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Weekly Goals

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Taking a clue from Money Saving Mom, I have decided to make up a list of 10 weekly goals that I would like to accomplish this week. Not only will this give me some guidance as to what I find important to do, it will also make me accountable to getting them done. I have found since Benjamin was born that if I set weekly goals instead of daily goals then I am more apt to get them done.

So my goals for this week are:

FAMILY/ MOTHERING GOALS
Continue bed time one on one routine with Rebecca and Jacob. (I started this this weekend and it seems to be going really well at getting them one on one attention and getting them in bed smoothly)Compliment Bill at least 1 time a day
PERSONAL GOALS
Call and set up eye doctor appointment for me
HOME MANAGEMENT GOALS
Mop kitchen, pantry and dining room floors Make a menu plan for the weekClean out storage closet off of the bathroom


BLOGGING GOALS
Pepsi Next review post Oxford Messed Up reviewMomumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family reviewC…

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
 What are you.....
Reading?

Right now I am reading Momumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family by Jennifer Grant. (Be on the the lookout for my review and a giveaway of the book hopefully late this week or early next week!)

Watching?

Not watching anything right now. Jacob is watching "Go Diego Go." I have been watching LOTS of reruns of "Everybody Loves Raymond" recently! There are so many similarities between his life and mine.

Listening to?

"Go Diego Go" on the TV. Rebecca playing in the dining room. Benjamin snoring in his sleep in his seat next to me.
Cooking/Baking?

Honestly I haven't been much of a cook this week. I NEED to change that this coming week.

Happy you accomplished this week?

Finally got the crib up in the boys' room.  It hasn't been needed because Benjamin is in the bassinet in our bedroom, but I needed to get it out of the storage clos…

Started back to work

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This past week has been another milestone for me personally.

 Benjamin turned 3 weeks old on Monday.



On Monday I also began to do some work from home. (For anyone who doesn't know, I am team leader at an after school care program. I help to run a program that includes snack time, homework time, activities for grades K-8 whose parents need afterschool care for their children.) I am SLOWLY easing my way back into work. I did some billing stuff from home. On Thursday I had a meeting with my boss to discuss registrations for next year. Today I went snack shopping for the school and dropped it off. This weekend I have plans to work on registrations that have come in for next year, entering them into the computer system and adding the new registrations from the new families. Next week I will also have a meeting, do billing and do snack shopping. I am planning on going back to work in the building in 2 weeks part time.

This is amazing to me because this is a sign that I am recovering M…

Busy day today

Today was a whirlwind of a day...I was supposed to go into work for a meeting, but I rescheduled it for tomorrow. I spent the morning working from home, getting paperwork together and printed for student loan stuff, books packed up to be mailed, checkbook balanced and rent paid, paperwork found for KCJFS, laundry started...as well as kids fed breakfast, and Benjamin fed several times. After lunch, I got Rebecca off to school, Bill off to the post office and KCJFS, and then I speed cleaned house as my in-laws were coming over to visit. They showed up half an hour early, but luckily I had just finished cleaning up! We had an early dinner with them, then Bill had to rush off to work and I fed Benjamin, folded laundry, got kids in the bathtub and in bed. Now I am taking a short break to work online and then it will be time to feed Ben again and hopefully he will go to sleep for a while. I am tired. I have a meeting tomorrow at work and I am not prepared at all. Today was just a BUSY day a…

10 Goals for the week

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Taking a clue from Money Saving Mom, I have decided to make up a list of 10 weekly goals that I would like to accomplish this week. Not only will this give me some guidance as to what I find important to do, it will also make me accountable to getting them done. I have found since Benjamin was born that if I set weekly goals instead of daily goals then I am more apt to get them done.

So my goals for this week are:

FAMILY/ MOTHERING GOALS
Continue bed time one on one routine with Rebecca and Jacob. (I started this this weekend and it seems to be going really well at getting them one on one attention and getting them in bed smoothly)Research and make a list of activities that can be done one on one with JacobCompliment Bill at least 1 time a day
PERSONAL GOALS
Start reading SportualityCall and set up eye doctor appointment for me
HOME MANAGEMENT GOALS
Mop kitchen, pantry and dining room floors before Wednesday (when in-laws come to visit)Make smoothie packets for freezer
BLOGGING GOALS
Pepsi …

Sunday Updates

Has it really been almost 3 weeks since I have given birth to Benjamin? Time flies when you are sleep-deprived and trying to survive I suppose. I feel like I have neglected a few parts of my life, including this blog. I think I have finally gotten caught up in some areas of my life, but there are other areas that I have definitely been slacking on. My hope is that this week I will be completely caught up (a woman can dream can't she?).

So what have I caught up on?......
I was able to get out checkbook caught up and balancedI have been able to get the laundry caught upI have felt great physicallyI took Benjamin to my work to meet the staff and kiddosI got all of our bills paid upRebecca's school registration papers filled out for next year and turned in3 book reviews (books have been read, just need to post reviews)thank you cards for baby giftsgrocery list and coupon matches I still need to:
-put laundry away (4 baskets full to put away)
-Call and have Ben added to insurance (t…

Oli's Uncommon Cents by Deborah Allen

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From the back cover:

Through the life and death of her grandfather, 12-year-old Oli receives a pouch that holds the lives of abandoned, but unique coins, coins adopted by her grandfather—and now hers. Bearing their mint inscription, In God We Trust, Oli’s coins entrust their lives with hers as she searches for the matters of the heart.

