February 8, 2011

How do you do it all?

Posted in Family, Homechooling, Homemaking at 7:39 am by Stacy

We are entering a busy season of life and some days I just feel overwhelmed, especially when I look at my “to do” list.

At the first of the year we took a different direction homeschooling.  I signed up with a Charter School.   After a month, this so far has been a wonderful decision for our family.   The kids are blooming.   Bethel Boy actually got exciting about a writing class!  YES A WRITING CLASS!  I can hardly believe it myself!   We have a wonderfully supportive teacher.  She encourages me, which I desperately needed, and she has so many wonderful ideas and tips to give us.    In this last month Bethel Boy has taken a biology dissecting class where he has gotten to check out the insides of a worm, crayfish, fish and frog.   It has been the hands on learning that he has craved and that I just didn’t know how to give to him.   Bethel Girl is started reading!  She picked up a book last night and read quite a bit of it.   AMAZING!!!

But one thing I’ve been struggling with is balancing it all.   I have a part time job that requires 5 hours a week, AWANA secretary duties which amounts to about 2 hours outside of club work (and this past week even more!), basketball 3 nights a week, AWANA one night, schooling, dance, classes in town, etc.  I’m finding it really hard to keep my house clean, laundry done and folded and dishes caught up.   On top of all this Bethel Daddy has picked up some extra hours at work, so things that he used to do (helping with the house, laundry and dishes) I feel like I need to do it all because he’s working so hard for our family.

So as I look at a floor that needs desperately to be swept and a dryer full of clothes that need to be folded, two weeks of work that needs to be dealt with (I was sick last week) and kids that are asking for breakfast, I guess I need to shut down the computer and just do things one thing at a time.   It’s the only way it will all get done.

Happy Homemaker Monday – February 7th.

Posted in Faith, Family, Homemaking at 7:14 am by Stacy

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The weather in my neck of the woods: Unseasonable warm.   Mid 50’s and very sunny.   We need some snow and rain!

Things that make me happy: Giving my husband a hug as he comes home from a long day at work.  Listening to my childrens laughter.

Book I’m reading:I have fallen in love with Susan Elizabeth Phillips.   Her books are just delightful.

What’s on my TV today: Nothing, we turned off cable about a month ago and the kids will watch things on netflix streaming, and usually Bethel Daddy and I will plug in our laptop to the tv and watch NCIS and NCIS: LA, but other than that we aren’t doing a bunch of tv.

On the menu for dinner: Chicken Tender Parmesan & Penne, Caesar Salad, & Garlic Bread

On my To Do List: Clean house!  YUCK!, We need to school and I need to work a few hours today.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Nothing really, I haven’t really been looking at new things, just trying to keep things that I know since we are really busy.

In the craft basket: I have been working on an afghan that I’m crocheting, I have a dress that I need to do some alterations on a dress for a friend who is in a local musical production.

Looking forward to this week: I really enjoy our Wednesdays, even though we are gone from the house from 9:00 until about 2:30, the kids really enjoy their classes that day and I enjoy the two hours that I have that are “free” – no kids and I can just relax and either work or read.

Tips and Tricks: I don’t really have any.

My favorite blog post this week: I haven’t really been blog reading lately.  I have over 400 post in my blog reader – I just need to empty it out and start over again.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): See above answer  😉

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days: Take the time to go away with your husband, it will make you a better wife, mother and most of all together a better couple.

On my mind: The need to fold lots and lots of laundry, the need to school and work with the kids on cleaning their room.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: I am working on memorizing Colossians this year.  I’ve made it to verse 4.   Here is what I’ve memorized so far:

Colossians 1:1-4

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To Gods holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.  Thanksgiving and Prayer We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all Gods people-

 

Head on over to Sandra’s and see more HHM post!

November 15, 2010

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY! I’M BACK!

Posted in Homemaking at 9:25 pm by Stacy


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The weather in my neck of the woods: It’s fabulous right now, high 50’s low 60’s sunny!  DELIGHTFUL!   Snow is coming though this weekend.

Things that make me happy: Right now my children and husband.  We are in a good place with out little family of 4.

Book I’m reading: I’m just enjoying a light christian fiction book right now.   Since moving I am finally having time to read and it is great.

What’s on my TV today: Right now I am enjoying Dancing With The Stars, but I’m switching over to watch President Bush on Hannity.

On the menu for dinner: Today I put a beef roast in the crockpot because we were gone most of the day.  We ate it like a french dip.

On my To Do List: So many things.  On the top is to hopefully get a good nights sleep, I didn’t last night.   I need to unpack a few boxes and also start schooling again.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Tomorrow night we are trying a pizza type soup.  If it works out I will be posting the link.

In the craft basket: I need to work on a laptop sleeve and see if it will work for a Christmas present.

Looking forward to this week: The great weather through most of it and then even the snow that is coming.   I’m also excited about Friday because it starts a week of my husband being home.  Yeah!

Tips and Tricks: I’ve got nothin’ today.

My favorite blog post this week: I really haven’t done a lot of reading.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share): I hate to say this, but I haven’t had my camera out since we’ve moved.

Lesson learned the past few days: A little bit of work each day really pays off.

