What I'm getting for Christmas...

I've decided that my gift, to myself, this year for Christmas, is going to be......a laptop.

I have never owned one personally, and feel it is becoming a necessity. I spend a good deal of time on the computer daily, and frankly I am tired of being stuck in one stinking spot all the time.
My kids are even starting to feel a bit abandoned at times. I need mobility, I need freedom, I need me a laptop!

Now, beings that I have never owned one, I am requesting assistance from anyone and everyone who has had personal experience in this area. I just want to get an idea of what works well and what does not. Also where I might be able to get the best deal? Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

And come Christmas, I will post a picture of my new "gift" for all to see. (Now I just have to start saving up, from what I have seen so far, I'm looking at an easy $2,000 that I am going to have to shell out for this bad boy!)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

As a parent, we like to think that our children are simply perfect. Well they are, right? Right.

Yet, it is always nice when you have someone else to back you up on that. Especially when it is someone as educated as a school teacher.

It is that time of year, and I had my first parent-teacher conference since the kiddos started school in August. I am so proud!

All I heard was how great both of them are in class. They both participate wonderfully, they help the other kids in their class if needed, they listen and pay attention. I mean what's up with that? They don't do that at home??

Anyhow...Nana is in 1st grade, and her teacher absolutely adores having her. What got me was how smart she really is. Not just me being a parent, but by test results. If anyone is familiar with DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) then you will get this...if not...well I don't know? Anyhow, Nana is way smarter than the average bear. On one part of the testing, phoneme segmentation fluency, she scored off the chart. They had to put a little arrow pointing up near the top of the graph. I may just have myself a Doctor in the makings here. (That's one of her future options...that and a teacher.)

On to Beaner's Report. He is now a 3rd grader, it's hard to believe. His teacher pointed out how well he does with math, she said he works very hard and seems to enjoy all the materials that they are studying. He also is a great partner during group activities. Apparently he is always the one helping to keep his group on task and get it done. This is hard to believe because at home he is quite opposite.

So there you have it, we are off to a good start. This is another reason why I am glad I started this blog, not to brag or show off, that's really not the point, ok maybe just a tad. But this is going to be a great way to look back and see what sort of progress we have made, what may have went wrong, and also find ways to make things better.

A Fun Getting To Know Me (As a Mom) Survey

1. How long have you been a mom? 8 years

2. How many kids call you mommy? 3

3. When you were pregnant did you know what you were having? Yep.

4. How old were you when you became a mom? 18

5. How long were you in labor? With my 1st, forever...honestly like 32 hours, then they had to do a c-section. That was awful. The other 2 were planned, so no labor there.

6. What's your favorite thing about being a mom? All the loves and kisses, and seeing them to great things and get excited about it.

7. What's your least favorite thing? Has to be cleaning up all the little messes, oh and laundry.

8. Do you want more kids? Right now, NO. Future, possibly.

9. Have you ever taken your kid(s) on a trip? They go with me everywhere, so yes, many times.

10. Is your kid(s) named after someone? No, not really. All of my kids are half hispanic, so I wanted them to have something to show that. My son's middle name is Joell. My 6 year old daughters middle name is Marie, for her Grandma(her fathers side)

11. When is the last time you had a sitter; What did you do?
I honestly can't remember...oh yeah, it was for my birthday back in August. A friend of mine came to watch the kids while we went to dinner. Wasn't long, but it was a break.

12. What is the longest you have been away from your kid(s)? I haven't, not all at once anyhow. Sometimes they will take turns going to stay the night at Grandma's or their Aunt's house, other than that, we stay together.

13. Last movie you saw in theater? Cars

14. One thing you will not give up just because you're a mom: I'm not sure, I think that my life revolves around me as a mom. One thing that I do make sure I take time for though is "mommy time." Which is time for me, usually when the kids are in bed. (we have a 7:30 bedtime around here just for this reason!)

