Sunday Intentions 01.07.2018

Finally a regular, normal, boring week ahead! I’m really craving some daily routines and getting back in the swing of things. The holidays are a lot of fun, but I’m ready to slow down for awhile.

I’m pretty exhausted today. I slept horribly because there was this weird chattery whiny noise coming from the ceiling all night. Sometimes the boys talk about hearing a squirrel in the attic when they’re trying to go to sleep, so I just kept imagining a hundred squirrels running around and being responsible for the incessant noises that kept me awake most of the night. I told Greg about it in the morning and he said, “Do you mean the sound the fan makes sometimes?” So yeah – idiot here! The noise was varying enough and seemed to be coming from different areas above me, so I didn’t even consider the fan. SIGH.

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Anyway, it did warm up a bit and Annie and I got to the dog park this morning in 16 degree weather. And after lunch we were finally able to go sledding! It was about 27 by then. We took Annie with us and I had her attached to a leash that goes around my waist. If we lost her at Astico Park I’m pretty sure we’d never see her again. I wish I could trust her off leash! I don’t even know when is the appropriate time to start trying her without one. In a few years?? She’s really great with staying near me and coming when I call at the dog park, but with total freedom I’m sure she’d just take off. As proven by all the times she got away last spring and summer. Anyway, I actually went down the sledding hills twice and Annie ran along beside me, both absolutely loving it and totally confused. At one point she was running right next to me and looking at me like she couldn’t figure out what in the world was happening. I was laughing SO hard.

After sledding I decided to go run some errands. I ran out of polyfil of all things while I was working yesterday, so I was at a standstill until I got some more. I figured it was better to just go today even though I really didn’t want to. So after not getting sleep, trekking around the dog park, doing yoga, making breakfast and lunch, getting pulled all over sledding hills by Annie with her crazy strength (amplified by the harness), and then running errands for a few hours, I am WIPED OUT. And a bit cranky. Is it bedtime yet?

Highest Priority – Back to Work!

I planned on getting back to work last week, but like I said in yesterday’s post, I just ran out of time for it. This week – no excuses! I’m getting in that panic mode where there are just so many things I want to make and I get super stressed out and resentful about how long the more mundane tasks of doll making take. I definitely love the finishing touches a lot more than the process. Stuffing dolls for hours on end is not fun.  So I’m just hoping I can really power through these custom orders I’ve been working on and then finally get back into a productive routine that results in many beautiful dolls! Valentine dolls are some of my best sellers and I’m already down to only a few more weeks before it’s too late to sell them. I know I won’t have time to make nearly as many as I’d like. But I’m trying to be okay with it.

Other Priority – Keep Up Goals!

At least at the beginning of the year I always want to have my New Year’s resolutions at the back of my mind. I need to continue with my daily yoga. It’s been getting harder and harder to make myself do it every day, but I always feel so much better afterward. It’s worth it. I want to be aware of whatever else I need to be doing to take care of myself too. Just stay home, work, read, rest, enjoy my family. I can do it.

Meal Plans

Monday – Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce (I hate lemons and have never cooked anything using them before. But a huge bag of Meyer lemons for $2 at Walmart today caught my eye, so I’m going to try some lemon recipes for my lemon loving family members.)

Tuesday – Cuban Chicken Bowl (This is one of my favorite chicken recipes because it just has such AMAZING flavors. I haven’t made it in quite awhile.)

Wednesday – (At home?) Date Night – haven’t figured it out yet

Thursday – Probably leftovers. Thursdays are quickly becoming regular leftover night. But maybe breakfast for dinner if we don’t have enough leftovers.

Friday – I’m going out! With friends! But I’ll still make a pizza for Greg and Shepard. We had frozen pizza last week and they were not thrilled.

Have a great week!

Sunday Intentions 12.17.2017

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Christmas week is finally here! I’m excited to (hopefully!) spend the week going at a much slower pace, taking a lot of time to relax and enjoy the little moments that make this time of year magical. I’m really hoping everyone stays healthy and that my children stop fighting every waking minute so we can all breathe easier and smile and laugh and take solace in being together throughout a bunch of Christmas celebrations. That might be asking too much, but here’s hoping!

I’m always able to find things to do, but I really hope I can learn to let a few things slide this week. I have such a pileup of books that I’d LOVE to spend a few hours every day finally enjoying my Christmas reading corner, with candles lit and my furry children surrounding me. There’s always next week too, but I kind of switch over to crazy mode between Christmas and New Year’s, wanting to get everything cleaned up and in order so I’m ready for an actual fresh start right away January 1st. So this is the week for down time!

