Discovery Fridays

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By Friday, we go stir crazy in this house.  Especially with the cold weather keeping us inside, so I make my kids do the minimum of schoolwork…math, reading, and writing and we take off and spend the day somewhere exciting.  Today we went to the discovery center, you can see Prov painting, and Hope and Cara made a huge fort out of bendy tubes.

 

The Plan

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/01/life-plan-day-planner-sanity-manifesto-printable/I’ve been exercising to Jillian Michael’s “The Shred” the last few days and am incredibly sore.  It’s making me more sore than running ever did so I’m going to keep doing it.  I also plan on printing off  Ann Voskamp’s Sanity Manifesto  (pictured above) and framing it on my kitchen wall to help organize the days.  I love her advice of starting the day in the word, working out, and making a plan.  If I could just do that much, I would be so far ahead of where I am now.

It’s been a busy weekend, no house showings, so we got a lot of work done on the new closet and bathroom, I think the closet only needs paint and it’s finished!

The girls are fighting with each other often, I keep separating them but I need to figure out a better solution.  Even the two yr old has figured out how to pull hair….at least she’s not biting 🙂

Ramblings on Our Day

We made paper mermaid tales and got stressed out by the timers on free online typing games for kids today. My husband put “The Chronicles of Narnia” on the girls’ ipod for them to listen to at night and they love it. We made a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and I bought a new pencil box for Cara. Hers has been broken and had a huge hole in it for over a month and she never complains, she just turns it upside down so the crayons don’t fall out, I love that about her; it is a strength and a weakness.

I gave lots of hugs and cuddles and throwings into the air today, we had a relaxed morning cleaning and playing and an intense afternoon doing workbooks, flashcards, and reading books. My husband and I are sharing the frosting container from the cake, I’d thought of a new diet rule that I can’t have anything sweet unless I lick it off of him, but I haven’t told him about it yet, he might reinforce it :).

My supper turned out amazing tonight, the chicken was juicy and cooked just right and the homemade French fries were delish too. That doesn’t happen too much, so I’m reveling in it.

I don’t understand when to love the world despite their sin and when to withdraw from them because of the awfulness of their sin. I wish it were easier, we are told to love them, but sometimes what they do and say are so painful to watch that it is hard to be around them.

I am thankful for good friends who I can go to when I have questions, I’m thankful for my family, and for our ten butterflies flying in a netted cage in our living room, I’m thankful for hamsters that keep two year olds excited about life, I’m thankful for busy days at home with my family.

Wednesday Goals

I’m all out of chamomile tea tonight, so peppermint will have to do.  Homeschooling has been going better, the girls are getting used to our rhythms and aren’t complaining as much.  They went to children’s church tonight and while they were gone Prov and I had some one-on-one time, at least 30 minutes was spent trying to kill some flies that were buzzing around our house and scaring her.  I started reading Little House on the Prairie to the older two at bedtime, they seem interested in it but it is hard for them to sit still.

I read a good blog today about goals, and I haven’t set any goals for quite awhile, so I thought I needed to again.  With God’s help, here are some changes I want to do to make our lives better.

1.  Exercise 5X a week, just walking and if I feel like it running.  Around 3-4 miles/time.

2.  Start homeschooling at 9 am.  We’ve gradually been starting later and I think we’re all happier if we start earlier.

3.  Spiritual goal?  I don’t have one right now, will have to think about it.

4.  I would like to plan a date night for husband every other week, I’ve got it written on the calendar but I haven’t been doing it.

Kool-Aid Hair Dye

I’m typing this story with red kool-aid stained hands.  This morning I attempted to dye my daughters hair pink with cherry kool-aid mixed with conditioner.  I used two packets of kool-aid per girl and a good squirt of conditioner.  I let the girls mix it up with a spoon and it seemed the longer they mixed, the more the conditioner separated into a watery grainy mess, so I recommend not stirring too much and putting it on immediately before the conditioner separates.  Then I started mixing it into their hair and it was very drippy and I got some on the floor.  After about two minutes, they started complaining that it was itchy and began scratching.  So after five minutes, I put them both in the shower and we watched the water turn red at their feet.  They got out, got dressed and I don’t see any pink hair.  What a disappointment, maybe we didn’t keep it in long enough, but it was kind of fun to do an activity with them and our house smells great.  I’ll have to go to the store and see if I can find some temporary pink hair dye and we’ll try it again.

Daily Bible Reading

Family Fun Night

May 19 Daily Bible Reading

Thoughts
The kids are really starting to look forward to summer, we will be starting homeschooling and I’m a little nervous about getting started correctly. I’m thinking of changing their tv schedule so that they watch less. It was really nice to sit and cuddle with my husband on the couch last night, I’ve been missing him lately. Prov has started waking Cara up in the mornings after we let her get up, they both like it.  The girls are really going to have fun playing in the puddles later this morning, I think the kiddie pool filled up with water from the rain also, as soon as the sun comes out, I think I’ll send them outside with their rain boots on!

Exercise and Diet
It thundered and rained heavily this morning so I didn’t go for my long run, instead I told my husband he could sleep in while I watched the kids and I think I’ll go run after he wakes up.  I’ll probably try to just get 5 miles in instead of 8.  Yesterday was another good eating day!  Today is going to be one of my two “cheat” days for the week.  I have cinnamon rolls rising for breakfast and we will be having dessert after supper tonight (but those are the only two times I get to cheat today, not all day long!)

Goals
Sew up tear in the couch (for real this time)
Do some planning for homeschool and activities this summer
Family Fun Night
Relax and play
run
play piano
read books to kids
laundry/dishes/pick-up toys

Family Fun Night
We are going to start doing family fun nights on Saturdays at our home. This just means a bible memory verse, a game, and a dessert. Tonight we will be memorizing Proverbs 30:5 (make memory cards), playing bingo and making ice cream sundaes.

Reflection
It was good to spend time as a family today, I think it was all of our favorite part of the day.  Prov made bingo a little difficult, she kept knocking people’s cards around which would mess up their markers.  I took Cara and Hope out to pick wildflowers and we made bouquets, they picked so many we gave bouquets to our neighbors too.  We also picked some blackberries and ate them on our ice cream tonight, yum!  I tried to take the girls down to the river to play, but we saw a snake and left right away, I just don’t know this town we are in well enough to know if their snakes are poisonous or not, but I do know that water snakes usually are bad ones.  Kept to the eating plan well and I ran about 4.5 miles this morning.   Read stories, played with girls lots, I think they appreciated all the extra attention.  They are sharing a bed tonight just because they want to, very sweet.