Daybook

FOR TODAY
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Outside my window…are gorgeous blue skies, lots of sunshine and 70+ degree temperatures. I think Spring has finally made it to the Ohio River valley!

I am thinking… about Easter shopping. We’re hosting for the first time ever and need to get the food together (except for dishes that everyone else will be bringing.)

I am thankful for…My Savior and the sacrifice he made for me to save me from my sins and to give me eternal life.

From the learning rooms… we continued working with money today (pennies, nickels and dimes- who would of thought I’d be dealing with this for Kindergarten!!!!) We got through math and then Bri melted into a puddle so I decided that was enough for today! When it starts to become a fight, it’s time to surrender! (We’re ahead of schedule anyway so I didn’t feel too bad about it!)

From the kitchen…tonight’s mom’s dinner night (she takes Mondays and Wednesdays, I take Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then we switch off Saturdays and Sundays) so I don’t know what we’ll be eating.

I am wearing… a black track suit with my “Chicago The Musical” t-shirt. I have dance rehearsal for a skit for our Drama club cast party on April 9th.

I am creating…a list of what we need for Easter baskets on Sunday and for the Easter egg hunt with the cousins Sunday evening.

I am going…to dance rehearsal. Oh heaven help me!

I am reading…”Stone Cold” by David Baldacci

I am pondering…the mercies of our Lord

I am hoping…for a successful and peaceful Easter Sunday.

I am hearing…Cailou. Does anyone else have children who are obsessed with Cailou? I need a support group!

Around the house…the smell of paint. We are trying to get the rest of the first floor painted before Sunday. The only rooms we’ve painted since we moved in (2 years ago this July) are the dining room and the kids rooms. Time to get the rest of the house done. Last night I did the mudroom and Steven got the morning room started. I love the color…it’s called  Melted Butter! Isn’t that scrumptious!

One of my favorite things…new clothes for Easter.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
1) church sedar meal Thursday night.
2) Good Friday service on Friday
3) Easter Vigil Saturday night
4) my Aunt Stacey and cousin Kenzy coming in Thursday
5) Easter Sunday with family!

Here are 3 pictures for thought I am sharing… #1 and 2 are Bri and Jonah exploring our Resurrection Eggs on Monday night. Oh the lessons they can learn with 12 simple plastic eggs!!!! #3..Micah and his new big boy hair cut! Where did my baby go!?!?!

 Have a great weekend everyone and a very blessed Easter! Check out more Daybooks here at The Simple Woman!

A Day in the Life of a Sick Baby

We’ve had all kinds of sickies floating around our house since Friday. We got to Indiana for the weekend and Micah was burning up. He felt a lot hotter than he really was (about 100.9 degrees) but he was miserable. Then the coughing started. Then Saturday night Bri and Jonah started with the coughing. And now the runny noses. Jonah felt like he was running a fever for a few days, but it was never very high, maybe 99 degrees at the highest which is OK. The most pitiful of course is Micah. It’s just so sad when a baby isn’t feeling well. I got these two pictures of Micah because it seemed like every time I turned around he was falling asleep…no matter where he was. One minute he was bouncing in his Jumperoo, and the next minute I see this:

The next day he was eating a bottle propped up in his high chair and I was unloading the dishwasher. I turn around and I see:
So sad, but it’s kind of funny how they can fall asleep anywhere! I wish I could!

Intervention

I need an intervention! Twilight: New Moon came out on DVD on Saturday. I got it Saturday night. I’m now watching it for the 3rd time (the kids are down for quiet time…just in case you were wondering!)!!! I need an intervention! Is there a Twilight 12 step group because I think I need one! 

 Need I say more?!?!?!?!?

Daybook

FOR TODAY…Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Outside my window…it’s gray, rainy and cold again! But at least that means that we don’t have to water the red maple trees we bought this weekend!

I am thinking…it’s time to get my butt off the couch and do something!!! Hehehehe!

I am thankful for…the opportunity I had to see my family this weekend for my grandma’s 70th birthday. That was really fun!

From our kitchen school room…more math today, work on our “My Body” unit (maybe start our Five senses lapbook)

From the kitchen…egg salad sandwiches for dinner, with fresh fruit. Yum!

I am wearing…black athletic shorts (why, I don’t really know!), and an orange sweatshirt. Once again, it feels like a lazy Tuesday.

I am creating…a plan to spring clean the dining room/entry way. I’m done with the living room (it looks so good!!) and now it’s time to move on.

I am going…nowhere.

I am reading…Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. It is sooo good and I’m almost finished!

I am hoping…that the kids feel better soon. All three of them are sick! Boo!

I am hearing…kids coughing 😦

Around the house…the dishes really need to be done (I couldn’t get my act together yesterday so that room fell apart!), and more laundry needs to put in the washing machine and a few loads (see what I mean about not getting my act together yesterday!) need to be folded and put away! (See why I need to get off my butt and do something?!?!?!)

One of my favorite things…when my kids are playing nice together. (HINT, HINT, HINT!!!)

A few plans for the rest of the week:
1) Continue spring cleaning
2) Go to a planning meeting
3) Make doctor appointments if these phlegmy coughs don’t start getting better!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…My Nana with her grandkids and great grandkids at her birthday party on Sunday (minus a few!). Happy Birthday Nana! We love you!

Visit The Simple Woman’s Daybook for more Daybooks! Happy Tuesday!

Daybook

I have seen this Daybook sponsored by The Simple Woman on many blogs and every time I see it I think, “I’d like to give that a try!”, so today I am linking up for the first time. So here’s my first Daybook..

For Today, March 16, 2010

Outside my window…it’s gray and chili, although the sun looks like it’s trying to fight it’s way through the clouds.

I am thinking…about all that needs to be done in the house to get organized! I might drive myself crazy trying to figure out how it’s all going to happen. (or if it’s going to happen at all!!!)