There really aren’t any set plans until Friday. I’m declaring Monday my baking day, though I realized I’ll have to run to the grocery store in the morning. And the dog park. So it won’t quite be the early start I thought I’d have. But if I get sick of baking at some point on Monday I’ll just make Tuesday a baking day too! I want to make enough things to package up some goodie boxes for the neighbors. I might do more baking on Thursday for all the Christmas parties.

I need to finish wrapping presents and clean the house up a bit too earlier in the week. Nothing major, but enough that it doesn’t stress me out. Right now it’s stressing me out! I don’t know what I ever did before I could dedicate an entire room to wrapping presents! What a mess. It doesn’t help that Shepard decided to build a gigantic cardboard airplane that’s taking up pretty much all available floor space in the living room. I’m glad he was doing something creative, but…it’s a mess!

On Friday morning I decided to treat myself to the new Pitch Perfect movie. I think it’ll be exactly what I need before jumping into all the Christmas festivities over the weekend. As soon as the boys get out of school we’re having our little family Christmas. We always take the present opening at a pretty slow pace and then enjoy the gifts for the rest of the evening. Saturday morning we have Greg’s huge family Christmas party. And Christmas Eve we spend the morning with Greg’s family and afternoon with mine. And Christmas day is always kind of up in the air. We open Santa presents in the morning, relax awhile, and usually end up at one or both grandparent houses at some point later in the day.

No big priorities this week! I just want to be happy and enjoy life. I don’t want to lose patience when a certain child of mine is destined to have multiple meltdowns because he doesn’t want to go somewhere or do something. I just want to have a good week!

Meal Plans

Monday – Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

Wednesday – Leftovers, probably

Thursday- Toasted Ravioli for the adults, Christmas Spaghetti for the kids

Friday – Pizza

Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday Intentions 12.10.2017

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Well, it’s the last “normal” week of the month! And I’m excited because I think I’m actually on track – possibly ahead of schedule! – with where I want to be this week.

The last few days have kind of been a drag. In the future, I really need to work harder in November, sickness or not! Taking the whole month of December off from Heartstring Annie is necessary for my sanity and getting the million other things ready for Christmas. But, it is what it is. I’m just thrilled that I might actually get done with my remaining 30 (!) dolls tomorrow and have them photographed and listed on Tuesday. Then I’ve earned myself four extra days for other holiday related things!

It’s a pretty straight forward week. Regular school days. At home date night/boys with grandparents on Tuesday. Greg’s seeing Star Wars late Thursday night with a friend and we’re all going with extra family members on Friday night. Everything else is just life as usual.

I’ll try to keep my priorities quick and to the point this week! I’ve been working since 5am and am ready to just CHILL OUT for the night.

Priorities This Week

  1. FINISH DOLLS!! They’re all in the drying stage right now. In the morning I’ll put on their dresses and sew on all their hair. Which always takes so much longer than I think it will. But I THINK I can get it all done tomorrow. Then photograph Tuesday morning and list them on etsy soon after.
  2. CHRISTMAS CARDS! I got our cards in the mail the other day! The photos are a little dark, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Can’t wait to send them out!
  3. TEACHER GIFTS! I’d like to get teacher gifts wrapped and on their way to school this week. The more presents I can get out the door this week the better. Less to think about next week. Plus I always figure they might be happy to get a treat earlier in the month.
  4. WRAP PRESENTS! Same as above, I’d like to try and get most of the extended family gifts wrapped and out of the house.
  5. ENJOY LIFE! Once the dolls are done, I give myself full permission to start taking life a little more leisurely. There is still a ton of stuff to do. Wrapping, baking, cleaning, etc. But I want to also feel like I’m on a bit of a vacation. I want to be fully present with my family for the rest of the month. I want to give myself plenty of time during the day to just read and rest. I want to be happy.

Meal Plans…sort of, as always

Monday – Baked turkey breast, homemade french fries, glazed carrots

Tuesday – Some sort of spicy date night chicken. Maybe wings??

Wednesday – BBQ Turkey Sliders

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – MOD Pizza before the movie

Have a great week!

Sunday Intentions 12.03.2017

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It’s a busy week ahead! But also a really fun week! There are so many things I’d like to get done, and so many things I’m sure will fall to the wayside. But – it’s okay. 🙂 It’s an enjoy life kind of week and I’m looking forward to it!

