Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's my blogoversary!

Actually, yesterday was my one year blogoversary! Thanks, Just Mom, for the cool made up word. I love it!

I had big plans to do something - a giveaway, a retrospective, a fun compilation of all the first sentences to see what kind of funny story that made.

However, it turned out to be one of my top 10 days I hope I never have to repeat.

I have some kind of horrible virus that makes me want to lay on the couch and sleep or cry or stare at the ceiling. Or all 3 at the same time. The kids are asking me questions and I hear the words, but it takes me a full minute for me to have any idea what they are talking about.

We are taking a 2 week vacation from school since Neighbor Girl is off-track, but not much visiting is going on. I guess it's good I'm not trying to do school right now - but what a waste of a break.

Both kids have pink eye in both eyes. Little Man has a terrible cough. Last night was the first night in over a week that neither child got up in the night.

We did go to the doctor yesterday and found out that except for the pink eye, there is not much to be done.

I feel only slightly more human today. We are not normally a "sickly" family - and I hate being sick and not being able to do our scheduled activities. We have been passing different things around for about 3 weeks now. I aired out the house on Sunday since it was 57, and we've been Clorax wiping every day for a couple of days now trying to stop the cycle.

Please pray for us that we will get well soon and be able go outside and enjoy some sunshine!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Making lip gloss

Gram gave Punkin a "Make your own lip gloss" kit for Christmas. After much begging from Punkin, I finally had a day that I could face without a nap, so I let her stay up during her rest time so that we could make it without Little Man "helping."

She had a great time with it. There were 5 little containers to make. I helped with a couple of them, but she did the rest by herself. Well, almost. Since the color directions mentioned something about not coming off kitchen counters, I added the color - but under very strict supervision.

Dividing the base:
Mixing the base with the color:

Transferring to the fun pink container:

Thanks Gram!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

What does your desktop look like?

dcrmom at Musing of a Housewife wants to know what our desks look like. (Because Daily Blog Tips asked her. :) )

Here's mine. I didn't clean up a thing because there is no point. It's messy, but it's mine! What is that saying - "A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind." ? Any hope that is true?

You can see lots about my life here! The yellow stack of books on top and the books on the floor to the left of my chair are for school. The binder and stack to the right are for work. There is a pile of things to take for my Sunday School class tomorrow.

I bought my chair from the interior design firm I worked for many years ago - as a purchasing agent, definitely not a designer!! I got the desk on Craig's List for $25 - can you believe that?? It has a been a perfect fit for me.

So, this is where I work and blog and plan. What does yours look like?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Don't you love Christmas?

I love Christmas! Today, I love it because my kids have new toys!

We got the kids a Lea*pster for Christmas, and, my friends, it was worth every cent! Although we will limit it soon, we've been letting them play as much as they want and they've already gone through one set of batteries!

Punkin had her first Level 3 gymnastics class this week. I wanted to stay for her first class anyway, but it was snowing and it took every ounce of courage I have to take her in the first place. So, we definitely just stayed put.

Did I mention that the class lasts for 2 hours? (Twice a week!)

But, Little Man had the Leapster. And he was a happy boy! (I tell ya - worth every. cent. )

Tonight I walked in the family room and found him here. He looks so grown up to me - this picture is a perfect example of why we call him Little Man. Doesn't he just look like a Little Man up there?
And Punkin is near him - drawing away. This is her passion, and has been since she could hold a marker. New markers from her uncle, and another princess picture! Sometimes, I am so filled with love for them that I don't know where to put it.

On their recent visit, my brother's girlfriend slept in Punkin's room. We set up a tent for Punkin in Little Man's room so she could "camp out" with him. Little Man is, not surprisely, completely taken with the tent, so we've left it up and now he is sleeping in it. Tonight, I snuggled with them in the tent and read "Where the Wild Things Are."

It was one of those precious memories that I will remember when they are grown and cry bittersweet tears over.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Ok, so we're a week into it, but I feel like I can finally say it. (Except that the Christmas tree is still up, but hopefully the kids and I can work on that tomorrow.)

My brother and his girlfriend came to visit for a few days. (I'm gonna be so, so sad if they break up. Here's hoping God brought them together. *crossing fingers*) We visited with each other, exchanged Christmas presents, visited the Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods, and enjoyed each other's company. It was fun!

Yesterday and today, I have finally done my "New Year's thing." I know some do not do resolutions (and I completely understand why), but I find it is a great time to review my life. So, I have updated my 2008 goals, updated my time management schedule to reflect our changes for the new semester, and updated academic/character goals for both of the kids. Now, I feel ready to tackle the upcoming year!

And, for the sake of global accountability, here are the goals I feel comfortable sharing:

2008 Goals

Priorities (in order):
Child of God
House Manager
Business owner
Church member, ministry

Have quiet times 6 times a week with prayer
Specifically pray about ordering my day in a way that pleases God and reflects the priorities He has shown me.
Attend church regularly
Attend bible study regularly

Continue weekly date.
Pray for him at least 3 times a week
Plan at least 4 fun, creative times for us during the year.

Punkin and Little Man:
Have nightly prayer time with Punkin, and nightly bible reading with Little Man
Set academic goals quarterly – January 1, April 1, July 1, Oct 1
Set behavior/character goals quarterly – January 1, April 1, July 1, Oct 1
Pray for them at least 3 times a week.
Continue with gymnastic classes for physical development.
Spend at least 30 min with them every day that is just for them (no school, cleaning, work, phone, TV, etc.)

Clutter control.
Spend at least one hour each week cleaning out clutter, at least 30 min of that time cleaning out “stored” clutter
Continue with meal planning, try new recipe every other week
Continue following cleaning schedule for items not handled by cleaning company

Work/ Career
Continue bookkeeping business, max avg 10 hrs per wk.

Exercise 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes
Lose 10-15 pounds – be at a weight where I am comfortable purchasing clothes
Evaluate life “balance” quarterly
Maintain friendships

Host our 2 annual parties
Provide meals to those who need them
Visit family at least once this year
Continue “blog” as communication with family and long-distance friends.
Write thank-you notes promptly!

Do you do resolutions or goals? Share with me so I don't feel crazy!! :)