End of January Day Book

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window…
We are back to rainy and gray. Ugh, how I despise gray weather. However, we did have a nice reprieve from it this past weekend. Friday night we enjoyed a light blanket of snow- just enough to leave everything pretty but not so much as to be a nuisance if you needed to get out and go somewhere. Then we had two days of beautiful sunshine; even if it was still bitterly cold.

(Heading out to Play)

(Daddy’s Snowman)

(Mommy’s “melted” snowman)

I am thinking…
Of gardening and the desire to grow our own vegetables. I am hoping to do some container gardening this summer and make it part of our homeschooling; so the children can learn about the life cycle of plants. Maybe I can even get them to try a few new vegetables. I am hoping to grow lettuce, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots and radishes. I would love to grow some squash but I don’t believe those would do well in container gardening. I am also hoping to try my hand at blueberries and strawberries.

I am thankful…
That my family and I have a home to be warm and snug in during this cold snap we have been having and that unlike my friends further north it isn’t in the negative temps.   Below freezing is cold enough for me without getting way below freezing.

In the kitchen…
February’s dinner menu is completely planned- 28 gluten free meals planned. I need to finish up the weekly breakfast and lunch menus. I also need to make our kitchen plans for valentine’s day.  I have successfully used up quite a bit of pantry stuff this past month. I still have quite a bit of flour left that we won’t be able to use before the 1st of the month. I am going to make some playdough for the children with it.

I am wearing…
Comfortable gray linen pants with a ¾ sleeve teal green top. I recently used a seam ripper to remove all the beading from the top and just leaving the pretty embroidery The shirt is now so much friendly for the holding and cuddling of little people; with their exploring hands and mouths. .

I am creating…
Well, I went straight from the kids being sick to me being sick; so, not much creativity here again this past week. I have been spending the evenings working on my home management binder.  However, the children are very busy creating lots of lego things. We celebrated Paul and Thomas’ birthdays early; since Mark won’t be here for their actual birthdays. Paul’s birthday gift was a starter set of legos. He has been great at sharing them with Thomas (I am pretty positive I should have bought him a set of legos as his gift and not the playmobil schoolbus he wanted). I am now seriously considering buying Thomas his own thing of legos. While, they are doing okay sharing there is also been more whining and bickering over them then I would like- such as now.

I am wondering…
About better managing my stress. I have never been very good at managing stress or relaxing for that matter. I tend to stress until I start to feel physically unwell. Mark leaving for deployment has been no different. While, I am confident in my ability to take care of the children while he is gone I worry nonetheless. I worry about his safety, about the kids and myself missing him, about the budget and about staying strong in matters with my parents without his physical support next to me. I worry about Antonio not recognizing him in six month time when he returns. Mostly I worry about his safety. All that worry and stress is starting to take a physical toil on me. My stomach has been most unhappy with me of late and I am starting to get headaches from it. So, as of this morning I am resolved to better manage my stress. I plan to make sure I am vocalizing my stress and talking about my worries with Mark. I am writing them down to make them less daunting and I am working on relaxing my mind and body through prayer and exercising. I am making sure to really focus on the children and enjoying the time spent with them.

I am reading…
I came across a book my mother-in-law let me borrow a while ago; that I had forgotten about. It’s  called “That Gift of ADHD Activity book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child’s Problems into Strengths.” I just started it last night but I think it will be a very informative read and will have some great ideas for Paul.

I am hoping…
To make the most of the next 3 weeks with Mark. I don’t want to get so bogged down in the little things like packing that we miss the big things like spending time with one another and enjoying it to its fullest.

I am looking forward to…
The arrival of Annie and Jamie at the end of this week. They are Thomas and Antonio’s Godparents and some of our very best friends. Getting the chance to spend time with them is always a treat. We will be celebrating Antonio’s first birthday with a party while they are here to.

I am learning
The value of quiet me time before the day starts. I normally don’t manage to wake up before the children. However, I am think I definitely want to change that. This morning I was up before the kids and started the morning with quiet prayer time while I did some exercises.  It was a nice slow but beneficial start to the day. I could get use to the rhythm of starting the morning with quiet time for myself before the children wake up and we get busy with the day to day stuff. I can see how having this time for myself in the morning would make me a better mother.

Around the house…
Packing and more packing. We have been busy packing Mark’s stuff for his upcoming trip. I am also working on plans on how to make our house a home. One of my big goals for the 6 months Mark is gone is to make a home for us. Sadly, with the fact that we rent and have moved a lot (this current place is the longest we have lived in one place at 2.5 years. In the first 4 years of our marriage we moved 5 times!) we have fallen into the habit of just treating the house as a temporary place to store our stuff and ourselves. We lack the feeling of our home being a place to stop, relax, enjoy and re-charge. Instead, it seems like we treat it as just a place to make a quick pit-stop before continuing onward. I want to change this by just adding more homey decorating type things to our house. Obviously, they have to be things that we can pack up and take with us to the next house but I think it’s do-able.

I am pondering…
Curriculum and author studies. I am very busy planning out our first year of homeschooling. Paul will be in kindergarten and Thomas will be in preschool. I had no intentions of doing anything formal with Thomas originally. However, he is very much into doing what big brother Paul does; so I need to have plans for him as well or we won’t get anything done.   Some, things will be done by both children such as science and author studies. However, I want to have more age appropriate things on hand for math and phonics for Thomas.

A favorite quote for today…
“When spiritual joy fills hearts, the Serpent throws off his deadly poison in vain. The devils cannot harm the servant of Christ when they see he is filled with holy joy.” St. Francis of Assisi.

This is the think from “Small Steps for Catholic Moms” by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss for today. I think it was a very timely reminder for me today. Focus of filling myself with joy and not stress. If I fill myself with joy- joy in my children and husband than the devil doesn’t have a place to gain a foothold with his negative voice.

One of my favorite things…
Seeing the joy a child exudes when they do something for themselves like make their own bowl of cereal for breakfast or when they dress themselves without momma’s help. While, it can be bittersweet because it means your babies are growing up it should also be a very joyful event to see that they are growing as God meant for them to.

(Antonio Exploring at the Mall)

A few plans for the upcoming week:
Take a scouting trip a few specialty grocery stores to price some gluten free products and figure out where the best value is for us.  Take Antonio for his one year photos- which we had to cancel due to sickness last week. Grocery shopping for the beginning of February and purchase the last few items need for Antonio’s birthday party this weekend. Take the boys to a local science museum for a fun filled day with Daddy and Mommy. Then this weekend we head up to Aunt Teresa and Uncle Eddie’s to meet Annie and Jamie and have a birthday party!


One thought on “End of January Day Book

  1. What an awesome trip!! It’s good to have time when it is just your fmialy together, even though it means a little more work. We miss you guys! Next time, you all will have to come out to CA to go to Sea World, Legoland, and Disney, we’ll meet you there!

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