Monday is a full blast work day. I made some good progress this weekend and I hope to finish a few dolls tonight, once they’re done drying. That’s always when the whole process comes to a standstill. Usually overnight, though I didn’t time things correctly this time around. But if I could get a couple new dolls listed tomorrow morning that would be awesome. Time is ticking away and I haven’t listed anything new in forever. 🙁

I also need to organize all my gifts! It’s a really good thing my kids aren’t snoopy and curious (the exact opposite of me as a child) because all of their Christmas presents are just haphazardly thrown in halfway closed boxes all over the basement. I keep an ongoing list of gifts I buy everyone on my computer and make a visual board of the boys’ gifts so I make sure it looks like they’re getting an equal amount of things each Christmas. But it’s still good to physically see them in front of me to confirm if I need to get anything else. And the sooner I can get to that the better.

Tuesday is errands and a dentist appointment. Not so fun, but necessary.

And Wednesday is the big day! St. Nick’s Day for starters. Always an exciting holiday around our house. It also happens to be a late start day , so we won’t have to rush in the morning.

And Wednesday night is my Favorite Things Party, which I’m SO so excited about! I throw one every year and every year it grows in number. But it’s so fun to host this gathering for my friends, as a space to get into the holiday spirit, but also get a break from kids and craziness for a few hours. I also love the favorite thing aspect of it, where we all give three gifts of our favorite things from the year. I had a really hard time narrowing down what I wanted to give this year. Actually, I have six different things. I need to somehow ditch three of them! It should be a really great day, though. I just need to get everything prepped for it on Tuesday!

The rest of the week should be more relaxed. Well, work days. I’m setting a goal of getting all 40 dolls I’m working on to be done by December 16th. And if they’re not done by then, I’m going to be done for the year anyway. But hopefully with a lot of hard work in the next two weeks I can do it!

I’m also hoping everyone stays healthy enough that Greg and I can go on our annual Christmasy date on Saturday night. The boys are sleeping over at my mom’s, so we can go out and have some fun. I always like a festive Madison date night in December to remember to enjoy each other’s company in the midst of holiday insanity.

Top Priority This Week – STAY FOCUSED

I’ve got to do lists on paper and in my head and on my computer and they pretty much rule my life. There’s so much to do this week for St. Nick’s, the party, work, family time, etc. The last few years I’ve taken a month long break from Heartstring Annie, so I can truly enjoy the season. But this year I really want to get a final boost of sales, if I can. So I’m splitting the month in half, with crazy work hours the first half and then total relaxation and enjoyment in the second. I just need to keep that second half of the month in mind while I power through the first half! It’ll be worth it. No unnecessary distractions.

Second Priority – Accept Imperfection

I’m definitely a perfectionist. And an all or nothing kind of person. I often feel like if I can’t do something completely right the first time, it was a waste of my time. But Christmastime is always full of surprises and I need to be okay with them. Kids might be sick. I might be sick. Annie still needs exercise. Meals still need to be made. Life goes on, no matter what my lists tell me I should be doing with my time. So I want to be okay with shortcuts. The house might not be spotless for the party on Wednesday night. Nobody will notice except me. I might not figure out where we should go on our date night until two hours before we leave the house. We’ll still have a fun time. It’s okay to be imperfect. We will all still survive.

Meal Plans…maybe! 

Monday – Golden Soup (We’re all getting a bit more adventurous with soup these days – I made a chipotle tomato soup to go with grilled cheese last week that even Shepard ate! This one looks intriguing.)

Tuesday – Costco Rotisserie Chicken (need simple with all the big stuff happening Wednesday!)

Wednesday – PARTY!!!

Thursday – Probably some sort of beef/steak. Not sure on this yet. Not my favorite meat! But everyone else loves it, so I need to throw it in every two weeks or so.

Friday – Pizza, as always

Have a great week!

Sunday Intentions 11.26.2017

Well, this will be short and to the point today! After a week of being the only fully healthy one in the family, everything seemed to hit me hard today. Fortunately everyone else is finally feeling better, but I am just zapped out. Which is kind of infuriating. I was so excited to have a fun family day decorating for Christmas. I wanted to get it all put up today so tomorrow I can jump full steam into GETTING STUFF DONE. I’m worried I’m going to wake up tomorrow feeling even worse than I do today. I could only do things for like five minutes at a time today before I needed a break. Being sick is the WORST.

The good news is that it’s a pretty light week. The boys have a Christmas concert (for the first time in our four years at the elementary school!) on Friday night. Other than that, there are basically no commitments! Just school, work, home. It feels highly unusual!

