The Many Adventures of April

Today was my first day that all of my babies were at school full time.  I cried the day that N went to school for a few hours in the morning.  Today I was kinda numb.  It was wierd not having them there when I got in.  It was so strange.  I don’t think I was ready for the change.  I knew it was coming but you can only prepare yourself so much. 

On top of that there was a shooting and a police officer died.  I worry about that all the time. 

So on top of the emotions of the babies all going to school than I had that emotions.  I am sure that I will start to get used to the quiet house but for a while it will still be wierd!

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Posted on: April 20, 2012

I am so excited!!!  I went last night and got my books to hand out on April 23rd for World Book Night.
So what is World Book Night you might be asking, well it is an event to “Spreading the love of reading from person to person.”  That is how it is described on the website and I love that description.  What happened is I was reading a book blog that I follow and it was talking about World Book Night.  2 days later was the deadline to fill out and submit the application.  So I filled it out and got chosen to be a “book giver”, I get to give out the book Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.  This is the first World Book Night that has taken place in the United States.  It start in the UK in 2011.

I agreed when I was chosen that I would give this book to people who might not be regular readers.  I am really excited to get to give this book out to others.  I really liked the book.  If you have a chance and have not picked it up check it out.  Also look for really great World Book Night activities going on around you.  You can find the information about at the website http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ and be sure that you sign up to help next year.

 

Day #6

Posted on: September 7, 2011

I owed a friend some money from the apple orchard that we went to last week, it seems that the orchard did not take debt cards, I don’t carry cash and the ATM was out of order.  So a friend who was also there loaned me the money so that the kids and I could pick some apples.  Of course, her boys and her helped a lot with picking those.  So I got paid yesterday and I dropped the money I owed her off to her.  I remembered that she is saving money to go on a mission trip to Hungary (which I am jealous of), so I figured instead of just the money I owed her I would give her a few extra dollars to put into her fund.   She was so excited that she actually texted me back and thanked me for the money.  I
was so happy to help her, she is a wonderful friend and I am so excited for her experience. And happy I can help her active it.

Day #5

Posted on: September 5, 2011

Since I had the time today, I figured I would go ahead and print off the coupons that I wanted from the internet today.  I try to do this when I have the time to actually sit down and think about what I might be using.  So while, I was printing them off today, I came across a few baby ones.  We don’t have a baby in my house, but I have a friend who is getting ready to have a baby and my cousin’s girlfriend is also pregnant.  So I figured I would take the time and print each of them off the coupons.  I figure if I can’t save on that product why not help others save on it.  Especially since it is things I am sure they will need, such as bottle, pacifiers, and clothes.   My friend was so excited when I dropped the coupons off, she said they had just realized that of all the things they got at their baby showers they only received 3 bottles, thus, they were going to have to run out this week and get them.

It’s amazing that using something I do every week or once a month can help a friend.

So as I stated before part of my husband’s job is to go to different sporting events at the school he works at.  Not only does he have to go to the sports that he writes about but he also has to go and help out with stats at the other games that are happening.  I usually get kind of ticked about all the time that we spend at these games.  Today was another one of those days were I would have rather been at home but was at a soccer game instead.  However, today I decided to take a different approach to going.  I decided not to complain about the fact we were there and how much time it was taking out of our schedule.  I figured that would be my gift to my husband today.  I can’t believe how much more enjoyable it made the game for both my husband and I.  Plus, we did not hear a word out of the girls about not wanting to be there.  It shows that your attitude really affects others around you.

On the way to my husband’s work every Sunday there is a man standing at the big intersection selling the Sunday papers there.  He sells them for $1.50 a piece (the same as the gas station) but it is more convenient to be able to just hand the money out the window verses getting
out of the car.  Most Sunday’s when we are going that way I buy a paper from that person.  Today however, I decided that I would let him
keep the 50 cents that he would have given me in change.  He actually looked pretty surprised, but I hope that helped make his day.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring!!!

Day #3

Posted on: September 3, 2011

I was trying really hard not to turn this into a day into giving a gift to myself day.  But that is what happened to a majority of it.

It is the start of college football season, and we are HUGE football fans in our house.  Plus, today was the first game of the season for University of Michigan (my favorite).  I decided that no matter what I was going to get everything I needed to get done around our house by 3:30pm today, so that I could sit in a chair and watch the game without feeling guilty for what I could be doing.  Well that is exactly what I
did.  I finished the dishes, took out the trash, made an apple crisp, and started the laundry all before my 3:30 goal.  I figured since I was done with
all those kinds of things, I would make a quick run to Meijer since laundry detergent was a good price and I have a coupon (I am starting to get much more into couponing).

