Sep 27 2016

It was a busy full week of school, work, activities and appointments, but a productive week as well.  Thankful for some many opportunities and the ability to get things done, meet new people, and do activities that help us grow as individuals and as a family.  There are so many blessings to pick from each day this week.  Grateful for all that the Lord has done through me and continues to work in my heart and life.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.

Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday –Thankful that I had chunk of quality time with Jake early in the morning before he took off on a work trip, the kids went to school, and I went off to work!

Tuesday - Thankful for the opportunity for the girls to go to homework center and participate in a variety of fun clubs at school.

Wednesday - Thankful that Jake arrived back home after school and work today.  It was great to have the whole family back together again!

Thursday - Thankful that we were able to get Karlie into the orthodontist, now her “fun” teeth adventure in the upcoming months.  Also, grateful for a spontaneous at home Date Night with my Handsome Man.  He is thoughtful, fun, and creative.  It was great to put our phones away for awhile and just hang out together at home.  I LOVE my man so much!!! XOXO

Friday – Thankful that I was able to get off work at a decent time today had lunch with Jake, made homemade cookies before picking the girls up from school, found a box turtle on the road to share with the girls for a couple days, and had a chance to relax with the family.

Saturday - Thankful for a chance to spend some time working outside with the family.  We got a good amount of yard work done (even though there is more to do) – leaves blown, weeds pulled, sticks picked up and burned, and more fun as well as a few good blisters

Sunday - Thankful for church, a few moments to rest, eating outside on the deck, playing fetch with Skipper, and fun with the family.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.

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Sep 26 2016

It was a busy week!  Thankful for family and that we were all back together.  Jake was traveling with work this week so he was greatly missed.  The girls had a busy week of school and work was full of fun activities too.

We have another busy week ahead of us and some fun stuff planned.  Thankful for all the opportunities that we’ve been given.  Even though I had a lot on my goals list several other projects came up that required more time and attention than I originally planned so I didn’t get as much as I wanted to on my goals list. Hopefully I will get more done this week.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read the book The Land of Stories – The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer to the kids – the kids enjoyed the book and reserved the next one in the series from the library
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids – still going through the new set of Flash Cards
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids – learning more interesting information going through it with the kids
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids - we played As You Wish
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Coordinate and review schedules at beginning of week to confirm all obligations, appointments, and other activities

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day
  4. Attend Robotics Club and Other After School Activities
  5. Appointments – Orthodontist

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day) – I didn’t hit my goal every day this week
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week – I didn’t do it as consistently
  4. Appointments

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization – Organize my Paperwork, Folders, and Projects Stack – started working on it
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Clean & Organize Storage Room – got a chunk done
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a nightsome
  5. Remove most of the Spring / Summer items from Closets – still working on it

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes – got some done
  2. Get caught up on blog posts – trying to get there
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team – getting some items transitioned
  7. Pick from a couple of the “extra” activity and/or product options

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal
  3. Attend Ladies Bible Study – hostess was out of town

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor  – confirming times on our schedules
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track – catching up
  3. Pay down debt we owe – made another payment
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home) – close, but went over

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Brina is picking out our next chapter book to read together
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week
  10. Coordinate and review schedules at beginning of week to confirm all obligations, appointments, and other activities

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day
  4. Attend Robotics Club and Other After School Activities
  5. Appointments

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week
  4. Appointments

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization  – Work in the Laundry Room
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Clean & Organize Paperwork Room
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night
  5. Remove most of the Spring / Summer items from Closets

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team
  7. Pick from a couple of the “extra” activity and/or product options

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal
  3. Attend Ladies Bible Study

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track
  3. Pay down debt we owe
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results

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Sep 24 2016

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Sep 20 2016

It was a busy full week of school, work, activities and appointments, but a productive week as well.  Thankful for some many opportunities and the ability to get things done, meet new people, and do activities that help us grow as individuals and as a family.  There are so many blessings to pick from each day this week.  Grateful for all that the Lord has done through me and continues to work in my heart and life.

