Accomplish ALL The Things {Simple Woman’s Daybook 23}

Outside my Window …
It is gray, cloudy, and the sun isn’t up. We have had rain for 3 days now! YAY

I am thinking…
About all the things I need to start fitting into my day: more floor time with Ila, more violin practice with Lexie, more ironing of J.Tom’s clothes (one day I will be able to afford the cleaners!), more walking, more pregnancy exercises … oh. And more menu planning (really not doing good menu planning), and more blog planning.

How’s that for thinking 😉

I am thankful…
That my husband woke up before me to make coffee and feed the baby cows. =) We have started weaning them from their milk (a little late), and boy are they pushy! We don’t let them boss us, but the taller brown one sure tries.

In the kitchen…
There is bone broth that needs to be jarred up and put in the freezer.

And coffee!

I am wearing…
A maternity dress- it is one of the really old ones from my pregnancy with Lexie. It doesn’t really fit well, but they make great house dresses now, and are comfy to sleep in. Old Navy, $10 6 years ago.

I am creating…
probably a mess of everything. I have so much to do; today is cleaning day, but I also have to work in the basement (ugh) and get ironing done. I have dresses to finish sewing before baby comes, I want to put together a small unit study for the kids on Little house in the Big Woods, because we are about to finish that, and then we are going to grow crystals. That’s creating stuff, right? =/

I am going…
I need to go to Costco this afternoon; if the Mister takes a good nap we will go get groceries and then meet the daddy for dinner out.

Did I mention I have done a really bad job about menu planning lately?

I am wondering…
If it will continue to rain and fill the pond up. We thought we had a leak … thankfully the hubby had access to a few tons of kitty litter so we spread that out where we thought the leak may be. However, it may in fact just be that we didn’t have a wet winter and our runoff is blocked a bit, and there is a huge pond next door that has to fill before ours will.

Hoping the hard heavy rain we got last night started the process. We have had slow, steady rain for 2-3 days now. It has been wonderful!
I am reading…
Oh gosh! Okay, so I have a few books on my shelf, but have only really started one. The first two are homemaking books from the library, though I think I would like to own both. and the rest are books about raising boys. Cause … my little Mister is the only Mister and I am a girl. Therefore I really know very little about raising boys.

I am hoping…
really more like praying God helps me find me the patience and energy today to accomplish all the things!

I am looking forward to…
Not having a mile long to do list! It seems to come in phases, sometimes I feel like I have it all done and everything is great (obviously, it probably really isn’t). And then sometimes I am SO. Far. Behind. Like now. =)

I am learning…
That my Mister needs freedoms, and boundaries, and more reinforcement of consequences when he breaks those boundaries.

Also, that I have let a LOT of time get by me before this baby gets here! I am 27.5 weeks already, and we have a TON of rather big things to do.

Around the house…
dusting. vacuuming. switching season clothes, packing kids clothes that are too small to save for baby, and I am always decluttering. Which right now I think we are in a pretty good place with that. Minus all these girl clothes I have to hold on to! I know I should throw them away, but I just can’t do it. We’re throwing enough away though, leaving us with a lot of space now. If anyone else needs to declutter their home, it might be worth contacting a company like 1300 Rubbish to make sure they can take the rubbish away from your home. That always makes the job easier.

A favorite quote for today…

Accomplish All the Things

One of my favorite things…
that Ila has FINALLY this week, started saying more words: red car, Lexie, mister, bear, more animal sounds, hair bow, and she pretends to read the words in books by speaking her own little baby Japanese. It is really cute.

I also LOVE that Lexie begs to take Ila outside while I am prepping meals, switching out laundry, etc. I do let her take her on the porch or to the back concrete and Lexie just loves it. So does mister- he drives Ila around in the back of his little pick up truck. She is so loved.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
I think ALL the lists above should cover this one. =)

A peek into my day…
This was the other day

Out My Widow ... Life on a Farm

Simple Woman {Daybook}

It’s a …..

So many updates!  Well first … we’re having a BOY this time!  The gender reveal party went great.  I think everyone had a good time; and although I killed myself was exhausted from getting everything ready, it was wonderful.  I am looking forward to our next party- Lexie’s BDAY, which will probably be the weekend of August 18th, because the baby is due Sept 2nd and who knows when he will get here…


But anyway, yea- so boy it is!  We are having a hard time deciding on names (unlike with Lexie) and I can’t find any bedding I like, so I may attempt making it.  I don’t want a “theme” I just want colors and patterns- plaids, solids, and boy paisleys.  I already have a quilt in the making that is for a boy, all I have to do is complete it and that’s what I’d like to base the nursery on.  I think; but that may change.  Here is the ultrasound picture- after 20 minutes of trying to find if he was a he or she, the tech finally got this pic, and a few others.  We did get a video of the ultrasound, and I finally got to watch it Saturday night- he is a stubborn little guy!



Updates on Lou Bug (19 months)- well let’s just say we are super officially in toddler-hood!  This child will carry on a full blown conversation in 3-4 word sentences.  It’s hilarious.  And she is SO serious about it, too.  She knows most of her colors- red, orange, blue, pink, purple, yellow, and white, and is still counting to 11.  She can identify all of her letters except N, she always has a tough time with N, and sometimes confuses X/Y, and W/M, and stumbles on Z.  Funny story, last week she walked into my room and said, “whew!  Messy Mama’s room!”  Well, I’ll be damned if we didn’t start cleaning up!  haha  She also says, “thank you, Mommy!” for just about everything when we are home and this morning thanked her milk after she took a drink of it.  Pretty funny kid.  I think my favorite thing she says is when she uses “too” appropriately- which is all the time!  It’s constantly, “daddy’s coming too” or “Mommy eats eggs too.”  So sweet.  She romps on everything, and loves to run everywhere she goes.  She has been helping me water outside and play in the flowers … her help is basically throwing dirt everywhere, and we have a GREAT time doing it!  =)



She still loves cleaning up, and knows that to go from one activity to the next, we clean up our mess.  We play outside just about every day; her favorite things outdoors are playing in the dirt, swinging, Scarlet, and her cars!  She is “going shopping!  See you later!”- all the time! 

