Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Early intervention

As you may know, Big E was a premie born at 32 weeks. Because of that, she got evaluated by early intervention to see if she qualified to get any services. Based on the assessment she did qualify on the social aspect of the assessment. I thought that was a little silly though because at the time she was only 3 months old. So a special instructor started coming to our house every week and we found that it was a little more important at the time to work on getting her to start moving. We started with rolling over, then crawling, and eventually walking. She did all of those a little later than usual but that was expected due to her being 2 months early. She was evaluated again after one year of services and she qualified again but this time it was based on language development. We were so focused on getting her moving, that her language development wasn't quite where it should be, but the person that came each week said that was normal. So that next year we focused on getting her to talk more and she definitely did! Now our special instructor was only coming every 2 weeks because she said you wouldn't see too much progress week to week. Towards the end of that year she didn't even really need to come but we enjoyed having her come every other week to hangout with us for an hour! I still keep in contact with her and chat with her every now and then!!

So now fast forward to Little E. He was born at 39 weeks so he didn't get evaluated for early intervention. But at his 18 month check up earlier this week, the doctor said he is borderline for being concerned about his language development. So, I called up early intervention and requested to get him evaluated. It could end up that he doesn't qualify, but I'd rather just get him evaluated just to see. There's no cost to us which is amazing!! So if you have a child ages birth-5 and you think something may be up with some aspect of their development, see if there are early intervention services offered in your area and see how they can help you out.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More on my decision

I didn't make it to church this past weekend like I wanted to but I'm ok with that. I've been doing some more thinking and have had some good conversations with 2 of my friends. I told both of them that I've gone pretty much all of my life without being a religious person and that I'm doing just fine without it. They both essentially told me the same thing, but in 2 different ways, that I may think that I'm doing alright without religion, but I just don't see what I'm missing yet.

One of my friends that I talked to (who is also a fellow oily user), related this to people who don't use oils. They think that they are doing perfectly fine in life with oils but then all of a sudden they try them and boom, they work for them and now that person can't imagine life without them. So maybe I just need some sort of experience like that to make me realize that I do need religion in my life.

Part of me still thinks that maybe the reason I'm having these thoughts is because I need to meet some new people and gain some new friends, but I don't know. I recently bought and received a book of Bible stories for kids. It has 2 different levels of reading it. You can read through it and just read the words at the top for younger kids which is a shorter version of the stories. Or you can read the bottoms of the pages as well for older kids. So I'm going to start reading through this book with Big E and just see what information from that she picks up.

Then this summer I'm going to find at least one vacation Bible school for her to attend so she can learn more there. A friend also suggested that I start by asking her simple questions like "Do you know who made the trees, the clouds, etc." And then next Christmas, I will definitely be talking about the true meaning of Christmas with her. I think by then she will be able to understand a little more than she will be able to now.

The main thing that has been going on in my mind is that as long as my kids know right from wrong, I'm happy. The simple lessons like "treat others the way you want to be treated" and saying "please", "thank you", and "your welcome." As long as I raise my kids to be good people, I know I've done my job as a mother. There is a lot of bad in this world and I don't think it is ever going to get better. But I can sleep easy at the end of the day knowing that I taught my kids to do the right things in life. And to me, it doesn't matter if we go to church or not. Just being taught the good values in life is the most important thing.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Here is what I have decided

This post is a follow up to my previous post, A kind of uncomfortable post. So if you haven't read that one yet, read that one first and then come back to read this one.

I texted my hubby while he was away for work last Thursday and told him that I was thinking about maybe checking out a local church with my mom. I told him about the blog post I wrote and wanting to start reading the Bible. I asked what he thought about that and mentioned the fact that we never talked about religion before. I also told him that I was nervous to even bring up the subject because I didn't know what he would think. Well, he said he isn't interested in it at all. And I am totally ok with that. But it got me thinking: why do I all of a sudden have an interest in religion and reading the Bible?

