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Surprise!!

So kiddo and I went out yesterday and did a little shopping and took care of some errands.  When we got home, there was a message on the answering machine from my Dad.  I couldn’t figure out why since I’d just talked to him early in the morning.  So, I call them right away to see what’s up.

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Low and behold, they inform me that they’ve decided to come see us THIS weekend!!  My mom has declared this a little mini-vacation.  She’s determined that she’s not going anyplace or do anything the whole time that she’s here.  YAY!!  I’m so happy and excited.  I love my parents so much and I love it when they do little things like this.  It’s a different schedule than usual though because Mom has to be back to work on Monday instead of them leaving as usual on Monday.  But, they’re also arriving a day earlier than usual!

I’m so looking forward to some special family time.  To top it all off, we’re supposed to have a cool down and possibly get a little much needed rain.  It should make for a wonderful weekend and for some enjoyable time together.  Now, it’s time to plan my menu!!

What do you have going on??  Any surprises in your life??

 

 

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The Commotion

So I know, you’re wondering just where I’ve been.  Well, I’ve not been sitting idle, that’s for sure!!

Kiddo has taken a “break” from her volunteering at the animal shelter.  The schedule of working with Doc has changed and it just doesn’t work with us homeschooling through summer.  We’re enjoying having a little more time on our hands though.  Then again, it’s not in our hands….it’s spent in the books!!

Homeschool is going well.  So far summer has mostly been spent on Geometry.  We also have some science labs planned, but we’ll handle those after Miss K’s last summer visit to see my parents.  She’s also working on Latin, but I’m just not much help.  I know teaching her, I should be, but I never liked foreign language.  All’s not lost though because my Dad happens to be great at Latin, so she gets a lot of work in then!!

My weight has been stable for going on 2 years now.  I’m still walking when I can.  It should be more often, but it is what it is.  At least I’m getting some activity in!!  I’m very happy with where I’m at and I know those final 10 pounds will come when it’s time.  The one thing that I haven’t done much of is photography and I’m really looking forward to getting behind the camera again.  I miss it and just haven’t taken as many opportunities as I should to get photos.  

I’m happy to say that my shops are doing alright.  I’m trying to keep them stocked with new printables.  Don’t forget if you’re in need of educational or Christian printables, be sure to check out my stores (the buttons are in the left-hand column)!!

So what else can I tell you!?!?  Other than that, life is just busy.  We’re always doing something and trying not to let things slip through the schedule.  Unfortunately, my blog does seem to suffer a bit.  It always picks up once school starts, and that’s just not far off any more.  RE is just around the corner.  Can you believe it’s July already??  I’m thrilled though because the heat is on!!

How’s your summer been??  What have you been up to??

 

 

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I’m 6 Years Old!!

Alright, so it’s not me….it’s the blog!!

 

Commotion is 6 years old today.  I can’t believe that!!  Time has gone so fast.  

I know that I blog a lot less than I used to, but I still enjoy it.  I feel like I’ve finally taken ownership of it made this blog all mine.  That means that I had to give up on the idea of having lots of followers and readers, but it was a sacrafice worth making.  It allows me to blog about whatever I want and not just stick to one single topic.

Normally, I’d give you a bunch of stats from the past year.  I can’t do that this year, as I moved the blog to a hosted domain.  My stats only count from that point on.  That is by far, the biggest event on the blog in the past year.  The move was a lot of work, but it was well worth it.  I’m still working on moving files and making sure that links work.  In addition to that, I still get plenty of visitors on the old blog looking for my printables.  Despite signs and notes that I moved, they haven’t found there way to this new location yet.  I have hopes though!!

What has your year been like??  What do you like or dislike about the “new” blog??  What do you want to see more of….or even less of??  Let me know your thoughts on Commotion, as I always love to hear from my readers!!

 

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Silver

Today marks a very special day for me….

and hubby.

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We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary!!  That’s right, we’re silver!!

Our life together so far has been an interesting one, to say the least.  Twenty of those were being married to the Army.  There’s no part of that time that I’d do over.  I’m so very happy.  I’ve been so very blessed in so many ways.  He’s my high school sweetheart, my best friend, the love of my life…..and so much more!!  I can’t wait to see what else life has in store for us as we grow “old” together.

Honey, Happy 25th Anniversary!!  I love you forever and always!!

For all the rest of you…..

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May the luck of the Irish be with you and yours has it has been with me and mine and may God bless you as richly as he has us!!

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The Braces are Off!!

