Thursday, May 31, 2007
I survived Day 1
1 win for me! I managed the whole day without checking out my favourite blogs, the weather, the news, my 4 different email accounts, the sewing forum I visit, eBay, etc., etc., etc.

I didn't realize how much it has become a habit for me to check all these things first thing in the morning and throughout the day. During the first 10 minutes I was awake I had to stop myself 4 times from going to the computer and turning it on. I would be making breakfast and think, "Oh! I should just quickly check this," or "I wonder what 'x' has posted today," or "Did I get an email from so and so?"

Once the initial pushing the power button urges were resisted the rest of the day went without much thought about it. I didn't get much more done around the house today though. It was +30C and that is enough to suck some major energy from me. It was a good day though.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I'm not usually the betting kind...
My husband and I have a little bet going. He doesn't think it's very likely that I can keep the computer off all day (from when I get up until he gets home from work at 4:30pm). I know I can do it.

I won't get into all the details but it turned into a multi-day bet with assorted conditions and rules. For each day I win, I get to buy a yard of fabric I've been eyeing up lately.

In order for the day to count as a win I have to have made myself useful around the house. For example the computer time does not get substituted with watching an endless Friends marathon or wasting the day away. This is the simple explanation...

This should be fun. I'm going to keep a list of all the stuff I get done while I'm not in Internet Land. I'll miss Bloggyville I'm sure but it'll be here when I get to it later in the day. It might also mean I'll have more of a life and have more interesting things to post about instead of just reading about everyone else's adventures, which, I do love to do. :)

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Lentil Soup
This past week we have been eating a lot of lentil soup. I found a recipe on the Martha Stewart website that looked interesting and gave it a try. It was so simple to put together and is it ever good! Dwayne liked it so much that we've made it 3 times in the past week. Here's the link if you want to try it for yourself: Lentil Soup . I've made it both with and without the wine vinegar and it's lovely both ways. Hubs and I both think we've lost weight as a result of the soup too. It's a good thing... ;)

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Works-For-Me Wednesday
For little snack cups for toddlers I like to use egg cups. They are big enough to hold a snack like a handful of Cheerios or some raisins and are small enough for the little people to hold onto securely. My 2 year old has been packing around some little ceramic ones I found at the grocery store for about a year now and rarely spills, but if he does it's only an egg cup's worth. :)


The other thing that works for me - actually remembering to wear rubber gloves when cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. It's something I do 10% and then wonder at why I don't do it the other 90% because as soon as my hands start to feel dry or itchy, that's it, I'm done, no more cleaning for me. I just can't handle chapped hands (or lips for that matter!). Rubber gloves are a good thing.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
What a glorious day!
It is gorgeous here today! It is sunny and warm and breezy. Perfect temperature and just enough wind to keep most of the mosquitos off. Ahhh...

We (my & the little people) didn't wake up until noon today. Noon! I couldn't believe it when I looked at the clock. I checked another clock in another room just to be sure. I've been fighting a wicked sore throat and headache for a few days and our 5 month old has been teething so I wasn't as suprised that we slept so late but our 2 year old did too! God must have known we needed the sleep. My headache is gone and I think my sore throat is on its way out too - hooray! I'm feeling much perkier and am even excited about tackling some long overdue chores.

I'm using the great outdoors as my reward today because it's just that wonderful out there today. After the little guy is up from his nap we'll head out for a walk or to the park or just to play in the dirt! :)

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Monday, May 28, 2007
Frazzled
It has been an interesting week or so. I haven't done a whole lot but I feel like I've been on the go non-stop. Our 5 month old is teething and our 2 year old is trying really hard to obey. We've been battling it out this week. There is proof that he does listen to what I say though. On Thursday he started saying, "Obey Mom. Obey Mom." Hmmn. Guess what my refrain has been this week?

On Saturday we were reading stories in the "man chair" (my husband's recliner) when the little guy cuddled into my shoulder and said for the first time, "Love, love." Awww.....I love that boy!! He frustrates me to no end when he's acting up but he can also be the sweetest boy.

This week I hope to be more productive and feel less frazzled. Here's hoping that it works out!

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Today's Tasks
Here's my to do list for today. I have a whole slew of things to catch up on and I really don't need another piece of paper cluttering up my life so I'll see if having a list on the computer helps me or not.

