Friday, December 31, 2010

30 Days of Truth: Intro

I saw this several places, but no one seems to know who originated this meme.

I haven't been very good about writing on my blog, so hopefully this will give me some incentive to start the new year.

Here are the prompts if you want to do them yourself:

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Weight Loss Wednesday

I have been getting a lot of compliments lately, and I welcome them. My good friend N is always good for a confidence boost. I also sent an updated photo on our family Christmas card and I have been getting a few phone calls and emails from those who haven't seen me in awhile. It is a good feeling. I still find it strange that other people ignore the issue completely. But I have been feeling pretty good about myself lately and proud of my accomplishment.

I still have a good amount of weight left to loose, but I am at a point where I am feeling comfortable in my skin. I reached my BIG goal and that was a great feeling. I now weigh less than when I got married, less than when I met Jeff and less than when I have since my early 20s. I don't know my exact weight in my late teens/20s/or even 30s because I had no interest in remember a number I thought was too big. Funny how now those weights we thought were too much are now our goal weights. Life is funny that weigh... LOL

I am grateful to have a husband who has never made an issue of my weight and loved and accepted me always. I am also grateful to have a few good friends who have done the same.

Here's to more success in 2011! N... we need to get back on the exercise bandwagon!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday December 28, 2010

Outside my window... some stray cat tormenting our poor kitty

I am thinking... about having to declare a sick day since Maggie woke up coughing and crying and Tyler is still in bed

I am thankful for... the relaxing, joyful and awesome Christmas weekend we had

From the learning rooms... Tyler is FINALLY almost finished with Part 1 of his Math book. It feels like we have been using it for 2 years when it has only been a few months. I promised him a small break when he finishes.

From the kitchen... Ham leftovers for everyone

I am wearing... sweat pants, an oversized black sweatshirt and my inside shoes

I am creating... a nutrition check list

I am going... nowhere which is the same place we have gone for the past three days.. and my friend N calls herself an introvert. LOL

I am reading... my Take Shape for Life book

I am hoping... that I remember to call my Mom to wish her Happy Birthday

I am hearing... Maggie watching cartoons

Around the house... messy, messy and a tree that needs to come down

One of my favorite things... my new ROKU that my honey bought me for Christmas

A few plans for the rest of the week... hopefully the zoo if the weather and illnesses cooperate, then park, and the beach

Here is picture I am sharing...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday December 13, 2010

Outside my window... unseasonably cold weather in Florida

I am thinking... about how busy my week is

I am thankful for... the fun and friendship we enjoyed this weekend while on a group camping trip with other homeschoolers, most of whom we had never met before this trip.

From the learning rooms... it was an unschooling kind of weekend, but the kids got to experience nature, socialization and lots of P.E.

From the kitchen... Jeff is making hamburgers and I forgot to remind him about a side dish so we will probably have salad.

I am wearing... sweat pants, a long sleeved yoga shirt and a sweatshirt and I am freezing. I am desperately short on cold weather clothing.

I am creating... a list of things I need to do this week

I am going... to go switch out my laundry

I am reading... "Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert

I am hoping... that Jeff gets home from the grocery soon

I am hearing... the kids watching a Tinkerbell

Around the house... we just bought our tree and the kids are anxious to decorate it.

One of my favorite things... soup on a cold chilly December evening

A few plans for the rest of the week... Dentist, Jeff's Holiday Party, Scouts, Park (hopefully it is not too cold), shopping for some Toys for Tots gifts, Dance, wrapping gifts, etc

Here is picture I am sharing...

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday December 6, 2010

Outside my window... darkness since I am posting this so late

I am thinking... that I am going to freeze when we go camping this weekend

I am thankful for... the financial ability to give to others this Christmas season

From the learning rooms... Tyler needs an attitude adjustment and I hope the one I gave him today works.

From the kitchen... We had a delicious dinner of turkey burgers (no bun for me), grilled asparagus and a salad.

I am wearing... my pajamas and a sweater

I am creating... nothing really

I am going... to bed very soon

I am reading... nothing at the moment. I was in a very long reading phase and suddenly it stopped. I think I have been watching too much TV.

