Monday, June 8, 2009

I'm so excited!

I spend a big part of the day working on FRG stuff. I'm the new treasurer for our FRG (family readiness group for anyone who doesn't know), so today I picked up some paperwork and the money and met with my alternate treasurer and went to open a bank account. Then when I got home I got all my training material, info and certificates togather and organized into a notebook (which I'm sure is going to eventually expand into two or three different books) and made some copies of some stuff that the leader and FRSA need from me to take to the meeting tomorrow. Overall, I feel pretty productive.

I'm excited about this FRG, the new FRG leader has hit the ground running and has lots of plans. It looks like it could be the most active FRG I've ever been in. I'm not going to say there was anything wrong with the others but it will be nice to be part of one that does more then get the required info out, hopefully it will turn out to be an actual support and networking group where friendships can be made etc. I'm very positive about it at this point!

I've been doing a lot of research/training and getting some resources togather, I think I will eventually put togather a squidoo lens with family support resources-of course I'll let you know if/when I do!

I would normally post the daybook entry today but I don't see one posted yet so maybe she will get it up tonight and I can do it tomorrow, otherwise I guess I'll do one next week!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Some news!

So I'm officially horrible at keeping up with a blog!! Lately I'm so scatterbrained I can't keep up with anything (I manage to do the dishes daily and keep enough clothes clean for us to have something to wear but that's about it!). I'm trying to get better, I need a better daily routine and then I can work computer time into it.....anyway...

A couple bits of news....

If you haven't heard its a girl! I actually had another ultrasound yesterday (one on May 11th and one yesterday) that confirmed the previous one that it is definitely a girl!

Today I got an e-mail from Sydney's gymnastics coach offering her the opportunity to join the "advanced class for 3 and 4 year olds." We are very excited and proud of her. She really loves gymnastics and is pretty good at it (I've always thought so but I'm the mom, now someone else thinks so too!). She will even have class twice a week now which I know she will love!

I'm sure I have lots more to say but the baby is kicking me and I can't think!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Simple woman's daybook

For Today (April 13, 2009)...

Outside my window... overcast but at least relatively warm

I am thinking... that I should really do something productive but I don't know what

From the learning rooms... Syd started a new workbook last week-its the 4-year-old book and she doesn't turn 4 till sept, but she just keeps going through this stuff!

I am thankful for... lots of things....

From the kitchen... there won't be much going on there this week since dustin is gone!

I am wearing... orange shirt (that makes me look way more pregnant then I am!) and blue jogging pants (yes I do know it doesn't match-but I'm not going anywhere)

I am reading... I'm not in the middle of anything right now, should find something to read.

I am hoping... that Dustin comes home earlier then expected

I am creating... a baby!

I am praying... for our country

Around the house... its messy, hoping to do something about that soon

One of my favorite things... hmmm, not sure

A few plans for the rest of the week... get the living room clean and unpack a few boxes upstairs

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What the.......

Ok so I've been coming accross some pretty disturbing stuff going on in the political world and I just thought I should spread the word. So here are some links to things I think you need to be aware of, check out, research, form your own opinions about and then take some sort of action. I will add more as I come accross more.

parentalrights.org This group's main thing right now is fighting the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child. Now children's rights sounds like a good cause but this treaty (which would create new laws in the US) is really taking away rights of parents and giving children a say that is beyond their maturity, experience or intelligence levels. I can't explain it as well as the site does you will have to read it for yourself but I highly recommend you do (especially if you have kids or plan to have them) as it will effect your rights as a parent.

This news story talks about a bill that would effect your rights to grow your own garden (even just for personal use), can your own food, or raise your own animals for food. This includes everyone even people only raising food for their personal and family use. Its NOT ok and you need to be aware of this encroachment on our rights. I haven't researched this bill as much as I usually do yet so I encourage you to do your own digging.

This story is probably one of the most disturbing I've seen. It is about plans to create a mandatory volunteer force (I know it doesn't make sense to me either). Basically under the bill (the way I understand it) anyone can be pressed into service for 3 years on this "volunteer force." It even talks about camps (using the word campus) where "volunteers" would be housed, trained etc. Its quite scary. When you finish the new story please read the actual bill here.

Ok people, I am really not a politically active person but this is serious and we need to take action. Even if you opinion is different then mine I think in these troubling times we all need to be aware of whats going on and involved.

Mental warfare

Do you ever feel like you are battling with yourself? I went off all my fibro meds before I got pregnant, this included an anxiety medication which helped with many aspects of the fibro. I did pretty well without medication-better then expected actually. But I'm starting to feel depressed again and struggling to stay positive and cheerful. (I don't know if this is due to being off the medication, the hormones or something else.) Its really difficult to explain and I don't think anyone who hasn't faced depression can really understand how much of a struggle it is. It literally feels like my mind is fighting with itself to "stay above water."

