Saturday, February 23, 2013

It Never Stops
















Laundry. 

Wednesday, look at Jeremy's clothes hanging over the end of the bed and in piles on the floor.*  Pull everyone's dirty clothes from the Dirty Clothes Cabinets (sorter cabinets in our hallway) when I get home from work.  Sort the clothes.  If I'm really on top of things, put one load in.

Thursday, start the washing and drying.  I put one load in as soon as I get home from work.  When that load comes out of the dryer, shake out shirts and pants and neatly pile them for hanging or folding.  If I'm really on top of things, I put in a second load.

Friday, continue the washing and drying upon my return home from work.  Repeat Thursday's to dos.  If our Friday night is particularly hot and exciting, begin the folding process.  If we fall asleep on the couch, the folding step is pushed back another day.

Saturday, finish the washing and drying.  Continue or begin the folding process, depending on if couch sleep happened the night before.

Sunday, put the kids' clothes away.  If I'm really on top of things, I sometimes get to put the clothes away on Saturday.  Also, if I'm pulling my Mom A-Game, I also hang up my nice clothes in the closet.

Monday and Tuesday, look at Jeremy's clothes that still need to be put up.  Offer to put up those clothes.  Get denied on my clothes-putting-up-offers.

Wednesday, *look at Jeremy's clothes still waiting to be put up. Pull everyone's dirty clothes from the Dirty Clothes Cabinets (sorter cabinets in our hallway) when I get home from work.  Sort the clothes.  If I'm really on top of things, put one load in.

Thursday, start the washing and drying. I put one load in as soon as I get home from work. When that load comes out of the dryer, shake out shirts and pants and neatly pile them for hanging or folding. If I'm really on top of things, I put in a second load.

Friday, continue the washing and drying upon my return home from work. Repeat Thursday's to dos. If our Friday night is particularly hot and exciting, begin the folding process. If we fall asleep on the couch, the folding step is pushed back another day.

Saturday, finish the washing and drying. Continue or begin the folding process, depending on if couch sleep happened the night before.

Sunday, put the kids' clothes away. If I'm really on top of things, I sometimes get to put the clothes away on Saturday. Also, if I'm pulling my Mom A-Game, I also hang up my nice clothes in the closet.

Monday and Tuesday, look at Jeremy's clothes that still need to be put up. Offer to put up those clothes. Get denied on my clothes-putting-up-offers.

Wednesday, *look at Jeremy's clothes still waiting to be put up. Pull everyone's dirty clothes from the Dirty Clothes Cabinets (sorter cabinets in our hallway) when I get home from work. Sort the clothes. If I'm really on top of things, put one load in.

Thursday, start the washing and drying. I put one load in as soon as I get home from work. When that load comes out of the dryer, shake out shirts and pants and neatly pile them for hanging or folding. If I'm really on top of things, I put in a second load.

Friday, continue the washing and drying upon my return home from work. Repeat Thursday's to dos. If our Friday night is particularly hot and exciting, begin the folding process. If we fall asleep on the couch, the folding step is pushed back another day.

Saturday, finish the washing and drying. Continue or begin the folding process, depending on if couch sleep happened the night before.

Sunday, put the kids' clothes away. If I'm really on top of things, I sometimes get to put the clothes away on Saturday. Also, if I'm pulling my Mom A-Game, I also hang up my nice clothes in the closet.

Monday and Tuesday, look at Jeremy's clothes that still need to be put up. Offer to put up those clothes. Get denied on my clothes-putting-up-offers.

Wednesday, *look at Jeremy's clothes still waiting to be put up. Pull everyone's dirty clothes from the Dirty Clothes Cabinets (sorter cabinets in our hallway) when I get home from work. Sort the clothes. If I'm really on top of things, put one load in.

Thursday, start the washing and drying. I put one load in as soon as I get home from work. When that load comes out of the dryer, shake out shirts and pants and neatly pile them for hanging or folding. If I'm really on top of things, I put in a second load.

Friday, continue the washing and drying upon my return home from work. Repeat Thursday's to dos. If our Friday night is particularly hot and exciting, begin the folding process. If we fall asleep on the couch, the folding step is pushed back another day.

Saturday, finish the washing and drying. Continue or begin the folding process, depending on if couch sleep happened the night before.

