Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY, May 25, 2010

Outside my window it is gorgeous and sunny and HOT! The one thing about the Ohio River Valley..the seasons are so unpredictable! It goes from one extreme to another. For example, we started out the month with 20 days of rain and now it's hot and muggy! Oh well! At least it's not raining anymore!

I am thinking about the new routine that I wrote up today for the family. We desperately need a routine and Steven and I just aren't routine people so this was a challenge for me. But I think I've got one that isn't too restrictive (which is what I fight against!) and still adds structure (which our children really need!)

I am thankful for blue skies after so many days of rain! I was starting to feel depressed so I'm thankful also for a better mood!

From the kitchen a chicken is roasting away in the oven, I'll add cut up potatoes for the last 20+ minutes of cooking and then maybe add some green beans and peaches to complete the meal.

I am wearing black exercise pants and my Chicago the Musical Tshirt

I am creating a yummy dinner and this blog post!

I am going to ask our neighbors if we can borrow their carpet shampooer. We really need to shampoo the carpets and they're usually nice enough to let us use it!

I am reading The Magic Treehouse Dinosaurs Before Dark with the kids. We'll finish chapter 10 tonight and start on Knights at Dawn tomorrow! These books are really fun and I'm enjoying reading them with them! I am also reading "All Over But the Shoutin' " which is also a very good read. I've enjoyed it a lot, especially after living in Alabama. I feel like I really understand a lot of the references he makes.

I am hoping that we can have a family night this week about rules and create some house rules and consequences together. I think the kids will be more apt to obey if they have a hand in making the rules and what will happen to them if they don't follow them!

I am hearing Wow Wow Wubbzy. I'm trying to cut back on TV time with the kids so they are now enjoying their afternoon TV time before Nina and Daddy come home.

Around the house things are relatively in order, until you get to the second floor where the chaos begins. But mom and I are going to set aside a weekend to tackle the office which is my biggest stresser right now and I can't walk in there without getting overwhelmed! So since organizing is something she is very good at, I bit the bullet and asked for help! 

One of my favorite things having my play time with Micah while Bri and Jonah are having quiet time. He is on a different nap schedule than they are right now, so he tends to be waking up as they are going down. So that means I have a few hours of uninterrupted time with him and it's so much fun! 

A few plans for the rest of the week:
1. Schedule an appointment with an exterminator. We have such an ant problem right now and our home remedies aren't working so it's time to call in the big guns!
2. Schedule a dentist appointment for me. I scheduled appointments for Bri and Jonah the other day but it's been 5 years since I went to the dentist. I am WAY overdue! (Do you think I might have a phobia?? Just a little one?!?!?)
3. Begin our new routine and iron out issues along the way until it works! (Don't give up! Don't give up! Don't give up!)
4. Plan and hold a family night about house rules. 

Here is picture for thought I am sharing... Last Thursday night Michael and Blair came over for dinner and then stayed to watch a movie with us. We put the kids to bed and then settled down in front of mom's 60 inch TV (OK, so it's a 54 inch, but it feels like a 60!!!) and watched "Valentine's Day" (cute, but kind of pointless if you ask me! Very predictable..I felt like I'd seen it before!) When we came up to go to bed, this is what we found!

So sweet! This is when they are at their best! He he he!

Sorry that I was on a bloggin' hiatus for so long! Some of you might remember my story about falling on my butt at my friends' wedding reception. If not it's a story you won't want to miss! Well, a week later I fell on it again and ended up with a severe sprain. I was in a brace for a week and it's really hard to type with one of those! But I'm going to post pictures tomorrow of the cake I made for my Aunt's wedding so stayed tuned! Have a great week and check out more Daybooks at The Simple Woman's Daybook.


Shelly said...

Once again we have similarities. We are having an ant problem too. We've had the exterminator out and they are mostly taken care of, except for one area of the kitchen where I think they are coming in through the wall behind the cabinets. I blame it on all the rain. And today is my first dentist appointment in 2.5 years. I am terrified. I am sure my mouth is a disaster after not going for so long. I just hope they don't yell at me.

Megan said...

It is nice to check in with you and the fam. Your kids are getting so big (how is your baby 10 mo old?). I am glad that things are going so well for you guys!!

Cascia said...

Sounds like you are enjoying the beautiful weather and keeping busy. I love that shot of your kids sleeping. I think mine have done that before too. You have a beautiful family!