Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Random Post

  • Nathanael is almost walking. He walks around coffee tables, along window sills, etc. I've caught him standing with no hands a few times. He's 9 months old. Elianna walked at 10 months. My guess is he will definitely be walking by Christmas. We'll see.
  • We are on Day 2 of "official" homeschool preschool. Yep, we started late. Oh well :-). She's only 3! Elianna LOVES it...especially the music part and the poems with actions. So far I love the Little Hands to Heaven program. 30 minutes a day of super fun Bible-based learning. Fun & Fast. Love that.
  • We are also on Day 2 of our chore system. I was 100% sure I wanted to do chore packs until I went to Staples and discovered I had to buy like 25 of those clear name badge thingies for wayyy more money than I'm willing to invest right now. Plus what would I do with the other 24???  You can't buy just one. I checked. I decided to do a very simple, visual chart based VERY loosely on the Workbox concept. I'll try to take a picture of it and explain in more detail some other time. If it works well for us, we'll stick with it. If not, I might buy the Maxwell's chore book/system at the homeschooling conference next year. 
  • Elianna is listening to her Singing Bible cd right now and just yelled out "MOM! God made Adam and Eve too!!!" as she's dancing and clapping in her room. Love her :-)
  • I've been feeling very unlike myself lately. Not sure why. 
  • Anxiety, worry, and stress seem to be rearing their ugly heads lately. Maybe that's why.
  • I hope to use a similar concept to our chore charts to get a bit more routine to our day. Our mornings are a bit more structured now that we've started the chores system and preschool, and I'm liking it.
  • Obedience. We're working on obedience. All of us. 
  • We've been selling stuff like crazy lately. It's kind of fun, a lot of work, takes a lot of time, but I am excited about selling our "junk-to-us" for cash. 
  • We started a Save, Give, Spend system with Elianna in conjunction with the chores. She has "expected-to-do" chores and then also "paid" chores. She LOVES doing the chores! If only that would continue well into her teen years.....hehe.
  • Elianna loves doing crafts and making things. I am so not a craft person, so she's stretching me. Kids do that sometimes. Stretch their parents, I mean. :-)
  • I wish Nathanael would sleep through the night. I'll think we're close and then he'll be up 3 times the next night. 
  • Nathanael seems to cough. all.the.time. He always gets croup. This bout has lasted a month now and it's the 4th time he's had it since he was born. I feel bad for him and wish I knew what to do. The humidifier seems to help a bit.
  • My "little" brother got married last month...to a very kind-hearted, beautiful, Christian girl. They were engaged for only 8 weeks and had over 200 people at the wedding. The bride baked the yummiest, cutest cookies for the wedding favours/in lieu of a wedding cake. The decor was kind of "country" with mason jars and wild flowers with wheat. It was ridiculously cute and beautiful.  Who says you need a long engagement to pull off a wedding?? Not me.  I am not a fan of long engagements.
  • I've been feeling rather "blah" lately, if that makes any sense. I'm trying to be "all there" but most of the time I think my mind is in another place. It's kind of driving me crazy, especially when I'm talking to people, but I'm not sure how to fix it. 
  • It snowed today. A lot. Elianna is SO excited about the snow. Where we adults think "scrape the windshield", kids think "SLEDDING!" To see the world through a child's eyes is a wonderful thing....:-)
Have a blessed day, 

1 comment:

Kara Braun said...

Thank you for this random post; I enjoyed reading it, despite hearing some of how you are feeling. I totally relate to feeling unlike yourself due to anxiety/worry/stress. I hope this period goes quickly. I know that dealing with stress is one of the biggest battles of my life. I also have been through many "blah" periods, but thankfully, each one ends. As such, I pray yours ends as well and you return to "normal" soon. Take care and God bless - keep up the joyous work of raising children - I love hearing about your journey, as it never fails to get me thinking.

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