Sunday, December 28, 2008

Genealogy business... shutting her down.

Dear Friends,

As of January 1st 2009, I will no longer be in the genealogy business. After seven years, I am closing up shop. I started my business as a stay at home Mom with a new baby, but that baby is now seven years old and my other baby is five! I have made so many friends over the years and I will miss making new friends (and money! Haha!) , but I am in my last year of school and when I graduate I hope to get a job as a teacher. Between my school work and my children and just the day to day stuff that takes up so much of my time, I am unable to keep up with the requests for research. I will still be keeping my genealogy blog and I will still do free lookups from sources I own… when I have time. If you need names of people to help you with document retrieval and/or research, I have a FEW contacts that do excellent work and are very reliable. Email me for that information, if you are interested.

Here is a list of the people I am finishing up reports for (if you think you should be on this list, let me know):

HICKEY

BROWN

BLASDONE

FISHER

I am posting this so that you know NOT to recommend me as a professional genealogist. Also, just as an FYI.

It’s been fun! Thanks so much!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas Story...







Christmas at the Baus House... my sweet boy...



















Christmas Eve presents... new pajamas!




The calm before the storm.



























Fast Forward to 2:15 AM Christmas Morning. That's right, 2:15 AM

What happened to my sweet boy???




Seriously, this is disturbing...











Katie singing...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Moffitt Christmas Letter 2008




Merry Christmas!

I am so happy it is Christmas time again. This has been such a great year for us that I kind of hate for it to end, but I am sure next year will be even better. Eric and I are enjoying our kids so much these days. They bring so much joy into our lives. As I look back over the year, I just smile over and over again at all the wonderful memories we made together as a family.

Katie and Chas both improved their t-ball game this year and Eric and I had so much fun watching and cheering them on from the stands. This was the last possible time for them to be on the same team, so it looks like next year we will be spending even more time on the ball field. Both of them learned to swim underwater this summer which was a pretty big deal. We had some great times at the pool and also on our visit to the beach.

Katie graduated from Kindergarten and headed into first grade. I graduated from Motlow and headed into Tennessee Tech and Chas started Pre-K. I have thought many times in my life that I was busy, but I really never knew how busy I could be until this year. I have enjoyed school so much more than I ever thought possible. I love my classes and my teachers and all the friends I have made. It’s just been a great experience for me.

Chas loves Pre-school and we are so happy that he has Mrs. Jacqueline. She is a wonderful teacher. Chas loves playing in the sandbox and with the toy cars at school. He is still very interested in trains, planes, cars, tractors, and pretty much anything with wheels. He loves to play basketball and t-ball. He dressed up for Halloween this year for the first time! I have noticed that he is more interested in dressing up and playing pretend this year than he has been in the past. He loves the Power Rangers, Lightning McQueen, and Spiderman. Chas is very rule oriented and loves to tattle on people, so we are working on that. It’s kind of funny though, when he comes home and tells us who, first and last name, did what, and what rule that broke.

Katie is really changing right now. She still loves to play with Polly Pockets, but she is leaning more towards makeup, jewelry, and music. Scary, huh? I’m not ready for this!!! She recently got her ears pierced and can hardly wait until she can start wearing different earrings. I think I need a jewelry box that locks. Sometimes I come in and all my jewelry is laid out on my dresser and she is just standing there looking at it. Katie loves to get manicures with Mimi and she desperately wants to get her hair highlighted. Help! I’ve created a mini-me!

Eric is still working for Bridgestone/Firestone in Morrison. He spends his spare time taking care of his cows. He enjoys getting out on the farm and taking Chas around on the four-wheeler and the tractor. They do a lot of farm stuff together and Chas just loves it. They even went camping with the boy scouts this year!

One more thing before I close, I’m on Facebook now, so if you have a page, look me up! We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon!

Love,

Kristi, Eric, Katie, and Chas Moffitt

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pictures!!!

I got a new digital camera AND a new camcorder!!!! How awesome is that?!?!





I thought it was cool how the flash caught this ornament and made it look like it was glowing.

People are always telling me that Katie looks like me, but I honestly, honestly do not see it, but when I uploaded this picture I had to do a double take... is that MY profile I am seeing???










Monday, December 15, 2008

No picture

My camera is dead. I hope it is dead for good, so that Eric will give in and buy me the Canon powershot camera that I have been begging for...

Anyway, that is why I don't have a picture of my Katie's brand new earrings. Katie got her ears pierced on Friday night and is so happy to have pierced ears.

I was proud of her for being so brave. I actually agreed to pierce her ears for her birthday this year (Oct. 3rd), but she was too scared. Every time I would ask her about it, she said the same thing, I'm too scared. Then, Mollie McGinnis got her ears pierced and that was it. She told me she was ready! Bring it on!

She picked the very biggest CZs she could get. We went to Claire's in the mall and they have a little box of what you can get and they are all really tiny except for a couple of CZ pairs that are kind of bigger. She wanted the very biggest ones, but I told her no, so she went with the next size down which are still pretty big. She loves them so much. That's my girl! Eric stayed with Chas, so it was just us and it was so much fun to just be girls together.

Monday, December 8, 2008

SCREEEECH Owl!!!

So this morning I woke up at 4:30 am, like normal. I must have an internal alarm clock because I wake up at that time almost every day... anyway, I got up and Eric, who never really went to bed (which is also normal) was on the couch watching t.v.


