Lazy Day Activity

Thanks to Hurricane Fay, schools are closed today in my part of the world.  It was announced yesterday afternoon and late last night we decided our family would have a lazy day today.  The plan was to stay in our PJ’s all day and do nothing.

So, we slept in until 9am.  In between watching the weather on TV:  dad cooked up a yummy breakfast;  the boys put away clean laundry and played in their room;  my daughter vacuumed her room;  I cleaned up a bit around the house, vacuumed, and then decided to update our family chore chart.  So much for doing nothing!!!

You see, the kids went chore chart free for most of the summer.  Oh, but they were by no means chore free – I asked them to do things on an as needed basis.  With the start of school, I think it’s important to GET ORGANIZED and so now is the time to re-establish the structure to which they were accustomed.  I know…they’re just gonna love me!!!

Initially, I was going to use the Excel chart we had before and be done with it…

But, then I got sidetracked with e-mail and somehow ended up on OrganizeItMom.com where I got an idea for a new chore chart.  I figured since I was blessed with extra time today and God was generous to me by giving me the ability to manipulate pictures and work with my computer, I should put those skills to good use and come up with something useful for my family.  If I could afford it, I would buy the chore chart they sell because it looks like it would be fun and easy to use.  However, since funds and space are limited, but time (at least today) and printer ink are plentiful, I’m creating a new chore chart using a similar format.

THEIRS…

MINE (so far)…

I spent some time looking for clipart and illustrations to go with the chores.  I used Excel to make boxes that will get cut out into cards, we’ll add velcro to the back so they stick to a board allowing us to change chores around as needed.  I think it will work for us.  I’ll report back once we’ve used it.

Today’s Daysie quote is:

“ENVY IS A WASTE OF TIME.”

I always say – DON’T COMPETE, COOPERATE!  Learn from others and share what you know so we ALL win!

Summer break is coming to a close

School’s just around the corner again. Where did this summer go?

When school let out in June, I read somewhere that sometimes kids go through some type of “separation anxiety” during the summer break. I can understand how that can happen with the change in atmosphere and normal day-to-day activities. Thankfully, my kids didn’t experience any of that. I wonder if me staying home with them has anything to do with it. Probably.

We haven’t done a whole lot this summer – it was pretty lazy compared to others. However, we did manage to:

go grape stomping for the very first time…


have a yard sale…

discover and appreciate nature…

redecorate…


organize…

do crafts and spread some joy at the same time…



cook and bake…


and (of course) sleep a lot!

The kids are, however, excited to return to school. One of them has gone as far as getting the school list, gathered items listed (if we already have it) and given me a list of what’s missing! No procrastination allowed here! Again, I’m grateful for that because procrastination was a challenge. It’s very refreshing to know that God is helping me break that off so it doesn’t affect my kids!

I have been preparing as well. This weekend, for example, I put together a shopping list of school supplies after going through all the sales circulars in the Sunday paper. Walmart, Walgreens, Target and Office Depot have deals priced under $1, with most under 50 cents! Stock up time!!! I’m sure I’ll be doing it for weeks after school begins. Hey, God calls us to be good stewards and so we should be. With the economy the way it is, we’re being forced to be much thriftier than ever before. But, we can do it! Creating a list helps – organization in everything brings peace of mind. And I’m looking forward to a much more peaceful existence all the way around.

Today’s Daysie says:

“It is not so much the power of God but the love of God that conquers in the end”

Thank you God! John 3:16

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!

Roller coaster weekend!

