Tuesday, July 28, 2009

While working on the list last night, I was listening to Dr.James McDonald. He said something that resonated in me. If you are struggling with raising young children (or just raising young children) take this definition to heart. And then stay focused. Give consequences. And ALWAYS follow through.

It's tough. I know.

Definition of Parental Training:
(in response to disciplining your children during their 'early years')

Parental Training is: Artificial application and amplification of the consequences of wrong choices before the actions are big enough to scar their life.

P.s. If anyone is interested in hearing the whole teaching, please let me know. Raising children is difficult. Getting help is necessary.

The List

Remember the list? The things I wanted to get done this summer? Or at least try to get done?
I put it away for a week. On purpose. I had more than enough on my plate, and didn't want to feel pressured by 'unnecessary' deadlines.
But that week is over.

So, out comes the list.

But that's not my point.

I've had numerous people ask me if "I get tired" , "where do I get my energy", "do I ever rest?"

Oh yes.
I certainly do.

I also watch little t.v. and have a husband who works shift work.

That accounts for much.

Take tonight.

You may be watching a movie with your hubby. Or playing games with the family. Calling it a night after bubbling in the bath and some cuddle time. Out shopping with friends.

I, on the other hand, ( while my husband patiently waits for the clock to turn 6am so he can finish his shift, come home and go to bed. At which point you or I may be getting up??) tuck my kiddies into bed, and welcome the silence. They need their rest. It helps them grow.

I now have 3-4 pure, uninterrupted, silent, glorious hours to fill.

And, with t.v. out of the picture, most often I set myself to work.

And I love it.

Not only because of what I get accomplished, but also because I usually take that time to listen to music, or podcasts.
So while I work, I grow. So to speak.
I learn, and get filled, and decompress, and sing, and wonder, and smile, and vent, and live, and soak, and recognize, and cry, and bathe, and ponder, and love and breathe.

and rest.

and grow.

I really must go now. I have this list thing. So much work to get done. Plus, I need to get some rest.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Butts up??

As the list grows, summer continues, bedtimes are sketchy, children are filthy, mornings are lazy, computer time is nil, house stays dirty, the sun hides behind the clouds..and time marches on.

I have been trying for 3 nights now to upload some more pictures, but have failed all 3 nights. I will continue to try. Just for you.

My baby turned 2 at the beginning of the month, and as her 'present' we "re-did" her room. Which means, the crib and soother went "bye-bye" replaced with a 'big-girl bed' (hence the photos I have been TRYING to upload)

I think she likes it? Do you?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lazy, Hazy Summer Dayz!

To say that we've been busy is not entirely accurate.

We've actually been enjoying a rather 'slow' month. Mike has been blessed with the month off (minus 6 working days), and, of course, the kids are free from school.
So other than the 'normal' everyday (laundry, cooking, cleaning, shopping), sports for the kids, church and working for me, it's been quite relaxing.
We've taken in the beach, the airshow, the swimming pool. Watched a fair amount of movies, slept in, lounged around....
You get the idea, no?

Never one for 'taking it easy' though, I've made quite a long list of "things to do while it's summer, or heck, just because I want them done" for myself.

I'm slowly working away at the list.
AND I'm quite enjoying it.

Here is the first thing crossed off of my list.
Complete. CHECK!

An old dresser I found for $20 @ the used store. Plans on 'stripping it' and 'painting it' for the re-do of the 'babies' room.

It took a lot longer than I was anticipating, BUT, I really like how it turned out.

Stay tuned for more pics of more projects from "THE LIST!!"

Now I'm off to hopefully cross off something else!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Did this work for you?

I'm trying to see if I can upload a video. Enjoy!!