Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Tuesday Blog Hop

A blog hop is a "virtual party" where you go from blog to blog finding blogs you like, blogs that are helpful, blogs that are fun, and so much more.  Of course there has to be a blog that is willing to be the host of the blog hop and I have found a fun Tuesday Blog Hop over at Mom's Best Nest. Mikki has been kind enough to start a fun Flock Together Blog Hop on Tuesdays and I always find the best blogs by checking out the blog hop, of course Mom's Best Nest is one of my favorite blogs too that I check regularly.  So today I encourage you to check out the Flock Together Blog Hop and show some love (by leaving comments) on the awesome blogs listed on the blog hop.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Disobedience

Discipline and punishment are just two things we never really want to deal with as parents, but we have to.  If we don't discipline or punish our kids, they would never learn.  I'm not talking about harsh discipline or corporal punishment, I am talking about correcting their mistakes and setting consequences for their actions.  I guess my heart is heavy because I made my Buddy Bear cry tonight and not just a few little tears, big crocodile tears that tore my heart apart, but it is my job as his parent to follow through on the boundaries I had set.  I told Buddy not to do something and he made a conscience decision to do it anyway and I had to be the bad guy.  I had to be the one to sit down and have the talk about choosing to directly disobey, the consequences that follow, and we don't always have to follow others even if they are older than us, we can choose to be the leader.  Then Daddy and I had to decide a punishment that was fitting.  Once Buddy was told his punishment, he fell apart.  The reaction was partly because of the punishment (he has to sit out for an activity for a little bit), but mostly because he knew what he did was wrong.  He was sorry and he told me so.  He thought that would be enough and while an apology was good, I knew I had to follow through on what I had told him.  I told him long before he ever disobeyed, that if he didn't do as I had asked he would be punished.  I had to follow through, I had to do what I said I would.  Way too many times, I have not followed through and this is not setting a good example for him.  I have to step up and follow through otherwise he will learn that Mommy doesn't do what she says and I would rather be mean a few times and get through to his heart than just let it slide and eventually have a child that doesn't listen to anyone, ever.

The more I have thought about tonight, the more I can relate it to my walk with God.  I know what He says and the guidelines He sets for me.  I have to then make a choice - am I going to obey or am I going to knowingly disobey?  I know that if I obey I will have nothing to be sorry for or confess.  I also know that if I choose to disobey the guidelines God sets for me, I will have to deal with guilt, sins, and the consequences that follow.  I know all of this yet sometimes I still choose to disobey God and when I do I have to repent and God is gracious.  He extends His mercy and gives forgiveness.  He gives me another chance to learn from my disobedience and make a different choice in the future and that is exactly what I try to do.  I am glad that God provides grace, mercy, and forgiveness otherwise there would be no hope, but I know that God is helping me grow and following through on His job as my Lord.  He wants me to make the right decision the next time and continue to follow His path.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Warning About Your Cabinets

WARNING:  If you receive a suggestion that you should rearrange your kitchen cabinets it would be a really good idea to move on that suggestion quicker than I did.  IF you don't get to it as quickly as you should, you could get a headache (borderline migraine), lay down to take a nap and wake up to this....

Which once the cabinets are emptied out, you could find that tenants have taken over and moved in which you will have to evict so you can put things back away...


In reality, it will be a blessing that someone has helped you and your cabinets are reorganized and moved around in your kitchen so that everything is more accessible.  So maybe the real warning is you should contact my hubby and son and then lay down for a nap so they reorganize your kitchen for you.  :)  Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Favorite Comfort Food

We all have meals that are our families' favorites.  One of our favorite meals stems back to my childhood, which according to my son was in the day of dinosaurs and before color was invented (someday I will post about the great questions I have been asked by Buddy Bear - gotta love that kid).  Anyway, I remember my aunt making this meal for us one time when we were spending the night at my Grandma's house and from then on my mom made it.  After I got married this meal became one of our favorites and then kids came along and they love it too.  It is warm, delicious, and reminds me of my childhood, therefore it qualifies as comfort food in our house.  We simply call it Green Beans, Potatoes, and Kielbasa.  In our house we always have the broth in it so I guess it might qualify as a soup, but we eat it with a fork so you get all the food out and then you can slurp the delicious broth straight from the bowl.  Weird?  Not around here.  We eat it year round and it is best with green beans fresh from our garden in the summer, but frozen green beans are a nice substitute too (frozen garden green beans are awesome too).  Here it goes...