Top Priority – Christmas Decorating

All the Christmas boxes are in my sewing room. So I definitely won’t be getting any real work done until I take care of that! I was going to try and power through today, but after tackling the trees, I started thinking it’ll just be a whole lot easier to do it when I’m home alone. Hopefully I can get it all done tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to have the house looking cozy and cheerful for the next month! My candle game especially is going to be on point this winter. 🙂

Second Priority – Sewing!

I didn’t do any WORK work last week. No time! So I need to get back to it this week. I have a Santa pattern I’d like to try out, but every time I do something beyond just dolls it usually throws me off and I spend so much extra time working on them. I’d like to make a few Santas, but I’m not sure I can spare the time. Those stupid pilgrims set me back over a week last month and I only sold one. Maybe I should stick to what I’m best at.

Third Priority – Blog Week

It’s the end of the month! Time for all my fun end of the month posts! I feel like it’s been a pretty light month for media consumption. I only read a couple of books, barely watched any tv, and haven’t tried any new podcasts. So maybe my posts won’t be so fun this month! 😀 But I want to write them.

Anyway, no meal plans figured out yet. I can’t wrap my mind around that at the moment. I can say we’re having some sort of chicken tomorrow night!

Okay, back to the couch for me. Have a good week!

Saturday Reflections and Sunday Intentions 11.19.2017

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This weekend is turning out to be even busier than I expected it to be! I somehow thought I’d get most of today to laze around with a book and candles again. Here it is 5pm and I haven’t even gotten to most of the more enjoyable things I wanted to do BEFORE lazy time today (like write!). Which is a little frustrating. But what can you do? Life just takes over.

This past week has been fairly uneventful. I’ve just been working away, trying to get things done so I can afford to take a breather this upcoming week. As always, I didn’t get as much done as I had wanted. Sewing feels like it’s taking me ten times longer than it used to. It’s really hard to just sit down and work when I’m constantly thinking about everything else. I’m really trying to get out of this mindset, but it’s tough. I’ve lived in this zone ever since Shepard started school full time. I feel like I need to prove my worth, or something like that. If I’m not getting enough done, then I’m obviously failing as a stay at home/work at home mom. It’s not like anyone actually says that to me, but I feel the pressure nonetheless. ALL. THE. TIME.

Anyway. Tuesday was our last day of yoga class. Or so I thought!! Apparently it’s actually an eight week class. But I was pretty psyched about it ending, so I decided we’re done. Shepard was being super uncooperative at the kid class again. I’m not sure what changed from the earlier weeks, but it’s just not worth bringing him back. And I can’t go this week anyway, so I’m done. It was definitely a good experience! I don’t LOVE yoga, but I did like most of it! I just wish the class were in the mornings. Or – A class was in the morning. I think I’d just do so much better with any type of exercising if I could get it done earlier in the day, rather than waiting for it to be the last thing I do that day. I never, ever want to leave the house in the evenings, especially for a class.

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Wednesday was our one big family meal together of the week. I’m really trying to make a conscious effort to enjoy cooking again. I used to love it! I used to really love to bake. So much so I was considering a career in it. And now? I dread being forced to stand in the kitchen while everyone is whining and starving every afternoon. But I want to enjoy it again. Even if I just focus on one or two big meals a week, I want to put the effort in and have fun doing it. So this week I made some steaks and hasselback potatoes, with chimichurri and rosemary focaccia bread.

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On Thursday afternoon, Caden had another therapy appointment, so I dropped him off there with Greg and then Shepard and I had a mini date. We went to St. Vinnie’s to look for Christmas things to go with my dolls. And then we had dinner at Taco Bell. Which was funny because Greg and Caden picked that for their dinner date too. They were coming in as we were leaving. And then they went to Math/Science night and Shepard and I went home.

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Friday was a big work day. I picked up the boys with Annie. The dog park is closed this week for repairs. I might drive over there tomorrow to see if there’s any update on when it will be finished. Annie REALLY needs that running around time every day. The long walks don’t really do much to settle her down. We’ve been walking twice a day, but she still has cycles of being crazy wound up.

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Saturday morning I finished up ten more Christmas dolls. This is my favorite. I love stockings!

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The boys and I were out and about for most of the day. We had our friend Bronson’s birthday party at Sky Zone. My kids are a year ahead and behind everyone that was at the party, so they just stuck together and at my side. Once they saw kids getting ICEEs, the just had to have one. So I made them share.

