How I met my best friend…..

About 6 years ago, I started a program called FAST Families. Many of you that follow me probably have heard me talk about it before. I joined it because I thought we don’t have anything to do, let’s go check it out. FAST means families and schools together. The purpose of the program for me I would say would be to build strong relationship with the school for the betterment of your child and their school career. They like for you to be involved in every aspect. It also helps to strengthen your family. Here is a typical evening at FAST Familes. You come in and you sit at a table with your family. You play little games until it is time for FAST hellos. Which are a riot. The parent introduces the families. Then everyone goes hello Poling/Lockwood Family (that is us by the way). And then we go hello Fast Families, as loud as we can. I love that part. I used to detest that part. I am not a speaker in front of people kinda person. Well, at least I wasn’t back then. I have lost a lot of my shyness. Then, check this out, this is the cool part, because you know us parents always get our food last and we are up running around waiting on our kids and come back to our food and it is stone cold, well, the child serves the parents. Woo hoo love that part too. At first I didn’t because well, I think the children should be served first but, they are served right along with us so, they don’t have to wait. After we eat, then it is time to either sing, which we absolutely love. The fast family rap is tooo cool. Or we do scribbles, or feeling charades. And this is done only with your family. Family time is key here. After that we break up. We go to Parent Group and the kids go to Kids Time. Parent group has evolved over the years and I can say I really enjoy myself in there. We talk about a wide range of topics. And we then get paired up with a parent buddy. We each have about 7 minutes to talk about whatever we want to and the other person has to listen. And vice versa. Then comes the good part. Our special play child comes in and it is the same child for 8 weeks. We get to play with them for 15 minutes and it is child led play. We have to do what they say. Surrender the control. I sneak in ways to talk to Mikayla about her day at school and what she has learned. We act like animals, eat fake food and it is just wonderful. After special play time, it is closing circle, and rain which during this time, a winning family is chosen. You get a board game and a gift card. We love Operation we got it last time we went through it.

So, I told you all about that to say. I met Stacy in FAST. We would talk and stuff while we were in FAST but, we weren’t close. Not until JT was born. The school had a function at Chuck E Cheese and I went with the girls. I seen Stacy sitting there and asked her if she wanted to see pics of him. She said sure, and after that, I can’t get rid of her. LOL Not like I try to. She is stuck to me like glue and I like it like that. We talk several times a day, whether by phone, im, or Facebook. We talk about everything. When we are having a problem with one of the kids. We are the first person the other calls. When we are having a hard day, we call each other. If we heard something funny, well… you get the picture. She helped me make a lot of hard decisions concerning JT and she most importantly showered him with love. I love her to death and am so happy I finally have a friendship where I can count on her just as much as she can count on me. We don’t judge each other, and we agree to disagree a lot. We are brutally honest with each other and still come out the other side friends till the end. God knew to put her in my life when he did and he knew I would need her for a life time. That is why she is still here. I have never had a friend where I can just be me and not be afraid of what they are thinking about me, or if they will still be my friend tomorrow. I kinda like this grown up friendship. It rocks!

To do’s for Today ( Monday)

I guess the way to get back in to the saddle of blogging is to go with the trusty to do list. I really don’t need to be reminded of this but, it is nice to see what I do and the progress that I make along the way. So, here goes…..

5:30 up and at em.
Get dressed, swish and swipe the bathroom
Read bible
spend 15 minutes in kitchen
Do my facebook stuff. Can’t leave that out, it would be a travesty. he he
20 minutes on treadmill
quick shower
Throw in load of laundry
Get Mikayla and Stacey up for school
Get them moving along and out the door when Mike gets here at 8.

Do 3 more loads of laundry and pick up living room

Counseling at 11.

Somewhere in there I do get Tori up and feed and dress her. LOL

After counseling the rest of the day is mine. Woo hoo

Wait for that big old storm that is supposed to blow in. From what I have heard we are going to get hit hard starting Monday night and it isn’t going to stop until sometime Wednesday. We’ll see though. I’m sure Tony has already bought his beer and chips for the storm. Ain’t that right Tony???

The rest of the week is pretty busy in the evenings. We started FAST again so, that is Tuesday evening. Wednesday is Bible Study and AWANA, Mikayla loves her Awana so I hope for her sake the storm blows over and amounts to nothing. Thursday is Ballet for Stacey and Friday I do believe that we don’t have to do much of anything. At least I hope so. Oh goodness I just remembered that Stacey is going to be in another PSA so that is Tues-Thursday this week. Yeah, packed full be our week. I hope everyone has a great week. I know I planned to. Ta Ta peoplettes.

Cleaning Roulette….

I am posting our cleaning roulette rules here. Just to have them. And to see if when I make a post it links with Facebook.

Cleaning Roulette

Starts at 10 am on Saturday morning….

Everyone pics a piece of paper out of the bowl. What you get is what you get. Go to assigned area and when the timer is started, clean as much as you can for 15 minutes. If you finish early then you can help another person with what they have. When the timer beeps. Come back to the bowl and we are at it again. We will do this for 45 minutes then take a 15 minute break. After break we are at it for another 45 minutes. We are allowed to act silly and we are allowed to be crazy. Have fun and let’s get this house deep cleaned.

Now, to sit and wait to see if it links.

Tootle loo peoples.