Monday, February 1, 2016

It's warm and sunny

If I had to guess, I would predict that as an old woman I will enjoy talking about the weather very much. I don't know for sure, but I feel like 90% of my posts mention the weather. Sometimes it's not even worth talking about, however this weekend was like Spring and we enjoyed it as much as we could. Saturday Tim and I took a class and spent most of the day cooped up inside. Sunday we had a picnic (and I wore shorts in January) by the front stock tank. The kids had a great time wandering around and playing in their "house" they made out of fallen tree branches. It was really beautiful. 

Today I spent most of the day catching up on laundry. I was unusually busy away from the house last week and I've definitely realized I am not a great homemaker when I'm not home. Ha. So, I plowed my way through the overflowing baskets and heaps. I cleaned up our bedroom from the big bad paper monster.... So much got thrown away. 

Side note. I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo last May and it made a big difference for me. I have much less paper clutter and my clothes are more organized than ever before so I can find exactly what I'm looking for. I am on a mission this month to go through the kids' rooms and "tidy" them up, too. I did Marie Kondo their dressers, but I need to go through the toys now. That seems like a daunting task, but I've been reading some other blogs and it can be done, so I just have to get with it. 

It's getting late, so I better get some sleep if I think I'm going to get up at 5am to get my exercise on. Bueno noches or however it's spelled. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Weekend and a Monday

Over the weekend we went to Bass Pro Shop (we were going to go to Ikea, but the parking lot was full so we just kept driving) and had some pizza from a little joint we hadn't been to in oh, maybe 7 years. The kids loved Bass Pro and even Sam was pointing out the tracks on the floor and following them. I thought it was pretty cool, too. We managed to get out only buying 2 things (a pair of shorts and a shirt for me that I can't wait to wear when the weather is warmer!). We also watched the NFL games on Sunday. D is a big Broncos fan (he really likes Peyton Manning) so it was a big deal. Tim's dad came over and brought D a Broncos hat, socks and tumbler. He also brought Ry and Rose tumblers showing their support for their favorite baseball teams. D was so excited about the Broncos winning! He's so excited to watch the Super Bowl. 

As far as Mondays go this was a good one. Tim and I got up at 5am and did T-25. We decided over the weekend to start it again. I haven't run in about 3 months so it was a nice workout. When I got back home from taking the kids to school I cleaned up from breakfast and did a couple loads of laundry before heading to Hobby Lobby and the grocery store. I probably wandered through Hobby Lobby entirely too long, but I did end up buying a few things to hang on the walls. I don't have a strong decorating desire so I don't really hang pictures or anything until after living in a place for a couple of years. I finally hung up some pictures last year (2 years after moving in) and it still seems a little lacking. I want this house to feel homey and inviting and warm... so I have to start somewhere! Now if only I can figure out where I want to put them. Pinterest should be able to help with this, right? Ha.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Snippet from my day

And now for today's little journal entry...

I took the kids to school this morning and stayed for chapel since Rose's class was singing. It was nice and I should do it more often. A few months ago I started volunteering in Ry's class in the afternoons. I help the kids while they're at centers and his teacher does reading tests with individual kids. It's only for about an hour and just once a week, but I've found it to be really rewarding. And from being there that small amount of time I have a new found appreciation for those that are called to be teachers. The patience I've witnessed is outstanding! 

Well, I'm not feeling great due to the lovely cedar pollen in the air so I'm calling it a night. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tonsillitis Tuesday

I just put the kids to bed (except for D since he is finishing some homework). It is so quiet in the house right now. Ry was sick last week with tonsillitis and stayed home three days from school. Over the weekend the other three kiddos started showing some signs they might be getting sick, too.  So... I took them to the doctor this morning even though they seemed perfectly normal and just had swollen tonsils. D and Rose tested positive for it so it was no school for them. We came home and they did some reading and any school stuff we could do here. 

Sometimes the girls get along really well and sometimes they do not. Sam was really picky about where or how close Rose could be next to her and what toys she could play with (as if she has the sole authority over where people can go or what they can do). So there was a bit of 3 year old yelling and frustration today.  Bedtime was a little earlier tonight, thankfully, because by 6:30 those girls had had enough. 

Well it looks like D is almost done with his homework and Chef's Table is queued up on Netflix for me so I'm going to go zone out for a little while. Oh, look at that.... Sam has come out of her room completely undressed and very sleepy eyed. She is a strange and adorable little creature. Hasta maƱana. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello 2016!

I finally got a new laptop! This weekend started out with a "Mommy and Rose date". We went to town and did a few errands. I tried to make it special just chatting with her and stopped at Starbucks and got her a steamed milk with vanilla, some vanilla scones and piece of their banana bread. We talked about using our manners and speaking nicely and mainly acting ladylike, because she has been a little lacking in those departments over the past month or so. We had a really nice morning together.  I'd like to start having a "date" with each of kids. When we got home I was craving something chocolate and wanted to make brownies, but the girls and T have a little sensitivity to chocolate, so I made blondies instead. To make them extra special I used coconut oil and shredded coconut.... I could've eaten the whole pan myself!

Sunday I finally decided which laptop to get and went to town to pick it up. I love it. Yesterday was such a good day! We did a lot of relaxing and watched the NFL playoff games. I made pizza and it was so delicious. I started using fresh mozzarella again and it's so much better than the pre-shredded kind. Well, of course as I'm reflecting on such a nice weekend the kids start fighting over something. Life, huh? I guess I better go deal with it. Happy Monday!