A Day in my Life

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You can call me nosy but I love to see how other women “do” life each day. So when I saw this Day in my Life link up recently I thought it would be a lot of fun to participate. I picked a Monday because we stay at home on Mondays and I knew it would be easier to remember to take pictures if I wasn’t in the car or going much.

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7am…my morning alarm. After a busy weekend are Monday started a little later than most days. Both kids woke up at the same time and Olivia and I spent a few minutes cuddling in the bed while Noah took a shower with Eric. Around 7:15 I crawled out of bed, made my cup of coffee, and started breakfast. Eric finished getting ready for work and I dressed the kids. Everyone ate breakfast and Eric left for work around 7:50.

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8am…slow eater. Noah was still finishing his breakfast and I was cleaning up the kitchen. Olivia finished a PBS show on Netflix then headed off to play in her room. Noah soon joined her and I dressed and did my hair and makeup for the day. Since the kids were playing so well together I snuck off to my room for a few minutes of quiet time and caught up on my Bible reading plan.

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9am…laundry. I try to do 1 load of laundry everyday, but over the weekend I tend to let it pile up. Monday is my catch up day. I also put some navy beans in the crockpot for supper and cleaned out the refrigerator. I grocery shop every other Tuesday and I like to have all the leftovers out and the shelves wiped off before I fill it back up again.

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10am…chore/school time. The kids helped me finish a few chores around the house. After that I worked with Olivia on her preschool flashcards and both kids watched the Letter Factory. I took this opportunity to check Facebook and google reader.

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11am…lunch time. The weather was beautiful yesterday so we packed up our lunch and headed to the community park for a picnic.

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12pm…playing. Eric meet us at the park for lunch and the kids ran off a bunch of energy.

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1pm…nap/quiet time. Back home we read books for a while then Noah went down for a nap and Olivia spent some time alone in her room playing or reading.

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2pm…mommy time. I did a little reading then worked on my menu plan and grocery list. Olivia joined me around 2:30 and she colored at the kitchen table while I swept and mopped floors.

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3pm…cuddle time. Noah woke up a little after 3 and was a bit grouchy. He has a hard time waking up in the afternoons and we usually cuddle on the couch together till his mood changes.

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4pm…afternoon sunshine. The kids headed back outside around 4 and I decided this was the perfect time to clean out the deep freeze. It was a mess and I’m so thankful to have that job accomplished. I’m going to defrost it soon and hopefully start filling it with freezer meals and some stockpiled items before the new baby comes.

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5pm…cooking. I headed back inside around 5 to start supper prep and the kids continued to play outside (we have a fenced in backyard and I love that they can run and play safely). I checked on the beans then put some veggies on to boil and mixed up a pan of cornbread. Eric was home by 5:30 and we ate soon after.

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6pm…dishes. I have the best husband in the world!! He cleans the kitchen up every night after supper. We bathed the kids then headed to my husband’s office to do a little cleaning.

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7pm…just hanging out. The kids usually just watch a movie in the conference room while we clean.

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8pm…kids bedtime. Olivia fell asleep on the way back from the office but Noah decided he wanted a little snack before reading a few books and heading to bed. Eric started working on our taxes and I chatted with a friend online for a bit.

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9pm…shower. I took a quick shower then cuddled up on the couch and turned on Netflix. Eric finished our taxes then joined me for a while.

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10pm…reading/bedtime. It was closer to 11 before we actually made it to bed. Eric went right to sleep, but I stayed up and read for 30 minutes or so.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our everyday life and didn’t get too bored 🙂

I’m linking up with A Day in my Life…at SimplyRebekah

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Weekly Goals and Meal Plan (Feb 20-26)

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I decided to take a week off from goal setting last week and play a little catch-up. We have had a lot of sickness floating around the house plus I am feeling a little more tired now that I have entered the 3rd trimester. We have also been working on a few home improvement projects.

Here are my goals from two weeks ago.