Make bed
Dishes
Clean the bathroom
Wash kitchen/bathroom/porch floors
Clean bunny cages
Vacuum
Fold and put away clean laundry
Sort mountain of paper sitting beside my computer
Patch Dwayne's work jeans
Bake something

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Saturday, May 26, 2007
S.M.A.R.T. Habits Saturday
This week's new habit is going to be:

Not drinking soft drinks. This is a tough one for me. I love my Coke! I plan on cutting it out cold turkey and then only having it very occasionally as a treat. I think I'm going to start making solar tea so that I still have something refreshing but I cut out all the excess sugar. I could drink diet soda but it's just not the same. I'd rather not drink any at all.

HABITS IN PROGRESS:

Putting all papers/receipts/etc in one place in the house and only one place. ~ Great! I just have to sort/file all the paperwork now.

Writing one "real" letter per week - In progress. :)

Emptying the car completely after each trip - Great! Down pat.

Putting clean laundry away ~ I need to work extra dilligently on this one this week.

Hobbies ~ I have been doing some sewing/crafting and am formulating projects and ideas almost daily.

Drinking more water ~ Getting a little better. Cutting out soda this week should help.

Exercise ~ Big fat zero.

Tickler File ~ There is still a large pile of paper beside the file waiting to be sorted. :)

Doing the dishes immediately after each meal ~ Most days this week.

Having lunch ready each day when DH gets home ~ Habit.

Keeping the dining table clear and presented nicely ~ Buried again. I am sorting out cupboards and it is the largest surface that is mostly out of toddler reach.

Getting up with my husband each morning ~ Not once this week. Need to make strong effort here. It makes a huge difference to my mood and thought processes.

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Friday, May 25, 2007
Frugal Friday
You don't have to go to a huge discount chain store to get a discount on bulk purchases. Many groceries stores will give you a case lot discount of 10%. Usually this means buying 6-12 items, depending on the case size for each item.

This discount is rarely advertised but if you speak with the manager of your local store they can let you know their policy on bulk discounts.

Go check out Crystal's blog at Biblical Womanhood for more Frugal Friday tips!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Voila! Almost 5 weeks later...
Back in this post I mentioned that I had started painting the beat up interior entrance door to our apartment. I had one coat left to go when I wrote that post. I had one coat left to go for weeks.

The day I was supposed to finish painting I got sick. Then our 2 year old wasn't feeling too hot. Then the baby was teething. Then I was afraid of painting with the 2 year old nearby.

Yellow paint + toddler + carpet = potential disaster.

I thought of painting at night once said 2 year old was in bed. Then I was afraid of painting with myself nearby.

Yellow paint + tired 27 year old + carpet = potential disaster.

I am not known for my grace, especially while tired. Did I mention that I can also be the world's biggest procrastinator?

Today I'd had enough of looking at the paint supplies still sitting by the door and I've long tired of having to open the doorknob less door with a screwdriver or large key. (It did make the door toddler proof for almost 2 weeks before he figured it out.)

I decided to risk it and paint in the daylight with my toddler.

It went beautifully.

The little guy is really trying his darnedest to be obedient and this afternoon he was angelic. Despite the very great temptation of yellow paint and an open door (he loves to close and open doors. All-the-live-long-day.) He resisted both playing in the paint and slamming the door. After each slam he says "soft" in a whisper because he knows that's how I want him to close the door but his toddler motor control won't allow him to do so just yet.

My door is painted. I can put the knob back on tonight. Hooray!! I'll add pictures of the room tomorrow avec door knob and full view.

Edited to add: Our camera battery is officially toast. Luckily we ordered some new batteries about a week ago and they've just arrived. They are sitting in the new charger now as I type. Pictures soon but I won't promise when!

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Like a kid waiting for Christmas...
I am full of anticipation. I am having my blog designed by Bluebird Blogs. You should be seeing its new look in the near future. I can't wait! :)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
My first "fulling" project
I recently signed up with Swap-Bot to challenge myself to be a little more crafty. Here is my first "fulling" project. Fulling involves taking a piece of already knitted wool and washing it in hot water and drying it in the dryer. This causes the fabric to pull together into a tighter, more dense material.

We've all done this by accident, shrinking our favourite sweater by mistake, but in this case it was all done on purpose! :) What you are left with is essentially a thicker wool fabric than what you started with that will not unravel.

The swap I participated in was a felted sweater swap and we were challenged to create something, anything we wished from the fulled sweater. I chose to create a asymmetrical clutch purse.

Here are some pictures of my project:

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Works-For-Me Wednesday
I love Arm & Hammer's Super Washing Soda (also known as So Clean Super Washing Soda in Canada). The stuff is amazing. I started using it after our first baby was born. I needed something to get out those persistant baby stains. I'd throw a little of this in my machine, let the clothes and blankets soak for about 20 minutes, then run them through a regular cycle. No more stains!

