On Monday, the forecast was for high temperatures, so the school day was reduced to a half-day instead of a full day. Mentally, this creates a challenge for me because now my Monday has shifted a little, but never fear, I had the weekend to modify so I could keep my Monday ideals. And then...Joshua woke up with complaints of pain in his hands and ankles, and upon taking a close look, his extremities were swollen and his whole body was covered in hives. Off to the doctor we went...he has never had hives before, so we wanted to make sure that's all it was. (That was all it was, so a dose of Claritin and he was back to school). We shifted the rest of our day a little and I was still able to salvage some of my plans.
Considering that it is almost Friday, I'm pleased with the way my new routines have been working.
The food journal:
In junior high, I was obsessed with weight loss. As an eighth grader, I lost 30 pounds, which would have been great if I wouldn't have been 5'7" and started at 125 lbs. That was nearly 25 years ago when the media and society both had less influence than it does today regarding body image. Since then I have not been quite so obsessed, but I admit, my figure isn't what I would like it to be. I'm not suggesting that I have a goal of wearing a size 6, just one to be healthy and fit...and maybe a solid size 10. :) That goal is challenging because of a number of things: busy schedule, lack of organization--refer to busy schedule, way too many unhealthy, convenient options, age, processed foods that mislead one into thinking that it is a healthy choice, age...oh, I already said that, will power. That last one is the kicker! Will power is incredibly challenging when you love to cook and love to eat just as much!
http://www.livestrong.com/ has offered me a different way to journal my daily diet and remind me how quickly things add up, or how easy it is to consume lots of sugars and few protiens, or intake way too much sodium, etc. and it also allowed me to log my runs. I journaled this way for 2 weeks a while back in June/July and then stopped for a while. During those two weeks, my energy level was great, I slept well, and I actually lost about 6 pounds! (Then I went of vacation!)
For three years, I have oohed and awed over the images in the Ballard Designs catalogs (and many others for that matter). Specifically, I have had my eye on an organizational aid--go figure! It is a hanging magazine rack basically, but will be a homework organizing unit (and will also house the school directory, communication envelope, SCRIP forms, etc) After three years of searching for basically the same thing, I'm sure I've spent at least the cost of one of them and not had any success of replicating it, so I finally bit the bullet and clicked "purchase now". I can't wait for them to arrive! The plan is that backpacks will be emptied nightly and folders/homework be deposited into the child-specific pocket, checked, attended to and returned to backpacks the following morning. This way, everything is together and if it is in the pocket, it is Tim's and my responsibility to review them.
Running: Tim is willing to get the kids up and ready solo one morning a week so that I can add an extra run into my routine at a different time of morning. Apparently Mondays are good days to start a chest cold too! I think I'm officially out of that elite bracket of people who never get sick since last
My calendar is hanging neatly on the side of the refrigerator. My daily task list hangs right beside it. There is a sense of order and a resulting peace that accompanies it. I recognize that this particular rountine may be just that for only a short period until something completely disrupts it and I have to modify and start again. We haven't jumped into a task schedule for the kids yet...I'm waiting for the first Monday of September for that! Still thinking on how to modify the previous one to better suit our current dynamics.
Now, as much as summer was enjoyed, I LOVE the fall. I would be sad if I could not experience the change of seasons. I love this weather. (The new-to-me allergies that I'm experiencing could go away now)
AND...Even though things like this are nearly over