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I am a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, cosleeping, baby led weaning, extended rear facing, eco conscious, married mommy to two beautiful children. They have changed my view on the world we live in. It is now my number 1 goal to make it the best I can for them to grow up in. I find myself always rethinking how I want to live my life and often feel like sharing my findings and thoughts with others. So I guess here's my chance :o) I will talk about topics that interest me. If you dont like them or dont agree, well... there's nothing much I can do!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Trying to create a daily routine

I really really would love to homeschool my children. Keegan actually brought up the topic to me one day so I know he isn't opposed to the idea. But part of my worries if it is something I'd be able to keep up with since I have never really been good at sticking to any kind of routine. We are very much a "go with the flow" kind of family and that's ok. Some kids thrive on routine. I think Abigail enjoyed that aspect when she was in daycare so I would really like to give it a try here.

How should I plan out my day? Since both kids wake at different times anywhere between 630-830, free play in the morning is essential. We all have breakfast together. Late morning would be prime time for some sort of structured activity. Then there's lunch. Then Zachary's nap time where Abigail would love to play with things that Zachary can't "ruin".  Outside play, supper prep, whole family play. Seems like a fairly easy going routine.

But I also need to fit in homemaking tasks. I would love for my home to run like a well oiled machine. Smoothly, calmly, less chaotic. So I need to "schedule" the time to take care of things around the home or else they will not get done. And then I would just complain about it later. Some things need to be done daily and others on a weekly basis. I see lots of lists and using my daily planner in my very near future!!

What do you do when you want to develop some sort of daily routine for your family?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Doing small things around the house is better than nothing.

It's been a month since Keegan's been home from his 2 month deployment. Normally deployments don't derail my whole routine because we are very much used to it. This one was different though. I started training for a half marathon. I was hit with a huge shift in priorities for what I want for my family. The decision was made for me to spend yet another year at home with the kids. I want a simpler, less chaotic life but still have yet to find my groove to make it possible.

Now I find myself wanting to do it all. Declutter my whole home and establish some sort of great play/education inspired routine for the kids. No wonder I'm still feeling so scatter brained. Too much to take on at the same time. So I need to start small. I am back to using a great app called Home Routines where I created my own lists of things to do around my home. Sometimes seeing that Accomplishment list get longer and longer is pretty motivating.

I am also eagerly awaiting an awesome new community put together by Emily Chapelle over at http://www.sodamndomestic.com. Her FREE book Finding the Awesome: 3 Steps to Doing More & Stressing Less  was pretty instrumental in my shift in priorities. It truly helped me finalize my choice of wanting to stay home with the kids (more on her awesome book later!).

Here I am, enjoying a cup of coffee while the kids play in a tidy living room, and the first load of laundry is almost done all by 9am. It's a start! Like I said, accomplishing small tasks is better than nothing!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Happy 4th Birthday Abigail!!

Happy Birthday to the little girl that transformed me in incredible ways.

First family picture!

We are in absolute love

1 year - Already a total ham

2 years old - Mastering the electronics already

3 years old - Developing her own style every day.

4 years old - Love her to pieces

More pictures to come as the day progresses.