Mini-Blogging Break

I should have posted this sooner, but I wasn’t expecting to be taking this mini-blogging break.

Influence conference + a killer cold for me & the kids has gotten me behind on everything else in life. My email inbox is absurd, and beginning to really stress me out. October is generally a busy month for me with appointments for various reasons, and I have already missed one and keep forgetting to schedule my girl’s follow-up at her doctor’s.

So, I’ll be back asap. Hopefully completely healthy and with kids who have remembered what it’s like to sleep all night. In their own beds.

Create a Family Tradition

Project 46 is Create a Family Tradition. And honestly, this is one where we need help. We don’t really have any great weekly traditions. We don’t really have any great monthly traditions. We have some yearly ones, tied to holidays and such, but beyond that? I’m coming up empty.

Some of it is just logistics; Mr. SJ’s work schedule varies enough that it’s not realistic to have a Friday afternoon/evening ritual involving him. He might end up finishing work at 5, or it might be 8.

I’d love to get some family traditions started; my kids are young enough that this is an easy time to establish them.

So, I’d love to get some ideas for family traditions – weekly, monthly, or otherwise. What ones do you do? What ones have you heard of that you’d like to implement, or wish that you’d started?

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Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

— 1 —

Baby girl (I refuse to stop calling her a baby yet. Don’t care that she’s 15 1/2 months, she’s still getting called baby.) has some new clothes thanks to a generous friend. This weekend was the first time I put her in some of them, and the one little dress was just absurdly cute. I think little girls in dresses and tights are so unbelievably cute, and I’m enjoying being able to dress H however I want while it lasts. I know eventually she’ll start having her own opinions on clothes and all that sort of stuff, but right now she doesn’t care.

— 2 —

G has opinions on clothes and so I need to figure out a better method of storing his clothes so he still gets the satisfaction of picking his own clothes to wear in the morning, without me continually having to send him back to get something that doesn’t make my eyes bleed, isn’t inappropriate for the current temps, etc.

I’m thinking about getting a closet organizer thing where I can put outfits, and then he can just pick from the pre-selected outfits.

— 3 —

G also likes to select H’s clothes, and so I kind of also need to figure out a way to organize her clothes so he can pick something that works (together, for the weather, etc.)

— 4 —

H has really been picking up on the huge number of possible animal names and sounds, and she loves to look at her animal book and have us ask her where an animal is, and what sound it makes.

So far she can make the sounds for:
Elephant, chicken, cow, cat, dog, penguin, snake, bee, duck, tiger, bear, lion.

Yes, some of those sounds are the same (tiger, bear, and lion all get a “ROAR!”). All of the sounds are cute.

Words she says include: mama (her favorite word), dada, crac-kah (a.k.a. graham cracker), kah (a.k.a. car), nigh-nigh! (night-night, or I’m-tired-and-going-to-bed), bye bye!

— 5 —

G *loves* playing this boat racing game on the X-box (and I love that it means some peace for me while he plays with daddy). At first all he did was drive into the walls, but he’s getting a lot better at it; he can actually finish a race now on his own. And it’s really funny to me watching him driving the boats.

— 6 —

I do realize that this kind of means that we’ve created a monster. See above, with “some peace for me” for why I do not care.

— 7 —

H never really liked reading books; I would try and read to her and within a few seconds she’d squirm out of my lap. I kept trying, because of course I’m wanting her to love books.

Then I tried Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator and the girl is ENTRANCED. She will look at it for 10 or more minutes at a time, and she’ll bring it to me to look at it again. It’s like it got her to realize that books are fun, because now she’ll look at other books too (although this one is by far her favorite, with her animal book in second place. Every other book is far behind those two in her affections.)

It makes me so happy that she now will sit on my lap and look at books.

