So my friend Emily at Joyful Abode is hosting a fun linky party called 20 Chore Tuesday, and guess who’s going to try to keep up with her? Yeah, me!
We are going to be sharing our to do lists, and motivating each other on Twitter to get 20 checks on our to do list today.
Do you want to join in? Or do you just want to catch a peek at my to dos?
Here is my list from my Reminders app on my iPhone:
Here’s to a productive day, everyone!
Do you ever just want to freeze time? A tiny little moment that seems so perfect that you want to stay in it and savor it just for a while longer?
That happened to me last night.
We had rode our bikes to the river, and had been there awhile when a song started – really. The bullfrogs started their deep, low song on the surrounding banks of the river. All while the sun was hanging pretty low in the sky and a cloud hung beside it looking like a whispy feather. The bugs were skating on top of the water, the air was cool but smelled of summer, and my husband was squatting down by my daughter while they talked about the rocks she was tossing with little “plunks” into the still water. I stood above them on the road and took it all in.
Amongst the chaos of the day today (laundry, packing, planning, toddler independence, and whatever else may come up along the way), I may just slip back to that moment a few more times to take it in.
- Tables of seeds awaiting sprouting.
- Girls Day!
- V’s imagination in action.
- Bubbles. They are fun no matter how old you are.
- The smell of tomato plants.
- Easter meal and leftovers.
- A morning cuppa coffee.
- Dreaming and planning.
- Feeling the baby move.
Inspired by soulemama. What are simply ten good things for you this Monday?
So what’s been happening around here? Here’s a picture update!
I’m a SAHM and that means a lot of things. One things means that I live, work, play, and learn here with my family and GUESS WHAT? That means it’s not always tidy and pretty and clean.
So let’s get real!
Walk into my home today and you’ll see this:
This is Val’s play room. Complete with stickers stuck to the floor and toys around. There are toys on most other floors of the house too. Including the bathroom and kitchen even.
My laundry is over flowing thanks to the move – our dryer doesn’t work here. Ours is electric and the hookup is for gas. I have been hang drying some of it – including cloth diapers and my family has been helping dry some of it. Alas, I’m still behind.
My kitchen sink is usually also full. Being home all day with James and Val and cooking most of our meals, creates big messes. Notice the citrus juicer is also still dirty from this morning.
So there you have it! I’m not always perfect, my house is not always tidy, but it’s a busy home and it’s filled with love and that is what’s important.
Beth shared her List of Love yesterday, and I am feeling inspired to do the same. Sometimes we just need to fill up our hearts with gladness and share it with others so they may do the same. She did that for me, and hopefully I can also do that for one of you. <3
::My Love List::
- Spending a morning with my sister, mom, niece, and nephew. We had some inside jokes – “We didn’t do it, I swear!” But most of all, I got to see my daughter connect with my niece on a totally new level. They were holding hands, having toddler conversations together, and finishing each other’s sentences. One would say, “Ho Ho Ho!” The other would respond, “Merry Christmas!” My heart is overflowing.
- Having a freezer full of food and some things stored for the winter. Diced tomatoes and frozen corn from the garden. Homemade ketchup and pickles. Frozen venison that we just started processing ourself.
- Distance Reiki sessions are so fulfilling. That connection and giving relaxation for only 15 minutes is so lovely.
- My husband who still loves me after all these years. Even when my hair’s a mess, I’m wearing a robe, and reading storybook after storybook instead of making him breakfast on time.
- Good, homemade food. There’s no description needed here. It’s just food for the soul.
- A good cuppa coffee or tea is just as good for my soul.
- Spending time with friends talking about life, books, marriage, kids… I always need a refreshing morning like that.
- Fellow mamas and friends who support my parenting choices and getting sweet notes via Facebook about it. Little reminders about how following your heart is so totally right.
- Getting things in the mail! I can’t wait for Christmas cards to start flowing in.
- Christmas music, Christmas lights, Christmas decorations….. need I say more?
Are you looking for a cheap way to be ORGANIZED?!
Try out Simple Mom’s Daily Dockets or Pocket Dockets! You can go to her site and print a day’s, week’s, or month’s worth if you’d like. You can put them into a binder or on a clipboard where you will see them everyday, and keep track of so many things right in one spot.
I have been using them to do daily to do lists on the Pocket Docket version. I would love to take it up a notch and start working on the Daily Dockets and track my water intake, big goals of the day, and just jot down as I go some of the things that I do so I feel accomplished when I slump in to bed at night exhausted.
So make your to-do lists count, but not cost you anything but a few sheets of paper and a little ink!
For more Frugal ideas, visit Life As Mom!
When we were on the road back to our home in Michigan, I had daydreamed about a new weekly update for my blog called “Welcome to my Home Wednesday.” My daydream included lots of video blogs and pictures, but as I attempted that last week not only did I fail at video editing, but I was overly critical of myself on camera too. So instead of putting it off until I feel comfortable, why not just start it with me typing? That’s okay, right? Good!
We are settling back into our life in our home, and it feels pretty good to be back. It’s still a little in a flux as we are trying to decide on some things yet. We have our house up for sale right now, but our contract will be up soon and we may just not relist it for now. We are thinking we will stay for a little while longer and save up our money for land in the country where we can build our home (maybe a Cordwood house or something else we dream up in the mean time). We are also trying to sell our second car and the RV, so that we can simplify and reduce our debt to make this dream come true sooner rather than later. Helloo homestead! Helloo chickens and eggs! Helloo gardening and preserving!
Things are still a little disorganized around here as we are decluttering to a large scale. We realized on our adventures how little we actually need to LIVE and be HAPPY! All this other stuff is just clutter and it makes us uneasy. So out with it! We took out 42 POUNDS of clothing out of our small bedroom closet. 42 POUNDS! You read that right. Ugh! But now our closet has the clothes we like in it, and it’s not a struggle to dig through it to find something worth wearing. I hope the decluttering bug stays around. It makes me feel so much better to be surrounded by things we love and need.
So that’s what is going on in my home. What is happening at yours?
I have been MIA because we were packing up things in our rental home in AZ, getting into the RV, and traveling the long way home back to our home in MI. Be sure to follow the travel posts at West of the Mississippi.Be on the look out for the upcoming Meal Plan Monday and a new Wednesday post.