Saturday, March 08, 2014
I have been talking about my dining room re-decorating every now and again and thought I'd give an update. This is the wall hanging I made one day this week. I couldn't find anything pre-made I particularly liked for the one area I wanted to hang something, so I decided to try my hand at making something the family could agree on. This is the result. It is difficult to tell from the photo of it propped up in a chair, but it is full of black and diamond-esque rhinestones. The light catches it wonderfully, which is great since it will be hanging just to the side of our dining room's wall of windows.
At first I didn't love it, but it has really grown on me and I am looking forward to seeing it on the wall when I complete the chairs and rest of the room. My husband and the children say they love it, so that's good. Or, they are really sweet. ;)
Saturday, March 08, 2014
The new jeans I bought in January? I can now pull them down (and off) without unbuttoning or unzipping them - even on the first wear out of the dryer. That is INSANE. I feel like I've entered Crazytown, but in a good way!
I've had one order placed for a cake in two weeks and a cashier at the store tonight asked for my contact info to potentially place an order soon. It looks like this cake business may be a real thing. I'm even going to have business cards at the end of the weekend!
In other news, we are going to pick up the first donated artificial Christmas tree tomorrow. After paying close attention to what items were being most requested this past holiday season, we vowed to start acquiring them as soon as possible this year so when December rolls around we will already be ahead of the game. Families in need wanting Christmas trees were plentiful, so we are going to store donated trees in our garage all year and just give them away until they are gone starting the first week of December! I already have enough Christmas craft packs for at least 15 families and am still accumulating as I find them, I am buying up $10 Walmart gift cards each week and setting those back, and of course there will be cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. Our goal is to supply 50 families with trees, a few gifts/groceries, a gift card, a craft pack, and baked goods. I think if we stay vigilant that shouldn't be a problem at all.
My husband has another three day weekend, so we are having a very full family day tomorrow, a slightly more low key family day on Sunday, and then a Mama and Papa day on Monday. More than anything, we are just glad no alarms are going off for three days. :)
Have a good weekend, all!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I am participating in the JM 30/30 to help get myself back into the habit of daily Bible readings. I used to read it every day, up until a few months ago - then I'd miss a day and a day would turn into three. I'm not sure I ever missed a full week, but I was still disappointed in my slippage. We still have family prayer time each evening at 8pm, we still say grace before meals, and we all still discuss our faith and beliefs (and doubts - we encourage the children to be very open with their questions and feelings on religion) regularly - but I noticed that my actual time dedicated to Bible reading was slipping. The email from Joyce Meyer came at just the right time and I took that as a sign that I needed to correct my behaviour and get back on track all the way around. If I can try to strengthen my abs for 30 days, do a "Shred" for 30 days, or try to tone my arms in 30 days, I can certainly read my Bible for 30 days - and beyond.
I am really glad I dedicated myself to this. Now, if you're not religious (or just not Christian specific), I realize this isn't going to appeal to you, and that's fine, but for those who are, the Scripture, lessons, and companion lectures that Joyce chooses are just wonderful. I have also found that they have been very relevant and timely for me. I guess what I'm getting at is that I put the right things in my body these days to keep it healthy, strong, and able to keep me going, and I put the right things in my mind to keep it healthy, strong, and able to keep me going - so I am glad that I got just the kickstart I needed to remember how important it is to me to put the right things into my soul to keep it healthy, strong, and able to keep me going. :)
I'm also able to do my Bible study back to back with my morning workout, so I like that a lot!
Monday, March 03, 2014
It has peeked through the clouds a few times, although the rain has remained steady. Even so, it was a welcome sight! There have also been small sprouts of my flowers once the snow melted. Right on schedule, as happens every March, the winter is slowly giving way to Spring. I cannot wait.
I got in a mile walk today (indoors, but still!) and ran a few errands since my husband had a leave day. He has a few of those this month because we always schedule his leave in such a way that there is a bit of excess just in case anything unforeseen comes up. Generally, this gives him a surplus in March that has to be used up before April 1, so we get to enjoy a few three and/or four day weekends.
I have to get all of my things sorted and packed up for class tomorrow. The class time this past month, and in the coming months, has helped me realize that I really need to set aside very specific times for my projects. Not only will it insure that I get them completed in a timely manner, but it also helps keep me more accountable for my time. I already have exercise time set aside each day, as well as Bible study time, so now I am going to pick x amount of time each day to devote to a specific activity. Tuesdays are obviously Wilton decorating course days, I believe Thursdays are going to become dining room remodeling/paint days, Wednesdays will be craft days, and Monday and Friday will get a designation once I decide what I want to plug in there. I'm just going to take and hour or two in the afternoon and devote it entirely to that one specific thing. It will take a little getting used to, I am sure, because it will be worked in-between the boys' lessons, general time with the children, my workouts, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and all of the other standard daily activities, but I know it will be worth it once I fall into the habit.
I despise the idea of keeping busy JUST to be busy. I want a purpose behind it. You see people every single day talk about how 'busy' they are, or how 'stressed' they are - but you really see very little payoff for that stress and hectic schedule. I much prefer to spend my time with things I enjoy and/or that enrich our lives. I am fortunate that usually those things overlap, but sometimes enriching lives isn't always a picnic. :) I will have to remind myself of that on March 25, because it is a day where I must do something less than 'fun' in order to get to the next step in something that IS enjoyable. :)
For now, however, I am going to get back to some housework and then enjoy watching a movie with my husband. We've had two days of the weekend that were dedicated entirely to family activities, so it's time for Mama and Papa to have a couple of hours to themselves before tomorrow finds us back at it.
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