A Spring Weekend

The weather this weekend was beautiful and we took full advantage of it!

On Saturday we packed a picnic lunch and headed to a local egg hunt. My parents joined us while Tim sold pizza by the slice.

The kids had a great time, but unfortunately once the area started filling up with people I was too busy keeping an eye on the kids to get many photos.

Here are some shots from our picnic.

Then on Sunday, we spent the afternoon at my parent’s home.

Lillian enjoyed the warm breeze on the patio while the kids played in the yard.

Later, Jonathan got a little handy and helped my dad start a new grape arbor.

 

How did you spend your weekend?

Monthly Goals for April

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I love being able to change my goals from month to month. There’s something so freeing about taking stock of where I am, what my family needs, and what I’ll actually have time for each month. However, I’m also learning to let go of goals that end up being unrealistic even if they seemed completely doable only days earlier :)

Here are the goals I chose for the month of April.

Personal

1. Continue to take 5-15 minutes for Bible study each weekday. I’ve finished the book I was reading and haven’t decided on a new book of the Bible, so for now I’ll be reading a chapter from both Psalms and Proverbs each day.

2. Exercise at least 5 days a week. I was cleared for exercise at my appointment last week, so I’m back at it for the month of April. I’ve discovered an indoor walking aerobic series by Leslie Sansone that only takes 15-30 minutes. The older kids can do it with me and it should be something I can continue through my entire pregnancy (and the super hot summer).

I have one DVD from the library now and I’m looking to borrow a couple others from this series before I commit to purchasing one through Amazon. Thankfully, most of the DVDs are less than $10. Right now I’m leaning towards the Walk Away the Pounds Ultimate Collection or the Walk at Home – 5 Day Slim Down – A Mile Each Morning. Has anyone used either of these?

3. Finish reading Praying for Boys and 25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband. I’d love to have time to start a third book, but I’ll be happy if I have time to finish these two.

Marriage

4. Continue to make praying for Tim more of a priority. Tim has a lot on his plate, especially over the next few months, and as busy as I am I can still manage to be a helper by lifting him up in prayer.

Parenting

5. Continue reading at least one chapter of our current read aloud everyday at quiet time. Right now we’re reading a book we all look forward to so this shouldn’t be too difficult.

6. Take time to play outside with the kids at least a few times each week. It’s so easy to let them go out and entertain themselves, but they really like when I get out there and play with them. Thankfully, Tim’s really good at this, but I want them to have memories of me pushing them on the swing, jumping on the trampoline, and playing catch, too.

7. Put into place a more structured chore and consequence system. Tim and I talked over the specifics this past weekend, but we haven’t presented it to the kids yet. Their chores aren’t changing, but they will have a cut off time for completing their responsibilities and there will be specific consequences for not completing chores correctly, on time, and with a happy heart.

8. Make Resurrection CookiesThe kids love this and it’s a great way to help them focus on the true meaning of Easter.

Homeschooling

9. Listen to Emahry and Jonathan read at least 3 sets of word family flashcards each weekday. I typed up and printed some flashcards for the most common word families. The kids love reading through them and “teaching” Eliya and Amelia the word family rhymes.

10. Continue to practice the doubles and doubles +1 facts for math and add in the “makes 10″ pairs. Emahry and Jonathan have the doubles mastered and are really close to knowing the doubles +1 facts, so we’ll be reviewing those with flashcards and fun games as well as adding in the “makes 10″ pairs (2+8, 3+7, etc.)

Homemaking

11. Organize our spring clothing switchThe kids are working with a few transitional outfits right now, but soon we’ll need to put away the winter clothes and get everything out for spring and summer. (Here’s how we sort and store kids clothing that’s not in use.)

12. Sew one flower girl dress. Emahry, Eliya, and Amelia are all flower girls for their uncle’s wedding in August. I’ve already chosen a pattern. Now I need to order the rest of the fabric and make one dress each month in April, May and June, so I won’t be completely stressed out :)

Blogging & Etsy Shop

13. Complete and post the remaining What’s in the Bible flashcards. I still have 5 Parts to finish and I need to proofread the others.

14. Add the links for the rest of the Sight Word Units. I have these completed and just need to take the time to post them.

Have you made any goals for the month of April? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below. If you’ve written about them online, be sure to leave us a link.

March Goals Update

My monthly goals have been a great way for me to break down some goals into smaller chunks and establish some good routines. However, I still have a long way to go :)

Here are the goals I set for March and notes on how I actually did with each one.

Personal

1. Continue to take 5-15 minutes for Bible study each weekday. I’m definitely doing better with this goal, but I need to have a plan in place for when I’m not able to do this first thing in the morning.

2. Exercise at least 2 days a week. A few days into March I had some light bleeding and was diagnosed with Placenta Previa and was told to cut any intense exercise until a follow-up ultrasound. Everything looked fine this past Monday, so now I can get back to this goal.

3. Finish reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and read at least half of Praying for Boys. I met this goal and I’m now about 3/4 of the way through Praying for Boys (which is wonderful).

Marriage

4. Make praying for Tim more of a priority. I’ve been doing well with this goal.

Parenting

5. Continue reading at least one chapter of our current read aloud everyday at naptime /quiet time. I read at naptime about 5 days a week, so I could do a little better with this.

6. Finish memorize Philippians 2:14 & 15 and Philippians 2:3-4 as a family. We have both of these memorized.

7. Focus on training the kids to “talk sweetly” to each other when handling conflicts. We’ve been working on this and will continue to help the kids resolve their own conflicts.

8. Complete 4 activities from A Sense of the ResurrectionWe only finished 2 of these activities. We really enjoyed them, but right now one more thing on my plate is too many. We’ll try again next year.

Homeschooling

9. Continue working through Explode the Code and Mental Math activities at least four days each week. I think we’ve finally solidified this as a normal part of our days.

10. Make time to listen to Emahry read at least a little bit every day. We’ve been having fun with word family flashcards everyday, but we still need to work in reading a short book at least most days.

Homemaking

11. Install Ikea spice rack bookshelves in the kids’ corner of our living room. I’m actually glad I didn’t complete this goal because our new sectional completely covers this space. For now, I’m trying to find another location for the spice racks.

Blogging & Etsy Shop

12. Write at least 8 content pieces for the blog. I wrote 11 posts.

13. Complete at least 2 custom orders for our digital prints shop. I completed five custom orders in March.

Stop by on Monday to read my goals for the month of April (only a week late).

Did you make any progress on your goals last month? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. If you’ve written about them online, be sure to leave us a link.