Thursday, March 10, 2016

some nice days

It's March and the weather is very Spring-like here. The trees are putting out leaves and plants are starting to flower and home improvement stores are luring me in with all the beautiful colors and sales. I love Spring. It has rained the past 2 days and I am so glad that I didn't get around to planting any seeds yet. They would have been washed away for sure! Maybe this weekend it will dry out enough to get everything planted.

This week has been busy. More time than usual at the school visiting the kids at lunch and then tomorrow I'm going with them to an all school field trip. And then it's Spring Break! We don't have any plans yet, and probably won't do anything too big. I might take the kids somewhere nearby for a day trip sort of thing.

After many years of wanting to try to make sourdough breads I am finally brave enough to try it! I ordered a book all about sourdough that has a nice variety of recipes. Unfortunately it has been delayed in getting here by a few days and of course after such a long time of waiting to try my hand at something new now that I've set my mind on it I am impatient to finally begin. I would really like to document the process here. I also need to get my real camera out so I and add pictures to this words. Blogs are always better with pictures.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

a tiny post for Wednesday

So I've been potty training Sam and so far it has only been semi successful. I just thought that'd I'd look through the blog and see if I could find any posts about training Rose, but there's not much there that could help me. I should have talked about it more! We'll just power on and eventually it will happen.
D had his math test today. He met me after school with a piece of notebook paper filled with all the work he did and upset that he hadn't made a 100. I knew he worked really hard by how frustrated he was. No ice cream, but we'll work harder for the next test.
Ry and Rose are doing well in school. Rose is learning to read and getting pretty good at sounding out words. I am really proud of her.
Tim is playing the guitar in the other room. It sounds really good and I think I'll just sit here and listen to him for a little while.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

On a Tuesday

I don't know where the time goes. I had this goal to declutter the kids' rooms this month and unless I get into action real quick like it probably won't happen. It's as simple as this: I dread the process of sorting and organizing. Well, unless I am super motivated and can get it done quickly while the motivation is still there. 

I've been working with D to improve his math grades. Our school started using the "new math" year and it has been tough. We are working on multiplication right now and it just seems so backwards to me. I understand it, but why? Anyhow, he has a math test tomorrow and he's been doing pretty good with his homework the past few days so I promised him if he made a 100 I would take him to get ice cream. He has been struggling and I figured he could use tangible reward. 

This weekend I went and I got my hair trimmed. I am trying, really trying, to grow it out. Out, as in past my shoulders. Usually at this time of year I have it shoulder length and it gets a little scraggly looking and go cut it about 3 inches shorter. I also got a deep conditioning treatment and had a whole 15 minutes of uninterrupted mindless magazine reading. Should there be commas in that sentence? 

Today I went to Ulta to get a new makeup brush and while I was there I did a little tester spray of perfume. I didn't like it. My sister had it on and it smelled good, but I ended up not liking it all (on me, at least). Anyhow, about 8 hours later it was still lingering on the back of my hand and I guess on the edge of my sweater. Tim came home and kept asking what that weird smell was. I thought it was funny. And it's a good thing I didn't like it either, I was definitely going to buy some if I had liked it. 

Well, this seems like enough rambling tonight. 

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.