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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Meanderings - Aug. 25




Bible Study... The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. and Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker. 

Memory Verse...  1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 

Husband Encouragement...
♥ Quality time with him
♥ Food. Sometimes I'm a little too skimpish in this area.

Train Them Up...
* Homework routine--math and spelling each night, without interruption-ha!
* Evening reading time--loving what we're reading right now and the kids are really into it. (a biography about missionary Amy Carmichael) 
* Since the start of school they're getting along well and very playful when they get home.
* We need to work on churchtime behavior. Hannah's fine but the boys are squirmy. Especially Eli is definitely old enough to sit still and be attentive. Need to remember to print their sermon sheets each week, maybe modifying the size so they're easier to juggle on laps. 

Personal Goals...
* starting workout routine! Got 3 miles done OUTSIDE this morning--what a wonderful new option! And walking with a friend tomorrow, weather permitting. 

New Habit of the Month...  {august}
schedules. keeping weekends mostly restful and trying not to overload weeknights, we decided to forgo soccer this fall and it's been really nice to be home most nights as we adjust to school season. but starting soon is AWANA and gymnastics! 

MUST Do... 
* finish vacation photo book so it can meet the sale deadline! =)
* prep for women's ministry night

Zone(s)... toy areas
 
Menu - 

M -  balsamic chicken, green beans
T - pork chops, glazed carrots
W - enchilada casserole
Th - roast n veggies
F - dad n kids
S - bday party
Su - leftovers

FUN THINGS!
*  small in-home Bible study starts this afternoon with a few ladies
* our Library day is tomorrow--our first time during school year
* AWANA starts Wednesday
* coffee date with a friend Thursday morning
* Friday night is our kickoff event for women's ministry--I am helping plan and run this--kinda nervous as I'm new to the ministry team!

3 things I'm thankful for today...
1. Walk-run outside this morning!!  At first it seemed hot and the rocks are difficult to walk on but it ended up being really good! Pretty scenery, fun finds, and the breeze picked up when I turned directions. 
2. A week of new things! New friends, new roles, new responsibilities. 
3. Good books that are challenging me to get out of my comfort zone.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Meanderings ~ Aug. 4




Bible Study... The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. and A.C.T.S. prayer.

Memory Verse...  1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 

Husband Encouragement...
♥ Use a gentle voice
♥ Get the house tidied up!!
♥ Make some goodies sometime

Train Them Up...
* This is our last fun summer week, next week will be prep for school. Supplies and routine and other stuff.
* Dinner helpers. 

Personal Goals...
* healthy choices! then once school starts I'll get back to my workout routine

New Habit of the Month...  {august}
trying to stay calm with the kids, using nice words and tone of voice

MUST Do... 
* Housework in prep for guests  
* Return a package
* Get Hannah signed up for gymnastics --i have called several times but haven't gotten a reply, and I think class starts again next week!

Zone(s)... everywhere really
 
Menu - 

M -  quinoa enchilada bake
T - pork chops, zucchini, corn bread
W - bacon wrapped smokies, taco dip
Th - sloppy joes, corn salad, and fruit salsa w cinnamon chips
F - ham, hashbrowns
S - TBD
Su - leftovers

FUN THINGS!
*  pool Wednesday (maybe, if it doesn't rain)
* women's ministry meeting Wednesday night
* hosting a winter-themed story time on Thursday morning
* Thursday evening family is coming and staying overnight!!!

3 things I'm thankful for today...
1. New friends. Feeling so encouraged and excited and inspired.
2. Dreams. So many things I want to do this year! 
3. Family. Making the most of each opportunity.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Meanderings - July 21




Bible Study... The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Memory Verse...  1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 

Husband Encouragement...
♥ Use a gentle voice
♥ Get the house tidied up!!

Train Them Up...
* Last week was super busy doing activities for Eli's birthday week, so this week is going to be super relaxed and we'll spend a lot of time at home getting caught up on housework.
* "Respect his/her space" is something we've been saying a lot lately. They all like to be in each other's business but sometimes someone is busy doing something on his/her own and that needs respected.
* We realllly need to get out the math flashcards for Eli. I can't believe we've gone all summer without practicing any of this!
* We are working to finish our summer book list, so we can have an ice cream party!
* Create one-on-one time with each child, particularly #1 child

Personal Goals...
* struggling to fit in workouts this summer. I think I need to do the pyramid workout consistently and not worry so much about the treadmill. Pyramid workout is faster and maybe more do-able these summer months.

New Habit of the Month...  {july}
I've had a month of summer lazyness and sleeping in. Now it's time to get back up in the morning for morning Bible study.  

MUST Do... 
* Housework!!  
* Look up some games for Eli's birthday party
* Mail a package
* Get Hannah signed up for gymnastics

Zone(s)... Office. the kids have been crafting in there and it's a disaster.
 
Menu - 

M -  bierochs, 
T - in town
W - grilled chicken, bean salsa
Th - crockpot meatballs
F - zucchini and spinach rigatoni
S - bday party
Su - leftovers

FUN THINGS!
* down time this week!!
* Tuesday night we're going to Planes: Fire & Rescue movie as a fam
* Eli's birthday party with the grandparents on Saturday

3 things I'm thankful for today...
1. Life has been transitioning lately. (more on that another day) But I'm in a good place right now. With family and friendships n all that. 
2. So thankful the kids get along together. They bicker and fight, of course, but they looove playing together and it's been a joy to watch this summer.
3. Thankful for all the fun things we've gotten to do this summer, the memories we're making, and having family close enough to join us sometimes! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Monday Meanderings ~ June 30



Bible Study... The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Memory Verse...  1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 

Husband Encouragement...
♥ Use a gentle voice
♥ Keep the house tidy as we prepare for his family's visit

Train Them Up...
* "Respect his/her space" is something we've been saying a lot lately. They all like to be in each other's business but sometimes someone is busy doing something on his/her own and that needs respected.
* After vacation we'll probably try going without Carter's nighttime pull-up.
* Still working on keeping at summer routine
* Create one-on-one time with each child, particularly #1 child

Personal Goals...
* struggling to fit in workouts this summer. I think I need to do the pyramid workout consistently and not worry so much about the treadmill. Pyramid workout is faster and maybe more do-able these summer months.