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October Goals

October Goals:

  1. Go to Influence.
  2. Go to Dr. and get health screening form sent off to R’s employer.
  3. Decide about G joining TKD class or not. Sign him up if decide “yes.”
  4. Decide about buying vehicle. If possible, buy vehicle while R’s mom is in town to watch kids.
  5. Talk to R about composting
  6. Read at least 4 books.
  7. Get caught up on writing reviews.
  8. Platelet donation (assuming health improves)
  9. Share photos of the kiddos.
  10. Menu plan for the month. By the 1st weekend.
  11. Spend 30 minutes working on filing.
  12. Spend 30 minutes working on kids clothes (get ready for cooler temps; box up outgrown items, etc.)
  13. Read for bookclub. And attend bookclub (assuming children/health permit).
  14. Fix Goodreads records (the TBR list part)
  15. Quicken kept up and budget stuff caught up.
  16. Send a letter to my friend S. in Colorado.
  17. Passwords streamlined/saved and computer backup done and a routine scheduled.
  18. Read MacArthur book and post review.
  19. Get next DR series half written.
  20. Go to camera store & see if my camera can be fixed.

Do you have any goals for September?

Make Annual Goals

Project 45 is Make Annual Goals. And this is probably proof that I’m somewhat crazy, but making annual goals in October? Absurd.

But I do make monthly goals (and I share them). I am working on drafting my 2013 goals, but they’re not finalized (again, it’s only October).

So all I’m going to say is that yes, I make goals. Sometimes I even succeed in achieving my goals. Ok, most of the time I succeed in achieving them, unless they’re health or exercise-related.

Do you set annual goals? If so, do you set them by the calendar year, or could you set new ones in October?

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Seven Quick Takes: Influence Conference Edition

Yup, I’m already cheating by having a post here simply link to the other blog.

It’s all about next week’s Influence Conference.

September Goals Review

September Goals:

  1. Launch new blog, facebook page, and twitter account.
    Done done done done done.
  2. Get posts ready to go for October’s 31 Days of series. And by “posts” I mean “as many as possible. At least 15. Hopefully 20 or even all 31.”
    Done. Although I’d like to revamp some of them, I’ve got something ready to go for every day, so that if life gets crazy I’m not post-less.
  3. Find something striped so I can go to the party.
    Um, done enough. I’ve got a scarf that’s not really right (too warm) but I figure I can always loop it around my bag. Hence then done enough.
  4. Platelet donation.
    Done!
  5. Share photos of the kiddos.
    Done. One month’s worth anyway.
  6. Menu plan for the month. By the 8th of the month.
    Done. On the 9th, so at least it was still that first weekend, right?
  7. Spend 30 minutes working on filing.
    Nope.
  8. Spend 30 minutes working on boxing up baby clothes to return.
    Spent 30 minutes sorting clothes, although I didn’t actually box anything. I’m still counting it because it was working on the kids clothes that was really the goal, I just worded it poorly.
  9. Read for bookclub. And attend bookclub (assuming children/health permit).
    Well, I attended bookclub, and I had read a condensed version of the book, but I didn’t finish the full version. It was not a kindle-friendly text.
  10. Enter books read into Goodreads (get to page 130 of my records)
    Done. Entered them all, except for the ones I skipped because they didn’t have a record in Goodreads or there was a problem with the record.
  11. Quicken kept up and budget stuff caught up.
    Quicken part yes, budget part no.
  12. Send a letter to my friend S. in Colorado.
    No. I am a terrible friend.
  13. Take papers to free shred day at credit union on 9/21.
    Done! Woo-hoo! That box o’papers in the garage is gone. Well, actually, it’s still there, but there are only a handful of papers in it now instead of the overflow it previously had.
  14. Passwords streamlined/saved and computer backup done and a routine scheduled.
    Nope.
  15. Read MacArthur book and post review.
    Nope.

Despite not completing everything, I’m really pleased with how much I did get done. The Goodreads data entry was a big project, as was writing ahead on posts for the series. Add to that sick kids {again} and them sharing it with me {bummer} & I’m satisfied with my productivity.

How did you do on any goals you had for September?