it's monday

It's Monday and time for another post.
But I've got nothing planned, nothing pre-scheduled, nothing.

I'm tired.
I've been tired the past week or two.
I need to eat better, and go to bed earlier.

The house is a mess.
A HUGE mess.
Joe's almost done with the electrical in the house. Praise the Lord!!
We have hardwood flooring stacked up in 4 different places to acclimate to room temperature so he can start installing soon.
We have kitchen backsplash on the counter waiting to be installed. Of course, all by Joe.
There's not enough time in the days left for him to complete the house before he starts his new job.
He'll be traveling back and forth to finish up ALL the projects.

We have packed boxes lined up and stacked up all over.
And, then there's all the normal everyday messes---dishes piled up, laundry stacked up, cracker/cookie crumbs all over the floor, etc.

I just finished reading A Bear Called Paddington to the three older kids.
It took a while to finish it. The chapters are longer, so I typically read half a chapter most nights.
We don't read on Wednesdays because of "church school", also known as CCD. I also didn't read on nights that they weren't ready by 7:00 pm. They had to be in pajamas and teeth brushed. I try to run a tight-ship over here. Try is the key word. :)
Our kids go to bed earlier than most families. Mainly, because they get up earlier. They are usually awake and ready to go by 6:00 am, although I have been making them stay in their beds until 6:30.
We've tried letting them stay up a little later, but even when they've stayed up later they still continue to get up at the same time. So, we just stick with an early bedtime.
With all that rambling, if you've read this far, bless your heart! I'll hopefully be back with something on Wednesday!

Happy Monday friends,

weekend links/20

I love the internet! Sometimes A lot of times I waste my extra time on the internet. Here are some cool things I found recently:

-what an amazing story! His parents raised him well. I aspire to be like them!

-so resourceful

-Wow! 56 years!

-a fun treat for the kids. Maybe next week since I only have one ingredient in the pantry.

-an interesting read

-huge photobooth photos

Happy weekend friends!

i want to remember....

Parenting is hard at times.
Parenting is rough some days.
Those good parenting days far outweigh the bad.
So, I want to remember the good in our days.

I want to remember....

-J's love of popcorn; how she asks to make it every single day

-my love for notebooks/journals for to-do lists and to-remember lists. A girl can never have enough.

-O's love of donuts. He asks "Going to get donuts?" every day for breakfast or snack.
{Momma's going to have to find a quick and easy donut recipe.}

-B's obsession with all things Minecraft--Minecraft videos, games, legos, and books.

-how hard Joe works for our family.

-how hard Rylan works in speech, and how much success he's made in so little of time. Some days he expresses that he doesn't want to go, but he always goes in and works hard for his therapist.
-the boys' love of pizza---all three of them. They would eat it everyday if I would let them.
-how much progress little sister has made, because when I'm in the midst of the days it's hard to remember all her progress.
-how the boys are obsessed with talking about peanuts/peanut butter even though they're allergic to them. I think it's a silly game they like playing together.
-that I like staying home and being home, because HOME really is the best place.
I want to remember.....that the days are long, but the years are short.

february: currently

drinking a Coke

feeling a little stressed and very overwhelmed with what we need to accomplish
before our move in May

waiting on little sisters COC (certificate of citizenship). Yes, we're still waiting.

loving this unconventional living post

beginning the early stages of planning our homeschool curriculum for next year

reading The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

trying to teach little sister the sign for "drink"

watching Downton Abbey still.

attempting  to keep the dishes clean while all the construction is happening in the kitchen. It is dusty in there.

hoping to find some energy somewhere. :)

finishing the meal plan for the week this afternoon.

listening to Joe pulling new electrical wire through the walls

knitting a cuddly, soft blanket for little sister

finding that I remember that I hate moving. Hate it.

wanting the cleaning and painting fairies to make an appearance. :)

praying for one of R's friends family. The father and uncle were in a bad burn accident a couple of weeks ago. Would you mind praying for them with me?

P.S.-Did you miss January? Catch it here.
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