Sunday, March 28, 2010

Oh, I forgot to tell you!

This last week has been Spring Break for WNC, so I have had no classes. Wednesday, of last week, at the end of Chemistry class we were given our graded scantrons back from the first test.
The reason that we had to wait so long was that the professor was giving us the opportunity to earn extra credit toward the exam scores each class period until Wednesday. The extra credit raised the average grade from the first exam (from all of his classes) from a 50-something to a 77% (there were 30 extra-credit points available). Good news, right?
It turns out that the wait was worth it, I passed the test -- even before the extra credit was added in!!
**Insert Happy Dance Here**

Just thought I would share that with you all since I have been sharing my angst about it with you up until this point.

But guess three more weeks, it is time for the next exam.......
**Happy Dance Over**

Thanks for taking this journey with me! ;)

A Penny For Your Thoughts...

I have a Philosophy paper due soon, very soon.

I am going to put my first paragraph - basic summary and thesis - below and would love any input that you care to give! Thanks in advance!!

People have always wondered where they came from and how the world came to be. Starting as far back as there are records of, people have always attributed their own existence and that of the world around them to some form of god, or even many gods. In Philosophy, there are many arguments for the existence of a benevolent, omniscient God. Some of the arguments claim that God’s characteristics are infinite and beyond human comprehension, and others bestow upon God human-like characteristics such as goodness, loving, merciful, and more. When taken individually, the arguments give great reason for believing that God created the world, and people. When looked at all together, not only is there overwhelming reason to believe that God does exist and that He created us, but also that He is benevolent, loving, omnipotent, and omniscient.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

“Baby Orajel® Baby’s First Tooth Photo Sweepstakes” and **GIVEAWAY**

Baby Orajel has claimed March as National Teething Month:
Traditionally, more babies begin teething in March than any other time of year. According to U.S. birth records, the greatest number of births each year normally occurs from July through September. And this means many babies, who on average begin teething at seven months, are well on their way to toothy smiles by March. That’s why the maker of Baby Orajel® has named March National Teething Month.

To celebrate they are looking for adorable teething "Baby Orajel Baby's"
This is your chance to share a photo of your teething baby with all of America!! How exciting! All you have to do is go to before March 31, 2010 and submit a photo of your little teether. Baby Orajel is looking for babies who have four or fewer teeth at the time the photograph was taken, and please only one photo per contestant! Once the deadline is closed, ten participants will be selected at random to become finalists.
Once the ten finalists are chosen, you get to vote - and have everybody you know vote, especially if you know one of the little cuties!!! ;)
The selected first place winner will bring home a $1,000 Grand Prize, while
the second and third place winners will each win $500.

And the people at Baby Orajel are so sweet that the first five people to enter and leave me a link to your entry, will receive a tube of Baby Orajel Cooling Cucumber Teething Gel
Good luck to all who enter the sweepstakes, and don't forget to post a link so you can get your Cooling Cucumber teething gel!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I have so much to be thankful for today, like every day.

It seems like change is something that happens all the time. Sometimes it happens to us, sometimes it happens through us, sometimes it happens in spite of us...I once heard that the only constant thing in life is change. I don't believe that for a second.

God is constant, He never changes! I am so thankful that I get to serve a Lord like that!!!

But even the change, I am thankful for. I know that we all have our own priorities in life and as the world around us changes we have to "adapt" or change so that our priorities will not be compromised. I am thankful that we have the freedoms in this great country to be able to make our own choices, move about freely, worship freely, and to express ourselves.

I am thankful for all the people I have in my life who encourage me to be the best that I can be - at whatever it may be. I am thankful for my family - near and far - and wish that there was not so much distance between us.

I am thankful for a great church with an amazing kids' program! And for being blessed with kids who are eager to learn and absorb God's truths!

I have so much more to be thankful for, but the dryer just beeped! :) Hey, I am even thankful for folding clothes in my own house, as opposed to the laundry rooms and laundry mats we used before having washer and dryer hook ups!!!

I hope that you all have a ton of things to be thankful for and that you would take a few minutes to reflect upon them, and give thanks! Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies **Review & Giveaway**

I had never really given much thought specifically to the fiber in my children's diets. I always paid much more attention to having balanced meals and relatively healthy snacks.

