Tuesday, April 28, 2015

God Cares About Baseball Gloves





My son was in frantic mode. We had 2 hours before his game and he could not find his glove.

He knew he had it in his baseball bag but it wasn't there.
We looked high and low. He was freaking out.

I was helping him look under furniture. In the vehicle. In the garage (where he isn't supposed to be anyway), in the laundry room, their clean bedroom. No glove was to be located.  As he was running around trying to find the glove, I stop looking and realized we had not prayed about this.

I called him to the living room, we sat there together and prayed that God would show us where the glove was, I then asked another friend to pray as well.

My son walked into his bedroom looked around then said he thought that he had not looked on the top bunk, his brother's bed.  Sure enough, right there on the bed was the glove.

God answered our prayers within seconds of praying. 

How many times do we cease in praying for things? We think that the situation is to small? We don't think that we need His help.

Nothing is to small for God! He is our father! He wants us to come to him when we are in need.

God loves us so much that He even cares about baseball gloves.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Value of Team Sports








Written by Vickilynn Bowman 


As a coach and a parent, and an instructor I feel that competing in a team sport offers the most valuable lessons in life skills: learning to relate to others, and learn a sense of self value as they contribute in a joint effort to reach a goal. We all need to encourage young people to learn the skills need to to function as a team player. Once taught for their competitions, the same skills and attitudes will spill over in other areas of their lives. They will become responsible, thoughtful, contributing members of their schools, their friendships and their communities.

The question then is how do they become better team players.   An accomplished team player is one who thinks first of the good of the team.  He or she always does their best, and with a smile. They are good sports, both toward other members of their team and to other teams.  They offer help rather than criticism, encourage rather than conflict, and rejoice in the success of their team members regardless of their own personal performance.  Of course a good team player would make a commitment to the team for the period of time of preparing for a competition. They would come to practices on time, prepared for the type of practice being held.  On their own, they would take responsible care of equipment and practice on a regular basis. These requirements for becoming a good team player call for a maturity that comes with age, but also comes with training. One of the best ways to help the rest of your team become better team players is by setting a good example of how to be one.

A team player cannot be a s selfish person. A win is for the glory of the team and not for the individual. Competitors who try to win the glory for themselves generally do poorly on the team, for they end up competing against their teammates as well. They also are not generally well liked. They may be tolerated for their good scores or skills, but probably no one will go out of their way to help them be successful. What would be the point, if they only take all the credit anyway. And few rejoice in a selfish person’s success, either in the sports world or elsewhere.

In any activity the most we can expect of a person is that they try to do their best. That means they practice on their own and with the team at practices. It means that they listen to the coaches directions and attempt to follow them. They should ask the coach or teammate for help with specific problems. And it means that they practice and compete even when they do not feel like it. For the sake of the team, mild illness, which may even be a part of nervousness, should be tried to be overcome. I am not advocating forcing a child to compete if they are truly sick, however I am encouraging them to be a little tougher. This too is a characteristic that needs to be developed in the real world. Employers will not accept too many sick days. Being hot, tired, having their “monthly”, or just wanting to do another activity is not a valid excuse for missing practice, the competition, school, or work.  A part of doing your best is be prepared, and that includes taking care of yourself. This encompasses eating right, drinking enough on hot days, and getting enough sleep before a big day.

Next, I’d like to address the subject of attitudes. They too fluctuate in times of stress, heat and tiredness. A good attitude however is the most crucial characteristic of a good team player. Too many teams fail, not because of poor scores or poor skills but because of internal team conflicts. It is part of growing up that children learn to resolve conflicts before they get out of hand, and that they learn to function along with others even if they don’t care for each other.

