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Dreaming of Summer

With the night’s getting longer, it has me thinking of summer already. In that spirit I am digging out an old photo.

Dreaming of Summer

What do you most enjoy about summer? What are some of your favorite things to do with the kids or maybe what do you hope to do with the kids?

Pintastic Pinteresting Party #8

Pintastic Pinteresting Party 3 Welcome back to our party. We are pretty excited about featuring you and spreading the word of some amazing posts to read! Thanks for joining us.

We would love for you to follow the hosts on Pinterest

Adelien at Blessed Learners

Heather at the Welcoming House Blog

Jill at Called To Be A Mom

We would also love to welcome our co-host for February!

Sara at Sara Under The Sun

Shelly at A Mother’s Nook

Karina at Celebrating Every Day

By following them you will be able to see your pins and posts being posted on Pinterest!

It’s great to view articles on Pinterest and scroll and find the perfect read!

Pintastic Rules Collage

Here are the buttons you can share in your Blog Hop Libraries or on your Websites.

Here are this weeks feature:

Random Acts of Kindness
Sybil writes about Random Acts of Kindess week, and suggests some great ways to show a little more kindness to those we come in contact with.
Chili Mac Casserole
In a word this recipe appears to be Yum! Stop by My Life Abundant to get the recipe for yourself!
Called to be a Mom


Wholesome Homemade Breakfast Ideas!

As a busy homeschool mom of 3 (preschool age and under) kids breakfast can be a challenge. I want to provide my kids with a more solid (read: more filling, long-lasting, and satisfying) meal than cold cereal, most days. The hitch is I don’t have the time most days to stand at the stove and make a big spread. So what is a busy mom to do? Prep on a down day, and then you can have easy meals later in the week.

Wholesome Homemade Breakfast Ideas

Here are some examples of meals that my girls and I enjoy in the mornings:

Example 1:

Example 2:

  • Apples and Peanut butter with a side of toast (here is some delicious bread)

Example 3:

  • Old fashioned oats for oatmeal (Flavored in whatever way suits your fancy, but my girls love it with apple butter and a little milk.) and a banana or raisins

 

***What are some breakfast ideas that you have?***

 

 

 

Entering My Third Living And Active Week

Living and Active

So at the end of the second full week of the Living and Active challenge I have to say that I was not able to do it last week. Between my itching, prepping for chickens, and a general slump I did not complete the second week the way I should have. I was able to get it 25 minutes on two separate days, biking. My third day I went on a long walk with the family. My fourth day I attempted to move and exercise on a couple different occasions but it just was not happening. I realize that leaves 3 other days I could have done it but let me point you back in the direction of where I said, “slump.”

I was able to memorize the verse for last week though…. or scratch that. I thought I had it memorized until I went to go type it out here. As soon as I did that the verse became a jumbled mess in my head. Anyway I do know it was Matthew 6:34. I also know that the verse tells us not to worry about tomorrow, because today has enough worry of its own.

I am hoping that this third week will go better. While I am no longer in the running for a prize, I am still committed to finishing this challenge. It is good not only for my body but for my soul. I love that I am feeding myself daily and multiple times a day as I am learning the scriptures that come with each week. Even when I don’t fully memorize the scripture, like this last week, I am still tucking away truth from the Lord in my heart.

So that brings me to sharing what the verse for the next week is, “For everything in the world- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16

As I prepare for my next week please keep me in prayer. I am battling Impetigo, and personally praying the medicine will cure the infection and relieve the itching. That and I sincerely pray I am able to keep this from spreading to the hubby and the kids. I would hate to see them with the painful itchies.

So at the end of the second full week of the Living and Active challenge I have to say that I was not able to do it last week. Between my itching, prepping for chickens, and a general slump I did not complete the second week the way I should have. I was able to get it 25 minutes on two separate days, biking. My third day I went on a long walk with the family. My fourth day I attempted to move and exercise on a couple different occasions but it just was not happening. I realize that leaves 3 other days I could have done it but let me point you back in the direction of where I said, “slump.”

I was able to memorize the verse for last week though…. or scratch that. I thought I had it memorized until I went to go type it out here. As soon as I did that the verse became a jumbled mess in my head. Anyway I do know it was Matthew 6:34. I also know that the verse tells us not to worry about tomorrow, because today has enough worry of its own.

I am hoping that this third week will go better. While I am no longer in the running for a prize, I am still committed to finishing this challenge. It is good not only for my body but for my soul. I love that I am feeding myself daily and multiple times a day as I am learning the scriptures that come with each week. Even when I don’t fully memorize the scripture, like this last week, I am still tucking away truth from the Lord in my heart.

So that brings me to sharing what the verse for the next week is, “For everything in the world- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16

As I prepare for my next week please keep me in prayer. I am battling Impetigo, and personally praying the medicine will cure the infection and relieve the itching. That and I sincerely pray I am able to keep this from spreading to the hubby and the kids. I would hate to see them with the painful itchies.

***How are you doing at the end of your second week? As we start this third week is there any area of your life in which you could use prayer?***

Living and Active

Update: I don’t know what happened to this post. I am pretty sure I had posted this on Monday. Anyway I apologize if you were trying to look for my post from Monday.

