Friday, December 6, 2013

Coming Out of Survival Mode

We are slowly but surely returning to "normal" life around here.  Normal being relative with four kids and two college students that live with us.  :)  Here is what we have been up to...

We are getting more into a routine with our days.  Of course, I say that heading into the holiday season where everything is a little nutty.  Last week was Thanksgiving, this week we had two days of doctor appointments.  Usually our days "start" at 9am with breakfast at the table with Daddy.  Then he goes to work and the girls get dressed.  We either do school now or after naps, more on that in a minute.  Then we play and sing and dance.  Lunch is at 12pm and naps at 1pm.  After naps we either do school if we didn't do it earlier or color/draw/create for awhile.  I get dinner going.  The girls eat around 5pm.  We all eat together if Daddy is home, otherwise they eat early and I eat later at 7:30ish with him when he gets home from work.  Then we have some family time and it is off to bed for the girls.  The boys usually fall asleep around 10 for the night - give or take an hour.

School is around 30 minutes per day.  I am not a great planner (or a great crafter) so we are following the guidelines at http://allinonehomeschool.com/ and doing "Getting Ready 1" which features one letter per week.  There are also review weeks with colors and I believe numbers.  Grace has been enjoying it and is currently singing "B is a consonant, a letter in the alphabet".  Abi has been doing it with us but I care less if she gets it all :) 

I have also been meal planning and cooking dinner 3-4 times a week.  One of the other nights we usually go out and the others we do leftovers.  It has been going pretty well.  I've had a couple "eh, we don't need to make that again" nights but for the most part the dishes have been good.  My husband is an awesome cook so I prefer to leave the cooking to him, but he likes a hot dinner after working all day.  I guess he has a point :)  It's been fun and I think with practice I'll do better at it. 

My goals are to starting doing Thankful Thursdays again and also do a week in review of what we're doing, cooking, learning, etc.  We shall see!  I have big goals but that doesn't always mean they work out.

Hope life is treating you well!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful Thursdays Top Ten #97

Here goes!

1. I am thankful for the lady who stopped my girls at the bookstore yesterday to tell them how wonderfully behaved they were.  They had done such a good job and it made me almost tear up listening to her praise them.  I'm thankful for her and their good behavior.

2. I am thankful the boys are growing well, sleeping well and doing great.

3. I am thankful for some extra time with Grace yesterday.  We needed it.

4. I am thankful for sales and specials allowing me to "spoil" my kids on a budget.

5. I am thankful for the ability to work from home.

6. I am thankful that my husband values our children being with us and not spending their days with other people.

7. I am thankful for Thursday night Bible study, friends and learning.

8. I am thankful for whispers from the Lord.  You are enough.

9. I am thankful when I'm having a rough day people understand and are encouraging.

10. I am thankful for my community.  I have no idea what I'd do without them.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Grace

Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking

Five Minute Friday: Grace

Go.

my oldest daughter's name.

what gets me through the day.

forgiveness so undeserved.

a holy re-do of the tough moments.

without grace, where would i be?  i'm so thankful that i have salvation through grace and not through anything i could imagine to do on my own.  i am so short of where He is.  i'm thankful that He recognized that shortcoming and gave grace so that instead of living in the shame of our sin we could live free in Him. 

grace. underserved gift. unmerited favor. freedom.


Stop.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

5 Minute Friday - Laundry

Laundry

Go.

Laundry is one of those things that makes me crazy. I'm all for clean clothes but doing laundry always seems like such effort - and it seems like the last load always needs to be put away at midnight.

I try to focus on the positives. We have clean clothes in overwhelming number. We have working machines to make it easier to tackle this beast. Yet I'm often left complaining.

The only time laundry doesn't get the better of me is when I think of it, like so many other chores, as a ministry to my family and not just another task to be done. Similarly to picking out clothes and choosing things they will like, I am restocking them with favorites and memories and that really ought to be enough.

The laundry beast will never be tamed but the stubbornness inside of me that does not want to allow this to be service is slowly being tempered.

Stop.

Friday, October 18, 2013

2 Weeks With My Guys


We have officially reached two weeks with our little guys!  The two questions I get asked most are: How are they sleeping? and How do you do it?  The first question is easy - most nights they are sleeping really well and we wake up between 1-4 times for bottles.  It just depends on the night, when they ate last before bed and how they are feeling.  Sometimes I feed one than the other which takes about 30-45 minutes start to finish including diaper changes.  Sometimes we double bottle feed which takes about 25 minutes start to finish.  They usually fall right back asleep after eating so I can too.  Occasionally one (or both) needs an extra cuddle, but that's not a big deal generally.

How do I do it?  One moment at a time.  We have had some really great days of clockwork schedules where everything just meshed...and some days of tantrum craziness where things felt crazy overwhelming.  And we just deal with it.  One moment at a time.  Truth be told as far as babies go, mine have all been really easy.  They generally don't cry a lot and they eat well.  Since we have those two things going for us, it makes it easier to enjoy them and easier to get things done.  I can't complain.

The girls are adjusting well.  Again, we have good days of helping with the brothers and days of "I just want you to play with ME and not the brothers", which I understand.  There is a little mommy guilt when I can't make everyone happy and it does feel like I favor giving attention to the boys - mainly because they need it more...but that will soon start to come together.  The girls are great about helping and we now have a permanent art and craft table set up so they entertain themselves a lot and are happy to do it.

Overall, I have great, easy kids and an amazing husband who is great with the kids and always willing to help.  If either of those factors were gone and I was left to my own devices I'm pretty sure it'd be a completely different picture.

I am going to start working on my weight loss/toning pretty soon although I do realize it took 9 months to stretch this belly out and things aren't going to snap right back into place.  I am 2-3 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, back in my regular jeans but my body is still a jiggly mess.  (And I'm totally ok with saying that on the internet!)  My goal is to get to a healthy weight but more so a healthy feel by Christmas so we'll see how that goes!  I want to make healthy choices but I'm also not so concerned with it that I'm going to go crazy at this stage either :)  This momma still needs her ice cream.

Happy two weeks boys!