Probably the most destructive attitude in competition is “win at all costs”.  When team members want to win more than they want to do well and have fun, the competition becomes a source of stress. Stress is the largest contributor to conflict.  Suddenly scores become too important, and people less. Team members begin losing tempers and laying blame for errors.  On occasion, tempers flare to the point where the competition is forgotten in an effort to retaliate for a failure, real or imagined, on the part of another team member. At this point the benefit of team competition is lost and parents and coaches may even question of the value of team sports entirely.  Rather than berating children for their actions, everyone, including parents, coaches and team members need to reevaluate their goals.   Yes, we do want to do well in the competition, or why spend the hours at practice. But is a trophy or rosette more important than a friendship? Will winning erase the bad impression created by lack of cooperation among the team members?  Instead, see what positive reinforcement will do between team members. Complement one another on jobs not only well done, but attempted well. Volunteer to help each other without waiting to be asked.  Don’t be petty, saying, “he didn’t say Please,” or thinking, “no one helped me.” Always remember to say please and always, always say thank you.

The other attitude that seems to cause trouble is jealousy. A team mate may be jealous of equipment, another’s performance, or just luck. This again stems from selfishness. Team mates must realize that the good fortune of another team member is also their good fortune, since it is the team’s score that counts. Team members having good fortune, whether because of their hard work, hours of practice, or extreme good luck are to remember to be grateful and not boastful of being so blessed. Probably the only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner. Remember too if you are the lucky one, the unlucky probably feels poor enough without your adding to their heartache. This is true even if the fault was not a matter of bad luck but of bad planning or poor skills. “I told you so” attitude has no place in competition, and neither does, “if onlys”. If a comment will not improve a team members performance, or help their feelings, it is better not said. If there is an unresolvable problem, save it for the coach.

There’s been a lot said about negative situations in team competitions, but the positive far outweighs the bad. From my own personal experience, team competitions helped mature me. Friendships that are built during these times tend to be lasting. Great feelings of self confidence begin with being a contributing member of a team. And the most important thing, is it’s FUN!  So smile at your teammates, you are representing your team, and you’ll feel great about yourself. Those around you will like you because you will be good company, dependable, responsible, polite, a real asset to the team.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kid Approved Pizza Lasagna



(click picture for printable recipe)





My family loves pizza.  I love pizza, but since I have been eating better pizza hasn't been on the top of my list. My family has been going through pizza withdrawal.


I adapted a recipe that I found in the Trim Healthy Mama book. (page 327)
If you haven't heard of Trim Healthy Mama, I would definitely recommend it. It has change the way that I eat. Knowing what foods work together the best. I really don't call this a diet. You don't have to eat cardboard when you want to eat healthy.

Case in point, Pizza Lasagna

It's pizza without the crust. My kids LOVE this meal.  Being that the crust of a pizza is a filler and this has no crust, a side of rice would make a great addition. I would also serve this with a side salad.  Having a family of 7, and having 5 males in the house, fillers are a must!



CLICK PICTURE FOR FREE PRINTABLE RECIPE 





For those Trim Healthy Mama's, this is an S Meal.







Monday, April 6, 2015

Bowmania Easter 2015

It seems that we are sick during some holiday throughout the year.

This year, so far, it's been Easter. I mean we are at the beginning of the year right?

We traded in Easter outfits for comfy clothes and tissues. Lots and lots of tissues.
The kids were super sad about missing church. I am not sure it was church that the missed the most or if it was the food before church.

We did go to the farm for lunch and the big egg hunt.
When you have five kids in one family and add in another three kids from another family, you have a great big egg hunt.  I know they hid over 7 dozen eggs.  7 dozen eggs that they colored a few days earlier.



I think the did a great job!

For years my mother in-law has been using the PAAS Color Snaps. They are super easy for the kids to use. More so, they are easy for the little ones to use. Just snap and color on the egg. Your fingers do still get a little stained but what is coloring eggs if you don't end up with blue fingers?



We also had our first injury of the year. Selah fell off of the fence she was trying to climb over. I took her to the doctor to have her arm checked since she was favoring it a little more than I liked. We are pretty sure that it isn't broken but she just sprained it. 
I will say that I am not to happy that the doc told me they would call me back with the x-ray results and I didn't get a call at all. 





