What's Been Filling My Days...

I started my blog with grand plans of posting at least four times a week...every week, of course.  I'd never be the blogger that just disappeared for days, or even weeks at a time.  Don't you ever wonder about bloggers like that?  I do.  I go to their blog and it is so pretty, and so informative, and full of such great ideas...and the last post was dated March 2011.  (If you are a blogger and your last post was in March of 2011, I am NOT talking about you!  That is truly a random date I grabbed off the top of my head.)  And I get frustrated, because their blog looks so interesting, and I want to read so much more from them, and I just can't figure out "what happened? why in theee world aren't they blogging anymore???"  Yes...those are the ones I'm talking about.  I was never going to be "one of them".

And then I figured it out.  I know why many awesome, talented, incredible bloggers aren't writing anymore.  I figured out what happened.  And shore enough, it's a four-letter word.


That's what happened.  Life happened.

And that's what happened to me.  Life happened to me.  And something had to give.  And I'm so new to blogging and all it entails that my blog was the first thing to get nixed.  And I missed a few days...
er, ummm...several days...ummm...more than a week, actually.

And my goal is for that to not happen again.  But I'm declaring that my goal along with my newly-held knowledge that it most likely will happen again.  

So....Life has happened...
Here are a few snippets of what's been filling my days...

☀We had friends come in to town from the West Coast.  Friends that have three kids.  Three kids under the age of three.  So...for four-ish days, we had four adults and SEVEN children in my little house...FIVE of those children were under the age of five!  It was interesting...to say the least.  Add to that the fact that our friends have very different parenting techniques and expectations than what we usually maintain, and it became even more...interesting.  (Don't worry...my friends read this blog regularly...these comments will not offend them.  In fact, these are things we talked about openly while they were here.)

☁My oldest daughter, Austyn (9), started in Stepping Stones at our church.  It's a Girl Scouts-type club for junior-age girls.  They meet every Sunday afternoon, between our morning and evening services.  Sounds easy, right?  Except they come home with a book filled with 734 ideas for how to earn badges!!!  Ideas that, of course, Mom has to help with!  Please don't get me wrong...I am thankful for Stepping Stones--in fact, I was in the club when I was in 6th grade.  I so appreciate the time and dedication that these ladies invest into my daughter.  I'm just saying, it has definitely added another item (or several items) to my usual to-do list (which was already quite long enough, thank you very much)!
(Austyn taking her first batch of banana bread--baked for her Stepping Stones Baking Badge--out of the oven.)

☂I'm trying to exercise at least 30 minutes every day.  It seems like I'm always hearing others say how easy it is to lose weight during the summer months.  Not so for me!  I must be one of the rare people that gains weight over the summer.  I'm faced with soooooooo much yummy food...and the weather is so warm that I have no ambition to exercise.  Now that the days have turned cooler, I'm trying to squeeze in a bit of daily activity.  I'd love to be able to fit in a full hour of exercise, but I'm trying to be realistic...right now, 30 minutes is all I have to give.  And I'm eating more sensibly, also...much more sensibly.  I know that eventually these choices will make themselves evident in the numbers on the scale...and in the way my clothing fits.

☀My hubs and I went to a Wisconsin Badgers football game last Saturday.  It was my cousin's birthday, and we were able to go with her and her husband.  Although Wisconsin's skill leaves much to be desired this season, they still managed to eke out a win...and we all had a great evening together.

☁We started our school year.  This is our fifth year of homeschooling.  I taught for five years before we had children, and to a certain extent, I still miss that experience.  God has been good to allow me to stay home while my children are young (and my hubs works hard to make sure that can happen)...so I always say that homeschooling "scratches the teaching itch" for me.  I'm not one to throw a few worksheets at my kids and call it a day, so the planning, teaching, and grading involved in their education definitely has an impact on my personal schedule.

☂Addison (4) started speech therapy on the Monday after Labor Day.  She sucked her thumb for several years and also has a naturally high palate.  Although she has quit sucking her thumb (thanks to our family dentist--but that's a story all its own), she still has difficulty with many of her consonant blends and, most noticeably, with her 's' sound.  She sees the speech therapist at our local school for 30 minutes on Monday mornings.  I'm trying to be a good steward of my time, and use that period to do small, running-around-town errands.

☀I've found that I'm very happy when I'm in the midst of creating something.  I'm trying to spend a little more time being crafty...working with my hands.

☁Unbelievably, although my days have been increasingly busier, I have had more opportunities to go thrifting.  We've had some doctor's appointments and other obligations that have taken us near a few of my favorite Goodwill stores.  I've gathered quite a collection of goodies for my next few Etsy shop updates...now to find the time to doll them up...photograph them...list them...whew!

☂I'm participating in a Fall Swap and a Halloween Swap...basically where a bunch of women exchange names and send each other fun packages.  The goal is to be crafty and include a "bit of yourself."  After all, who doesn't love to get happy mail?!?

☀This Friday and Saturday, I'm participating in a Mom-to-Mom sale with a good friend of mine.  Her organization puts on this sale every spring and fall in our local high-school gymnasium.  There are hundreds of sellers and literally thousands of items.  It is soooooo well-organized and operated that it is a pleasure to attend and shop.  This sale will be the first one in which I will actually be selling and working.  I'm excited.  I'm passionate about thrifty clothing purchases, especially for my children who outgrow their clothing so quickly anyway.  This is the perfect opportunity for me to sell some of their outgrown (but not worn out) clothing, and to get some of their needs at reasonable resale prices.

Along with all of the above, we are having a family dinner at my home on Sunday...a field trip at the orchard on Friday...church on Wednesday evening...and I'm sure there's something I'm forgetting.

But I'll still be here.  That's my goal.  That's always my goal.
Unless...well, you know...
Unless Life happens.

By the way, tomorrow I'll have a **yummy** recipe to share with you.

Which reminds me...
Austyn wants to bake yeast bread and cookies this week.
Add that to the list.☺

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