Monthly Archives: February 2013

Some Time Off

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I have been taking a small break from blogging, as you may have noticed.  My in-laws are visiting us for a few more weeks and between them and the children I’ve had my hands full.  Some days I don’t even get to check my email!

So instead of staying up late trying to fit everything in I’ve decided to back off of my blogging and internet time for the duration of their visit.  There may still be an occasional post — I’m sure I’ll still do my end of the month “reality check” on my yearly goals — but my main priority right now is my family.

I’m still trying new recipes, working on DIY projects, and other tidbits that I’m sure I’ll be blogging about soon… but that’ll keep.

So until then enjoy life and make someone happy.

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Goals for the Week: February 10 – 16

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Goals for the WeekThese were last week’s (February 3rd – 9th) goals:

~ Continue daily the Habit of the Month {February’s: Exercise daily.}  — Even when I didn’t want to.  And some days I didn’t.  I’ve just been exhausted this week!
~ Complete Week 4 of Living Like Jesus Bible Study.  — Just when I started to think I was in a groove with this one, I had a day that completely got off track.  Never let your guard down!
~ Send my hubby sweet texts or emails every day this week, since he’ll be gone all week to a conference.  😦  — Totally missed him and I’m glad he’s back (and not just because I was completely alone with two children and desperately needed a break).
~ Introduce my daughter to the letter “O”.  Review letters “L” and “E”.  —  She really grasped “O” quickly.  And now she’s pointing them out when she sees them… even if they really are zeros or donuts. lol
~ Take the kids to the arboretum, weather permitting.  — Did this Tuesday.  It was a gorgeous day and we hadn’t been out of the house since Sunday.  It was time for some fresh air!
~ Do a thorough vehicle clean out and wash.  — Well, I kind of completed this.  I did the inside.  I think I’m going to delegate hubby to do the outside.  Welcome home, honey.  lol
~ Still cooking from the pantry/freezer.  Especially since the hubs is gone all week and I don’t feel the need to cook something fancy. lol  — The only reason I even went to the grocery store on Wednesday was for milk and produce.  And I even reorganized the pantry.  Yay!
~ Exercise 5 days — at least 15 minutes of aerobic activity and 3 different strength training moves each day.  Well, I just realized I should have grouped this one together with the first goal, as they relate.  But I did complete it!
~ Clean out and reorganize my daughter’s room.  Been putting this off since Christmas.  *Sigh*  I did this first thing this week.  It took a couple of hours.  (I had to put away the 18 month clothes and hang all of the 2T and 3T clothes that she’s growing into as well.)  It looks sooo much better and she spends more time in there now too.  I think the clutter was just overwhelming her.
~ Clean all windows — inside glass, blinds, window sills, and frames.  Will try to do outside glass as well… for the ones I can reach.  I didn’t do all of the outside glass… again, I think I’m delegating the rest of them to my wonderful hubby. 🙂
~ Finish those few baseboards.  Finish wiping down doors and door frames.  They’re done!  They’re finally done!!  (At least for the moment. Cleaning never stays “done”, unfortunately!)  My daughter did “help” me as well.  But she usually preferred to run off with the feather duster instead. lol

I think I did a pretty good job on my goals.  I’m gearing up for an extended visit from my in-laws so I want everything to be moderately clean, so there will be quite a few more cleaning goals this week.  I’m hoping I’m able to sleep better — I never sleep well when my husband isn’t here — which should put me in a better mood and make me more productive.  Maybe.

Anyway, on to this week’s goals:

~ Continue daily the Habit of the Month {February’s: Exercise daily}.
~ Complete Week 5 of Living Like Jesus Bible Study.  Stay up to date with my plan to read the Bible through in a year.
~  Bake my husband a special treat for Valentines Day.  Maybe make a card as well?  I haven’t decided.
~ Practice numbers 11 – 20 with my daughter.
~ Make a few Busy Bags.
~ Me time.  Catch up on watching Biggest Loser.
~ Do a freezer meals in a one hour session.
~ Clean out and reorganize my son’s room.
~ Flip mattresses, change air filters, and check smoke detector batteries.
~ Clean out linen closet and utility room closet.

