Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This book (really a workbook of sorts) focuses on learning to accept yourself for all that you are and strives to get you to take a good solid look at how your choosing to live your life. Are you filling your days with work, errands, volunteering, grocery shopping, tending to your children, but never to yourself?
I am promising myself a slower new year, a more accomplished new year, and a more fullfilled new year.
Where do your 2010 New Year resolutions begin?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Unpacking the Christmas Spode China
Decorating our NEW house!
A little something in between here and there!
Spending time with visiting family
Monday, December 21, 2009
Yesterday Pete and I spent about two hours flattening out all of the packing paper from the moving boxes, so that we could fit it all in the back of Pete's truck to bring to the recycling center...what a crazy insane amount of paper!
At least the kids had fun jumping in the pile...can you see Juliana in there somewhere?!
Monday, December 14, 2009
1. Two children who are finally getting over the flu!
2. A wonderful new house, with plenty of room for us to spread out
3. Cleared bathroom counter tops (I finally unpacked and semi-organized the master bath)
4. A new dishwasher
5. A dryer that works
6. A Christmas tree with lights (no ornaments yet)
7. Stockings hanging from the mantle
8. Having the opportunity to spend an hour by myself in reflection during yesterday's mass
9. Juliana walking happily into her preschool classroom today- instead of with tears!
10. Finally feeling a lot less exhausted after all of the last month's moving and hard work
Last night after getting into bed and saying prayers, Nate asked me, "where does God live, does he live in Heaven?"
"Yes, he does, but he also lives all around us too," I told him.
Nate reached his arm up into the air and said, but I don't feel him."
So, I said, well, you can feel his love all around you, can't you?"
"Yes! I can!" he said....
It was really awesome!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wow, tomorrow is coming fast, and soon, before we know it, the movers will be unloading all of our belongings off of the enormous truck and carrying them into our new home here in Birmingham, AL.
After a week spent painting multiple rooms and deep cleaning (I take this opportunity to remind each one of you to please clean your dishwashers annually!) I am actually getting really excited about our move into the new house! I have spent too much time feeling sad and disappointed and woe is me about this move, and really, I am done....I promise!
In our few weeks here in Birmingham, the city has welcomed us with strong, beautiful, and kind arms. What we've explored so far has been wonderful, and I look forward to the possibility of spending many more years (that's right, I said years) continuing that exploration!
So, all in all, it's not so bad, in fact, it's pretty good. Welcome to Birmingham, welcome to our life here, welcome to our new HOME.
See you on the flip side!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
-A chance to slow down amidst the transitioning...and be grateful for all that we have
-A day spent playing in downtown Savannah, going aboard a tall ship, and visiting a huge gingerbread village
-Getting creative with new gifts!
We closed on the new house a few days ago and have spent the last few days painting and repairing a few things...it feels good to be getting closer to the move in date next week! I am ready to unpack, decorate for Christmas and begin making our house a HOME....
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
2. Organization methods: After starting to feel like my world, thoughts, calendars, lists, etc...were spinning out of control, I began a search for some better organization tools.
I found this great color coded notebook and have divided the sections into areas of life, including:
-Important Local Info. (ie. Kid's school phone, Kennel # etc...)
3. Stress free holiday preparation: Oh, how I struggle with this, every. single. year. And of course what better a time to try and reduce the holiday stress in my life then the year that we move into a new house 3 weeks before Christmas! I almost HAVE to get a head start in order to save my sanity!
4. Creating contentment with whatever circumstances life offers me: After what I have started referring to as The Year of Complaining, I am turning over a new leaf...focusing on the positive, the fortunate aspects, the good in my days, the love, friendship, support and gifts that are easily available in my every day.
What's on YOUR plate this week?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saying goodbye to friends was really difficult, but I know that the friendships we made are strong enough to withstand some distance. Thanks fCarolyn for all of your amazing help last week!
Today marks the kids (second) first day of school this year! We are off to an early start, and hopefully a smooth transition for them. Nate role played last night (without any prompting!) and walked up to me, lunch box in tote, and asked, " excuse me, do you know where my music class is?" I thought it was really sweet that he wanted to practice and prepare for today. When I asked him whether he was scared or just a little nervous about today, I was relieved to hear him reply, "just a little nervous mom..."
Wish us luck today!
Friday, November 13, 2009
I'll be back soon with some more updates!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Finished basement- will be play room/office space
Juliana's new room
Guest bedroom and bath
View of the living room from upstairs hallway
Monday, November 2, 2009
Pete is out of town and I have a cold that just won't go away! Despite feeling crummy, I am working hard to squeeze in visits with friends, pack up what we'll need for the temp. apartment, and all of the other stuff that the movers won't pack and take. You won't believe the list of stuff we'll have to take in our car with us: paint, propane tank, gasoline tanks, cleaning supplies, other chemicals, lighters, matches, all of our plants, any opened pantry food/spices, food from the fridge etc....just to name a few....not to mention ourselves, the kids, and the dogs...should be a fun ride from here to Birmingham, hoping and praying that we don't spontaneously combust!
We had a great weekend visit with my sister, Krista! Saturday we took the kids to the South Carolina State Museum for some special Halloween fun. Later that night, Pete and Krista took the kids out trick or treating while I stayed home to hand out candy. It's hard to believe we only have one more weekend in South Carolina....