Green Beans, Potatoes, and Kielbasa
10 small-medium potatoes, washed and diced (peeled or unpeeled you choose, it doesn't matter)
2 packages of kielbasa cut up
2 bags of frozen green beans (if you are using fresh it would probably be 1-2 lbs., I've never measured it out)
Lemon Pepper (optional)

Combine the potatoes and kielbasa and cover with water.  

Bring to a boil and boil it for about 10 minutes.  Add green beans and continue to boil until potatoes are completely done and the green beans are cooked to your likeness.  

Once it is done, we dip it into bowls and sprinkle with lemon pepper.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Days Off

Last night at church we were talking with friends and they mentioned that their kids have today off from school (they attend public school) for President's Day.  They asked if we were taking the day off and I said no.  I am sure Buddy Bear would welcome a day off, but we have a goal of finishing school on May 11.  That means if we want to finish by then, there are no days off between now and then.  Since we home school, we can plan our calendar as we want to fit our schedule as long as we are following the state guidelines for the number of days we are in school (that is our only state requirement here, the number of days in school - kind of scary, but that is a whole other topic).  We always start our school year in August and end it in May.  I like to have time in May to go and do activities with my kids before all of the public school kids get out so we can enjoy them before they get crazy busy.  Also we always try to plan to finish right before Mother's Day because that is usually the time of year we plant our garden.  Once we plant the garden, there is always a lot of work to be done outside and it is just easier if we are finished with school at that point.  We still learn plenty through the summer, we just don't officially call it "school."  Anyway, I started thinking about how we really don't take days off in the spring and then I started questioning myself about if we should...oh the seeds of doubt that can slip in regarding home school.  The more I thought the more I decided our schedule is okay.  We don't take days off in the spring, but we do have lighter load days sometimes and we take field trips that break up the monotony of school work.  We do projects that are fun and full of learning at the same time (growing our garden plants from seed is a great science project).  If it is really warm and spring fever is getting the best of us, we take our school work outside and work in the sunshine.  I realized that our schedule works for us.  We never really have taken a lot of breaks in our school year, but it works for us.  We really don't have breaks in the fall either.  We do take off Thanksgiving and we have two weeks off at Christmas, but that is about all the time we take off.  I realized that the public school calendar is filled with a lot of breaks in our area that could probably be skipped and they would finish earlier too.  So I am sticking to our schedule and we are working hard to finish on our goal date and we will enjoy our longer summer break.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Won't You Be My Linky Follower?

So apparently word on the blog street is that Google is doing away with Google Friend Connect and doing some flipping and flopping and in the future if you want to follow my blog you and I would have to sign up to Google +.  At this point, I am not interested in signing up for any type of social networks like Google + or Facebook.  I don't have the time to manage them or the time to spend looking around on them.  I had a FB account and I deleted it because I was on there way too much.  I hope that one day my blog will be big enough for me to need to create a Google + page and a FB page because I want to grow my blog and do reviews and giveaways, but truth be told right now I am just a speck of a blip on the blogging map.  I am okay with that.  It takes a lot of time and good content to grow your blog and I am working on that.  In the meantime, I have signed up to Linky Followers.  It is the answer for me to be able to have followers and you can sign up for a free account at Linky Followers.  Then I can see your pretty face, the blog you own (if you own one), and I can follow you back.  So if you currently follow me by Google Friend Connect, please consider switching to Linky Followers and continuing to follow me, and if you don't follow me yet, but would like to please follow me by Linky Followers.  Thanks to all my fellow bloggers for the alert that GFC is disappearing and a new way to be followed.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New Schedule