15. One thing you did give up now that you're a mom: Sleep!

16. If I could do it over, I'd do this differently: Wait until I was more prepared and ready to have kids. I love them and wouldn't change it for the world, but it hasn't been easy, and quite frankly, I'm surprised everyday that I have even made it this far.

Are People Really That Unhappy?

I know that life sometimes seems unfair, believe me...I know. Given the one that I have had, most people may not have made it thus far. I have always believed that no matter what is thrown my way, there is always a way to overcome it. Right?

Life is not perfect for anyone. It doesn't matter if you have money or if you don't. No matter what benefits or lack there of in your life, there is always some sort of "issue" to overcome.

Can you imagine what life would be like without them? We would all stop learning. The only way to not have some "troubles" to go through, is to know absolutely everything. That is just not possible. We learn by doing. Our most treasured memories and achievements in life are the ones we have had to work for, and quite possibly, were the worst of times of which make us better people. When you know that you lived through something so hard to deal with, that gives you an enormous amount of confidence that anything is possible.

What I'm trying to get at is this...Our attitudes are what make us happy or sad, loving or angry, believers or quitters. If we have jealousy and resentment locked inside, there is no way to ever see the joy that life truly is. So what if your driving home after a long days work and the person in front of you is going 20 mph in a 30 zone, what good will it do to get upset? It's not going to make them drive any faster, right? And what if you constantly feel as though you are stuck doing all the work, yet you don't ask anyone for help? You will be bitter towards others and without voicing your concerns, there is no way to resolve them.

I am just tired of hearing people "gripe" of all the little things in life that bother them. Stop worrying about everyone and everything around you and start focusing on what is important in your life. As long as we know in our own hearts that we are doing the best that we can, then it shouldn't matter what anyone else thinks or even does elsewhere, because all in all, "If it's meant to be, it's up to me."

Start being thankful for all the things you do have. I guarantee, no matter what is happening right now, it will pass and someone else is having a much bigger problem at that same very moment. Shoot, be thankful that you are still here and you have a chance at making the most of it.

The Never Ending Task of "Pick Up"

It seems like every time I pick something up off the floor and then turn around to put it away, something else seems to find it's way to that very same spot. It's a never ending task that needs to be detained. First things first, we have to figure out why it's a problem in the first place.
  1. It could be that we simply have too much stuff. (This is probably the most direct and concrete reason as to why!)
  2. It could also be the fact that my children take me as the maid who seems to do it all, so why bother.
  3. Or the only other reason that I can think of is that we have a little gnome that lives under the sofa, and each time I pick something up, he replaces it just to get on my nerves!
Well things are about to change. I have decided that it's time to tackle the clutter and solve this problem now. So I start my early, or late?, spring cleaning. If it's not needed and hasn't really been put to good use anytime in the last 30 days, it's gone. Well I better get to work, it's going to take a while to get through all this stuff.
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My 3 Lives...

Some of the moms over at MayasMom were curious as to what My3Lives meant?

It is my kids and how they are my responsibility and they are my life.

My oldest is 8, around here we call him Beaner. He is such a good kid. He's laid back, loves to read and collect YuGiOh cards.(This I still don't understand!)

Next is my Nana, she is 6, will be 7 in November. I'm not completely sure about that however, it's more like 6 going on 30. She loves school, and making friends, she talks to everyone she meets.

And last but not least is my youngest, who will be 2 in November as well, Sissy. She is so smart, yet so very honery. But we do love her dearly. The faces she makes, oh they are to die for. She at the moment loves Barney, and her brother and sister too.

So this is it, this is my 3 lives.

Why I blog?

I have to find a way to be able to look back on my life and remember where I have been and how I got to where I am now. I'm not very good at keeping up-to-date with baby books, or even picture albums. I also haven't done to well with keeping a diary?

Not only that, but I spend alot of time on the internet. Researching, meeting people and just overall networking. I need a place to share all of my wonderful findings.

And life is always exciting around our home so why not share it with the world? Right? Right!