I can't remember where I heard that these types of issues can be the devil attacking you where you are most vulnerable, but that sounds like a pretty accurate assessment. I know there is plenty of ammo in that area of my life right now. I struggle with feeling like an inadequate mother, and and inadequate wife. I don't keep the house clean enough, I don't cook nice meals, I'm not patient enough with my daughter etc etc. I am also struggling with personal identity issues. "Stuff" happened about a year and a half ago that made me question my entire career choice and everything I've worked for over the last 8 years. Add to that my fibromyalgia issues that really became an issue around the same time that make me question if I would even physically be able to pursue that career path. I don't know anymore what my "calling" is, what I am meant to do etc. Some days I think that I am supposed to stay home with my kids for a while. Part of me likes that idea but part of me feels like I'm not "cut out" for that. I also feel guilty for not contributing to the family income, especially right now when we could really use a second paycheck.

All of this seems to be constantly going through my head. I'm not "good enough" at any of the things I'm doing. I no longer feel like I have a true identity, I don't have goals or dreams, I don't know what I want to do or who I want to be-or what I'm meant to be. It really makes me want to hide under the covers some days.

I don't write all this to give myself a pitty party. I write it to let others with similar struggles know they are not alone. I will be looking for resources for myself and my goal is to share them here! Hopefully I can find something that helps and share it so it helps someone else. I have heard about a book called Battlefields of the Mind, which sounds rather appropriate, when I get a copy and read it I'll post what I think. Feel free to make suggestions too!

Exciting news

Just in case you haven't heard we are expecting our second child in September. We have had an ultrasound and everything looks good so far. I am 13 weeks along-14 on thursday. Just wanted to make sure everyone knows!

Friday, March 13, 2009

A word about boredom

**** Update: I now have 3 children and bored is not a word in my vocabulary! :) Then again I also have found many ways to keep myself mentally stimulated and challenged (can anyone say homeschooling??).

I was reading somewhere a comment about how stay-at-home mom's don't get bored because there is always something to do. I disagree. I don't think being bored or not has anything to do with if there is something to do. Obviously those of us who stay home know there is ALWAYS something that needs to be done-dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning faces, baths, kids activities, cleaning rooms, making beds, cleaning bathrooms etc etc. And when all that is done, its time to do it again. Personally, I can have all this to do and still feel extremely bored! I think boredom is the lack of something mentally stimulating to do-not simply the lack of something to do. Now maybe some people find all these household tasks stimulating and fulfilling, if you do that's wonderful. Frankly I don't. And I'm bored. My boredom leads me to get less done around the house because I don't have the drive to do it. Ok so that is an excuse but its the way it is. Any suggestions on how I can be a stay-at-home mom and not get bored?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sick Child

My daughter is sick. She is so rarely sick that I think it makes it that much harder of both of us when she is. We went to the doctor this morning but he said he couldn't find anything wrong and that it was probably viral and would have to run its course. He also said her temp was normal even though it was over 99 taken under the arm-for Syd that is NOT normal. This kid never has a fever. She has had severe ear infections that I never knew about because she didn't ever run a fever. So for me if her temp is up at all I'm alarmed.

The poor thing has been laying around all day and when she isn't sleeping she has tears coming from her eyes because she is so uncomfortable. Also, her temp is over 101 now. I'm just praying she feels better soon and that I don't catch it.

I just had to vent my concern.

Simple woman's daybook

FOR TODAY (3-2-09)...
Outside my window...it is cold and windy but sunny
I am thinking...that I wish my daughter was feeling better
I am thankful for...so many things
From the learning rooms...we don't have a room but I'm getting materials more organized
From the kitchen...one day I will be more active here
I am wearing...a green and white striped shirt and khaki pants
I am creating...oh to be creating something again
I am going...crazy wishing my daughter wasn't ill
I am reading...nothing currently
I am hoping...that I don't get sick also
I am hearing...the TV
Around the house...there is still clutter

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Absence...

I know I haven't been blogging much. I'll tell you why....I have been feeling very negative lately. I really try to be a positive person and not one of those people who complain about everything, I'm really trying to be happy with and thankful for what I have instead of wanting a bunch of other "stuff." But the last few weeks I've just been finding that very hard-I won't go into why because I don't want to digress back into the complaining, negative mode. I just wanted to share why I haven't been writing-its to spare my readers from my grumpiness :).