Sunday, put the kids' clothes away. If I'm really on top of things, I sometimes get to put the clothes away on Saturday. Also, if I'm pulling my Mom A-Game, I also hang up my nice clothes in the closet.

Monday and Tuesday, look at Jeremy's clothes that still need to be put up. Offer to put up those clothes. Get denied on my clothes-putting-up-offers.

Wednesday, *look at Jeremy's clothes still waiting to be put up. Pull everyone's dirty clothes from the Dirty Clothes Cabinets (sorter cabinets in our hallway) when I get home from work. Sort the clothes. If I'm really on top of things, put one load in.

Thursday, start the washing and drying. I put one load in as soon as I get home from work. When that load comes out of the dryer, shake out shirts and pants and neatly pile them for hanging or folding. If I'm really on top of things, I put in a second load.

Friday, continue the washing and drying upon my return home from work. Repeat Thursday's to dos. If our Friday night is particularly hot and exciting, begin the folding process. If we fall asleep on the couch, the folding step is pushed back another day.

Saturday, finish the washing and drying. Continue or begin the folding process, depending on if couch sleep happened the night before.

Sunday, put the kids' clothes away. If I'm really on top of things, I sometimes get to put the clothes away on Saturday. Also, if I'm pulling my Mom A-Game, I also hang up my nice clothes in the closet.

Monday and Tuesday, look at Jeremy's clothes that still need to be put up. Offer to put up those clothes. Get denied on my clothes-putting-up-offers.

Wednesday, *look at Jeremy's clothes still waiting to be put up. Pull everyone's dirty clothes from the Dirty Clothes Cabinets (sorter cabinets in our hallway) when I get home from work. Sort the clothes. If I'm really on top of things, put one load in.

Thursday, start the washing and drying. I put one load in as soon as I get home from work. When that load comes out of the dryer, shake out shirts and pants and neatly pile them for hanging or folding. If I'm really on top of things, I put in a second load.

Friday, continue the washing and drying upon my return home from work. Repeat Thursday's to dos. If our Friday night is particularly hot and exciting, begin the folding process. If we fall asleep on the couch, the folding step is pushed back another day.

Saturday, finish the washing and drying. Continue or begin the folding process, depending on if couch sleep happened the night before.

Sunday, put the kids' clothes away. If I'm really on top of things, I sometimes get to put the clothes away on Saturday. Also, if I'm pulling my Mom A-Game, I also hang up my nice clothes in the closet.

Monday and Tuesday, look at Jeremy's clothes that still need to be put up. Offer to put up those clothes. Get denied on my clothes-putting-up-offers.

Wednesday, *look at Jeremy's clothes still waiting to be put up. Pull everyone's dirty clothes from the Dirty Clothes Cabinets (sorter cabinets in our hallway) when I get home from work. Sort the clothes. If I'm really on top of things, put one load in.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

So Proud: Brotherly and Sisterly Love

Okay, so as a mom don't you appreciate it when you get glimpses of your kids being good humans without your prompting?  I sure do.  I seem to be particularly tired lately, so those glimpses of grandeur sure do perk me up a bit!

This week has been a perfect example of these "glimpses" I'm talking about...

Some context:
August 1--I started back to work.  Margaret and Ross went to Ross's sitter's house during the day.
August 8--Ross started preschool.  Margaret continued to go to Ross's sitter's house during the day.
August 22--Margaret will start Kindergarten.

Glimpse #1:  So, for the last week Margaret and Ross have been going to Ross's sitter's house together.  Ross's sitter, Mrs. Kathy, said that just about anytime they were in a room together--they'd hug.  Margaret also told me that when Ross would wake up from nap, he'd lay on his bed and call, "Siiiissssssssy.  Sissy!  Siiiiiiisssssssy" until Margaret would go over to his bed and they'd hug...then he'd get up from nap.  Seriously, how sweet is that?

Glimpse #2:  Margaret has been prepping Ross for HoneyBee class.  She has been telling him all about the hand washing, the napping, the lunch eating, the carpet sitting, etc.  She also has been crying about him being gone from her for two weeks before she starts school.  She cried multiple times the weekend leading up to Ross's first day of school as it dawned on her that brother would be at school without her.  We tired to help soften the transition by letting Margaret help us drop him off and pick him up his first day.

