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Wednesday Weekly Goals

As I mentioned on Monday, I took a week to rest and recoup last week so I didn’t set any goals to work on other than a daily nap and making sure we were still eating three meals a day.  This week I’m feeling refreshed and back on track, ready to tackle some items that have been on my goals list for several weeks now.  Here are my goals for the next seven days:

Homeschooling

1. Reading lessons with Amber five times – I need to be more consistent with this, so I’m setting a goal for myself and a reward for her to help us get there.

2. Write lesson plans for the rest of the Prairie Primer unit we are studying

3. Make three busy bags for Georgia to do during school

4.  Catch up on grading schoolwork

Kitchen Work

1. Make cookies with Amber – she made a mix at American Heritage Girls and has been begging to make them with me

2. Do a freezer/fridge/pantry inventory before I get grocery money next week so I can make a list of what we need

3. Check my stock of mixes and mix up batches of whatever I’m low on.  I love my Make a Mix cookbook for this.  There are several mixes in this cookbook that I use on a regular basis.

4. Decide what dishes I will make for Thanksgiving.

Homemaking

1. Rearrange the living room, move the chair to our bedroom and reassemble the modular couch – this has been on my list for several weeks but we were too busy for it to be a priority.  I’m hoping to finally get it done this week now that we’re done with our major seasonal clothing swap.

2. Price window shades for the front living room window.

3. Make Halloween costumes and hot chocolate and apple cider to hand out to parents while their kids are trick or treating

4. Decorate the house for fall

5. Finish a declutter sweep through the house to gather donations for the church yard sale next Saturday.

Personal

1. Do something to bless Michael – This week I bought him a bag of his favorite candy (100 Grand bars) and sent him a picture of them in a text, telling him he’s worth more than 100 Grand to me.

2. Do something to bless someone else – The hot chocolate and cider for parents on Halloween will be my random act of kindness this week.

3. Read three more chapters in Galatians for You by Tim Keller – I’ve enjoyed the first three chapters so I’m aiming to read another three this week.

4. Finish a baby blanket I started over the summer and finally give it as a gift.

What are your goals for the week?

 

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Weekly Goals

spurgeon

Any time I get bogged down in the mundane tasks of everyday life, I look at this quote by Charles Spurgeon and it always spurs me on.  This has been a week of being bogged down in so many little detail things that quickly drowned out the bigger tasks I wanted to accomplish.  I’m learning more and more what to let go of and what to make a priority.  In every family, that looks different because my priorities are not the same as yours.  I’m learning that’s ok, to not worry about what everyone else is doing and just focus on what I’m made to do – teach my children, care for my home, love my husband, and introduce people to Jesus.  That’s a simple to do list I can handle.

Let’s take a look at last week’s list and see what I accomplished:

Homeschooling: I installed Teaching Textbooks 5 for Gracie and she really loves it.  She’s doing two lessons a day.  I love the little bit of extra time it gives me to focus on teaching the Littles.  I posted a reading chart for Amber and Gracie.  This is one of the visuals that will be helpful for Amber to track her progress to a reward for her work.  I enrolled both her and Gracie in the Pizza Hut Book-It program, so for every month they meet their reading goal, they get to go out to lunch with Daddy and get a free personal pan pizza.  I didn’t get to everything on the list – installing Italian for Ross, making busy bags for Georgia or unit planning for Prairie Primer.

Kitchen Work: I made 9 pints of apple butter and a big batch of pumpkin waffles.  I still need to make apple dapple cake and make cookies with Amber.

Homemaking: I pulled all the girls’ fall/winter clothes down out of the attic but I haven’t started to sort through them yet.  I also pulled down the keyboard at Gracie’s request so she could play it.  I worked on my bedroom for a little while one afternoon, but then I destroyed it in the mad rush to get everything packed so I’m back to square one there.  I didn’t have time or the help I needed to move the furniture and treadmill around in the living room or reassemble our modular couch.