I wanted it to be Sunday still, but it’s already tomorrow – so it’s Monday! Where does the time go?!?! This weekend felt like a roller-coaster ride. Friday was the most amazing, though…

Friday…

Since one of our cars in down (transmission problems), my husband had to leave his jobsite and pick me up so we could run some errands. We went to the post office to get stamps, mail out some bills and a package. In the parking lot of the post office, our “good” car decided to give my husband a headache and not start (starter problems). Fortunately, he didn’t loose his cool, said a prayer and *poof* it started. It was about 4pm so I had plenty of time to drop him back off at work and finish my errands, then run back to pick him (AND his crew of 4) and make it back home by at least 6:50pm. It’s a good thing the guys in his crew are short, and we have a spacious car! LOL

I was to meet up with a girlfriend for Bible study. So, I was all stressed out because the traffic was heavy, my husband was grumpy, and everyone was complaining about the heat and each other. I was running late and finally met up with my girlfriend at a shopping center close to where we were going. So, my husband and the sardine van went one way and I went the other. We finally made it – LATE!!! However, I was relieved to find out that everyone was running late so we were actually one of the early ones…WHEW!! Our Bible study hosts had a great dinner spread out, so everyone ate before getting started.

I have had the book The Purpose Driven Life for a long time. I was planning to read it “one day” since I’d heard so many positive things about it. I knew that attending this Bible study group would no only give me the opportunity to read the book, but it would also, and more importantly, be a step in the right direction towards growing a relationship with God – something I had not focused on for as long as I can remember. I felt it’s what’s needed in my home.

It was a small group, which actually worked because it allowed each person to share their stories, views, and thoughts easier than if we had been more. When I left, I felt a sense of hope. I knew that I couldn’t wait for our next meeting. I knew that this group of special individuals are going to play an important role in my life and in helping me become the person God wants me to be – and what he wants every person to be.

If YOU ever wanted to get a group together and do something positive, do it! Get this book, read it as a group and see where it takes you!

Saturday…

What DID I do Saturday? Oh yeah, everyone opted to stay home instead of going out. I was glad, because it meant we could sleep in and my husband wouldn’t have to go all over town dropping us off, picking us up, dropping his crew off, pick…you get the picture. It ended up being the best choice for many reasons.

I had forgotten, though, that 2 weeks prior I had RSVP’d for a friend’s Craft Workshops. Yikes! When I caught it on the calendar it was close to start-time and had to call her to cancel. She was nice enough to offer to pick us up so I could attend…so we went.

We made coasters from tumbled tiles. We took stamps and decorated the tile, then baked in the oven to set the colors. After cooking for I don’t know how long (I should’ve asked for when I want to do it again!), they were sprayed with a clear topcoat and felt was glued to the bottom to protect whatever surface they’re placed on. Check out how nice they came out…

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Saturday evening after dinner, we went on a family walk. It was nice that we were all together, in a good mood, with absolutely nothing to do but enjoy each other’s company. After walking, I suggested to my husband that we go get some ice cream!! HAHA! Hey, we needed to replenish all those calories we lost!

I tell you what…

BRUSTER’S (http://www.brustersicecream.com) has some really goooooooooood ice cream!

Fast forward to 4am Sunday…

My husband gets a call from the brother of work buddy. Apparently, the brother was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in the hospital as a result. They have no family in the area and need help translating since they speak very little English. So, my husband, having the good heart that he has, goes to the rescue. Here I think I’m going back to bed after he leaves when he comes back to our bedroom and asks if I can babysit his buddy’s baby. Geez, Louise! I couldn’t say no.

Luckily the little one slept ’til 10:30. I think I scared her when she 1st saw me – she started to cry when I said hi. Do I look THAT bad when I get out of bed?! LOL I prefer to think she just didn’t expect me and missed her mommy! Yeah, I think I like that answer better! So, I changed a poopy diaper and fed her the bottle. She was no fuss all day.

The roller coaster comes to a stop – thank God! The good news is everything will be OK. The car’s transmission will get fixed eventually. My husband’s buddy will be back to work in a few weeks. And I don’t have to worry about poopy diapers or growing an extra limb to get breakfast on the table ANYTIME SOON!

Now, I’m going to take a warm shower, read my book and snuggle next to my snoring hubby…until one the kids decides to squeeeeeeze between us sometime during the night. =)

The Daysies quote for the weekend…

“THERE IS A GOD WITHIN US, AND WE GLOW WHEN HE STIRS US”

Ahhhh!