Copying Payton again!
1. Yesterday got off to a stellar start. I was up at the crack of dawn and had half my work done by the time the kids got up. Today, not so much. But it wasn’t too bad. I got up at 6:30, which is not terrible considering that 3 of our 5 kids woke up several times during the night. I’m glad I went to bed on time. Getting up at a decent time (even better, on time) makes a million per cent difference in how our day goes.
2. I got Kevin Lehman’s book Have a New Kid by Friday. The most important thing I got out of it was to tell your kids something just once. I confess that I have been a nagging mom. It’s miserable for everyone! If you don’t have a problem constantly nagging and reminding your kids, then good for you. I used to think I would never be THAT mom. I had a lot of experience with children (younger siblings, kids I babysat, siblings of friends from large families) but still, God gave me a kid(s) that blew all my parenting ideas, theories, and yes, “convictions” out of the water. The best part about not nagging is the extra hours (yes, HOURS) that I have since I’m not spending that time reminding, scolding, and lecturing. Gosh, that sounds terrible doesn’t it? No Mother of the Year here. There is so much I could say about this, but maybe I’ll give it its own post when I feel like I have more experience. I’ll just add: Old habits die hard. I open my mouth and then close it a lot. Sometimes a reminder slips out. But overall our house is a whole lot more peaceful.
3. I took a few minutes over the past few days to make new covers for some throw pillows. I don’t have time to craft or decorate, really. But I decided to try a couple quicky creations. I started with pre-made items (cloth napkins are my new favorite crafting medium) so I could take advantage of hems and selvages that were already there. To me, the most tedious and time consuming parts of sewing are measuring and hemming. I’m all about straight lines, winging it, raw edges, and pre-hemmed pieces. Gone are the days where I painstakingly sewed long ties and spent hours turning them right-side-out. Give me some ribbon!
4. I ran out of dark chocolate over the weekend. It was terrible. I realized just how addicted I am to chocolate.
5. I prefer silence to music. I love music, but with all the racket we have in our house, adding music drives me insane. Surely I’m not the only one?
6. I think I finally know how to upload photos from my new camera. Hopefully real pictures will be coming soon. Not to mention that I can now email photos to grandparents.
7. I grew up with a 1930’s lifestyle in the 90’s. It’s a long story. I’m so far behind technologically that I’ll never catch up. It’s frustrating that it’s such a big deal to just learn to upload pictures! Gaaaaah!!!!!
8. If you are interested in missions, check out the Livesay Haiti blog. I love that Tara and Troy are so real. My 10-year-old is their biggest fan.
9. Speaking of, I made my girl her own Google Reader so she can subscribe to blogs that are fun and encouraging for her. I keep close tabs on what she is reading, and we use Net Nanny for added protection, but this has been a great way for her to read good blogs.
10. I loved loved loved this post: Order and Routine: Making Straight Paths for Peace. The writer has a child with FAS, but I’m thinking this would be encouraging for any parent with a child who tends to throw the family into chaos. (Isn’t that all of us at one time or another?) Wisdom. Check it out.