Thursday, January 23, 2014

You Know You're A Mom When . . .

Yes, we've finally succumbed to that nasty flu-bug going around--fever, headache, and that everlasting cough!

I forgot the rule that moms are not allowed to get sick.

I began to feel the chills setting in, along with extreme exhaustion.  And so I did what all mothers do--I began running around like a crazy lady trying to get all the things done that I knew I wouldn't be able to do the next day when I was really sick. 

It was almost comical.  I started to make mental lists of what I could do while semi-sick (laundry, making lunch for the next day) and what I could do while really sick (return e-mails, write thank you notes, order birthday gifts on-line). 

I am happy to report that this insane type of planning did allow me one full day on the couch (thanks to my hubby who graciously took over the afternoon and evening shuttle service!--love you Honey!).

So goes the life of a mother.  Hope you and yours survive the winter crud!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Vu!

You are such an important piece of our family--how did we live without you? 
I love your joy, love of life, and love for others!  You are such sweetness!  Happy Birthday!  And enjoy many big bowls of pho this year!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Organization That Works!

I love to reorganize in January.  It's a quiet month, and one where the weather doesn't lend itself to spending time outdoors.  Organization does NOT come naturally to me, so when I find things that work I'm one happy mom!  I've had a few grand slams the last year and thought I would share.

First is the anti-procrastination list and the medical folder .  I am happy to report these two organization ideas have worked very well.  I do get behind, but they help.  With all the medical bills and surgeries we've had in the past year the folder gets a work out!

Other large family survival tips that have been working especially well is keeping a white-board  in the kitchen and an "in-box".  On the board I post chores and the weekly calendar of events.  It isn't pretty, but it's so much easier to make sure everyone knows who is supposed to do what, when, where!  (FYI I did clean off my counter for your viewing pleasure!)

My "in-box" is a large serving-type tray.  There are little post-it notes for my kids to write me reminders i.e. things they need at the store.  They can put papers they need signed and I can place outgoing items like lunch account checks.  It's working great! The only challenge is keeping people from putting things in it that don't belong there!

Organizing holiday decorations started years ago when we invested in seasonal, color coordinated storage bins.  They definitely help us find things in the attic!  Last year I labeled the contents of each box on the top and side. 

It made decorating SO much easier this year--no digging through each box to find the nativity set!  And it also made putting things away easier and more streamlined.  I was more motivated to fill one box every day, rather than becoming overwhelmed with the Christmas put-away. 

Finally, one other item--a bike rack. 

It was purchased on amazon for $50 and is very durable.  It holds 5 bikes and definitely helps keep the garage tidy.  And it is entirely responsible for preventing my husband from having a stroke with all the bikes!

Currently, I'm organizing the attic.  Pray for me.  It's ugly.  And it's been on the "poop list" for years.  If you feel so inclined, bring some coffee and come chat with me while I dig my way out!  Tell me all your great ideas for organizing--I always love new survival tips!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Small Wonders

I love the beginning of a new year.  It always brings new hopes and dreams and a chance to delve deeper into the past, thinking about what I want to change.  There have been years I have made lists of resolutions and others where I have simply come up with a few goals. 

This year I simply feel the need to find more joy in all the little things. 

I recently came across this photo of my grandmother. 

She was such an incredible woman.  She was loving, patient and kind.  She had a unique combination of tender spirit, yet pioneer grit.  She was hardworking, yet always enjoyed the little wonders in this life--the first brilliant, yellow buttercups in spring, the joy of turning simple cloth into beautiful clothing, the imagined wonder of looking at the world through a baby's eyes. 

I am focusing on enjoying the small wonders.

Wishing all of you a blessed 2014, filled with happiness and hope--and the wonder in the joys of this life. 

Happy New Year!