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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm still alive...

I feel terrible for neglecting my blog so badly.  :(  I really miss blogging frequently, but my life has been a bit crazy lately.  I told you that I'm trying to take my staying at home more seriously and be more excellent at it.  I don't know how excellent I've been being, but I sure don't have a whole lot of free time.

When I do have some free time, though, I'll let you know how my homemade cupcake stand went and how making my own bread again is going.  How's that for a teaser?  :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Prioritizing

I have sadly been neglecting my blog lately, and that frustrates me, but it is what it is.  I told you a couple of posts ago that I had an attitude shift, so I've changed things up in my family's life quite a bit.  I wanted to approach my staying at home as more of a full time job, because I swing in and out of balance on this all the time.

So basically I decided to get really busy.  If I would have read that a year ago, I'd shutter, but I really do think it's a good thing this time because each thing has purpose within the values of our family.

  • I started BSF and take the two younger boys who do their own lessons while they're there (not just being babysat).  This is meeting a great need within me, too, as I've been so hungry for God's word lately.  (value: spirituality)
  • I started running again (after taking a break for both my injury and my surgery), both outdoors and at the gym.  I love that it shows my kids my value for fitness, and when I go to the gym they get good social and play time.  (value: fitness)
  • I started helping out with a ministry at my church, and it's cool because I get to take Samuel with me so that he can go to his class.  I get to bring him along with me to the last part of the meeting that I help out with, and it's great that he gets to see me serving.  I also like our car drives together.  I miss him since he started school.  (value: service)
  • Speaking of, I started scheduling a weekly school lunch date with my kindergartner.  This was something that I started out school saying that I would do all the time, and I think I did it ONCE last semester.  It really means a lot to Samuel, and now that I see that, I feel so terrible for neglecting it last fall.  (value: family togetherness)
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays while my almost 4 year old is in school, I don't think of it as "my" time anymore because my 1 year old is really missing out when I do.  Sure, I try to get a few things done while he's napping, but I'm also playing with him a lot more and taking him to do things like story time at the library.  It sounds so simple, but it's easy to forget those little things with the third one.  (value: family togetherness and education)    
  • Just this past week we implemented a weekly family night.  Levi was the first one that got the privilege of choosing everything (dinner, dessert, activity).  I don't know why we didn't do that a long time ago.  It was so much fun.  We really value the relationships within our little family, and no matter how busy we are, we want to foster connectedness within the five of us.  (value: family togetherness)
  • Both of the older boys are starting soccer soon.  I have no idea how that's going to work with practice once a week and games on Saturdays, and to be honest, this might be a mistake.  Levi might love it, but I don't think Samuel is a team sport guy.  I wish I would have put him in swimming instead.  (value: fitness)
  • I'm leading the kindergarten's group for this year's Multicultural Day.  I really didn't know what a big commitment it was when I signed up for it, but I'm all in now.  I'm not good at getting other people to help, so I'm pretty sure I'll be a stressed out mess.  It's nice to have a creative outlet, but honestly I probably could do without this on my list.  (value: creativity, although I don't really have the time for another one)
So looky there...it seems as though I've swung out of balance in the other direction.  That's pretty much how I roll - all or nothing...yet again.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tipsy Tuesday: Shrinking Clothes

Michael and I both had some jeans that were too big, so I tried washing them in extra hot and drying them in extra hot.  Guess what - it worked!  They were the perfect size!  They used to be one size too big, and now they fit perfectly.  I'll probably have to always wash them like this to maintain that size, but it's worth it to me to not have to buy new jeans.  :)

I haven't tried this trick with tops yet, but I'm sure it's trickier since the risk of them riding up in the waist is higher.  Anyway, give it a try if you have big pants!  What have you got to lose?  You're probably not wearing them anyway.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! <3

Saturday, February 11, 2012

For Whom I’m Voting

I don’t like talking politics, but it’s no surprise that I’m Republican, right?  So my Dem friends aren’t going to hate me all of the sudden if I talk about it a little, are you?  The main reason I don’t like talking politics is because I’m not as informed as I’d like to be (busy, you know – three kids and all – no energy for the stress of it all). 

So here’s my deal.  I’m a little worried about this upcoming election.  I don’t think that any of the Republican candidates are just awesome.  So without talking about issues (because I hate debate I’m a chicken), I thought I’d give you my non-intellectual, half-informed OPINION/FEELING on each of them, which, if you think about it, is kind of like most Americans – God help us all (and if/when you comment on it, don’t be surprised if I don’t comment back because I hate debate I’m a chicken):

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Romney -  When I look at him I get that slimy politician feeling.  He seems like he’d say whatever it took to get elected, and I just can’t trust a guy like that. 

Gingrich – I thought I liked him because he’s so smart, but darn it to heck if he isn’t just so dang arrogant.  He’s a bit too smug, and that won’t win an election.

Santorum – Gosh, I wish I liked him.  I’m sure he’s fine, and he’s good on the issues and whatnot, but whoa, he’s a bit nerdy.  And that’s fine; you don’t have to be all cool to be president, but his nerdiness makes me question his confidence and ability to take charge.  He doesn’t elicit confidence from me in him. 

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Ron Paul – I’m coming out of the libertarian closet on this one.  I like him.  I do.  He’s the only one that I feel has a vision for a better America.  When he talks I can tell that he really believes in the Constitution and will make hard decisions to uphold it.  So I’m going to vote for him in the primary , even though it probably won’t matter.  I do want to send a message, however, that our generation is done with slimy politicians, and we just want back to the basics. 

I know that Ron Paul will not win the primaries, and I will still vote Republican in the election, but I sure hope things change in politics in the next generation.  Anyway, okay, I’m done talking about politics now.  If you want to read more about Ron Paul, I think my bil is his biggest fan over at Trunks and Asses (get it?).  And he actually has like real information, not feelings.  Smile with tongue out

Friday, February 10, 2012

My Full Time Job

Sorry that I've been a bit M.I.A. lately.  I've been being kind of introspective, and it's been really good.  God had kind of been showing me the "monster in the mirror", as they say, so it was a good thing because I really needed to change some things about my life to be a better me.

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I had a revelation the other day (thanks to the Heart in a Box episode of Grey's Anatomy).  I realized that I hadn't been treating my stay-at-home life as a job as much lately as I used to.  I started thinking back to when I was working in casting, and I worked my butt off.  I worked long hours, was always available, and was diligent. I could always be counted on, and I had unlimited energy and drive.  The only times I got depressed were when work wasn't coming in.

Now it seems that I get depressed when life gets too stressful.  But when I'm stressed, I realized that it was because the focus was on my needs, not on those of my family's.  So I told myself, 'If my stay-at-home life isn't half as good and productive as my working life, then I'm wasting my time and should just go back to work (because I wasn't doing anyone any good by being huffy all the time).'  I also had to redefine what a productive and successful home life looked like, and it involved a much more selfless approach (and a bit busier).  (This has nothing to do with staying home or working; it is simply an attitude that I'm talking about.  God could have told me to go back to work while maintaining a selfless approach to my family, but instead He told me to do it from home.)  So a simple focus change has pretty much revolutionized my family's life and rocked my world in a really good way.  Isn't it funny how when we're selfless, life is better?  That's just like Jesus, isn't it?

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Anyway, as for an update on my recovery, I'm doing great!  I'm still not 100% (didn't realize how long it takes to fully recover from a tummy tuck), but I'm able to start jogging again, which I'm very grateful for.  I do have to start small again, but that's okay.  :)

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