Big Thanks

DIY Success…one room looks lived in, moved in to and precious.  Thank you Dennis! 

This took 3 days, a couple dollars (ahem) and the hard work and persistance of my husband to complete.  What I think will take a couple hours ended up taking much more than that, but it is done.  I am happy and the boys are happy and we crossed it off the list.

I blame this nesting mode on pregnancy.  The need to feel prepared and ready.  Moving on to the next thing on the list…

A riddle for you to ponder

I’ve decided to post a riddle.  My words are few and my energy is low.  Not a great combination for a productive self.

Author:  Anonymous

I am your constant companion
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure
I am at your command.
Half the tasks that you do you might just as well
turn over to me and will do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed,
you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done;
after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people and
alas of all failures as well.
Those who are great I have made great,
those who are failures I have made failures.

I am not a machine, but I work with all the precision
of a machine, plus the intelligence of a person.
Now you may run me for profit or you may run me for ruin.
It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me,
and I will lay the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?  I am called a HABIT

My First DIY

That is “Do It Yourself” for all of us not up with the lingo these days.  My idea of a decorated house is a kit of shelves, mirrors, and frames packaged by Bed Bath and Beyond and purchased on sale with a coupon.  I’m just not that talented at decorating and far less original.  My style is pottery barn on a target budget.  At least I know that much.

However, I have been itching to have cute kiddo bedrooms.  You know the kind you see transformed before your eyes on tv.  The home makeover channels in which they turn drag, boring, bare kids room into themed, furnished masterpieces. 

Up first, the boys room.  My vision:  A half painted room of a darker blue on the bottom and lighter blue on top.  In the middle 3 skinny lines of a chocolate brown.  Room theme:  Team Hobein.  Sports themed personalized to the boys being a brother team.

Thinking out loud here:  Still need

  • 3 colors paint
  • Twin mattress
  • window treatment
  • Alpha letters

I hereby declare the month of October DIY projects month.  When I say “I”, I mean Dennis.  I’m no good at painting or hanging things or anything else it would take to pull this room together so let me work on getting him on board first.

Pictures of the work of art??  Maybe, we’ll see.

Next up, baby girls room.

Maybe I’m just emotional

Time for another reflection.  Are you bored with those?  This 3rd baby is coming.  Whether I am ready or not.  (the latter would be a more accurate description). 

During this pregnancy I’ve experienced the gamut of emotions.  From being completely over the moon excited, ignoring it all together, upset about going “back to the newborn age” (have i mentioned that I’ve had a taste of what life is like with some alone time and I’m loving it), to being anxious and fearful.  Its the ugly place I’m at right now about this change that is a-comin.

Some words of encouragment and wisdom that are helping me in my current emotion:

“Adding another child does not divide your love, it multiplies love in the family”

“God sends each baby with a loaf of bread under its arms”

I’m praying for the next emotion I experience to be peace.  Peace about the newbie, the remainder of the (uncomfortable) pregnancy, the delivery and the transition we’ll all adjust to, our new reality of being a family of 5. Whew!

Reflection over.  Thanks for reading.

The best piece of advice

for this week? 

Work on 1 thing that you’ve been procrastinating first thing in the morning. 

 Before you do anything else.  If you do that once per day or even once in the entire week, you are very likely to get more done!  Whether it be a phone call, an email, a chore, reading, praying, etc.  Do it first.  Then, you have the rest of the day to focus on everything else OR nothing at all.  Hey, you would’ve gotten 1 thing done.

Happy Weekend!

The Snowball Effect

On Aug. 11th, 2011 I wrote this post chalk full of ideas/goals/things I’ve been meaning to get to.  I had NO intention of actually getting to anything on this list.  Seriously, the point of that post was to get them out of my head and down on paper.  Actually, in the virtual world.

Guess what, a month later a number of these items have been completed and a a couple more have starts to them.   

Here is an  recap of the unintentional things I wrote down last month:

1.)  Monday Meal challenge.  So far that has actually been going good!
2.) Purge and organize a room at a time using this book as my guide.  I read through the ebook quickly and gave me so much motivation to think about making progress.  I just want to share my progress on the blog to keep me moving through the house.  Purging and organizing are one of my favorite things to do, until its not my favorite thing to do.
3.)  Work my way through this e-book with the boys and blog about our experiences.  We have a whole new neighborhood and teachers and students at a new school.  What better way to try and meet and serve some people.  Problem with this one is, it makes me lead through this project and that takes me stretching so far out of my comfort zone I’d rather curl up on my couch and watch sprout channel with the boys.  (An idea that my husband had is in the works.  Now, to follow through)
4.)  Work on our new fall routine.  With this comes planning out a new chore list and morning/daily routine and individual rules, things to work on and rewards for each of our boys.  Last year we added some family outings and prayer nights which worked great.  I’d like to expand these ideas for our family with this too. 
5.)  Walking…I’m so craving walking.  By our new house is the prairie path!  This makes me jump for joy cause I used to be a “runner”  a real runner.  This path has lots of people on it and miles already marked out for you.  I so want to sign up for my first 5K in way too long to mention this spring (it seems like a long time away, I know) and this path is my motivator.  But first I just need to be able to walk a mile.  I kind of see this as an on going goal, but guess who is walking?  Ok, so it is only 1 mile 2 times/week, lol.  Hey, its progress!
6.)  E-book.  I totally want to write an e-book, lol.  I have NO idea what kind of content would be in this book, but I think it would be such a fun thing to try and learn how to do.  Now, if I could only think of something to write about.
7.)  I’ve got list of books a mile long I want to get to.  Somehow I have to track them down at a library or book swap and then…READ!  I found a “stack” again.  I’m reading bit by bit.
8.)  Oh yes, there is one more thing.  In our “new” house, all the walls are bare and it isn’t decorated very well.  In addition to all the things we have on the want/repair list, I’d like to paint some rooms and figure out a way to do some inexpensive decorating.  Feels so overwhelming though, especially since I don’t really consider myself creative.  My idea of creative is going to hobby lobby and spray painting a plain piece of wood and hanging it on the wall.  Truly,  I’d love to make our house feel like our home! Another work in progress, but I’m really trying to get a “painting party” in before newbie arrives.  At least I could add some warmth and color to our home.  Idea is at least in the works.