I think I might be over-extending  myself a bit with these goals along with everything else I need to do this week, but I’m going to do my best!

The Travesty That Is Called “Family Entertainment”

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It’s been a long standing decision in our household (before we had children even) that we did not need to watch television.  For every show that is good, decent, and has a few morals there are dozens of shows that are just full of filth.  And the problem with watching TV programming is that after that one good show is off… it’s just really hard to get up and be productive.

It’s too easy to just sit on the couch and zone out.  You don’t have to think.  You don’t have to do.  It doesn’t challenge you.  You just sit and be “entertained”.  I understand why so many people watch TV, really I do.   And I also understand why it’s not right for me.

Way back when in the days before digital television I did have the basic channels.  You know, ABC, NBC, CBS and on a good day maybe even some FOX.  I would come home from work, cook supper (while watching TV), eat supper (while watching TV) and then (yup, you guessed it) watch some more television.  I gained weight.  I felt horrible.  I didn’t sleep well.  I procrastinated about other things (ok, ok, I still do that sometimes).

It was a very self destructive habit for me.

When they did the big change over from analog to digital we decided not to buy a new TV or converter box.  We figured if there were any shows we just HAD to watch we could pick them up online.

And you know what?  After the first couple of weeks it took to fully come out of the zombie-like state and start being productive again I realized I never wanted to live like that again.  Television is a bad habit for me.  I couldn’t say no.  I didn’t want to say no.  But I didn’t realize until after I broke the habit how destructive it was for me.

That was… I don’t know? Five years ago probably?  I can’t remember when they did the digital switchover.  These days it probably wouldn’t have the same hold on me.

But since then I’ve started a family.  I have a very impressionable toddler who is soaking in everything around her.  Do I want to subject her to that slime and filth??  Because if I don’t protect my babies, who will?

I ran across a blog post today that says everything I have been thinking on the subject.  Whether you watch television or not, if you have a few minutes please take the time to read it.

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

 

Goals for the Week: February 3 – 9

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Goals for the WeekThese were last week’s (January 27 – February 2nd) goals:

~ Continue daily the Habit of the Month {Bible Reading for January; TBD for February}.
~ Complete Week 3 of Living Like Jesus Bible Study.  {Have I mentioned how much I love this Bible study?  And how humbling it is.}
Have a date with my hubby.  {Love the simple date nights. :)}
~ Finish “I Can Teach My Child To Read” and read one other book/ebook.  {STILL haven’t finished that book.  But I did read “How Much Money I Need To Retire?”.  One out of two isn’t bad, right?}
~ Enjoy some play time with my daughter every day this week.  {Did this every day except Monday, when I spent most of the day sick in bed.}
~ Introduce my daughter to the letter “E”. Review letters “L” and “C”.  {She’s totally enjoying learning her letters. I’m so happy!}
~ Cooking from the pantry/freezer.  Need to clean it out!  {Since I wasn’t feeling up to doing much cooking this week, this worked out well.}
~ Exercise 30 mins x 5 days.  {Loving my elliptical!}
~ Clean all baseboards.  Wipe down all doors and door frames.  {I really dislike cleaning baseboards.  But it’s one of those things that really bothers me if it’s not done.  Crazy, I know.}
~ Finish cleaning all ceilings, ceiling fans and wipe down walls.

