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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

*If you saw this before I actually entered anything, you might be thinking I'm having kind of a blank day! Really, I just set this up last night to do this morning but didn't get up as early as usual because of a headache.

For Today ~ September 22, 2009

Outside my window... It is fall chilly, after a monsoon from yesterday!

I am thinking... that maybe it's a natural occurrence that my teenagers are pulling away from me at this time in their lives. I'm not supposed to be their best friend. I'm supposed to help teach them the things they need to know to survive in this cruel world as adults. If they don't like me because of that .. well .. what in the world can I possibly do about that? But, I do want to do my best to make them feel special, loved and valued.

I am thankful ... that I get to see family this weekend and next.

I am wearing... jeans, a brown long-sleeved t-shirt, my brown moccasins and a scarf!! (Yea for scarves!!!)

I am remembering... the only reason I don't like this time of year .. sinus headaches!

I am creating... ideas for our two day Fall Crafting Party we are having at our school for our kindergarten and 1st grade students.

I am going... to have a busy week this week!

I am reading... as many Daybooks as I can this week to hopefully find some new friends with like interests, and as many magazine as possible to get fun Fall decorating and crafting ideas!

I am hoping... the weather this weekend is nice so that my mom and sister get the opportunity to watch Brynne play soccer on Saturday!

On my mind... grocery lists, crafting party, a trip to the pumpkin patch, fall decorating, what to do with all of my kids' outgrown clothes now that I'm not participating in JBF anymore, recycling ideas for the PTO Recycling committee.

From the learning rooms... Wow .. what a week last week! One of my older children is really struggling with school, so we had a hard week of discipline and planning how to do things better. It's a hard time for both of us in getting this all together. On the flip side, Eli's kindergarten teacher changed his discipline system at school so that he earns pennies for completing work instead of having pennies taken away for not doing it. He's getting all 5 pennies every day and is so proud!!! Yea!

Noticing that... I've really been stripped of everything that is comfortable and normal to me lately, I guess opening me up to a new way of living. I guess I'm not ready to know what that new way is yet, because it just hasn't been revealed to me. But, it's out there and I really am excited to know what it is!

Pondering these words... "It can be a challenge, day to day, to make and enforce unpopular decisions. But, you have to think long-term. Parenting isn't a sprint. It's a marathon. Some days are fun and games; others are discipline and chores. Respect has to be the constant." ~ from the article "Mom, I Hate You!" by Valerie Frankel (Good Housekeeping, October 2009)

From the kitchen... I have a huge pile of dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher after I unload the already clean ones.

Around the house... Not one bed is made yet. That is totally not like me!

One of my favorite things... again, is all of this planning I'm doing! This has me completely in my element and I feel like the strong, confident "me" for the first time in a long time! Plus, it's Fall and I am just so happy and fulfilled in Fall. (And my hair always looks great this time of year .. no humidity!!!)

A few plans for the rest of the week... today is grocery shopping and soccer practice (?). Tomorrow I take Brynne back to the doctor to get rechecked on this lactose thing. On Thursday Kyndal has an ortho appointment and then she and I are getting our nails done. After we pick up the little guys from school we're going to the Homecoming Parade. Oh, on Friday! I'm going to a Recycling Committee meeting first thing, then doing copies at the school after that. In the afternoon I'm getting my hair cut and colored (yea!) and visiting a friend who is having shoulder surgery that day. On Saturday my mom and sister are coming. Brynne has a soccer game in the morning. I'm also hoping to get my "Daughtry" tickets ordered for a December 15th concert! On Sunday there is a public dedication of our new school.

From my picture journal..

White water rafting anyone? This was what our rock creek looked like yesterday in the rain. The sound of it was even more amazing!

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