Thursday, April 23, 2015

iTeach Second Blogger

I was quite surprised, shocked actually, to be invited to become a blogger on the iTeach Second blog.  

The first question I asked myself was, “Why me?  Why would they pick me?”  I had a blog a while back, but didn’t keep up with it.  
Literally, a month or so before I was invited to join the blog, I was thinking that I should start blogging again.  So, once I joined the iTeach Second team and learned that I was the only one without a blog, I panicked.  EEEKKK!  The ONLY one?!  So, I got to researching.  I looked around for someone who could design my blog quickly and professionally.  That is when I found Kreated By Kelsey.  She was AMAZING!  I had a vision, but she turned it into a reality! She litterally finished the blog design in a couple of days since she knew I was in a hurry.  I am still new to this whole blogging thing, but I want to learn!  So, my blog may not be as amazing as most of the others, but I hope that it will be one day.  For now, I plan on just posting as I feel led (and have time for), but I hope to get on a schedule one day.  Right now, I am just trying to manage family, teaching, creating, blogging, and life, one day at a time!  I know it will get easier as the days go on (at least I hope), but with kids growing up, I have a feeling that things will just be getting more hectic.  I can only do what I can do, that is my motto.  I love giving 100% to anything that I am involved in, but I also know I have to prioritize.  My family is first and everything else comes after that.  So, I tell myself, yet again, I can only do what I can do. 

Some people ask me, “How do you have time to do all of this stuff?”  Well, as soon as I put the kids to be around 8 or 8:15, I retreat to my room, work on my laptop creating things for school and TPT, and watching my shows at the same time!  Then, it is lights off around 10:30 to 11.  My husband is a fire fighter and works a shift schedule, so when it is just me and the kids, I can work away.  When Luke is here, we either work together (as he does a lot of stuff on his laptop too), relax in the bath, or spend time together!  We love hanging out, even if we are not interacting, just in the same room together!  There are some nights where I am just too tired to do anything!  Some nights I just lay in bed and watch TV.  This is rare, but it does happen.  Weekend are different though.  We spend time hanging out with the kids, neighbors, or friends.  We are at church every Sunday and catch up on housework and laundry. 

We also like doing projects as a family.  Here is one of our latest projects. 

Kids' bookshelf made with plastic rain gutters.

I wanted a bookshelf, as the kids’ books were just stuffed in a toy box and were driving me crazy!  So, I started researching cheap and easy ways to store books and this is what we came up with. We already have a bright and colorful upstairs, so it just seemed fitting to create something similar (and fun)!  We love the way it turned out, and the kids loved helping us create it.  Overall, it cost about $40 because we just had to pay for the gutters and the plastic ends.  We already had the paint left over.  Right now, we are working on our flower beds.  We don’t let the kids use technology during the school week, so they have plenty of time to help us out with projects such as this one!  It’s a win/win!  Ha!  Mainly a win for Luke and I since we get free manual labor!  

Maddie helping pour out mulch!

Logan helping out too!

I love my “Busy Me Plus Three” life and feel honored to be invited to blog on iTeach Second.  Please be sure and pop over to check it out.  There are so many tips, tricks, and great information on there.  Be sure to follow us!  Here is my first blog post on the iTeach Second site.  I can’t wait until the next one!



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