it's not a race

The weekends seem to be super busy.
I'm not sure with what though since the kids' activities are all during the week.
Maybe it's because I'm at home all day with the kids homeschooling, so I try to cram in all that I need/want to get done into those 2 days that Joe is also home.
Hence, my blog schedule has been a little inconsistent to my liking.

I have another long to-do list for this weekend as next week is twice as busy since we're preparing for a vacation.

I have:

-Halloween bags to sew
-headbands to make
-lesson plans to complete
-to clear off the desk
-laminate some school items
-help J with some sewing lessons to complete a project
-laundry to wash
-take the kids costume shopping, or make their chosen costume
-and on, and on, and on.

It never seems to end, but I'm trying to let some of it go. To not have to race to get the list finished before the end of the day. To just be with the kids even if that means I'm knitting outside in a chair, while they're running around outdoors. To give them time and more attention than in the past. A good reminder to do just that from my favorite blogger.

i want to remember....

Parenting is hard at times.
Parenting is rough some days.
Those good parenting days far outweigh the bad.
So, I want to remember the good in our days.

I want to remember....

-the fun we had doing a rocket science activity for family night instead of watching a movie. Movies are good for some nights, just not every night of the month. :) Tonight, it was bug bingo!

-the kids' inquisitive nature. They way they asked questions, and "got it".

-their excitement over Dad being able to blow up a water bottle with a little baking soda and vinegar.

-that Soph likes to eat. All day long, even when she should be full.

-those days that school is done without horsing around, or grumbling.

-Sophie's focus on putting tiny stickers on a piece of paper at church. That activity kept her busy for 20-30 minutes off and on.

-Joe using his Friday evening to put on a dryer belt instead of relaxing on the couch.

-that Rylan told me "You yelled at me a lot of times, and you didn't say you were sorry." Thankful for kids who call me out when I've done wrong.

-the night I couldn't contain my laughter over Joci's words  "I didn't toot. Maybe the sheets stink."

I want to remember.....that the days are long, but the years are short.

P.S.-Did you miss my other I want to remember posts? See them all here.

evening thoughts


There's laundry hanging down in the basement drying, sticky syrup on the table, a mound of dirty dishes in the sink, and crumbs on the living room rug.
School took far longer than what it should have taken.
Lots of messing around, goofing off, and not listening.
A day with too much yelling and not enough lovin'.
So thankful tomorrow's a new day.
His mercies are new every morning. 

making the most | 1

Making the most with what we have. An attitude of gratitude. Being content.

A favorite, broken flowerpot (courtesy of the movers) repaired with some strong glue.
To hide the crack from view, simply turn the pot around, and place against the house or wall.

A simple fix.

10 months home

It's been ten months since this little girl was placed in our arms!

She had her palate repair surgery this summer. Once she had her surgery, she wasn't afraid to eat. She eats anything and everything. She loves rice, noodles, raspberries, bananas, and so much more.

She will say a few words, like "mama" and "meow, meow".
She will sign more, drink, please, and thank you.
She really will only sign upon request, and when I ask her "What do you need?".
Squealing is her thing right now.

She is a smart, little girl. She is pulling the chairs over to the counter to reach what she wants (i.e. bread, someone else's drink, etc).

She is adventurous.
She lets her dad throw her up in the air, 3 feet or more, and catch her again and again.
She just giggles and giggles.

She loves the cats. She'll chase them around, and snuggle on them. Or, pull their tails. :)

She loves being outdoors. She likes playing on her little slide, and just running around with the kids.

She loves listening to music.
She loves watching Doc McStuffins.

We can't imagine life without her. She is so loved!!!

We love you Soph!

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