When I was first approached about reviewing the Pedi-Lax Fiber Gummies, I became interested in what the recommendations for fiber intake in children was. I was incredibly surprised when I found out how much fiber kids need too. I had heard something about the child's age plus five grams was what was recommended, that would be 8 grams of fiber per day for Emily since she is 3 years old. According to the American Heart Association's chart, children aged 1-3 need 19 grams of fiber daily, and as with adults for every 1000 calories consumed, there should be at least 14 grams of fiber consumed.
For a list of high-fiber foods with serving sizes and fiber content, check out this list from the Mayo Clinic

My children were super excited when they saw the Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies we were sent for Emily to try out. They are cute, colorful, appealing little penguins!

They are sugar-free and have no calories, the Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies are naturally fruit flavored and approved by dentists. They are approved for children ages 2-11.

I found it incredibly easy to get Emily to eat her fiber gummies, not so easy to convince her that she could not eat a handful! :)
The fiber supplement has helped ensure that she gets the daily reccomended fiber intake. I find the Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies to be a great addition to her diet, because although she does eat healthy and gets a good amount of fiber, there are days that she is more picky. With these fiber supplements I know that she is consistently healthy amounts of fiber daily.
There is a coupon for $1.00 off Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies (and chewable fiber supplements as well) on their website!
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Wordless Wednesday - Happy Birthday Brother!

Today is my brother's 25th birthday...little leprechaun!!
So I am taking this opportunity to tell him happy birthday!
We love you and miss you Brent!

Monday, March 15, 2010

I am having a baby kicking baby!

Last night, I was holding Natalie and rocking her to sleep. All of a sudden there was...something. It was the baby kicking and it was hard.
Ok, well it couldn't have been THAT hard sinse it's only 5 months "old" but it was hard enough to make me gasp - probably more out of surprise than anything else.
But I had to laugh a little. Already, with the baby not even born, I have a baby-kicking-baby!
So, maybe it is a boy...
Or, maybe it's not...

I guess I will have to get really good at waiting to find things out, and not just my Chemistry grade! LOL

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - First Park Day of 2010

Valentine's Day was a beautiful day, so we took advantage of it and went to the park! The girls absolutely loved it.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

The first Chem test is a thing of the past...

Last week, both Monday and Wednesday, I took my first Chemistry exam. It was hard, maybe even brutal. I thought I was pretty well prepared: I study, I do my homework, read the lecture notes A LOT.

I was wrong. I was not prepared.

I spent so much time going over everything that we had learned in class that I all but forgot to study all the math concepts that we are expected to know.

The test was Monday and Wednesday, we were supposed to get our grades tonight in class. We did not. I am so frustrated! The only thing related to our grades that we saw was a chart showing the grades received, and the average was a 50-something. I am going crazy not knowing if I passed or failed, did good or bad... I need to know, and it looks like I am going to have to wait at least another week to find out.

So if you feel like sending some patience my way, and a few good thoughts, I would gladly take 'em! :)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Ultrasound Pics

This is our little baby, he or she seems to be growing just fine. It's a stubborn little thing though, becasue as you know (if you read my previous post) that the baby would not uncross its legs so the sex could be determined.

The top picture is the baby with his/her hand by his/her face.
The bottom picture is the baby's face...what a cutie, huh?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yesterday was the day - I had the ultrasound!

I had scheduled my appointments for yesterday 10:00 and 10:45 - first the ultrasound and then to see the doctor.
The other day the doctor's office called and wanted to know if I would be willing to move my appointments up one hour because the doctor had to be in surgery by 10:45. I thought about rescheduling my appointments all together because I am really not much of a morning person, but I really wanted to find out if we are having another girl or a little boy, so I agreed to the earlier appointments.
The ultrasound took about forty minutes. The whole time, baby kept his/her legs crossed. Can you believe that?
The good news is that the baby is healthy and is developing according to schedule. The bad news - we still don't know if we are having a girl or a boy. All we know is that this baby has a bit of a stubborn streak!