Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Oh, and the second song that plays? Sometimes I'll go to her blog just to turn up that song and dance with my baby boy.
I'm thankful for:
a patient, loving husband
food on our table
the promise of spring (it has to come sometime, right?)
a forgiving God
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
I also had time to peruse a great magazine that I just discovered.
I wanted to take some pictures of the girls doing cartwheels, but decided to wait until later in the afternoon to get that beautiful slanting sunlight, and then of course we got busy with dinner and stuff so...no cartwheel photos.
Sunday, we headed up north to my mom's house. She lives on a small lake surrounded by mountains. It is so lovely. The lake was still icy frozen, but getting slushy. The mountains were still sprinkled with snow. As the day wore on, the lake went from dull, mushy grey to sparkling blue. I wish I had taken some photos, but I was too lazy, the sun was too warm, and the breeze was too delicious to go in search of my camera.
All in all, a wonderful weekend!
Update: I highlighted the things I have done so far (3:45). And those in progress.
-Catch up on laundry: baby's, towels, and folding
-Dishes: current stack, and later accumulation
-Clean kitchen: sink, counters, floor
-Pick up clutter around house
-Blog about my weekend
-Make sure I eat enough.
(I am nursing my son as well as growing a baby, so this is definately a daily chore for me. I know, poor Jen, but I'm not a big eater, unless we're talking junk food, and it's hard to take time out of my day to plan, prepare and eat healthily.)
It doesn't look like a lot, but it is when you consider that I also have to feed everyone, my 5 year-old has a fever, I have a nine-month old baby boy, and I'm tired and hormonal at almost 8 weeks pregnant. But, hey, all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us!!
I'll let you know how it goes.
Monday, April 7, 2008
On the bright side: I'm not morning sick, thank the Lord. I've been blessed in this way, and I'm very thankful. I know many moms who get so sick. I'd rather have tiredness and crankiness any day, at least I can try to rest and change my attitude.
OK, now for that little nap...
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
1. Grow our own organic produce
2. Fix up both bathrooms: paint, flooring, decor
3. Start making healthy breakfasts for the family
4. Get photos printed and in albums or photo books
5. Paint kitchen cupboards and replace knobs
6. Learn to embroider
7. Learn to knit
8. Send birthday cards to family members
9. Get into daily chore routine
10. Start a gratitude journal
11. Read Stepping Heavenward
12. Pretty-up broom closet: paint, organize with nice storage containers
13. Baby proof house
14. Make freezer jam with organic strawberries (homegrown or u-pick)
15. Preserve fruits and veggies this summer and fall
16. Make homemade ice cream
17. Make more meals from scratch
18. Go on an inexpensive family vacation
19. Go camping
20. Make a photo book for baby's first year
21. Learn to be more frugal
22. Plant a sunflower house for girls
23. Read/research about sensory processing disorders (to help my 5-year-old)
24. Create a serene, peaceful home
25. Get rid of STUFF, keep only the useful and beautiful, preferable things that are both
26. Cut out the junk food in my diet
27. Fit in time to be creative everyday
28. Cherish my children everyday
29. Love my husband everyday
30. Choose joy everyday
31. Train up my children in the way of the Lord
32. Play with my girls more
33. Practice my cartwheels!
34. Teach 5-year-old to swim
35. Teach 9-year-old to dive
36. Invite my dad and step-mom over for dinner more often
37. Invite friends over for dinner
38. Have many backyard BBQ's
39. Make homemade lemonade
40. Get up before kids in the morning for quiet time
41. Write a children's story
42. Illustrate a children's story
43. Go to Maryjane's Farm
44. Grow great swaths of lavendar
45. Make lavendar sachets
46. Do more craft projects with girls
47. Kiss my husband everyday
48. Enjoy taking care of my family
49. Shop at second-hand stores for vintage treasures: linens, dishes, books...
50. Teach girls how to cook
51. Teach girls how to do dishes
52. Have another baby (6 weeks along!)
53. Bake lots of fruit pies this summer...can't wait for strawberry rhubarb
54. Experiment with creating my own recipies
55. Help girls to plant their own gardens
56. Eat more fruits and veggies everyday
57. Bake my own bread
58. Wardrobe overhaul: get rid of out of date, frumpy, too big, too small...
59. Get some cute flats
60. Get some cute flip-flops
61. Get a hair cut I like
62. Find a way to add to our income from home
63. Take girls out for a Girl's Day once a month
64. Get together with my mom and sisters without kids more often
65. Have tea parties with my girls
66. Give girls more hugs
67. Schedule in mom-refreshing days once or twice a month
68. Go on dates with my husband twice a month
69. Go away for a weekend with my husband to the bed and breakfast where we got married
70. Start having Family Days: spend the day together doing something fun
71. Bake a cake from scratch
72. Eat more organic foods
73. Cut down on my sugar intake
74. Eat extra-healthily during this pregnancy
75. Stay fit during this pregnacy
76. Get all Christmas shopping done before baby is born
77. Find a larger car/van
78. Find a good Christian school for girls for next year
79. Make and freeze a variety of meals before baby is born
80. Wean my son (after 12 months)
81. Get my son to sleep through the night
82. Paint wicker chair
83. Create a nice relaxing patio: potted herbs, flowers, cushions for chairs, lighting
85. Go to farmer's market once a week this summer
86. Go huckleberry picking
87. Learn how to use more features on my camera
88. Make pasta from scratch with my new pasta machine
89. Find some new, fun, easy lunch ideas
90. Paint living/dining room
91. Frame and hang my children's black and white portraits
92. Learn to sew
93. Hang curtains in son's and daughters' rooms
94. Make and hang curtains in kitchen
95. Take more walks with my kids
96. Do nice things for my husband, just because
97. Keep a garden journal
98. Focus on positive in life, not negative
99. Be a role model for my children
100. Watch my words...confess truth, life, hope
101. BE the daughter of the King I'm meant to be
*OK, some of these turned out to be life-long ideals and goals, but I want to remember to work on them all the time. What did someone say about actions leading to habits and habits leading to character? Or something to that effect? I'll have to look that up.
In the meantime, my list awaits...
Oh, when will 1001 days be up? I really don't want to do the math, my brain doesn't work so well when I'm pregnant. Can anybody help? Let's go from March 15, that's about when I started writing the list.