The odd outfit that was really bad would need a second wash (do not put in dryer between washes, and air dry if necessary) but I still have every single sleeper from our first baby and they all look new and are stain free. This soda saved so many clothes as Hendrik was the blowout king!

I still use it when I wash our cloth diapers and I've also started adding it to the loads of my husband's work clothes (he's a mechanic).

It's not expensive and I've never seen an add or a commercial for it but WOW! does it ever work for me.

Check out more great tips over at Rocks In My Dryer!

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Monday, May 21, 2007
Victoria Day Weekend
This past weekend was a long weekend in Canada in honour of Queen Victoria. For those who live in southern Canada this is the weekend that everyone opens up their cottages and summer homes for the season. Up north we just hope it doesn't frost. :) We lucked out in the frost department, but it was a rainy, grey weekend until Monday evening when the sun broke through and then it was beautiful!

I spent the weekend trying to get caught up on my mountains of laundry, both clean and dirty and this morning I tackled parts of the kitchen that had not seen the light of day in quite sometime.

My dear husband helped me move the stove and fridge so that I could clean underneath them and wash the walls behind them. Yikes! I think I had dust dragons instead of bunnies. There was nothing cute about it. I also found a whole slew of treasures - the bottom portion of a night light, a "P" magnet from Hendrik's Leap Frog Fridge Phonics dealie, a couple of other magnets, half a chicken finger, a tortilla chip, a tiny light bulb from my tiny Maglite, and a lot of other indistinguishable or unmentionable stuff.

I feel much better knowing that those tasks are done now. Those sort of things lurk in the back of my mind and stress me out. I don't realize how much they've been affecting me until after the job is completed. Even though I still have a stack of dishes to wash tonight my kitchen FEELS so much cleaner than it did earlier today although you would never guess that by how it appears right now. I will sleep better tonight. (Yeah, I think I'm a little OCD.)

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Hendrik's First Haircut
Our little guy has been two for a couple of months now and still had not had his first haircut. He was pretty bald when he was born with the exception of a faint old man fringe around the lower part of his hairline. As of late though his hair has gotten quite long in the back and only had really started to get any length up top.

Depending on the day he either had tight ringlets at the nape of his neck, a serious hockey hair look, or the wild static Einstein do. Cute, but his hair was starting to get in his eyes and bother him a bit.

After several weeks of talking about it, we went yesterday after Dwayne finished work.

It was quite the production.

Hendrik sat on the booster seat for about the first 30 seconds, then sat on Dwayne's lap for about half of the time and my dad's for the other half, while the currently non-Hendrik-holding adults were milling around taking photos, blowing bubbles to distract Hendrik, gathering curls to save for his baby book and checking to be sure Riley was still smiling, which of course, she was. (Have I mentioned that we have been blessed with THE most mellow baby EVER? It's ridiculous.) Riley sat in her car seat and gurgled and laughed and growled. Ridiculous numbers of photos were taken. Throw in a handful of videos as well...

Then it was off to show off the haircut to Grandma and Auntie Christen and Auntie Hilary.

Our camera battery was pretty much dead and the charger nowhere to be found so Dad brought his camera for all the official photos.

Here's a little slideshow of the big event:
And, I'm sure the camera charger will turn up somewhere...like in a kitchen drawer or with the bath toys or in a sock drawer or something!

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Saturday, May 19, 2007
Emergency Cleaning
Check out this Emergency Cleaning post over at Muffins, Buns and Bisuits. It was just what I needed to get going today. :)
Betty Boop - French Maid
Betty Boop - French Maid

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Friday, May 18, 2007
S.M.A.R.T. Habits Saturday
This week's new habit is going to be:

Putting all papers/receipts/etc in one place in the house and only one place. This way I should be less likely to keep out of date documents, duplicates, etc. It should make getting started on my filing backlog easier too.


HABITS IN PROGRESS:

Writing one "real" letter per week - Not yet, but I know who the first letter is going to. :)

Emptying the car completely after each trip - Great! Down pat.

Putting clean laundry away ~ needs work.

Hobbies ~ Twice this week I worked on sewing and paper crafts. Yippee!

Drinking more water ~ Still working on it. Coke is just so good...

Exercise ~ Once.

Tickler File ~ There is a large pile of paper beside the file waiting to be sorted. :)

Doing the dishes immediately after each meal ~ 10% of the time.