Sometimes every day feels like Groundhogs Day to me.  It feels like I do the same things over and over and never get any farther on my to-do list.  I feel like I try and keep my days consistent, but I sometimes let little interruptions turn into big interruptions and while Buddy Bear continues working on school, I get totally sidetracked from my to-do list.  What I originally intended to get done, gets blown out the window and before I know it my day is gone and I am left feeling like I accomplished nothing.  I have been talking about this with my loving hubby, J, for quiet sometime now.  We were on a great schedule before we went on vacation last fall, but since then I have really, really struggled to get back on a schedule.  I guess my real problem is that I have never really been good at scheduling, sticking to a strict schedule, or even though I like to proclaim my flexibility, in reality it throws me off track.  I also struggle to be SuperGirl....you know the I can do it all, all by myself syndrome.  God is teaching me that I am not SuperGirl, but I still find myself trying to be and then being frustrated because I can't be, but being grateful because I don't have to be SuperGirl.  So anyway, I have been complaining to J about how I just feel so disorganized and surrounded by chaos and that I just never get anything done or at least I feel like I never get anything done.  He very loving said you really need to get back on a schedule.  If you are on a schedule it will be easier to keep the kids on a schedule and you will not feel like you are scrambling every day.  Have I ever mentioned that my hubby tends to see the really big picture while I just get way too focused on a couple of little things?  Yep, that is me - I am a work in progress and God Bless my hubby for loving me anyway and putting up with me.  :)  Anyway, J was kind enough last night to say what do you do in a typical day and while I totally threw myself under the bus, proclaimed my lack of direction and my laziness, he looked at me and said stop beating yourself up and tell me what you do.  So I started listing stuff and he started writing and before I knew it, he had sat there and came up with a detailed schedule that I can easily follow.  At first I was feeling pretty grouchy about him coming up with a schedule for me, but as I thought about what he was doing I knew he was doing it out of love and so that I wouldn't be frustrated at my lack of productivity each day.  I knew he was doing it to help me get back on track and that he could see the bigger picture while I could only see a pixel of the picture.  Then my feelings turned to gratefulness because I know that J is looking out for my best and helping me because he loves me.  So today as I try out my new schedule I am filled with excitement, love, and I am looking forward to a feeling of accomplishment tonight rather than defeat.  I am looking forward to getting my house, my life, and my time back in order.  Here is to a new day with a new schedule!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine Banner Tutorial

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  It is a day to spread extra love and be all mushy, gushy and you can get away with it.  Lately we have been working on a top secret project so that we can spread the love to our family who is close by and farther away.  I won't tell about all the projects we have done because some family that might get a package in the near future (like it is being mailed out today, but you are still very loved) does read my blog because they love me.  :)  I wanted to do a project that both of the kiddos could help with and it would incorporate some school subjects and they wouldn't recognize the fact that they were learning (I try to be all sneaky like that).  I came up with a Valentine Banner that recycles by using brown grocery sacks.  I have kind of been into making crafts out of recycling lately.
First we gathered our supplies - brown grocery sacks, Cricut, scrap patterned paper, glue, letter stickers, and yarn.  I cut down the grocery sacks to 12x12 pieces so that they would fit on my Cricut mat.  Then we chose the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge to cut out hearts.  I set the size at 3" and got about 9 hearts per piece of grocery bag.  The kids loved helping use the Cricut - Baby Bear looked for what we cut (shape identification) and Buddy Bear helped me figure out how many times the shape would fit on each mat and he helped me group them after they were cut (grouping and math).  Then the kiddos went through my scraps of patterned paper and picked the ones they liked best.  We loaded them on to the Cricut mat and cut them at size 2 3/4".  You need 7 paper bag hearts and 7 patterned hearts for each banner.

So once all of the hearts were cut, my Bears worked together to decide which patterned heart to group together.  Then we laid out the paper bag hearts -  you group 2 close together and then leave a space and group the remaining 5 together (grouping/math).  We cut a piece of yarn and laid it on top of the paper bags.  Next, Buddy Bear glued the patterned paper hearts on top of the yarn and paper bag hearts and Baby Bear was the smasher  and she made sure they smashed together like a sandwich (art and fine motor skills).

