Goals for the Week of September 16, 2013

Do you have goals?  That sounds so much better than a to do list.  With the word goal, I feel like I win a prize when they are done.  Here is where I share my weekly challenges. Lots of success this week with my goals!  I love writing down stuff that I was going to do anyway.  On a super bad day, I might just put something like take a shower on my to do list.  It is quite the confidence booster to mark something off. Homeschool/Mothering Goals 1. Finish the quarter and send tests/grades to Seton.  (Woot!  One quarter down, three to go.) Personal Goals 2. Read two chapters of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor.  My women’s faith study group is discussing this.  We are two chapters in so far.  It is a quick and easy read and I am always a sucker for conversion stories. Blog Goals … Keep reading…

Goals for the Week of September 9, 2013

Do you have goals?  That sounds so much better than a to do list.  With the word goal, I feel like I win a prize when they are done.  Here is where I share my weekly challenges. My last list of goals was way to ambitious considering that I was a single mom for most of last week.  I think I should try to do less stuff.  On to the recap. Homeschool/Mothering Goals 1. Catch up on my record keeping before the end of the quarter.  (Still working on it, but some progress.) Holiday Goals (It is never too early!) 2. Finalize plans for food and gifts for the birthday party. 3. Order at least one Christmas gift. Personal Goals 4. Begin reading Protein Power.  (I did begin, but probably will not finish.  It needs to go back to the library and I have other books to read now. Blog … Keep reading…

Common Core: A Financial Perspective

While tooling around the Facebook this morning, I came across this blog post.  It is not a blog I typically read, but I found a few points in it very interesting. CONTROVERSIAL EDUCATION TOPIC AHEADPROCEED WITH CAUTIONPLAY NICE Now, I am going to be talking a lot about stuff I know very little about, but I suspect many of you are in the same boat.  I hear the term Common Core thrown around a lot.  The extent of my knowledge is that these are new standards, issued by the federal government, concerning what the Department of Education believes students should learn at each grade level.  It will, of course, include rigorous testing at all levels and I’m sure the school’s performance (i.e. funding) depends on the outcome of these tests.  This doesn’t seem new to me, just the fact that the standards are different than before. I also get the … Keep reading…

5 Tips for Getting Small Children Out of the House When Mommy Doesn’t Get Enough Sleep and Is Cranky

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So, this is a very specific set of tips, but I think it is needed by many.  In case you are new to my blog, let me catch you up to speed.  I have four boys ages 7, 4, 1, and 4 months.  At least three times a week, I haul all of them into the minivan and attempt to interact with the outside world.  Here are some life lessons I have learned that make this process less painful for everyone involved. 1.  One Thing, Once a Day Under no circumstances should you attempt to do this more than once a day.  And I know the temptation to string together a bunch of errands is strong since you are already in the car, but you must keep your outing short.  Anything more than two hours is asking for trouble.  When we go out, we go out for one reason only … Keep reading…

Goals for the Week of August 26, 2013

Do you have goals?  That sounds so much better than a to do list.  With the word goal, I feel like I win a prize when they are done.  Here is where I share my weekly challenges. I gave myself a week and a half to complete my goal list this time.  It helped a little, but I still don’t get much done other than the basics around here.  I renewed my call to get up before the babies, only to be awoken by three different children during the night.  I did manage to drag out of bed by 7, but both of the big boys were already up.  Ryan was watching Wild Kratts on the iPad and Alex had started his schoolwork.  I have until 8 to make breakfast before Ryan starts to have food withdrawal symptoms. Here is my recap of last week: Homeschool/Mothering Goals 1. Finish making … Keep reading…

Goals for the (rest of the) Week of August 12, 2013

Do you have goals?  That sounds so much better than a to do list.  With the word goal, I feel like I win a prize when they are done.  Here is where I share my weekly challenges.   Remember when I posted my weekly goals?  Yeah, me either.  But when I was dusting off the old blog today, I came across this series of posts and figured I might as well give it another go.  Maybe my day will run a bit smoother with an end in sight.  Now before you go thinking I’ve been slacking around here.  I’ve had goals.  I just didn’t write them down.  The list was something like this:  take a shower, eat, have a baby…you get the idea. Since it is already Wednesday, and my day is filled with the mundane tasks of keeping everyone alive, my goals are going to be very, very simple.  … Keep reading…

Poetry – An Ode to Hot Coffee

We are studying poems today, and I was inspired to write this little ditty.  While you are laughing at my expense, just know that every word of this is true.  I give you An Ode to Hot Coffee. It’s quiet time at my house,I’m not sure what that means.I’m brewing up a second pot,Each drop a tiny dream. While I wait, I’ll rest a bit,But only a minute or two.For here comes my oldest son,His homework now is through. Up I get from my lay down,I set him down to play.Then turn into the kitchen, I goFinding it in disarray. Dishes high and bottles deep, Frozen chicken in the sink.I’d better clean this up a bit,Then that coffee I will drink. I am almost there, the task complete,Now what is that I hear.A familiar sound: a door and feet,My three year old draws near. He wants to know if it … Keep reading…

Ideal Routines vs. Real Life

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Over at the Not Back to School Blog Hop, families are sharing their daily schedules and routines.  I love schedules and routines.  Nothing makes me happier than firing up a new spreadsheet and filling in color coded blocks.  On paper it all looks like paradise.  Then a four month old tyrant and his 3 year old counterpart set out to destroy my utopia.  So here is a look at my routine and how life really goes. {Edited to add: I currently have a 6 and 3 year old, a baby, and a pregnant.  All boys} … Keep reading…

My Top Picks for Girls’ Names (And A Few More Boys’)

Who doesn’t read the Pioneer Woman’s blog, am I right?  She recently posted her top ten favorite boys’ and girls’ names.  That got me thinking of all the girls’ names I like just waiting to be used.  Who know if that will happen.  If I ever do have a girl, I’m sure at least one of these names would be the winner, provided that hubby doesn’t protest too much. Sarah – Love it.  So simple, so sweet.  A little Sarah Jane has just got to be in my future.  My heart aches for her some days.  Then I remember that I have three small boys and all thoughts of another child run screaming from my mind. Erin – Hubby loves this name, and I have always enjoyed the sound of Irish names (hence, Ryan Patrick). Jordan – I would call her Jordy.  Emma – I’ll never ever use it due … Keep reading…