Having lunch ready each day when DH gets home ~ habit.

Keeping the dining table clear and presented nicely ~ It got cleared off this week and has been clear and clean for 2 days!

Getting up with my husband each morning ~ mixed bag. Up later than him some days, up before him others...

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Suckered by the pink packaging...
I went shopping on Wednesday after my husband got home from work. I needed to pick up cleaning supplies, among other things, and was also feeling the need for a little motivation.

Then I spotted it - Lysol Bathroom Cleaner in Summer Fresh in a bright pink Pepto coloured spray bottle.

Into the cart it went.

Followed by a bottle of pink Vim Oxy-Gel floor cleaner in Fruit Fusion. (Usually I buy the Marine Fresh scent. My sisters and I like it because it reminds us of yummy smelling men...but I figured I would keep with the emerging theme.)

I must tell you that the pink Lysol did not disappoint. Bye bye germs, hello fresh scent and cheery spray bottle. I also picked up a few natural cleaning products that contain tea tree oil and are biodegradable. I'm hoping they work well so that I don't have to scrub myself sore to be earth friendly.

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In our house we like our Coke and Diet Coke and had been buying it in 12 packs of cans. This meant that we paid for the price of the pop, plus a 10 cent deposit on each can, plus an environmental levy of 10 cents on each can.

However, we discovered that if we bought our pop in 2L bottles, there was only one deposit and one levy on the bottle.

Even though we need to 2 bottles to make up the volume of the 12 cans this saves us $2.00 each time we buy pop.

Go check out Crystal's blog at Biblical Womanhood for more Frugal Friday tips!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007
Fabric yo-yo bracelet
I did a silly thing. It happens every couple of months or so. I stay up all night long with the thought of cleaning my entire house or completely finishing a project.

Last night was a little of both. I cleaned a little and then decided I wanted to try my hand at making fabric yo-yos. (Thanks to Heather for the inspirational tutorial!) I quite enjoyed myself.

Originally this was going to be a bookmark but my yo-yos were a little too puffy for the average book and I wasn't sure how to stabilize them so they wouldn't twist around between readings.

Instead, I converted my bookmark into a bracelet. I need to come up with a better way of fastening it, but overall I am quite happy with it. :)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I was tagged for this meme by Elizabeth at A Merry Rose: Blooming as Keeper of My Home.

How it works:
1. Grab the book closest to you
2. Open it to page 161
3. Find the fifth full sentence
4. Post the text of the sentence to your blog
5. Don't search around for the coolest book you have, use the one that is really next to you.
6. Tag five people to do this meme.

Only then should you make him aware of your arrival.

This was taken from "An Assembly Such as This" (Book 1 in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series) by Pamela Aidan. These books are fun reading, P&P from Darcy's perspective!

I tag:
Bean at Coyote Craft
Lynette at Beloved Children Chronicles
Tammy at Hutcheson Happenings
Mommy Bee at Muffins, Buns, and Biscuits
Sara at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly

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Paint roller tip
When you are painting walls with latex paint and are between coats you don't have to wash out your paint roller. Instead, wrap your roller in a couple of plastic grocery bags, twist the bags around the roller handle and put it in your fridge. This prevents the paint from drying out and allows you to resume the job later. I don't know what the time limit is for leaving a roller in the fridge before you would need to wash it out but I've left one for a couple of days and not had a problem. It works for me!
Check out other great tips at Rocks in My Dryer!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Why I don't bake very often...
Yesterday I was craving chocolate cupcakes so after supper I made a batch. 23 yummy cupcakes. Now there are 4 left. I think I have eaten 12 or so. Yeah. That's why I don't bake very often...

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Saturday, May 12, 2007
This week's new habits are going to be:

Writing one "real" letter per week

Emptying the car completely after each trip

HABITS IN PROGRESS:

Putting clean laundry away ~ needs work.

Hobbies ~ did not happen once, zilch.

Drinking more water ~ a moderate improvement.

Exercise ~ 2/7 days...

Tickler File ~ Forgot all about it!

Doing the dishes immediately after each meal ~ 95%!

Having lunch ready each day when DH gets home ~ habit.

Keeping the dining table clear and presented nicely ~ wild laughter!

Getting up with my husband each morning ~ not once this week. :(

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Thursday, May 10, 2007
I Live in Hope
I just drove home from the convenience store, shivering in my windbreaker with the heat cranked up so I could enjoy an ice cream sandwich.

Yes, it's May, and for us that means unpredictable weather. Hot one day, snowing the next.

