Thursday, February 25, 2010

How Could You Not Want This?



I mean, seriously. Can you not just see yourself all swathed in this fancy apron making coffee, jamming to music in the kitchen, cooking up some eggs, with the sun all shining through the windows? Because you know if you had this apron on it would always be sunny. It would have to be. It could be cold and cloudy and the minute you pulled the apron out the weather would say "Well, shoot. We can't be all gloomy today - she pulled out the breakfast apron! It has a bacon pocket! We can't rain on her bacon parade."

See?

World's weather problems solved.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Should Be Doing Laundry

But instead, I am wasting time on

People Of Walmart

Awkward Family Photos



I swear up and down I will get off the computer in 5 minutes.

Okay, 15 minutes.

Ish.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Elders





How do I have children this big??

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ahhhh....

That, my friends, is the sound of one very relaxed Unsinkable.

Why so relaxed, Unsinkable? I'll tell you why in two words:

School. Break.


This week we are on break. No school, no nothing.


(Yes, that is a picture of Allie being held captive by her siblings, wearing pants on her head, in the middle of our living room taken over by forts and pajama wearing pirates.)

We're homeschooling year round, so that means that at the end of each month we will be taking an entire week off (with two weeks off around Christmas, no break in January, and two weeks off during the summer). We will not be doing any reading, any math, any anything during these breaks - only fun things.

I am so stoked.

The only thing on my plate this week is playing with the kids, letting the schedule go to crap, and watching a lot of TV and eating badly. Which gives me lots of time to do the things I actually want to do!

Enter the Pick & Choose List.

The Pick & Choose List is a list of all the things I want to do. I won't do them all, I probably won't even do half of them. But I will take take to pick and choose things off the list that I will enjoy doing while I have a week off to do them. Why Unsinkable, what is on your list? I knew you would ask that, so I came prepared.

The February Pick & Choose List

Bath & Wine Night
Make chocolate chip cookies.
Make Chewy Pecan Rolls.
Let the kids have a sleepover in Little David's room.
Make church bags full of quiet things for all three kids

Make painted cork coasters with the kids
Paint with the kids
Clean out my dresser
Finish all that laundry (ha!)
Clean out the linen closet
Have some play dates
Get my car inspected (not as fun, but needs to be done)
Write letters with Tot
Take the kids to a park
Make flower/vegetable garden plans, make calls about getting mulch from the city
Finalize curriculum plans for next year
Finalize clothing lists for kids (because I can't go to the JBF sale this spring - *sob*)
Diddle around


I am pretty sure that if nothing else, I will get to the last item on my list :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday

1.

You may not know how big of a deal this is for me, but I just went through my Google Reader and deleted about twenty feeds. I went through my list and culled anything that regularly made me feel discontent or unhappy with anything in my life. Of course, I kept all my friends and I kept those that challenge me in a good way, but the rest had to go.

2.

Dave just came into the house for a snack break while the kids had rest time. We stood over the kitchen counter and ate dessert out of the pan. Have I mentioned how much I love him working from home?

3.

Next week we have no school. I am SO EXCITED. We are homeschooling year round and taking one week off every month. I have never been more assured that this was a good choice than today. I'm tired, I'm ready for a break and sho' nuff, we've got one scheduled. We'll be doing lots of being lazy my friends. Lots.

4.

Dave and I are getting excited about planting our vegetable and flower gardens this year. We are turning our old dog run into a garden, and first up is chopping down a tree that got damaged from the TWELVE inches of snow we got last week. It will give half of our yard full sun - yay! Then we'll be building two smallish raised beds - one for vegetables and one for flowers. We may even get around to setting up my long desired metal clothes line, but we'll see. I've been going over seed catalogs for weeks deciding what we want to plant. Thankfully, Dave actually wants to do this, too (quite a few of the men in his family were very good gardeners), and I'm not having to drag him kicking and screaming to Home Depot.

5.

Cutest. face. ever. I'm just sayin'.

6.

If you are by chance looking for some awesome coloring books, you need to check out these. Great, clear illustration, no cartoon characters, and a wide variety of subjects. My kids are majorly loving the insects one, and we have a couple more on their way.

7.


Maybe the worst picture ever, but it cements in my heart our Friday Family Nights. We make pizza (last week we threw caution to the wind and had sausage - it was a hit), watch a movie, snuggle on the couch, watch a movie with the kids, put the kids to bed late, then Dave and I stay up even later and watch our own movie. Last week we opted out of the move and watched the Olympics instead (and a new Phineaus & Ferb) and this week I imagine we'll do the same. I love, love, love that we do this every week and that the kids know when it's Friday and ask all day long when Family Night begins. I also love that they actually all take naps on Friday in preparation. Beautiful!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday: Short Cuts

This Thursday, I am most thankful for shortcuts. Things that in a perfect world I wouldn't need, but am really glad that I have anyways. Also, I am refusing to feel bad about these short cuts, and I'm also refusing to even try to change them any time soon. So there.


1. The Swiffer Wet Jet - It really is just as handy as it says it is. Everything is right there, it's low fuss, and it gets my floors clean enough. I like hand mopping better, but who really has time for that? When all I need to do is swipe up some muddy dog prints (the bane of my existance) then whoosh I do it. I know I could do the same thing with a regular mop, or even just a paper towel, but the Swiffer is just so speedy. So speedy.

2. Paper plates - Ah, the most ridiculous of short cuts. How much more time does it take do use a real plate, I mean really? Hardly any at all. So WHY does using paper always make me feel like I just got the best break in the world? I'll tell you why - because when everyone is done eating I just toss it all in the dang trash. I don't spend an ounce of time above that. It may save me only three or four minutes - tops - of overall time and effort, but it frees my soul. Yes, using paper plates frees my soul. I am that over dramatic.