Personal:

1. Memorize 1 Peter 1:4-5 and review verses 1-3 (Need to work on this one some more)

2. Exercise 3-4 days.

3. Finish reading

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Family:

4. Plan a date night/ Valentine’s date for next week

5. Take the kids to the park and have a picnic

Homeschool:

6. Read to Olivia and Noah everyday

7. Do a Valentine’s Day craft

Homemaking:

8. Clean out and defrost our deep freezer (Our freezer is on out back porch and the weather has been a little to chilly to do this one.)

9. Organize kids dresser

10. Find material and start baby blanket

This weeks goals:

Personal:

1. Memorize 1 Peter 1:4-5 and review verses 1-3

2. Exercise 3-4 days.

3. Finish reading

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4. Listen to audio version of Trusting God

Family:

5. Go on a family walk twice

6. Have a hospitality night

Homeschool:

7. Read to Olivia and Noah everyday

8. Look into preschool curriculum for Olivia this fall

Homemaking:

9. Clean out and defrost our deep freezer

10. Go through kids clothing in storage and see what we have for spring/summer

Menu Plan

Breakfast- (served with fruit)

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Scrambled or fried eggs w/toast x2

Oatmeal or cereal x2

Peanut butter toast w/yogurt

Waffles or pancakes w/bacon

Sunday Church breakfast- I’m making cinnamon roll cake and banana bread

Lunch-  (w/ fruit, raw veggies or chips)

PB&J

Turkey sandwiches

Veggie beef soup and grilled cheese

Leftovers

Dinner-

Monday- Crockpot navy beans w/ mixed veggies and cornbread

Tuesday- Hamburgers w/ oven fries and baked beans

Wednesday- Leftovers

Thursday- Chicken Alfredo w/ broccoli and garlic bread

Friday- BBQ Chicken sandwiches w/ chips and  fresh veggies

Saturday- Chicken Quesadillas w/ black beans and corn

Sunday- Eat with extended family

 

InstaFriday

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We have so much going on through the week and a lot of that is captured via my phone’s camera. When I found this photo link-up at Life Rearranged.com I realized this would be the perfect way for me to share a little bit of our week with you all!! Simple and easy works best these days 🙂

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Noah decided he wanted to be “pretty” too and overdid it a bit with the mascara

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Saturday morning cartoons

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Feeding the swans and ducks at a local lake. Olivia and her cousin Anna were the only ones brave enough to stand out in the bitter cold and feed them.

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Our favorite breakfast…scrambled eggs and toast

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Watching the snow fall on Monday. We only got a small dusting, but the kids loved watching it come down.

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We started Valentine’s Day off with heart-shaped donuts with icing and sprinkles!

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Our Valentine’s lunch

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Some of baking we did this week. This was just the beginning….

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A family dinner by candlelight to celebrate Valentine’s

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Little man really needed a haircut this week. Thankfully we accomplished that yesterday

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29 weeks and counting…

Menu Plan for Feb 13-19

Menu:

Breakfast– (served with fruit)

Scrambled or fried eggs w/toast x2

Oatmeal or cereal x2

Peanut butter toast w/yogurt x2

Waffles or pancakes w/bacon

Lunch-  (w/ fruit, raw veggies or chips)

PB&J

Turkey sandwiches

Soup and grilled cheese

Quesadillas

Leftovers

Dinner-

Monday- Chicken Fajitas w/ rice and black beans

Tuesday- Lasagna w/ salad and breadsticks

Wednesday- Leftovers

Thursday- Date Night!!

Friday- Homemade Pizza

Saturday- Grill out (chicken kabobs and hot dogs)

Sunday- Eat with extended family

Linked to: Menu Plan Monday @orgjunkie.com

Weekly Goals (Feb 6-12)

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Here are last weeks goals…

Personal:

1. Stay up to date on my ESV Bible reading plan

2. Memorize 1 Peter 1:1-3 (my husband has a lot of 1 Peter memorized and I would like to catch up with him this year)

3. Exercise 3-4 days this week

4. Finish reading Organized Simplicity and start Money Saving Mom’s Budget (I started MSMB but I didn’t finish OS)

Family:

5. Budget for February

Homeschool:

6. Work through flashcards and tracing sheets 3 days this week

7. Read 3 books to Olivia and Noah every afternoon

Homemaking:

8. Exchange bookcases with my mom (We are doing a little rearranging for the new baby and my mom is trading me her black bookcases for my oak ones. They will match my dining room better) (I need my husband to help me with this project and we had a very busy weekend so this just didn’t happen.)

