Back to School, well kind of…

So tomorrow marks a new beginning for me…

But let me back up a minute.  Let me explain why…  I would like to start contributing financially to my family, more so than clipping coupons and watching all the sales.  And I want to do that without sacrificing my family or starting a home based business.  Not that I’m against home based businesses, I just don’t have the drive right now to drum up customers.  Additionally I need the flexibility to work around my kid’s school schedule and still have summer off.  After all there are three of them still at home and I don’t want to get in trouble for staying home to take care of a sick child.  So what’s a mom to do?

Apply to be a substitute teacher.  I have my Associates in Fine Arts with 62 hours.  Unfortunately that is not quite enough to substitute teach around here.  In fact I am only 2 hours short!  At least that isn’t too many hours!

After checking with a local community college I found that they have “On Demand” classes!  They are geared for adults that need a few hours in very specific subjects.  I don’t even have to take all 4 modules (but I will) to get my 2 hours in as the class I have chosen is a 3 credit class.  So what did I choose???  It’s a Web Design class!

Now I’m not dreaming about being the next huge Web Page Designer, but I’d like to think I could help design pages  for organizations that I am affiliated with!  To say I am excited about this is an understatement.  To say I’m nervous is also an understatement!  The best thing about this program, this class in particular, is that I don’t even have to leave the comfort of my own home.  I work at my own pace and turn in my work to my professor.  So I’ll just have to see how quickly I can trudge through this process.

My goal is six weeks or less…

Memories yet to be made…

dsc096161My husband decided to make a new sandbox for our three youngest children. After much thought and a look at a fantastic book from Lowe’s, Sunset’s backyards for KIDS, we came up with our own variation.

Overall the sand box measures approximately 10′ x 12′ with a 2’x 10′ area for built in storage. Once the covers for the storage dry out Aaron can finish up mounting the hinges and work on the activity wall. This wall will resemble a large peg board that they can pore sand on and race cars down, all in the name of imagination!

Oh, but I forgot the most important part of the sand box- the sand! This sand box holds just under 5 tons of sand, and it is about 14 inches deep!

So if you need a Visa commercial, here goes…
Lumber and Materials- about $250
5 tons of Sand- $125
Memories- Priceless!

Our Sandbox/Sandpit

Our Sandbox/Sandpit

My love for Scrapbooking…

Scrapbooking is something that I could literally spend hours doing.  But as it is, I spend more time taking pictures of the little munchkins making memories rather than scrapbooking them.  At the rate I am going, I will NEVER run out of things to scrapbook!  And in the end if I had to do it over, I would rather make the memories then dream about scrapping them.  The kids will be out of the house soon enough.

Alphabet Soup Book

Finally a little book all for me! I love to do art for others, and seldom do anything just for me! So when I finally completed this project I was very glad to call it my own!

Playing with your food!

I think that the kids eat a little better when YOU dress up their plates!

In this picture, I made O Chicken Rings, Sugar Snap Peas & Carrots for the Mouth, Fries for the Eyebrows, & Cucumber for the nose with Ranch Dip!