After that party we had a three hour time gap before our next party. It was too cold and rainy/sleety to do anything outside or just sit in the car playing tablet (which is what Caden really wanted to do). So we went to Toys ‘r Us to very slowly look at every toy in the store. Then we stopped at a fancy grocery store. I was hoping to actually get the things I needed, but it was too crowded and expensive, so we just looked around. And ended at Barnes and Noble, where they conveniently found Nooks and tablets to play on while I looked around.

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At 5, we went to my goddaughter McKenna’s and her little sister Alaina’s joint birthday party. My kids were having SO much fun playing on the air hockey table and with all the kids at the party.

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McKenna is five! She’s so sweet.

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The gigantic mint cake! It was a fun party! We got home around 8:45pm and I was totally beat. Exhausting day!

Sunday Intentions

So, moving on to the week ahead! It’s Thanksgiving! Which for us means a massive family week. My sister-in-law and her husband are in town for the week and they won’t be able to come this year for Christmas, so the pressure is on to spend every possible minute together! My other sister-in-law and her boyfriend will be here too. We have a lot of things planned!

Monday is still a free day. I think I might treat myself to some fun shopping in Madison. I’ve really been wanting to go to Trader Joe’s to check out their seasonal treats. It’s about an hour drive, so I don’t get there too often. But my all time favorite gift store is across the street, so I think it’s worth the trek.

Tuesday is a work day. I don’t expect to actually get much done, but I’ll hopefully get to something! When Tuesday afternoon rolls around I’m going to be done for the week. If I plan on sewing in between activities it’s just going to stress me out. So I’m officially on a sewing free vacation at 3pm on Tuesday. That evening we’re going to try and do some family photos for Christmas cards.

Wednesday the boys have a half day and then we’re going to go to EAA with everyone. I’ve never been there.

Thursday is Thanksgiving! My in-law’s host every year, and the last few years my parents and brother have been coming too. Which is really nice, having everyone together. Plus the whole not needing to eat two full Thanksgiving meals within hours of each other thing! I’m usually in charge of all the desserts, though this year other people wanted to make things too. I’m making two things and possibly some sort of rolls.

Friday we have another family get together. And then Greg and I are going to his co-worker’s wedding in the evening. The wedding and dinner/reception are all taking place at Fleming’s Steak House. Which is kind of funny to me. The boys will stay at Grandma’s and sleepover.

Saturday is the big Columbus Wine Walk. I’ve never gone before, but a few of my friends asked me to join in. All the small businesses in town will be offering wine and appetizers at each of their locations. We had to buy tickets in advance. I’m looking forward to it! I don’t get enough friend time.

And Sunday, hopefully, we’ll decorate for Christmas! I’m excited to get the trees up. Normally I’m one of those devout after Thanksgiving ONLY kind of people when it comes to Christmasy things. But this year I’ve already been listening to music for a couple of weeks, so I’m ready!

Top Priority: ENJOY MY BLESSINGS

I live in my head way too much. I let myself be ruled by my to do lists and sometimes have a hard time keeping my priorities straight. I like to accomplish things and sometimes just sitting around and chilling feels like a huge waste of potentially productive time to me. I’m constantly thinking about what else I need to be doing and it’s hard to let that go. But this week, it’s going to happen. I’m going to RELAX and ENJOY and LOVE and LAUGH. I’m fortunate to have family that lives nearby and wants us around. I’m blessed to have a supportive husband and two kids that are pretty great. I have a lot to be thankful for and it’s the week to really focus on that. Work can wait.

Second Priority: Annie

The downside of all this family time is that Annie is going to be spending a whole lot of time in her kennel home alone this week. 🙁 It’s been a pretty big source of anxiety to me this past week. I tried to talk to Greg about it and he basically said I asked for these problems by getting a dog. So. Annie is back to being MY dog and my dog alone and I have to deal with it. I’m planning on really long walks every morning. I’m hoping the dog park opens back up earlier rather than later, so we can go there too. And I’ll probably have to leave a few things early. I know, she’s just a dog. But she’s a super social dog that needs a ton of exercise and interaction and I don’t want to just ditch her for the entire week.

And that’s about it! There are certainly other things I’d like to do this week. Blog posts that never seem to find time to be written. But I’m not going to put the pressure on myself. If I get to it, I do. If I want to just spend a day enjoying the little things in life, I’ll do that instead.

Have a happy Thanksgiving week!

Sunday Intentions 11.12.2017

After a day of mostly reading, three catnaps, and an hour of outdoor work, I think I’m ready for another week. I was feeling very burned out yesterday, but tonight I am restored! I’m becoming a true believer that a day of rest is genuinely a necessity for inner peace and happiness. These occasional lazy Sundays I’ve been having recently are just the best.

