May 4, 2015

my weekly to-dos...

I did a great deal of solo-parenting during this past week, since my husband was busy working with a local film festival (which he's done for quite a few years now!). I used to dread this week when Eisley was younger, because she was much more of a handful. Although I was extremely worn by the end of each day, we kept very busy, had a lot of fun, and she also seems to have magically reacquired her love of napping. (Perfect timing, I'll say.)

Long story short: I'm glad to have my husband back, but I'm also grateful for the reminder that I can totally handle a week by myself with Eisley without losing my marbles.

Other than that, we had some time with a bit of Jay's family while they were in town, which is always a treat! The day before they left, Eisley walked out of the bedroom first thing after waking up, Snow White tiara on her head, scowl on her face, saying, "I miss grandma." Me, too, kid. Me, too.

Here's a look at last week's goals:
Last week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Complete daily "school" worksheets with Eisley
 — Finish compiling info for monthly budget
 — Try one new recipe
 — Deep clean/organize something

Self
 — Finish one eBook and one "real" book (finished First Frost which was so, so good!)
 — Do one thing to treat myself (buying myself Starbucks this weekend totally counts)
 — Work on clearing email inbox

Creativity & Blogging
 — Work on Eisley's baby book and newborn albums
 — Brainstorm post ideas for May

Miscellany
 — Send one piece of snail mail

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My OB office sent me to urgent care this week to get my glucose tolerance test, which I find highly irrational. Send a pregnant lady to a germ-infested building where I'm forced to sit in a room filled with sniffling, coughing people. Ah, well—I don't make the rules. I just get to pound a orange-flavored sugar drink in 3 minutes flat at 8AM on a Saturday. My reward? A caramel macchiato on the way home. I don't buy overpriced coffee often, but there are days that it is required.

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Over the past week, I actually almost completed Eisley's birth album, which will include my pregnancy, a few stories (how we came up with her name, her birth story, etc.), maternity photos, and some of our favorite shots from her newborn days. It is such a relief to get something like this started! It's a project that I've clearly put off entirely too long, thinking it would be too overwhelming. But once I sat down and started, it wasn't bad at all. It's kind of been a joy to go back through all these photos and stories that feel like forever ago. (And I also love how easily customizable the albums are from Shutterfly!) I'll be sure to share the completed album once it's in my hot little hands!

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One lesson I've learned this year is that the only way I can blog during this season of life is to be organized. No more impulsive blogging over here! I've loved finding my groove, so to speak, and have found it helpful to use my white board to jot down post ideas and other notes. I'm able to see what's in progress, what is completed, and what's coming up. Blogging finally feels like the creative outlet it used to be for me—even though the way I post has changed throughout the years.

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This week I discovered that overnight oats are my jam. Tomorrow I'll post the recipes I've tried and a few that are on my list to try! Stay tuned, folks.

And here is my list for the week ahead:
This week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Try one new from-scratch recipe (I have my eyes on this slow cooker marinara)
 — Deep clean/organize something
 — Focus on letters with Eisley

Self
 — Finish one eBook and one "real" book
 — Wake up before Eisley at least 5 days this week
 — Buy new pajamas (because it's been years and clearly I'm cheap and lazy)

Creativity & Blogging
 — Work on one DIY project
 — Finish/order Eisley's newborn album

Miscellany
 — Send one piece of snail mail
 — Continue rental search (AHHH, MY BRAIN!)

I hope everyone's week starts off quite nicely. Happy Monday!

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2 comments :

  1. I need a whiteboard like that (when we move - hopefully soon! How's your home hunt going?), I'll have an extra room for all things creative... OH YES I WILL :)

    I am looking forward to your oats-post tomorrow! :)

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  2. I love that you're using Shutterfly for your baby books! I should do that! I've been saving pictures/blog posts/miscellaneous items for the past 5 years but have yet to assemble a scrapbook of any sort for my son. Or my daughter, come to think of it! Shutterfly would make things so much easier :)

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