I am hoping... that I come up with a good gift idea for my hubby

I am hearing... Jeff and the kids watching an episode of the TV show "Hercules"

Around the house... my Mom is flying home for the holidays tomorrow, so I guess I will have to go back to doing my own dishes and laundry

One of my favorite things... this cardigan I found in the top of my closet. It is a little too big, but a great color and I am so happy to have something to keep me warm this week.

A few plans for the rest of the week... the usual: Daisy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Park and then we are going on a group camping trip with some other homeschooling families. It should be fun, but I am sure we were all hoping FL wouldn't be so cold for our trip.

Here is picture I am sharing...
In honor of all the snow Ohio had gotten this year, here is a picture of our neighborhood a couple weeks before we moved to Florida.

Monday, November 29, 2010

FOR TODAY Monday November 29, 2010

Outside my window... a deceptively overcast sky that makes me think of grey November in Ohio, but then I remember it is probably really warm here

I am thinking... that I hope I find a deal this morning on Cyber Monday

I am thankful for... my wonderful husband who wants to make me happy

From the learning rooms... I need to make a decision about Tyler's math curriculum. He was struggling a few weeks ago and I promised him we would try something else. However, since that day he has been doing a great job and I am not sure if I should make a change.

From the kitchen... Jeff is making us steaks tonight, yummy!

I am wearing... my pajamas

I am creating... a shopping cart at

I am going... probably nowhere today, but I just got back from Sarasota.

I am reading... The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

I am hoping... that the 3.5 lbs I gained on the cruise will come off quickly

I am hearing... SILENCE! Maggie is with my Mom in Sarasota, Jeff is at work, and Tyler is, shockingly, still asleep.

Around the house... our TIVO remote is broke and stuck on a paused show so I can't watch any TV.

One of my favorite things... my date stamp for homeschool. This is my 3rd year homeschooling, but my first to buy a date stamp. It was such a simple idea, but it never crossed my mind to get one. Only homeschoolers will understand this post ;)

A few plans for the rest of the week... Daisy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Park, and we will probably have a garage sale this weekend.

Here is picture I am sharing...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday November 22, 2010

Outside my window... the sun peaking through the clouds

I am thinking... that I have A LOT to do before Christmas

I am thankful for... the wonderful, relaxing, and romantic Caribbean Cruise the hubby and I just returned from

From the learning rooms... I am hoping that there is something written down for this week in my planner because I have no motivation to come up with anything.

From the kitchen... Jeff made fajitas last night... my favorite meal.

I am wearing... my pajamas

I am creating... a Christmas gift list and budget

I am going... to a birthday party today then my Dad is taking us all out to dinner

I am reading... Nell by Nancy Thayer

I am hoping... that the 3.5 lbs I gained on the cruise will come off quickly

I am hearing... the kids playing on the porch and my Mom and Jeff typing on the other computers.

Around the house... too much technology on at this time in the morning: 3 computers, my Dad watching TV and the kids playing Wii Fit Plus

One of my favorite things... my new clothes I bought for the cruise that fit!!

A few plans for the rest of the week... birthday party, budgeting, planning for Black Friday, cooking a small Thanksgiving dinner, and possibly going to the beach.

Here is picture I am sharing...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Family Friday: My Creative Son

I am sharing this video, because I am so impressed by it. My son loves to watch You Tube videos of Legos and of game walkthroughs. Last week he asked me if he could borrow my camera to make his own. When he showed it to me I thought it was the cutest thing I had ever seen. Ok, I know that is Mom's perspective, but I still wanted to share.

The video is pretty choppy, but it is his script that I think is so well done.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday November 8, 2010

Outside my window... nothing yet, but watching for my parents to arrive

I am thinking... about a situation on a Mom's board I frequent and how there are a bunch of crazy people in this world

I am thankful for... the morning spent with my son

From the learning rooms... I seem to be running out of LA curriculum faster than I anticipated. T is already in his second Reading Comprehension book and going through it fast. I was alternating that with another book, but he has lost the second book. M loves workbooks and does extra pages in her LA books. I need to pick up a couple more for her to do.

From the kitchen... steaks!! Yummy. Steaks are the best part of this weight loss plan.

I am wearing... Capris and a ls white T-Shirt

I am creating... a list of everything I need to do before we leave for vacation on Saturday

I am going... to get a cup of coffee and finish school with T

I am reading... nothing. I just finished a book and I need to figure out what books I want to take on our cruise.

