Some of you may be familiar with FlyLady. I like her approach to cleaning, even if I don’t do all of the things that she suggests.
One thing that has really stuck with me is doing a load of laundry a day. I try to load the washing machine shortly after I wake up. Otherwise I completely forget about it for the rest of the day!
Yesterday I loaded the washing machine taking my time to check for & spray stains. That takes a while with a family of 6! Any ways, once I got it all loaded I apparently just walked right out of the laundry room! You can imagine my surprise when I went to go check the laundry after dinner. Yes, sometimes I don’t get back to it until waaaaaay later.
The good news is that all I had to do was add detergent & start it up this morning. 🙂
I’ve had a lot of people ask about our school schedule since we started in August this year, so I thought I would share it with you. 🙂 We go for 6 weeks then take a one week break with plans to be done by the end of April.
1st Session – July 31st through September 7th
Break – September 8th through 16th.
(We have a 4 day schedule, so it’ll be easy to take Labor Day weekend off if we want.)
We’ve decided to do a bunch of painting in the house during our week off.
2nd session – September 17th through November 2nd
Break – November 3rd through 11th
We may try to do some house project here.
3rd session – November 12th through December 21st (again, with the 4 day school week it’ll be easy to move lessons around to accommodate Thanksgiving)
Break – December 22nd through January 1st
4th session – January 2nd through February 8th
This will be our mid-winter break – February 9th through the 17th
5th session – February 18th through March 29th
Break – March 30th through April 7th
I’d like to take this week to plant seedlings & figure out how we want to lay out the garden
6th session – April 8th through May 3rd
So far the kids really like the curriculum. Though Sam switched from doing chemistry last year in Science to doing Zoology this year. He doesn’t like it as much. 😉 However, I just got this CD-Rom of lapbooks to make along with the curriculum that I think will make it more fun. Definitely more hands on & we’re all sort of… crafty. 🙂
P – Pray. Ask God for wisdom. Ask Him to show you His priorities for this season of your life. R – Review God’s priorities for your life. Study God’s Word to determine His priorities for you as His child and as a woman. I – Take Inventory. Examine the activities that consume your time. Keep a time log for a week. Then ask hard questions. What are my true priorities? Are they the right ones? O – Order your schedule. Ask, “What is important?” Make the hard choices based on God’s priorities for your life. R – Resist the “tyranny of the urgent.” Don’t let the urgent keep you from focusing on the truly important. I – Input from others. Seek input, counsel, and accountability from authorities, godly friends, mentors, and your husband (if applicable). T – Take advantage of the time God gives you. Don’t waste time. Do all to the glory of God. (I really like this one!) I – Identify time robbers. What saps your energy and robs your time? Activities, attitudes, distractions, interruptions? (One thing I need to remind myself is that children are not interruptions. They ARE my priority.) 😉 E – Experience this season fully. Be all there is this season of life. Weep, rejoice, work hard, and celebrate with all your heart. Don’t waste your time living in the past or future.
S – Sabbaths. Take regular time-outs to refresh, regain perspective, reflect and evaluate, and re-prioritize. Make adjustments accordingly.
I think I need to print this & have it with me at all times. 😉
If you can, take some time right now & think through each point or plan a specific time today to do this. Then let me know if you did it. 😉
I wake up in the morning, feed a baby, make sure there is breakfast for 3 other children, have Bible time with everyone, try to get a shower in, start laundry, play with baby, put baby down for a nap, the other 3 go outside after their chores, I start snacks, lunch & dinner (if possible) because if I don’t, it doesn’t get done! That’s all in the first couple hours of my day. The rest are somewhat similar. I’ve still been menu planning, but it’s been a little more difficult to do it on Sunday nights. I get my CSA boxes on Mondays, so I like to try and plan my meals Monday nights. However, sometimes I just plan them the night before. 😉 (Looks in the fridge, thinks “we really need to use that up” viola, dinner!)
I will also be starting to homeschool my children in September. There was a lot of prayer put into this, and then the school sent out a letter saying it would be closing its doors. Prayer answered! I was a bit anxious about this being that I’m not a very gifted teacher. But a very dear friend shared her curriculum with me and I fell in love with it. Mine arrived this week. Believe me, I was tempted to get started right away… but I’ll let me children enjoy their summer first. 🙂 I do think they’re going to be surprised at how much they like school though.
I’ve been having fun trying out some new recipes, making yo-pops (popsicles made from homemade yogurt, honey, & fruit), and bubbles, and just enjoying my children. If I find time I’ll write some more. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume I’m in the kitchen. 😉
I have become very sporadic in my posts lately. Maybe that’s because I have had no time for it? Seriously though I have been working on my Hearts for Kids Against Hunger. I have a handful posted on my Etsy Site, and have some in the works. However, I will be making Valentine’s most of the day, along with a craft project to do at school tomorrow. And I will be helping with the Valentine’s party at school tomorrow. I’m thinking that I won’t get any done… unless my hubby let’s me retreat tomorrow night. 🙂
Any ways, check out the ones I have so far and I will keep you posted when I get some more. OH… one more thing. If you want to buy one and you are someone that I see on a regular basis, please don’t pay the shipping. We can square up the next time I see you. 😉
I’ve been MIA lately… but I’ve been working on something. Something that’s very near and dear to my heart. Actually, I’ve been working on hearts. A little while ago I read a great article in Polymer Cafe Magazine. The magazine is all things polymer clay. Fabulous! Any ways… the article was about this guy named Ron LeHocky. He makes hearts out of polymer clay and sells them to raise money for the Louisville Cerebral Palsy KIDS Center. Very inspirational. 🙂
What does that have to do with me. Some of you know how crafty I am, and some of you know how much I love polymer clay. Some of you also know that my husband and I are very involved with Kids Against Hunger (KAH). For some time now I have been burdened to do something to raise money for KAH. I just hadn’t figured out what. Then I read that article and a light bulb went off. I have been focusing on trying to make necklaces or jewelry or something like that. But pins? I never thought of those. And pins can be worn by both men and women… maybe not the flowery ones, but I’ll work on a more masculine design. 🙂
Ready for a preview?
These are just a couple of the ones that I will be listing in my Etsy store. I will be selling them for $6. $5 will go to KAH, and the remaining $1 will cover listing costs and the cost of more materials. I am so excited about this! If you want to purchase any, then check back at my store as I will start listing them in the next couple of days.