Back to the books!

As I may have mentioned before, Daddy Shawn has been working towards his Bachelor’s Degree, enrolled part-time to Aspen University’s online program. He’s getting pretty close to achieving his goal of a degree, and I’m super-proud of him and all his hard work. However, sitting on the sidelines, watching him do such a good job, has been a little depressing for me. And I think that’s only because I’m a lover of learning, and always enjoyed continuing my education — in most any way possible.

So, what else was there to do but to enroll, myself!?! At the turn of the new year, I enrolled at Ashworth College. I chose this online college because I really liked its at-your-own-pace courses and economical price per credit (both very important for a busy Momma, you know!) …

I’ve been taking those ever-so-important-but-maybe-a-little-boring prerequisite classes to start, while my old transcripts were mailed and processed. I managed to complete the intro courses Achieving Academic Success and Introduction to Computers (which both, by the way, were not required classes when I was in college…)And finally, after a month of waiting, my transcripts were processed, and *BOOM* just like that, I went from 5% to a whopping 44% of my Program complete and well on my way to that Bachelor’s Degree, already!

And what Program is that, you ask? Well I have my Associates Degree in General Studies, and since I enjoy learning about so many different things, I decided to to keep the General Studies major. Doing this will allow me to pursue studies in several areas, while still working towards a degree.

So right now, I am taking two courses: Social Impact of Technology and Business Analysis. Both are prerequisites I have to take, however, I have found the Social Impact of Technology to be very interesting and intriguing.

Keep the love of learning alive, my friends!


Wowza! It’s Been Over a Month?!?

Seems like about forever and a day since I last wrote a post. Sorry about that…life is life.. as you well understand, sometimes things family life gets a little hectic and time just goes by way too fast!

Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun! But there’s so much to write about, so much good stuff! So, be ready, lots of posts coming your way soon! Wahoooooooo!


Emmalee’s Art-Abration was a Blast!

Emma and Vivian were blessed enough to be invited by a friend to Emmalee’s Art-Abration, hosted by Sherry’s Craftastic Cottage, this Art-Abration is an annual celebration event for families of children with special needs.  The goal was for the children to enjoy the gift of art and to build friendships in an inclusive environment and is a part of  Art-Ability, an inclusive art program for children of all abilities in grades K-12. 

Who is this Emmalee you ask?  Well, Emmalee is the daughter of Wayne and Tina, the founders of the Ability Tree, Florida.  And this day is to honor her and the gift from God from she is along with every single other child that He blesses us with, no matter their ability level!!!

Dad took Emma and Vivi this time to the event, so I missed out on the art fun and am telling the story second hand.  But apparently, it was loads and loads of fun!  Emma, Vivian, and all the kiddos there got to make their own paintings, and my girls came home with absolutely gorgeous snowman paintings(as you can see below)!  They must have had a good time because Vivi had enough paint on her in various places that she needed to take a quick shower to get all cleaned up before meeting up with Grandma and Grandpa for lunch (don’t worry, it washes of the kiddos and the clothes!).  Emma said she fun paining too, of course! 

A great BIG THANK YOU to Sherry’s Craftastic Cottage and Ability Tree for a wonderful event that my little girls thoroughly enjoyed and my hubby got to have some Daddy — Daughter time at!!!


We Visited Santa’s Workshop!

Over the weekend we were able to visit the 4th Annual Santa’s Workshop, sponsored by The Inspire Foundation, whose mission is to bring music and the arts into the lives of those with special needs, hosted by Trinity New Life Church, visit lots of fun activity tables that the children thoroughly enjoyed, and see Santa himself!

Sponsored by The Inspire Foundation, whose mission is to bring music and the arts into the lives of those with special needs, we were able to go to the 4th Annual Santa’s Workshop hosted by Trinity New Life Church, visit lots of fun activity tables that the children thoroughly enjoyed, and see Santa himself!

The activity tables areas included “sensory snow,” which actually felt cool to the touch, and we all enjoyed touching and feeling the “snow,” trying to figure out what it was made out of; a station where you made your own snowglobe in a plastic sandwhich baggie; a pipecleaner station where the kids were encouraged to use their imagination and make shapes with the pipcleaners; a fun playdough station; a station where you made a snowman our of construction paper; and more.  There were even GFCF (gluten free casein free) snacks there, a popular diet that helps many ASD children! 

…And then, of course, there was Sensitive Santa!  He and his team of elves were awesome!  Very patient with our entire family, allowing the children a few moments to get comfortable with Santa before the picture taking began.  We all high-fived Santa, and told him what we wanted for Christmas, and Emma told him she wanted a live pig!!!  Oh my goodness, girl!!! The first picture the look a little shocked, but I think the second one came out absolutely perfectly! And I love it!  Thank you, Santa, and the Inspire Foundation for a frameable moment to remember for years to come!!!