‘Tis the season of holiday greetings, joyous occasions and truck loads full of stuff. Last week we talked about reflecting back on your year and doing a mental inventory of things you accomplished, goals you want to continue, and habits you want to change in preparation for 2019. This week I wanted to talk about a taking a physical inventory – what do you have, what do you need and what should you get rid of before it gets replenished at Christmas. Let’s start with clothes – There are a couple of different ways that you can go about cleaning…

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December starts in 4 days. HOW??? I feel like we were just talking about October and fall and yummy soups. And right before that, we were just starting school! Just thinking about it being December is enough to cause a bit of a panic. How about this one: there are only 35 days left in 2018. You’re welcome. December brings about all sorts of emotions: Panic – did I get all the Christmas gifts taken care of yet? Two nephew birthdays, one daughter birthday, anniversary, class parties, teachers’ gifts, PTA overload, etc., etc. Excitement – colder weather, countdown to Christmas,…

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We had a super wet October – record breaking levels of rain for some places, flood stage river levels, Disaster Declaration for some counties…it’s been bad. We also had a random cold front blow through and had 40-45* temperatures for four days toward the end of the month. It is way too early to be having that kind of cold in Central Texas, but I’m hopeful that it means an ACTUAL winter that last more than the usual two or three weeks! All of the weather played perfectly into my menu for last month: we had eight different types of…

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To piggy back off of last week’s post: I am currently undergoing a revamp of how I store all of our holiday décor. We don’t have a lot of storage space in our garage (mostly because, as mentioned, it needs a deep clean and reorganization), so I have been using our “attic”. I put it in quotes because we have approximately four square feet of usable storage area in our attic. Maybe a little bit more, but definitely not enough. We also don’t actually have an attic door / ladder so I have to drag the ladder over and set…

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The next thing I wanted to talk about in the Back-to-School series is the after school process and the idea of ending one day so you can easily begin the next one. What are your kids responsible for when they get home? Who makes lunches the next morning? How do you process papers that need to be signed or reviewed? As most parents know, for the first few days of school you will be signing a never-ending stream of papers. There are release forms and acknowledgement forms and volunteer forms and teacher letters. Once they hit middle school and high…

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I completely failed to write my second post in the “Giving Credit” series because it’s difficult to write about Extreme Youth Leadership for two reasons: 1) because there is zero free time at camp - especially since Monday was camper check in day; and 2) because it has been such a significant part of my life that I don’t know how to reduce it down to one page of easy to read, upbeat history. This year marked my 20th year with this camp. As I mentioned in the last post, in 1998 I attended my first Mother’s Against Drunk Driving…

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Is summer really almost halfway over?! How has that happened?? One of the keys for our family in avoiding the feeling that summer is taking foorrrreeeevvvvveerrrrrrrr is staying busy. Unfortunately, most years, that means that time flies by instead. Before we know it, we’ll be getting our lists ready to go back-to-school shopping! July is always a bittersweet month for us because our oldest two will go to their mother’s house for 42 long days. While it is easier to plan around three schedules instead of five, and it’s less complicated to pack for short trips, it’s going to be…

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Yearly goals have been set. Monthly plans have been detailed. Let’s break it down to the weekly lay out! First thing to do is go back to the calendar that has been updated with any new appointments or events that are going on and plug them into the weekly planning list. There are two different versions included in the download: one that runs on Sunday – Saturday and one that starts on Monday and goes through Sunday. I go back and forth with whether or not I want to start my week and lay out the new schedule starting Sunday…

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At the beginning of every January, sometimes even at the end of December, I like to sit down and plan out the entire year; all of the big events that we know we’re going to have, all of the camps, all of the summer activities, birthdays, any special occasions, etc. that we already know about. These are our priority items that everything else gets scheduled around so it only makes sense that they go onto the calendar first. While I am looking at those calendar items, I also go ahead and set my goals for the year. There are a…

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