Friday, August 31, 2007


Today we finished our first week of homeschool. It went pretty smoothly. The two younger ones whined because we did math review all week. Wait until they find out we're doing it next week too. Not really a lot to blog about, have just been focusing on the school work.

Friday, August 24, 2007

My 100th post!

In keeping with tradition I give you 100 things about me. Better go grab a cup of coffee, this may put you to sleep rather quickly. Here goes:
1. My name is Tonya Jeanette. If you call me that I will think I've done something wrong.
2. I was born on November 9, 1974.
3. My mom wanted my name to be Nellie, my dad said he didn't care what she name me, he was going to call me Tonya. (Tonya was the nice lady who lived across the street from dad when he was growing up.)
4. I was also named after my great-aunt Jeanette.
5. I used to hate my middle name.
6. Then when Aunt Jeanette became ill, I realized how lucky I was to to have been the one to carry on her name. She was such a wonderful person.
7. I regret not naming one one of our daughters after me (and her).
8. I am the oldest of 3 children.
9. We were all born within three years.
10. I loved school and was a good student.
11. My favorite subject was math.
12. I was not one of the 'popular' kids. I only had a few friends but they were very dear to me.
13. My first job was at Cash Saver Foods (the kind were you bag your own groceries).
14. My aunt Donna set Hubby and I up.
15. We were engaged 5 months after we met, and were married 5 months after that.
16. I baked my own wedding cake. Another aunt decorated it.
17. My favorite foods are chicken and pasta.
18. I love to cook.
19. I love board games.
20. I become very competitive, which is why nobody will play games with me. I think I get this from my Grandma Rosie.
21. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, but what I do is very sentimental to me. My wedding rings, my Mother's ring (which even has my children's names engraved on it), my Brother's gold chain (he gave it to me right before he was shipped to Kuwait), and a 'MOM' charm on it that Jodi picked out for me for Mother's Day when she was 4.
22. I hate to be hot. I get cranky when I'm hot (just ask my kids).
23. I can't stand for anything to be turned up loud. TV, radio, anything - makes me cranky too.
24. I love making homemade gifts.
25. I would rather receive a homemade gift than anything store bought.
26. I'm always afraid that when I give a homemade gift the recipient won't like it.
27. I usually make myself sick about # 26.
28. I homeschool our children. Jodi and Megan for the last 2 years, Ryan since preschool.
29. My greatest fear was teaching Ryan how to read.
30. My greatest accomplishment was teaching Ryan how to read!
31. Followed closely by getting Jodi to understand math in a way she feels confident in doing it herself!
32. I have mostly gray hair.
33. Hubby asked me to quit coloring it - so I did.
34. The coloring wouldn't cover the gray anymore anyhow.
35. I passed out when I got my ears pierced.
36. I don't have any tattoos. Re-read #35.
37. I will only sing if I'm by myself or with my kids.
38. I can't sing.
39. I wish I was one of those people who would sing out loud and not care who heard them.
40. If I'm singing in the car, I stop when I get to a stop sign/light. And when I get close to another car.
41. I laugh at people who sing in their car.
42. While inside I'm jealous of them. Re-read #39.
43. I've never driven a stick-shift.
44. When I was younger, I shifted the gears for my mom when she broke her elbow.
45. I think I could do it (drive a stick-shift).
46. My favorite color is green.
47. My van is green.
48. My house has green trim.
49. Hubby says we're going to paint it white.
50. Hubby bought me an emerald (green) and diamond wrap to go with my engagement ring.
51. I have to renew my driver's license this year.
52. I really dislike doing that.
53. I've never flown in a plane.
54. Megan and I rode in a helicopter at Kings Island.
55. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't be upset if I never do it again.
56. I have 15 nieces and nephews. (And a nephew on the way!)
57. I just realized #56.
58. Hubby and I have TOTAL opposite senses of humor.
59. Hubby, all 3 kids, and I have blue eyes.
60. I'm 5' 2.5" tall.
61. I'm still 1/2" taller than my oldest child.
62. I love to remind her of that.
63. I've never broken a bone.
64. I wouldn't mind it if I never ate red meat again.
65. I could eat chicken every day.
66. I refuse to even try seafood.
67. I love laughing so hard I cry.
68. Being a mom is the only job I've ever wanted.
69. It's still the best job I've ever had!
70. It's also by far the hardest job I've ever had!
71. I am a list person.
72. I usually make a list every morning.
73. I love crossing things off my list.
74. I love writing down little tips to help me to do things better/easier.
75. I used to have stacks of tips lying around everywhere.
76. Now, thanks to Barb's Good Things binder, my tips are being organized in their new home!
77. My favorite number is 7.
78. We recently got a dog.
79. He is a poochon (poodle and bichon frise) named Levi.
80. I didn't think Hubby would ever get a dog. He used to always complain about people who treat their pets like children.
81. Levi has become our 4th child.
82. It cracks me up to watch Hubby with Levi - He has become one of "those people". Re-read #80
83. I wish I was more emotional with the people I love.
84. I won't watch anything that might make me cry.
85. Because I laugh at Hubby for crying.
86. I can't say "I'm sorry".
87. I hate that about myself.
88. I'm really trying to fix that.
89. I've always wanted to live in Montana.
90. I don't know anything at all about Montana.
91. I wonder if they have the beautiful leaves in the fall like Ohio does.
92. I cannot tell others "No", so Hubby does it for me.
93. I strive to help others.
94. I would LOVE to organize (clean out) Hubby's garage.
95. Hubby refuses to let me. He's such a pack rat.
96. I'm addicted to reading blogs!
97. This list was harder to do than I thought.
98. The greatest thing that has ever happened to me was becoming Jim's wife and Jodi's, Megan's, and Ryan's mom.
99. I love the Lord.
100. I can't imagine my life without HIM!
I hope you're still awake. I'm sure you're probably ready for a nap now.

