I LOVE FALL!!!
I won't lie, it is by far my most favorite season. I am trying not to be too lofty in my goals, but I love the change of season it just seems to be a good time to set goals and put them in motion. New season, on to changes! I got so excited about fall I decided to update my page to reflect it.
This last week was a tough one. I was sick all week long. Saturday was by far the worst day. I haven't been taken down that hard in a long time. It felt good to get some sleep, though and I am glad I opted to take some time off from my workouts, my body just felt like it needed a break. I am gearing up to get going today is the first LCW for the BLC so I am ready to rock it!
I am looking on to changes. I am pressing forward starting in October, the beginning of the season, with my happiness project. It is going to coincide with the BLC so it fits. I am looking to encompass an entire ME MAKEOVER. I am beginning my happiness project with the resolution of "Be the Change (at home)". I am a SAH mom so home is my job. It is my sanctuary and I want it to feel like it. Fact of the matter is things are just chaotic. With four very active kids, how could I expect less? As a result, I think we tend to get more irritable with each other than we intend to. All of us. Another fact that I need to realize, I set the tone for the entire day. For all of us. When I wake up snappy and grouchy, it sets that tone for everyone, especially the kids. It is up to me to determine how the day will go. Sometimes, I will admit, it is a lot of pressure and a lot to shoulder, but it is my job. Don't get me wrong, I know that sunshine and birds are not always going to translate to a stellar mood to everyone but it is going to make it easier for me to handle everyone else when I feel good. For my resolution, I am going to work on the following (tentatively) this month:
set the tone for the day - start the day off with a smile
talk with more patience
laugh more, yell less
say yes more than no
daily chores/to do's for the kids (aka nag less)
plan my day (to do list)
Okay really, how do I "set the tone for the day" I think it lends its way to "fake it till you make it". Force myself into a good mood even on the days I am not. Wake the kids up with a smile and a cheerful "good morning". Some days I feel like I start the day off like this:
I feel like I get into the mode of "get 'er done" and feel like I am more business/drill sargent. I need to find that balance of "get 'er done" with laughing and having fun with the kids. So I think all of these aspects of my resolutions really compliment each other. If I can stick to a tentative to do list, I will know what I need to do same with the kids. I created cute little to-do boards for each of the kids in their rooms that I update each day so they know what needs to be done. It is written down. I am not hounding them and constantly telling them what to do. It has really made a HUGE difference in things for both the kids and myself.
For workouts, I am looking to break out of the ChaLEAN rut. I have done ChaLean several times since the birth of my little guy and I just need a break. I am going to bust out the Jari Love DVDs and work out a rotation with them (I have pretty much all of her's).
Oh, before I forget, we put in an application to adopt a new doggie!
She's kind of a Heinz 57 variety mutt but has a combo of corgi and dachshund in her. We're looking at going through a rescue. We have a dog already, Lucy, that we've had for the last 2 years and we love her so much. She's been a tough one to crack her shell. She was definitely mistreated by the family who had her before us (we don't know her history as she was a "drop box dog" so all we have is guesses) which makes us sad becuase she's such a sweet dog. We hope that this little dog can be a good companion to her and help encourage her to come out of her shell a bit more. We've chiseled away bit by bit over the years but it feels like two steps forward, one step back at times. We're keeping our fingers crossed that we can get her, she sounds like the perfect compliment to our dog, mild tempered, not hyper, low-key. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Finished out Dexter. Yes, I am a fan. No, I didn't like this last season. It felt so... I don't know, un-Dexter like. I am so very disappointed in the outcome of it. I liked the last show of the season and do kind of like how they finished it out, but the season as a whole was such a disappointment. Breaking Bad, on the other hand, is KILLING me, literally! I love Breaking Bad, it is hands down, the best show I have ever watched. Sunday is the series finale and I can't wait to see how they end it. Dave bought me all the seasons on Blu-Ray so when they release this season, we'll pick it up as well. Love the show! It sets the bar higher for what I am willing to spend my time watching (which, isn't much).
Yay for fall! Looking forward to a new season!