Sunday Intentions

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It’s Christmas week already! This month has really flown by. I think as a whole I’ve had the best and most enjoyable December I’ve had in a long time. Spending it in our own house has definitely been a huge plus. With the extra decorations, trees in almost every room, and space to spread out, it’s been easier to breathe and slow down and enjoy life. I had my priorities straight this year, knowing what would trigger my stress and avoiding it as much as possible. Though I’ve also found myself pretty crabby the last few days and feeling a bit resentful about what I set aside in order to get Christmas things done in a timely matter, throw a few parties, and feel totally prepared for this week ahead. Between moving, a major garage sale, and Christmas stuff, this is the fourth month this year I’ve taken almost entirely off from sewing. This is supposed to be my job now, where I put most of my daytime hours and energy. But I never feel like it’s allowed to be my priority. Other things ALWAYS come up. Other things always feel like they need to be more important, even though a lot of the time it’s not really what I want to do. It felt worth it at the time, but it also frustrates me that four months into calling Heartstring Annie my full time job, it’s really not even close to being my reality. But that’s something I need to figure out in the new year. I had my day of resentment yesterday, but I’m pretty much over it now. 🙂 December has been really good so far. I needed the extra time to relax and I loved having more of myself to give my family and friends. I can buckle down and get to work in January.

Looking at the week ahead, my to do list is pretty slim! Which is exactly how I was hoping this month would work out for me. I need to get some groceries – lots of food for quick, easy, last minute meals. I never know when we’re going to be eating at my parents’ or in-law’s with extra family in town, so it’s easier to keep things really simple around the holidays. No new recipes or elaborate dinner plans. I suppose I should also do some baking this week. I love baking, but can never find much enthusiasm for it around Christmas. I just feel like everybody is so overloaded with treats that it’s pointless to stress over making a lot. I’ll have to narrow it down two or three favorites to bring to the get togethers later in the week. Other than that? Just the usual laundry and housework! I wanted to view this week as my real vacation before the craziness of hyper kids and lots of family time, so I’m totally fine with not much on my lists the next few days.

Basically my only real intention for this week is to be present. I want to be fully available to enjoy every minute of Christmas this year. I’m really looking forward to our family Christmas on Thursday night. We have Greg’s huge extended family party on Friday night. Then Christmas celebrations and present openings with both of our families on Christmas Eve. And finally having Santa come to our new house for the first time on Christmas Day! It should all be very memorable and sweet.

I’m not going to bother with meal plans this week. Whatever happens, happens. If all else fails, we can just eat all the cheese and meat I have left over from my Favorite Things party. 🙂

I hope everybody else has a wonderful Christmas week! Don’t stress over the little things!

Sunday Intentions

Tonight’s post feels a little obsolete after last night’s musings on slowing down and not being so centered on my to do list. This weekend has shown me again how little control I have over basically anything. We had a plumbing issue come up where our basement drainage area is slowly flooding. Obviously the more water we use in the rest of the house, the worse the basement area becomes. But it also slowly drains away if we’re not using water for awhile. I’m hoping this is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix by a plumber. But being a new homeowner, every little thing that might go wrong fills me with dread and worry. I always imagine the worst. Tonight I am very stressed out, very tired after another mostly sleepless night listening to Shepard’s nonstop coughing, and not as excited about my week as I was before all these problems arose.

But life goes on. My intentions for the week are to just get through it! I was very excited about spending the first few days of this week wrapping presents and getting ready for my Favorite Things party on Wednesday. I need to do a little cleaning, a little shopping, and then the fun will begin. But presumably now I will be waiting on a plumber. Hopefully right away tomorrow so I won’t have to put off laundry and longer showers and dishes for more than another day. Besides dealing with that, wrapping presents, and having a party, I just need to get everyone through the week. The more I can accomplish in Christmas related prep the better. But if I can’t do it all…that’s okay. All of our schedules are really screwy this week so I think it’s going to be more than enough just keeping everybody happy.

