Monday, February 11, 2013

The Shiny Quarter

I trust this rainy morning/day finds you, my readers, well and happy! I had a little thought this morning that I wanted to share with you. My husband and I have been reorganizing our daily schedule to allow Daddy some time to school the children right after supper a couple of nights a week so that he can be involved with their education. As a result of that little rearranging, I've been able to catch up on many things that have sadly been put aside for the sake of priorities :-) I am able to better schedule my days so that there is not a pile of things that didn't get done during the day that have to be done at night instead of having time to focus on more family things in the evenings.

As I was sweeping after lunch a bit ago, this thought came to me. I'd like to call it the "Shiny Quarter Syndrome". Have you ever noticed that when you give your child a job to do and 20 minutes later it's still not done, you find them far away from the original job doing something else? Why is that? Well, their focus was not totally on the present job they were given to do. The "shiny quarter" caught their eye and they were off to climb another mountain.

Many times as a mother and homeschool teacher, I find myself distracted by the shiny quarter. I'm right in the middle of a lesson or housekeeping job and my eye catches something else that needs to be done. "Oh, I'll just take a quick break from this and start on that too!" is often the phrase that comes to my mind. After all, I'm a woman and I can multitask efficiently, can't I? Many times the answer to that question is "NO". When we chase our shiny quarter, we end up at the close of the day with many things started and few things accomplished.

For me, laundry is my biggest shiny quarter:-) I HATE IT. I'd rather be shoveling manure than doing kidding. So this is what I do now to avoid my shiny quarters on my laundry days....
    1. Mondays and Thursdays are laundry days. Period.
    2. I wash, dry, and PUT AWAY each load as it is done. NO piling up folded clothes.
    3. I've trained even my six year old to manage laundry.
    4. We don't do laundry any other days of the week. NO exceptions. So, if you want clean clothes, be careful to not needlessly dirty them that way you won't run out :-) Believe me, a few times of not having any clean clothes to wear because you were careless will cure a child of not handling their laundry carefully:-)

This is just a simple thought, but one that is needful in our daily lives. A friend of mine once said "oftentimes when we say "I don't have time", what we really mean is "that is not a priority for me". Don't let your shiny quarters grow to the point that they overshadow your priorities and cause you to have to daily say "I don't have time". Cash in those quarters for some quality and focused time on your responsibilities to your home, health, and family!

Redeeming the time,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

January 2013 Happenings!

January was a bit of a slow month, but I managed to get a few little shots of the cute people in my life...:-)
Such happiness all the time!

If you could read his thoughts right now, you would see him thinking "Hmmm". That's his new phrase..."Hmmm". He really takes after his Papa. He is a little man of few words and most of the time he says "Hmmm". lol! SOOO like my Dad!

Licking the banana bread you can tell, they really liked it:-)

Caleb doing his "school"...hehehe...he's so cute, isn't he?

Now, I took these last three this morning. (YES, I know it's February but they were so cute I had to share them:-) I had sat him at the table to eat and then went back to the stove to clean up. I turned around to tell him something and didn't see him or his plate! I heard a cute little giggle coming from under the table....goofy kid! I guess breakfast is WAY more fun under the table:-)

See my "owie"!! This is what happens when Dee-Dee (his name for Adalyn) shuts my little finger in the bathroom door..ALL.THE.WAY.SHUT. He kept closing his eyes while I was trying to take the picture, so this is as good as it gets!

We did have one family event this month. Stephen turned 33..I mean, 33..oh, guess you can't swap the numbers to make yourself younger on this one! lol! We had a family party that Wednesday with homemade pizza, a pretty birthday table, and presents. The following Friday night we had a dinner at my Mom's and shared cake and ice cream.  Terrible me, I forgot the camera that night so no pictures of the cake! Sorry!
The girls and I made him a big photo collage frame to hang in his new office at work. My Grandmother sent him money, of which he set back in his home safety account (if you know what I mean;-), and my parents gave him a gift card to Cabella's that he used towards new tennis shoes that he really needed! We had a great time together and are looking forwards to March where we will celebrate all three of our kids birthdays! Whew.....:-) Valentines Day is coming up next week, so tune in again for cute Valentine crafts, homemade card ideas, and healthy sweet treats!