I want to be accountable to you so the following are snip-its of some of the things I am thankful for this past week.

Counting My Blessings – Week In Review:

Monday –Thankful Karlie was able to get into the pediatric eye Dr. today to get her eyes re-check, her prescription had changed which is why she was having more difficulty seeing the chalkboard at school

Tuesday - Thankful for a job that allows me to come in a little earlier so I can make up time missed while at Karlie’s appointment yesterday and for the people I get the privilege to work alongside.  It is nice being part of a time and accomplishing task even though today was an incredibly busy day!

Wednesday - Thankful for a few minutes outside enjoying the fresh air with the kids after getting home, spending a little time with the pets, picking up sticks in the yard, and soaking in some sunshine after being inside most of the day

Thursday - Thankful that Jake was willing to watch the girls, help with homework and dinner so I could go to ladies Bible Study.  It was a crazy day at work, running errands, appointments, picking up the kids, and the Bible Study was a nice end to the evening to help me refocus on truly what is important in life and spend time with other ladies who are wanting to grow their faith as well

Friday – Thankful that Jake and I were able to relax for a little bit at the end of a very busy week and have a couples massage.  Love any extra time with him and the massage felt amazing too.

Saturday - Thankful for having a day with my family.  Although Saturdays are a different kind of busy from the work and school day they are relaxing, enjoyable, yet productive around the home and more opportunities for special activities and fun time with the kids.

Sunday - Thankful for a day of rest and worship with other believers.  Grateful that the girls enjoy church and are learning as well as interacting with kids their own age.

What are you thankful for today?  I encourage you to take the time to write down a few blessings that you have in your life today.  It will help cheer you up and turn your focus on the amazing blessings you encounter each day.

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Sep 19 2016

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Last week went by quickly and as we approach a new week it is another full schedule.  Thankful for a family who works and plays together.  We had a great weekend, but are preparing for another crazy week of school and work ahead.  The menu will be slightly different this week with everything going on, but I will try to stay on track as much as possible.

It will be another busy week, but glad that the family is working together to get everything done.   This week I have some special events going on and I need to utilize the items in my pantry.  Trying to keep it healthy, yet simple since several nights we are tighter on time.  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pasta Entree):  Sloppy Joe’s, Fresh Salad
  • Tuesday (Seafood, Soup, Salad, or Sandwich Entree):  Sandwiches, Salads, Fresh Veggies
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree):   Hotdogs, Baked Beans
  • Thursday (Pork Entree or Kid‘s Night to Cook): Crockpot Pork Roast, Mash Potatoes (we switched this night around last week so it’s back on the menu)
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  Leftovers, Family Preference, and Hosting

I have a general pattern I try to follow for my weekly Menu Plan (for example Monday we have a beef or pasta entree and so forth).  It is my goal, at least in the beginning, to have at least the main dish and one side planned.  I will put together the remaining side dishes (veggies / fruits) based on the food items that need to be used up first and compliment the main entree.

Setting a weekly menu plan helps me utilize my time better, thus freeing up extra time to spend with my family.  On the days that I am working longer hours I can prep the meal in advance so it will be easier to pull together once I am home.  As I go through the menu planning process I will try to share some of our favorite family recipes.  If there is a specific recipe you would like please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate (some recipes are a toss together meal and I do not use any set measurements).

As a family of four our life can get busy.  What’s for Dinner is our weekly menu planning series and one of the ways to help keep us organized, on schedule, and within budget.  Our family typically eats 6 to 7  dinner meals at home a week.  We do try to go out to eat at least once a month as a special treat.  Breakfasts are eaten at home before work and school, lunches are eaten at work, school, or home, so dinner is our main meal together as a family.  Dinner is our time to reconnect, share, and enjoy being together after a busy day.  Our weekly menu plan covers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only because the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is our time to spend with family and friends.  The weekends tend to be more spontaneous and my husband (who is the better cook) likes pitching in therefore we keep the menu open for variety.  We use up the leftovers throughout the week for our lunches and on the nights that we are busy or can’t cook.

Photo by Liz

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