I am hoping... not sure, but I have a stack of 6 books to choose from. I made a mistake and picked out a couple books from the library shelf before I got my reserves so now I am a little overloaded.

I am hearing... T talking to either himself or his new toy.

Around the house... I really should mop before my parents get here, but I am not in the mood. The dishes are done and their bed is made. I give up on T's room and M cleaned hers yesterday.

One of my favorite things... Big Fish Games. I may have posted that before, but really when I am bored or stressed I download a game and it is very enjoyable to me. I know many people don't understand, but I have learned in my 40 years that everyone relieves stress in very different, but all valid, ways.

A few plans for the rest of the week... shopping, dentist appointments, more shopping and packing

Here is picture I am sharing...
My handsome date

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up

Our week started out hectic and on the wrong foot. I spent Monday afternoon shopping for clothes and having lunch with a friend. Daddy was home with the kids. They did a little school work, but Daddy needed a break, and he deserved one. So I finished up school work when I got home. Tuesday the kids were playing a make believe game when I got up. They didn't want to stop playing when it was time to do schoolwork and, hence, we had a day full of power struggles and punishments. It was NOT a good day. DH and I spent some time talking that night trying to come up with some ways for our days to run smoother.

I actually knew what needed to happen, but I resisted it. I know that when I get on the computer in the mornings, our days do not go well. But I selfishly want to be able to do my own thing while the kids are doing their schoolwork. This does not really ever work in my house, but I still insist on trying to make it happen. So, Wednesday morning I kept the computer off and I kept the kids focused from the moment we got up. We had a great day.. We got our schoolwork done early and even had time for an extended break before lunch. Let's hope I can stay focused on this issue after I return from vacation.

T: T is still having Math issues. I am not sure why he hates it so much. I would think a person would hate something they are bad at, but he really does a great job in the subject. I am really at a loss. I don't want to spend the next 10 years listening to him complain about math. On the other hand, I cannot just let him not do it. I believe he needs to do math daily. Maybe I just need to find the right program for him. This is our 3rd math curriculum though.

M: M is doing really well this week. She is my workbook girl, you know that child who actually loves to do workbooks. I was actually like this as a child, and I really don't know why people don't enjoy workbooks. :) Teacher he about money is frustrating me, but she has difficulty with skip counting so that is part of the problem. I am putting together a couple file folder games to help her.

Mommy: I went out last week and bought myself a new Covey Planner at Target. It is working out pretty well so far. My biggest issues is all the things I think about as I am falling asleep. There is no way I am getting up to write stuff down at that point. I usually don't remember once morning hits.

Once I gave up my morning computer our week went smoothly. Yesterday DH and I went to see Dave Ramsey Live! We have seen him before, but we thought we could use a refresher. DH and I have been stuck on BS3 for awhile, so we needed some inspiration. I think we got it. We really need to finish up our Emergency Fund so we can move on to our investing. It was good because DH has been feeling badly about not investing and this was a good reminder about why we temporarily stopped that. Our temporary has just lasted longer than we anticipated.

I am looking ahead to a VERY busy week as my parents arrive and we prepare for our cruise next week. Happy sailing!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Family Friday: Myrtle Beach

So after our last minute venture into North Carolina we continued onto our original destination: Myrtle Beach. My hubby's Mom moved to Myrtle about 6 or 7 years ago. Since then we have only visited her once. She has visited us a few times, but we don't get to see her as often as we would like.

I feel the need to interject a side topic here: Mother-in-Laws. Every time I hear some horror story, read a blog, or talk to a friend ;) about their MILs, I feel very blessed. I have a great MIL. I will say that I attribute this partially to my MIL and I, but I also give credit to my DH. I think a lot of In-Law issues stem from the husband (or wife) being unable or unwilling to put their spouse first. I don't think my husband has ever been a "Momma's boy" but I do know that from the beginning he showed with his actions and attitudes where his priorities are. Now my In-Laws would never treat me like the stories I have heard, but I know if there was ever an issue my husband would stand beside me. And, in just saying that, I realized that this is another reason for the no conflict.