Part of me just wanted to stop having thoughts about religion and just forget about it all. I mean, I'm going to be 28 soon and for the past 12 years or so of my life, I haven't gone to church or read the Bible and I'm doing just fine. It just got me thinking, what am I going to gain by going to church? Well, one thing I'm thinking I could gain is new friends. As I've written about before, I've been struggling with my friendships recently. I was just telling my husband the other day that I actually don'e even know who my friends are anymore. Sure I have some people that I text and talk to on Facebook regularly, but then there's also people that I talk to way less now than I used to. And it's been a while since I've seen a lot of my friends or hungout with them. So maybe by going to church I'll meet some new people and maybe that's just what I need.

So I've decided that I'm going to keep using the Bible app that I found and follow the "Bible in One Year" plan. It's been a bit hard keeping up already but I'm determined to stick with this. I'm going to even try to get a day or 2 ahead every now and then so I can stay on track. Also, next week I'm going to go to a local church with my mom for an event they have for new members. It is a non-denominational church and I think it is going to be a great fit. They have what seems to be a great children's program so I'm excited to learn more about that.

I'm also going to start watching Veggie Tales with Big E and see what she picks up from watching that. I can maybe look into getting some children's books that would introduce her to the idea of God and religion. My aunt suggested finding a vacation Bible school this summer so I'm' definitely looking forward to doing that!

I still don't think the reason I want to jump into this is 100% clear to me yet, but I'm excited to see where this journey will take me! Like I've said many times before, everything happens for  reason so eventually I will find the reason for wanting to pursue these thoughts!

Friday, January 5, 2018

I learned something new...

You know how people say "You learn something new everyday"? Well, here is the thing that I learned today: Steve Jobs got fired from Apple, the company that he co-founded. Then he went on to create a company called NeXT and he had a part in creating Pixar. I was in for a learning support teacher today and when I came back to the main room the students were in, the class was discussing an article about Steve Jobs. They were talking about how important it is to work with others because Apple then realized that they needed Jobs working with them. Just think about what could have happened had Jobs never worked with Apple again.

Or think about what would have happened if Apple never fired him in the first place. Would Pixar have been created and be as big as it is today? Who knows. It's another one of those times where we can say "things happen for a reason." Even bad things that happen to us can turn into positive things if we have a positive outlook. When something bad happens to us and we are only looking at the negative, we can't find anything positive from that experience.

What is one moment in your life that you look back at and think "If that hadn't happened, my life would be completely different." For me it would be meeting my husband. If we had never met, I wouldn't have my 2 precious children. And there would be people in my life that I don't know. So be grateful for every moment in your life, even the bad ones. Because if you stay positive, then positive things will come your way. It's all about mindset!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A kind of uncomfortable post...

A few months ago I had started writing a post like this one but then for some reason I just scraped the whole post. I decided to write this post again because it's something I've been thinking about recently. When I was younger I used to go to church and was even part of a youth group at one point. I'm not sure why I ever stopped going to church in the first place. I had never seen myself as a religious person. It's not like I don't believe in God, because I do. I just don't go to church or pray or even read the Bible.

Within the past few months I was around some friends that were talking about God and religion and it just got me thinking about all of this. Yes I've been doing fine going about my life without praying or reading the Bible, but I just have to wonder what I could gain by doing those things. I'm not saying I'm going to go super religious and change every aspect of my life, but it wouldn't hurt to read the Bible.

And that is exactly what I plan on doing. I have the app YouVersion Bible on my phone and I plan on using that app every day. They have all kind of plans to go through and I have chosen the plan called "Bible In One Year 2018". Each day has a devotional to read and then some passages that go along with it.

I'm not exactly sure yet what doing this is going to do for me. I haven't even told my husband how I feel about this. He isn't the religious type either. But a time is going to come when we need to discuss this and figure out how we are going to raise our children in regards to religion. A part of me felt guilty during the holiday season because we didn't talk at all about the real reason for Christmas. I know the story of Christmas (and I'm pretty sure my husband does as well), but like I said, religion just isn't something we talk about. Big E and Little E don't hear about religion from anyone. And I honestly don't know how to introduce them to God or Jesus. Big E got a book at my baby shower called "Sweet Dreams Princess: Bedtime Bible Stories, Devotions, and Prayers". Maybe I just need to start with that. I'll start reading through the book with her and go from there. I'm not sure exactly what she is going to think or be able to understand from it. She actually understands more than I think she does sometimes. So she may surprise me!! And then I think I should see if they have a version of this book for little boys and I can start reading it to him when he is a little older.

