Thursday, October 30, 2014
Crayon on the carpet..... before.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Gaby had her 2nd band concert for middle school. Yep, this is my, "don't take that picture, I will not smile, but really is beautiful inside and out" child of mine. I love that she plays the drums and is really good at it.
This week is her first Jazz band practice and she can not wait. She is over the moon excited to play the set at school. I hope soon she will be good enough to play for church/youth group.
This past month we started a budget. A friend of ours is doing finical planning and while we had a basic something in place, it was a crazy and humbling experience to have him meet with us. We saw some areas in our life where changes had to be made and where we could be doing better. Yikes. Dustin and I have never had this whole budget thing modeled for us with our parents. We did what we could and made do with what we have... still do. But things are changing. I hope by Dustin and I (hopefully) making better money choices, our kids will see what we are doing and we will be a good role model for them and their finical future.
Out of the last 17 days, I have attended 14 Jazzercise classes. I am excited to be working out, gaining some spunk back, and having pants feel a little more loose. It hasn't been easy but I am making it a habit. I am a better wife, mom, daycare provider, nursery worker, and overall person when my body feels healthier and I carve out 45-60 minutes of childless time. I love being able to workout close to my home or when I am in North Topeka waiting on dance girls and their classes. I finally have it down. (For now, until soccer practices start back up)
We had her teacher conference last week and her teachers main complaint is that she is not organized and her desk is not clean (ok, not me). However, she knew we had a meeting with her teacher and that day she cleaned out her desk and organized all of her space. It made me laugh. This child is too smart for her own good sometimes. But it was nice to hear she is doing great (when she focuses), reading is above average (yes) and she understands what is being taught (whattt? Mia?) So, for being my hot mess mini me, she is rockin the 1st grade!
I had my church review for nursery last week. They are keeping me on for another year so I must not have messed up too badly. It was a more challenging year (or just the past few months) as we moved into a new building, furnished 6 rooms, started fall programs and still trying to figure things out. But, I do believe we are heading out of the transition period, at least for the babies. I am excited to get back to my normal normal. :)
My last new thing is Norwex. They had a month where you could sign up for a kit for free if you just paid shipping. I wanted to try the product out so I signed up. I did one order that turned out to be better then I thought, while offering a (surprise) to those who ordered. Well... I am not doing this as a job, not wanting to gain tons of knowledge about the product, not wanting to do parties, or work this thing. There are too many rules, what words you can and can't say, ect. Too much for my mom brain to keep up with. I just want the discount so I can purchase the product that has made my cleaning life a little easier and healthier. I thought a one time order was all I was doing. But then after I ordered more people asked so I am doing a second one. I now have NO CLUE where this will lead because I am not in it to make money or use this as a job. But, one thing I have learned is that I can offer whatever "surprises" I want on my private FB page. So. I got me one of those. And if you love this product like I do and or want to try it out, email or FB me privately! I don't want to step on toes of those making a living out of this! But for the first time, I cleaned my mattress with their mattress cleaner and vacuumed it. I never knew weird people did that (yes, I mean you CS). But after 15 years of marriage, this is a first. Who knows what new cleaning project will happen next!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Today we reviewed our good character traits... I love this new addition to our lessons.
Then we had tacos for lunch. I was told a) I make the best tacos and b) everyday should be Taco Tuesday. Who knew I made the best tacos??
Monday, October 13, 2014
This month we met with a friend about getting on a budget...like a real one. I have been tracking everything, it is certainly eye opening. I am glad we saw where we are spending too much and where some cuts can be made. It's a little hard to make so many changes as we enter the holiday season and birthday season. We will get there. Slowly but surely! I am grateful for our friends help and setting up boundaries-something I am NOT good at!
Tonight is our first night at home in a long time, it's super rainy out and soccer is now over. We made cheddar cheese potato soup and brats for dinner. Someone really liked dinner! Alot.
My next new love is Norwex products... this is some awesome stuff!!! I have cleaned our kitchen, bathroom, and cabinets with their cloth, cleaning paste, and water. I am totally loving these products. No chemicals. If you haven't heard of these products, let me know. I can certainly help you out.
Daycare is going well... not that I have pictures to post! We have been busy with fire safety this month and much more. The big kids were out of school today which meant a lazy day for daycare kiddos. I was bummed that we could do anything outside due to the weather.
Qman took a couple of steps today. We were all excited. He actually walked to his big sister Gaby which made her day. They are so cute together- 11 years a part and have the closest bond. I hope that never changes.
This past weekend we wrapped up our soccer season. I love to watch our kids play but having 4 kids playing can get a little time consuming so by October I am always happy for the small break. Gaby ended her season with a win, Kadyn scored a goal, Kenni made a couple of great kicks, and Mia scored two goals. What a way to end the season. Proud of our soccer playin' girls.
Laundry is caught up, bathrooms are cleaned, dishes are done, and I am relaxing. Super duber fun Monday night!