Meal Plan – kind of a joke this week, but here goes:

Monday – Leftover tacos from today’s birthday party for my dad

Tuesday – Probably chicken nuggets or whatever else I can unearth from the freezer. Greg will be in Chicago for a work party.

Wednesday – Greg is taking the boys out while I have my Favorite Things party!

Thursday – Greg and Caden are seeing the new Star Wars movie and I’m not sure if they’re planning on eating there or not. Shepard gets to go to Drumfit with me, so we’ll eat something fast and easy.

Friday – Greg and I were planning to have a late Madison date night after he sees a movie with his dad (split date!) while the boys sleep over at my parents’ house. But…apparently we’re due for another giant snowstorm, so I’m not sure any of that will happen. In that case…pizza, as usual for Friday nights.

Hopefully this week will go much more smoothly than I’m anticipating! Home ownership is sure to come with many issues and I need to get used to it. The timing is just pretty terrible. But we’ll survive. 🙂

Sunday Intentions

It’s Sunday again! I think writing out my intentions last Sunday really helped me focus this past week. It was also slightly discouraging because as always, I assumed I could do more than reality allowed. Caden was home sick on Tuesday which threw everything off. Then I was feeling run down enough on Friday that I wasn’t up to doing much of anything. But overall I’d call it a successful week. I did finish Christmas shopping. That definitely took a load off my mind. I also met my walking goal Monday-Thursday. I loosened up a bit over the weekend and spent more time just enjoying my family and relaxing. And I made four Christmas Annies. Now it’s time to plan out the week ahead!

Biggest Goal (again) – CHRISTMAS PREP

I’m really hoping that with each week closer to Christmas I’ll have less and less to do. By the weekend of the 17th I want to declare it my official vacation from sewing and from to do list craziness. I want to spend a lot of those days before Christmas break just relaxing and mentally preparing my introverted self for a couple of extremely social packed days in a row.

Anyway! In order to reach that final goal, this week I need to work on wrapping presents. I split up all the immediate family and extended family gifts and want to wrap at least half of them in the early part of this week. I also need to get Christmas cards addressed and mailed in the next couple of days. I’m also making a food related type of gift to give to teachers and friends and want to go shopping for and start working on that.

Christmas Sewing

I gave myself a pass on hand sewn gifts this year. I love to do it, but I always think of so many people I want to make things for and then I get run down. But I still need to try and keep up with my Heartstring Annie projects. This week I’m hoping to make another smaller batch of dolls and possibly a few strands of bunting. I love how mine turned out and think they might be a good seller!

Relationship Focused

I guess this week I’d like to really have more of a mindset focus for myself. I want to remember the relationships in my life and make them a priority, even if it means not getting as much done as I feel like I should. I’m getting together with a friend Monday night to work on projects together, having brunch with my mom another day, and throwing my dad a birthday party on Sunday. Lots of time for connecting!

Meal Plans

Monday – Steak Stir Fry of some sort… I rarely make steak, but everyone (except me) loves it. I think after three or four weeks of turkey and chicken, they’re probably ready for some red meat!

Tuesday – Baked Popcorn Chicken – I’m going to make these with crispy fried onions instead of potato chips. I bought a huge bag of them during a hungry Costco trip a few weeks ago. 🙂

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese

Thursday – Spaghetti

Friday – Buffalo Bacon Pizza

Good luck with your intentions for the week!

 

Sunday Intentions

Now that I’m back to blogging I’ve been thinking about doing a weekly post on my intentions for the coming week. It’s purely for my own benefit in hopes that if I actually sit down for ten minutes and think about what I want to make happen over the next seven days, I’m more likely to follow through. Ever since school started this year I’ve been such a disorganized and scatterbrained mess. I have way too many things I want to accomplish and no organized plan to help me reach all my goals. This is not the way life was supposed to be once my kids were in school full time! Maybe if I strive to start living my life with real intention I’ll actually get more done and be happier with my accomplishments, instead of always feeling like I’m not doing enough, not being enough.

