Monday, October 29, 2012

We have a winner!

Congratulations Emma!  You are the winner of the free digital copy of this new book:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Errands, lots of errands


The errand list was long today!  I purposely saved my least favorite errand for last. . .Walmart.  I didn’t need much, just Halloween candy, a few things for kids Halloween parties at school, deodorant, etc.  I made two major mistakes:  

1.  Taking two tired kids in the store that had been troopers through the previous five errands.  

2.  It was lunchtime. 

Shortly after we enter the store Ellie bumped her nose on the side of the cart and cried and cried.  We calmed her down and then Tanner decided he wanted to hold the bag of Halloween candy that she was holding.  It resulted in Tanner getting his face scratched.  I guess you could say Ellie won?  Tanner calmed down and then he found some amazing fire fighter rain boots in his size that he wanted so badly!  (Sorry, he doesn’t go enough places in the rain for me to justify his need for rain boots.) I physically lifted him in the cart and continued on to get the last two items on the list.  Tanner was screaming and saying that I was mean because I wouldn’t get them for his birthday.  A Walmart worker looked at me and said, “I understand.  I have three kids.” 

Oh, the joys of motherhood!  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Organizing Your Time

* This post is a little outdated, it is before I used technology to organize my time.  Here is a video that is a bit more up to date:

Life is busy.  As a mom I sometimes feel overwhelmed by deadlines and tasks.  I also feel responsible for all of the deadlines and tasks that our children have.  (School is harder than it was back in my day!)  In order to organize my time I do a couple of things that make a big difference.

1.    A family calendar-  Our calendar is on the computer.  Justin and I can both add family items on our calendar and they sync together. 

2.    We keep our shopping list on the computer.  Less paper and we both add to it when we think about something we need.  It has a few categories. 
Grocery Store – Sam’s Club – Walmart/ Target – Other

3.    Little Book-  I bought a little notebook at Walmart for $2.97.  I start the day 
with two lists.
Need to do. . .          and          Want to do. . .
Some days I only accomplish a few of the items on my need to do list.  Sometimes I get all of my need to do items done and start working on a project I want to do. 

4.    A place for thoughts.  I can’t tell you home many times I think about this or that 
and jot myself a note on the notebook page that  I am on that day.  
In the evening I sit at the computer and type in things that need to be on the 
calendar or record in my journal something funny that one of the kids has said 
during the day. 

5.    I am always trying to learn and improve.  My birthday is coming up and this year I asked Justin to get me the Mind Organization for Moms program from the Power of Moms website.  I am really excited to learn how to better organize papers and projects. 

Speaking of Power of Moms, they have a new book out that I am reading.  Leave a comment if you are interested in a free digital copy of their new book.  I'll choose a  random winner on Monday, October 29th.  

Easy Chicken and Potatoes (crock-pot recipe)

Easy Chicken with Potatoes
Recipe from Elise Sykes

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ c. Italian salad dressing
1 tsp.  Italian seasoning or mix basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, and garlic powder to equal 1 tsp
½ c. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
4 to 6 med. Potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges or thick slices

Place chicken in bottom of crock-pot.  Sprinkle with half of the Italian dressing, spices, and the grated cheese.  Put the potatoes on top or around the chicken.  Sprinkle with the rest of the dressing, spices and cheese. (I just buy the packets of Italian dressing, make half the packet and sprinkle the rest for the seasoning.) Easy!  Cook on low for about 6-8 hours, or until the chicken is done and potatoes are tender. You can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top before serving.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

General Conference Traditions

General Conference weekend is something that we look forward to.  I try to get laundry and cleaning done so that we can just sit and learn from our church leaders.  We have Bingo sheets for the kids to color in every time they hear a certain topic talked about.  They also love to have a coloring sheet of the apostles that they color in what their tie looks like when they speak.  

We keep the meals simple, but delicious.  

The Monday after General Conference for Family Home Evening we bring our notes and discuss how we can live what we have learned in General Conference.  

Yesterday we were so excited about President Monson's announcement about the change in missionary's age for service.  We are excited that young men can serve at 18 and young women at 19.  

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