic Icing.  I know this is post too late for many to use, but don’t forget that last year, I created several items for Lent and they can be used through Holy Week and Easter.  Please just do a “search” for them.  There’s also a Sequence the Events of Holy Week game.

I’ve also created my first lens on Squidoo!!  It’s just a very basic one until I get used to it and learn my way around the features more.  I’d be happy if you checked out A Christian Easter and let me know what you think.  Please keep in mind that this is my first one and that I’m hoping to do more as I learn the process.  Finally, this is a craft that I’m considering doing with my class next year.  I think it’s a great one and I found it because I have the site pinned on one of my Pinterest boards!!  This on is an Easter Resurrection Bible Craft in color or black/white.  There’s even a coloring page.  Had I found this pinned  before class tonight, this is what we’d have done.  No matter, they loved what we did and I’m glad that there’s choices out there for us and for free too!!.

What did you do at home or in your religion class for Holy Week and/or Easter??



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It Keeps Moving Along

**NOTE:  This was scheduled to post, but I made an error, so it didn’t post on the day scheduled.  I’m now posting it, but almost a week later!!**

I thought it was time to give everyone an update again. It seems like it’s been forever, although I know it hasn’t!!

This week, I lost 2.6 lbs. and 2 lbs. last week.  That brings my total over 30 lbs. total now.  I’m about to be at 3 months post-op.  I feel absolutely great!!  I can tell that I didn’t get a fill last month though.  I’m starting to get a little more hungry, but nothing that can’t be controlled.  The good part is that I’ve taught myself what full feels like, so I don’t go past that.  Also, hubby and kiddo are good about measuring my food out.  If it looks like more than 4 oz., they’ll ask me if I measured or not.  I monitor myself pretty well, but they don’t let anything slip either!!

I’m looking pretty frumpy in most of my clothes.  I did go buy 2 pairs of shorts and 1 pair of capris at Dillard’s.  The shorts are tan and black, while the capris are denim.  That way, they go with everything and I haven’t wasted money on clothes that will be too large for me soon.  While at my parents house, I did find a great pair of shorts at Kohl’s and I just had to pick them up too!!

Other than that, I’m not online much.  I’m still trying to stay active and moving the weight loss along.  When I am online, I’ve started getting more into some of the social media.  I find it fun and a great way to meet people.  I’m still not sure about all the Facebook stuff, but I try to keep it updated.  I just love growing and learning new things and social media is huge right now!!

Well, I think that about covers it.  Religious education and homeschool are both almost done for the year.  It’s going by so fast!!  We’ll be doing Algebra I all summer, but that’s it.  Everything is in good shape and we should finish almost on time this year.  I’m looking forward to summer and just having some down time.  Right now, I’m running Miss K to the orthodontist quite a bit.  That’ll slow down too after we get all this beginning of the procedure stuff squared away.  She’s going to have an even greater smile when it’s all done!!

What are you all up to??



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VBS: NYC – Big Apple Adventure

It’s Vacation Bible School time for many!!  Last year, I was asked to create some materials for one of the members of my Christian group.  Her church is using “Big Apple Adventure” by LifeWay.

First off, I created a blank file folder game.  It’s made using the NYC theme, but there’s no designated skill so that each teacher can use it to teach what they need.  I also made a set of concetration/memory cards using Romans 10:17, which is the focus of this VBS.

There’s also a maze with the “Big Apple Adventure” theme, as well as a kriss kross puzzle and cryptogram with that theme based on Romans 10:17.

I also made some decoration materials and some rewards materials.  There’s a set of NYC banners.  For the kids is some small bookmarks and doorknob hangers.  Also, there’s name tags and desk place tags.

It seems to me that there’s more, but I just can’t remember right now.  That’s ok, it’ll be a surprise when you go to download all these materials!!  I hope that you find something that you can use for your VBS, homeschool, religion class, or whatever you might need them for.

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Stations of the Cross

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For many of us, we often focus on the Stations of the Cross during Lent.  I think it’s fairly hard to find materials that can be used for adults to meditate these, much less children.  I decided I was going to remedy that!!  I’ve created several printables to help with learning, as well as meditation for The Way of the Cross.  There’s a couple games and there’s some materials to take to church as you visit each station.