This Week’s Biggest Goal: CHRISTMAS PREP

I’ve been reading a lot about the importance of doing Christmas prep throughout November so your time and mind are freed up to actually relax and enjoy the holiday season. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that great of a job preparing. But it’s not too late! I’ve been madly planning out Christmas gifts and online shopping. I fully intended on cutting back on gifts this year. There are just so many people we need to get presents for and after buying a house and going on two major vacations, things are a little tight this year. But gift giving is my main love language and it’s really hard to eliminate people from my gift list! So instead I’ve been trying really hard to focus on purchasing quality, unique, and special treasures for the people in my life. My goal was to be done Christmas shopping by December 1st. I THINK it might actually happen! I’m planning two shopping days this week at stores I don’t usually get a chance to go to to finalize my shopping lists.

Besides gifts, I want to take a good look at our December calendar and try to plan out special family times. A night to go look at lights, movie nights, maybe a concert or something. Oftentimes our nights and weekends are great bonding time for Greg and the boys while I’m always off in another room getting things done. Why are to do lists always never-ending?! I’m hoping I can force myself to slow down and make family memories that I’m actually included in this coming month.

I’m also hoping to organize a fun party or two. Last year I held a Favorite Things party with my friends that turned out to be a lot of fun. I’d like to do it again if I can get organized! I’m also contemplating a bigger open house style party. Our Christmas decorations look so nice in the new house that it’s starting to feel a little sad that all of our main Christmas gatherings are done elsewhere!

Second Priority: Christmas Annies

Once again I had the best of intentions for sewing up tons of Christmas dolls and here it is the end of November and I’ve barely begun. I hate that you always need to be well into the next holiday or season if you want to keep up with shopping demand. By mid December nobody will want Christmas Annies and I should be started on Valentine’s Day! I suppose I did do better this year than last with a batch of Christmas elves and a huge batch of ornaments. But I need to make other sized Christmas dolls before it’s too late. I’m hoping by the middle of the week I can get a good start on that. I’m also hoping this month I can start to really think of sewing as my DAY job. Do as much as I can while the boys are at school and then be done for the night. Way too often I fall into the habit of sewing for hours at night while I work on everything else during the day. But then, as mentioned earlier, I miss out on a lot of family time. I want to get a lot better about treating Heartstring Annie as my job and not my life.

Other Intentions

December 1st marks the start of our true Christmas season! Twinkle the Elf will be back with his usual bowl of powdered sugar donuts and hot chocolate. I also need to have the Advent calendar filled with treats by Thursday. We got it out the other day and Shepard asked me at least twenty times if I put the candy in yet.

I need to get back on track for my walking goal each day. This last week I’ve really fallen off the wagon. It’s hard to make time for long walks when there’s so much to do, places to be, and family members at home. But I want it to continue to be a priority in my life. Thursday night is also the start of another Drumfit session. I’m looking forward to another six weeks of drumming!

Meal Plans

Just for fun! Meal ideas for the week.

Sunday – Snack night. I bought a lot of fun snacky foods for when we set up the tree Friday, but we ended up just having leftovers and popcorn throughout the day.

Monday – Thai Pomegranate Enchiladas. If we have enough turkey leftover I’m going to use that in place of chicken. I love this recipe and don’t make it nearly enough. It’s just such an interesting and different flavor compared to the kinds of foods I usually make.

Tuesday – Pickle Chicken. I’ve never tried this recipe. But we all like chicken and we all like pickles, so might as well give it a go!

Wednesday – Pepperoni Calzones. I almost never make pepperoni pizza anymore because Shepard always wants buffalo pizza. But I have pepperoni and sauce that need to be used, so why not calzones?

Thursday – Easy night. Greg is going to be gone, so we’ll probably just have chicken nuggets or leftovers.

Friday – BBQ Pizza. With my Aunt Rhonda’s Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce. Guys, this is like the most amazing bbq sauce to combine with cheese. It’s completely addicting. It’s the only one I use for bbq pizza. I also love it on quesadillas or nachos. Amazing.

And that’s about it! It’ll be a busy week. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to come up with your own Sunday intentions! 🙂