It’s a pretty normal week ahead. Except I was considering meal plans and realized we’re all only going to be home to eat together two nights this week. It was one last week! It’s so bizarre as a family that doesn’t do sports or any type of club, we’re suddenly so busy in evenings that eating together is no longer the norm.

Monday is a work day. I’m looking forward to starting my next batch of dolls. And then Greg and I have an at home date night. I’m not sure what I’ll make yet, but it’s sure to be tasty!

Tuesday night is the last day of yoga classes. I fully plan on attending both of them this time!

Wednesday is another normal day. Possibly an errand day if I can wait that long.

Thursday night Caden has a therapy appointment and then there’s a Math/Science night at school. I don’t really know anything about it, except that it’s technically only for 2nd and 3rd graders, so maybe Shepard and I won’t even go? Not sure on that.

And a normal Friday! Not much to report this week.

Saturday will be busy. Two birthday parties, both in Madison. With a three hour time gap in between. Not worth going back home. I doubt the boys will be too keen on shopping in those hours! So…we’ll see. Maybe the weather will miraculously be amazing and we can hang out at some parks. And Sunday will hopefully be another lazy day because Thanksgiving week will be BUSY.

Top Priority: Dolls

November is practically halfway over! How did this happen?! I’ve been working hard, but I need to really step it up this week. Somehow. I think I’ll start with another batch of Christmas dolls and then mayyyybe attempt some Santas. I’ve never done Santas before. I’m also toying with the idea of some really primitive and simple teddy bears. It’s been a long time since I’ve made non-mohair bears.

Second Priority: Blogging

I’ve been coming up with quite a few topics I’d like to write on lately, but not a whole lot of time to devote to it. I’d like to do some fun posts, like Christmas gift guides or tell you about some of my favorite cookbooks. I still haven’t written a post about Halloween yet either. That one might not happen! I just want to keep writing because it makes me happy! I’m going to try to go back to my no sewing at night rule this week. But writing is completely allowed in the evenings!

Third Priority: Cookbook Reading

So in September I got a couple really amazing cookbooks. I started going through them when I went on my Door County trip. Then life got crazy back at home and I never finished. I was hoping to do this today, but I think I’m out of time. I want to finish looking at the cookbooks and pick meals to actually make. ASAP. Because the recipes look incredible. And I want to start doing a whole lot better at meal making again.

Meal Plans…sort of

Monday – Probably a type of stir fry/Asian influenced meal with a lot of broccoli and cauliflower from the farmer’s market

Tuesday – Soup maybe? It has to be a crockpot meal or nothing, since I’ll be at yoga all night

Wednesday – Hoping for a cookbook idea!

Thursday – Maybe fast food? Greg and Caden will probably need to go straight from therapy to Math Night, so that’s a bit of a predicament.

Friday – Pizza. Of course.

Have a great week!

Sunday Intentions 11.05.2017

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This has felt like a ridiculously long day. Daylight’s savings is not my friend. All that hype about an extra hour of sleep? Yeah, that doesn’t happen when A – you ALWAYS wake up very early without the aid of an alarm and B – you have children. It just means you wake up even earlier, your kids are up earlier, and then they’re staying up what feels like an hour later the day the clock changes. By my way of thinking, I’m actually losing two hours of sleep/peace and quiet today.

Anyway! The day is almost over and we have a busy week ahead. Busy week of nights ahead. Which is sometimes exciting! But also feels a little bit daunting.

Tomorrow, there’s no school. I really have no idea why. I try to make the most of these random days off during the school year. But I’m honestly getting pretty sick of listening to my kids be at each other’s throats every minute of the day. I’m also sick of them begging to play video games every chance they get. And I’m sick of them taking advantage of me when I do let them play. This day has been so long and we’re all getting on each other’s nerves, and the thought of another full day together does not make me happy at the moment. But. It should be fine. We’re going to lunch with my mom. And checking out Toyland. I wanted to go a few weeks ago, but there’s something Caden really wants and it didn’t seem like he’d be able to handle going there without throwing a massive fit about me not buying the $115 thing he wants. Hopefully enough time has passed that he’ll keep his cool.

Tuesday night I’m back at my yoga classes. It was really awesome having last Tuesday (Halloween) off. There’s just two more weeks. I plan to follow through on the sessions, but I don’t think I’ll take the classes if they decide to run it again. I liked it. But I didn’t love it enough to give up an entire night of my week, every week, indefinitely. The only real plus side is that it gave me a chance to hang out with my friend Laura every week. It’s hard to find that regular friend time elsewhere. I wish there were a local daytime class. I’d be much more gung ho about that.