First is some 3-piece egg shape puzzles for each Station of the Cross.  I think these would be perfect in Resurrection Eggs or just as a learning tool.  There are 2 sets….one has the number of the Station and the other doesn’t.  Next is a set of Way of the Cross cards.  These can be used as memory match or for a number of other things.  These also come in 2 sets….one with the number of the Station and one without.  Both of these items also have a storage box for the puzzle pieces or the cards.

For learning materials or meditation, I made a set of cards….or they can be made into a book.  This is a spiritual devotion for Stations of the Cross.  They can be printed front and back for ease of use.  If they’re cut apart, they’re slightly smaller than half-page.  Finally, I’ve made an accordion book for the Way of the Cross.  This requires a little bit of  “work” to assemble, but I love how it turned out.  Once the pages are printed out, the pages are glued or taped together to overlap.  The pages are then folded in half along the dotted line and folded into the accordion book.  For each Station, there is a devotional.  I’m also working on another accordion book that will just have the Stations, without the devotionals.  This is more for children to learn what the stations are and give them a basis for it all.

All of these have different Stations images.  I was able to find many great images online and used a variety when creating these.  I think they’re all beautiful and I want to create until I’ve made something with all the beautiful images that I found because what Jesus gave for us deserves the best!!

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UPDATE:  I found some beautiful pieces of art on the internet and knew that I wanted to use them for a Stations of the Cross activity.  It’s so hard to know what to do with them and have them be highlighted, but still “teach the lesson”.  Anyway, I chose to make an accordion book/cards with them.  There are 2 sets…..1 with words for each Station and 1 without the words (so it’s just the image).  These can be folded and used as an accordion book, or they can be cut apart.  Once apart, they could be used for memory (if 2 copies are printed) or they could be sequenced, or simply held up and used for review.  They could even added to a blank game board for skills/review.  Really, there’s so many options.  If you’re interested in these, just click the button above and they’re in a folder!!  There still might be more to come, depending on my time available to create, so keep a watch!!

The information that is posted on this blog is general information. It is not intended to substitute for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free; however they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share your materials with them. Copyright © 2008-2011. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

Week in Review

I’m sure many of you noticed a lower than usual number of posts this week.  I was also delayed in reading blogs and posting comments.  In some cases, it even took me a bit to get to replying to comments left for me.  The reason for this is that I had a bit of a busy week.  So, let me get you caught up on everything going on.

Monday was Labor Day and although I had plans to take it easy, Ed ended up coming over and spending the day with us.  K and him keep me busy and we ended up playing Twister most of the day.  That was fun!!  I was mostly just the spinner.  My knee no longer allows me to get on the floor and pretend to be a pretzel!!  We were supposed to have a half day of classes, but even that didn’t happen.  I wanted to do language arts, math and 2 chapters of Little House on the Prairie.  That put us a whole day behind on that.

Being behind on those subjects put us behind on other things.  I spent the rest of the week trying to keep up with lessons and staying on track.  I wasn’t stressed by any means, but I don’t want her to fall off track or lose momentum.  I can say that having this option is one of the best features of homeschooling!!  We did finish another chapter of math and she’s ready for a test.  We also only have 2 chapters of Little Houseleft and then her final test on that.  We got in depth on a compare/contrast essay for language arts.  We also started plant classification.  I plan to go more into that with corn and wheat.  In social studies, we moved from the mid-west to westward expansion, along with Lewis and Clark.  We’re just starting that though!!  I think that about covers homeschool.

I had to inform Ed and his mom that I wouldn’t be able to pick him up from school for about a month.  Hubby will be driving my car to work every day because his is out of commission.  He drives and old car that his dad bought new.  When he got his license, it got passed onto him.  He even took me to prom in this car!!  Anyway, it’s in desperate need of a rear axle.  It went fast and although it’s drivable, it wouldn’t be safe for him on the road.  So, I have to give my car over to the man so he can do his duty.  The soonest he can probably get to it will be Miss K’s birthday party at the end of the month.  The good thing is that he’ll also have my dad’s help.