And these are this week’s goals:

~ Continue daily the Habit of the Month {February’s: Exercise daily.}
~ Complete Week 4 of Living Like Jesus Bible Study.
~ Send my hubby sweet texts or emails every day this week, since he’ll be gone all week to a conference.  😦
~ Introduce my daughter to the letter “O”.  Review letters “L” and “E”.
~ Take the kids to the arboretum, weather permitting.
~ Do a thorough vehicle clean out and wash.
~ Still cooking from the pantry/freezer.  Especially since the hubs is gone all week and I don’t feel the need to cook something fancy. lol
~ Exercise 5 days — at least 15 minutes of aerobic activity and 3 different strength training moves each day.
~ Clean out and reorganize my daughter’s room.  Been putting this off since Christmas.  *Sigh*
~ Clean all windows — inside glass, blinds, window sills, and frames.  Will try to do outside glass as well… for the ones I can reach.
~ Finish those few baseboards.  Finish wiping down doors and door frames.

Yes, it’s an uneven 11 goals this week.  I’m blaming it on those darn baseboards.  And I’m thinking about inlisting my 2 year old for help with them!

What are your goals for the week?

Goals for 2013 {January Recap}

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Goals for 2013

I can’t believe that the whole first month of 2013 is already gone!  Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  Well as promised, I’ve been working hard on realizing my goals for this year.  Here are my goals along with an update:

~ Read through the Bible in one year using this plan.  {So far, so good.  I’m on track with this one.  I’ve completed Job and Genesis.}
~ Complete at least three Bible studies. {Started a Living Like Jesus study of the book of Luke from goodmorninggirls (dot) org}
~ Teach my daughter (2.5 years old) numbers 11 – 20.  {She’s pretty good at getting 11, 12, and 13 but then it’s pretty garbled until a loud “20”!}
~ Teach my daughter weekly on the ABC’s. {She can identify and (sort of) write an A. Can also identify C, E, and L.}
~ Work on one new habit per month.  {January’s habit was daily Bible reading, which I succeeded at making a habit.  You can read more here.}
~ Take pictures of the children each week.  {Did this. Yay!}
~ Have monthly dates with the hubby, however simple they may be.  {Very simple this month.  Baby is too young for babysitter (IMO) so we had a movie date after the kids were in bed.}
~ Have monthly family dates.  {Had more than one.  My fave was snuggling on the couch watching Lord of the Beans while I made everyone s’mores in the fireplace.}
~ Take at least two overnight family trips.  {We have one planned for next month!}
~ Write at least two encouraging notes every month.  {I did this to for a few online friends.  Although they weren’t handwritten, they were sincere!}
~ Write at least two blogs per week.  {I think I only posted one blog one week, but otherwise did ok on this.}
~ Start (and complete!) at least six crafts or projects.  {Completed this craft!}
~ Invite someone to our house for lunch/supper at least once a month. {Had a few friends over for lunch, as well as various family members a few times this month — even overnight stays!}
~ Try a new recipe (or two) per month. {Tried the Cheddar Bay Biscuits — so yummy, especially while still warm! And the Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup — a must try; it’s a keeper in this house.}
~ Make homemade baby food. {Baby isn’t old enough yet to try this.}
~ Save up for an elliptical machine. {I had already been saving for this and finally purchased one.  Hubby put it together last weekend and I’ve been enjoying it since!}
~ Save up for a new washer and dryer. {Working on this one now.  It’s gonna take a while!}
~ Read my ever growing stack of ebooks/books. {I read more than I expected.  You can check it out on my Goodreads account — although I did read a few that aren’t on Goodreads as well.}
~ Give to Goodwill/Salvation Army monthly. {Took one box to Goodwill.}
~ Reorganize and declutter the garage.  {The cold/wet/rainy/sleety weather we’ve been having lately hasn’t helped, but I am working on it!}
~ Reorganize and declutter the shop.  {Haven’t started this yet.}
~ Lose 40 pounds.  (Lost 5 pounds in January!}
~ Walk 500 miles during aerobic activity.  {Walked 17 miles so far… a long way from 500, but I suspect I’ll be doing more now that I have my elliptical.}
~ Take at least two online classes/webinars on something I enjoy or want to learn more about.  {Too much going on right now to worry about this.  I’ll start planning in a few months.}