Thursday, January 22, 2015

Open House Is coming Up

 Well... My Norwex Open House is almost here... we have displays, we have snacks, we have a prize basket and we have an (almost) clean house. I am as ready as I will be. Now I just hope people are planning to come.  Here are some pictures of the displays. I had fun putting them together!!!

 Product baskets are ready for sale... and if you find a basket you like, you get free basket/packaging that the product combo is in. (In my favorite colors of course)

 Norwex came out with some new products like a shower gel and body body. They also made some more improvements to previous products. I am excited to show them all off and do some demos on why this product is just awesome.

 My DVD rack turned into an inventory display. Lots of cloths, packages, and dusting mitts ready to find a new home!
My cleaner display. I am in love with their cleaners... kitchen, oven, bathroom, mattress... they have it all!

I hope you will come by tomorrow and see why I love these chemical free cleaning products!!! The open house is 6pm-8pm, you can come and go as you please!
Awesome surprises throughout the night...

There will also be a Young Living Essential Oils Representative as well.  You can learn how to use oils on their own or with Norwex products such as dryer balls.

Hope you can make it... Let me know if you need my address! See you tomorrow.

Laura

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's been a while...

 I guess it has been a while since I have blogged... this may be the longest I have gone. The last post was November 8th. Yikes. We are still alive and doing well. A lot has happened since November 8th.
We welcomed our first teenager to the house... Gabrielle Renee turned 13. Wow. I seriously took this hard. It did seem like yesterday we were bringing her home to our 2 bedroom townhouse. Gaby really has made this transition a good one. Besides being lazy and a little crazy a day before her you know what starts, she is a great kid. And a great teenager. True to life she has spoiled us as we don't have much drama with friends, she is doing well in school, and she is laid back.  She had her first Jazz band concert where she played the set. We were all so excited for her!

Thanksgiving went well as we hosted the Fluke-Dorsett side. Then later that weekend went to Dustin's dad's house for a meal there. It's always fun to get a break from work, school routine, and have more family time. LOVE!

We moved into the holiday season full force. We had extra projects like computer side jobs for Dustin, Light show commitments, and Christmas concerts... all good things. Just added to the craziness of Christmas. We always close daycare for Christmas break. It is an awesome way to end our year. We tried to do a fun outing each day. The kids were spoiled but not too much for gifts. I really struggled at what is enough for Christmas. We are a big family and I know this season is not cheap. Even 2-4 gifts per child adds up quickly. Our only rule was no electronics.

I love the New Year. It gives me great motivation to look at what works in my life and what may not. This year I made some crazy goals. Yes, I know it is cliche but I like it so who cares. My major top goal is to get fit. I know, another cliche thing but again, who cares. I have been working out pretty regularly since September but then lost a little stem in December. Even though I was working out, my diet was not in line. NOT.AT.ALL. So as of January 1st I started tracking food, which is hard to change, I have failed some days and succeeded others. It is day 21 and I have made it to 18 classes so far. I decided I am not doing a weekly weigh in. I will weigh in when I need to. This is my year. I don't have a weight goal. I want to be a nice looking momma with 5 kids. I don't want to be frumpy grumpy mom. I want to look good for myself (and for Dustin... he is worth it and deserves a healthily wife).

When we returned back to school, work, dance, and church activities it was hard to stay focused on my goals. I came to the realization we need another night at home, as a family, to do school work, ect. Somehow. So, after being a leader and director of Cubbies at church for 6 years, we decided this was going to be my last year. We will probably keep the kids home next year and focus on family time and studies. One night that isn't rushed. It was a hard choice to make. Kadyn was in Cubbies when we started Awana. It has brought our children to Christ. This was a tough tough call. But I know the program will still be in great hands as we transition two co-directors.

Shortly after break was over we had report cards come home. If any of you follow my blog, you will know the struggle we have been through with our middle-oldest child, Kadyn. Report cards are not always my favorite time of the year... however this semester Gaby brought home straight A's for middle school. Kadyn is reading at a 4th grade (fall) level, and Mia is reading 3 levels ahead of where she should be. Praise God!!! Can I just say how thankful I am for these kids. They work hard and boy did it show. Kadyn is so close to being caught up. When we met for her IEP meeting I about cried when her teacher told me where she was at on the reading scale.

I am thankful for people like Mrs. Silky, Ms. Cushing, Mr. Hannah, Mrs. Norman, Mrs. Mullen and Mrs Holguin who have never given up on Kadyn. Who have pushed her and believed in her and have gotten her to where she is. These teachers and support staff have no idea the impact they have made on Kadyn's life and mine as her mother. I am humbled. I know these teachers invested a lot in my girl and she is almost there. Almost where she needs to be. There is no greater joy for me to know how far Kadyn has come. She is strong and these teachers have given her the tools to be successful. There is not enough words, gifts, or money that I could give to say Thank You!!!


