What I’ve been up to…

Life has been SUPER busy and exhausting these last two weeks!  I have been kinda in my own little world a little bit with trying to get everything done that I need to get done, marking things of my “To Do” list, and taking care of a sick baby.  My poor Baby Dumplin’ has come down with a double ear infection, and what they think could be pneumonia this week.  She is so miserable and hardly sleeps but an hour or two at a time keeping me up most of the night.  I’ve just hit 30 weeks pregnant with baby #7 and the tiredness of everything has hit me all at once!  I went from being full of energy to hardly holding up my head during the day!  Last week we had doctors appointments every day that week and just getting in and out of the car in the hot heat, along with having to carry in children, and being overly emotional caused me to really have a tough week!  Emotionally I was a mess, and everything made me cry!  I was loosing sleep over some family situations and to make matters worse, my anxiety came back full force!  I finally realized that I needed to pull back from everything, and everyone- including social media, family, friends, etc…in order to clear my mind, renew my spirit, spend time with God,  and get some much needed rest!  I planned to do this THIS week, however; the baby is not feeling well and I’m running on fumes trying to just be able to hold her and comfort her all night long.

I’ve also been putting together small crafts here and there and have been starting to fill up my etsy shop again.  When I first opened my shop it was to sell hair bows, however; so many people sell hair bows that it was just so tough to get any sales in that area!  I took a break from the bows awhile while I did some college courses and now that I’m taking a break from courses because of the baby coming, I’m passing time by trying my hand at some sewing, jewelry making and I even did a window decal!  I’m really excited about the decal!  I have been seeing so many people who have been forgetting about their children in their hot cars and they end up dying recently so I thought, “something has to be done!”   I created a removable decal to place on your side window or steering wheel that says, “Do Not Forget, Little Feet in the Back Seat!”  I know people think it is sad that we’ve come to a place in America where this is even needed, but the reality of it is that we have!  People who do not normally take a child to daycare, or child care providers who are not used to having a child with them and have their minds on other things- could make this mistake and my hope is that this decal will help them NOT TOO!!  You can find it here:   https://www.etsy.com/listing/193853926/little-feet-in-the-back-seat-vinyl-decal?ref=shop_home_active_2 

I have been obsessing over our recent grocery bill the last few weeks.  I’ve been searching and researching and reading books- trying to figure out how to get the most for our money when it comes to groceries.  I’ve planned out our grocery list for an entire month and have gotten our bill down at least 50.00 a week in the last 4 months but I’m determined to get it down another $50.00 in the next few months!  I don’t normally find a lot of coupons that help out but every penny counts so whatever I find I use.  I recently read the book “Cut your Grocery Bill in Half, by America’s Cheapest Family.”  I did find a few good tips in there but most everything they said I already do.  The few things I did take away from it was 1. Price match as much as you can at Walmart.  2.keep a record of what you pay for items so that when there is a better deal, you know it!  So I’ve been working on doing these two things the last few weeks as well.

I’ll probably take more time out next week for myself since I had another exhausting week this week, so if you don’t hear from me, I’m okay, I’m just catching up on my rest!!  I’m completely shocked that I am only 10 weeks from seeing our new baby!  Time has flown by!!  I’m off to make yet another “To Do” list 🙂

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Summer is here!!!

We had an amazing week last week!  Our family went on vacation and had a blast together!!  I am happy to say that last week was the FIRST time in THREE YEARS that I did not have any lingering symptoms from my Post-pardom depression!  I have been amazed at how long the symptoms linger!  Yes it gets better over time, slowly, but to linger for over 3 years is just crazy to me!!  I was so thankful that for the first time last week, I was able to actually enjoy every single second I spent with my family and I hated to see it end!!  

I tried my best to stay away from the internet as much as possible unless everyone was sleeping.  It was really refreshing to not be looking at my phone every time it beeped but actually be able to go on with my day without interruption.  However, once we got home, I began feeling so overwhelmed at the amount of emails, messages, phone calls, appointments, etc that I had to catch up with from last week!!  I don’t think I’ve ever realized how much stress and time it takes from my life to be on the internet and to be honest I feel completely drained today after having to spend my day on the computer!  Each week I have to have at least ONE FULL day on the internet in order to keep our life flowing smoothly.  This includes my list above (appointments, emails, messages), as well as planning out our week, Meals, coupons, schedule, bills, activities for the kids, requesting library books, and I’m sure there is MANY more I’m missing!  I don’t think I ever really realized just HOW much we rely on the internet and while it does save time in some areas of our lives it takes away time in others.  Today was my planning day and I just couldn’t figure out why I felt so bad today compared to how great I felt all last week!  Then it hit me!  The stress that comes from being on facebook, reading all the news stories, having to sit on the computer all day planing out stuff and scheduling things is just not something I enjoy!  I want to be spending the day with my kids, and doing projects around our home instead of all this tedious, yet, necessary time consuming stuff on the computer!  So I’ve decided that for the summer months, I’m going to cut back the amount of time I’m on the internet during the day/evenings, and take back some of my time that I’m missing!  Life was much happier when I had less internet in it last week and didn’t have as many distractions!  I always feel like I have to check my email and facebook continuously during the day so that I can answer messages and questions that I get, but I’ve realized that if it is important it can wait on me!  

I am very excited about the summer starting!  We are not finished with school for the 2014 year because we do year round schooling, however we are going to change up our curriculum this summer and simplify things a bit.  I’ve been a bit convicted about my journey this year with our homeschooling and getting back to the basics of why we are doing homeschooling.  It’s so hard sometimes to lose focus on why you started doing this in the first place and get burned out so easily, and I believe that was me this year!  I began to get so burned out on all the complexity of each subject and school lost its luster for us all!  I began changing our curriculum in the middle of the year this year because I just was not satisfied with it.  Then after all the changes I still was not satisfied!  I realized that I was just complicating things by doing this and we need to just get back to the basics of my plan I had when Pumpkin was in Kindergarten!!  The most important thing to us about homeschooling was that God was in EVERYTHING we learned.  So I felt it was time to stop- regroup- and get back to my focus I had in the beginning instead of looking around me to other homeschooling families and thinking, “wow we haven’t even learned that yet!”  (there I go comparing again).  So we are simplifying for the summer and planning to get back to basics, flash cards, lots of reading, drills, and bible!!  If anyone sees me on the homeschool group asking about different curriculum for this summer tell me to STOP IT!!

I am excited to pick up my summer reading books from the library this week!  I’ve not been able to read a book since I started college this past January and I am so exited to get some books of my TO READ list!  So for those of you looking for a new read, this is what I will be reading: 

Unglued- Lysa Tyrkherst

My Story- Elizabeth Smart

Bringing up Girls- James Dobson

Cut your grocery bill in half, America’s Cheapest Family- Steve and Annette Economides

Allegient- Veronica Roth (already read 1/2 but time to finish it!)

Grace Based Parenting -Tim Kimmel

The Giver- Lowis Lowery

When the Smoke Clears-Lynette Eason

Hopefully I can knock out most of these this summer and then have another list to read by the end of the month!!  

 

Other than that we will be doing lots of crafts, playdates, swimming, gardening and unpacking the house this summer!  Can’t wait to get started!!