Friday, January 30, 2015

New Year Goals update

It is almost the end of January...this month has had its ups and downs, especially with sickies in  the house.  Nick, Sam and Scott are just getting over their colds and hoping that February will be a more healthy month for all.
This year I made some goals and at the end of each month, I will be giving updates on those goals.  Here is January's:

Read Scriptures on a daily basis - I have done pretty good with this one.  There were a couple of days that I didn't read due to being too tired, up with sick kids, etc.  I will try to do better next month.

Keep a journal for the year - I have been writing in a journal, just not on a daily basis.  This goal is one that I have, in the past, not been able to keep up with.  So far, so good.

Work on stress and anxiety - This time of year at work is a bit stressful.  Working on the Town Warrant, placing warrant articles in the correct order, working with new software to input the budget and default budget, generating W2's and 1099's, minutes and the everyday office work all in one week.  To say that I worked on decreasing my stress would not be accurate.  Next month shouldn't bee too bad.

I didn't put anytime aside to learn to crochet or on any of my interests.

Blog more - I did pretty good this month.  Sometimes it was difficult to come up with a subject to write about and on days that I didn't feel like blogging...hey, that's ok.

Goals for the Family:

Better eating habits - we tried.  That is all I can say.  I did make it a point to purchase healthy snacks this month but with the sickies, nothing tasted good and appetites were out of wack.

More outdoor activities - no outside activities this month.  Again, sickies and very cold outside.

Read Scriptures together - Each of us (Nick, Sam, and myself) read individually but not as a family.  This is a goal that hasn't even been worked on.  Will try better for February.

Working together to keep the house clean - A daily list is given to the kids on what they need to do.  Scott and I do our part.  We all can do better with this one.

Finishing the house - Nothing was done this month and I don't expect anything to really start up until spring.

So looking back on January, I did pretty good with my goals and the family did better than I expected.

Have you set any goals for 2015? 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

tbt

Our house project that started in 2008.  This picture is of one of the bathrooms that will hopefully be finished this year. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day

Today, a big snow storm hit the New England coast and inland.  The coastal areas received quite a bit of snow and the inland...well, we got some, not sure how much due to the wind, around 12" if that.
The office I work in closed down for the day and so our snow day consisted of...

Regular lesson day for the kids
Spent some quality time with Nick and Sam
Took care of Scott (nasty cold)
Took care of the chickens
Made some ginger snaps
Watched a lot of NCIS (love the DVD's)

Back to work tomorrow...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Visitors

Tonight, we had some visitors over.  They have actually been to our home a few times.  Our visitors are Elder Gassant and Elder Platt.  These missionaries are serving in our ward and are doing a great job.  It has been an adjustment from having the Sister's over.  The visits are going very well and the kids are having fun.
Tonight's lesson was about the 10 Commandments.  The kids ended up teaching the lesson :)  Thank you Elders for thinking of us and visiting us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's That Time of Year...

...Town political season.  Being an employee of my town, I don't post a lot about what I do nor do I get involved in the politics.  However, I do have to say a few things...

~ I do NOT like this season.  It is the least favorite part of my job.
~ Time-lines are too short.  Especially when you only have about a 5 day window to get everything pulled together.
~ It brings out the worst in people.  Tensions and emotions are running high.
~ Sleepless nights wondering if I filled out all the forms correctly.  This increases my anxiety to levels that I do not like to be in.
~ I stay neutral in all aspects that involve the town.  This is something I do year round.  I have to in order to protect myself and my job.  I am surprised that I do not have a hole in my tongue. 

All I can do is pray that this season passes smoothly without a lot of incidents.  One can only hope.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FHE

Last night, the kids and I had dinner and FHE with Bishop Jones and his family.  We all visited for a while, ate a great healthy dinner and then had FHE.

What is FHE?  Family Home Evening.  Every Monday, most families in the LDS church have a FHE.  It is a way for the family to come together to learn more about our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.  FHE starts with a song, then opening prayer.  A lesson is given and then a game is usually played. Ending FHE is with a good dessert. 

Last night's FHE was about judging/pre-judging people.  We read from the book of Matthew, played 'Family Charades and had brownies for dessert.  I think the kids liked the game the best.  Actually the game was incorporated into the lesson.  Fun all around.

When we left, I asked the kids if they had a great time.  They both said yes until we had to leave.

Glad to know that we are making some good friends and memories with our ward :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Scripture Sunday ~ The Great Commandment

"Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment."  ~ Matthew 22:36-38

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Wrap-up

It has been a while that a Friday Wrap-up has been done and so I thought...what a great way to start the year :)
The kids are back to lessons after taking 3 weeks off.  I have to say that this week went better than I anticipated.  Usually I hear grumbles and whining.  It is safe to say that Nick and Sam were ready to get back to the grindstone of lessons.

