Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Being productive

I have, in the past, spent considerable amount of time reading information contained on Flylady's website. If you've never been there and find yourself overworked, disorganized, and don't know where to start on the clutter, I highly recommend her. The website is and it is AWESOME! Especially once you actually start FOLLOWING the advice instead of just reading it. It's built on the premise that you can anything for 15 minutes and to take baby steps to reach your goals. I am trying to apply this to the rest of my life as well. Even though for awhile now I have been doing things like "a load a day keeps CHAOS away" referring to doing a load of laundry a day, I have NOT put all of my routines on paper, nor have I ever finished my control journal....that is until today! I am excited to say that I have officially completed my control journal, printed, in a binder, and with sheet protectors. I am all prepared with dry erase markers to use on the sheet protectors so that I can stop wasting paper by making new lists everyday. I even added in morning and bedtime routines for the kids. I am super excited about this as it was a huge step for me in the right direction...and one that I accomplished before 2010.

Another big accomplishment for me today....I exercised! I have not done anything to work up a sweat in probably 2 1/2 months. I am hoping to keep this in with my regular routines so that I will become closer to my goal by the end of 2010. My short term goal is to lose 15lbs by my birthday in April. If I can do that, I think I can set an even bigger goal.

I have been behind on laundry for a few weeks since doing only one load a day only goes so far. Today I am finally completely 100% caught up on the laundry and can once again begin washing, drying and putting away everything, everyday! It is a very exciting feeling knowing that I don't have to do tons of laundry at a time anymore.

Still on the to do list for today is to clean out my babies clothes. I need to remove the clothes that are too small for him and pack them away. He doesn't have much closet space so it's important to keep up with it. While I'm doing that, I think I'll enjoy a horror favorite genre. :) Dinner will also need to be done (BBQ Chicken, bacon potatoes, corn, and green beans), as well as giving Oliver a bath tonight. Hopefully the evening goes as smoothly as the rest of the day has.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rough day...

(written yesterday 12/29/09) This morning I realized that I had not yet made Oliver's appointment for his one year check-up. So, CHECK! I did it. 3:30pm. Then cleaned up the kitchen some, got a shower in, lunch, put Oliver down for nap, did laundry, made grocery list...gee when I list it out like that it actually looks like I was busy. I was excited when I went grocery shopping since I only spent $53 for the week. YAY! I'll never understand how there are people on food stamps saying they have a hard time feeding a family of 4 on $500 when I feed 5 on usually $450 or less (and that includes buying diapers and formula). If I can budget and do it, surely they can. After the grocery, it was time for the doctor. Oliver weighed in at 20lbs 8oz, putting him in the 25th percentile for his weight. This was a huge improvement since at 6 months old, he was on the verge of being too underweight. He also ended up being 31in long! He is so tall! For height he was in the 75th percentile. Tall and Daddy. Everything was going along fine until the nurse brought in the shots. He looked her hand...looked at the nurse...back to hand....then got a really bad look on his face. First shot went in....commence screaming. And he also started wiggling really badly so I was having to hold him down and listen to his screaming. By the time the second shot was in, I was crying too. It was a really horrible experience for me (and I'm assuming for him as well). I really don't think I can do that again. Next time Charles is definitely going to have to take him. After we got home (screaming all the way) he wanted to play and ended up falling face first onto the hardwood floor. Poor thing. More crying...and finally he fell asleep in my lap and took a nap. It was definitely rough.

I have also been doing some thinking about my new venture. Since everything I do has layers, my mom suggested using a synonym for layers like stratum in my company name. I will have to do some more thinking but I really like it. I'll have to play with it some and see what I come up with.

Now that I took so long to finish this its December 30th. Two more days until the new year. That is all for now. Hopefully this day will be uneventful.

Not waiting until January 1st

I've decided to redo my blog. In the past all of my posts were mostly complaints about particular annoyances in my life. I don't really think this is the direction I should take. And while I doubt anyone actually reads this, I still just feel the need to have an outlet of some kind.

I am taking on several new projects this year. First, I have decided to make a commitment to improving my photography skills. So there will probably be a lot of reading on my part and a lot of picture posting on here. I can't really commit to a 365 photo project but I do want to take pictures when I can and where I can to improve. I don't ever really intend to pursue photography professionally, but I do want to be good at it as a hobby. Second, as a way to help contribute to our household income, I am going to be making and selling cards. At some point, when I figure out how to do it, I will have a website through which I will sell my stuff. Again, I don't intend to make a lot of money (it's not the kind of business where I really could make a lot), but I wanted to do something I enjoy and be able to help out a little. My third project is simply that I need to become healthier. By 2011, I am hoping to go back to the doctor where they will give me the ok to have another baby. It's hard enough for me to get pregnant as it is without extra health complications. I'm not going to go into detail in cyberspace about that, but it is what it is. I have loved having Oliver as an addition to the family and I just hope and pray he isn't the last.

I don't know how often this will get updated since it's hard keeping up with everything there is to do around the house but I'm going to try. I need something to hold me accountable and keep on track. Today will be filled with housecleaning, grocery shopping, and Oliver's one year check up. Hopefully I'm able to get it all accomplished!

My main message for this is that there is absolutely no reason to put off making changes. Many people will be waiting until next week, but there is no time like the present to get on with the positive changes....and squeeze some exercise in along the way :)