It is not beauty that endears, it’s love that makes us see beauty.

List #1

List #1 in the new place. I know you have been waiting for one of my lists – it has been a while!

I made a video! Have you check it out yet?

Finally feeling somewhat settled. Not completely, but we are getting there!

I got the internet somewhat figured out. Whatever happened to unlimited?

No schedule set in stone for me. Still need to figure out how to get house chores, workouts, and Bailey taken care of 100% while I get all my work done as well. My work gets done – I feel like the others are neglected and I don’t like that feeling.

I am thinking of setting up a bi-weekly coffee date/play date with other military families around me – we will see how it goes!

I hope Nick gets his schedule from work soon, so I can maybe plan for taking a couple classes at the gym on base.

Having more time outside is a fantastic feeling. I really enjoyed playing outside with Bailey yesterday and seeing the girls off the bus. It allowed everyone to play and get energy out before school work and dinner commenced.

I am enjoying being home and do feel that I am productive – it is that I get easily distracted!

I think I need to put some things in writing so that I can see what I need to do.

I think Laundry is calling my name!

What are some things you do to stay on track, organized, and get it almost all done?

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Morning Schedule Change

10583835_10152686586224312_6473272409793730919_n Abby started school yesterday and she has decided to take morning showers now. Morning schedule change had to happen. I knew the time would come, but I wasn’t ready for it to happen in second grade to be honest.  She is wanting to take a shower everyday – which I am exited about since she is a sweaty kid. The problem is she wants to take them in the morning – as do I.

Abby has no time concept so I have to be able to keep her on track while in the shower. I have to keep her to singing only one song instead of the soundtrack to Frozen.  She would if I let her.  Yes, she really sings in the shower.  This is where my issue is. I used to wake her up at 6 am, go take my shower, and then we would all be ready about the same time to leave.  Now, I will have to get up earlier, and I have been, but it still isn’t timed just right.

Here is the funny thing. Last summer I would get up around 3:45 am and go meet friends at 4:15 am to go run everyday.  Before that I would get up with Nick and make his coffee, breakfast, clean the house, do dishes, and laundry. Why is it so hard for me to get back into that routine? I like early mornings and can actually get a ton in the mornings.  Am I getting more lazy with age?

I think that this is the boost I needed to get my butt back in the morning routine –  but I wasn’t expecting it to be honest. I really didn’t think this would happen so soon. Do I want this? Yes! Am I ready for this? No!

I guess it is time to get out the scheduler and get everyone on task for the school year ahead!

10570394_10152687696559312_7875143379956991333_nI decided that with the school year starting it is as good as any of a time to get back into the habit of things – I mean I have to start a new schedule, why not just get it all going so I have one transition instead of 20? I like to journal – so I started back on my peak, pit, praise, prayer writing. It allows me to realize that there were some great parts to my day, low points, and then things that I am going to pray for. I try to keep it simple and to the point, but it is therapeutic for me as well. I like the idea of writing since I kinda like to stay silent when I am settling in for the night. Is there anything that you do religiously?

I also was able to catch my oldest two in a sweet moment. I took a picture before it stopped.

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Taking It Back

Have you ever had to take it back? I am talking about you life. I seem to lose myself quit often because I feel like I go through this about once every couple years. I am really tired of it too. I think I am going to take back my life and make this time a lasting one. That is my hopes anyways. I don’t think that I have ever really stated that part. When you say it out loud, doesn’t that mean it kind of as to happen?

I like to run – nothing far. I did a half marathon and that is probably about the farthest I really want to go. No real marathon runner in my blood – just the sort of long runs – okay, it is still a really long ways.  I am not interested in really doing it every month either – maybe twice a year. Sounds good, right? I think so.  Anyways, I started on the running topic to tell you that I have not really been running. Not because I don’t want to. Because I really just don’t know how to fit everything in anymore. I mean – how do you?

I used to be able to do it all. I would get up early, clean, cook, get kids ready, myself, work, and so many more things. How did I get so bad at doing it all? I mean it is a struggle to get out of bed. That can be attributed to the severe lack of vitamin D. Then it seems like I am less productive anymore. I don’t get anything but myself ready and kids and out the door. I used to be so accomplished by  5 am. Why does this bug me so much?

It bugs me because I like feeling accomplished. That is the main reason I work. I like to get things done and do them well. I guess with a job you get that satisfaction of a happy customer. A completed project. At home I don’t really get that from anyone, but I feel proud. I want that feeling again. My problem is that There is another addition to the family. There is going to be one less major player in the family in a month or so. Somehow I have to figure out how to keep my sanity in it all. I need to run again. That is where this comes full circle. My story wasn’t completely rambles. Only slightly.

I also have not had the fire to go to church anymore. I am not really sure why either. It isn’t because I have fallen from the Lord. It seems like I just don’t have that fire for my church anymore. I don’t like going to the main service, only the Sunday School. I love that. I just feel like I need more and am missing it. On base there are programs, but they are during the day. I need something at night, or at least with childcare.  I would love it to be close to home too. I thought about finding something on base – but I am not sure that I want that. I do want to go outside of base and meet new people, but I just am not sure where I want to be.  I may try one of the start up churches around here. There is on that meets at the movie theater right outside of the gate. I might just do that this weekend too. I need to do something.

Tonight I took my oldest on a mini date to Target where we got Starbucks (she got a hot chocolate), shared a scone, got her a new necklace and notebook.  It was fun walking around with her just looking for nothing really.  I really need to make one-on-one time a priority like I think I said last night or the night before. Repeating myself – I am getting old, give me a break.

I am going to brainstorm some things and see what I can cut out, and what I can keep to take my life back.  I know I can probably get rid of some things, and that will help with my sanity.  I also would like to clear out some of the physical clutter to help clear my mental clutter. I think they go hand-in-hand without realizing it.  Major cleaning. I hate cleaning, but know it will be better in the long run. Maybe a garage sale so it is quick – or maybe just a garbage bag and a trip tot he goodwill to make sure it really gets gone instead of hanging around waiting for a sale. Maybe I will see what sells in a day and take the rest away after.  Who knows – I just know I need to do it.

What do you need to do to take back your life?

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