Once the banner dried, it was time to put on the letters.  Buddy Bear held the sheet of letter stickers and had Baby Bear point out the right letters and then they worked together to put the stickers on the banner (letter identification).  When they were finished putting on the letters, the banner said "U R Loved."  The last thing I did to the banner was tie a slip knot in each end of the yarn so that it could be hung if the recipients so choose.  This was a fun, easy project that both kids could easily help with and learn at the same time. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Cupcakes That Should Be Illegal

A few weeks ago I was talking on the phone to my mom and she told me she had come across a blog that I had to check out.  So I looked up Life as a Lofthouse and was excited to find a food blog with many delicious recipes on it.  I automatically signed up to follow it (you all know I have already admitted being a recipe junkie and a foodie) and started looking around to see what the author, Holly, had to offer.  I found a recipe on her blog that I had heard about but thought it really only existed in my dreams...Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.   REALLY!!!  Who doesn't love cookie dough?  Aren't we all guilty of eating cookie dough?  I saw the picture and I knew that I would have to make those sometime soon....real, soon.  Little did I know that all my thoughts would drift back to that recipe and I would find myself thinking about it over and over until I had one.  So earlier this week my hubby left for a business trip and I was feeling pretty bad for him because he actually had to drive to his destination last weekend during the Super Bowl.  He missed watching most of the game.  I decided that when he got home, he should have a nice meal and a fantastic dessert waiting for him.  I went the the Life as a Lofthouse blog and found the post about the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes that had been haunting my brain.  I made up my cookie dough which I actually made 48 cookie dough balls out of so there are 24 cookie balls just ready and waiting in my freezer for the perfect moment to come out jump inside more cupcakes.  :)  I baked my cupcakes,  went to gym time at our church for the homeschoolers, helped out with the tutoring program our church does, thought about the waiting cupcakes the entire time I was gone, and then finally was able to come home and make the frosting for the cupcakes.  I couldn't wait to try the cupcakes.  I was so excited to try them, I almost broke down and served dessert before dinner, but I can't set a bad example for the kids so we just ate dinner really fast.  After dinner it was cupcake time!!!!  I bit into my cupcake and was in love.  The frosting was creamy and smooth and not too sweet.  The cupcake was good with just the perfect flavor and the promise of a cookie center.  I was savoring my cupcake so that I would eat just one, because after I tasted the first bite of it I knew I could easily put down a couple of these cupcakes (I have mentioned that I have a sweet tooth before and I love desserts, right?), I finally got to the cookie dough center...DE-LIC-IOUS!!!!  Perfect cookie dough surrounded by cake and with a sweet, creamy frosting...oh, was I so glad that Holly had put in her post the warning that she had had to get them out of her house because I knew ahead of time that the extras would be leaving so I was able to savor my cupcake.  It was AWESOME and I am absolutely positive that these cupcakes were so delicious that they should probably be illegal.  I thought that making them and trying them would get them out of my brain, but now I just find myself finding ways to talk about them and tell people about them.  So don't say I didn't warn you, don't say I didn't tell you they should be illegal, don't say I didn't tell you they are DE-LIC-IOUS, and don't blame me when you just have to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes over at Holly's blog, Life as a Lofthouse.  Now, I can't wait to try all the other recipes she has over there.
My Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes just waiting to be ate.

Friday, February 10, 2012

I miss a Mouse

 Today Baby Bear came and wanted this bandanna put on her...

It reminded me of this...

Which reminded me of this...

Which reminded me of this....

Which reminded me of this....

Then I stopped day dreaming and saw this....