Morning Lessons:
  • Copy work - the kids have been practicing their cursive writing by using exercises that I downloaded from the internet.  They work on one sheet a day and I am very pleased with their progress.
  • Spelling - They are using a software program that I bought (Sequential Spelling 2) and working at their own pace.  Nick is starting to get challenged and it shows with his daily lessons.  He is getting a little frustrated but is taking it in stride.  Sam hasn't made any complaints, but I am sure once she gets to Nick's level, she might.  Other than that, all is good.
  • Book of Mormon - Nick and Sam are reading at their own pace and are doing a great job!
  • Reading - Everyday, the kids are to read 1/2 an hour of any book of their choosing.  They are each working on a chapter book.
  • Science - This is something new that started this week.  Both Nick and Sam had a voice in the decision and they are working in 'Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures' (Nick) and 'Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals' (Sam).  They worked on Lesson 1 in their perspective books and did a great job.  
  • Handwriting - Again, this is something new that started this week.  The curriculum that Nick and Sam are using is called 'Jump-In'.  So far, I am very pleased and I think the kids are enjoying this curriculum much better than 'Cover Story'. Less confusing and better to understand.
Evening Lessons:
  • Math - This week, Nick and Sam started Life of Fred: Fractions.  We all do the math together.  I know that the student is supposed to read the chapter and do the problem, but I have found that working together helps each other learn.  I am not that great with fractions, so this is a win-win for all of us.
  • History - we are still working in Mystery of History, Vol 1.  We are half way through quarter 2 and am hoping that we can finish this volume by the end of the 2014/2015 year (end of April).  The kids have been enjoying each lesson.
Besides doing lessons, Nick and Sam also had chores to work on each day.  Once everything was completed, lessons and chores, the kids had free time. They spent it separating legos by color, started building 'Hogwarts', played 'Harry Potter Lego Game', played a few board games ('10 Days through Europe' and 'Doodle Dice'), read, watched a few movies, helped with the chickens, errands with dad, and had fun.

A busy and fun week.  How was yours?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

First Thought of the New Year...

As I was waking up on New Years Day, a thought came to me...I am going to have a teenager this year!  That thought kind of freaked me out.  Where did the time go?  How can my oldest turn 13 this year?  So many things swirling in my head at once.

He will be 13 this year!


Monday, January 5, 2015

New Games

For Christmas, our family received two games. These games were given to us from my sister and brother.  I guess you could say, "Great minds think a like!"

My sister gave us "Doodle Dice".  The object of the game is to collect one card of each color (purple, blue, green, yellow, red and orange).  You roll the dice to match the doodle on the card. Takes about 20 to 30 minutes to play.  Fun for the whole family.

(picture taken from amazon.com)

My brother gave us "10 Days in Europe".  The object of the game is to travel 10 days, making connections by either foot, plane or ship.  You must start in a country and end in a country.  It is easier to explain while playing the game.  Also, this game is a great way to learn geography!  2-4 Players and takes about 30 minutes to play. 

(picture taken form amazon.com)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round." ~ 1 Nephi 10:19

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturdays

First, an update:  Hurricane Nick and Sam has been downgraded to a tropical storm.  Their room has been put back together but not everything is put away where it needs to go.  This is something that will be worked on this next week.

Saturdays are usually filled with errands, laundry, catch-up of things not done, etc.  Today was no exception.  Errands consist of grocery shopping and any other shopping that needs to be done.  Laundry, this has been taken care of by my dear sweet husband :)

Another activity we do on Saturday is visit our local libraries.  We visit two of them almost every week. The first one is here in our little town and the other, our favorite, is in the Town of Canaan.  We have been visiting this library since we moved here back in 2008.  The kids meet up with friends and I get to chat with the librarians.  Fun time for everyone.

The rest of the day is spent doing whatever...Nick is playing his new 'Harry Potter Lego Game' on the computer, Sam helped make cupcakes and made some frosting designs to put on the cupcakes, dad is doing some work on a computer and I am, at this moment, blogging this post.  Later I will do some reading.

This is what our Saturdays usually look like.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Category 5 Hurricane named Nick and Sam

I have no idea how they do it, but it seems like the kids' bedroom gets more and more discombobulated.  Tonight is no exception!!!  I thought hurricanes were caused by tropical storms out on the Atlantic Ocean.  Not in this house.  A hurricane has hit this house by the name of Nick and Sam.  Their bedroom is all over the house and I am hoping that before bedtime, it will look like a tropical beach...nice, calm and peaceful.

On a side note:  I asked the kids to clean their bedroom and the above mentioned happened.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year and New Goals

Happy 2015!!! 

I have been thinking a lot about how to make 2015 a good year for myself and for our family.  I didn't want to make any resolutions because those seem to be broken within a few days after Jan 1st.  So instead of resolutions, I have made some goals for myself as well as for my family. 

My Goals:
  • Read Scriptures on a daily basis.
  • Keep a journal for the year 
  • Work on my stress and anxiety.  
  • Take time to work on my interests (reading, sewing, etc.)
  • Learn how to crochet
  • Blog more
Goals for my family:
  • Better eating habits - more fruits and veggies for snacks and healthier meals.  
  • More outdoor activities - walking, hiking, biking, etc. (weather permitting).  I have noticed the laziness with all members in our family, including me.  
  • Read scriptures together
  • Working together in keeping the house clean
  • Working together to finish building our house and hopefully move in before the year is up.
 I will be posting updates throughout the year.

What are your goals for 2015?