Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Progress???

Okay, I didn't get up when I wanted to this morning, but I did get everything done that I wanted to .  Plus, I am rid of the fatigue!  I'm still setting the alarm for 6:15 tomorrow morning again, because this is something I definitely need to work on.

I also have a praise about my son.  Vincent is pretty strong-willed, and it is rare to have 2 good days in a row with him.  He has been VERY good all week this week!  Praise the Lord!  I am sooooo pleased with him .  And, he just seems to keep getting better.  There have been NO issues as of yet today.  Woohoo!  Just thought I'd share .

I've got the dishes done, and we have already done school for the day.  Just one more day, and Vincent will be done with Kindy!  Yay!  We did start at an odd time last year, so that's why we're finishing so soon.  As soon as we get our tax refund, we will be ordering his first grade curriculum from My Father's World.  I am so excited, and so is he.  I hope to get done with it by September so that we can start 2nd grade then and get back on track (with the school year), but not a big deal if we don't...I don't want to push too much.  He's already ahead, so we've had the luxury of taking our time when we need to.

Anyway, I'm off to fix lunch.  Then Vincent gets his time outside, and then it's naptime!  Have a good day everyone!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I'm tired and I need a routine!

I woke up tired today, and have been soooooo tired all day...I think it's my MS rearing it's ugly head in the form of fatigue.  Around here, we have fallen into the "routine" of not having a routine, and I think that's wearing on me as well.  I need a routine, but every time I try to get one going, it hasn't even lasted an entire day.  So, I am going to start small.

My first priority is having quiet time with my Lord first thing in the morning.  This hasn't worked out as much as I would like to lately, because I usually don't wake up until I hear Andrew crying on the monitor.  I don't give myself any alone time in the morning, usually because I've been just too tired to get up until I have to.  So, the first thing I need to work on is getting up before the kids so that I have some good, uninterrupted time in the Word.  This is probably the most difficult thing that I will have to do for now.  So, before I can do that, I am going to have to make sure I'm getting enough sleep, and taking my vitamins and such like I should be doing.

Now, Nick usually gets up at 6:50 in the morning for work, so I think tomorrow I will have the alarm set for 6:15.  I will get up, spend time with the Lord, and then take my bath, wash my hair, get dressed for the day, and send my hubby off to work.  That is all I will PLAN on for now...once I get this established, I will start adding things to my morning routine.  Otherwise, it's too overwhelming if I try to get it all planned out at once.

So, here's what my morning routine looks like so far:

1.  Wake up.
2.  Quiet time with the Lord.
3.  Bath/wash hair.
4.  Dress, fix hair.
5.  Send Nick off to work.

I think I'll try this for a few days, and hopefully I will get used to it.  I know that whenever I start my day out in fellowship with my Lord, the whole day is always better than if I skip it or wait until later.

The other house cleaning things that I absolutely HAVE to get done daily are:

1.  Keep up on dishes.
2.  Run a load of laundry.
3.  Swipe down bathroom.
4.  Keep house picked up.

I am ashamed to say that lately, the only one of those I have even bothered to keep up with was #1, and occasionally #4.  Even with homeschooling Vincent, there is no excuse for this.  I need to get back on track, because I am sure the state of the house (no matter how neat it looks on the surface) is really one of the major things wearing me out.  And I know I'm not doing the boys any favors by not having a set routine.  Vincent never knows what's going to happen next, and I know that's not very good for him (or his behavior!).

My gut feeling is to just rush into this and create all my daily, weekly, and monthly routines RIGHT NOW and run headlong into the whole thing starting tomorrow.  LOL!  But, I know from personal experience that doesn't really work .

Here is the list of priorities I will be keeping in mind as I gradually give our "routine" a makeover:
1.  God
2.  Husband
3.  Children
4.  Home

I will try to remember to expand somewhat sometime about how these priorities will be helping to shape the routine here at our home.  For now, while the boys are napping, it's off to relax and rest myself for when my dh comes home!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I love my living room!

The computer was unplugged for a couple of days while we finished up the living room, but now it's all finished!  Well, there is the baseboard behind our loveseat that's waiting to be stained and sealed, but that's it.  Anyway, I have some before, during, and after shots to share .


Murphy, our dog, has no idea the changes that are about to happen!

 


This is after we took out all the brick from our fireplace.


Faith is checking out what we're doing to "her" house.




You can see the spot behind our loveseat where we need to put the trim.  We need to add the wallhangings, still, but what an improvement, huh?  I LOVE IT!!!  It's so nice and cozy now.

Well, I'm inspired to get the rest of my house clean, so I'm off!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Happy 2007! Much to catch up on...

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 

Yesterday was also my birthday, and I had a wonderful day!  NO cooking, Nick let me choose what I wanted for meals, and he went and got it .  We did a little shopping, a little relaxing, and a lot of having fun!  Most of my family also chipped in to buy me an eliptical, as they know I want to try and get in good shape so that I can stay on top of my MS as much as possible.

Speaking of which, the injections that I started just before Christmas have been going really well.  So far, I haven't had any relapsing of symptoms, and this is the longest I've gone for awhile without them.  Yay!  One thing that was really tough for us at first, though, was the fact that I CANNOT get pregnant while on these meds...the miscarriage/defect rate is pretty high, so after much praying and through many tears, Nick and I decided it would be downright irresponsible to not do anything about getting pregnant.  The thing is, you have to be off the meds for 3 months before even trying, to get it out of your system.  I have been known to take a LONG time to get pregnant (it's been a little over a year since Andrew's been born now, only 2 months breastfeeding, and nothing so far).  That 3 months plus however long it takes to concieve, without doing anything to stop the progression of the MS, can be pretty damaging to me.  And that wouldn't do any good to the 2 blessings the Lord has already given us.  So for now, we have decided that we are just going to have to face that we may be done having our own kids.  But we are definitely open to adoption after things settle and if/when the Lord leads.

Right now, I am in the middle of making up the month's menus.  I have decided that at the beginning of each month, I will make menus for the entire month (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) so I won't have to worry about it.  Today, I'm taking the boys to the grocery store and we will be buy all non-perishables for the month.  That way, each week I will only have to buy the fresh things for that week.

Anyways, I better get moving!  I also plan on getting all the Christmas deco down this week .