9. Pick out material for a baby blanket and start working on that. (Our local fabric store didn’t have any material I liked so I am planning a trip to another store this week.)

10. Clean oven

And now for this weeks goals…

Personal:

1. Memorize 1 Peter 1:4-5 and review verses 1-3

2. Exercise 3-4 days.

3. Finish reading Organized Simplicity and Money Saving Mom’s Budget

Family:

4. Plan a date night/ Valentine’s date for next week

5. Take the kids to the park and have a picnic

Homeschool:

6. Read to Olivia and Noah everyday

7. Do a Valentine’s Day craft

Homemaking:

8. Clean out and defrost our deep freezer

9. Organize kids dresser

10. Find material and start baby blanket

Weekly Goals (Jan 30- Feb 5)

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So I have been inspired recently by Crystal @ Money Saving Mom on how she post her weekly goals. I have so many things I want to accomplish each week and yet I find myself putting them off over and over again. I do best with a little pressure on me (can you say procrastination) so I thought the accountability of posting them on your blog was genius.

I’m going to keep things simple this week since this will be my first time posting them publicly.

Personal:

1. Stay up to date on my ESV Bible reading plan

2. Memorize 1 Peter 1:1-3 (my husband has a lot of 1 Peter memorized and I would like to catch up with him this year)

3. Exercise 3-4 days this week

4. Finish reading Organized Simplicity and start Money Saving Mom’s Budget

Family:

5. Budget for February

Homeschool:

6. Work through flashcards and tracing sheets 3 days this week

7. Read 3 books to Olivia and Noah every afternoon

Homemaking:

8. Exchange bookcases with my mom (We are doing a little rearranging for the new baby and my mom is trading me her black bookcases for my oak ones. They will match my dining room better)

9. Pick out material for a baby blanket and start working on that.

10. Clean oven

Noah’s 2nd Birthday

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Noah turned 2 on December 16th and we celebrated by having chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast!!

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He loves to help me in the kitchen and this morning was no exception.

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My sweet, blue-eyed boy!!

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He loved the pancakes (birthday treat every year)

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Eric and I took him out that evening for a special birthday dinner at Fuji’s. He loved the show and devoured the fried rice 🙂 We also let him pick out one toy that evening while we were out running errands. He chose a set of cars to add to his collection 🙂

 

Since his birthday falls the week before Christmas we decided to celebrate a little early this year. We had his party the first Friday in December and the theme was trains.

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Waiting on the cake…

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Excitement!

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Getting ready to blow out those candles

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Got them all with one blow 🙂

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His Mawmaw made his birthday outfit this year and it turned out so adorable!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Noah!!

 

Olivia’s 3rd Birthday

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Olivia requested a princess party for her 3rd birthday this past September. All our family and a few friends joined us for a Mexican dinner and cake. I would say my cake left a lot to be desired, but Olivia was happy and that’s what counts. 🙂

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We also stuffed a pinata and the kids had a so much fun trying to get all that candy out.

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Noah is quite the little bruiser and actually hit the pinata several times. I think it actually took all the kids getting a turn plus a few whacks from Eric to break the thing open.

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After the gifts were opened the girls headed off for a little dress-up time. I came in later and found a princess, ballerina, fairy, and Tigger having a blast!! 🙂

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Happy Birthday sweet girl!

A Fresh Start

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I have been out of the blogging loop for quite some time and I’m looking forward to starting again with this new blog. I had originally used blogger as my host, but with the idea of a “fresh start” I decided to give WordPress a try this time. So far I am liking what I see and I hope this makes things a little simpler if/when I decided to buy my domain. I do not plan to export my old posts from blogger, but will just keep that blog up simply as a scrapbook for myself.

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Life has been full and I’m looking forward to catching up with you all in the coming weeks. I hope all my old readers will continue to follow me here and that my following will continue to grow in the coming year. So welcome everyone to Simple Little Blessings!!