What I am most amazed at and what this blog illustrates, is the old idea of writing things down.  I have long wrote my goals down on a piece of paper.  That is not new for me.  What is so different about this time is I didn’t plan to get to them, nor did I care to check them off. 

I will blog about a couple of the items on my list because what else am I going to keep writing about?  You would think this illustration would get me to write some more down for this month and see how it goes, but nah,  maybe later, but will you?  See how it goes for your list.

and you thought this post was going to be about snow, didn’t you?

What I love about my J-O-B

I originally wrote this post long ago, but never published it.  I had to publish it immediately cause it is so true.  I no longer get those snuggles in bed, the kids are hard at work on their “morning routine” and getting ready for our new season of school days. Nor, will you hear them call the train their dad rides a “choo-choo”.  Its either a commuter train or a freight train.  So official, things change fast!

Being home with growing ones can get monotonous.   This post series (whenever I feel like adding another one to it) as a reminder to me that although its not paid with dollars it’s my work and the good far outweighs the bad (for me).  

What I love about my J-O-B:

Snuggles.  Enough said.

But I will write more!  My favorite part of the days.  My little guys come in my bed in the morning after they wake up.  Their daddy is long gone on a “choo choo” ride as they will tell you.  We snuggle and hug and giggle and wake up.  It is an awesome part of being with them every day!

Throughout the day, whenever I want. I can hold them, hug them, tickle them, tease them and cuddle them.  Because I’m their mom and thats what I do.  They will never grow out of it.

I so love my J-O-B

“That day”…has come (a reflection)

But lets not be dramatic, ok?  Its only kindergarten.  Except… it’s kind-der-gar-ten.  A big milestone in my world.  I’m not sure I even have the words to articulate what is filling my heart this week. 

I know just cause our boy is off to kindergarten, doesn’t make my job of parenting or mothering him over by any means, but what I AM absolutely befuddled by is how fast we got here!  I mean, I blinked and here we are starting elementary school….elementary school.  Sigh.

I am so excited for him.  I am so excited for him to have new experiences, and explore areas of life that interest him.  I am happy to see his personality and his heart express themselves.  I am so stinking excited for the family time we will get to have.  Its a gift, a so very precious gift.  He will love school and academics..that is part of who he is.  Even though I am not sad, I am a little teary.  I’m sure that just doesn’t make sense.

But that is not all my heart has on it this week.  Our 3 year old will also be starting school this week!  3 year old preschool for my baby.  I don’t even think I had a chance to blink with this one.  I birthed him and he went to school, that is his story.

This baby could not be more excited about going to big boy school.  Everything he does is because he is a “big boy”.  I’m not sure he ever thought he was a baby.  He was.  Yep, my sweet, smiley, happy baby boy.

I’m a reflector.  Having my boys off to kindergarten and preschool makes me reflect on life since they have entered it.  It just makes me feel thankful for the years (even though its a little blury) and all that time I did get to dedicate to them, pour into them and love on them.  It fills this momma heart with great joy.

Go get them boys, we are so proud of the little people turning kids you are.  Bring on the new school “season” of life.  I am ready. Well, after I have a good cry. 

I’m hoping to get to blink at least twice before we get to other milestones such as jr. high, high school and for heaven’s sake it better be a good 10 blinks before college 😉

Monday Menu Challenge, Week 2

Or is it 3?  I don’t remember.  I found this recipe out of an All You magazine and thought it was really good.  It it going to be a keeper based on my criteria, however, I’ll probably make it a yummy weekend lunch or something rather than a dinner staple.

Did I mention it was so easy?

Pasta Salad with Tuna:  Instead of re-typing the recipe, I’ll just link to it.  Save myself some time, ok?

Purge, purge and check off list.

Well, what do you know?  I write a post of ideas swirling in my mind of things to get done and the very next day I get a flyer in my mail for a community garage sale.  (one of my items on the list:  purge and deep clean).  Honestly, I didn’t know if I was going to go for it because there was only a week to get ready, but I started with one room.  Room by room and closet by closet, I’ve purged my way through the house.  (I’ve skipped the deep cleaning for now and I haven’t followed the ebook exactly, but  heck, no one cares.)

I’m starting to set up now in my garage (so excited to have a garage!) to get ready for Friday, but it really motivated me that the majority of the advertising would be done and a number of other houses would be participating to help get more people by. 

We’ll see how it goes, but I guess the moral of this post is: if you have some ideas/goals that you’ve been procrastinating this was proof that writing it down DOES indeed help you to reach and accomplish them, no matter how small/big, serious or silly. 

Back to work, purging…What are you waiting for? Get to writing!


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