Updates

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll have noticed that it has been a week since my last post. It’s been a long week, one that has had a distinctive lack of sticking to the housework. 

I don’t want to go into all of the details, but after struggling with some parenting issues this week, I haven’t had the energy to do much of anything else. Parenting sometimes takes more out of us than other times, and this week has been one of those times. 

I will do my best to get back to my routines, starting with tonight’s After Dinner Routine. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to jump back into the BabySteps, or if I’ll just start doing the FlyLady routines that come in my emails. I may just do the routines from the emails so that I won’t need to post daily about the BabySteps. 

On another note, The Boy is finishing up our preschool program tomorrow. He will take a week off for a break, and then we’ll be starting Kindergarten. I plan to post weekly on our progress. 

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February Meal Plan

Hello everyone! If you’ve been following my BabySteps series, you may be wondering why this morning’s post isn’t Day 21 of my progression through FlyLady’s BabySteps. Here’s what happened to me yesterday…

I needed to have breakfast ready and on the table by 8:30am — which is not always as easy as it sounds when you eat “dinner” during the “breakfast” time slot — so that we could eat before Hubby left for work. Breakfast was going to take 1 hour to make, so I should have been up and out of bed at least 30 minutes before that in order to get my Morning Routine finished.

I, however, did not awaken until The Boy climbed into my bed — practically pulling my hair out in the process, I might add — at 7:15am. That gave me just enough time to go to the bathroom and then get into the kitchen to feed the cat and get the oven preheated.

I told myself, “I’ll get to my Morning Routine after breakfast.” Here comes the problem though…

Shortly after breakfast, a migraine hit me with such force that the sounds of my children playing were painful, the light hurt my eyes, and I became nauseated. I trudged through the morning, until it was time for Little Miss to take a nap and The Boy to go to Quiet Hour (this is 1 hour of every day when The Boy must play quietly upstairs), at which time, I promptly fell into my bed and tried to sleep it off.

Of course, I was not able to fall asleep and The Boy came bounding in my room, full of energy, 1 hour later. I tried explaining to him that I had a very bad headache, and to please talk quietly, and although he did his best, he is still only 4 1/2 so he was not overly successful at keeping a low profile.

I spent most of the afternoon on the couch, curled up under a blanket, halfway (who am I kidding, a quarter of the way) playing the dozen different games The Boy made up to play.

By around 5 or so, the migraine had dissipated enough (though not completely gone) that the thought of venturing to the bread store 2 blocks away was tolerable, and I thought that perhaps the fresh air would help a bit too.

Needless to say, I did not get much done yesterday in the way of my BabySteps routines. I apologize. I was, however, able to sit down last night and work on my meal plan for the month of February.

February Meal Plan

This is mostly a tentative meal plan. I try to stick to them as much as possible, but life isn’t always a breeze (as was evidenced yesterday), so it does occasionally get changed. It does at least give me a plan to focus on and it allows me to easily make shopping lists each week.

On a side note, I have tried in the past to buy all of the pantry items for the entire month all at once, and then only having cold items during my weekly shopping trips. I actually liked doing it that way, because it made my weekly shopping trips faster (fewer things to buy). Over the course of the entire month, it was actually less expensive to buy groceries this way. The problem with that approach was that we were living paycheck to paycheck, so having a larger, monthly shopping trip was difficult to handle financially with the upfront cost of it. I’d like to someday get back to that method of shopping, but for now, we have weekly shopping trips.

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Welcome!

Hello readers, and welcome to my blog. I will be honest and admit that I have started blogs in the past and been unable to stick with them, but I am finally at a place in my life where I feel like I have things to talk about and share.

  • I have recently started on a journey of BabySteps to declutter and organize my home.
  • I am working toward a healthier lifestyle with regular exercise and home-cooked meals.
  • I have an 18-month-old daughter (hereafter known as Little Miss) who we’re working on getting to talk and walk at age-appropriate levels.
  • And I am homeschooling my 4 and a half year old son (hereafter known as The Boy), who is sailing through our preschool curriculum and will be starting in on Kindergarten in March.

Given this vast array of topics (which I’m sure will only grow as my kids get older), I’ve decided to give this blog thing another go.

I will do my best to have a minimum of 3-5 posts per week, but my ultimate goal is to have daily posts, so I hope you’ll stick around and give me another chance. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing where this goes. Blessings to you!

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