Once school has been taught, and the laundry is washed, the kids have been driven here and there, mouths have been fed, chores have been managed, groceries have been bought, and media minutes have been counted (ugh)...I am left with a bit of time to do some things I really love. Of course I'm talking about sewing, crocheting, cooking, and reading.
This week I scheduled two 4-hour shifts in my sewing room, and the kids were so sweet about making sure that I got that time. I definitely need to block off the calendar more often.
I'm working on some goodies for my Etsy shop. I've got to pull out what's left of the winter items and add in some new items for spring. I'm hoping to have the shop updated this weekend. I sent out a survey to my girlfriends and got some great feedback on what to put back in my shop. Now I need to schedule in a photo shoot.
I made some top knot head bands (top photo), some key/coin bags, and some wristlets. I'm also hoping to work on some new flower pins.
I crochet while I sit and help the kids with math, and also during movies. Though, I think this really bothers MJ because he is so serious about his movies and if he notices I haven't looked up in a while, he'll say, "Mom, you missed it!", and rewind so I can see all the details.
My alarm still goes off at 5:30am...though I tend to snooze till 6am. I wish I wouldn't do that, but the kids just stay up so late these days and they're so chatty at night. I only manage to get in about 10 minutes of reading in bed before I pass out. But, once I'm up, I grab my phone and headphones, pick a podcast, and walk for 30 minutes while curling my 3 pound weights. Works for me until I can get outside and run.
We spent last weekend down in Rochester where Lucy swam on the State relay team in 4 events. Smoothies every day, two movies (Insurgent and Cinderella), and Qwirkle (which we bought while we were down there because I forgot to pack games). Lucy mostly hung out with friends in the hotel during her down time, but Matt and I really enjoyed playing Qwirkle. It's a game that I have managed to beat him at every time. I'm only gloating because once he masters this thing, I will probably never see another win. He's that good.
Well, I went and committed to the Whole30. Have you heard of this? The idea is from the book It Starts with Food, which I've mentioned a couple of times. A friend and I were doing a little winter challenge, of sorts, to eat a little better. Basically, all our other friends were in some tropical location, and we said, "if we're stuck in Minnesota all winter, we may as well be skinny!". And by skinny, we mean healthy. Neither of us are over weight, but we're both 40, and that's a whole new alligator to wrestle. We were noticing that the pounds were instantly attaching whenever we enjoyed our donuts and tortillas and chocolates. So, I proposed that we do 3 simple things:
1. Portion control...basically just put less on your plate than you did before and no seconds.
2. Substitute one meal a day with a smoothie or fresh juice.
3. No sweets!
This was going pretty well for a week and a half and we had some gentle results to show for it. Then, her cousin (in San Diego) mentioned the Whole30, and Natalie mentioned it to me. We were all in. A 3-way texting friendship was formed, the date was set, and today is Day 12. Meat, veggies, fruit and fat (avocado, coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, olives). That's what we eat. No sweets/sugar, no dairy of any kind, no grains of any kind, and nothing processed. This plan is basically "about creating life-long behaviors designed to always move you in the direction of 'more healthy'."
Basically, I drink 10 cups of water a day, I drink my coffee with coconut milk and cinnamon (photo above) or black (in a pinch), and then I eat meat, lots of veggies, and fruit (which I prefer in smoothies unless it's a banana). In a pinch, I eat a LaraBar (one a day max is allowed).
My two favorite meals that I have been eating every day are:
1. homemade burgers + sauerkraut + 1/2 avocado + mustard
2. egg roll salad (it's just the inside of my egg roll recipe minus the brown sugar) + 1/2 avocado or olives.
I eat those two meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's strange, I know. And yes, I'm trying to get in some other awesome veggies, but it is what it is. My kids are sick and tired of smelling sauerkraut in the house, but I had no idea how important fermented veggies are in our diets. I can't tell you why they're important, but if you read the book, or do a Google search, you could find out.
Reading...of course I'm fitting reading in to all the nooks and cranny's of my day, but those nooks and cranny's have not been in abundance lately. So, my stack is getting rather large.
These are the books that I am currently reading:
The Me Project by Kathi Lipp
Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch
It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (MJ asked me to read the series)
Scary Close by Donald Miller (for our small group from church)
Savor by Shauna Niequist (365 devotions)
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (book club)
Harry Potter book 5 by J.K. Rowling (Daisy asked me to read this series a couple of years ago...I'm trying...it's so long)
And Lucy is just finishing a series (that she loves) called The Mother Daughter Book Club. I really want to read that series. Each book is a year in time and they all read a classic. It gives you behind the scenes information about the authors and makes you totally want to read those classics. Lucy has yet to pick up one of the classics that they mention, but I've got my fingers crossed.
For school we're reading:
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (devotions)
The Green Ember by S.D. Smith (read aloud on the Kindle)
Facing the Facts (book 4) by Stan and Brenna Jones (our sex book...Lord help me)
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood (historical fiction to supplement our study on Shakespeare)
A Child's History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer (my favorite history book ever...second time through, I could read this every year for the rest of my life)
Reading buddies...and, I need a headboard.
"God uses my kids to teach me about myself every day. Ultimately, He shows me that I can't be the mom I long to be on my own. I need His help." Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch