Monday, October 26, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook: October 26sth




For Today... October 26th, 2009

Outside my window... Raindrops drip from the tree limbs. The October air more resembles late November today. And to think that last week we nearly reached the 80's!

From the kitchen... It's just the kids and I this week as hubby is working against a Friday deadline. The result: simplicity. An opportunity to fall back on healthy, kid-friendly favorites. But no one to share a late night carton of Ben & Jerry's.

I am wearing... My housecleaning attire. Blue yoga pants and a worn out pink striped tank.

From the Learning Rooms... Last week we worked SO hard on learning our coins. I can almost tell that Little Mister knows what each on is, but he's still not willing to make it obvious. More on money basics this week as well as another shot at patterns.

I am creating... a grocery list. The fridge is a sad sight! And a little Halloween Party surprise if I can get my fingers moving between now and then!

I am praying... a prayer of thanksgiving for a productive weekend... and for the motivation I was given this morning to start my day with a little step aerobics.

I am reading... The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather.

Around the house... We put the kids' doors on their rooms yesterday! Big Sister was psyched to come home to privacy for the first time since she was five, and Little Mister actually respected our "if the door is closed, don't go in" rule... so far!

One of my favorite things... Boots! And it's that time of year again!

A few plans for the rest of the week... Halloween party, finishing Little Miss' mermaid costume, and lots of photo editing!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Halloweens passed: round four. Last year's costumes. Big Sister went as a cat, Little Miss as Tinkerbell, and Little Mister as a nerd.



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Monday, October 19, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook: October 19th



For Today... October 19th, 2009

Outside my window... There must be a dozen wasps! It's as if we sealed up the entrance to their winter home and they're searching frantically for a way in. Ick. I'm just happy they're hanging out in the back of the house away from the areas where the kids play!

From the kitchen... I made a great Pasta Primavera courtesy of Food Network last week. Hubby enjoyed two platefuls and asked for the leftovers for dinner tonight. It's a sure sign that he thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am wearing... My favorite jeans and a brown tank top. I'll add the green plaid top layer when I'm sure I won't be bombarded by kids before Big Sister's parent-teacher conference this afternoon.

From the Learning Rooms... Rhyming skills are really coming along, and Little Mister is doing a fabulous job of noticing addition and subtraction in his life outside our preschool time. I need to throw an awesome lesson at him for Math/Science Thursday. We've been hard at the basics for a couple weeks now, and he's getting a bit antsy!

I am creating... a more organized scheduling method. The Mom's Plan-It fridge calendar isn't quite cutting it lately! Sometimes I think I'd pair nicely with a PDA of some sort. I can just pictures myself with a super cute pink one, juggling three kids in one hand and typing like Wonder Woman with the other... right.

I am praying... for a change, something to kick my but into gear. I've been not-quite with it these days, and I don't really feel like myself when I'm like this. How I look forward to a time when my life and budget allow for yoga again- a little quiet time and exercise at once...

I am reading... The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. I've only found time for 50 pages since last week.

Around the house... Some dishes are awaiting my arrival, and the laundry is a few loads shy of complete. I did manage to regain control of my living room from the storage boxes that we'd moved out of the office temporarily! I have to say, it feels SO much nicer to walk into that room now!

One of my favorite things... doing something that I've been procrastinating about.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Parent-Teacher conference, Ti Kwon Do, Gymnastics, and a 3.5 day school week!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Halloweens passed: round three. Little Mister's Pirate costume. He got double use from it that year as Daddy's office picnic was pirate themed!



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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook: October 12th



For Today... October 12, 2009

Outside my window... Leaves glisten with the rain that has just finished, and drops fall intermittently from the roof. It is a cold, dreary day in the midwest. I'm almost hoping tonight's soccer game is canceled as I'm not looking forward to getting the little ones out in the cold tonight!

From the kitchen... I purchased a Woman's Day last week and discovered a gem hidden inside the covers that indicate age. I just figured out that age must surely indicate wisdom as this very cheap ($1.99 off the news stand) publication is chock full of useful tips and recipes. There's even a calendar listing dinner for each day of the month. I can't imagine not repeating a dish in a whole month! Today I'm organizing my kitchen, cleaning the fridge, and going shopping for a whole week's worth of meals. Hopefully I won't find myself rummaging through the cabinets at 5:00 trying to figure out what's for dinner anymore-- or at least not as often!

I am wearing... A hideous pair of brown fuzzy yoga pants with cream stripes down the sides and a brown tank top. I know, I know... what can I say? It's cleaning day!

From the Learning Rooms... Little Mister came home from my mother's reading lessons last Tuesday and read five Dick and Jane stories to me! He only needed help on one word! The great thing about Dick and Jane is that they start simple and increase the words that are used as the stories progress. The first story used "oh" and "look." That's it. By the end of his pages, Little Mister was reading words like "Mother" and "funny." He was SO proud of himself, and I'm super excited for him too!

I am creating... an organized office. Last Friday, I'd had had enough of the kid size card table that held my Mac Mini... enough of the kids constantly dragging toys into my bedroom on their way to pbskids.org... enough of the piles of boxes housing the books and tech gear that belonged in the office. So yesterday, hubby and I installed our office counter tops. All by ourselves! They look great, and hopefully after tonight, we'll have our file cabinets installed as support. Then I can start the organization process!

I am praying... for safe travels as my baby sister flies home this week and for a fun and rewarding first weekend of full-fledged wedding planning!

I am reading... The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. Though it's taking me a while, I'm savoring each word of Thea's journey. I might move on to another Cather novel next... perhaps My Antonia.

Around the house... Laundry is a load shy of being completed, so I think I'm going to tackle the kids' rooms today. They all do a decent job of keeping their toys put away, so today will be about vacuuming and sorting through dressers and closets.

One of my favorite things... a weekend with no plans at all

A few plans for the rest of the week... our last fall soccer game, a sewing night, and some online shopping for Little Miss' upcoming birthday.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Halloweens passed: round two. Big Sister's butterfly costume made with love my yours truly when she was three.



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Monday, October 5, 2009

So Long to...


Kirsten Larson

Some of you may know that Big Sister received her first American Girl doll, Samantha, last spring. She was one of the very last Samantha dolls purchased- just before midnight on New Year's Eve 2008.

And now, in an effort to tempt moms everywhere living vicariously through their daughters (I surely don't fall into that group), the American Girl company will be retiring Kirsten, the brave Swede turned frontiersgirl at the end of the year.

It's funny how many items that were popular for we moms who grew up in the 80's have reappeared on the shelves: Care Bears, My Little Ponies, Strawberry Shortcake, and the list goes on... just in time for us to purchase them for our own little ones for sake of reminiscing and connecting with our kiddos. The American Girl company seems to be using a different playbook, but in reality, they're one step ahead of the game, forcing moms to between purchasing an overpriced staple of our childhoods' bookshelves and doll collections and risking the opportunity lost forever. Sad as it is, I'm not sure that I'll be in line to purchase this one.

Anyone starting a penny jar for the cause???



The Simple Woman's Daybook: October 5th



For Today... October 5, 2009

Outside my window... The sprinkle of orange that fought through the green leaves just last week has gained some ground. The oaks are still green, but their battle is a loosing one, and I'm happy to say that by next week, the hillsides around our home will be alive with the warmth of autumn colors. THEN, it will be time for bonfires, hot cocoa, and sweaters and boots. I look forward to the next few week all year long!

From the kitchen... We took the easy road this morning and had cereal for breakfast... No prep time, and just as little clean up involved. For lunch we'll likely do macaroni and salad, and dinner... is yet to be determined.

I am wearing... Sky blue athletic pants, a chili cookoff shirt from Hubby's annual company shindig, and a black "teacher sweater"

From the Learning Rooms... I stopped by a teacher store over the weekend and picked up some great math manipulatives. I'm excited to use them Thursday. We're still working on basic addition with Little Mister. Last week's lesson was fairly successful, and I thought he did a great job for his first day out. He was even using subtraction skills later while eating some fruit snacks. "Mommy. I have 2 fruit snacks. Now I'm eating one. I have one left. Now I'm eating 1 more. Now they're all gone!"

I am creating... a clear porch. Hubby and I cleared off the boardwalk yesterday evening. As soon as we get rid of the air conditioner unit on our front porch, I think I'll be able to tackle the rest of the clutter on my own.

I am praying... for my big sister as she discerns God's will in her life right now.

I am reading... The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. This is the first library book I've checked out for myself in years. I must say I'm quite content between the wrapped covers and yellowed pages. There's something about a library book that does my heart good... must be the English major in me.

Around the house... I'm trying not to look at my kitchen right now... I decided to forget about dishes after a late dinner yesterday, and I've determined that waking up to a messy kitchen on a Monday morning was NOT a good plan!

One of my favorite things... Kisses from my kiss-stingy toddler. Their rarity makes them all the more precious!

A few plans for the rest of the week... The normal extracurriculars, a portrait play date, and perhaps a girls' night if I can find a free evening!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...


I've decided to post past Halloween pictures this month. First up is Little Mister's first.



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Friday, October 2, 2009

DIY Treasure

While searching for a way to display our house number at the end of our driveway, I stumbled across a Fantastic Blog Find! I'm a do-it-myselfer at heart, and I fully intend to start all the projects floating around in my mind as soon as our house construction is complete.

Within minutes of visiting...


I added several good intentions to my DIY list.

The article that I originally found offered plenty of options for displaying house numbers. THIS was my favorite.

I'd love to find a DIY meme to kick my sorry tush into DIY gear... I'm sure there's one out there! For now, I'm enjoying being inspired by the ideas and tips offered at the newest addition to my blog roll!