Helping Mama build the new chick brooder

I have to watch her with the chicks because she loves them SO much, she likes to get into the feed and throw it at them to them.  But she means well.  This morning they just looked so big in their little 30 gallon brooder, so Lexie and I got busy building them a bigger one.  They L O V E it!  They’re getting so big already, and almost have all their feathers.  They are going to be gorgeous, plump ladies when they get older!  We cannot wait for fresh eggs!  Before we can leave the house or go outside, we have to stop and “kiss hug” the baby “cheeks” aka chicks.  haha  Anyway, they will eat out of our hands- Lexie just giggled and giggled this morning when they ate their crumbles from her hand.  It is such a neat experience, and although she may not remember it we will get to do it again one day.  I’m already addicted and thinking after these girls are producing this fall, maybe we need to get more chicks next spring and build another coop!  =)  I’m sure JTom will go for that- right!  haha

The girls love their new BIG brooder!


3 weeks old- Dolly, Ginger, and Tessa
3 weeks old-Essie and Soup

finger pain

Mama’s flapper girl!



Easter, chicks, and car

We have been so busy! Happy late Easter, everyone. Hope it was great! Ours was relatively uneventful, in not the greatest way. We didn’t really have any Easter festivities, but it was rather nice.


Saturday we bought a new car! Well, let me start at the beginning …. Friday we sold my pilot. We had our hearts set on a Honda odyssey, but they’re so high in cost for one with few miles on it (but worth it). And you can’t find them with under 40,000 miles, usually. So we’ve been looking up more online about our options, such as taking the time to read the Honda Vezel Review at Vin’s amongst others. We listed my car about 6 weeks ago on craigslist, which is also how we sold my pre-baby car, and have been shopping around ever since. We planned on doing some serious shopping Saturday morning, because we have one free weekend and then we needed a car for traveling to louisiana for our nephews first bday.


In hot springs your car lots are limited and usually overpriced (thank you old people community). We had decided we would probably settle for a chryselr town and country, but I just couldn’t bring myself to settle for one mainly because of all the features … I’m not a fan of the touch screen, the DVD system, or tiny stow and go seats. I guess they’re great for some families, but we can use my iPad for movies in the car, plug the zune into the aux outlet for TONS of music, and don’t need a touch screen to replace in a few years. My friend told me that he recently had a car crash because of his touch screen, or so he tells me. He went on to tell me that he learned a lot from personal injury law firms so he could make a more informed decision of how to go forward but I digree. We aren’t people who keep a car note, so it’s not like we will just trade this car in after 2 years. It’s something we plan to drive, payoff early, and then sell ourselves when we have other needs. So for us, a Honda is most practical. And I sorta have a big crush on Hondas. My pilot was the greatest car ever, out towed Jtoms truck on more than one occasion, and was so practical and simple. That’s what I like. I’m not a gadget or technology freak; as a matter of fact, when driving the town and country with the touch screen (which was standard on all models) I felt very overwhelmed and anxious. Ridiculous I know, but there was so much happening right there, it was like “how am I supposed to focus on driving with that thing blaring at me?!” It scared me to change the station …

Easter 2012



Anyways, JTom found a Honda in Sherwood, a bit over an hour from here, with few miles and a great price. When we got there, they had it! We tested it, made an offer, and 3 hours later walked out with drove away in, a family friendly Honda Odyssey. I’m not a car person. Or a material person, really. Maybe it’s because my dad was a mechanic, but a car needs to fit my needs and get me places. That’s all. There are a few things, like automatic doors, that fit my needs 🙂 only because I want them to. But although I could care less about pretty new things, I’m very excited about our new van. It only has 20,000 miles, which for a Honda is like pulling it off the show room floor, brand new. It was owned by an old lady who traded it in for a new one (we found out after the purchase) and doesn’t even look like the inside has been sat in. Lexie and I took it to the Y and kroger this morning. We both enjoyed the ride. Oh, speaking of the ride, it’s so much smoother than my pilot’s ride. The pilot was an SUV and had a suspension for an SUV. The Odyssey is amazing- and it has as much horsepower as my pilot. If you know how I drive, you know I need the get-up-and-go ability. =) JTom is enjoying it as much as I am, and we “argue” over who is driving now .. that has to say something (though I’m not sure what!).


After our adventures Saturday morning, we had Easter dinner Saturday afternoon. Lexie and I were supposed to dye eggs Saturday, but we didn’t get the chance, so we will this afternoon. And lexie didn’t get her Easter basket yet because we didn’t really do the egg thing, so she will get that today as well! Whew, we are only a day behind, give me a break!












week old chicks











The chicks are doing great! Oh yes, I may not have mentioned on here, we got our baby chicks! They’re so cute and sweet. I lost one Friday night, but that is to be expected. They’re very easily stressed and it’s typical that you lose one or two. So far the rest are healthy and bouncy.

Ginger

peek a boo

sleepy baby





I am now 19 weeks pregnant. Baby is kicking like crazy. I feel it all the time-rolling, kicking, tickling. We have our anatomy ultrasound next Wednesday and will find out the gender with our family and friends on Saturday! Exciting stuff.

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