It’s been 23 months since Miss K first had her braces put on.  But, let’s start from the beginning….

We went to one orthodontist and he just treated us like crap.  His patients while we were there seemed to be very snobby and his staff most certainly was.  We knew that fixing kiddos teeth was going to be a lot of work.  We were prepared.  However, this ortho wouldn’t even talk to us.  I asked him what he was going to do and what he expected and he said he didn’t know.  They did all the prep work and told us to come back.  We went to our next appointment and the ortho still wouldn’t talk to us.  When we went to leave, we commented that we were active duty, but only for about another year.  The receptionist jumped up and said “you’re retiring?” and we said “yes”.  She started freaking and said, “well that changes things and we’re going to have to charge you MORE”.  We couldn’t believe it.  She had us pay something and said that when we came back, she’d have the new amount.  Next appointment, the ortho didn’t want to talk to me to discuss the treatment for kiddos teeth.  In fact, he’d never seen her….only his dental hygienists had to this point.  When we left, we weren’t happy and I told the receptionist that we’d let her know.

A while later, we went to our dentist for our regular 6 month cleaning.  We told him what happened, so he contacted the orthodontist.  The jerk told him that we refuse treatment!!  Are you kidding me!?!?  I told the dentist about the money and about how the ortho had never seen Miss K, much less explained treatment to us.  He told us to forget this ortho and go to another one here in town and said that he was just as good.

Being treated the way she had been, kiddo had no desire to go back to get her teeth fixed.  We continued to have our regular 6 month cleanings and our dentist just kept reminding us that her teeth really needed to be fixed.  We knew this, but it never was an issue for her.  Despite how messed up they were, she just kept on smiling.

Moving ahead about 2 years after our first orthodontist experience, Miss K mentioned that she thinks she’s ready to get work done on her teeth.  Our dentist again tells us about another one here in town.  We schedule an appointment and go…..to be greeted by the nicest staff there was!!  They did x-rays and we talked to the ortho immediatey.  He said that he didn’t think that he didn’t think he could do what we needed.  Luckily, we had an appointment with our dentist very shortly after and we told him.  He said that he’d talk to the ortho because he knew that he could do it.  He was young and have new methods to help her teeth.  Not long after that, the ortho office called us and said that he has agreed to see us, so we scheduled the first appointment.  We were greeted immediately and they even remembered our names (remember, we weren’t patients yet)!!  The orthodontist told us what he planned to do, as long as we understood that her teeth wouldn’t be “perfect”.  We agreed, so financial came in and told us the cost, how much insurance will pay and how much we’re left with.  She explained that the ortho does take monthly payments and that we could pay it off in a year, which was half the treatment time.  

We never had an issue with payments, staff, or anything else!!  One time, they accidentally took a double payment out and called to let us know and asked if we wanted a check or some other method to get the money back.  I had a check in 3 days!!  The entire staff was always nice and friendly, answered any questions that I had, and kept us updated.  Now here we are 23 months later and the braces have come off.  Miss K’s teeth are beautiful!!  Forget not being “perfect” because they look great and they’re perfect to us.  He told her that she was a great patient, having never broken a wire or bracket…..and didn’t have “stained” teeth when the braces came off.  That means that she kept them nice and clean!!

So why are we so happy??  It might be shocking when you see what it was as compared to what they are now.  Take a look at the before and after…..

Before & After Braces

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Miss K’s teeth were messed up….period.  She’s got the ideal smile now and her smile is just as beautiful as she is.  We got her retainer today and go back in 6 weeks to check it and if there’s any tooth movement.  We’re expecting nothing unusual because she’ll take care of them.  We just can’t thank the orthodontist enough.  He has forever changed Miss K and we’re all so happy and thrilled with the results.

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Files Available Again!!

I’m sorry that it’s taken so long, but life tends to happen!!

The new files are once again available.  There is a couple that I’m still updating, but they’ll be able to be downloaded shortly.  Almost all my religious education materials are ready to go and I’m hoping that I’ll be adding some more very soon.

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Again, I’m sorry it took so long, but I appreciate your patience and being loyal readers.  Enjoy!!

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Sweet 16

Sixteen years ago today, I had the most beautiful baby girl that God could ever bless anyone with.  I just can’t believe how fast time has gone.  It seems like just yesterday, but no, instead its…..

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You are the greatest kid and each day I’m so proud of you.  I see the woman/lady that you’re becoming and I know that everything is going to be alright.  You know what you want and you’re going after it….and don’t ever stop doing just that!!  Keep after those dreams and remember to enjoy these days and the good times.  You deserve all the best and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for him blessing my life with you and everything that comes with it!!

