Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fair thee well my summer vacay!

Today is the day I dread all summer. The end of my summer vacation. Just typing it depresses me. Now don't get me wrong, I love my job. I couldn't ask for a better schedule. I work when my kids are at school, I have all the vacation time my kids do, and get paid for 12 months when I only work for 10. It's awesome, but having all of these weeks off from work to spend time with my kids, enjoy family visits, and get my house in order have been a bittersweet reminiscence of my stay at home mom days. I would LOVE to go back to those days, but sadly I can't. I don't ever think we will be a one income family ever again. I like bringing home bacon, but I miss volunteering at my kids school, having lunch with friends, and taking mom to dr appointments without having to take the day off work.

Ok, I'll stop before I get any more melancholy. My summer is over and I just have to deal with it. I'll go to bed soon and get up at the crack of dawn to gt dressed, fix hair and make up, and go to work. I'll start living for weekends again, and sleeping in on Saturdays. *sigh*

On another note, my kids will also be bidding their summer farewell in less than 2 weeks. I'm so ready for them to go back to school. They have been so bored and at each others throats for the past month. WE still have to get school supplies and a few school clothes, but we'll do that this weekend. Their lists are insane, but when are they ever reasonable?

I hope everyone has a great WEdnesday. I'll be spending mine sorting millions of papers, registering students and answering the phones on the first ring. "Good Morning Milam"! Better practice my chipper voice, I don't want people to think I wish I was still on summer vacation.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Constant Craving.

For years I went to church with the girls, minus my unwilling husband because I wanted a better relationship with God aside from the Catholic raising I had few fond memories of. I wanted my girls to soak in all they could learn, I wanted us to learn together. But I grew tired of the church we went to, rather I grew tired of the Pastor and his wife. I just didn't feel like we belonged there so we left. I never did find another church after that, my feelings of walking into another church with my kids sans my husband scared me. I hated to think of what others were thinking seeing me alone. In my heart I hoped that we would go as a family and Mike just wasn't ready.

For the past few months now he has shown more interest, when mine has been faded for quite a while. He studies his bible, and he has the girls summarizing one chapter a day. I read my bible when I hear it calling to me. I'm still learning, so baby steps are what's best for me. My husband enjoys reading his bible ( as do I), and I believe he craves it. That makes me happy that he is finding his own happiness in the Lord. Something i found on my own a few years ago, and let fade from my life for fear of judgement. I wanted the spark he was feeling again.

Awhile ago I suggested a new church to him and the time just wasn't right for one reason or another. So a month ago he suggests we try it out, and we did. We like this new church and feel it is where we belong for now. We feel that we have been brought to this church family at a time when we are both needing it the most. Every sermon and Sunday school lesson speaks directly to my heart and I feel that spark slowly burning hotter and hotter. I'm learning and understanding more than I have in along time. I am craving my relationship with God more and more and it's causing emotions in me that are unexplainable, and hard to handle. But I will continue to pray, and feed my soul. We will continue our journey as a family and that makes me happier than I have truly been in a long time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monopoly "Money Makes It Real" and a GIVEAWAY!!

I was so excited when Hasbro contacted me to do a giveaway celebrating the 75th anniversary of one of their most popular games Monopoly! We love Monopoly in our home and with Family Game Night catching on in homes all over the country Hasbro is will be giving away Classic Monopoly to 2 lucky Much Ado About Nothing Readers! To enter simply leave a comment about what Family Game Night means to you or what games your family enjoys playing together. For another entry simply "Like" Family Game night on Facebook by clicking here. Be sure to come back and let me know if you "Like" Family Game Night on Facebook for your extra entry.

Love to splash the cash? Indulge in a property shopping spree with the classic version of MONOPOLY! Buy streets, houses and hotels and become a respected real-estate mogul. Negotiate and haggle your way to the top. You’ll own this town in no time! Go for the hottest, priciest, most exclusive addresses on the board and watch yourself profits rocket. Wanna be a MONOPOLY millionaire? READY, SET… OWN!

Includes gameboard, 8 tokens, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, 1 pack of MONOPOLY money, 32 houses, 12 hotels, 2 dice, 1 speed die and instructions.

For 2 to 8 players. Ages 8 and up.

MONOPOLY "Money Makes It Real"

Have you ever wished the MONOPOLY money that you collected in during the
game could be real? If so, you're not alone! A recent survey conducted by
Hasbro, showed that 60 percent of United States residents who have played
the game have imagined the cash in the game becoming real money. If the
money became a reality, more people would use this cash to pay off debt (70
percent) or buy something for their family (54 percent), before they
purchased something for themselves (40 percent). Can you imagine?

Now is your chance to tell us and you could win some cash! That's right, we
are giving away $20,580 (the total money in the game "bank") as part of the
MONOPOLY "Money Makes It Real" contest to commemorate the 75th anniversary
of the game. Visit here for more details!

So what are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway, and enter the Monopoly "Money Makes It Real" contest. Simply go to the website here, sign up ( it takes less than a minute), and say what you would do with the Monopoly Bank. Would you travel, pay debts, save for your kids education, or improve your home? The possibilities are endless.

This Giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, August 13th, 2010.