Personal: To bless Michael this week, I made a special breakfast for dinner he requested: pumpkin waffles, baked apples, scrambled eggs and coffee with homemade gingerbread latte creamer.  To bless someone else this week, I pitched in with the rest of the family to help clean up after the wedding reception.  I also watched my two nephews while my brother-in-law and sister-in-law served the BBQ for the dinner at the reception.  I got all the laundry washed before packing to go to the wedding by doing two days’ worth at a time.  It was really worth it to come home and only have one load of dirty clothes for the weekend to wash.  I read The Hiding Place and then passed it on to Ross for him to read.  He also has a dvd from Netflix on the Holocaust to watch and then he will write a paper on what he learned.  It’s not the same time period he’s currently studying in history but it’s interesting to him right now and the beauty of homeschooling is its flexibility in accommodating those interests. I started listing my frugal accomplishments and wrote my first blog post about it. I started a master list and added a ribbon bookmark to my household notebook.

Here are my goals for the upcoming week:

Homeschooling

1. Install Italian for Ross on the computer

2. Make three busy bags for Georgia to do during our read aloud times.

3. Post visual helps for Amber to help her know our weekly routine.

4. Continue unit lesson plans for Prairie Primer

5. Catch up on grading Ross’ work and create a midterm progress report

Kitchen Work

1. Make apple dapple cake to take to my family as we gather to celebrate my grandma’s life

2. Make cookies with Amber

3.  Finish garlic toast  for the freezer

4.  Make french toast for the freezer

Homemaking

1. Reassemble the modular couch and move the side chair from the living room to the master bedroom

2. Rearrange the living room furniture so I can see the tv from the treadmill more easily

3. Sort fall/winter clothes and then swap out with spring/summer clothes.

4. Help the kids to begin planning their Halloween costumes.  Our Halloween rules are: no scary costumes, no store bought costumes, get a lot of candy, have a lot of fun.

Personal

1. Do something to bless Michael

2. Do something to bless someone else

3.  Read three chapters of Galatians for You by Tim Keller – this is an excellent book that consists of expository preaching of the entire book of Galatians in written form.  The pastors in our church preach through books of the Bible in this way so this book is really appealing to me for that reason.  It’s like an extra few sermons during the week. It’s not a quick read so I don’t expect to get much further than three chapters this week.

4.  Walk the Color Run 5K with my best friend Dawn and her family on Saturday.  I’m really looking forward to looking like a crazy rainbow at the end of the walk!

What are your goals for the week?

Frugal Friday: Frugal Accomplishments of the Week

Knowing my love for homemaking and my desire to be frugal, my friend Gail introduced me to The Prudent Homemaker’s blog a few weeks ago.  As I explored her blog and website, two things had an impact on me.  The first was a story by Agnes Slight Turnbull entitled When Queens Ride By.  I highly recommend you take time to grab a cup of coffee and read it.  It’s a little long but it’s a beautiful story about a woman and her desire to do everything she can to help her husband as they go through a difficult financial season.  I felt like Agnes had peeked inside my world and written this story about me.  The main character is even named Jenny!  If you’re a wife and you want to know the best way to build up your husband, to be his helpmate, you must read this.  Go right now! I’ll wait for you…

Wasn’t it beautiful?? I pray it speaks to your soul with the same depth is spoke to mine.

The other thing on The Prudent Homemaker that caught my eye was a weekly feature she wrote listing all her frugal accomplishments for the week.  She listed everything she had done for the past seven days to save or make money.  Here’s her latest frugal accomplishment post here.  There was something about the act of writing and reflecting over all the ways I was contributing to our household financially by making or saving money, no matter how small a thing it seemed at the time.  I began keeping my own list and found it to be very encouraging.  And so, because I’m aspiring to write more regularly on my blog, I decided to do my own weekly feature of frugal accomplishments.   Enjoy the list below of things I’ve done in my own home and be inspired to add your own ideas in the comments.

Weekly Frugal Accomplishments

Received 50 free dot to dot activity books from an aviation group to add to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

Made 9 quarts of apple butter from an abundance of apples we received from two friends

Earned $10 in Amazon gift cards from Swag Bucks

Sold a book on Amazon for $2.49

Made my own gingerbread spice lattes

Got 25 free photo prints from Walgreens, a free 8×10 photo collage from CVS and 50 photo prints from Target for $4.25 with a coupon – all for Gracie’s shoebox letters

Used coupons to get a loaf of wheat bread, 5 bananas and an orange bell pepper for $1.25 at Target

Bought 29 loaves of bread for $26 at the bread store, enough to last us at least six weeks

Made garlic toast to stock the freezer from bread store purchase

Bought Teaching Textbooks 5 used instead of new for Gracie’s math, saving $30

Helped Ross shop and compare the best way to purchase an iPad mini with his own money – he bought one refurbished and saved $60

Blessed by family and friends with help for the wedding – the girls’ dresses and shoes, Ross’ clothes and the cabin we are staying in have all been provided for

Made muffins and cookies to eat while we stay at the cabin this weekend for the wedding, so we will only need to eat out one meal while we are there

Bought six activity books and a Disney Princess puzzle on clearance for $0.25 each to go in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

What did you do to save or make money last week?