I am thankful for….my 3 little ones and the opportunity I have to stay home with them. Even on the hardest day it’s the best job I’ve ever had!

From our kitchen school room…today we’ll be reviewing the numbers 1-20 (how to write them) in math, be talking about more traditions for St. Patty’s day in Social Studies, and work on writing the letter “G”.

From the kitchen…I’m thinking about French’s Onion chicken for dinner, maybe with mashed potatoes and some kind of veggie. Yum…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

I am wearing…jeans and my NKU sweatshirt. It feels like a lazy day today with the dreary weather outside!

I am creating…a plan in my head for organizing the house (did I mention that I’m trying to organize the house?!?!)

I am going…to a short meeting tonight and then over to Kroger to have them refund my card for buy 1 get 1 free pork tenderloins that I bought last night that they didn’t credit me for. (I will fight for that $6.22!!!)

I am reading…the Bible and that’s about it because I need to make a library run! I’m out of material!!!!

I am hoping…that I can come up with a plan to turn around my childrens’ behavior. Brianna is down right defiant and turning into the master manipulator! And Jonah is becoming a hitter and a screamer! It’s time to nip this in the butt!

I am hearing…Barbie and the Nutcracker playing on the TV. (I must admit, I enjoy these Barbie movies too! They’re great!)

Around the house…is chaos! Or at least, it feels that way to me 😦

One of my favorite things…is that the grass is starting to turn green again, which means that spring is on it’s way!

A few plans for the rest of the week: another meeting tomorrow night, and then off to Indy this weekend to see family! Yea!

And finally, a picture to share… Actually two pictures to share of the kids playing with empty storage boxes the other day! Have boxes…will play!!!

Well, that’s my Daybook for this week! Stop by The Simple Woman’s Daybook to see more or to put up your own Daybook!

Letting Go

So, I had decided to participate in the Spring Fling challenge over at Life Frosting. The challenge is to get rid of 100 things by the first day of spring, March 21st. Today I got a start on getting things out of my house! Tomorrow the Am Vets are coming by for a pick up, so today I tackled the office! Our office is the bane of my existence! It has become the dumping room! Some of you may be thinking, “Oh come on! How bad can it be?!?!!” Well….(Steven close your eyes now!) I took pictures so that I had proof!
These bins have been piling up along the wall for weeks! (OK…months!!!) They were full of Bri’s old clothes, Jonah’s old clothes and lots and lots of baby clothes! (It’s obseen that my children have that much clothes!) This doesn’t include the piles that were starting to accumulate in the laundry room as well! Well, after several hours of work I turned this into this:
8 bags of clothes to go to Am Vets! Over 200 pieces of clothing (and the worst part…I’m not done yet!)
This bin has winter coats, snowbibs, hats, gloves and scarves. I’m afraid to put it away totally because as soon as I do this gorgeous spring like weather will be replaced by a blizzard with 5 feet of snow 😛
This is what’s left of the clothes that Jonah has outgrown to be handed down to Micah, and clothes that Jonah hasn’t grown into yet.
I also ended up with 6 piles to make lots to sell on Ebay, everything from maternity clothes, to newborn clothes, to some of Brianna’s spring dresses and her jeans that she’s outgrown (all her jeans are perfect because she hates to wear jeans! She says they are scratchy!)
And then I threw out a bag with about 40 items that were stained and ripped, etc. So far I feel great about this challenge and I’m so glad that I chose to participate because it made me get rid of a lot of things I kept saying I was going to let go of but just wouldn’t until now! Why do we hang on to “stuff”? I hope I can turn a corner and hang on to the memories instead!
Head over to Life Frosting to join in the challenge and the fun! (Because simplifying is fun!!!)
Spring Fling 2010

Friday Family Fun Night

A few months ago I started to post about our family nights. We did pretty good for a while, and then, like usual things started to fall apart! I told Bri we would start again this week, but I waited til the last minute and came up with diddly squat come Thursday night. Today I had some extra time so I thought I’d go ahead and plan out our family night for next week (or at least get a good start on it!)

Since we have Family Night on Thursday I thought we should do a lesson on St. Patrick, since St. Patty’s Day is the next Wednesday (when a holiday falls like that I like to do the lesson the week before and let the excitement set in!) So I went to the net and found some great stuff at DLTK. They had a great sheet with some background info on St. Patrick and what he was known for. Then I found some great activities. One is an active poem called Five Green Shamrocks that my kids will love! Another thing I found was the template to make Shamrock napkin rings with old toilet paper rolls (I knew I was saving those things for a reason!!!)
Aren’t these cute??? I can’t wait to see them on the table on St. Patty’s Day!
 If you’ve never gone to DLTK you should! It is a wealth of great crafts and coloring pages and other activities. It’s definately one of my favorite sites, not only for family night but also for school activities!
Then, I headed over to Family Fun Magazine’s site (another great site for crafts, but also for kid friendly recipes!) and found a great idea for a scavenger hunt where the kids find a black pot full of gold chocolate coins at the end! So fun! I think I’m gonna have to hit the Dollar Tree and see if I can find a black pot! (Yea Dollar Tree!)

And finally, everyone’s favorite part…the dessert! I LOVE The Picky Palate! If you’ve never been to Jenny’s blog you’ve got to check it out! Especially if you like to bake! She has a recipe right now for these adorable Lucky Green Velvet Baby Cakes. I mean, look how cute these are!

And they look oh so yummy! I can’t wait to try them! So that’s what we’re going to do next week for Family Night! What are you doing? Leave a comment and let me know! If it looks like I might have enough interest I might get a Mr. Linky and do a weekly Friday Family Fun Night forum here on our blog! We’ll see! Have a great weekend everyone!