But I'm starting to come out of it and feel much better in general. My living room is (slowly) starting to come together and the more stuff gets put away and the less clutter there is the bigger and more comfortable it looks, which makes me less stressed and happier! We got sod in our backyard (most of it) today and now it looks like a yard and there will be less dirt tracked into my house. We will hopefully be putting up a fence next weekend and my husband just went to get a swingset/playhouse for my daughter so our backyard is quickly becoming a very comfortable and inviting place. Now I just need to fix up my bedroom and start going through boxes to organize for a garage sale. Its still a lot of work but at least my main living areas are getting better!!!

All in all things are going well and I think we will be very comfortable here until the army decides to move us again! With any luck (effort) I'll find my camera soon and can post pictures of my house and yard.

Monday, February 2, 2009

THe SImple woman's daybook

FOR TODAY (2-2-09)...
Outside my window...its dreary
I am thinking...that my daughter will fall asleep soon!
I am thankful for...a lot of things
From the kitchen...I smell my biscuits cooking
I am wearing...jeans and a purple t-shirt
I am hoping...that I have more energy soon
Around the house...there is a mess

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Scatter brained

I feel so scatterbrained lately!! I can't seem to concentrate on anything for very long, I forget what I'm about to do when I walk into a room, I loose track of a conversation in the middle of it (sometimes I forget what I'm saying in the middle of a sentence). I don't get anything done because of this (or at least it feels like I don't get anything done!!).

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY 1/19/09...
Outside my window...its getting dark
I am thinking...that I didn't get anything done today
I am thankful for...something that I can't yet share
From the kitchen...dinner smells really good
I am wearing...sweats
I am creating...nothing at the moment but I did create a squidoo lens earlier.
I am going...to relax the rest of the evening
I am reading...nothing at the moment
I am hoping...that I feel less tired soon
I am hearing...my child running through the house
Around the house...there are still things everywhere from being unpacked
One of my favorite things...my daughter's laugh
A few plans for the rest of the week: work on getting things put away and create a few more squidoo lenses

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Stuff

I don't seem to have much to say lately, I'm trying to get more inspired-or at least make a point to write about something! Its a challenge. I got a new book yesterday to try to help me generate ideas, and just write in general.




My living room is almost box-free thanks mostly to my husband!! Still lots of stuff we need to find places for though!!

Here's a question...does anyone have any suggestions on getting my 3-year-old nighttime potty-trained? She is perfect about it during the day-can even make long trips and hasn't had an accident at naptime in ages. But we put her in a pullup at night and she wakes up soaked. Do I need to just stop using pullups and see what happens? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!! I know some kids don't get the nightime part down for a while but I'm wondering if there is anything I should be doing.

I'm going to start doing the "Simple Woman's Daybook," the way I understand the instructions is we post it on mondays so look for that tomorrow. Click the link above if you want to participate!

I'm really working at the squidoo thing-I have 4 lenses live right now and two in the works (and a very long, and ever-growing list of ideas). Make sure you check them out and make your own (there is a link on my page to make your own lens now!). I will be adding to them regularly! I'm also thinking about making either a Zazzle or CafePress store. That will be quite a project because while I have ideas I will have to learn to use a graphics software (I already have Illustrator but am finding it difficult). Any suggestions??

Ok I'm going to stop babbling now.....

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Boxes and boxes and more boxes....

My house is so full!! The movers brought our stuff yesterday, which is awesome because I was really wanting my real bed back!! But it is such a tight squeeze in this house!! After moving all the furniture around several times we found a layout that works. Now we just have to actually unpack and get rid of the boxes!!!

I am also going to have to do a major sort and purge. We just have too much stuff, several moves and several houses worth of accumulation that we need to sort through. So I have lots to keep me busy the next few weeks!!!

On another topic....

Have I mentioned Squidoo.com lately? This thing is so cool!! You can build mini webpages on whatever topic you want (think of it as a souped up blog) and then you get a portion of the ad revenue from your lense (page)es, or you can donate your portion to a charity of your choice.

I only have one lense so far but I made a list last night of ideas for more so I should have more soon!! I am learning as I go so it isn't a quick process but it is very easy (and I imagine quick once you get the hang of it!). Check out my "about me" lense here. Then start making your own!! If you do make a lense please let me know by commenting here so I can add you to my favorites!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Busy day!!

Well I did a lot of things today. Thought you might be interested in a few of them. One is that I combined several of my blogs into this one so browse through the archives as there are some posts that weren't there before, I also added a list of topics to make browsing easier.


And just for fun I wanted to let you know about a book I just read:



This was a very interesting read about an inspiring family, even if you only plan to have one or two children (or any number in between) this book has a lot of great tips and ideas. They discuss things such as homeschooling, discipline, schedules, faith, budgeting and living without debt, business, frugal living and even building their own house. Also includes answers to common e-mail questions and favorite recipes. If you want to read something inspiring this is a great choice!!