September 22, 2014

my weekly to-dos...

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Well, the highlights of the past week would have to be as follows: the weather returning to normal human temperatures (can I get a hallelujah?), getting my hair done on Saturday (and having the whole morning/afternoon to myself!), and finally feeling like early mornings have become somewhat of a habit (I keep waking up naturally around 6AM, which is totally bizarre).

I still struggled a lot with patience, frustration over our maintenance being done on our duplex (so much dust, so much disarray), and general crabbiness. I don't know what it is lately, but I'm constantly on the edge. What's odd is that I've been taking so many steps to avoid losing my temper and to keep myself in check, but whenever I feel like I'm gaining ground, I'm faced with several more out-of-the-blue, in-my-face challenges. It's like how so many people have told me: "Don't ever pray for patience! You don't want to see how you're going to be challenged." It may be more or less tongue in cheek, and I totally hate when people tell me that, but still. It is starting to ring truer than I'd like.

One day at a time, I guess.

There are a lot of wonderful things on the horizon, however, and I'm eager for autumn to truly arrive! Every year is more fun, especially as Eisley gets older and older. I'm ready for pumpkins and all-things-autumn! Come on, scarf weather!

Here's a look at last week's to-do list:

Last week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Plan date night
 — Work on patience with Eisley (that is not to say I was actually patient all the time, but I worked really hard to be intentional about it)
 — Complete workbooks with Eisley 4-5 times
 — Deep clean/organize crafting nook

 — Make it though the week without any additional crabby-lady meltdowns (oops!)
 — Finish reading one book (finished Say Goodbye to Survival Mode which I already want to start reading again, and The Sugar Queen—which ended so perfectly that I actually had goosebumps and fist-pumped the air a little bit)

 — Decide whether or not to continue selling my crafts at local shop (pretty sure I've decided to say goodbye to my humble shelf and focus my energy on other ventures!)
 — Start working on new blog design (used this tutorial to add a drop-down navigation bar below my header!)
 — Research online classes for web design

 — Send one piece of snail mail

And here are my new goals for the week ahead:

This week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Plan date night (I'm starting to think this will never happen—man, I wish either set of parents lived closer to us!)
 — Take Eisley somewhere new
 — Decorate for autumn (I don't typically do much, so I think this year it will be fun to challenge myself a bit to be more festive)
 — Try one new recipe

 — Drink only water (and one cup of coffee in the morning!)
 — Finish reading one book
 — Make an appointment I've been putting off for way too long

 — Create one piece of seasonal decor
 — Continue working on new blog layout

 — Send one piece of snail mail

Happy Monday, friends!

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  1. We are going to do some apple stamping to create a fun fall bunting this week to decorate. Thought it would be something you and Eisley might enjoy too :) Have a great week!

    1. That is such a good idea! We've never done that, and Eisley would just love it. Thanks for the idea! :)

  2. Ah, patience. It's a challenging one for me as well. I read the following post a few months back and it really impacted me --

    Although, I hadn't found myself at the same extremes as the author, the fact her words hit me to the core made me realize it was possible I was heading in that direction. I have been trying to make a conscious effort to repeat "Only love today." over and over each time I feel stressed, impatient, and the crabbiness rising up in me. It really has helped. :)

    You're an amazing mama and wife! I love your to-do lists which motivate me to make my own in addition to my boring work ones. Wish I lived close to you and I'd watch Eisley in a heartbeat so you and your hubby could have a date night! I know how important they are and we don't get to have them nearly enough either. Happy Autumn, friend!!

  3. I am so very ready for scarf weather, I even started decorating our apartment for Fall in hopes that the weather cools down and stays that way soon!


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