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Friday, June 10, 2011
Jereme and Jordon took their first art classes this past week. I am absolutely amazed at how talented they are. They have always loved to draw and paint. I never expected them to bring home these master pieces. I love my boys so much and am so proud! Jereme's are signed (loon and eagle) Jordons
are signed on only one but his are a loon and a fox.
are signed on only one but his are a loon and a fox.
Posted by Mandi Napoleon at 10:23 PM
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Today is one of those days. Jereme and Jordon are refusing to do school. So I thought I would take a break and do soccer. Nope, they were just running around like maniacs. Some days I wonder what I am doing. If it wasn't for the spirit making known to me that I needed to homeschool I would think I made a wrong choice. All the people I have talked to that have homeschooled their kids have told me that there will undoubtedly be those days where you feel like sending them away. That would be today for me. So, I sent them to their room for an unspecified amount of time. Really more for me so I can calm down. I think if I had a dozen cookies and a nap I might feel better, at least until my belly started turning. I think I am still on overload from yesterday. Yesterday was literally the day from hell. Our electricity got shut off. When I called my caseworker she informed me that she never received verification from my employer. I called my employer and they of course said that they sent it. So long story short after all day of running around and making phone calls they told me the power would be back on before midnight. I left the electric office and headed to meet joel at the gas station. We both were so low on gas I don't even know how we made it there. Joel inserted the card and began to fill up. The pump stopped at $6.07. I call the bank and ask why my card is working right. I was then informed that the kids doctor office was holding the money for a bill. I call the dr. office and, to make another long story short, find out they mistakenly overcharged us by $250. Oh, but they can't get that back to us for a couple of weeks of course. So we leave the gas station to hopefully make it home. I am about 10 miles past an empty take and now joel has 1 1/2 gallons to make it through the end of the week. Just as we get home I realize that Natalie has diarrhea all over her carseat and obviously needs a bath. I go into the house and am reminded that we have no electricity. Joel attempts to get the generator started but no such luck. So I bathe Natalie while using a flashlight! Just thinking about yesterday is making me stressed out. I think I will go have something sweet!
Posted by Mandi Napoleon at 5:15 PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
We have a problem with our boiler. It stinks! Literally, and our CO monitors go off every time we turn the heat no. Not a good thing. So while we have been pricing out wood boilers, we have to heat our home with our two fireplaces. I am so great full that we have fireplaces and that Joel gets all the wood we need for free. So last night the kids and I slept in the basement so we were closer to the heat. At one 'o clock I woke up to put more wood in the fire and found Jordon hiding under the fuss ball table starring at the fire. "Have you been there all night" I asked him "Yeah the fire was bothering me". When we first bought our house we had one of the glass doors on the fireplace break when he was watching it. It scared him to death. Although there is no glass on the fireplace down stairs I guess Jordon feels like it is his responsibility to keep an eye on the fire and make sure everything is ok. I felt so bad. I talked him in to coming to lay down and we said a prayer. With in seconds he was a sleep. I climbed back up on the couch to fall back to sleep. It wasn't long till I had three kids wake up and crawl on top of me. Picture one small couch, an 8 year old a 3 year old a 2 year old and me at the bottom. My back hurts and my neck hurts today. If I add up the total weight of the bodies on top of me it is over 100lbs. Needless to say I may need a nap today!
Posted by Mandi Napoleon at 1:27 PM
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Jordon read his first book today! I started homeschooling my kids this year. I was a little nervous at first wondering if I was going to be able to teach them all the things they need to know. I was particularly concerned about teaching my kids to read. When Jereme started reading it was like he just came home one day from school and was able to read. Part of me was sad that I was not the one who taught him, and the other part was glad that he got it so quickly and loved it. There are few things that compare to the joy of knowing that you have taught you child something so valuable that they will use everyday of their life. I love teaching my kids and I am so proud of my Jordon!
Posted by Mandi Napoleon at 1:15 PM
A while back we watched "cloudy with a chance of meatballs". It was such a cute movie. The kids recently remembered the awkward kiss that was in there. The past couple of days it has been wonderful receiving "big cheek kisses" from all of my kids. I have been getting more love from them than usual lately. Lots of hugs, kisses, cuddles, and "I love you"s. I don't know what I did that invited so much attention. Was I nicer? Was I grumpier? Either way it makes me want to be better mom, and I feel so loved. I can't imagine my life with out my kids, they are so sweet and beautiful.
Posted by Mandi Napoleon at 1:09 PM
Monday, January 17, 2011
Everyday I am constantly reminded of how truly blessed I am. Lately I have been listening to K-love the christian radio station. They have been talking about their experiences over in Haiti, and what they have been doing to help after their crisis. I was walking through Costco and it struck me that the people in that country, and many others would never in their life time see that much food. How blessed we are to have access to so much, and not go hungry. I woke up this morning to a chilly house, and can't imagine being so cold that I can't sleep or move. I have clean water, that I foolishly leave running while I do all the dishes, and brush my teeth. I take a bath when ever I want to and fill it up some times twice to get it hot again. It is hard to imagine life with out these things, and yet for so many my life seems like a fantasy. Living in ingnorance of the world around you is sometimes easier than facing reality. I can't wait for the lord to come again and lift the poor up and strengthen them. I am so, so blessed, how can I ever complain.
Posted by Mandi Napoleon at 12:20 PM