I can't wait for summer to really arrive.

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Suggestions for stuffed animals?
I still have all of my stuffed animals from when I was little. This amounts to over a garbage bag full. They sit in a clear blue plastic recycling bag in a closet because I just don't know what to do with them.

I don't use them but everytime I go to get rid of them I chicken out. Here are my usual excuses, "So and so gave this one to me," or "I really liked this one when I was 'x' number of years old."

Any thoughts? What have you done with sentimental childhood items? I don't really think I need to keep them but on the other hand I'm afraid I'll regret parting with them.

Help me, please! I am desperately trying to declutter and downsize.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Make-shift funnels
For some reason I don't own a single funnel. Not that I don't have use for one I just keep forgetting to do so. :) I improvise instead.

When I need to pour sugar from the bag or from a large canister into a smaller container I use a paper coffee filter with the bottom cut off. It works in a pinch and can be folded flat and stored in the sugar bag or larger container until it is needed again. I'm sure you could use this for other dry goods as well.

For liquids, just cut off the top 1/3 or so of a plastic 2L bottle, unscrew the cap, place spout into vessel and pour away!

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The Wood Shed
As I mentioned in this post hubs and I built a wood shed Sunday evening.
Here's our rough rustic wood shed make from slabs custom-cut logs.


Here's the back view:


Our fix-it boy and his daddy.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Buddies
Our little guy has once again decided that really does like his little sister after all. He's taken to crawling in beside her under her activity arch for a little snuggle. She watches her toys and he watches his Clifford DVD.

Or in this case, he watches the hanging toys and she watches Clifford. :)

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Mother's Day GiveAway Contests!

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Check out 5 Minutes For Mom for your chance to win some fabulous prizes like an iPod Nano gift set, a Mei-Tei baby carrier, a copy of "Total Mom Makeover", or some original jewelry.


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Monday, May 07, 2007

1. Wear make-up everyday
2. Start the day with some exercises and stretches.
3. Make time to have a cup of tea.
4. Sew something.
5. Watch part of Anne of Green Gables.

Check out Emma's blog for other ladies' links.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007
Today after church my husband suggested we get my mom and aunt to come over tonight and watch the kids so that he and I could go out to our land and work on a project together. I wasn't sure if I should go. I felt I had more than enough to get done at home but Dwayne really thought I should come. He was so right.

When I get frustrated about housework my biggest complaint is that it never stays done. No matter how great a job you do and how wonderful the house looks, it never stays that way. You constantly have to redo the same things over and over. It doesn't last.

Building a woodshed on the other hand - baby! I can look at it every day for the next ten years if I want to.

That's what we did this evening, we built a woodshed that will hold about half of the wood we will need to burn this winter once we move out to our property this fall. We'll have to build a second one later on to house the rest of the firewood.

Husband + chainsaw + log slabs + hammer + nails + tarp + JT21 + staples = Happy Wife

I had a wonderful time. I loved helping my husband build. I loved being outside despite the mosquitoes. It was nice to breathe in the fresh air and look up at the sky and to do something a little more physical than laundry.
All that hammering though, I don't know if I'll be able type tomorrow or not...

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Saturday, May 05, 2007
I was feeling really stressed and depressed tonight by the lack of organization in our home right now. It's almost crippling me. I see so much that needs to be done but don't know where to start. Lying in bed I started to feel very sorry for myself. Then this verse from the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" came to mind:

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer:
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev'ry weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.


I have been trying to do too much on my own strength and it is finally taking its toll.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

Wow. I don't think I'm at "delighting" yet but I'll work on it. :)

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

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Clean and Fresh by Jerianne Van Dijk

Today is the day. I can't stand the laundry backlog any longer. It's alternating between frustrating and depressing me. I can't find what I want and I've found a lot of items that I never wear, don't fit, etc. I've decided that we really need to pare down on the amount of clothing and bedding and linens that we have. There's just too much to keep on top of.

The goal for my clothing is to get rid of at least 2 laundry baskets full.

For the kids, I'm going to go through and keep my favourites in each size and donate the rest to our local second hand clothing store(which happens to be right below my apartment!). I'm going to keep all of the newborn to 12 month sizes though as babies go through laundry so proficiently and have grown out of their clothing each time you turn around.

My husband's clothes usually don't get kept for too long as he wears them out at his job as a mechanic. They go from wearable to the rag pile or the garbage can. :)

I'm going to retire a lot of my old teatowels and cleaning rags as well. Some of them are getting quite threadbare and I do have replacements.