Glimpse #3:  Ross was a comforter to his special friend on the first day of school.  Ross's best friend had a hard time in class during the first day.  The teacher told me that Ross would pat her back and tell her it was going to be okay.  He'd go get her stuffed animal and try to help make things all better.  You cannot teach a two year old to do that--that's something that is in his heart! 

It's so touching to know that your kids love each other and want to reach out and love their friends as well.  They're not the most perfect brother and sister.  Ross hits sometimes.  Margaret hides her toys from Ross a lot.  But, when it comes right down to it, they love each other and look out for one another.  Jeremy and I are blessed beyond measure to have TWO great kids that have beginning foundational layers of sibling love and support for one another.  I look at the two of them and know that they will always have each other...and that they are beginning to develop the skills needed to be a love and support for others, as well. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Life Lesson Plans

So my faithful readers and friends know that I'm a Franklin Covey kinda girl.  I love a good planner.  I love the physical object--planner.  And, I love the physical act of planning--a planner--one who plans. 


It's Sunday night.  Time for me to make my Life Lesson Plans, as I like to call them.  On Sunday nights I take out my planner and pull out the pages for the upcoming week.  I lay them all out on my table. 














Next, I turn to my month-at-a-glance in my planner.  I look at all the stuff I have coming up that week:  late night registration, hair cut, swimming lessons for kids, important to-do for my mom, back-to-school rally, etc.
I plot all those things for the upcoming week on the individual day sheets that I have all laid out on my table. 


Then, I think about all the to-do items I need to get done for the week.  A lot of times I have a big task that needs to be accomplished by a certain date.  So, I like to break elements of that task down and plot those to-do items out amongst a few days so that I can have a logical progression towards that accomplishment.  Doing things this way, too, I think, helps me when interruptions come my way.  I never want to turn anyone down when they need my help at work.  I work in a servant-leadership role.  I am there to serve the teachers, the kids, and the community.  So, if I've spent time plotting out my to-dos, then when my time has to be unexpectedly diverted, I can easily tend to what needs to be tended to and then hop back into my work at a later time.  It allows me to be the kind of leader and helper to others that I need and want to be.

This next part is my favorite.  I take out my Weekly Compass...although I consider it more my Monthly Compass.  At the beginning of each month I think about the roles I play in my life--mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, Assistant Principal, etc.  I think about what are the non-negotiables that need to be addressed in each of those roles.  These are my Big Rocks.  These roles that I play are who I am.  It is easy to forget to be a good mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend if I'm always focused on the Assistant Principal role I play.  So, I take time to plot my Big Rocks.  For this month, I intend on making Ross and Margaret's first days of their respective schools be memorable and special days for them.  As a wife, I want(ed) to make sure that Jeremy had a good birthday.  I'd go on and tell you the other non-negotiables that I have written down for my roles as a daughter, sister, and friend...but they really can get quite personal.  I think you get the idea.  Anyway, each week I review my list of roles and big rocks and I make sure that I'm working towards living up to the expectations I have for myself.  I think this is my favorite part because it's feels so good to know that I purposefully thought about being a good mom and taking care of my kids.  I purposefully thought about being a good wife and meeting the needs to my husband.  Additionally, I can look back at my prior Monthly Compasses and I can see the impact that some of those actions, those Big Rocks, made in my life or in the lives of those that are the most important to me.

And lastly, I always have a portion of my daily page that is labeled "at home."  It is there that I make sure that I take care of the the home and personal to-dos that could easily pile up if I didn't plot them out.  Laundry day.  Working out--cardio, cardio/weights, cardio (plotting my weekly pattern).  Change the sheets.  Vacuum.  Dust.  Bathrooms.   You get the idea.  I don't have a ton of time each night to be able to take care of everything...so I have to plot out what I need to do and baby-step my way through cleaning the house, finishing a project, or taking care of some sort of home to-do.








I realize that this way-of-life, this making of the Weekly Life Lesson Plans, is different.  It's foreign to many and seems weird.  I have had my fair share of teasing and mocking through the years...about my planner, my need for structure in my world, my high expectations.  But you know what?  That's who I am.  I have found that the people that maybe make light of it but also respect that this is who I am are those that I am the absolute closest to.  These are the people that love me for who I am and help balance me out when I need it the most.  These are the people that understand me. 
I have come to believe that it's okay to have high expectations for myself.  It doesn't mean that I force that on those I work with or those around me--it simply means that I want to strive everyday to be the kind of Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, and Assistant Principal that I want to be.  And so, if I take 30 minutes to plot out my to-dos so I can begin the week focused, prepared, and ready to serve...then I'll gladly plot out the Big Rocks, the to-dos, the home chores...and you'll know where to find me on Sunday nights.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Food Face: Clean Lines, Simple Meal

BR doesn't get Food Faces made for him.  Ross is really more concerned about the "food" than the "face" if you know what I mean.  He's serious about his intake!  Don't mess with BR if there is a meal or snack around!

