Mid-week Gratitude

5 things I’m grateful for this past week:

1) Grocery delivery.
2) My friend Joyce, for helping me get some yard work done. And even better; I didn’t have to ask. She just saw it was something needed and helped get it done.
3) Strollers. Because kids are heavy. :p
4) A growing garden. I have about four tomatoes growing. My tomatillo has been flowering, no fruit yet.
5) waking up before the kids. I wanted to be up an hour earlier… but, the point was too have some quiet to start the day. Mission accomplished.

There is so much going on in the world that can drag you down. If you’re on social media, you can especially feel the bombardment of sad news. I find taking a break from all that and reflecting on what is going on in my life that I can be thankful for, helps to counteract all that.

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Happy 4th Birthday, Vera!

You are our sassy girl. Sassy in a good way 🙂
Everyday you find ways to make us laugh and melt our hearts. You are confident enough to be assertive and let people know what you are about. You are also kind and tender-hearted. You get your feelings hurt and you conjure up the most pitiful face I’ve ever seen.
You are always learning; I love when you blurt out a fact or some knowledge that I didn’t have to teach you. You just know by observing and exploring.
You are fearless. Not always a good thing when you’re ready to jump! I know that in the future, this will be a great character trait.
Love you, baby girl.

We had a fun day! A surprise visit at church from some Cali friends back in town for a business trip. We’re excited to spend some time with them. 😀
Our church family always makes an effort to make birthdays special. A happy birthday banner, hello kitty candle and a round of happy birthday for Vera. And, of course, a couple gifts. 🙂

After church we ate lunch at Panera and had Vera’s birthday cake. She picked out a good one. Dark chocolate with a ganache icing. Then, we walked over to Kids Quest. Mom got Vera (and all the kids) a membership. Today was our first time going! There is a fenced off area for 3 and under. Joshua and Esther spent most of the time in there. Jamin took Vera and Elena around the rest of the museum. There was a semi cab in there; the girls would have spent their whole time in there. Jamin got them to explore the water area, though… huge hit.

I’m A Crappy Housewife

I saw this meme, today.

While it may feel accurate, it’s not very encouraging.
Yesterday was a “crappy housewife” day. Motivation was way low. The two olders were fighting a lot. The baby wanted to eat a lot.
These days happen, and at the end of the day the house looks like we all just dumped all of our belongings on the floor. Which, is kind of actually what happened. lol
But there are other days. Days when all the chores get done. Days when my girls are best friends the whole day. Days when Esther takes a nap after eating (in her crib!). 
I  find it helpful to set goals for the day. If you don’t have direction and focus it will be hard to see your accomplishments for the day. It will also be harder to actually get anything completed.
Three goals is usually manageable. You will probably have a mile long list of things you want done. However, by prioritizing three that absolutely must be done, you will be more likely to get them completed. Whereas, trying to do bits of everything on your list will just leave you  exhausted with nothing accomplished.
Here is an example of my goals for today:
  • Clean off couch
    • put away cd’s (purge ones we don’t want)
    • put away clothes
  • Laundry
    • one load of towels
    • one load of girls’ clothes
  • Plan meals/grocery list for month
These goals are outside of the chores I do every day. I found a printable that lists out chores by day, week, and month. I’m very list oriented. I like having something to check off.
I also prioritize my chores. The most important ones for me are; dishes, laundry and keeping the toys out of the living room. 
I’m sure if you kept track of all the things you get done during the day, you will find you are a darned good housewife. A housewife/mom encompasses many responsibilities that would normally not be carried out by one person. Get your family members to help you (because they live there too)!

Look for a post next week about setting bigger goals for your life!

Hip Homeschool Moms

I’m back!

Maternity leave is over as far as my blogging career goes. 😛
I have had so many ideas on what I want to write about. Hopefully that keeps going!

Today is all about quiet boxes! It’s nothing new as far as ideas go. It’s new to me, though. Seriously, in 7 years I should have done this at some point already.

The idea is that you have these boxes of toys/activities that you only let your kids get out at a certain time of the day. For instance, when you want them to be quiet and leave you alone. 😛
I really only ended up doing this, because I wanted to get rid of their massive amounts of clutter.
In their room I left out quiet a few toys; dress-up, baby dolls, trucks… Anything big, that’s easy to put away again.
In smaller tote boxes, I put toy sets with small pieces, or ones that were best used under supervision. Now there are fewer toys they can drag out all at once. (Like they do). Now clean up is not so daunting for them. That’s the real problem with kids not keeping their rooms clean. It’s easy to dump out a bucket of toys. But, when you look at a sea of toys that your mom tells you to get picked up in 10 minutes… it looks impossible. Since they aren’t able to see ahead to the clean up, I’ve made the decision for them of not even being able to get all their toys out at once.

Today is the first day of actually getting these toys out. I wouldn’t say it keeps them quiet, but it does keep them engaged long enough for me to get things done without them telling me in various ways how bored they are.

My plan is to let them play with these “quiet boxes” during Joshua and Esther’s nap time. (Because I’ve somehow managed to get those two to nap at the same time! yeah!) This way, all kids are entertained at once, and I can tackle my chore list (or a blog post, like now).

Time to go back to my “other job”. Esther is awake and hungry. 😀