I figure that if I reduce the amount of fabric items that we have overall then it will reduce the potential amount of laundry backlog.

Don't you just love laundry pictures like this?

Laundry on Balcony, Havana, Cuba by Panoramic Images

It's such a switch from the typical North American laundry experience of dark basements and bare concrete floors. The Europeans have the right idea. It looks so effortless, so clean, so beautiful. The fabulous architecture doesn't hurt either, no?

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Potty training tips anyone?
Our 2 year old started expressing an interest in using his little potty today and wants to wear training pants instead of his diapers. The tricky part is that our entire apartment is carpeted except for the bathroom and the kitchen. Any suggestions for keeping leaks to minimum?

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This week's new habits are going to be:

Not starting another load of laundry in the washing machine until the load currently in the dryer is folded up and put away.

Spending 15-30 minutes per day on a hobby (sewing,drawing,etc).

Drink at least 2L of water each day.

Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.



HABITS IN PROGRESS:
Tickler File ~ Only started on Friday but it did help clear the clutter from around the computer and off the dining table immediately. :)
Doing the dishes immediately after each meal ~ Did rather well, not perfect but a vast improvement.
Having lunch ready each day when DH gets home ~ Everyday!
Keeping the dining table clear and presented nicely ~ I don't think it's been clear all week!
Getting up with my husband each morning ~ This was accomplished about 4/7 days this week.

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Friday, May 04, 2007
A great day for ducks

I am in desperate need of motivation.
Today has been a really grey, windy, rainy day. It seems to have sucked the energy right out of me. I have lots to work on but little get up and go. I'm going to pull the old accountability trick. If I say I need to get things done to someone other than myself I am much more likely to follow through.
Here's my list for the evening:
~ Wash pots and pans
~ Sweep and wash linoleum floors
~ Dust living room
~ Clear dining table
~ Start Tickler File
~ Fold and put away clean laundry

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Works for Me Wednesday - Cake Decorating Made Easy

My tip involves entertaining the kids and decorating the cake all at the same time! First, bake a whole bunch of cupcakes and make/buy some icing. Set up a table with plates of cupcakes, bags of icing (either cake bags or small sandwich bags with one of the bottom corners cut out) with decorating tips, and let the kids take over! Each child can personalize their own cupcake(s) and have as much or as little icing as they want. This also takes a little while with little hands so you have one less activity to plan for the party! It's a big hit with kids and takes the pressure off Mom. :)

Check out other WFMW tips at Rocks in My Dryer.

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Girls' Night
Last night I hosted a bit of a girls' night at our house. I spotted the first nice batch of strawberries at the grocery store yesterday morning and that put me in the mood for strawberry shortcake. I was already in the mood for watching a Jane Austen movie as I had got A&E's version of "Emma" in the mail the day before. Those two things combined = girl's night.
I called up my Mom, my sister who lives in town, my aunt, and a couple of friends. My husband took the little guy to the shop to "fix". We girls piled into the living, cozied up on the couch, chair and floor with assorted blankets and pillows and settled in to be entertained.

I should add though that boys didn't get left out either. We arranged to have our strawberry shortcake before the movie so my husband, my dad, and the little guy could all have some too!

Also, our strawberry shortcake had much more whipped cream than the one in this photo does - you might as well go for the gusto. It's spring after all! :)

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LUSH!
About a week or so ago I discovered the LUSH Cosmetics does mail orders - hooray!! I got online and started shopping. My order arrived yesterday - deeeeeelish! I was nursing the baby when my husband brought home the mail. He opened the box for me and I started sniffing the contents. The baby decided she'd had enough eating and got in on the smelling too. So yummy! I got some shampoo, conditioner, buttercream(not pictured), and shower jelly (that's the blue blob in the picture), and some soap samples. I had the most wonderful shower last night before bedtime. Ah...


One of these years I'll have time for a bath but for now this will do just fine!

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I remember Nan...

I remember green glass bottles of 7-Up and gingerale on the door of Nan's fridge.

I remember Nan laughing heartily at Pop's antics and her exclamations of "Harry!".

I remember Nan somehow being able to sing along to hymns with us after her stroke even though she could hardly speak.

I remember Nan when I look into my new little daughter's face. After Riley was born the very first glimpse of family I saw in her was Nan. There was something about the sparkle in her eyes.

I will remember her legacy of faith and her ability to sing songs of praise amidst the most difficult circumstances.

Nan went home to be with Jesus yesterday morning. She was 103.

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