Friday, March 25, 2016

Awesome Teachers at St. Joe's

Hubby and I were talking about our children the other day and he and I are glad that our kids goes to St. Joseph.  Every teacher there is really nice and  it is a small community so it is not hard to get along with everybody.  This year, our son is in third grade and he  was really excited to be in Mrs. Lammers class.  His sister  told him that she is really nice.
Time do fly by so fast.  I can't believe that the school year is almost  to an end. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

How To Plan Your Family's First Camping Trip

For some people, the idea of a family camping trip is the ultimate weekend. You can spend your days in the great outdoors, and enjoy the beauty of nature. You’ll spend some time with kids, reconnect with old friends, and introduce them to the fun of camping. However, it won’t always go smoothly. The kids might get bored or fed up; remember, camping isn’t for everyone! However, we’ve done our fair share of family outdoors trips, and we know how to make it a success. In this post, we’ll show you some tricks and tips that have always worked for us.

Start with a short trip

If it’s the children’s first ever camping trip, our advice is to start small. Taking them on a week-long adventure isn’t always the best way to get started. Our advice is take a simple weekend, not too far from home. Let them get used to the idea of sleeping in a tent, and being in the outdoors. If they love it, then you can always plan another longer trip for the future. However, if it all proves to be too much, at least there’s only a couple of days to get through!

Take an RV instead

Here’s one idea to make things a little easier for the first time camper. Instead of taking a tent and sleeping bags, take a travel trailer instead. Let’s face it, when you start getting wet and cold in a tent, your mood goes downhill quickly. However, you’re guaranteed to keep the family warm and dry if you stick to a solid structure! Don’t worry, it’s not cheating! In fact, it’s a much better way to come prepared. You’ll have access to a full kitchen, and all the essentials, which makes things a little easier.

Come prepared

The most important tip of all is to come prepared. Trust us, you can never pack too much when it comes to family camping. You can never predict what the great outdoors will throw at you. You might encounter torrential rain or thunderstorms, so bring plenty of warm, dry clothing. Bring tools and equipment for fire starting, cooking, and cleaning. Bring a torch and plenty of batteries. Take a first-aid kit, and a rechargeable phone for emergencies. Don’t leave anything to chance.

Plan some activities

It’s a good idea to plan some extra activities for your time on the campsite. There are typically lots of things to do in the surrounding areas. A long hike in the woods is always a great way for the kids to let their energy out. You could introduce them to fishing for the first time, or even try a little kayaking. Don’t regiment the day too much, and let things unfold naturally. But it is worth having a few ideas in place.

All that’s left to do is light the campfire, and enjoy yourself! Take plenty of snacks and food, and tell stories under the night sky. If you follow all these tips, you should come home with some fantastic experiences, and some great stories.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Keeping the Faith

Our church gave  each family  the Rediscover Jesus book, I started reading it   everyday.  It's a great book to read if you  want to know Jesus more.  I must admit, I don't know   many details about Jesus so this  gives me the opportunity to know Him more.
Part of our 2016 goals is to read a page or two of the Bible each day with our kids.  I am  glad to see that both of them are exccited to read it.  Each of us read a page everyday and then we have a discussion of what we read afterwards.  Last night was our second day and we  were all amazed of how long people back then lived.  
My daughter  printed this  and colored it.  She put it in her Religion binder.  I thought this is a perfect picture to post with the  topic  I am trying to convey in this post.  I am a member of the group in Facebook where you can visit other blogs and they will visit you back and gain comments but I am bummed out that they don't allow religious posts.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Clean and Organize Your Garage in Three Simple Steps

The garage found in most homes has a tendency to look a little cluttered. You may not even realize how much clutter you accumulated over the years until you desperately need to find a tool or a box of holiday decorations buried under a mountain of junk. While you might think that cleaning and organizing your garage will take weeks or more time than you have, you can actually take care of that space in just a few easy steps. Organize your garage to make finding everything you need a snap.
Say Goodbye to Junk

Many garages look cluttered because homeowners have a hard time getting rid of junk. Now is a good time to cut back on the amount of things you have and to give yourself some more storage space. Divide the garage into several separate sections, and make time to go through at least one section every week. If you haven't used something in the last year, or you think you will not use it within the next year, get rid of it. You can donate or give away everything from decorations to kids' toys.

Sort and Store

Sorting and storing is the next step. As you clean and decide what to keep, group like items together. This is especially important if you find tools or supplies hidden beneath piles of old toys or clothing. Do you have a lawn mower on one side of the garage, your gardening tools hidden on a back wall and your pesticides on a completely different shelf? You need to store all like items together, which makes it easier to find exactly what you need. Even putting those items together in small piles or cardboard boxes can help you better organize your garage.

Use Organizational Tools

When it comes time to find space for all your belongings, organizational tools can come in handy. Use toolbox casters on a heavy duty toolbox that typically stays in one place all the time. Putting casters on the bottom of heavy metal shelving can help you move those shelves around your garage when needed. A simple pegboard and some hooks is another way you can organize your garage. Use the hooks to hang hand tools and other supplies that you use regularly. Getting your garage organized is something you can easily do one step at a time.

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