We wrapped up one of the craziest weeks of the years... The Fluke Birthday Week. On the 17th Kadyn turned 10. On the 18th Kendal turned 5, and on the 20th Dustin turned 35. We celebrated them all by doing a joint skating party and a dinner out to Hu-Hots. Last night we gave D his gifts and pies. He likes pie better then cake so I bought a sampling of pies for his birthday treats.

Because Dustin is home, I am able to catch different Jazzercise classes here and there. I am so grateful that he helps me so I am able to do this. A couple afternoons he watches daycare so I can do an express class. Without his support my goal would already be gone. I love that guy!!!

This year Kadyn took dancing to the next level. She decided to try out competition dancing. It has been a lot of hard work and practice but so worth it. This weekend is blocking and Showcase. I can not wait to see everything put together... hair, make up, outfits ect. I will always be her biggest fan. I wish everyone at Fuzion the best of luck this Sunday as they practice and perform for 7 hours!!!

Soccer season is coming up... I have missed it. In October I am always ready to be done and by March I am ready to pick it up and cheer on my girls. We will have 4 kids on teams this year.

Nap time is ending, and diapers are needing changed. I better close. If you have missed my daily daycare pictures, I have a FB group. It is a little easier to post there daily. Just let me know if you want to be added so you can get a daily dose of cute kids!

Make it a great year!!! 2015 is my year. How about making it yours!?!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

I am so excited....

 to have a clean house, to have gotten small projects done, and to have some family time this weekend. Let me just say... I love my new cleaning products, I love how they save me so much time, and I love they have a happy little home now on hooks all around my house. And yes, I have documented my progress and am now blogging about it.

1st up... bathroom. I have my cleaning supplies for the room on the back of the door and I cleaned out our towels and replaced with some fun new ones.

 2nd up... the junk drawer. This thing never stays clean and always get crud dropped into it. It was my goal to clean it out and get it organized again!!

 3rd up... I got rid of all my chemicals I used for cleaning but the Norwex stuff (besides my dish tablets) and more hooks. This space was scary... not no more.

  4th up... more hooks...
 5th project... bummed the picture isn't brighter... got all the scenty stuff organized and my misc drawer of gifts cleaned up as well. Yay.... happy dresser!

My second Norwex order came in... I love spreading it and getting ready for everyone. It's so fun to see what everyone has ordered.

I am excited that with 5 kids I can say for one minute, my house looks nice. But, it won't for long and that is ok too. Hope you are having a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday

 Monday we had a free day since my kids were home from school and some of our friends were gone. Today we are back at it... circle time. Sometimes we have to improvise with my two littles.

 Working on our door hangers for when we are sleeping... Our theme this week is "Sleep Tight".

 Today I busted out the swing for this little guy... um, why didn't I do that sooner- he loved it.

 My little twins (born 12 hours a part) playing nicely, for the moment. This can certainly change quickly. :)

Finished our morning looking at insects (our "I" word), tumbling, and some outside time.

Happy Tuesday!

Another before and after

 This AM I cleaned my laundry room with my norwex cloth and water...


I know have what looks to be a new washer and dryer! Yeah!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pictures from this week...

 Kadyn went to the dr on Tuesday to finally deal with some stomach issues. We are trying a simple approach which is tons of water and fiber... we think the kid needs to be regular. She looks so sad and dramatic here!!!

 Tuesday night she perked up after dance when dad and I gave her an early Christmas gift so she could get more use from it. Her very own Fuzion dance jacket. She loves to dance, been doing it since she was 3, and now has a cool jacket to show it. We loved seeing how excited she was after giving it to her!

 Daycare working hard on our letters...

 Matching shirts... Fluke girls. I felt bad since Gaby wore her shirt too but is not in our picture. Girl gets on the bus at 7am and no one was up and ready for pictures.

 This morning the kids wanted forts... so we brought out the castle and teepee and blankets. Fun time for everyone!
Crazy hair at Awana last night, likely for Mia it doesn't take much to make it look crazy. Really, most nights are crazy hair nights for her!


Before and After... Norwex

Because we ran a daycare, there is always something "fun" to clean in our home. I finally wised up and bought a second set of the enviro cloth, dust mitt, scrubber, and cleaning paste. It all stays down stairs so it is ready to go for times like this...

Crayon on the carpet..... before.
 Crayon on the wall before...
 Crayon on the wall...after. It is all gone. I used water, scrubber and cleaning paste. I need to rinse off but the crayon is totally gone and no paint was removed from the walls. YEAH!

Carpet after... crayon is lifted as well. Still wet from the water but took it up. I am so exited. And because it is only water (and the enviro cloth) it is ok for the kids to continue to play and walk barefoot on the carpet!

WIN!