I don't know what possessed me to make Ross a Food Face on this particular day (many weeks ago--remember, I've got a backlog of photos), but I did.  Since we'd had a large lunch, this is a very simple dinner.  You may find this hard to believe, but a whole container of yogurt can usually fill him up! 




Items Used:
Apple slices for the hair.
Blackberries for the eyes.
YoToddler apple yogurt for the nose.  Spoon positioned in center.
Cereal bar for the mouth.  Strawberry filled. 

I don't think Ross even noticed the Face...this may be one of my faves. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Food Face: Friends Over! Girl, Boy, Girl

Well friends, I'm a little backlogged on Food Face pictures.  About six or so weeks ago we had some friends come over to play during the day.  We were having such a great time and it was almost the lunching hour, so we let the kids keep playing and whipped up some lunches.  According to my Food Face rules, I determine what the meal is going to be prior to deciding if a Food Face will be made.  It was the same in this case.  We asked the kids what they wanted for lunch and they all agreed on sandwiches.  We made some delish turkey-on-wheat with your typical kid-sides. 

The Girl--As a tribute to the wonderful summer day, this one has a strawberry-flower in her hair.:

*Please note the blue eyes and red lips.  Very girly and sure to please.


The Boy--Using the same food items but making sure to be gender-specific, this little guy is sporting spikes and an almost faux-hawk-esque hairstyle.:





The Other Girl--One of our little friends sure is interested in eyelashes!  Her Food Face featured a little bit of strawberry eye-lash accents.:

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Food Face: Au revoir, Summer

Man, it's really over...my summer, that is.  I can't complain; I've had a decent intake of family, friends, and fun.  In fact, to try to make sure I focused on the positives of the summer, Margaret and I made daily list of all the "great things" that happened that day.  It could be anywhere from making grape Kool-aid to wagon rides to getting wet in someone's yard sprinkler.  Simple things that made our time together meaningful and enjoyable. 

So, of course, Food Faces made the list each day one was made.  I returned to my job-outside-of-the-home starting Monday, August 1st.  While change is hard and transitions from one norm to the next is difficult, I'm thankful for the time I've had to regroup...and I'm blessed beyond measure for the amazing opportunities I have to serve the students, families, educators, and community of Watauga.

My good-bye to summer Food Face is sporting a beret today--thus the French infused title:

Items used:
String cheese pulled apart for the hair.
Hot dog bun (that busted on its own) for the beret.
Stacked banana slices for the eyes.  Blackberries for the pupils.
Half a hot dog for the nose.
Half a hot dog cut in slices for the smile...alternating with Frito curls.

See ya later, Summer!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

We Got Our FroYo On!

I do not always jump on the newest catch-phrase.  I have let many of them pass by--like 24/7.  I am pretty sure I never used that in serious conversation. 
Or
Been there, done that.
Or
Who's your daddy?
Or
Talk to the hand.

These are phrases used somewhere within Pop Culture and the masses repeated them.  I chose not to be one of the masses...except for this one "Get your froyo on!"  I have always wanted to say that.  Anytime someone has posted pictures of their sweet kids eating some sort of frozen yogurt deliciousness--I've wanted to be right there with them--getting my froyo on!  And tonight, I did!!

We were at Sports Authority in Watauga. We searched "frozen yogurt Watauga TX" on our iPhones and drove to Applelicious.

It is one of those places where you fill up your own bowl full of frozen yogurt and then your kids can put on WHATEVER TOPPINGS THEY WANT!!  Then, your yogurt cup gets weighed and priced and you pay for how much you put in your cup!  Genius!

Rossilicious
Vanilla with chocolate sprinkles


















Margsilicious
Strawberry with Gummy Bears, M&M's, Nerds, and Gummy Worms.


















Yummilicious!


Needless to say, we all enjoyed it.