On my mind: My new job that is starting up.  I wonder how I’m going to do it all.   It’s working from home and only 5 hours a week, but I’m going to have to learn to balance homemaking, homeschooling and working.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key VersesProv 18:10  – The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Head on over to Sandra’s and see more HHM posts.

October 25, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday – October 25th

Posted in Fun, Homemaking at 9:22 pm by Stacy

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The weather in my neck of the woods: Yippy, fall is here in Northeastern California.  But it’s almost winter like.  I love it!

Things that make me happy: Walking into our new house and envisioning our family living there.  Just two more days until we are all moved in.

Book I’m reading: I’ve been trying to read a chapter or two of my bible each evening.

What’s on my TV today: Right now I’m watching Dancing With the Stars.  Love it.

On the menu for dinner: I made green chili & egg casserole tonight.  It was yummy.

On my To Do List: Move, move, move!  Settle, settle, settle.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: I’m excited to try some new ones after we are settled into the new house.

In the craft basket: Nothing, it’s packed away at the moment  🙂
Looking forward to this week: Being in our new house and having every thing clean and out of our old house.

Tips and Tricks: I don’t have anything this week.  Maybe in a few weeks after we are settled into our new home.

My favorite blog post this week: I don’t really have anything because I haven’t been keeping up with blog reading this week.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): I just haven’t had time to find any new ones.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share): My camera is at the new house and I took a picture today of our pantry and then left the camera and card up there.

Lesson learned the past few days: The Lord really knows what we can handle and doesn’t give us more than we can.

On my mind: If you can’t tell – our move and new house.  Also hoping that I get some relief from this sinus headache that I’ve had for the last week.  I’m going to the doctor tomorrow because I think I have a sinus infection.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: Acts 4:12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Head on over to Sandra to see more HHM Posts.

October 18, 2010

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY – OCTOBER 18

Posted in Homemaking at 8:15 pm by Stacy

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The weather in my neck of the woods: Cool mornings and evenings and days in the low 70’s.

Things that make me happy: My husband and children.

Book I’m reading: Not a whole lot, I’ve been busy packing and the only reading I’ve really done is homeschool reading during the day.

What’s on my TV today: I’ve been enjoying Dancing with the Stars and a few “cop” type shows in the evening with my husband.

On the menu for dinner: I made really good sweet and sour meatballs\

On my To Do List: Pack and clean and laundry

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: I don’t really have any, but I’m looking forward to after we move being a little bit more creative in my cooking.

In the craft basket: I have a crocheting project from last year that I pulled out to work on when Bethel Daddy and I snuggle and watch tv.

Looking forward to this week: This week being over so I can move into my new house!

Tips and Tricks: Don’t wait 7 years to clean some things, do it more frequently than that.  It makes moving easier  😉


My favorite blog post this week: Haven’t really had time to read like I should.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): I went to a conference this weekend and listened to a lady speak about being a Zebra in a world of horses.  She was wonderful and here is her blog which has daily encouragement for women.  Zebra Ministry

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share): I haven’t really been taking any pictures lately, but sometime this week I should get some family portrait proofs and I can’t wait to share them.

Lesson learned the past few days: God is all I need.

On my mind: Moving

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: Jer 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?

Head on over to Sandra’s for more Happy Homemaker posts.

October 4, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday! October 4th

Posted in Family, Homechooling, Homemaking at 4:22 pm by Stacy

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The weather in my neck of the woods: After having record highs last week in the high 80’s and low 90’s it’s cold and rainy with thunder storms.   Delightfully fall weather.

Things that make me happy: Getting in and finishing school early in the day instead of going into the afternoon.

Book I’m reading: I have three books going at the moment.   A light Christian fiction book, The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance,  and I will Carry You

What’s on my TV today: I almost hate to admit this, but I watched Sister Wives on TLC and I’m just fascinated by it.

On the menu for dinner: I have no idea, we are going over to some friends for dinner.

On my To Do List: Clean my desk, Set up a Home Management Binder and back up the book cases.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: I’m going to make Taco Soup tomorrow night.

In the craft basket: I’m going to make my mom some Halloween dish towels for her birthday mid month.

Looking forward to this week: Monday and Tuesday.  They are the busiest days of our week and I’m glad when AWANA is over and then we are mostly home the rest of the week.   There is lots to do around here since we are moving at the end of the month.

Tips and Tricks:
Not so much a tip, but more of a reminder to me.  The earlier I get up and the less time I spend on the computer makes for a smooth running morning and a quicker school day.

My favorite blog post this week: I don’t really have anything.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
Nothing new this week.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days: It’s ok to say “no” to good things.

On my mind: Packing and our move.  Making sure we get everything done.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: I’m trying to memorize my daughter’s verses for AWANA.  But I’m also trying to memorize Philippians 4:6-7  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.

Head on over to Sandra’s and see other HHM post.

October 3, 2010

Let’s see if I can get back into the grove…

Posted in Homemaking at 10:01 pm by Stacy

of writing here more regularly.   So for my first post back, it will be a simple meal plan for the week.

