Under Construction
Hi All, I know it's been about a year since I've updated this site. I've been waiting for my IT guy to move my editing program to my other computer and to update it. Obviously it hasn't happened yet. But last night when I was poking around at some stuff I realized that I use my son's name way too often in this blog. I'm going to change that so while things are under construction please bear with me. If you want to see what I've been up to lately please go to http://healthcoach.amyrene.com
Winter Is Almost Over!
Wow! Time got away from me again!!! Winter is almost over and we are getting ready to leave on vacation soon. I can't believe it. I haven't even gotten Christmas pictures posted and now I'm going to have vacation pictures to post too. Crazy!

Anyway, the good news... I'm still a Creative Memories Senior Consultant. My Barefoot Books business is starting to take off too so I need to come up with a good name for it and some business cards. I'm thinking Barefoot In Lake Orion sounds good. I'm excited that both these businesses are still up and running. And just to throw more at my schedule I signed up for Melaleuca again in December. It was only $1 so I decided to restock my shelves. At the moment I'm still in business. I'm not sure how long I'll keep this one going though. CM and BB are much more fun! But Melaleuca has the potential to really make a lot of money if I put some effort into it. Who knows. I'm trying to be a successful WAHM. It's hard work though!

Then there is my darling son who has a very special gift of changing his mind CONSTANTLY! One minute he likes school, the next he hates it. He's going... he's not staying. He wants this, no this. OMG!!! It's driving me crazy! Every school morning it's a challenge to get him up and off to school. Once we are at school it's an even bigger challenge getting him to stay there. He has a bad case of separation anxiety. It will be very interesting to see how vacation goes with all three of us together 24/7.

But with Spring just around the corner it's time for Lake Orion moms to start thinking about next fall and what school their children will be attending. I have six schools that I could send JT to so the last couple weeks I've been touring schools and going to open houses and making hard decisions. The outcome... I think we'll do one more year of preschool, only at a different school. I found a private school that is Jr. Kindergarten (4 year olds) through 8th grade. It's a very nice school and it's been open for about 5 years. If Jr. Kindergarten goes well next year I hope to keep the bear there the rest of the time we live here in MI. It's not cheap, but I think it would be a great place for him to learn and grow as an individual.

Okay, just wanted to update since it's been forever. Now it's time to get back to planning our trip and what I need to take!
Happy Fall Everyone!
Welcome Back! If you're actually checking my site looking for updated pictures every month I am sooooo sorry I haven't been on all summer. It's not that I don't think about it. It's been on my "To Do" all summer. I just never get around to it for some reason. Actually I have lots of excuses, but that's just what they are... excuses. Today my excuse is the pictures are on my other computer and it won't turn on so I don't have access to the pictures. Plus I should be grocery shopping and not sitting on my computer!

However, I have a dilemma and I need to talk this through with someone. I have been a Creative Memories Consultant for three years this month! I love the business! I love scrapbooking! I love having something to talk about with people that I'm truly passionate about. The problem is that I'm having a hard time finding customers and I have a quota I need to meet THIS MONTH! I could invest the money myself because there is enough new product out that I want that I could keep myself in business. However, that's not a very wise business move. It would be better to find others to buy stuff so that I can use my commissions to buy the stuff I want. But what if I can't find any customers? Do I give up? Is this the end? If I'm not working my Creative Memories business I'll have more time for updating my website and my other blogs. But I really love being a consultant and I don't want to give up yet! What do I do? If you're reading this and have no idea what kinds of stuff I offer... Creative Memories is so much more than just traditional scrapbooking now. Digital photography has opened up a whole new world. Plus CM recognizes that people are busy and don't have time for the traditional scrapbook style so they've introduced Picfolio albums and all kinds of quick kits. Feel free to check it out... I'll be up and running until Halloween at the very least.... http://www.mycmsite.com/amyrene