Ok, back to the original topic. We arrived in Myrtle Beach around 5pm. After a short visit with J's Mom and her husband we headed out to dinner. They took us to this really cute little pizza place, Mellow Mushroom. The food was great. Ok, well the only thing I could eat was a grilled chicken salad, but the pizza looked and smelled DELICIOUS! I would definitely like to return some day when I am able to eat bread again.

Saturday we did a little shopping. I bought a new pair of jeans and then we hit the grocery. Jeff spent most of the day helping his Mom with some computer issues. That evening we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy a dinner alone thanks to my MIL. Jeff took me to this restaurant on a pier by the ocean. It was a nice little place, but our food was not the greatest. Still, we enjoyed ourselves and the scenery. After dinner we headed upstairs to the outdoor bar/lounge area. I had 1/2 a beer (lightweight) and we enjoyed the view of the ocean and boardwalk. We are pretty boring, so we were home and in bed by 10pm.

Sunday we had planned a trip to the beach. It turned out to be a perfectly beautiful day. We traveled about 30 minutes to Huntington Beach State Park. This is also the site of an old Spanish-style castle called Atalaya. My MIL thought the kids might enjoy touring this site, and they did. T still has the map of the house in the car and will occasionally ask "Did we see the outdoor studio?" I have answered that question 10 times so far, but he still insists on asking.

After our tour of Atalaya we walked over to the beach and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Then Jeff and the kids played in the sand while the rest of us sunbathed and enjoyed a book. It really was a lovely day. There were even several people swimming, but the water was a little cold for us.
Later that day we returned home and the kids spent some time playing with the neighborhood children. We grilled out for dinner and started gathering our items for our return home.

Monday was a very long day in the car. We left Myrtle Beach about 9am and spent way too much time on some back roads getting to the highway. Scenery is nice, but not when you just want to get home. Overall it was one of our best family vacations. We had a great visit with Jeff's Mom. Jeff and I had a lot of time to talk and dream. The kids were pretty good in the car and we made some great family memories.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Weight Loss Wednesday

My loss this week was very small (less than 1/2 a pound). I am particularyly annoyed because I have been getting alot of physical activity, but it is not showing on the scale. On the other hand, my clothes are still feeling looser and I can really no longer put off buying new undergarments.

Sorry this is a short post. I've been crabby this week and I am feeling frustrated that I have not hit the goal I set for myself.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite TV shows

In some particular order..

1. LOST - yes I am one of "those" people.. one of those crazy people who doesn't understand why everyone would not love this show. It was full of excitement and bewilderment. That is why I loved it. I spent many nights wondering "what the heck just happened" and I loved every minute of it.

2. Friends - I still quote this show on occasion and just had a good laugh when someone posted this clip to a bulletin board I frequent

3. Seinfeld - "Serenity Now!"

4. M.A.S.H. - one of the best, but I will admit I would take BJ over Trapper and I know I am in the minority on that

5. Happy Days - no one is cooler than The Fonz

6. Guiding Light - I started watching this with my Grandma when I was a young child. She was a fan since the radio days. Sadly CBS cancelled this show last year, but it will always remind me of Grandma.

7. Roseanne - the show that made the rest of us feel "normal"

8. ER - the early years. I loved Anthony Edwards and when he died, I left the show. Well, honestly the arrival of John Stamos really killed the show for me because I just cannot stand to watch him act.

9. Arrested Development - this is a new one for me. I watched it entirely on Netflix, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to do so.

10. Weeds - We don't have premium channels so I am always late in the game when it comes to the series on HBO and Showtime, but this is one of my favorites. I am always a season behind, waiting for the DVDs, but this one hooked me pretty quickly. Nancy is so the antithesis of me that it is always shocking to watch her in action.

Monday, November 1, 2010

2010 Gratitude Challenge - Nov 1

I found this Challenge from a friend and thought it would be a great idea. I have been trying to help my son become more grateful so I might challenge him to join me.

Today I am grateful for the opportunity to have lunch with a friend. She will be starting a new job soon and we will have less opportunities to get together. Ok, to be honest we haven't done a lot of in person activities since her son started public school, but still...

T: T is thankful that he got to buy pears today at the grocery store.