Monday:  Chicken Cresent Rolls, salad

Tuesday:  Taco soup, quesadillas

Wednesday:  Grilled chicken breast, noodles and salad

Thursday:  Sloppy Joes, Fries and salad

Friday:  Ree’s Chicken spaghetti, Salad

Saturday:  Tri tip, baked potatoes, salad

Sunday:  Taco Salad (AWANA lunch)

Beef Stew (dinner).

Head on over to Organized Junkie for more meal plans.

September 6, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday – September 6

Posted in Faith, Family, Fun, Homemaking at 9:50 pm by Stacy

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The weather in my neck of the woods: Fall is in the air!  Tomorrow will be in the mid 70’s and then rain and cool temps Wednesday and Thursday and then a warm up for the weekend.

Things that make me happy: Being able to stay at home and school my kids.  I just love the time we spend together.

Book I’m reading:
A Lady of Hidden Intent by Tracie Peterson

What I’m enjoying on TV: Nothing!  Since we shut off the dish it’s kind of been nice.

On the menu for dinner: My husband grilled steaks that were wonderful!

On my To Do List: Laundry,  and prep for school

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Don’t really have one.

In the craft basket: Nothing, I just don’t have time to sew.

Looking forward to this week: AWANA starting!

Tips and Tricks: Plastic storage containers make packing for camping nice and easy.

My favorite blog post this week: Nothing, we were busy living life this past week and I really didn’t get to read very many other blogs.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share): I’m having issues posting a picture, maybe later.

Lesson learned the past few days: Try things again, just because you had a bad experience once doesn’t mean that the people are the same or that you are the same.  You might just have fun!

On my mind: If we will get the house that we want.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

The verses that I need to memorize for AWANA – by tomorrow.
1Cor 15:3-4  – For what I received onto you as of first importance:  that Christe died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was burried and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures.
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and follen short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
Act 16:31 – They replied, “Believe in the Lord and you will be saved – you and your household.”
John 3:15 – For God so loved the world that he have His only begotten son that whoever shall believe in him, shall not parish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Head on over to Sandra’s to find more Happy Homemaker Monday post.

August 19, 2010

Gearing Up Part Two

Posted in Family, Homechooling, Homemaking at 9:09 pm by Stacy

As excited as I was in July to start school I’m feeling the exact opposite to have our summer come to an end.   The last few weeks have been a wonderful time of just relaxing.  We just finished a trip to Oregon where we swam 3 or 4 times a day, did a little shopping (yeah!  no sales tax!) and visited with family.   What a perfect ending to our summer.

So now as I look at spending next week having a teacher prep week, to get ready for getting back on schedule starting August 30th, I’m trying to figure out what I want our day/week to look like.   Leave it up to our own devises and we wouldn’t do much at all.   All three of us are pretty lazy beings.

As I was taking a shower today I started to think of what I want our day to look like.  How I want it to flow.  Hopefully somewhere between my ideal day and my current lazy day we will find a balance.

So here is what my ideal day will look like:

Wake up by 5:00 – have coffee, quiet time and computer time by 6:00

6:00- get ready for the day, get dressed, start a load of laundry if needed.

7:00 – get kids moving toward getting dressed and eating breakfast.

7:30 – kids make beds and get ready for school

8:00 – 11:00 School starts – Bible, Calendar time, Handwriting, Language Arts, snack break Math free time

11 – 12 lunch and break

12 – 2:30  – quiet reading time, history and science, reading.

2:30 – Bethel Daddy gets home – prep dinner, play and do all those little things that didn’t get done yet.

While times may not be exact, but hopefully the flow will be close to what I want.   I’m going to try not to have the tv on in the morning.  I think that will help me get off the computer and the kids to get started on the day a little quicker.

July 26, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday!

Posted in Faith, Family, Fun, Homemaking at 8:55 pm by Stacy

HHM


The weather in my neck of the woods: Warm with afternoon thunderstorms.


Things that make me happy:
Reading to my children.

Book I’m reading: I’m in between books at the moment.  I’m starting Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury.

What I’m enjoying on TV:
Nothing really.  It’s hardly on anymore.

On the menu for dinner:
For dinner tomorrow night I think I’m going to do a green chili casserole.


On my To Do List:
I need to clean the living room, sweep the kitchen area and do laundry.   I need to school the kids.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Don’t really have one.  Probably the one I find for the green chili casserole.

In the craft basket: I sewed Bethel Girl a cute short and top outfit for her birthday.  I still have material for a dress for her and a matching skirt for me and a night gown for her.
Looking forward to this week: Payday!  LOL  Since my husband works for the state of CA it’s the first full paycheck he’s received in over 18 months!

Tips and Tricks: Only because I haven’t been doing it lately and it’s been piling up.   Fold those clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer.   So much easier to deal with one load than folding 2 or 3 at once.

My favorite blog post this week: This blog post about God valuing what’s on the inside which led me to this article.   It’s really meaty and it’s taken me forever to read it (I’m still not finished with it).  It talks about 7 major blind spots of homeschoolers.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days: There are many people in my community that need to know about Jesus.

On my mind: How much I love sitting in the quiet instead of having the noise of the tv on.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

1 Samuel 16:7  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

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