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Happy Friday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kids were up and going on their piano and school work today. I gave them the incentive of a walk to a playground at some distance if they could finish by noon, which they did with time to spare. It was warm and windy and I got my 32 minute jog/walk in for my 8-week train for a 5K program. While we were at the park (we took a light lunch), it turned cold and windy.

I feel so happy about being outdoors today. We saw Milkweed seed pods (learned about them yesterday at homeschool co-op) and cattail puff fuzz (the kids had read about that). There was a prairie trail around the playground we went to, so we walked that. We discovered a short cut between the playground and our route home, which cuts off our need to cross a very busy street (YEAH!). Since we take that route a couple of times a month in the summer to visit the farmer's market, it seems like a really big and positive discovery.

This is the first time in DAYS I might be close to hitting 10,000 steps. That feels really great!

I'm losing weight, even if I'm not hitting 10,000 steps a day, perhaps because so many of my steps are with a baby on my front.

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/18/2014 11:28AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!!

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DJ4HEALTH 10/18/2014 12:03AM

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Sunday Evening Musings

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weight loss isn't going so bad right now. Every other area of my life feels out of control, though. It's a weird sensation, probably brought on by the extraordinary departure from routine this weekend. . .the Creation Day conference yesterday, then visiting a new church today.

Yeah. The church. It's so hard to know what to do about church right now. Mom and Dad want to go where we go, so we have to factor their interests and convictions into the equation. And we've got these children who have opinions. And of course, we come with our own experiences and presuppositions. It feels like an almost impossible conundrum. I hope the whole situation will look more positive in the morning.

Off to sleep now!

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DELIA38961 10/16/2014 6:59PM

    oh wow ! my family is in the same situation with trying to find a church . I had almost given up spiritually until I heard a song from tamela mann " take me to the king " and it renewed my hope to keep looking . my brother and his family want me at his church , a friend wants us at his church another friend wants me at her church emoticon this is the 1st time in 18 years that I haven't been in a church but I know God has a plan purpose and place for my family and yours emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/13/2014 9:55PM

    Praying you will find the right church.

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/13/2014 10:06AM

    I hope that you are able to find the church that works for you!

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Monday, October 06, 2014

1. Butternut squash is a really "cheap" food. Baked with apples (no sugar or butter), it's got a lot of flavor. You can have huge piles of it with very few calories.

2. Walking with a baby strapped on supposedly burns @ 100 calories every 24 minutes. Cool!! That adds up in my day!

3. I dislike tangles of embroidery floss.

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DELIA38961 10/7/2014 10:30PM

    ill have to try the squash with apples emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/7/2014 1:04PM

    Love squash!! Hate tangled anything! Enjoy your day!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/7/2014 11:16AM

    I dislike embroidery floss tangles too:)

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Oops. . .lost track!

Friday, October 03, 2014

I think this must have been a more stressful week than I had anticipated. The kids balked at school all week, and we've had some glory moments, but few and far between. I lost sight of my goals and ate a half loaf of raisin bread with butter at lunch today, completely not counting any calories.

I've been meaning to set some goals for October. The kids and I sat down and outlined some "Family Goals." I've determined to clean out of our house anything that doesn't help us toward those goals. They look something like this:

1. Exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.
2. Get an education.
3. Do other activities to develop brain and interests so that we can. . .
4. . . . be ready to do the job God has for us later in life.
5. Develop relationships with each other and other Christians.
6. Keep our bodies fit.

The kids seemed encouraged after I said that yes, running around in the yard would further our goals, since that would help keep our bodies fit.

I also made a "Not Our Goals" list. It was as follows:

1. Have fun.
2. Have an easy time of it.

While they groaned when I said this, they seemed encouraged when I said that we could have fun together if we pursued the "goals" list. (I'm trying to fight the entitlement attitudes that keep creeping back in.) So we started sorting in my room, which doubles as a sewing center. They had fun organizing all the craft supplies. . . and found a lot of things to craft with that they didn't know existed. I think I'm going to do some hard-core clean-out when they're asleep, looking for areas that they tend to fight over, or areas where I find them shirking duties to sneak away for some brainless pursuits. Hmmm. . . might take a while!

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/4/2014 10:57AM

    Good luck with your goals!

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DELIA38961 10/3/2014 9:08PM

    emoticon great family goals some of which I need to incorporate into my own family

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Boston Musings and Catching Up

Friday, September 26, 2014

Things I learned from Boston:

1. A week away from logging calories worked for my plan, as long as I made sure I had 10,000 steps each day. That was tough on the days we were in the car all day!

2. Boson has hills. :)

3. God is good. He provided a church for us to go to when we had thrown up our hands in despair of finding something close to what we'd be comfortable with.

4. The locks of the old Erie Canal were much more narrow than the locks of current canals.

5. Driving in Boston is insane!!!

6. Parking a full-size van in Boston is even more insane!!!!

7. Changing into wedding clothes in a van parked in down-town Boston is the most insane of all!!!!! (Ha, Ha! What kind of crazy person would even think of that!?!?)

8. I'm very thankful for all my family. . . immediate and extended.

9. My daughters are shy of dancing in public.

10. My sons love dancing in public.

Now for the reentry. Here are the tasks to be divided up and finished this week so that we can roll on school next week.

1. Mow lawn

2. Laundry

3. Unpack suitcases

4. Clean bathrooms

5. Clean fridge and grocery shop

6. Shop for daughter's birthday (it's today!! Ha Ha Ha!!)

7. Clean out car

8. Print out next week's lesson plan for kids

9. Tidy up around the house and vacuum so that we're organized enough to do school work

10. Do my exercising for today

You know, the part of exercising I'm having a difficult time incorporating into the schedule is the strength-building. I really don't see how to squeeze another thing into the day. I know it's important. But how?!?

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DELIA38961 9/30/2014 9:19PM

    glad you had fun emoticon

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JENNBECK831 9/27/2014 11:56AM

    If it weren't for the wee morning hours before the kids get up, I'd have a hard time fitting strength training in too! Sounds like your trip was full of fun and excitement. Good job staying on your plan while away - that's not easy. Welcome home!


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MUSICMOMOF2 9/26/2014 12:26PM

    Sounds like you had a great time!!

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ZZYYGGY3 9/26/2014 11:31AM

    Glad you enjoyed Boston, it's one of my favorite cities to visit, and yes it is insane to get around

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