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday November 1, 2010

Outside my window... the kids playing Wii fit on the back porch

I am thinking... about taking a shower so I can get busy on my day of errands

I am thankful for... the beautiful weather and fun relaxing day we had yesterday

From the learning rooms... I am trying to catch up from vacation and our slow week last week. I have a few goals I want to accomplish with the kids before they have a weeks vacation in November.

From the kitchen... steaks!! Yummy. Steaks are the best part of this weight loss plan.

I am wearing... my pajamas

I am creating... a new thought organizational system with my new planner.

I am going... to shop today: books, clothes, citrus

I am reading... nothing. I just finished a book and I need to figure out what books I want to take on our cruise.

I am hoping... that I can loose 5 pounds in the next 2 weeks so I can reach my main goal I had when I started this program.

I am hearing... the kids playing on the Wii and J typing on his computer.

Around the house... my floor are so dirty and I never got around to cleaning them yesterday. I have been doing well keeping up with my laundry though. The rest of the place is a mess.

One of my favorite things... the online library reserve system. This is the ONLY way I choose books. And to expand on that, the whole Library system is one of my favorite things. I LOVE the library. It is one of our country's greatest resources. I wish more people took advantage of it. On a whole, it is a great thing. Some libraries are better than others. And, as homeschoolers know too well, some librarians are nicer than others.

A few plans for the rest of the week... shopping and lunch with a friend today, bookmobile tomorrow (I love our bookmobile librarian), scouting, park on Friday, and then hubby and I are going to see Dave Ramsey live on Saturday.

Here is picture I am sharing...
Obligatory Halloween Picture


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up

We had a short week this week since we spent Monday driving home from Myrtle Beach. I spent most of Tuesday just trying to get the kids motivated to do anything. It is always hard to readjust after a trip. T complained that he never gets a break from schoolwork, even though he just had a 5 day break. That kid would really love to be an unschooler, and he does read all the time. However he would end up being a 30 year old who couldn't add two numbers together. I know "real" unschoolers would argue that he would learn math when he needed it, but I don't function that way.

I am still trying to figure out a good formula for my weekly wrap-ups. I could go day by day, but when I tried that my week seems boring. I could try subject by subject, but again who wants to hear that we did pages 40-45 in our math workbook? I just need to remember the intention of this blog is to remind myself of the highlights and accomplishments of our school year. So here is our weekly recap:

T: T is back in a "mood" about not wanting to do his schoolwork. We really started off the year great so I am not sure what is happening. Math is always an issue, but he really is doing well with his studies. He just hates math and I am not sure what to do about it. He continues to love history and impressed me this week with some knowledge of Ancient Egyptian Gods. We also finally completed our Egyptian Pyramid and the kids really had fun with that. I am always grateful of his love of reading, specifically science and history. He does a lot of independent learning this way. I have really seen some glimpses of maturity this week in the way T speaks and thinks. That is always a fun thing. He will be turning 9 in January and is really becoming his own person.

M: Ahh M, my darling 6 year old girl. Or should I say, my Whining 6 year old girl, since that is all she did this week? It has been a week full of whining and tattling. I really need to spend some time with her working on these issues, but honestly I was too irritable to be very kind about it this week. I think this is where M needs the most work. Academically she is progressing. She is probably below grade level in a couple areas, but she has improved so much since the beginning of the year that I am confident she will catch-up quickly. This is great news because 2 months ago I was wondering if she had some kind of learning issue. We are finally seeing some real progress. The difference in her reading is amazing. She still tires easily and I need to break up most of her reading lessons into 2 parts, but she is actually READING!!

Mommy: I thought I might add a little of my own update each week also. I am always on the verge of a million goals, activities, or ideas. This week I have been in a "need to get organized" mood. I will admit that I am always on the search for a new way to organize myself and organize/encourage myself to clean. This is why I have about 4 different paper planners, plus 2 electronic ones. I am always searching for something to work for me. Actually my favorite system ever was my Palm T/X. This actually worked GREAT for me. But alas I ended up loosing it right before we moved to Florida. Two years later we found it in the hidden recesses of our couch. But, by that time, smartphones were all the rage and I just couldn't seem to make it work for me anymore. Now I have a Palm Pre which I like, but it does not run on the same software as my old Palm and, frankly, the old way was vastly superior. So I am back to the eternal search to become organized.