Weekly Goals

I’m really wanting to make a habit of blogging more often about the things I love to do – homemaking and homeschooling.  People are always asking me questions about how I do things.  And writing is a sort of therapy for me.  So I’ve decided to add a little structure to my writing for Life Lived Loud and start doing some regular weekly pieces.  I’m going to start with things that are helping me to be more purposeful and organized at home.  Hello Mondays is already a staple to the blog and this week I’m adding Weekly Goals as well.  Both of these help me to take a step back and evaluate my past week and put the coming week into a proper perspective.  I’m hoping that publishing my Weekly Goals instead of just writing them into my notebook each week will help me be more accountable to actually crossing things off the list.

Here are my goals for the coming week:

Homeschooling

1. Install Teaching Textbooks 5 on the laptop for Gracie’s math – I actually did this this morning.  I had some network issues with my laptop and elected to put it on Michael’s laptop instead, which will work out better in the long run since Ross’ computer classes are on my laptop and this way they don’t have to coordinate taking turns with it.

2. Install Italian program on the laptop for Ross’ foreign language

3. Assemble three busy bags for Georgia – She needs something fun and educational to do that’s already put together and ready to use.  I have lots of ideas for busy bags pinned on Pinterest – you can check out my busy bags board here – and decided to work on assembling a few each week until I have a good stock to rotate through.  I will write up a post about the busy bags I choose to make this week.

4.  Post visual helps for Amber – She needs some visual cues to help her know what day of the week it is and what our routine/schedule will be like that day.  Amber thrives on structure and needs to know what to expect so I’ve made a few things to help her with that.  Now I just need to post them in the house so she can refer to them.

5.  Unit lesson plans for Prairie Primer – I’ve completed planning for half of the first unit study.  I need to finish writing plans for the remainder of the unit.

Kitchen Work

1. Bake cookies with Amber – She made a cookie mix in her AHG unit and she’s anxious to make the cookies with me.  Plus we need to bring some snacks when we go to the cabin this weekend so this is the perfect time to make them.

2.  Make apple butter – Two weeks ago, we picked a half bushel of apples at the local orchard and then two people blessed us with a bag of apples.  We are planning to go pick apples in the mountains next week so I need to use up what we have to make room in the fridge.  Just so happens, I just ran out of apple butter so I’ll be making more this week.

3.  Make a big batch of pumpkin waffles to freeze – We had these for dinner tonight and most of them were eaten.  There were a few left to warm up for breakfast tomorrow but not enough left to freeze.  Cooking so many waffles at once showed me I need a bigger waffle iron – it took over an hour to make them all!

4.  Make apple dapple cake – I already have apples peeled, chopped and measured for the cake in the fridge, I just haven’t made it yet.  This will be another good thing to bake to take to the cabin this weekend.

Homemaking

1. Reassemble the couch and move the side chair from the living room to the master bedroom – We have a modular couch and right now it is separated into parts in two different rooms in the house.  I need to put the couch back into one unit to make more seating in the living room.  I also need to take out my little side chair and tuck it into my bedroom before my little fur babies shred it to bits.

2.  After #1, rearrange living room furniture – Right now the treadmill is on one side of the living room angled toward the TV and facing the window.  The glare from the window makes it impossible to see the TV from the treadmill for most of the day.  So I’m going to flip flop the workout center and the couch so that my back is to the window while I walk the treadmill.  I’m hoping that will make the treadmill more appealing and I can get back into a groove of working out more regularly.

3.  Keep working on decluttering and setting up the master bedroom – This is the last room in the house to declutter and reorganize and it is by far the most challenging.  This week I’m going to spend some more time tackling it.