Oh and one of the neatest things, our really good friends moved to our area! 
To say I am excited is an understatement.  




I am so proud of this lady. Making a move to WV away from the place she has known for most of her life is a big step. Believing that all that has happening was/is part of God's plan. I know that there are some major adjustments that are going to happen. I mean they moved to a small town compared to a booming place in PA. Having a great support system and a church family that is there to help will make them feel like home faster. Well, that's my prayer for them anyway. 


I am super excited to watch these two grow up together. 
A strong bond as friends, even though they do fight and have a hard time sharing, 





Monday, March 9, 2015

Using Pizza to Teach Fractions






What better way to teach fractions to a boy than with visual learning and food.

 Food helps distract from the fact that they are learning. Well, not really but it does add a fun attribute.

We were struggling with understanding fractions. I teaching him and them comprehending. When my husband sent me a message asking how my day was going I answered, FRACTIONS.  He said pizza for supper.

Pizza to help teach fractions? YES!



Have the child write down how many pieces of pizza there are.

12 pieces

How many pieces are gone? None.

They write that there are 12/12 pieces of pizza making it a whole pizza.

Then we asked how many pieces they wanted.

3

So, what's the fraction of how many they wanted? 3/12
Also simplifying would be 1/4 of the pizza.

As each child took pieces we continued with the fractions.
By the end of dinner it clicked and the pizza was gone.

Learning fractions by visually learning and food.  It was fun for them. They didn't get frustrated. They understood and they had full bellies at the end.

What ways have you taught fractions? 


Friday, February 27, 2015

3 Simple Ways To Getting Enough Water

It's Friday.

 I know a lot of people that have made a goal of being healthier in 2015. This is the end of February.  This is the time where people tend to give up on the goals that they have made. 

DO NOT GIVE UP! 

YOU CAN DO THIS! 

My week in review

WORKOUT

Last week wasn't the best for me workout wise.  I tend to do a lot better when I have others around me. It pushes me.  Last week the weather here was not the best and the schools were closed. When schools are closed the programs I do get cancelled. Even though I want to work out at home I have have hard time being motivated to do so. 

This week was MUCH MUCH better! I didn't get my Zumba in but I did get my lifting in. It felt great to work out.  

Let me just say that when I don't work out I get grumpy. Last week was not a fun week for those around me.  Grumpy and tired.  

DIET

My diet is going well.  I am not craving carbs (the bad kind) as much as I was before. 

I struggle with my snacks the most. 
This week I plan on making a list of snacks. I will share the list with you of course. 
I also need to shake up my menu a little. I am eating the same thing pretty much all of the time. Even though I am not tired of what I am eating, I am ready for something new to add into the mix. 

WATER INTAKE

Water is amazing! When I find myself feeling hungry even though I really am not, I drink more water.  My goal is a gallon of water a day.  I use one of my blender bottles as my guide. I have it with me ALL OF THE TIME!  

CamelBak has a great calculator to let you know how much water you should be getting in each day. 




For those who may be struggling with water intake each day, here are a few things that can help. 

Water Log Apps

Water Your Body - Android

Water Log - Android 

Carbodroid - Android

TrackerSavvy Free - Android 


MyWater - Apple


Plant Nanny - Apple



Printable Water Log Pages 




Creative Calendars  ( This has great tips for how much water you should be consuming) 



Accountability - 

As always, having a friend that will hold you accountable helps.  Don't be offended if they ask you how you are doing with your water intake. If you have to stop and think about it that means you are probably not drinking enough. 


Yes, you will be going to the bathroom often.  Which is a good thing. Your body is washing all of the junk out of it the way it is supposed to. And if your pee is clear that is a great thing. Clear pee equals a hydrated body.


Keep up the great work everyone.  

This journey is a tough one, but one that will you can, we can, get through.