I've started up another income source as well... Barefoot Books! This one was free to start up and I don't have any minimum orders or quotas to fill. I can buy as much or as little as I want in other words. So far I've spent nothing! I'm hoping to get JT's school to agree to hold a fundraiser through this new business to raise some money. The books are beautiful and I know they will make wonderful gifts for the upcoming holiday season so I'm hopeful this will take off soon. Check it out... http://Amy-Long.barefootbooks.com/

If you've got any bright ideas, suggestions, thoughts, or questions please email me right away! I only have another week to figure out what I want to do!!!!!
June Already?
Wow! Okay, so I didn't update once in May. Sorry about that. Guess I was a little pre-occupied. Well, JT has been out of school for about two weeks now and we're already bored. I can't believe it's summer already. It kind of snuck up on me this year. Seems like the year is flying by. The good news is that means the next couple weeks should fly by too and then Melinda will be here! Yea Minda! My niece is finally coming to visit me and she's going to be here for long enough that I can abuse her and make her babysit while I run errands and maybe, just maybe... have a date night with my hubby. Who by the way I met 13 years ago tonight. Happy

In other news... Jon was gone for two weeks in May. He went back to Iowa for a week when he picked up his new car and then he was in Chicago on business for a week following that. Two weeks is a long time! Luckily Mom came to visit for a few days while he was gone so that broke things up and distracted JT a little. He really missed his daddy! Plus he was really excited to see the new "daddy car" because it's a convertible. I've got pictures of his first ride in it. The dealership gave JT a BMW cap and he already had some sunglasses so he was one pretty cool dude driving around with the top down. At least for the first 10 minutes or so before he fell asleep. I'll see if I can add the pictures to the Pictures & Videos page for you. If you can't find them let me know and I'll email them to you instead. I may have better pictures on my camera, I just haven't downloaded them yet.

I don't think I know much else. I'll try to do better about updating and uploading pictures.

Love you!
Cute Bear Story
Okay, one quick Bear story before I go to bed. I shouldn't do this. Every time I say something positive about JT he acts the opposite and has a bad day the next day. But today he was so sweet I thought I'd share.

JT brought home a cold last Thursday. Other than not liking his nose running all the time it really didn't phase him. Of course he was kind enough to share his germs with me. Despite my constant hand-washing I still got sick. This morning I was coughing a lot and I was having a hard time. He looked at me very sweetly and said "Are you okay Mommy?". I was honest and said no that I didn't feel well and that it hurt when I coughed. I told him I may try to go to the doctor while he was at school and asked him if it would be okay if I was late picking him up from school. He was fine with that and fine with the idea of taking a nap at school with his friends. Well, I didn't make it to the doctor so I picked him on time and he was very happy to see me. He was very sweet all afternoon and wasn't bossy or anything. He even let me rest. Normally he wants someone to play with so I usually try to play with him or pay attention to him. Today I kept falling asleep and he just let me nap while he played very quietly and watched TV. I was hoping he'd nap too, but he never did. After dinner I talked him into going up and getting ready for bed early and he fully cooperated. Here's the best part.... before getting in the shower he had to pee so I put him on the potty. He's decided he doesn't need the potty seat any more so he was on the regular toilet. He wiped jumped down. The very quickly cried out that he needed to go again. I went to lift him back up, but he had jumped back on by himself. Then he sat there until he pooped! And it was a good poop! I was ecstatic that he went poopy on the potty all by himself and made a very big deal of it. Hopefully it will encourage future acts to go just as smoothly. Then we got cleaned up, put our pjs on and came back downstairs to play for a while. When the timer went off he picked up his toys, took his vitamins, grabbed his water and we went up to read. We read three stories and turned out the light. He didn't argue with me, he didn't fight for one more story, he just cuddled with me and fell asleep.

Okay, so maybe it's not a traditional cute Bear story, but it was very sweet the way he took care of me all day. I thanked him for being so caring and sympathetic. And at one point while we were playing he called me "mother dear". It was cute. He was very grown up and loving today and it was probably the best medicine any mother could ask for!

That being said... I'm off to sleep the rest of this cold off. Good-night!