Friday, October 10, 2014

I dare you...

Today I am going to dare my family.  We are going to do our best to strive to be better as a unit and as individuals.  I am going to strive to be a better mom and wife.  And I dare my family to join me in this endeavor.

I attend a group twice a month called MOPs, Mothers Of Preschoolers.  It's for moms with kids 5 and under.  I just joined this group last September (due to my own stupidity, but that's for another post) and I really enjoy the time I spend there.  Some times I feel like I should stop going because it's one more thing on my agenda for the week but I never regret going and always have a good time.  It's two hours with no kiddos and a lot of mom-focused things.  This year's theme is, Be You, Bravely.  I love it and think it is SO appropriate for me and my life.  I think it has made me think a lot about who I am and why.  We talked today about mom fears.

My table had some great discussions... what are you afraid of as a mom?  Is it something little like, I'm afraid my child is going to fall off a toy and get hurt?  Is is something big like, I worry my child is going to die very young?  Is it somewhere in between like, I'm afraid of how I will handle parenting my child once they hit their teenage years?
Does your fear keep you from being you?
What can you implement to help ease your fears and not let them over take you?

So we dared each other... and our families.  What does our family need so that we are at our best and get the most out of our relationships and our time together?

Here's my dare list... it's in a frame and I'm using dry erase markers so it can be changed as needed.  It's posted next to our chore chart and calendar where I know my kids will look at it daily.
It reads:  I dare you....
1.  Be patient
2.  Say "I love you" a lot
3. Use your words :)
4. Play together joyfully
5.  Work as a team
6.  Speak kindly
7. Show gratitude
8. Be responsible
9.  Laugh together a lot
10.  Always Pray!!!

It may seem like those are silly or like they don't make sense with mom fears but they're things we need as a family to remember.  I need to remember to slow down and spend time with my children, this will help me.  And we can keep each other accountable this way.  There's very little we can control when it comes to our children but I can control how I treat them and how much time I spend with them.  I can control that they WILL grow up knowing how much I cared for them.

What would you dare your family to do?  Go outside more?  Read more?  Sing songs together?

Friday, October 3, 2014

On the verge of purge....

Anyone else doing the A Bowl Full of Lemons 31 day purge challenge?  We live in a fairly small house, with six people and purging has become an ongoing necessity.  So when the ABFoL blog announced they were going to do a 31 day challenge I was very excited.  I have to say it is going swimmingly so far, lol.  Day one was the pantry.... done! Day two was magazines....done!  Day three, today, was dresser drawers... again, done!!  Now before you start to think, "wow, she's very productive". I have to say, these things were already purged.  With limited space, a natural need to be able to find everything in my pantry and no magazine subscriptions it was quite easy to do these first three days.  I am excited to see what other areas come though as I am 100% positive that there will be areas that need to be purged and organized.  I can't wait... no seriously.  Although I have to say I won't mind if there comes a long a few more days in the month that will require no effort from me.... :)  Where's your biggest purge/organizational trouble spot?  I would have to say mine is PAPERWORK!  Ugh!  With three kids in school of some variety and church activities the sheer amount of art and papers that enters my house makes the trees outside our windows cringe, I'm sure!  So I guess you could say I am on the verge of purge.  Can't wait to make the leap!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's been a while.....

I started blogging in 2008 when I was pregnant with my second daughter.  I started blogging for a few reasons... I wanted to chronicle these years of early childhood that go so quickly and yet so slowly.  I wanted to have an outlet for the crazy that seems to encompass my household the majority of the time. And I wanted to have a way to show other moms, that yes, life really is like that with littles.  After my third baby came I blogged less and less... plus a bit of discouragement from few followers.  And then two years ago I just stopped. Now my life is way more hectic (added yet one more baby) and I have even less time than I did two years ago when I stopped but I feel like now is the time to start up again.  So here goes nothing....
We now have four children, three beautiful girls and a handsome little man.

Our oldest, Audrey, is in third grade.  Our middle daughter, Brianna, is in first grade.  Our youngest daughter, Clara, is in preschool this year and our son, Davis, is 15 months old.   Between school, church, music class, ballet classes, AWANA, swim lessons and all the other appointments that go with having children in this day and age, we're busy... with a capital B U S Y!  
Most days consist of me yelling at someone to put on shoes (ON THE CORRECT FEET) and to get in the van... which, by the way, I was never going to drive a minivan.... and praying I remembered everything I need for the day (diapers, wipes, extra clothes for C and D, whatever we need for whatever activity we're going to) and praying that Brianna remembered to grab all her stuff (absent mindedness runs strong with this one).  For a stay at home mom, I'm rarely home... but I wouldn't trade my life for anything.  Even during the sucky months, it's all I've ever wanted.  
However, this last month has been ROUGH!  School started, my kids went ape-crap crazy adjusting, drama at church, colds, vomit, appointments, husband's work schedule changing weekly,  AGH!  Oh and my house is a wreck, all the time, 24/7, because we live in 1150 square feet with six people. 
So, in an effort to get out of my month of funk, I am going to get back on track with my weekly cleaning list and I am starting a new challenge!  I am going to be doing the A Bowl Full of Lemons October challenge to purge purge purge!  Join me if you want a more organized, less cluttered life!  Feel free to post pictures, I'm going to do my best to keep up with the challenge.  
So hopefully I will be back on here soon and hopefully you'll comment and tell me what you're crazy life is like and we can commiserate collaborate together!
Happy October!