Wednesday was an interesting day.  Lean green had to get home on time to give me the car so that I could get to religion class.  I’m one of those that prepares lessons ahead and of course, I still felt unprepared.  I went in with a feeling of dread.  I also knew that I was going to have a 3 year old in class when I usually only have 4 & 5 year olds.  I shouldn’t have been worried, but then I wouldn’t be me.  I went into class prepared for less kids than I ended up with.  By the end, I was up to 10 kids!!  That’s the most I’ve ever had.  The 1st grade teacher only had 3.  Class turned out great though and I’m thrilled so far.  Time will tell as they get used to being there.  I had to run to the office, so I left my assistant and K there.  I came back and K was there alone.  My assistant just left without telling me or getting the teacher next door to check on them.  I was so pissed!!  She could have knocked on the next door to tell her or waited 2 minutes for me.  Instead, she left a 10 year old with 10 kids!!  UGH

Oh, and 2 of my goddaughters are in my class!!  There’s 3 total.  They get wilder as they go down in age.  The oldest is a doll!!  The youngest joined class this year and boy oh boy!!  She’s a spirited young girl!!  SHEESH 

I waited all week to hear the results of my mammogram, but still no word.  Last time I didn’t get results back, I ended up with a hysterectomy.  They called me with an appointment instead of results.  However, I fully believe that this time, “no news is good news”!!

Thursday I cleaned and not much else, other than homeschool.  Today was, oh boy!!

I started my car and it didn’t sound right and it sputtered as I backed out of the garage.  I went to pull out on the main street and it about died, so I backed off the gas and prayed.  Then at the signal light, it started sputtering and jerking.  I called hubby to tell him I was going to probably be late.  I was on my way to his final graduation of soldiers.  (He’ll still be in the unit, but have several appointments.  Plus, the next graduation is on the same day as his retirement ceremony.  Guess which one we’ll be at!?!?  LOL)  He was upset to say the least.  My good car is having issues and he had no car to come rescue me.  But alas, I got there by not going over 30 mph and just on time!!  I told him I thought it was the fuel filter because it’s acting like my ’99 Grand Am did on the way home from my parents house one trip.  He was in Iraq.  ARG  Anyway, I took it down and paid the price for having the fuel filter changed.  It was needed.  It had mud pour out of it.  On the way home, it started to run better, but I couldn’t turn on the a/c.  The car would die everytime I switched it on.  I told hubby and then called dad.  Hubby thought it was the oxygen censor.  Dad agreed or said it might be the map censor.  So, I puttered to the parts store and bought both those pieces, a special wrench for the oxygen censor and a few couple parts for the man’s car.  Now my car is in the garage with the hood up waiting for him to change those 2 parts out tomorrow.  I’m hoping and praying this is all it is.  My car is only 4 years old and is pretty low mileage.  Of course, it’s just out of warranty.  He loves working on cars though (he’s a mechanic by trade in the Army), so he gets to have fun all weekend.  Meantime, we’re, especially me is car-less!!  

It’s not like we can afford this.  I worked his rear end into the budget, but that stretched it.  Miss K’s birthday is also this month.  I have all that preparing to do and some expenses with that.  Family will be in town for that and as far as I know, she’s only going to have 4 kids over.  I’m suppsed to be at some catechist (teacher) meeting thing in OKC the day of her party, but I told them I had to pass this time.  AAHHHH  That reminds me, I have a meeting next Saturday too!!  **Now, where’s that calendar??**  It’s all good.  After 20 years in the Army, I’ve learned to stretch a penny or two!!

So, that’s why I’ve been crashing fairly early every night this week.  Oh, and our gremlin is hard at work.  I’d bought a game last month (or the month before) and it’s missing.  I have the case, but no cd.  Go figure!!  Plus, I’ve been trying to keep up on all the political happenings this week.  It’s gonna be interesting!!

Any other questions??  LOL  Man, I do love this life though.  Never a dull moment.  Ever notice how it’s never one thing here or there??  It all goes at once!!  I can’t say it’s anything bad though.  It was just rather busy.  The frustrating kind of busy for me.  My only concern is the car, but the man will get that all worked out.  One way or the other!!  I did get some pics of hubby doing his final graduation duties.  I also took some pics of K in the prizes that I won from the “Blogging for Blood Cancer” event.  I’ll post all those tomorrow!!

So, with that, I leave all my wonderful lady blogger friends with some eye candy!!

Ya’ll have a great weekend!!  HEHE  I’ll be around getting all caught up!!