Good Moms Have…

I don’t know about you, but I find the saying, “Good Moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids,” disheartening. This is not to say I don’t understand where it is coming from I do, and to that extent I appreciate the sentiment. I appreciate the fact that who ever first said it only wanted to encourage mothers who are worried because their homes are not as clean as they might like.

Good Moms Have

I feel like this saying wants to play mind games with me though. Sometimes when I see someone share it I think great, what does that make me though? Certainly I’m not a bad mom, just because I can keep a relatively clean house with kids. What it means is I have different standards .

Then again I have a few friends who wear that saying as a badge of honor and I am pretty sure their definition of dirty is still cleaner than my house is on the best day. After listening to them talk about how dirty their place is, I feel inadequate. I am seriously embarrassed and no longer want to invite them over. That nagging voice in the back of my head will either make me go overboard to impress them, and then we will have unhappy kids here. Or if I don’t, I worry that they will be so uncomfortable and judgmental. (I am not saying they will be, but that is my fear.)

I try to do my chores with my kids. I try to do many of my chores right along side them, working with them and teaching them as we go. I want my girls to have the skills to take care of themselves when they leave this house one day. I also see little girls who are eager to spend time with Mommy no matter what she is doing, so let’s work together for a little bit and get chores done and bond. Bonding doesn’t have to be regulated to dolls, tea parties, building blocks, and trains. Bonding can occur while baking, sweeping, folding laundry, or washing dishes.

I would rather encourage a discouraged mother by telling her she is doing the best job she can for her kids and they are happy and loved. By saying good moms do ‘x, y, or z’ we are neglecting good mothers who are not doing those things, whatever those things are that are on our lists. Instead, let us love one another and celebrate the fact there is not one right way to be a good mother, there are many right ways.

Recipe For Burn Out

I am facing a recipe for burn out if I am not careful. Let me explain more fully why I bring this up.

A Recipe for Burn Out

Recently we have been blessed with an amazing new opportunity. Rusty gets to start a new job that will allow him to be home each day with us. This is the first time since we have been married that he will have a job that allows him to do this.

Before we can be all together though, we must spend some more time apart. Rusty will be moving to Alabama ahead of the girls and myself to start work and to house hunt. We will be staying here to pack and bide time until he is ready  to send for us.

This means while he is gone I will try to continue life as normally as possible for the girls. I will continue to teach them, go to the park, and if we are lucky maybe even have some play dates. I will need to do the single parent style parenting for a couple of months. (While I will not actually be a single parent, I will be the sole caretaker for a while.) I even plan on blogging through all this. Although if I haven’t written in a while, can you send someone to look for me to make sure I am not curled up in a corner, just rocking back and forth? 😉

Reflecting upon all these points, praying what to do about the blog. I had considered just taking a break from writing all together. That didn’t feel right though, especially considering I feel like I am just getting this started. I thought about writing every other day. That didn’t seem right either. (I am the one who would be likely to forget then, what days I am supposed to write and not.)

I finally decided that I will cut back to three posts per week starting next week, to avoid that recipe for burn out. You can expect that my posts will be Monday through Wednesday. I will still have a recipe post each week so that will be my third post each week. If this still seems like a little much for me to keep up I will reevaluate a little later down the road.

 

 

5 Things Worth Saving For Under the Sun

There are many things to do every summer. Some are great to do in the spur of the moment, others take a little planning, and then there are things worth saving for. I want to share some of the summer things that our family thinks is worth saving for.

Things Worth Saving Up For

1. Membership to a Museum

Not every summer day is a day that you will be able to spend outside under the sun. Some days that darn sun is just too hot, and then are times where it rains for days on end. On those days you will need an alternative to outdoor play. Science museums and children’s museums are an awesome alternative to the crowded play places at the malls and local fast food restaurants. You can explore new concepts, and there are plenty that offer hands on exhibits that find a way to enthrall even the youngest of participants.

2. Camping Trip

Now here is an activity that I have many sweet memories of from growing up. This is something I want to be able to share with my kids and create a lifetime of memories for them in the process. In fact we bought our first tent as a family this last weekend. My oldest has spent the last few days talking about camping. As cute side note we asked her where she wanted to go camping and she replied, “Abalama.” (Alabama for those of you scratching your heads.)

3. Amusement Park

This is something on my I want to do with my kids someday list. I want to take them to Cedar Point and Disney World someday. I put this on the list because I know that saving up for either of those or both would put the biggest smiles on my girls’ faces, and I hope it would do the same for your kids.

4. Visiting Out of State Friends and/or Family

Visiting friends and family out-of-state or even just across the state can be a wonderful change of pace. Even when you do many of the same things on your trip that you would do at home, you can come away recharged. All because you shook things up, were in a new environment and visiting loved ones you do not see often. I know from experience that even the youngest of kids love to visit family. My girls have tried to convince me for a week we need to go visit Nama and Papa.

5. Outdoor play equipment

Looking around I see some amazing playhouses/ clubhouse, swing sets, pools, and so on that all seem to run in the hundreds of dollars. This is not to say you can’t find some great deals, but still it would be prudent to save up for a bit for when that deal changes or is unavailable when you try to use it. For example I had a neighbor willing to give me their old swing set for free, but when I went to arrange a time to get it, turns out someone had agreed to pay them for it. I honestly couldn’t fault them for wanting to get money for it (it is in great shape.) I was just disappointed that we lost out on that deal. I still plan on saving and getting my girls a play set yet!