While at Meijer I was getting in line with my few groceries, when I noticed a women coming up behind me with about a half of a cart full and a crying child.  I figured I might as well let her go ahead of me I understand what a crying kid can do to your nerves in the grocery store.  The look on her face was priceless, she seemed so relieved not to have to stand behind me.  She probably said “Thank you” 100 times.   I told
her not to worry, that I understood about having crying children.

My gift for the day was to give my girls a “girl’s only day”.  We have these sometimes when my husband is gone but usually it is interrupted by phone calls or text messages.  However, today was TOTALLY different.  We finished our errands as soon as we got up, then went to lunch and then to finish getting our schools supplies.  Ok, so not the most fun thing we did all day.

But then we came home, put our school supplies away and then decided to get out some craft supplies and make some friendship bracelets and make a note for each of the girls grandma’s.  They LOVED it.  After we were done and had put them in the mailbox to mail them. The whole time I did not answer my phone or answer any texts and we did not turn on the TV.  We made our crafts and we laughed and remembered other fun things we had made together.

My husband works for the University of Detroit Mercy as a sports reporter.  We try to go to as many athletic events as we can.  My husband and I feel like we need to expose the girls to different sports and look up to the athletes as role-models.  Today, the cross country team was
running in a meet not far from our house, so we decided to join them at the course. My husband was not there to write about the results of the event but we decided to give our gift of time to the athletes.  At the end of the race when others started to walk away, we stayed and cheered the last runner into the chute.  I wanted the athletes to know that we were rooting for them no matter what place they came in.  Plus, I think it is a good lesson to teach the girls about sportsmanship.

I am so grateful for the time that I got to spend with my girls today.  I know that during the school year we get busy doing other things and it was nice to take the day and spend it with just us.

I have been debating about whether to do my gifts anonymously or not.  I kind of decided today that when the opportunity hits I will do whatever seems best at the time.  Well who would have thought that the opportunity would hit almost first thing in the morning.  I took a baby-sitting job for the day that I have never baby-sat before.  Well I got there about 8:30 in the morning and by 9:15 I took the opportunity.  I looked out the window and saw that there were 2 guys out mowing the grass and whipping the weeds.  I figured since it was 85 degrees out (hello, it’s September in Michigan), they might like a cold bottle of water.  So as they were mowing the grass behind the neighbor across the streets house, I took 2 bottles of ice cold water and put them on the back of their truck.  I didn’t leave a note or anything.  After walking in the house, I had the greatest feeling I have had in a very long time.

Since I am off tomorrow my husband took the time to go and get our girls tonight, which is nice because then we will have a girls day tomorrow.  I all ready had plans to meet my friend for coffee tonight, so I figured they would love to come home to dinner all ready made for them.  So that is exactly what I did, as my husband pulled in the driveway and I pulled out, I told him that dinner was all ready done and all he had to do was a few
prep things.  He really seemed to enjoy that.  He even told me when I got home what a great meal it was, which is kind of surprising since I am not that great of a cook.  As for my friend and coffee it was very enjoyable for both me and her.  She is having some problems with her job and just needs to vent.  I know she is grateful for the time and ideas that I give her.

I am excited to see what tomorrow will being in this journey and look forward to it.

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So I finished the book “29 Gifts, How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life” today. I have decided that I am going to start my 29 days on September the 1st. Mostly because in my life that is the New Year, everyone goes back to school, church goes back to being with Sunday School. It all just falls into place. The other reason is that way the holidays don’t get in the way of my new spirit and ideas, I will all ready be into the work when the holidays do come around.

29 Gifts is just the way I am starting a whole new idea about life and my happiness. I figure that by starting with the momentum of 29 gifts will lead nicely into “April’s Happiness Project”. That is what I am calling it, for right now. It is based on the book “The Happiness Project.” By keeping up a running list of the gifts that I give and they way it makes me and others feel, I will be able to go back to that when I am having a bad day and see all the good that I have done. Plus, I feel like this will help me to have a better understanding of myself.

Pop is not always my favorite kind of music to listen to, this song really stuck with me.  Ok so the first couple of lines feel like my life right now.  I just can’t seem to get anything to make me happy.  I am having a lot problems with things right now.  Maybe what I need is to find that “Firework” in my life right now. 
 
Thanks Katy Perry!!!  You have summed up my life the last few days.  NOW HELP ME FIND MY FIREWORK!
 
“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under screams
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you”

 
You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the fourth of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em falling down down down

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the fourth of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe-awe-awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
And it’s always been inside of you you you
And now it’s time to let it through

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe awe awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon”–“Firework”  Katy Perry

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