Too Soon to Party?

Too Soon to Party?

We’ve just come off of what is quite possibly the busiest season of our lives. And we wanted to celebrate with some friends. So we sent out invitations and cleaned like CrAzY! There was a point in time when I doubted my decision to have people over so soon. After all, we had been in … Continue reading

Bouncing Back from Mistakes

Bouncing Back from Mistakes

My least favorite thing about myself? I’m not perfect… I make mistakes. And sometimes it’s hard to recover from those mistakes. Really hard. Even the insignificant ones seem to be a screaming statement about my self worth. Like the other day when I was trying to find the dust pan. What does it say about … Continue reading

Be Kind to Yourself. Seriously.

I can be hard on myself over undone dishes and untreated spots on the floor. Really hard. Like, if I overhead someone else talking about me that way, I’d probably punch them. It comes in spurts and sometimes I talk myself down, other times I join the pity party and it becomes a downward spiral of inadequacy. … Continue reading

Why I’m Giving Away Kids’ Clothes

Most people hold on to clothes “in case we need them again.” With two girls, sixteen months apart, we knew early on that we would need those girls’ clothes again in the near future. In fact, i don’t even take the “in between” size out of the closet and dresser, I just put them in between the … Continue reading

But I Just Cleaned That!

I spent the entirety of nap time in the kitchen yesterday. I made two loaves of banana bread (which takes virtually the same amount of time as baking one), and washed the dishes and cleaned the counters while they baked. My feet hurt by the time I was done, but the sight of the clean … Continue reading

Letting Go of Ideals

The doorbell rings, and the mail carrier has dropped a package at my doorstep. So I sort through the mail (it’s grocery ad day!) and find something addressed to my neighbor. The mail carrier hasn’t left my curb yet, so I’m within her line of sight as I stick the envelope in my neighbor’s box. (We’re … Continue reading

Considering Others First

As the weather turns cold, my thoughts jump (as in Neil Armstrong’s “One giant leap for mankind”) to Christmas. And Christmas decorating. And they’re reeled back in by the mess at home. Then the mess and the thoughts of Christmas around the corner convert to motivation to clean so I can decorate. Did you follow … Continue reading

Homeschooling Week Two

Ugh. Double Ugh. We’ve started homeschooling. Don’t my “ughs” confuse you, the kids are actually doing quite well. We just have a lot going on right now. Oh, and that week one routine? Out the window on day one. Well, sort of. We’re still finding a routine that works for everyone, including my sobbing, eye-rubbing, … Continue reading

Homeschool Routines

I promised myself in the last post that the routines for homeschool would be broad. Not a list of forty-nine things to accomplish by noon. So here it is. The Monday-through-Friday, week one routine. One: Morning routines for the house (get dressed, use bathroom, help unload the dishwasher, eat breakfast). Two: Coloring page (or worksheet) … Continue reading

Homeschool Journey Begins

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned or not, but my oldest child turned four this summer, and we’ve declared this year a trial run of homeschooling preschool. First, because 4K is optional, and second, because the curriculum is one I can easily handle. Plus, there’s a whole lot of hands on learning, so I can makes sure … Continue reading