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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Day 104 and Busy Week Next Week

Next week is really a busy week. Revival at church starts tomorrow morning, and then we have services tomorrow night, and Monday-Wednesday night. Thursday is the Pond Creek child care association meeting, and Friday the last unit of my homework assignments are due. I'm going to try to get most of it done this weekend so that I can go to all the nights of revival. You might keep your fingers crossed for me!

Have you heard that the rebate checks are going to be going out starting on Monday instead of next Friday? We should get ours by direct deposit so I'm curious to see if it shows up. We should be in the first cycle according to Tom's ss #.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Day 103 and Inner Speech

So last Saturday, I went to a child care class based on Dr. Becky Bailey's Conscious Discipline program. I've attended classes on it before and just find the information fascinating. It's great for working with children, but really applies to all areas of your life. The thing I've been thinking about the most this week is my "inner speech". You know those things we say to ourselves when we make a mistake? Like "I'm so dumb" or "I'm such a pig" or "I'm so fat", etc. The things we say to and in front of our children becomes their inner speech. So because I have said that kind of stuff about myself being stupid or fat, Natasha tends to say that now. It's heartbreaking! I have to rewrite my inner speech to be kinder to myself. I can do that by reminding myself that "everyone makes mistakes, I can try again. I can do it next time", etc. I have already been really trying to do that on this journey. Instead of berating myself when I make a mistake, I take a deep breath and try again.

Part of the problem with being so hard on myself is that I also tend to be very hard and impatient with others. Sometimes I think that if God was as rude and impatient with me as I am with everyone else, he'd have swatted me like a bug a long time ago.

What kind of inner speech do you have? Are you kind to yourself and remind yourself that we all make mistakes? Or do you berate yourself and make yourself crazy with every mistake that you make? Think about it! Maybe it's time to rewrite your inner speech too!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Day 102 and needing to set some goals

Ok, I've been having a hard time focusing lately so I think it is time to set some new goals, and perhaps recommit to some old ones.

Our baby ef is at $565 (I added $50 when Tom got paid last week). I need to list the books from one of my first session's classes and sell them to start helping rebuild it. When this session is over, I can sell both of my humanities books. I am only selling the ones that I do not think I will use again and keeping the ones that I will or might need for reference. I will get that done by Sunday.

Start getting organized for the garage sale. Even if that means just spending 15 minutes a day going through and pricing some stuff. I will start that tomorrow. I have a mandatory meeting to attend tonight.

Continue being very careful with the eating out and Sonic drinks. I need to go through our checkbook and get an idea of what we've spent on that compared to what we had spent before we started this journey. I will try to do that by Sunday, also.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Day 101 and Getting Old!

Well, I took my kids to get their eyes checked on Monday and decided while I was there that it was time (wayyyyy past time) to get my own eyes checked. It had been years, probably 10 or more. I'd been having headaches almost every single day and they did not all seem allergy related and I knew I was needing reading glasses. Eh, so anyway, not only do I need glasses. Bifocals. BIFOCALS! ARGH! The eye dr tried to make it sound better than it was by saying they would have a "little reading area" down in the bottom. I said um...isn't that bifocals? LOL! He laughed and said yes. I am attaching the least frightening of the pictures I took of myself. Actually I found them all quite frightening, but that's a personal problem. LOL

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Day 100 and Sticker Shock

So when I went grocery shopping on Saturday night, I was exhausted, and Tasha had mowed our yard, aka the jungle that morning and she was exhausted so we decided to do Jumbo's instead of Aldi's so we didn't have to bag and load our own groceries. WOW! Some of the prices were so much higher than Aldi's, it was unreal. The same size of bagged salad is 99 cents at Aldi's and $1.49 at Jumbo's. The main difference was in the brand name-"Dole". Anyway, guess I'll try not to be so tired next time I go shopping. LOL! Of course, some of the prices were about the same or not that much more, too. But I seriously don't think anything was cheaper at Jumbo's.

Well, I moved one of my toddlers from a playpen to a mat this week so it was an adventurous naptime today. The two older boys thought it would be fun to get the toddler and themselves good and wound up. Suffice it to say that I have had better naptimes.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Day 99 and is it Monday already?

Wow, my weekend flew by in a blur! But at least most if it was spent doing stuff that I enjoyed. The class that I took on Saturday was great, and I had a great time at Mandy's baby shower yesterday. She sure did get a lot of cute stuff. It almost makes me want to have another baby. HAHA! NOT! I guess I'll just have to live vicariously through her until I start getting grandchildren. Which is hopefully SEVERAL years off!

Let's see, a couple of confessions. We got pizza from the grocery store on Friday night for supper, and then on Saturday, I ate out during the lunch break of my class and Tom & Tasha grabbed lunch at Bob's. Don't get me wrong, I really don't think there's anything wrong with eating out sometimes, I just want to be very careful that we do not slip back into our old bad habits.

On another note, regarding my eating. I was not doing very well at all for a few days, but I am doing much better now. At the class on Saturday, they had muffins and cookies during the morning break, and then cookies again during the afternoon break, along with bottled water and pop. I just grabbed a bottle of water each time and walked away. Then yesterday at the baby shower, they had these adorable flower cookies and I resisted those, too. THEN during discipleship training, they were offering chocolate cake and ice cream, and I resisted again! It was hard! Tonight, our Sunday school class is meeting to pray for revival at the church next week, and they are serving cookies. I'm taking a small veggie tray so that I have something that I can munch on.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Day 98 and The Living Room

Well, I wish I had taken some before pictures of the water damage and the huge ceiling crack in the living room because you would not believe how much better it looks now! The patches are gray so we will have to paint the room after he gets done with all of the repairs, but even the gray looks better than what was there. He cannot come the next 2 Saturdays, so he will be back May 10th to work some more.

Speaking of May 10th, that is the town-wide garage sale day so I think we are going to try to get organized and have a sale. I bought some pre-priced stickers and some blank stickers last night to start pricing stuff.

I have all of my homework that is due today submitted except one paper and I'm getting ready to go submit it. Yay for another round of homework being done!