Saturday, February 19, 2011

Blogging Awards

As it turns out, I'm quite behind on sharing some blog awards this little patch has been given. It's always fun to get silly little awards that tell you someone's reading your blog, you know besides your parents or your husband. Yes, that's right Mr S reads our blog, but mostly just so he can figure out what's going on around here and not be totally "knocked your socks off" surprised when he comes home and finds his wife covered in glitter or other odd things happening around here, but I digress..

I must admit I'm also very behind on answering emails and comments too, so if you've asked a question via email or comments and I haven't replied yet I'm really sorry about that, and will hopefully attend to it soon. You can always ask again just in case your questions got lost in the shuffle of things around here.

So, now that we have all that out of the way, let's see if I can clear up some of these awards that are laying around..

First up we have the Stylish Blogger Award which was awarded to us not once or twice, but three times from three completely different ladies! Kinda makes me glad you can't see me right now with bed head hair and pjs on..  Wendy, from Homeschooling Blessings, Jen from Adventures in Unsell Land, and Sweet Phyllis from All Things Beautiful all blessed us with this fun little award.

There are a few rules attached with this little award, or as Jen put it, With great honor comes great responsibility.. Hmm, I wonder if she was watching Ever After shortly before she posted that!

1. Link back to the person who award you and thank them.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about this award.

Seven Things About Myself:

Let's see if I can share 7 absurd things about myself without mixing them up with the last 7 things I shared, shall I?

1. I'm terrified of mice. No, really I am. I constantly tell myself I'm bigger then they are and I put on big clompy gumboots or my sneakers and I stomp around if I know we have one in the house, but in short I'm terrified of them. Last winter when we had a mouse in the house (because it happens every winter because we live next door and across the street from many sheep paddocks) I was sitting in a recliner reading some homeschool stuff when a mouse bounded up the hallway. I didn't just scream, I threw the computer onto the couch and jumped up in my chair to scream. My husband, more level headed, got up to chase it with a broom. He successfully disposed of it too. I, however, now have to flip on the hall light in the dark before I feel comfortable walking up and down it. In fact, one night I even had a nightmare about a mouse and was found whimpering in my sleep about it! I've got some serious mouse issues..

2. I love giving gifts. Really, I do. the only hard part is waiting for the right time to give it. I often have to come home and hide the gifts and then convince myself a million times over not to give that gift out until the appropriate time.

3. Alarm clocks terrify me. It's true. The incessant beeping from an alarm clock, be it in a movie or on a commercial can send shivers up my spine and make me cry. I think it all stems back to having a baby in the house.. Morgan use to get up at 3 am every night for months and nothing would soothe him unless I was singing to him or pushing him in his indoor swing. Mr S, however, had to be up and at work by 7 am, and Mr S doesn't drive. Which meant I had to be up and at them that early so I could drive him to work. I'm pretty sure I did a lot of sleep driving during that time frame. Jayden, however, didn't sleep through the night until he was over a year old, and even then it was never a guarantee.  At that time we were much closer to Mr S's work, but after working for more then a year on second shift he was swapped to 1st shift which meant getting to work by 630 am. It took me years to catch up on that sleep deprivation! So much so that I still shudder when an alarm goes of, and when I set my own I'm quick to turn it off while muttering, "Sorry about that!"

4. My husband and I both grew up on farms, his a tad more productive then ours. The ins and outs of farm life are pretty common for us, but it dawned on me how uncommon it was for our children when yet another farm went in across the street from us. While walking towards the beach the two new horses on the land came galloping up in hopes we'd pet them. My youngest and very animal addicted child walked forward and put his hand on to stroke a horse nose when I grabbed him and pulled him away. Most offended he said, "MOOOOOOOOOM! I was gonna pat him and give him grass." I simply pointed to the fence line and said, "Honey, that's an electric fence!" This caused such mystification amongst the boys that we had to explain what that meant. So now, every fence line we pass they ask about and Mr S and I are terribly rotten for poking certain fences and pretending were getting zapped. Jayden rolls with laughter, Morgan, however, finds this entire thing embarrassing and horrifying all at the same time.

