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Monday, September 29, 2014

Moving and the military

Summer is over and fall has arrived. The leaves on the trees are beginning to change. The air is a little crisper and you need your favorite sweater on  cool days. Well, unless you're like me and just PCS'd [permanent change of station] to the desert in Texas. I Googled  the average temperatures for El Paso for September and here is what I found . . .

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Mom's bad day.

Wednesday I will post the weekly challenge for the 40 weeks -week 4. Tonight I felt led to write on something else.

What happens when mom has a bad day?
 
Today was one of those days. We have had torrential down pours all day, and I ran from the second I got up to now. It has been a long day. Top it off with 2 who had homework issues and dinner not getting on the table until almost seven, it was a long day.
 
Somehow in the midst of it I was done. I snapped at the kids, lost my temper, and patience was washed away like the rain we have had  all day.
 
Then comes the "Mom guilt" If only I had been more patient. If only I had planned things better. If only I would slow down a bit.
 
Yes it would be easy to play the game of if only and let that guilt build. However that is not productive or positive.
 
As moms we are not perfect, we loose patience, we have bad days, we have days we would like do-overs. We need to remember this.
 
However, when we loose patience, snap at the kids or husbands we need to also ask for forgiveness. As humbling it is , it teaches our kids were not perfect and we too mess up.
 
So tonight if your like me and had a day you would like to forget, stop and take a second and breath. Remember that tomorrow is a new day. If need be [like me} tell your kids your sorry and move on. Tomorrow is a new day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

40 weeks -Week 3

Well here we are onto week 3 of this challenge. You can read more about the original challenge  here.
This weeks challenge is to plan lunches for your and your family. In all reality during the school year this is easy for me.  M-F 5of the 6 kids eat at school  [some pack some buy] and my husband packs ever day.  For my self and the 4 year old we typically eat leftovers or something light. Pretty simple.
 
A few tips for keeping things running smooth.

  1.  Pack the night before. For those packing that day and my husband I pack there lunches the night before. Mainly because I am not a morning person and it is one less thing in the morning to do :)
  2. Use leftovers. My husband is pretty simple when it comes to food. A lot of times I will use leftovers to pack his lunch.
  3. Pay attention to what the kids are eating. I noticed this past week my 6 year old was not eating his lunch . This morning I packed a lunch with grapes, trail mix, cheese stick, crackers and a sweet treat. Everything was gone!
  4. Keep a schedule to track who is packing and who is buying. I uses a simple dry erase board for this. My 2 big kids always buy, but the 3 little buy/pack based on the school menu.
 
What about you and your family? Do your kids pack or buy? Share some tips you have to make lunches run smoother?


Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 2 of the 40 weeks challenge

  Well I made it onto week 2 of the 40 weeks 1 whole house challenge. Thank fully this weeks challenge is a lot easier. This week we are challenged to set up a calendar/planner system that works for you.

For me, I have two calendars. I use a dry erase board that hangs in our :Command Center". I use this so everyone in the family knows what is going for the month.
 
 
 
 
 
I also use Cozi on my phone and computer. I love this app because I can keep everything in one place  and if I am out I can check my schedule as needed. I am also able to keep to do list and other important info on my cozi app.
 
 
Once a week I update the calendar and make sure I have everyone on the same page.
 
 
How do you stay organized? Do you prefer a traditional paper planner or like me have everything online?


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Week 1 - Creating a "Sunday" Basket

Ok so I never actually got to this weeks challenge until yesterday. Partially because it was a crazy week with soccer and football , But, I have to admit I struggled with this challenge. I know, week 1 and already hitting a road bump :) The thing is, I could not see this working for me in the way that it was describer in the original post here.  We live in on post housing, my downstairs area is very tight. I don't really have anywhere to keep a basket to hold papers the way it was talked about in the post. The thought of going thru the basket once a week with six kids was stressing me out! Images of papers overflowing out of the basket and onto the  floor, slowly taking over my downstairs filled my head!

But here is the beauty of organization! Do what works for you. I quickly made the decision to take parts of the challenge that would work and discard the rest. Kind of  like delcuttering the challenge and only keeping what I needed.
                   
 
Here is my before and after!

 
 
 Basically, I created my own version of the "Sunday Basket" I have a command center set up where I keep everything . On the top of the smaller shelf is a small metal basket. Here is all the important paper that come into our home. My plan is every other day or more or less as needed I can go thru the bin and put things away. Items to files do below, dates get written on the calendar and put into my phone [more on this later], and if its a paper for that week I keep it till that day. On the larger shelf I have a bin for notebooks for volunteer positions etc.  The green baskets holds keys and sunglasses.
 
Did you attempt the challenge this week? How did you make it work for you?
 Join me back here tomorrow as we tackle week 2!

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New school year brings new goals.

As the school year begins one of my goals is to get better organized when it comes to my home.
 I came across this post on Facebook and think I may try it.
 
 
I am good at delcuttering, but keeping things organized is where I struggle.
Check back later this week as I post the before and after for week 1
 
 
How do you stay organized? Do you have favorite websites you refer back to?
 Or maybe you are like me and starting fresh with the school year.
Feel free to share!
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to school time!!!!

  Today is back to school day in our household. Our youngest will start preschool next week after the Labor day weekend but the other 5 went back this morning. I think everyone in our house was ready for the school year to begin. School in Georgia finished at the end of May just before Memorial day, and school in Texas starts later so we had an extra long summer this year.  These were the few shots I was able to get of the kids before they left for school. Don't let the photo's fool you, no one [well except the super cool 4 year old] wanted to stand for pictures!
 
 

 
 
 
A new school year especially in a new state/school for us this year brings lots of changes. One major change, that I am a huge fan of is uniforms. While my children do attend public school, the district we live in has a uniform policy. Although this means more laundry for me, mornings are easier in terms of what you can or can not wear.
 
The start of a school year also means afterschool activities. My kids are very active and while we encourage them to do outside activities we limit each child to 1 activity  per season.  For the Fall we have 1 playing football, 4 playing soccer, and 1 in gymnastics. I like to call it "organized chaos." As long as everything goes on the calendar we are good to go!
 
Is your family in "back to school " mode like us? Are your kids involved after school activities? What strategies do you have for making the school year run smooth?