It is snowing again here today, but I can't complain too much because we haven't really had that much snow so far this winter.  I am just saying, I miss a mouse and I rather be on a Dream.  :)













Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Flavored Water

I have a hard time getting in the water I need each day.  I know that I should be drinking more, but honestly, sometimes I just get bored with water.  I go through spurts where I get enough water in because I work hard to be conscious about the amount I drink.  Then there are other times I will drink more coffee, tea, or soda just to avoid drinking water.  All the coffee, tea, and soda is horrible for me and not doing my body any good.  So I have a cheap, tasty little trick I use to get in more water.  I flavor my water with fruit.  This week I had lemons, limes, and oranges on hand.  So I thinly sliced 1 lemon, 1 lime, and 1 orange and put them in a large pitcher.
Sliced lime, lemon, and orange looks so pretty in a pitcher.
I added some ice, water, and stirred.  The longer the water sits the more flavored it becomes.  Once my water is flavored, it is easy for me to drink a pitcher or two of water a day without even thinking about it.  I paid $0.57 for the lemon, lime, and orange and then I fill my pitcher with water twice using the same slices.  I think $0.57 for 2 gallons of flavored water is a really good price.  Do you have any tricks for getting in more water?

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Revolution

Have you been watching that new show The Revolution on ABC?  Every week they tell the story of someone who wants to lose weight and get their life back.  Each week is 5 months of one person's life.  I am so amazed that people can drop the amounts of weight they do in just 5 months.  I am a complete sucker for weight loss shows and transformation shows.  I am inspired by the people on them and I love to watching them change their lives.  The Revolution also talks about many other things in each episode as well and I am completely hooked on watching it.

As I have previously posted, I am trying to lose weight this year.  Baby Bear is 3 and I don't think I can legally claim baby weight anymore.  I don't feel healthy, I don't feel good about my weight, and I know that I can change and I can lose the weight I just have to get serious and get started.  Each Monday on The Revolution, as they introduce their person for the week, they have the person make a "Me List."  The "Me List" is a list of 3 things that the person wants to accomplish, get back to, or try depending on each person.  So ever since I have been watching the show, I have been trying to come up with my "Me List."  I want my list to be something that inspires me, encourages me, motivates me, and helps me change.  I want my list to include things that I can make permanent so every time I do the things on my list they will remind that I did change, I did make a revolution, and I finished what I started.  So here is my list of just 3 things that I want to change during my revolution of losing 40 pounds*.

Me List
1.  Make intentional decisions about food - no more mindless munching.
2.  Embrace my inner girly girl - I grew up a little bit of a "tom boy," but I would really like to ditch that image and just enjoy being a woman.  I love doing my nails, getting my hair done, dressing up, shoe shopping, and purses.  I just really want to embrace that and feel free to wear more skirts, take more time getting ready, and just pampering myself a little more.
3.  Become a runner - This one will be a slow gradual thing.  My entire life I have let my asthma hold me back and stop me from pushing myself.  I don't want to use it as an excuse anymore.  I am not saying I will be out running marathons in a month, I intend to build up to running regularly for exercise and maybe even attempting a 5k or two...EVENTUALLY.  This one will be a process and a long term goal for me.

*I am choosing to lose 40 pounds on my own, it was my decision and no one else.  When I lose the 40 pounds I will be at a healthy weight for my height, have a healthy B.M.I., and have less issues with my asthma.  In the process of losing weight I intend to make healthier decisions regarding food, help my immediate family make better decisions about food, and help my family have fun doing activities that encourage fitness.  I know that weight loss is a hot topic for many people and every one has an opinion on it.  I would appreciate any encouragement you would like post, but I would prefer that negative comments not be posted.  This post is not intended to create any disputes, arguments, or judgments, it is just a post about my intentions for my personal weight loss.   