Happy Anniversary

Today is my mom and dad's 33rd wedding anniversary!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Family Reunion

We were gone to a family reunion this weekend and just got back home, so I won't be posting our menu this week. We stayed an extra day and visited around Amish country - I love it there! It was my first time ever seeing the horse-drawn carts. And oh my word, those little Amish children are just down right adorable!! I'm sure I'll post more about it later - right now I'm beat, and my cozy bed is calling my name!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


The other day Levi was sitting in the living room with Jim and he was whining because he could hear the kids outside playing in the sprinkler, but he couldn't see them - so, Jim fixed it:

Problem solved! LOL

Another day, I was sitting at my kitchen table and looked out the back window and I saw this:
Now, just so you understand, the 'little' guy is every bit of six feet tall. I was in shock and made Jim grab the camera. That was one REALLY tall man. I wish I could have seen him climb out of that truck - I'll almost bet you he had to fold up his arms and legs to fit in there! *Note: please don't take this as me poking fun at tall people. I was just amazed at his height!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Last night we had company over for a cook-out. It was a buddy of Jim's and his wife (Vinny and Charnelle) and their 2 daughters. Jim and Vinny have been buddies since the 2nd grade (ya know - way back in the 'Olden Days'. It was so much fun to have another adult to chat with! And we hardly spoke about school! Of course, time flew by. Hopefully we'll get together again soon.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Another week has flown by! I've been getting all of our school books in order - that's a huge job on its own. Glad that's over! Now it's time to focus on meals for the week. Here goes:

Sunday ~ Fried rice, bread & butter
Monday ~ hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, chips
Tuesday ~ chicken broccoli casserole, homemade bread
Wednesday ~ sloppy joes, noodles, doritos
Thursday ~ Chicken patties, potatoes, gravy, green beans
Friday ~ Hamburger helper, corn, rolls
Saturday ~ Fish sticks, homemade noodles, peas

Make sure to stop by Laura's blog for more menu selections! Have a great week!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Here's this weeks menu. To check out more menu's - click HERE. Have a great week!

Sunday ~ Cincinnati Chili, spaghetti, nachos, chili dip
Monday ~ BLT's, cottage cheese
Tuesday ~ Tuna Salad, chips, mac & cheese
Wednesday ~ Pizza hoagies, fries
Thursday ~ Fried green tomatoes, flavored rice (haven't had these yet)
Friday ~ Hot dogs, baked beans, deviled eggs
Saturday ~Potluck, garlic bread sticks

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Jodi's best friend

We had Jaidyn over for a visit, she's grown SO much. Even though we no longer live right next door, she still knows that we always have Goldfish crackers here for her! She is such a sweetie, she still flirts with Jim like nobody's business!


My family (mostly Jodi) has been requesting these delicious, little pieces of heaven. You should try them! They taste just like Mc*Donald's

3 cans refrigerated biscuits (cut into fourths)
2/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup DARK brown sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
8 disposable pot pie pans
Preheat oven to 350*. Mix together butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spray pans with Pam. Place a single layer of biscuits in bottom of each pan. Cover with a thin layer of cinnamon mixture. Place another layer of biscuits and cinnamon mixture. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown. Top with icing. YUM!I use the icing from my Cinna*bon roll recipe (it makes a ton of frosting, so I just store it in the freezer, and thaw as needed). Here's that recipe:
The key to this is whipping it up for at LEAST 12 minutes.
8 oz butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
Beat butter and cream cheese together. Slowly add in all powdered sugar. once all of the sugar is in the bowl, mix for at least 12 minutes. When almost done, add the lemon juice and vanilla extract.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Busy day

Today was one of those 'non-stop' days! I made cinnabites for breakfast, then got lunch ready, then started the bbq ribs we had for dinner. Then I made homemade noodles (I've had the recipe forever but never tried them - they were SO good). After dinner, I gave Levi a bath, he loves to get bathed and get his fur dried. :o) Then I made my version of F*ire and Ice Cheesecake from this restaurant - and I'll be dipped in caramel - it tastes exactly the same!! I'll have to post the recipe on here, be forewarned though - it's NOT for health conscious people. LOL