Wednesday night Greg is seeing a movie with a friend, the boys will be at Grandma’s, and I’ll get a whole two hours to myself. I realize I’m home alone quite often during the week – but it always feels so much more special when it happens at night! Maybe because it’s so incredibly rare. I should plan to have some sort of self care reading or movie night, instead of just planning to work.

Thursday night I’m going to dinner with two of my friends. I’m excited about that!

Friday night there’s this big sale at a local barn that only opens 2-3 times a year. I feel like I somehow missed any times they’ve been opened since their Christmas sale last year. I usually find some great accessories for my dolls at super low prices. And it’s just fun to hunt around in vintage and antique treasures.

And I think we actually have a full weekend free! So far. 🙂 We’ve finally reached the end of our huge list of fall birthdays!

Highest Priority for the Week – Work Stuff

As usual. Really trying to make work my highest priority this whole month. Though to be more specific this week, I want to finish my first batch of six Christmas dolls. I’m not sure how much time I’ll get to work tomorrow with the boys around, but hopefully by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning, those will be done. And then I want to figure out how to make tree topper dolls. I had someone contact me about making her one over a month ago and I said I just couldn’t deal with it in the midst of Halloween sewing, but I’d get back to her. I want to keep my word and figure it out.

Second Priority – Learn One New Blog Thing

I think I need to watch some tutorials, do some research, and basically just find time to get down to business and learn more about wordpress. I revamped my blog a year ago and other than writing a lot more often, I haven’t made any additional progress to spice things up. I did make an Everyday Crumbs facebook page last week. And I made an instagram account (@everydaycrumbs) a couple of weeks ago. But this week I’d like to learn something new for the actual website.

Third Priority – Declutter

It amazes me how quickly piles of junk appear around the house. For example, when we got back from my brother’s birthday party this afternoon, I didn’t want to do anything except read. So I got everything arranged in my favorite spot by the fireplace and started reading. Then Greg and Caden wanted to do a puzzle, so I suggested they bring in a card table and set up in our previous lego area – instead of beginning the 500 piece puzzle on my work table, which I really need full use of on a daily basis. Meanwhile, Shepard was doing some coloring or book making on the floor. Annie brought in a stuffed animal which she shredded to pieces all over the room. Within two hours my usually very clean and peaceful living room was a total disaster area! Now it matches the rest of the house. Anyway, I want to start tackling those piles and trying to figure out a better system. Especially in the family room where everyone walks in the door and just dumps everything. That’s why I never want to be in that room. Mess, mess, mess.

And that’s the week! I think I have plenty to do! No meal plans because other than tomorrow every night is pretty up in the air. I won’t even be around three of the nights, so…easy meals.

Have a good one!

Sunday Intentions 10.29.2017

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I am so happy to finally have a quieter week ahead! These past two months have just been go go go and full of a little too much excitement! 🙂 It’s been awesome, but I’m also getting anxious to just settle into the school year, get myself on a better daily schedule, and not have our weekends always be booked to capacity.

Tomorrow will be my errand day. I like getting as much done as possible on Mondays, so the rest of the week can be dedicated to work. I’m also treating tomorrow as a bit of a self care day. I haven’t had much downtime in the past week, so I’m rewarding myself with a browsing trip to Barnes and Noble after my grocery shopping. That’s one of my favorite things to do when I just need a break from life.

Tuesday is Halloween! Though it doesn’t feel like much of a big deal when all the festivities are already over. I am planning to have Halloween shaped spaghetti for dinner. And probably some sort of themed dessert, that is yet to be determined!

Wednesday is an at home date night. We usually have them every week, but this fall has been so crazy there haven’t been many weeks where it worked out. No specific plans, but I usually like to make something for dinner that’s extra tasty.

Thursday and Friday are low key, except for an early release from school on Friday. Saturday I’m early Christmas shopping with Cindy. And Sunday we’re celebrating my brother Tyler’s birthday.

Top Priority – Work!

Doll making is my highest priority for the whole month of November. The last few years I found myself too overwhelmed with family things to do much sewing in December, and I assume that will probably be the case this year too. Which is fine! I always want to actually enjoy the Christmas season. But to prepare for that, I need to work my butt off in November. Today I started a batch of fun/random themed dolls. And after that it’s on to Christmas! I always run out of time to do as many Christmas dolls as I’d like. I’m hoping this is the year I can change that!

