Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5th grade math prep for summer

One of my kid's teachers just sent me this document with a calendar of ideas to do everyday during the summer to help the kids stay sharp on their math skills.  I'm supper excited about it and wanted to save it somewhere it wouldn't get lost

5th grade


3rd grade


Sunday, April 10, 2016

There has been a really nice guy attending our ward for about 6 months while he has been on a deployment and so we have invited him to Sunday dinner a few times.  During our last dinner with him, I discovered that his family ran the camp where I attended girls camp so many years ago as a youth.  He was one of the garbage "men" who came around to pick up the trash.  (I say "man" because he is probably the same age as me.) He told us that they are currently looking for someone to help run the camp.
I think that would be so fun to do some day.  I have lots of other things I am working towards right now, but I wanted to document the listing on the off chance that I ever enter a time of my life where something like that would be an opportunity I could embrace, or if Sam and I want to search for other opportunities together at some point.

if you go to the Church's service missionary/long term volunteer website you can find opportunities like this and many more in your area or an area you would love to be.

My little recreation Management/Youth Leadership heart screams out for a chance to do this one close to home some day.            A girl can dream :)

Camp Specialist

Opportunity: 149294

Posting Info
Start Date:
Hours per Week:40
Department:CSM Belfair WA Zions Camp Rec
Operation Contact:Katz,Jonathan B
CSM Coordinator:Caruthers,Timothy D.
Assigned Stake:
Position Number:00366195
About Us
Church-service missionaries greet the different groups when they arrive, coordinating with different individuals on eagle projects, etc. For information, please call the Puget Sound Recreation Office, 360-871-6378.
This Church-service missionary position (also considered a camp host) assists guests at recreation camps to have a safe and spiritual experience, and coordinate service projects at the camp. This Church-service missionary will help the Church fulfill its divinely appointed responsibility to help members live the gospel of Jesus Christ and help gather Israel through missionary work.
* Assists in serving as hosts to patrons and guests using the recreational property by providing information on directions, facilities, safety and programs. Part of the assistance may include program presentations to the many youth groups who attend the camp.
* May organize and assist with minor maintenance projects
* Organizes and oversees service projects
* Periodically assists with safety and security of guests and infrastructure of the camp.
* Most of these positions will serve from late spring through early fall.
* Must have good people skills and the ability to communicate with people of all ages.
* Must be in good physical condition, as some of the work can be fairly strenuous at high altitudes and require long work days.
* May require basic organizational and maintenance skills.
* Equipment needs: Though some sites have cabin facilities for rent, most Church-service missionaries should have a RV to serve as a residence. RV hook-up costs will vary between sites, but usually range between $250-$500/month.
* Church-service missionaries must be temple-worthy.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

GRE prep

I have a VERY specific memory of talking with a friend while attending BYU.  We were walking through the parking lot with the brick oven pizza place on the far south west corner of campus.  She was worrying about all the grad school stuff she need to do.  I very comfortably and confidently told her how happy I was that I would never have to take another test once I was done with my BA.  I was so sure that I would be a stay at home Mom/Grandma for the rest of my life.  She told me, oh, you should take the GRE now because it would be so difficult to prepare for it once you have been out of school for a few years if you change your mind.
Such wise words.  Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and take her advice. As I have been researching what I need to do to prepare for grad school, I am realizing that I need to study up on just about everything to get ready for it.
This article for preparing for the GRE suggests that you

  • Read algebra for dummies and geometry for dummies.  Many reasoning questions are based on these basic math concepts.
  • Use these Study tools from the people who created the test including sample questions, 2 full sample tests, math review and more.
  • Expand your vocabulary.  The vocabulary on the GRE is more difficult than the vocabulary used in the SAT.  The best way to do this is a life time of reading/ Reading your college text books.  (Dang, I've got some work to do.)
  • Take a difficult English course.  The GRE has 2 timed essays that make up about 1/3 of your score.  So having recently done an english course will help you do well on those important chunks of your test.
Ahhhhhh!  This is why I hate being ambitious.  I have to stretch farther than I think I am capable of.  I've been asking God what I can do now to prepare for what He wants me to do next.  I've learned what he wants me to do now, and I'm so nervous that I won't measure up.  I think it is just a big ploy to get me to pray more fervently ;)  
Okay big guy, you've got me.  I'm sure to be on my knees more often and for longer periods of time because I know I can't pass that test on my own.

