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Simple Woman's Daybook - February 2, 2009



From the Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...
It was nice and sunny. Now it is getting cloudy. We are supposed to get snow, but I do not think nearly as much as once thought. I would love lots of snow!!

I am thinking...
I cannot believe that no one commented on the fact that I spelled January WRONG every time I did this in January!!! I really should not be allowed to homeschool!!

I am thankful for...
My husband. He is so patient with me!!

From the learning rooms...
Ah, yes, school . . . we are now studying Jungles!! J loves that. We have added the Chronicles of Narnia to our reading list.

I have started to look for our curriculum and books for next year. I try to buy them used and I figure that now is a good time to get them on ebay because not as many people are thinking about it now. We are going to use Sonlight again next year. It is a good fit for us. I visited their website earlier today and dreamt of buying the whole package through them. Oh , how nice it would be to get one big box in the mail with everything you need!! But, we do not have $
800 in our budget to spend on a first grade curriculum. So, I guess, I will just have to hunt one down on ebay!

From the kitchen...

I am making beef barley soup in the crockpot, homemade oatmeal bread and salad.
I also planned the meals for the rest of the week. We are headed into a time when my husband will be working a lot of weekends. I hate having him gone so much, but at least he does not have to travel for work, so I get him home every night. Because of that, my schedule is a bit off and I am trying to find ways to simplify things more. So, for our weekly menus, I have turned to a book called Saving Dinner. (I have the web page linked). It is part of the FlyLady Phenomenon. The book plans out several weeks of meals for each season and has a preset grocery list written for out each week. I had been using the book before just for the healthy recipes, but I have decided to use the meal plans now. It will save me a great deal of time and I need that right now.

I have also decided to forget about trying to buy all organic and stay within our budget. It is just not going to work. And I am not good and cutting coupons and using them (I do not usually buy the foods that the coupons are for anyways). So, we are now shopping at Aldi's for most of our food. I can get most things there and then go to another grocery store for the rest. So far it seems to be saving us some more money.

I am wearing...
Jeans and a red sweater.

I am creating...
Well, I am trying to create a new routine. As someone who has helped others get into a new schedule, I am struggling with getting myself into one. A is still not sleeping through the night on a consistent basis and he is just zapping me of my energy. Ideally, I would love to get up before the boys, exercise and pray, but that is just not happening right now. Instead, I get up when they do and we eat breakfast. To get my prayer time in before school, I usually let the boys watch Super Readers just so that I can have a half an hour of peace before we begin school. Then we start school and the boys and I pray together. This is not ideal, but it is working for us right now.

I am going...
To pray more. I need to be attentive to what HE is saying right now.

I am reading...
As inspired by a blog called Building Cathedrals, I am reading The Invisible Woman:When Only God Sees . I have only read the first chapter and I could not decided if I thought the author was exaggerating a and seeking too much pity, or if I wanted to cry because could relate!!

I am hoping...
We get snow. I love snow and watching the boys play in it!!

I am hearing...
quiet!!

Around the house...
A and K are napping and J is taking a mandatory rest on the couch. He is awake, but very quiet. He had been sick over the weekend and he needs more rest than normal.

One of my favorite things...
Just being able to sit in a quiet house for a few minutes. Getting together with friends.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
A play date with some friends that was cancelled due to illness last week. I am going to check out a gym that just opened up in our area and it only $10 a month!! I also want to plan a field trip . . . we are in need of one!! Finally, I want to work on my other blog a bit by getting the blog design done.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...








My little cowboy in a cloth diaper!!

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