3. Paper napkins - Again, cloth is so much more useful and so much cuter, but I can toss these in the trash. Are you seeing a theme here? Trash.

4. Cereal - In a perfect world, I would be making hot breakfasts every morning. I would make oatmeal or 5 grain cereal most days, whole wheat pancakes/waffles the others, and of course Donut Day on Saturday. But dude, I am tired. And cereal is fast. And to be perfectly honest, I'm not even buying good cereal - like Kashi or Fiber One or Cascadian Farm or whatever. I'm getting Honey Nut Cheerios and Captain Crunch. Yes, All Stars in the Pantheon of junk breakfasts. But oh well. Cereal is quick, every one eats, and that is about all I'll be concerning myself with for awhile. I may throw in some good hot breakfasts every now and then, but for now I'll just pour cereal that I know everyone will eat and be happy about it.

5. Dusting - I'm not doing it. Or deep cleaning. I'm all over basic maintenance right now, baby. I'll get the dishes done, I'll get the laundry done (though maybe not folded), and I'll get the floors vacuumed and the toilets cleaned. But that's pretty much it. I'm counting my day over if I've done those things, anything else is just a bonus.


At some point I'll hike up my big girl panties and get back to doing things how I would prefer, but until then, I'm going to take these short cuts happily and not worry my pretty little head over them. There are hills to die on, and using paper plates just isn't one for me. I'll take the convenience during this season, and recycle like heck later to make up for it. I figure this, I want to keep the things I love the most and the things I think are most worth the effort - homeschooling, cloth diapering, cooking decent dinners (note: dinner, not breakfast), exercising, and not losing my dang mind.

So today, I'm counting myself thankful for the shortcuts.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Relapse.


Oh 409. I know you aren't good for me. You are full of ingredients I can't pronounce well. You are not good for the environment. You smell like chemicals. Bad ones. You are dangerous for my babies to ingest - which means I have to watch you like a hawk.

But it's been years - YEARS - since I've had you in my home. And I miss you ever so much.

So just this once, just until you run out, you can come on back in.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Turn, Turn, Turn

It occurred to me the other day that things just aren't like they used to be. Not in a bad way, of course, just in a different way.

I'm not really sure why this has hit me over the head recently. I think one day I just looked up from my daily routine, the one that hasn't changed appreciably in four straight years (besides adding a kid now and then) and realized "Crap. This isn't working anymore."

Isn't that just a kick in the pants?

I have been making all these changes in my life and neglected to remember that change changes things! Riveting news, I know. It seems, though, that I have been living in this world where I could homeschool and still sporadically keep up with the laundry with few consequences. I could diddle around online looking up curriculum and forget to actually start teaching until 4pm and still fit in the days work without much trouble. I could organize my closets when the feeling struck and not have to rearrange my schedule at all.

At some point, though, I stopped being able to do all of that. Like I said, this isn't a huge deal, but it was one I SO should have seen coming. I mean, you can only add so many things into your life without needing to take others out. And you don't really think about it until you're knee deep and don't have any interest in turning back. It was so easy for me to add homeschooling preschool into my regular schedule that I didn't stop to think about what the actual, physical repercussions of this decision would mean for me. I knew that with science projects scattered around my house would never be on a magazine, but let's face it, it wasn't going to be regardless of my schooling choice. I knew that all the homeschool articles talk about making sure Mom's get free time so they don't go crazy, but all my kids still napped or rested, so that was easy enough to accomplish.

What I failed to see, though, was that you don't see every consequence immediately.

Homeschooling is fantastic, but it requires time time time. Time spent researching, planning, making, arranging, gathering, searching, and actually teaching. And the older your kids get, the more time you need to spend on all of those things. School for the Tot no longer takes only 15 minutes a day, you know? Now we are spending closer to an hour and a half. It's not all workbooks and time drills, most of it is really fun, but it still requires time. Cloth diapering is great, but it still takes over the washer/dryer for a good portion of the day a few days a week, which isn't bad unless you have some one wetting the bed every other night adding four loads of laundry to your already heavy load (haha). Making baby food, cooking with whole foods, talking on the phone with friends, cooking every night, exercising, cleaning the house, organizing the nooks and crannies, playing on facebook, yardwork, grocery shopping, having quiet time, going on dates, and the list goes on. All these things aren't bad - most of them are even awesome - but they still take time. They take even more time when you add juggling three children on top of it all.

And at some point, the day is just over. There just isn't any time left.

You can't keep adding things - even good things - to your life without other things having to change. By waking up early to have Quiet Time, you are changing the amount of sleep you get - or at least the hours you get it. By switching to cloth napkins instead of paper towels, you are changing the amount of laundry that will need to be done regularly. By having another kid, you are changing the amount of free time you'll have. Like I said, not bad changes, but changes.

Which brings me to my point - Something has to change here. I've been trying to shove too many things into a very finite amount of time. As much as I would like to think that I really can do anything I want, that I can replicate anything that anyone else does, I can not do everything at once. And even if I can for awhile, even if I can handle many more good things on my plate that I thought - or other people thought - that does not mean that there won't be consequences later. In the form of a headache, a neglected spouse, a neglected body, or just plain old burnout - there will be consequences.

My job now is to weigh what I most want to do - what is most important to me - and then weigh the consequences that will come now or come later, and see if it's worth it.

Oh Unsinkable, you have some thinking to do.




Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day!

Great Googly Moogly. We got almost 5 TEN inches of snow!! These pictures are from earlier in the day - it is now close to midnight and it literally hasn't stopped snowing all day.

Absolute craziness, I tell you.













Monday, February 08, 2010