HAPPY SWEET 16, BEAUTIFUL “LITTLE”GIRL!!

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Love,

~Momma & Dad

P.S.  Your teacher says that you can have the day off, so you better have some fun!!

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The Commotion Has Found a Different Ocean

After blogging here since 14 April 2008 with my first post, I’m moving!! I hope that you all will follow me to my new location and check it out to see what I’ve already started blogging and sharing. It’s been a great experience, but it’s also time for something new….and better.

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Little Momma

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Commotion from the Ocean of Life

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t posted for Camera Critters in quite some time. I’ve definitely missed it!! I’m also going to use this opportunity to get my Foto Finish started back up again.  After all, it is Saturday!!  I wanted to use today’s Foto Finish and CC to introduce the new member of our family.    

We refer to her as Little Momma….

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Now, why is she called that?? Well, here’s the story!! Kiddo volunteers at the shelter and they got this pregnant dog in there. Normally they don’t allow the pregnant ones to have their pups there IF they have a choice. The person that runs it was already tending to a new momma dog at her house, so they didn’t know what to do with this new one. Kiddo comes home and tells me that they have the cutest pregnant dog and they just need someone to foster her until she has the pups. When they’re old enough, they can all go back to the pound. I agree to look at her and I’m not even through the gate when I see her sticking her head out and trying to get to me. I was done for!! We ended up taking her home that day and well, she became ours!!

We were just so impressed with her. She was a puppy herself, but she was the best momma dog there was. She birthed 4 pups and all 4 survived. That’s saying a lot for such a small young thing herself. Those puppies coats glistened and they were all fat and sassy. She showed us so much love, despite loving her own pups that I just couldn’t let her go back to the pound. One of the best decisions that I’ve ever made!!

The pups were given to a pet store for easier and better adoption choices. My parents got the smallest of the puppies….and he was also the only brown one the same color as Little Momma.  A happy life for all!!

Oh, and for our optional theme for next week’s Foto Finish, I choose….

SPORTS

Remember, you can post anything you like for Foto Finish and the optional theme is just that….an option.  Please leave a comment below to let me know that you’re linking up with Foto Finish.  I don’t have a linky today since I’m also joining in Camera Critters, which is another great meme and you should check it out!!

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It’s April….Already

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April first already?!?! Really!?!?

I can’t believe how fast time is going.  I can’t believe that it’s already April.

This is going to be a busy month for us, but it’s all going to be good!!  I just wish that time would slow down a bit.  I miss some of the time I used to have to just kick back and enjoy.  April also means that we’re close to the end of the homeschool year.  WOW!!  The first year of high school will be down and out.  So many other things coming this month, but again, it’s all good.

To all the “fools” that take the time to read my blog and follow along, a very Happy April Fools’ Day to you and I hope that you don’t get too many pranks pulled on you!!

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A Blessed Easter Day

I’d like to wish all of you a…..
HAPPY and BLESSED EASTER!!

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Advent Wreath – A Paper Craft

This week, I did an Advent Wreath paper craft with my class.  We had so much fun doing this.  It was quite a bit of work for them to do, but they loved being busy and seeing their final product.  They just love to take their projects home!!

This is a 4 candle wreath.  I know some households and churches place a white candle in the middle, but we don’t teach it that way.  You could print out an extra candle if it’s your choice to teach it that way in your class or home.

Here’s a sample of how this craft could be completed (click to enlarge)….

COMING SOON!!

There are several ways to decorate this craft.  Some suggestions are to use buttons or fake holly berries or add red glitter to the paper holly berries.  Use fake holly leaves on the wreath instead of the paper ones or add glitter to the veins in the paper holly leaves.  Candles could be colored with crayon, markers, or wrapped in tissue paper.  The flames could be covered in glitter and placed on the candle the week that the candle is lit.  There are also 4 labels to place on the candles for what each one stands for.  There are several possibilities for this paper craft!!

If you’re interested in this craft, just click to…..

The templates, clipart and craft © The Schoolhouse and may not be used in any other manner without permission.

I hope that you and your kids or class enjoy this craft project.  If you do this project at home or in class, please just leave me a comment or use the “contact” button in the right hand column.  I’d love to hear from you and see how your project turns out!!



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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, The Schoolhouse, and Commotion from the Ocean of Life. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine and © The Schoolhouse and © Commotion ) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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