So, he says he was waiting for me to get up to get the bird out of the stove. There was a bird stuck in our fireplace insert that is like a woodstove that is in our living room (that's the best way I can explain it). He figured it was a small bird that fell down the chimney and I guess just wanted to wait for me so he could scare me. Anyway, he was about to put some gloves on and get it out when he looked in the stove with the flashlight and stepped back and said, "that's an owl!".


Yes, we had an owl trapped in the fireplace. After a few minutes of freaking out, I immediately started coming up with a plan to get it out. I wanted to trap it in a blanket and take it out that way, but Eric decided it would work better to knock it into the laundry basket and put a lid over the top. So, I was supposed to hold the basket and put the lid on after he knocked it in there with a long stick. I'm pretty sure I got the raw end of that deal. Anyway, it worked okay but when Eric picked up the basket with the lid on top, the bird somehow got through the slats of the basket and flew into the living room. I screamed an expletive and then immediately apologized, because I never use language like that, ever. However, I have never been in this situation before either. So the owl was perched on top of the exercise bike, just sitting there staring at us. Eric thought we should get a picture of it, but I told him we were going to get it out first and we would worry about wildlife photography later.


So Eric decides that I should hold up the lid to block the bird from flying into the rest of the house and we opened the door to the porch which is right next to the living room so it could fly out. This seemed like a good plan except the owl ignored the open door and flew right over my head. I'm thinking I got the raw end of that deal as well.


So now the owl was perched on the coat rack next to the kitchen and the other door that leads outside. So Eric goes over to open the door hoping it would fly out, but instead it flew directly back at ME! This time I screamed and hit the floor and covered my head with the blanket I was holding. Somehow, the owl ended up turning around and flying outside where it perched on the deck railing. Maybe it heard us talking about taking it's picture, because it stayed there until we got several shots of it and then it left.


So, the funniest thing is that the kids were asleep the whole time this was going on and when they got up, I was telling Katie the story (which she wanted to hear, since she is an expert on birds and especially owls, according to her) and when I got to the part where I screamed and hit the floor, she said "Yes! That's because it's a Screech Owl!!!" I laughed so hard. Then later Eric and I were looking on the internet trying to figure out what kind of owl it might be and it looks to be an Eastern Screech Owl. So, Katie's very scientific identification process turned out to be correct!


I can hardly wait to hear your comments on this!


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kohl's is the best!

Yesterday I got $108 worth of stuff for $36!!!! Is that awesome or what?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pictures



Chas Moffitt's Pre-K class as Pilgrims and Indians.

Reading

Well, my semester at school is coming to an end. This semester was my "literacy block". There are three blocks and one semester of student teaching in the TnTech education program. Next semester is my Kindergarten block which I am looking forward to immensely.

I have learned so much this semester about reading and the importance of it in education. My professor Dr. K has a PhD in literacy and she is really an advocate of research based reading lessons.

I want to share a few things that I am taking away from this semester as a Mom. First, it is never to early to expose your child to books. Also, environmental print is important too. That is why my house is labeled excessively. Dr. K taught me that contrary to what I was taught growing up, we do not read by sounding out words. Most of the words we read, we do so by sight. We look at the whole word and know what it is without sounding it out. The more sight words a child knows, the better reader they will be.

She uses the example of McDonald's. Very young children can "read" this word without even knowing what a letter or a word is. For this reason, I post all of Katie's spelling words for the week on the door in the kitchen. Every time she goes to leave, she sees those words. It takes me like 5 min. to write them down and cut them and tape them to the door. Plus, Chas learns them too!

I have enjoyed school so much this semester. I am so glad that I have this opportunity to go back as an adult. It is so much better than when I was younger. Back then, I could care less and I retained practically nothing. I feel like this time around, I am absorbing everything. I just love it. I hope this post doesn't sound preachy. I just wanted to share some things that I learned and that I have tried to do in my home to help my own kids become better readers. Reading really is the foundation of a good education.

Monday, December 1, 2008

December!

I'm so glad that it's Christmas time again. My tree is up and we just got back from a very Christmasy visit with my Mom. Lots of shopping! School is winding down and today we even had a snow day! Well, the kids had a snow day. I still had to go, because Warren Co. schools did not close down. Oh well, the kids got to come to Eastside with me and they seemed to enjoy sitting in a second grade class for a couple of hours.

So what is on your Christmas wish list? I really want one of those harddrive camcorders. I think those are so cool. It's too bad the one I want is like $800. I also want a couple of new jigsaw puzzles. I always do puzzles around Christmas. It's one of my favorite things to do. I really want a 3000 piece puzzle. I have never done one that big. I think Eric is getting me a "Chi" although, I'm not as excited about it now as I was a couple of months ago. I keep seeing so many things that I want. I really want a laminated Civil War Battles map. They have them at National Geographic for $25. Just a thought. I know some of you reading this are really trying to figure out what I want for Christmas, so I'm just throwing these ideas out there for you.

Of course you really can't go wrong with diamonds. They really are a girl's best friend. Cubic Zirconia is acceptable from anyone except Eric.

I also would like some new Christmas ornaments. I have had so many get broken over the years that I am down to a pitiful few cute ornaments and the rest are just cheap ones from Wal-mart. Of course, most of you know I am funny about smells, but I recently received a pumpkin scented candle from Home Interior that I love. Weird, huh? I usually hate scented candles. So, if you feel inclined to give me a scented candle make sure it is that one.

I would love to know what you all want for Christmas. And don't act like you are completely selfless and want nothing, because I know you better than that!

Moffitt's

Eric, Kristi, Chas, and Katie