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Coffee

My day starts the same way every morning.  I get up out of bed, stumble my way to the bathroom, brush my teeth, stumble my way to the kitchen, and start the coffee brewing.  Just knowing my coffee is brewing, I can continue my morning routine.  Knowing the coffee will be ready in just a minute helps me get showered and dressed just a little faster, it puts a little pep in my step before I ever get my first sip.  The funny thing about coffee is that years ago when I first got married I didn't even like coffee.  It smelled good to me, but tasted terrible.  I guess my hubby slowly wore me down and increased my curiosity.  I eventually worked up my nerve to try it and I admit when I first started drinking coffee it was more flavored creamer than it ever was coffee because I just didn't like the flavor of coffee.  Fast forward a child and many sleepless nights later and I needed my coffee in the morning to clear the grogginess from my eyes and to keep up with a very energetic little boy.  My morning coffee became less creamer and more coffee, I was serious about my caffeine buzz now.  Fast forward to the present and my day isn't complete without WAY too many cups of coffee, but I guess that just cements my place in my hubby's coffee addicted family (read family that says hi as you walk in the door while they are starting the coffee pot knowing that the pot will be quickly emptied and only the first of many).  I was reminded how coffee addicted they are as our family went to lunch today with my brother-in-laws family and my brother-in-law ordered coffee to drink with his Mexican food.  As we questioned his decision, he said, "What?  Coffee is good in the afternoon."  While I agree with him, I am not sure about coffee with my Mexican food.  I am right there with him though.  I usually find myself having some sort of coffee in the afternoon for a quick little pick me up.  It is usually an iced coffee or a homemade mocha, but it makes me smile and helps put a pep in my step to play with the kids, get dinner started, and finish up the last of my chores for the day.  I know I consume too much coffee, but it just tastes good.  I still put flavored creamer in my coffee, but these days it is less creamer and more caffeine coffee.  What can I say?  I love coffee (don't get me started on my love of mocha and lattes, that is a whole other post)!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Magazine Holder Tutorial (in which I prove I do not always think ahead)

The other day I was cleaning off my counter tops and as I was calling Buddy Bear to take out the recycling, I started looking at the cereal box that was waiting to go to the cardboard bin.  There was something about that box that was just lurking in my brain.  So I sent Buddy out with all the other recycling and told him to just leave the box, I had to do some more thinking about that one.  Then the idea hit me.  It is a project I have seen in scrap booking magazines and family magazines.  I decided to recycle my cereal box and make it into a magazine holder.  Right now my magazines (the ones I keep because I go back to them over and over) sit in our bookcase and they fall all over because little hands like to pull them out and look at the pictures and then put them back at random.
Before Picture
The project is very simple and easy.  I will tell you that you can follow my steps, but I have to insert a disclaimer here and feel free to laugh at me.  I was so excited about the project that I didn't measure my cereal box to make sure my magazines would fit in it.  So I finish my project and try to put my magazines in and they didn't fit.  My lovely hubby says I thought you measured it and your magazines fit so I thought your idea was really cool, you didn't measure it?  This is where I have to share that my hubby has a habit he probably doesn't know he has and he tells me after I do stuff that he knew ahead of time that whatever the problem turns out to be he knew that was going to be a problem and figured I already knew it so he doesn't say anything.  I love him for having faith in me that I thought ahead, but I think he forgets I get excited and sometimes just think in the moment and not end result.  Anyway after I took the picture of the finished project, I altered my project to make it work and it still accomplishes what I want it to accomplish.  Back to the previously scheduled tutorial...

You need a LARGE cereal box (see the previous paragraph), 2 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper that you like, marker, ruler, adhesive, scissors, and an optional scrap of coordinating paper to label your box.
Supplies
1.  Cut off all of the top flaps of the cereal box.  Then with the marker and the ruler, draw a 45 degree angle from the back, top corner of the box down to the side on the front panel of the box.  Cut along the marker line to the side of the box and cut across the side panel and then up the side panel to remove it.  After you cut the front panel of the box, flip the box over and use your marker and ruler to draw the 45 degree angle on the back panel of the box and cut it to match the front side.
Cut cereal box
2.  Once the box is all cut you will use the adhesive to glue one sheet of the 12 x 12 paper to the back side of the box.  Make sure you line up one side of the paper with the edge of the box, you will trim off the extra paper on the other side.
12 x 12 paper lined up with the box and ready to cut off excess

