Thinking… How much I love organizing. I know lots of people aren’t into resolutions and such, but this time of year is just a natural regrouping for me. I bought a new bookcase and lots of plastic totes to organize all the kids toys after Christmas. I have wood blocks, Mega blocks, Duplos, Cars/trucks/little play things, trains, and play food in totes and that’s all. I basically got rid of everything else (donated it all) and I love it. Kids don’t need lots of stuff to be happy and I’m glad that I can see it. We get out a tote, play, clean it up, and move on. I am LOVING the system. Macey has a few “specials” in her room but the boys don’t have toys downstairs. It is awesome to feel like I have a handle on little people possessions.
Feeling… grateful that I let myself pay for family pictures. My friend Ann is a stunning photographer and I adore her work. Moving to the same town she’s in means that I can now use her skills! But when it came time for family pictures I had to really decide if I wanted to spend the money on it. I’m very practical and we’ve done well taking our own family pictures in the past. But now that it is said and done I’m so grateful I did it. I treasure the pictures! They are taken at The Shanty and in our garden which makes them even more meaningful to me. So all the pictures in this post are taken by Ann and I just love them.
Watching… nothing, who has time for that?! LOL, really! But watching Black Fish is super high on my list.
Reading… I just finished the Divergent trilogy so I’m taking a break from a book at the moment. I tend to ignore life when I’m into a book so I try to space out my reading so that I don’t make Husband mad 🙂 I’m always reading cookbooks though and I just ordered 2 house planning books that should be here tomorrow!
Excited… For changes. I’m doing this awesome Feel Great in Eight challenge and it started this week. I’m the kind of person that works well with check lists, goals, and spreadsheets and this is right up my ally. Not only is it a healthy eating/exercise thing but you also get points for reading uplifting books (scripture for me), journal writing, prayer/meditation, service, and family time. It’s a little time-consuming right now because I’m just getting into it but it feels very whole. I like whole things. And I hope to lose 17 pounds in the next 8 weeks.
Missing… May being home from school. Christmas break was the best and I had to mentally recommit to sending her again this year. Does sending her off to school ever really get easier?
Wondering… how I’m going to keep the little boys happy all winter long. We just moved to the middle of no where this spring and that is a blessing we worked for for years, but parts of it are still hard. There are no libraries here, no indoor playgrounds, no museums or zoos or aquariums, there’s not even a McDonald’s play place within an hour and 15 minutes of me. All of the things that I used to do as a mom of little kids in the winter don’t exist here and I’m at a loss. There’s so much to do in the nice weather but I’m struggling with finding things to do in the winter. And man, everyone needs to get out of the house once in a while!
Working… on an e-book!!! This has been on my to-do list since last April and it is actually in the works.
Stressed… that I’ll lose my milk with all this calorie cutting and exercise. The baby is 2 months old and we are doing great but I’ve struggled with supply issues in the past and I’m paranoid I’m going to lose my milk. I’ve calculated 500 extra calories into my daily needs and I hope that helps. Any other suggestions for me??
Proud… of only eating a single donut hole on my birthday. It was honestly my only splurge and that, my friends, is an accomplishment. I love me some donuts (and this is the best recipe in the world, really).
Wanting… to figure out where one of my chickens went. I assume she’s dead but I haven’t found a body and none of the other hens have gone missing. Part of me hopes that maybe she wandered over to a neighbors and is living with them (hopeful I know). I’d just like to know what happened though. I haven’t told the kids that one is missing yet. I might just wait until they notice. Is that awful?
Wishing… I could figure out how to workout with 4 small children in the house. I just can’t find the time! How do other mom’s get it done? HELP!
Eating… lots of greek yogurt with chia seeds on top. Most filling snack ever!
Drinking…water and homemade juices. I just drank a pound of carrots!
Loving… My new journal! (affiliate link) Someone mentioned this 5 year journal on Facebook and I looked at it and loved the idea! I’ve always kept a journal and write in it every 1-2 months. I’ve found lately that my journal is just a big overview of life and I’m missing out on the little day to day things. I think this will be the perfect way for me to record the little things that I so desperately want to remember. I bought it for myself for my birthday and I’m enjoying it so far.
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