Thursday, September 11, 2014

Traveling the Natchez Trace - Grindstone Ford / Mangum Mound


At mile marker 45.7 along the Natchez Trace Parkway you will find Grindstone Ford and Mangum Mound.

Northbound travelers traveling the Natchez Trace considered themselves out of civilization and in to wild country when they crossed this point.

Below are several things you can see at this stop.

Grindstone Ford Sign

Grindstone Ford

The Original Natchez Trace

Mangum Mound

Mangum Mound

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of September 8, 2014


It has been another busy week around here. Like usual I had lots of goals to get through, but didn't seem to make a dent in it. But I am not throwing in the towel yet. There is always hope for me.

Here is what I wanted to get done.
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids. (Almost done. I am really shocked at how long these books are taking to get through.)
  3. Write 2 blog posts for this month for the Mickey Mom's website and the Home and School mosaics website. (I got one done and half of another done.)
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
Since I still haven' made good progress I am going to keep my list just about the same. Here's to a better week.

  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 1 blog post for this month for the Home and School mosaics website.
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
I am real hopeful that I am going to get through most of this list this week.

How about you, What is on your list for this week?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Traveling The Natchez Trace Parkway - Birdsong Hollow


At mile marker 438.0, you will travel on a bridge that goes over TN Hwy 96. It is a double arch bridge that won the 1995 Presidential Award for Design Excellence.

**Note these pictures were taken from Hwy 96.**



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Monthly Goals - June, July and August Checkup


Boy has time flown and I realized I haven't posted my checkups for my yearly goals for the last 3 months. So this checkup is going to be for June, July and August.

Here is what I have accomplished on my goals so far this year.

Personal
  • Read through the Bible 
  • Read 24 books. ( I read 14 books so far.)
  • exercise at least 3 times per week
  • Get ready to walk/run a Disney race in 2015
  • run at least 1 5k this year
Family
  • Go on weekly dates for coffee at McDonald's or make it at home with my hubby
  • Finish 7th grade with Katie
  • Start 8th grade with Katie
  • Finish 3rd grade with John
  • Start 4th grade with John
  • do something fun as a family at least once per month
  • go on 1 long vacation We went up the Natchez Trace and then up to Indiana, Illinois and Missouri and then back home.
  • go on 1 staycation or state park
  • read 12 books to the kids ( we read 24 books already)
Home front
  • Finish Financial Peace University
  • Get Baby Step 1 finished
  • Concentrate on Baby Step 2 ( get at least half done)
  • Get the whole house cleaned, dejunked and organized (we are getting a lot of stuff out of the house and things organized)
Business
  • Buy 2 .com's for my blogs
  • attend a blog conference
  • Continue writing for the Disney Mom's
  • Continue writing for Home and School Mosaics
  • get more followers for my blogs
  • write at least 3-5 posts during the week
Way out there - Dream Big Things
  • Be completely debt free except for the mortgage in 1 year
  • Pay off mortgage on our house
  • Bring dad home from the daily 9-5 job
  • Get a home business or 2 going so that dad can come home  
I have crossed some more things off my list and feel like I am getting somewhere on my goals.

As I look at my list I feel like I am getting somewhere but at the same time, I feel like I have to put the petal to the metal and get in gear to get some of these goals done by the end of the year. Then there is some goals that I know we are not going to  accomplish by the end of the year. But that is not going to stop me from plugging along.

How are your yearly goals going?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Goals for the Week of September 1, 2014


Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and boy did that happen last week. I had so many plans but like I said life happens and things don't exactly go as planned.

Here is what I wanted to get done last week.
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 2 blog posts for this month for the Mickey Mom's website and the Home and School mosaics website.
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
Well it seems like I only got one thing done that I wanted to get done last week. So I am going to put last week's goals back on the list again.
  1. Work on dejunking our bedroom. This tends to be the out of sight out of mind room so it has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be gone through.
  2. Finish reading 2 books to the kids.
  3. Write 2 blog posts for this month for the Mickey Mom's website and the Home and School mosaics website.
  4. Get some planning done.
  5. Do something fun as a family this weekend.
Well I am hoping to get this all done this week plus some since we have a busy week outside of the normal things.

How is your week looking? What are your goals for this week?

Traveling The Natchez Trace Parkway - The Gordon House


At mile marker 407.7, you will find the Gorden House historic site. This is the site of an early 1800's trading post and ferry.


The Gorden family home dates from 1818.

The Gorden House.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Snap Decision by Nathan Whitaker - A Review


Note: Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes all opinions are my own.

Snap Decision is about 2 friends Tripp and Chase. They are best friends, next door neighbors and football players. They seem to do everything together, till Tripp makes the Varsity football team. Chase is still on JV, but eventually Chase gets called up to Varsity and Tripp and Chase are back together.

Things are going very well till Tripp gets tackled, get's knocked out and has a concussion. When he comes to, he doesn't know why Chase is on the Varsity team. Tripp says he is fine but Chase knows otherwise. Should Chase say anything or let Tripp go back in the game since he appears to be fine now? Chase tells what happened, but will their friendship survive?

Karen Says:

I thought this book would be great for my football loving son, since he loves to read books about sports. He is a little young for this book, I thought. He is only 9. I decided this book would make a great read aloud book for me and him to read.

I really liked this book even though I thought it was a little to drawn out. It has a great message in it.

I also liked how at the end their is some discussion questions to answer. Their is also several pages on Understanding  Concussion, that has information on concussions.

I would definitely recommend this book for any sport loving teenager.

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