5. This is the 3rd blog we've had, or the 4th website. Weird, huh? My husband and I have had a website up and running since before we were married. It contained very little of anything and was started well before all the blogging rage. We actually had an announcement on it when we found out we were expecting the first time. It was a lot easier then calling various continents and relatives. We simply started the word by alerting grandparents and let the news follow down the chain. Then we had a homeschool blog, but it was on a site that was very difficult to navigate and so we eventually gave it up. We had another one, which was equally difficult to deal with and ended up here in the end.

6. I love sporting events. Okay, so maybe not something like ping pong, but for the most part.. Only, when it comes to kids soccer games I tend to be the only parents on the sideline cheering. It's weird, but it's true. I think I confuse the other parents by not only cheering for my own child's team but also cheering for the opposing team. It's true, I'm happy to clap and shout things like "good job" "Oh, that's okay you'll get it next time" or "Wow, that was AMAZING!" no matter who did what. I always find it kinda sad when kids wander up on their own and no one bothers to cheer them on..

7. I hate walking in seaweed. I'm not talking about a few scatterings of seaweed on the beach, I'm talking the ankle high, knee high, or worse yet waist high seaweed that washes up on our beach all the time. In fact, when I'm down there walking every morning and I have to conquer so messes I make the dog go first. When I confessed this fear to Mr S he asked why and I confessed that I'm always afraid something will pop out of the seaweed. A spare tentacle, a fish desperate to make it's way back out to sea, or worse yet a hand. I know, weird, huh?

Okay, so if you've been around here for a while you probably see why I've taken so long to put this blog up. Award 15 blogs? Oh my goodness gracious me! That one always throws me for a loop, so instead of passing on the award officially, I'll share a few blogs, in no particular order,  I've recently been "hanging out" on:

1. First Grade Parade -- this blog is run by a public school teacher in Texas. I don't remember how or why I stumbled upon it, but she had a few cute ideas and printables and I found myself returning often.

2. All Most Unschoolers -- I stumbled upon this blog last year sometime and really love the way they work in lots of fun art and math. I've snagged many good ideas, book recommendations, and art projects from this fun little blog.

3. Notebooking Fairy -- Jimmie started a nifty little notebooking place, and I've really enjoyed peeking in on it now and again. Notebooking is something we've done on and off, but are more on with this year and I always enjoy seeing what other people are doing in this area.

4. Of Home & Farm -- a fellow homeschooling family who shares their daily happenings (and more) on their farm.

5. Our Blessings From Above -- another fellow homeschooler's blog. And, if you check in with Michele and her son's on Thursdays you'll find a fun link up for Lego Creations! They'd love for you to join them for that fun event!

6. Gina's Skinny Recipes -- a site full of some scrumptious looking recipes, but I have to admit I've not done more then scan through them and flag a few I'd like to make. I'm pretty sure if you weren't hungry before checking in over there you will be afterwards.

7. Recipe Girl -- another recipe site with gobs and gobs of recipes. She even includes nutritional information for those who need/want it. Again, I admit I've not made any of these recipes, just flagged a few I might make in my spare time.

8. Moda Bake Shop -- I've been enjoying this blog for a long time, but I only check in sporadically. I don't have access to some of their beautiful little jelly rolls, cakes, and other beautiful material, which means I often have to guess and improvise at the various amounts of material needed. I'd love to get my hands on some of their nature material for one of their beautiful nature quilts, and the love based jelly roll for the gorgeous valentine's quilt.

Phyllis also awarded us The Versatile Blogger award quite some time ago! The rules for this award are pretty much exactly the same as they are for the Stylish Blog Award, so honestly I must admit that I'm not going to add anything else to this extremely long post all ready. Instead, I'll hope that the new and different blogs I've all ready listed will suffice, as the idea for these two awards was to list blogs you don't normally list. 


Annette said...

I love your blog and have given you the Stylish Blogger Award on my site here:
I see you already received this award, so consider it answered.

Tracey said...

Congratulations! You deserve the awards.