Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 24-30

 These boys got to attend their first wrestling meet this year. While there are lots of meets out there, right now they are pretty much all on Sundays (which is hard for us because we always want church to be a priority).  We have made exceptions for the tournaments that are put on by the wrestling club we are part of  . . . The high school wrestling season end is in sight--Tuesdays and Thursdays, when Josh leaves at 6:30 in the morning, does bus route, teaches, does wrestling practice, then does little guy wrestling practice and falls through the door about 7:30 in the evening--those days are hard!
 Photo op--so sweet when he is asleep!
 August has become quite the little smoocher and is quick to make up for a wrong inflicted (like those times he rams his 95th percentile noggin into my eyebrow bone or lip).  The kisses almost make up for it. ;o)
Fabulous sunset view from the back deck at my in-law's.
 Each week we make a little more potty progress.  Sometimes he tells me he needs to go and he does.  Sometimes he runs in on his own. We haven't completely committed to the process yet though--just some potty dalliances. ;o)  I am almost ready for the 6th round of potty training.  Then I think I should get some sort of trophy. ;o)
As the weather approached 50 degrees on Friday we enjoyed some front porch sitting. This is an unheated room, and while we do have a space heater, for the most part it has not been worth the effort of heating all winter.  But it was nice to take some tea and enjoy the sunshine pouring in the windows.
I was one picture shy this week, but had an extra from Friday--another fabulous sunset picture, this time, out my own back door.  While January (and it's full, cold 31 days) doesn't have a whole lot going for it, I do have to say the sunrises and sunsets rarely disappoint.  I appreciate January for that. ;o)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 17-23

 The kids were delighted to discover a raccoon taking up residence in the window well at Grandpa and Grandma's.  He was un-fazed by our gawking and picture snapping--it was SO cold on this Sunday (we left the house at -8 degrees . . .) I think he could care less who was watching him as long as he was cozy.
 Hearty Beef Stew over Mashed Potatoes--a very much anticipated meal on a cold wintry day.  Oh how the smells wafting from the crockpot teased us!  We could not wait to dig in. ;o)
 Messes. Every. Day.
If it's not the toothpaste, it's lotion or oatmeal or torn up tea bags--this little boy keeps me scrambling!
 More snuggles.
Rub a dub dub I can still fit three in a tub. ;o)
You are never too old for the choo-choos. ;o)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

January 10-16

Apparently this week was a bit heavy in the August department, but I think, if you spent a week with him, you would understand why.  He is the type of child that you need to keep in your line of vision at all times.  If two minutes passes and you can't find him, it is bad news.  This week alone found him in the girls' red nail polish (ruining a set of pajamas, and staining an upholstered chair and carpet in the girls' room), learning how to work the water dispenser on the refrigerator, constantly in the bathroom (either "brushing" his teeth, unwinding all the floss, digging his hands into the hair paste and smearing it upon himself, or taking cupfuls of water out of the toilet and putting it in the trash can), and he dumped a big container of oatmeal out in the pantry . . . There are probably a few more things I could add to this list, but I am old and tired and forgetful at this point. ;o)  I am kind of reliving my Jackson days, only this kid might have more energy, be more sneaky, and he joyfully gallops wherever he goes.  I am always trying to find something to get him to stay occupied (Dot markers have been a fave this week).  He also has quite the appetite and can easily tuck away 4-5 clementines a day, a banana, an apple, little bowls of raisins (and those are just his snacks)--his appetite I think is better than Emmett's or Owen's! He keeps me hopping!  Thankfully, he also naps really well and usually does a good 3 hour nap every afternoon (sometimes stretching towards four). We all breathe a little easier while he is resting peacefully and we don't have to be on high alert for the next mess-capade. ;o)

Among other excitement I went grocery shopping on Friday and I just have to say what a delight my pantry is (Marissa calls it one of the "Seven Wonders of the House" and I concur--although neither of us could come up with the other six).  ;o) I take immense pleasure in organizing our food items--it is kind of like stocking my own little grocery store.  I still have a few little organizing items I would like to get (like a can dispenser rack for instance) as well as some more jars or crate/basket type items.  Things are so much more fun to organize when they are pretty!  I had made our last big grocery trip stretch for four weeks--there were of course some items that had to be gotten during that time--but let's just say we really depleted what I had on hand.  It is always good to get creative and try to think up some "free meals."  But it was good to stock up again too. ;o)

And the last picture is all my boys drawing dragons.  I had played a youtube "how to draw" video, and I was surprised to see all of them undertake it (Jackson and Owen really aren't big into drawing).  I think sometimes they don't try because they don't know where to start--I see a lot more of this in our future when we need a good "cabin fever" activity. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

January 1-9

Yes, I am back at another year of weekly documenting.  As I mulled over what to do for the new year I decided "If it ain't broke, why fix it?" ;o)  This is going to be my fifth year of doing the "Project Life" style of scrapbooking, and I am still as enthusiastic about it as I was when I discovered it--this whole routine just works for me.  While I don't so much care if I get a picture every single day of the year any more I still aim for that, mainly because it forces me to pick up my camera (or phone--I am using both these days).  Some days are kind of slow and boring, but I like snapping the mundane of our lives--it is kind of like a great big treasure hunt every day, what can I celebrate and be thankful for? And in the first 9 days of the year there was a Mahoney State Park sledding adventure and homemade runzas, couch snuggles and mornings of frozen fog, my bookends enjoying each other's company, a snowy evening with giant feather-like snowflakes, a girl all cozy on the couch reading, and one early morning shadow puppet show so I could get in a shower in peace.  This is what our live looks like right now.

I love a fresh start to a new year!  For Christmas Josh took a hint and got me this beautiful new planner I had been salivating over: Carpe Diem planner in Robin's Egg Blue  I love it! It is so pretty (I think the color leans a little bit more mint then the picture shows, which is what I was hoping!).  I got some new pens with Christmas money:

And found myself reading through this lovely little book:

I love a good time management book, and I enjoyed this one.  I found the first half more practical for myself mainly because the 2nd half talks about the tools he uses (which are all digital or apps).  And well, I have this beautiful planner and lovely pens and I refuse to go digital with my calendar. ;o) However, I am intrigued with how he uses the app "Evernote" and so I have that downloaded and I am hoping to figure it out.  I can envision several ways to make it work in my life.  Initially, I didn't think I needed it, because Evernote is basically a digital filing cabinet, and I kind of feel like I use Pinterest in that manner.  BUT as I read more about it, I can see how Evernote might be better.  While old Pinterest pins could end up directing you to dead links, in Evernote you get to file away exactly what you want to save.  So, that is how I am currently trying to grow my brain. ;o)  It takes me awhile to learn new tricks.  Ask my hubby, who so kindly downloaded Microsoft 10 for me over break and then had to un-install it and bring back Microsoft 7 . . .  In my defense my laptop is really old--maybe that is why it was running painfully slow . . . but still everything was different and it was really upsetting. At some point though I suppose I will be forced to change and adapt.  But it is not this day!! 

Among other new year goals is just the desire to take in more of God's Word.  I am back in another read-through of the Bible (Exodus right now, but Leviticus is looming . . .) and also making use of our church's Sound Words app.  I have been playing it for the kids during meal times--a nice way to feed bodies and souls!  I also have really been enjoying the Revive our Hearts podcasts.  I was greatly encouraged listening to an old Elisabeth Elliot talk they had on this week.

So, that is what I have been up to!  What new things are on your agenda for the new year?