September 28, 2011

It Is Well (With My Soul)

I know what you're thinking: Didn't she just say a couple posts ago that she was going to get serious about blogging again? Yes, I did. And I am. I have been sick for a month between a sinus infection and walking pneumonia. On top of all that, Tristan has been sick for two weeks. Needless to say, blogging has been low on my priority list.

The most exciting thing I have to talk about is last night. I took my choir to Susannah Baptist Church in Ona to sing in a revival. It was our first traveling trip since I took over. The service was AMAZING.

I don't like preachers who speak like a college class you don't get credit for, I like to feel like I've been to church and last night I definitely did. There was shouting and crying and testifying, everything an old school baptist needs. The most amazing thing of all was the preaching. Our preacher, Timmy, had gotten up to testify. When the preacher got up to preach he said he felt like he God may have had a different plan for the preaching. Next thing we knew Timmy got up to preach! I'm not sure if I've ever felt the presence of God so clearly.

September 16, 2011

Once Bitten Twice Shy--Great White

A couple weeks ago Tristan fell and knocked a tooth loose. I took him to his pediatrician and she wanted him to see a dentist. There weren't any pediatric dentists in Huntington, but I got lots of recommendations for Teays Valley Pediatric Dentistry. I called them and just so happens they were opening a Huntington office this week. Yesterday was Tristan's appointment and I COULD NOT BELIEVE the place!

This is in the waiting room. The rest of the elephant is back in the hallway.

This is the reception desk. Tristan LOVED the frog.

It looked like a tree, but had 3 bigscreens with cartoons At the top and X-Boxes around the middle with stools that looked like stumps. It's blurry because Tristan was running away (you can see him as a blue blur).

There was a room with a kid sized doorway. On the wall were touchscreen video games and on the other side was a little slide.

There were other animals throughout the building including a second waiting area for siblings who have appointments together with another full sized elephant dressed in safari gear with several PSP's in his satchel! The place was AMAZING!

Tristan loved the hygienist! She let him ride the chair up and down and play with the tools.

The doctor came in to check out his mouth and I laid Tristan back on my lap so I he could look. Tristan cried though his exam, but didn't try to bite or even close his mouth! I was proud. The dentist said his tooth was very loose, but would hopefully tighten up. He also said Tristan's teeth looked great, no spots or cavities, and he had all the ones he was supposed to at his age. He got a ball and tattoo for being good and as I checked out he talked so much the the receptionist that she had another girl come talk to because he talked so well.

September 15, 2011

I'll Fly Away

Tristan has a new favorite song: I'll Fly Away. Please disregard my voice, I've been sick for 3 weeks now with no end in site.

YouTube Video

September 5, 2011

Back In the Saddle Again--Gene Autry

Hey people! You're shocked to see me, I know!! I'm gonna ease back into this blogging thing now that Tyler is back.

For my first post back I'm going to tell you how I've been making some cash, because while I work 14 hours a day and am on call the other 10, being a momma doesn't pay in cash.

First up, Music Director. I know I mentioned this when I got the job, but I'm the music director at our church: Twenty-Sixth Street Baptist Church. Our church is on the move, so if you're looking for an old school Baptist church with young blood (our pastor is 32), we're the church for you. I get a VERY meager salary, for this, but the blessings are many.

Another money maker I'm using is the WeReward iPhone (and Android) app.

You essentially take a picture of yourself in various establishments and make money for it. For example on Saturday, Tyler and I ate at Panera Bread. I took a picture of Tyler with his food and the Panera logo and got paid 50 points/$0.50! If you're going out to eat there's no reason NOT to do this!! Payment is through PayPal. If you're interested, here's the link: Please if you're going to sign up, do me a solid and use my link.

Next up, This is also an iPhone app that pays. It's kind of like secret shopping, except much easier. You open the app and it gives you a list of jobs in your area.

If you accept a job, a counter starts and you have 2 hours to complete it. It is as simple as answering a couple questions in the store and taking a picture. It takes 5 minutes tops and the average job pays $4.00-$5.00 bucks!

Lastly, we come to couponing. I know this isn't actually making money, but it saves big bucks! So far my biggest savings has been 49%! This isn't as much as some folks, but for me it's a great deal. Coupons take some work. To get the deals, you have to not only cut and carry the coupons, but know store policies. Tip: your best savings are at places that double coupons. Our Walmart is currently doing this up to $0.99, but you have to separate out the coupons with each item which is a serious pain, so it's still Kroger for me, thanks.

Wanna chat about money makers and money savers? Shoot me a comment. I LIVE for them, they let me know you're reading this.