New Habit of the Month...  {may}
I've had a month of summer lazyness and sleeping in. Now it's time to get back up in the morning for morning Bible study.  

MUST Do... 
* Start putting things together for vacation
* Prepare maps and car games for trip
* I have between today and tomorrow to get the yard mowed

Zone(s)... we got the bulk of housework done yesterday, mostly just need to put away clothes piles and vacuum and change sheets everywhere. the kids have been working like mad to earn chore coins, it's been awesome!!
 
Menu - 

M -  grilled cheese, mandarin oranges, carrots
T - 7 layer dip, wonton mini tacos
W - spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
Th - burgers, watermelon, potato salad
F - leftovers
S - vacation
Su - vacation

FUN THINGS!
* really great play date with new friends (and a puppy) yesterday
* pool day today and working the library
* family is coming for the 4th of July tomorrow and Thursday
* leaving for Mt Rushmore vacation on Saturday!!

3 things I'm thankful for today...
1. New friends. It's been a HUGE encouragement not only for me but for Eli who now has a new friend his age with very similar interests!! So excited and hopeful for a good future.  ;)

2. The path we're on. I've (indirectly) been criticized a few times lately for public schooling our children, even stating that it's a sin to do so. But I am confident in our choice and our methods as we guide our children and help them navigate as a Christian through this world. And I'm thankful that God has placed this confidence and passion in me because it hasn't always been there.
3. Summer. Such a refreshing time of year, love this time with my kids and relaxed schedules.  =)

Monday, May 19, 2014

SUMMER TIME!!

Starts tomorrow and I can't wait!!  The kids basically stay on the same sort of routine year round. They wake up just as early, never sleep in, and thus they typically go to bed by about the same time during the summer months too. We try to follow this sort of routine for each day...



and this for the morning activity throughout the week:

I put it in our plastic fridge thing, behind our chore chart, so I can fill it in each week with a dry erase marker. (It will probably be highly determined according to the weather.) And these are the activity ideas I jotted down...

Make it Monday: homemade play dough, foam dough, baking soda clay, bird feeder, giant bubbles, homemade jam, dandelion tea?, glow bottle, DIY board game, play set additions?

Time to read Tuesday: library trip followed by park reading

Wet n Wild Wednesday: wash car, ice block with toys frozen inside it, water table, water bin, lake, pool, sprinkler, marble maze.

Thoughtful Thursday: letters and/or cards, service project, random kindness, neighborhood popsicles, book house donations

Fun Friday: outing, hiking, kids read-alouds with friends, lemonade stand, kickball, board game day, pond, orchard, zoo, playdate, etc

We don't usually have "bored" issues around here but if we ever have that then we'll implement this:

Over the duration of summer, the kids also keep a book log and when 100 (different) books are completed, they get to host an ice cream party with friends! They love doing this and were already ready to start our list a couple days ago!


Cheers to an awesome summer!!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A post in which I rant about the messes.

I really hoped that when I took the kids' toys away it would help our house stay cleaner. But it didn't. The kids still have SETS of things--card-making stuff, bead set, dress-up clothes, and art supplies. Along with Legos, homemade Lincoln logs, and Hot Wheels cars for the boys. 

Doesn't matter what they have, or don't have, they wreck everything. Daily. Hourly. Minutely. 

I know they're young and playing, these days are fleeting, yada yada, and it shouldn't upset me. But it does. I can't stand it. I want them to learn responsibility and consequence but it seems like they just don't. get. it.

Yesterday afternoon Hannah worked to tidy up her room. And within half hour the kids were all in there playing again and they TRASHED IT. All the blankets thrown off the bed, the bed was moved and pulled out from the wall, chairs and STUFF all shoved BEHIND the bed, card paper everywhere, dress-up clothes everywhere, laundry everywhere. Of course THEY are the ones that have to clean it ALL back up but it takes more than an hour to enforce that. Excruciating minutes of enforcing and following thru and making sure everyone's helping, and helping dictate where all the crap goes back to. It's so awful, and I hate it, really really really hate it.  

This scenario is basically what happens every day, all the time. Spend hours cleaning up and then it EXPLODES again within minutes. Out-of-control EXPLODES. A handful of bracelet rubber bands tossed onto the couch or floor or table in a second takes 30 minutes to pick up and sort back out!

So please, I'm pleading, what's the solution?? How do you handle these situations?  

Friday, February 28, 2014

In Daily Life ~ Feb. 28

It's been an "errands and homework" kind of week and not a lot of picture-worthy things have been happening. But here are some since the last camera upload...

 a "bee keeper"





he came downstairs in the morning with socks on his hands and teddy bear stuffed into his jammies


Saturday, February 22, 2014

In Daily Life ~ Feb. 22




 Now for a million outside pics...
One of Carter's received Valentines he wanted to hang outside for the birds.






 *POOF*ing his "campfire"
 she genuinely thought she was gonna get a fire started

In Daily Life ~ Feb. 21

 In trouble.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

In Daily Life ~ Feb. 20




 "Selling popcorn"
reading the dinner question....
 a "cake" for me
From Hannah