Set in Northern Idaho, near the Clearwater Mountains, Oli’s Uncommon Cents takes readers on unique journeys. These journeys introduce Oli to people who live in the back woods until winter snows drive them out, like the wildlife, all driven by hunger; these journeys introduce Oli to those who count on the charity found in Cardboard City —and journeys among ordinary people, people with scars, some hidden, some visible, and others revealed, especially after their lives become intertwined.

Despite the tensions with her controlling, and egotistical father, she manages to venture on an exploration of her own, and what she discovers are people that her father …

Busy Mom's Guide to Parenting Young Children

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Busy Mom's Guide to Parenting Young Children by: Paul C. Reisser, M.D.

From the back cover:

Quick Answers for moms on the go
Using a question-and-answer format, Busy Mom’s Guide to Parenting Young Children takes you from birth through the “terrible twos” and the preschool years with tips on discipline, sleep patterns, eating, play, potty training, and more. Tired already? Get energized and equipped for the journey with the quick reference material found inside, developed by family practitioner Dr. Paul Reisser with the Focus on the Family Physicians Resource Council.

How can you find answers to your parenting questions? Sure, there’s a wealth of information on the Internet and at the library, but who has time to sort through it all? Talk about overwhelming! Relax—we have the cure for the common search. The information you need is at your fingertips in the practical and easy-to-use Busy Mom’s Guide series.

My thoughts:

Being a mom of 3 now (a 5 year old, a 2 year old and a newborn) …

Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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From the back cover:
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent- though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.
Thad McKane comes to Goldtree to investigate reports of a bootlegging operation. Once he earns enough money from the sheriff work, he plans to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.
Thad is immediately drawn to the lovely young singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house. But when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he wonders if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes Thad has come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming betwee…

Feels like I have a ton to do

There does not seem to be enough hours in the day when you have a 5 year old, a 2 year old and a newborn! I have so much that I want to get done, but I just can't seem to get it done and that is frustrating me. I took a 2 hour nap this afternoon instead of working on paperwork that needs to be done. Don't get me wrong I need to sleep when I can, especially since Benjamin was up a lot last night. But I feel like I am just surviving at home with getting stuff done.

Because of that I have decided that I will make a list of what I want to get done by this coming Sunday and then not worry if I don't get it done today.

To dos:

-paperwork filled out and mailed to Mohela
-Rebecca's school registration papers filled out for next year and turned in
-pay Directv bill
-figure out budget
-3 book reviews (books have been read, just need to post reviews)
-thank you cards for baby gifts
-grocery list and coupon matchups
-put laundry away (4 baskets full to put away)
-Call and have …

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

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From the back cover:


A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany's vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.

For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn't seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she's not even…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time for another edition of Sunday Night Chit-Chat, hosted by http://halfdozendaily.typepad.com/my-half-dozen-daily/.

The Rules:

Start with a photo, then answer the questions...simple as that!




WHAT ARE YOU.......


Reading?


I started and finished Oli's Uncommon Cents  by Deborah Allen this week while I was feeding Benjamin. It was a cute read.

Watching?

Hubby has NHL playoffs on the TV. Not really watching it.


Listening to?

Hockey on TV. Rebecca cleaning up the living room toys and singing the theme song from "Doc McStuffins."

Cooking/Baking?

Tonight I baked some chicken and Bill and I had a nice salad with the chicken on top for dinner. We are both tired of eating fast food and unhealthy (which we had been doing way too much of in the last 2 weeks, ever since Benjamin was born.)

Happy you accomplished this week?

I made it through a bunch of appointments (Benjamin had an appt to check his jaundice levels, we had a WIC appt, I had a doc appt to check my c-section incision, plus w…

BENJAMIN is here!!!!!!

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Sorry I have been MIA since last week. On Monday, April 2 I had a scheduled c-section at 7:30 in the morning for the birth of my 3rd child (2nd son).

I am pleased to introduce....


BENJAMIN BRIAN 9lbs 15oz. 21 inches long
I hope to be back this week with some more blogging and with Benjamin's birth story and with more pictures! In the meantime I am off to spend some time cuddling with our new baby boy and just enjoying my children!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday! 

Life

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To do list....for before I have my c-section tomorrow!

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I have a HUGE to do list for today....because I am getting ready to have the baby...I am scheduled for a c-section TOMORROW!!!! AGHHHH!!!! Needless to say I am getting really nervous....so I am trying to focus on what needs to be done.

So here is what I hope to accomplish today (with the help of Dear Hubby of course!):
Finish all laundry (wash, dry and put away)Put crib together in the boys' room (I just want to have this done before baby comes)Pack kids' overnight bags (they will be staying with my parents while I am in the hospital)Double check contents of packed hospital bagTake kids to Mom and Dad's houseEmpty trash out of bathrooms and take trash to garage. Have all dishes done and put away before bed tonightCharge my phonemake sure camera is in purseclean up Jacob's roomPack diaper bag with essentials for momI think that does it. I am sure there is more I am forgetting but I am just thinking of what HAS to be done in my eyes. I am also hoping to get some blog po…