As luck would have it, there is a GRE testing center in one of the towns we are currently house hunting it.  It says they offer the test year round.  Coincidence?  I think not.  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My husband LOVES travel and adventures while I would be happy to be a homemaker in a home just like I grew up in and never move.  Just do gardening projects, and when I get tired of those move on to a bathroom remodel project, and when I got tired of that, paint the outside of the house, and when I get tired of that…

I have been struggling the past few years to find a way that we can honor oneanother's ideal lives, yet still be happy with our own life at the same time.  I fought him on this nomadic life style for SO long, but I just can't beat it out of him, and I am SO tired of fighting.  So I need to find a way to join in the fun.

For the past few months I have had the thought that I could get involved more with in the communities we live.  I really hate politics, but I think there is a lot of good that can be done without having to dig to deeply into hot topics and the whole arena of brides and blackmail.  My curiosity has lead me to University of Washington's Evan's School of Public Policy and Governance.  I NEVER had any delusions of grander to get myself a masters degree (I never even thought I would earn my BA degree), but I wonder if I could find some good in a nomadic life style by doing some good in all these communities, or watching more closely how these communities function and learning from them.

The Evan's School has a variety of areas to focus on (2 years full time) and even some mini certificate programs I could earn.  I want to document them here so I can come back to the info when I am ready to think about it more seriously.

I'm not sure what the future holds for me and Sam, but I think he has gotten a taste of this international thing and is hooked.  So International development with a Nonprofit Management certificate might be a good thing to work towards.  (SO NOT what I ever thought I would be doing in my life, but it would be amazingly rewarding.  And incredible to be able to take my kids with me on work trips)
I'm going to have to mull all of this over for a few months while I do some more research about funding options for military wives getting their education and such.  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

bracelet business # 1

My daughter is doing a guest post on my page today :)

Me and my friends are starting a bracelet making business. All of the money we make will go to charity and new materials. nothing is more than 300 pesos or 6.42 dollars 

this is our schedule

march: mabuhay house

April: smile


                                                june: orphanages

                                                july: the provinces
                                                august: homeless people

for further information or to place an order email 

b r i b l e e @ g m a i l . c o m

plea title the email 


Friday, March 4, 2016

family pictures
Every time I plan family pictures I always get a little anxious.  The idea of trying to do my make up, style my limp hair, tame my eldest's curly hair, get a flattering outfit to coordinate with the rest of the family, and hope that we all look happy is enough to make me want to hide and cry.  But my kids are so darn cute and my Hubby is handsome, so I try to not spoil the photo op with my anxiety attack.
We are doing family photos next month because our youngest is 9 months and we still don't have any professional photos of him.  (sorry, you are my 4th and we live in a foreign country.  But you're a boy, so you probably won't care anyway.)  

I normally freak out a few days before the shoot and buy every hair product in the drug store that I think will make my hair look 10 times thicker than it is, and a bunch of new make up that will make me look more like a model and less like myself.
I am going to try really hard not to do that this time.  Instead I have found some helpful info to help me feel more confident in my own skin and prepared for our big day.

advice for dressing pear shaped Women

Necklace shapes for a variety of necklines-This sheet makes me think that with all the high necks I wear as a Mormon, I should probably do some shopping for some long necklaces.  I don't have many.

tips on dressing a family for portraits

tips for make up in photographs

I can do this,
we don't have to go to the department store and all buy new clothes,
I don't need to buy every product on the shelf,
and the best thing I can do is go to the shoot relaxed and ready to play with the kids instead of being anxious.

I will repeat these things to myself many times over the next month.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

With little kids still not in school, I have not been doing as much volunteer work as I had hoped I would  while living in a 3rd world country.  
Luckily, One of the Young Women at church does art projects with the children of Mabuhay House once a week.  She has been running out of ideas for her art projects and so I am now making a few projects each month to send with her.  It is fulfilling to know that I am doing something to help even though I feel like my place is in my home while my kids are young.  

The children at Mabuhay House come from all over the Philippines to get free medical treatment for things like club feet or cleft pallet.  Thank you Emma for helping me to help.