Do you have any tips on how to introduce your little ones to God? I think what is making it hard for me is that it's not something that has been naturally in our house from the time our kiddos were born, so it's not just new to them, but new to me as well. I'll take any tips you have!!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 is here!

Well, another year has come to an end and a new one has begun! And I am so excited for the year to come! I can honestly say that going into the new year, I've never felt the way I'm feeling now. 2017 was a great year but I know that 2018 is going to be even better! There have been so many great things that happened last year that are just going to make this year even better!!!

Today me and the kiddos spent the day with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins (my hubby was traveling for work). One of my family members said something about the new year not being anything to celebrate because it's just going to make you mad anyway. I completely disagree with this! It is all about mindset. If you think your day is going to be a bad day, then it will be. If you think it's going to be a bad year, then it will be. Seriously, life is what you make it so you need to stay positive and not think that everything is going to go wrong.

One thing that I've learned about myself in 2017 is that when it comes to friendships and relationships, sometimes I can rub people the wrong way. A huge example of this is in my Young Living business. I'll admit that when I first started the business side of Young Living, I was all about the kit sales, getting people to join, and making money. But with this business, what makes us stand apart from other MLM's out there is that the product sells itself. People are buying you, not the oils. You have to build relationships with people before you can even think about getting them to join. You can't just push oils on people who aren't ready. If I had understood this about a year ago when I started the business, I may be at a different point in my business right now. But there's no use thinking about what could have been because we can't change the past. All I can do now is look back at my mistakes and learn from them and make some changes.

This year I'm making it a goal of mine to take care of my relationships a little better. Kit sales will not be my top priority. I really want others to experience the oily lifestyle and kick toxins out of their life, but I can't force them to do that. I need to gain their trust and show them that I care about them and then everything will fall into place.

So let's cheers to 2018!! Here's to hoping that all of you have your best year ever!! I've started making a list of things I want to do, places to visit, so that I can make sure this year is one of the best years I've ever had!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas has come and gone...

Well, just like that, the day we've been counting down to for the past month or so has come and gone. We had a great day spent with family! We only had to travel an hour each way to visit family and traffic wasn't bad at all.

Both kiddos had a great time and enjoyed their gifts!!! Little E got a play vacuum cleaner and to say he loves it is a huge understatement!!! He started playing with it again when we got home right at bedtime and if he had his way, he would have taken it with him!!

Big E got  kid's cookbook that came with color coded measuring cups that match the recipes. It has the measurements on it as well, but until they are old enough to know what 1 cup, 1/2 cup, etc. is, you can ask them what color cup the ingredient goes in. It also shows a picture of the ingredients so it makes it easy for them to read the recipe. Last night we made a smoothie and it was really good!! It had celery in it and you couldn't taste it at all!! Oh, and she also got an Elsa apron and spatula set that she absolutely loves!! She wants to wear the apron all the time!!

You know how they say "great minds think alike"? Well, my hubby and I both have great minds!!

About a month ago or so, we made quesadillas in the oven and my hubby started looking at quesadilla makers online and once when we were out at a store. So I thought a quesadilla maker would be a great gift for the man that I never know what to get him! Well, apparently he thought the same thing would be a great gift for me because I got him one and he got me one! We used one last night to make quesadillas using leftover ham from Christmas Eve and they were amazing!! Each one took 3 minutes once the maker was preheated which is so much quicker than in the oven! I'm going to be trying out some recipes that have been recommended to me and I'm also going to search for some more!

Now I've got 5 more days at home with my little ones until I go back to work next Tuesday, January 2nd. I went from having 1 day of work next week to 3, so I'm excited about that! I'm now in 3 districts so I hope by adding the 3rd district I will get some more jobs! Things are still going great with the new sitter and I'm so thankful that we found her! Childcare can be so expensive to the point that if I went to a daycare center, my whole check from subbing (plus some), would be going right to childcare. At least with this sitter I actually have some extra money after we pay for each week. I just want to know when Big E is going to stop calling her the "new babysitter" and just the "babysitter"!

Well, that's all for now. This Saturday we are going to do some major cleaning out of the toys so I will be sure to get a before and after of that and post that here!! Have a great day!!