Noticing God's glory: In yellowing leaves, thrift stores and good food.
I am listening to: The sounds of a little boy talking to me when he should still be in bed.
Around the house:I am desperately wanting a home work schedule so I can fit in all that needs to be attended to. I am thinking about something like a day each week (when all other necessary tasks have been done) for kitchen work, inside house work, outside work and scrapping.
2 weeks ago we started Wednesday mornings as a family cleaning time. The children all take turns drawing chore sticks for cleaning jobs and they can earn a quarter per job. I went to this method because I was a failure as giving them weekly allowance, I was always running out of money. So this way if mom dosen't have any quarters or has a heavy errand day, then we don't do the cleaning. Plus, things are getting cleaned a lot more frequently than they had been. I figure, a child's imperfect cleaning is better than no cleaning at all.
Also on my "around the house list" more fall freshening up, painting 2 chairs, painting our dinning fixture, scrubbing cabinet fronts and cleaning carpets.
In the learning loft: The stress started coming back this week as I began preparing for our fall term. Geography notebooks, reading lessons, math lessons and history are all awaiting my attention. Homeschooling our children is a huge and demanding responsibility. I love it but man it is time consuming and stressful. I always say can't we just read and play games? But then the reality of skills that need to be learned sets in and I plan away. We start back to lessons October 8th.
In the kitchen: I have been enjoying India Spice Chi Tea that my Mother-in-law brought on her last visit. I am looking forward to starting Beach Body's Ultimate Reset next week. We have been moving more toward a plant based diet and the reset will move us further down that path. The Reset is a 21 day body cleaning program designed to reset you metabolism with clean eating.
In the gym: We have been taking it easy this week after Sunday's Tough Mudder. The Mudder was so much fun and we already look forward to next year's event in July.
|The orange is the 11 mile course we ran and the 20 obstacles we completed. It took us 4 hours to complete.|
|Me getting my number on my face in case they found me lost in the woods, passed out from exhaustion. They failed to mention hypothermia was an option as well.|
|Jay getting his number. I said no forehead because it was a little to "Beast" like.|
|Aren't we cute and clean all ready to go?|
|Never mind that this is a beer sponsor, I just liked the quote. We had to sign a death waver to participate.|
|And--our muddy clothes when we got home. It all washed well and is waiting for the next adventure.|
Due to the Reset things will be light in the gym for the next 3 weeks. I look forward to the light schedule of walking and stretching. After the Reset maybe some INSANITY and PUMP.
In the prayer closet: I am reading a devotion on Joy. I have mixed feelings about the book but want to keep persevering to learn more.
In the library: I am reading Bella Tuscany. It is a slow read but I think that has more to do with me than the book. It is nice to spend time, when I get it, being transported to Italy with all of its wonderful food, people and gardens.
Plans for the rest of the week: Working with flowers for this week's wedding and hopefully putting away laundry, washing laundry, yard work and homeschool planning.
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