Second Priority – Self Care

Perhaps this is a bit counterproductive to my highest priority. But I want to keep it in mind. The last few weeks I’ve been getting up around five and having a bit of a devotional time. Then I start on some sewing while I listen to faith based podcasts. I don’t go on my computer or check anything until after I bring the boys to school. This routine has been a really nice start to my morning. Just to have the peace and quiet to myself, and to have positive thoughts flowing through me. I definitely want to make sure that continues to happen. But I need to take care of myself the rest of the day too. I’ve just been so busy lately that my daily long walks with Annie have really fallen to the wayside. We’ve taken many more trips to the dog park. Which she loves! But the walking time was good for both of us. It definitely needs to be a higher priority. There isn’t a yoga class this week because of Halloween, but I’d like to try and spend some time trying it out at home in the meantime. And I just want to be more aware of what I need to be happiest and to do it. Even if it means a dirtier house, laundry piles that last another day, or very simple dinners. Nobody is happy when I’m full of anxiety and stress. Little pockets of reading time, coffee time, occasional power naps – that’s what will keep me sane.

Meal Plans (still keeping things very simple this week)

Monday – Rotisserie Costco Chicken

Tuesday – Halloween Spaghetti and Ravioli

Wednesday – Date night…Meal TBD

Thursday – Waffles and Bacon

Friday – Spicy BBQ Pizza

Have a great week! 

Sunday Intentions 10.22.2017

It’s a busy week ahead! I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed. Though it seems like every week is a busy week this fall. There’s always so much going on! I suppose I should be happy that almost everything on our schedules is FUN. It just feels a little overwhelming sometimes when three of the four members of our family just really like to be chilling out at home the majority of the time. Plus I’m trying to you know, work, which is always really hard to do when life is busy. But – we’re making memories and living life and enjoying ourselves. And that’s what matters, right?!

Monday I’m hoping to run all the errands I’ll need to do for the week. Groceries, Halloween candy, a few random returns around Madison. It’ll be a busy day, but great if I can get it all done at the start of the week.

Tuesday night I’m trying the double yoga class thing. I’m not super excited about it, but I feel committed to the six weeks of class. I just hope I’m not going into it as exhausted as I felt last week.

Wednesday is a late start and I need to make things for the school bake sale.

Thursday night is SpookFest for school. Bake sale, costume contest, Halloween crafts. The boys will probably enjoy it.

Friday night there’s a community bonfire that might be fun to check out.

Saturday we’ll have our annual Halloween “party” with the grandparents and trick or treating is that evening. I really hope the weather holds out! This past week has been so nice again and now it’s supposed to get cold and yucky. Which is pretty typical for late October in Wisconsin. But it’d be nice to have one more nice afternoon!

So lots to do, lots to prep, lots to think about. Many busy nights, so I need to make sure I’m being productive during the day with work and household stuff – yet still resting enough so I can survive the nighttime events! It just occurred to me that I haven’t been following through with my Self Care Wednesdays, the way I did last year. I feel like I can’t afford to take those breaks yet. I’m far behind. But…I should do it anyway. Maybe next week. 🙂

Top Priority – Work!

I’d like to finish up the three large sets of pilgrims I’m currently working on. Hopefully by Wednesday. I’m getting antsy to maybe do one more set of non-holiday dolls and then start jumping into Christmas. I really think I might have enough time to do as many Christmas dolls as I want to do this year – which would be a first. I just need to stay focused!

Second Priority – Blogging

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for my monthly slew of media posts! I have a few other things I’d like to write on too. I want to figure out how do an email subscribe button. You’d think it would be pretty easy, but I feel so ridiculously technology stupid these days. Coding is NOT my thing. Fortunately, it is Greg’s livelihood, so I might need to get his assistance.

Third Priority – Halloween Fun!

Despite the work stuff, I want to have fun this week! There are only so many years left where the boys can trick or treat and really enjoy the holiday. I want to make the most of them!

MEAL PLANS (I’m doing it this week!!!)

Monday – Leftover soup from my mom with some fresh Costco bread

Tuesday – Chicken nuggets/freezer food/leftovers (because I’ll be at two yoga classes the entire evening)

Wednesday – Some sort of delicious marinated ahead of time chicken stir fry

Thursday – Hot dogs/sausages

Friday – Jalapeno popper pizza

Saturday (Halloween Party) – Pizza bread snake, baked brie, hot dog mummies

Have a great week!!