Wednesday, February 26, 2014

From Kindergarten to College

My oldest son just turned 5 and is starting kindergarten next year.  I have been freaking out, to say the least!  I have been a stay at home mom to him since he was around 1.5 years old.  At first it was with 2 other kids his age that I watched, then we moved to Minnesota for a year and a half and I was able to enjoy that time with just him and was able to relax during my 2nd pregnancy.  It was the ideal situation for me.

Then we moved back to VA when Baby K was only 2 weeks old, now he's almost 2 years old.  It was a difficult transition, but luckily I had my friends and family who were here to help out.  4 Months into our lease we decided to purchase another home.  We moved into our new home and I immediately starting watching another baby who is only 2 months younger than Baby K.  That is baby C and he is my best friend's son.  This is how I have been able to stay home with both of the boys.  It gives me enough to supplement my husband's income, but not enough to pay for kindergarten.

Z has been in a preschool for the past 2 years.  He loves it, I love it, and he has learned a lot.  They offer Kindergarten too, but it is expensive.  So what do we do?  Do we shop around for other schools if we are going to pay for school maybe it should be somewhere he is going to stay.  Should we just send him to public school?  Should I attempt home school? 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Work from home journey

I have been on a journey to be able to work from home. Right now I still watch baby C, but when the school year ends, that will too. I also finish my degree in July and will have school loans building. My oldest will be in Kindergarten next year and I really want to be able to take him and get him from school. I also really really don't want to have to put K into full time daycare. 

So I started my journey into stay at home jobs. I could of course take on more kids. I love kids but there are things I want to do, like put K and Z into different classes.

I decided that there are tons of people all over the place that work from home and I can do it too. I have come across a lot of different eBooks that have outlined different options from building and selling websites, reviewing websites, freelance writing, selling things, and jobs where you work for a company. 

It is hard to find a job working for a company and not have to have specific work hours. With 2 little ones at home I can't guarantee any specific work hours, so I need something flexible. 

Right now I'm working on my new hire steps with a company called Lifebushido.  It seems like a great company to work for and I am very excited. It's only part time, but it might eventually progress to more once I have free time. It's an interesting application process, but I'm optimistic that it will be just what I've been looking for.

I will be pretty consumed with it for the next few months so please bear with me as my posts will be sporadic.  I apologize for this, but it can't be helped. If you are looking to work from home go check it out and see if its somethihg for you. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

10 Quiet-Time Activities

My oldest son is 5 years old and stopped napping about a year ago. Even though he doesn't nap he still does an hour of quiet time in his room for my sanity and his!

Sometimes it does get boring for him so I switch up the things he does in quiet time. If you have any ideas to add, please leave them in the comments!

1.  Puzzles. Depending on age, this can be wooden or cardboard puzzles

2.  Train track and trains. I give him the wooden train set with trains and it's something he can't normally do with his little brother knocking it apart. 

3.  Coloring books and crayons.  Simple and fun.

4.  Tag reader and books.  It is a little expensive to get the stuff, but eBay has great deals!

5.  Put away their clean laundry.  My son just turned 5 and he loves to put his laundry away.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How to Jump Start a Car

I am 33 years old and have never jumped my own car.  It is something that I figured I could figure out if I needed to, but always left it up to somebody else to do.  I think I did this because batteries and cables are a little scary!  One wrong move and sparks are flying and who knows what else could happen.

So I have never done it, have you?  Do you know what to do?  What do you stick the cables to first, the running car or the dead one?  Where do the cables go?  So many questions and when you are standing there staring at your car battery holding the cables, google search comes to the rescue, but what if they are wrong?!

So many ifs.....

The other day my car wouldn't start and hubby went out and jumped it for me.  Figuring it was just the really cold weather doing it to the battery, we thought it would be fine.  The next day, the same thing happened and he jumped it again.  I took it to the auto parts store and they tested my battery and said it was still good.  I had a feeling that they were wrong, so I had my hubby draw me a little diagram so that I could have a visual guide for jumping my car since he was going out of town for 4 days starting early the next day.  Luckily he was leaving his truck here or I wouldn't have anything to jump from.  And I woke up and tried to leave the house and the car wouldn't start so I buckled the kids in and got to work!

So here is the real scoop!