The JOY of getting stuff done!

It was a great day today – very productive.  Let’s see, here’s what I did while Dad stayed home with the kids…

  • took a load of paperwork to be shredded
  • stopped at the bank
  • visited a bookstore with a friend and her little boy
  • had lunch with them (that was nice)
  • bought some cleaning supplies and other stuff at the store
  • finished some school supply shopping 

My plan was to workout after shopping with my girlfriend, but God must have wanted us to spend quality time together and I’m thankful we did.  So no workout today, but on Monday…it’s a MUST!!!  Oh, and Tuesday I may go swimming.  That burns a lot of calories.  WOOHOO!!!

Anyway, in the evening I picked up the rest of the gang and…

  • went to a birthday party for a friend and her hubby
  • washed and dried a load of laundry (1 down, a gagillion more to go! LOL)

I’ll say that was a beautiful start to the weekend!  THANK YOU, GOD, for blessing me today!!!

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I’ve been doing stuff…

The kids are on Summer Break and the every-day schedules are out the window!

Did I say how much I love ♥LOVE♥ loooove staying home with them?!?! Yeah, they can get on my nerves. They’re kids! But, I’m sooo happy I can spend time with them and not have to worry about leaving them with someone because I have to go someplace else to work. Not having a steady 2nd income is challenging (to say the least), but it’s worth it!

Let’s see, we have been…

  • sleeping in late,
  • watching lots of TV (I’ll need to get that under control before they get used to it),
  • making ATC’s together,
  • cleaning out closets,
  • moving furniture around,
  • playing,
  • eating junk food,
  • going to the movies,
  • and just enjoying each other!

My husband and I have signed up at a gym and we’ve started working out! The exercise classes are a lot of fun and get me sweating a little. I took a STEP class the other day and felt so uncoordinated! I tripped over myself several times and had to stop to get on the correct foot. I was all over the place. I’m sure the ladies behind me were getting a good laugh! The FREESTYLE DANCE class was a little better. I stayed way in the back and did fine!

Great news!!! We got a new fridge! Best Buy had a great deal on a display model and because it was a display unit we were buying they gave us a $150 gift card, which I used to purchase a new camera and some DVD’s for the kids!!! Yey!!!

I’m super excited to go from a 3.2 megapixel camera (Fuji FinePix – AWESOME camera, by the way!!!) to a 6.2 megapixel (HP Photosmart R727) with lots more features AND a rechargeable battery (looking forward to saving money on batteries)!

Back to the fridge.  Here’s our OLD one…

That doesn’t LOOK bad, except when you open it and see how HORRIBLE the door is on the inside. The seal was falling apart and I’ve had to crazy glue it a couple of times…

Now, here’s the NEW fridge! It has through-the-door water and ice…regular AND crushed!!! We’re all so excited to have a working freezer too!  Our old one kept melting our ice cream!

We love our freezer so much we’re having an ICE CREAM PARTY this weekend to celebrate! We decided we’re going to eat as much ice cream and frozen stuff as we can until we’re get SICK!!! HAHA OK, so that probably won’t happen, but it was a fun thought! I’ll have to share the party pics afterwards!

Anyway, I’ve also made a little time to make ATC’s. Here are some I should have already sent out to my swap partners on swap-bot, but for one reason or another they haven’t made it to their destination…

I think I did pretty good for a “newbie!”  I got some GREAT information from a website:

http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html

These are some I did recently for another swap – the challenge was to use JUNK MAIL!!!

The daysies quote for today is…

“FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE A RAINBOW BETWEEN TWO HEARTS.”

I feel so blessed to have rainbows connected to the few true friends that are in my life!

Feel the love

It seems like such a long time since I last posted. I’m going to vent today (good venting, though)…

Many times in the past, I would have complained about how much ACTIVITY there is in my life. But recently, I’ve felt truly *blessed* to have so much going on!

Just the other day, for example, I tried keeping count of how many times my phone rang. I talked with so many people that I lost count!!! After the first 3 or 4 calls, I started to wish people would forget my phone #, but then as I got more calls I began to realize how good it felt to be in contact with the people in my life.

Think about it – each time your phone rings SOMEONE is thinking about YOU. They’re not dialing for pizza…or calling their neighbor…or the other hundreds of people they could be calling. NO! They’re calling YOU. Granted, some calls people get aren’t always good ones – bad news, bill collectors, telemarketers, etc. Regardless, the fact that someone’s mind is thinking your name and has something specifically to say to YOU, kinda feels nice. There are MANY things I could complain about, but I don’t think a ringing phone will be one of them anymore.

Friday evening, I spent time with a friend. Her husband’s grandmother had passed away so he had to fly home for the weekend to attend the funeral. She was feeling down and needed to get out of the house to vent. She’s always so full of energy and I felt it was my job as a friend to spend some GIRL TIME with her so she could get back on track. We walked the aisles of a craft store and she signed up for a painting class. Then we had some ice cream and just talked. I’m glad I made time to spend with her – girlfriends have to be there for each other when times get rough and not just when things are going well!

My brother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew were in town this weekend to help us clean out my mother-in-law’s apartment. She’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s for some time and it’s progressed to the point that she can no longer live on her own. So, she’s been moved to an assisted-living facility. My husband and I are struggling with whether or not we should keep her there, move her somewhere else, or fix our living situation so she can live with us. Unfortunately, the latter is the most challenging option right now because as much as we’d like to bring her home with us, we don’t have the space or the funds to do that. The plus is she’s doing well where she’s staying and family can visit any time.

This weekend, we sorted through the belongings in her small apartment. For my husband, it was a trip down memory lane as he came across things from his childhood. For his brother, the visit was a bit of a shock. For all of us, the clean-up was more work than anyone anticipated. With my husband working and my brother-in-law living 4 hours away, it’s going to be my job to organize a yard sale in order to sell all the things my mother-in-law had accumulated over the years. We have already donated a huge load to Salvation Army, but there’s still more to sort through.

Looking on the bright side (something I always try to find), and what I told my husband…it’s better to have gone through this “process” now, rather than later when she passes. It’s probably God’s way of easing the blow. It sounds horrible and it’s not something we want to think about, but it is the reality we may face in the near future.

We’ll see how it goes.

Today’s Daysies thought:

THE BOND THAT LINKS YOUR TRUE FAMILY IS NOT ONE OF BLOOD,

BUT ONE OF RESPECT AND JOY IN EACH OTHERS’ LIFE.”

~Richard Bach

I pray your ‘family circle’ bond is strong!