Possible Job…Then a Let-Down…Then a Possibility

My husband applied to a job posting on Monday night last week. It was in Daytona Beach, for a paper that is about the same size as the paper he is at now.  He really wanted to go to a larger paper, but it was something, anyway. A positive to the job was he might be able to get a slightly larger salary, and it would get him back to Florida.

They called him Wednesday morning, saying they really liked his resume, etc, could the managing editor call him at a later date to have a phone interview. Of course, he said yes.

So Monday afternoon, the managing editor called; they chatted for almost 45 minutes. At the close of the conversation, they asked for references, which he game. Tuesday afternoon, he kept getting phone calls from his references, saying they had spoken to the newspaper and put in good words for him. We were getting excited! Then Wednesday evening, the managing editor called him back. She said she loved what she had seen on my husband’s resume, loved all the good words from his references, but they just couldn’t afford to pay him the salary he requires. He is too experienced for this paper. Ugh! What a let-down! We thought this might not be the best move, but we are so tired of being in limbo here!

BUT MEANWHILE…

The Friday in the middle of all the Daytona Drama, my husband found THE JOB! The one he’s been looking for. The perfect job. The dream job. So he applied. And he got a colleague, who knows people, to put in a good word. And we’re praying hard.

My husband has been working the military beat at his current job, and has become passionate about working with veterans and the military. This position is with the Wounded Warriors Project, and it is a veteran outreach position. Basically, talking with vets, helping them when needed and where he could, and being out in the field with the veterans. It’s something he’d be perfect at. So we sit here, and pray. Obviously the Daytona job was not the right one, we’re praying that this one is.

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Freebie Friday!

So who doesn’t like free things?!? I’ve pulled together a list of free things you can register to win today! All of these prizes expire today, so be sure to get your name on the lists!

A Mom’s Take is giving away an All-New 3-DVD Gift Set and BONUS Music CD!

Our Kid’s Mom is giving away a Little Tikes Americana Sort ‘n Store Toy Chest!

Our Kid’s Mom has a second give-away, also! The Mindware Teaching Talking Cash Register!

Mom and More is giving away Attribute Apples from Learning Resources!

Scholastic Books is Having a Sale!

Scholastic, as many of you probably know, publishes great children’s books. They are currently having a sale, 50 books for $50! They are grouped into three categories, Grades K-2, 3-4 and 5-6. All the books are paperback, and you can’t choose the books you want, it’s already a collection. BUT, it’s still a good deal. I say, if you get one you already own, donate it or give it as a birthday gift to your child’s friend. These collections retail for over $150, so it’s a great deal, check it out!

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Kindergarten through grade 2 sample books

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Grade 3 through 4 sample books

 

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Grade 4 through 5 sample books

 

Quick and Easy Homemade Play-Dough

So we made play-dough this morning! We’ve made it before, but not in a while. This recipe is great, and only takes about ten minutes start to finish.                             

All the ingredients, ready to go!

Begin by placing all the ingredients in a pot or saucepan.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 Tablespoon oil

1 cup cold water

Our smooth mixture

Whisk them together until the mixture is smooth. Turn the stove on medium and stir continuously with a spoon. After just a few minutes, the mixture will turn into a mashed-potato consistency. Continue stirring until it gets thicker.

Beginning to mix together

Once it gets thick enough, dump it out on the counter. I placed a piece of waxed paper down first, since we were going to add food coloring.

Plain play-dough

Add drops of food coloring to the dough. You can wear plastic gloves or simply use your hands to knead the dough. Be careful, it will stain your hands for the rest of the day (don’t ask me how I know!) And be careful, the dough will be warm still.

Making yellow play-dough

Our finished yellow play-dough! We also made pink, blue, green and turqoiuse (which was then mixed with blue, so we have a TON of blue!)

Our finished yellow product

Playing with our finished products! We had play-dough out all morning, and the kids loved it. We hadn’t played with it in so long, since we hadn’t had any, but we had a great time today.

Playing at the kitchen table. Note our upscale tools like plastic knives and empty thread bobbins!

The Augusta Canal Museum

So besides going to see the Archie Butt Memorial Bridge and learning a little about his life, we got to see the inside of the Canal Museum. I’ve lived in Augusta for two years and never knew this existed! I am a sucker for history, so I ate it up. My husband and kids also seemed to enjoy it. We learned about how they built the canal so Augusta could become a cotton and clothing manufacturing city, the major one in the South. Very interesting stuff, I love learning all these new things.

The Major Archibald Butt Memorial Bridge. The city was considering tearing it down in 1983 or so, but a group got together to try and save it. They made sold bumper stickers that said "Save our Butt!" and had a rock concert called "Butt Jam!" Oh, the jokes could go on and on...

We had fun inside the museum after the walk down to the bridge.

These things are so fun, and they make me laugh. The kids had a great time.

But then I had to take individual pictures of each child…they were hilarious!

Caleb - So cute and funny!

Madeleine - is that a smile or a grimace?

Christopher - note how the head is so much larger than the body!

But in all, we had a fun time at the museum, and learned a lot about Augusta at the same time.

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