4.  Inventory seasonal clothes for the kids – It’s definitely not time to make the big switch yet, but I need to pull out what I have for fall/winter for the kids this year and make my list of what we still need.  I have a small credit at a local consignment store I could utilize and our church will be having a family clothing swap next month, so now is the time to start preparing and planning for the things we will need to clothe everybody this fall/winter.  It also gives me time to gather things to donate to the clothing swap or to bless someone else with.

Personal

1.  Do something to bless Michael – This is one of my weekly goals every week.  It helps me to remember to be purposeful in doing something for him on a regular basis.

2.  Do something to bless someone else – Same concept here.

3.  Make sure laundry is current, iron wedding clothes and pack for wedding – We are doing two days’ worth of laundry on our schedule per day this week so that it’s all done by Wednesday instead of Friday so that I can go ahead and pack for the wedding.  Everyone has tried on their wedding clothes.  I just need to do a final ironing and hang everything up and get it ready to travel.

4.  Begin reading The Hiding Place – I found this at a yard sale last month and have been meaning to start reading it since then, so this week I’m adding it to my goals so I remember to start it.

5.  Keep a list of frugal accomplishments – Another blog feature I’d like to add is a list of weekly frugal accomplishments, things I did to either save money or make money.  In the midst of tight finances, I think this list will be an encouraging reminder of God’s provision for us.

6.  Start a master to do list – I have too many “to do” things floating around in my head.  I’m going to be purposeful this week in starting to write them down all in one place in my notebook as I think of them this week.  I also want to add a ribbon to my notebook to hold my current place – I’m getting tired of flipping pages, trying to find where I am!

So there you have it, my list of what I hope to accomplish this week.  Next week I will update you on my results and post another week’s worth of goals.  What are you hoping to accomplish this week?

Hello Monday – the burned out version

For the past two weeks I’ve been telling all of you how busy I have been.  Busy is not the normal speed in our house and this weekend, it all caught up to me.  My brain and my body just up and quit – I was completely exhausted.  I spent Saturday night on the couch watching movies, took two naps on Sunday and then had an early bedtime last night.  I finally feel like my body isn’t crying “Uncle!” but still feel the need to slow down so I cleared our schedule for the next few days so we can all rest and rejuvenate before our little trip out of town for the weekend.   I’m being purposeful about making this week as quiet and low-key as possible because the next few weeks are full of big family activities and I wanted to be rested and ready to enjoy them along with everyone else.  The older I get, the more I’ve learned how to listen to my body and then treat it accordingly.  Let’s say hello, shall we?

Hello Monday…

Hello wedding bells…

flowergirls

This month we will be going to two very special weddings.  The first will be this weekend in Georgia.  My ring bearer from my wedding is getting married, y’all! If that doesn’t make you feel old, nothing will! All of the kids are in the wedding – Amber and Georgia are two of the three flower girls, Gracie is the guest book attendant (or wedding receptionist, as she calls it) and Ross is an usher.   My hubby is actually off this weekend and we will get to sit through a wedding together, which is a rare treat.  I’m looking forward to getting away to a beautiful  little cabin by the water, spending time with family, seeing my boy all grown up and wearing suspenders, and celebrating the joining of two very special people.  Two weeks later, we get to do it all again for my cousin and his bride.  I love weddings!

Hello treadmill…

home gym

My eating has gradually gotten back on track, thanks to teaching Made to Crave.  With eating better comes a desire to move more and make healthy choices in other areas of my life.  So I’m rearranging the living room and setting up the treadmill again (where it is now, you can’t see the TV because of a reflection from the window).  I also have a goal to work toward.  I’m walking the 5k Color Run with my friend and her family in two weeks.  I really wanted to do the Color Run last year but they sold out before I could sign up and then I blew out my knee and couldn’t even walk it anyway.  It feels good to be moving again and working towards something.  It’s been really hard to get back on track since my knee surgery, especially with exercise.

Hello computer school…

Gracie has made a lot of progress in math this year, but I know she’d be doing so much better if I could spend more time teaching her one-on-one.  Enter Teaching Textbooks, the awesome computer math program Ross has been using and loving since the beginning of the school year.  This weekend I was able to get a used copy for Gracie’s level and she’s already completed three lessons today.  This is the first year my kids have used the computer on a regular basis for school.  I really like how it frees me up to teach other things and spend more time with the Littles on their work.  Do you use technology for school? What’s your favorite educational computer resource?

What are you saying hello to this week?

 

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