3.  Trim off the excess paper.  (Another option is to trim off just some of the extra and fold part of the paper into the box and glue it down on the inside which is what I chose to do.)
Optional: Folding over the excess paper and gluing it inside.
4.  Line up the paper on the other uncovered side of the box and use adhesive to glue it to the box and then trim off the excess.  Using the extra cut off paper, cover each side edge of the box and adhere the paper.  (If you chose to cover the inside of the box too, you can use one of the scraps for the inside back edge too.  I did not cover the entire inside of the box because I knew it would never be completely seen once I had the magazines in it.)
Finished  Magazine Box
5.  Once your box is completely covered you can use the coordinating paper to make a label for what magazines you are putting in, if you want to and adhere it to the small side of the box which is now the front side.  Insert the magazines and you are done!
This project was perfect for helpers.  Let them do age appropriate parts.
Now I had one extra step because like I stated early in this post, I was so excited about the project I forgot to make sure my magazines would fit in the finished box.  So I cut the small side of the box out and put in my magazines.  My box doesn't have a small front to hold the magazines in completely, but it does hold all my issues of one of my favorite magazines so that I know they are all together and not getting bent up which was my original intention.  I do plan to make more of these (yes, using the right size boxes) so in the future when little hands want to look through my magazines, I can tell them which color box they can choose from and they will know where to put them back.  Magazine mission accomplished - have fun and don't forget to measure :)
A much more organized book shelf, now to make more for my other magazines.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

25 Random Things

This week has been completely random for us so far.  So I decided to make a post about 25 random things running through my head today.  Warning:  This list has no order, no specific topics, and probably no meaning to most people, but sometimes I am just random.  Here is my random list...

  1. I've been working on taxes.  They are never fun to complete, but completely necessary and I will be relieved when they are done.
  2. I own a lot of spices.  I moved and rearranged my spice cabinet yesterday and realized I have a lot of spices, but I really do use them all.  I love flavoring my food and playing with different spice combinations.
  3. The kids and I are working on some top secret projects right now.  I'd tell you more but then they wouldn't be top secret.
  4. I am hoping to make some tutorials out of our top secret projects.
  5. Our February calendar is filling up fast.
  6. Go GIANTS!!!!  This house is totally rooting for the Giants this Sunday in the Super Bowl.
  7. February is the month I will get back on track with the FlyLady system.  The system works for me and makes everything easier when I am on track and organized.
  8. One of my goals for 2012 is to learn a new Bible verse each week.  So far I have the first 3 of them down solid and am still working on the past 3 weeks, but it is okay.
  9. I wish that I would quit putting things right where I will remember them because so far using this method, I have lost a lot of things.  The current missing item - my I Pod charging cord.
  10. I have been taking a picture at least once a day of something from our day to make a Project 365.
  11. Our family is working on learning to speak Spanish.
  12. My husband went on a mission trip to Ecuador in January and he is still processing it and learning from it.
  13. I should plan out my menus for farther than a week, but I really struggle to menu plan for just a week which is ironic for a woman who loves to cook.  Go figure.  I am working on this as a goal too.
  14. I need to get exercising more and regularly.  It would help in my goal of losing 40 lbs.
  15. I still love watching the Biggest Loser even after all of the seasons of it, I still love this show and love the inspiring stories of it.
  16. I would really rather be scrap booking right now than getting ready to do housework.
  17. My dining room table is cover in stuff, but I can't tell you what kind of stuff or that would ruin random thing #3 of this list.
  18. I learned this weekend how easy it is to make a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker and now there are a bunch of movies I would like make from our bazillion pictures we have.
  19. We are having leftovers for dinner tonight which should make getting out the door to church on time much easier.  
  20. I am looking forward to a weekend of hanging out with friends.
  21. My son chose church activities over other important activities this month and it makes me happy to see that he is choosing God first.
  22. I feel surrounded by clutter at the moment.  I know it is temporary because we have a lot of things we are working on, but the clutter makes me a little crazy.
  23. I am dreading mopping the floor.  I dread it because almost every time I mop the floor, someone in this family walks into the house with muddy shoes and walks on my clean floor.  Plus it has rained here this week which melted the snow which turned it to mud which almost guarantees muddy buddies on my floor.
  24. Baby Bear puts her shoes on the wrong feet almost every time she puts them on even though we have repeatedly showed her which feet they go on.  She says they are comfortable on the wrong feet.  We tell her to switch them and she does switch her shoes to the right feet.  Later she will go and switch them back to the wrong feet.  Maybe I am missing out by wearing my shoes on the right feet?
  25. I need to go and start a load of laundry...totally random I know, but that is what I am going to do right now.