I can't believe that I have so badly neglected my blog but it's all with good reason. The past couple of months have been outright crazy for us but things are settling down now. I am slowly returning to my decluttering schedule and have vowed to take at least one bag a week to the Salvation Army. I have given up the pipe dream of having a yard sale and am just determined to get this stuff out of my house!
I am jumping on the SimpleMom Spring Cleaning Week bandwagon and hoping that I can get a lot accomplished. I am still decluttering per Simplify101 and Aby's wonderful workshop. These two projects together should help me get control of my house over the next few weeks!
Ugh, this bug has managed to wipe out myself and my two children. It has also made quite the mess of my Spring Clean that I was trying to accomplish. Things have been put on hold until the sinus pressure in my head lets up and then I will be right back to tackling the cabinets in my kitchen. I haven't lost my resolve gained during the great workshop I participated in but it has definitely taken a backseat for a bit. I do plan on signing up for another of Aby's workshops since this last one was such great motivation.
I still have to get all my receipts from The Grocery Game up so I can share my amazing savings. I will make that a Monday feature so be sure to check back.
Well, I have to say I am loving the workshop I signed up for! Tackled some things that I haven't been able to emotionally do before. Feeling fabulous and trying to keep the momentum going even after hitting a bump.
The very first night of my workshop, my little one got hit with what we think is a very bad cold. He was tested for RSV but we haven't gotten the results back yet. I had already gotten part of the kitchen done, fortunately. But, it put moving on to the next room on hold due to being up all night in a hot, steamy bathroom. I have gotten back on track though and am slowly moving forward.
This is the drawer that until the other night had housed nipples and spouts from Buggy's babyhood. For one emotional reason or another, I was unable to get rid of the items in it even though they could not be used for Bubba. I felt so supported by Aby of Simplify 101 and the workshop that I grabbed my trash bag and just started tossing! It now houses parts for my breast pump and Bubba's bottles. The feeling of satisfaction from that led to cleaning absolutely everything off the face of my fridge and Buggy's cabinet of old sippy cups and the likes. I then went on to decluttered and organize the counters where all of our iPhone/iPod hardware gets plugged in. Pure elation!!
After looking at how much I have/want to accomplish and the limited time I have to do it, I decided to sign up for Simplify 101's "Help! I don't know where do I begin?" workshop. I am hoping it will help me to priortize and begin all of the open items I have. Stay tuned for a review and possible results. Fingers crossed!
It appears Thursday is the day that everything needs to be done! My To Do list for the day, and looking towards the weekend, is growing by the minute. Bubba appears to be going through another growth spurt so he was literally attached to me all night. Lucky Duck got to sleep in until 6:20a this morning but not me, I was up at 4:50a preparing bottles, lunches, clothes, backpacks. It was also a doggie daycare day so that meant leaving the house 15 minutes earlier. It's amazing how that 15 minutes can make such a tremendous difference.
So, as I sit here now, I am going through all the items that are pending and those that need to be started. My closet is still a Work in Progress. My Spring Cleaning Party has yet to begin. Bubba is growing so quickly that I need to get him new socks, onsies, pants...the list goes on! I have also reached the conclusion that I now need to move up to the bigger 9 oz. bottles for Bubba as my pumping sessions are producing more than the little 5 ozer's can hold...yet another sign that he is thriving and will soon be experiencing the wonders of solids.
Ah, solids. I have heard so much about these the past few days. Everyone seems to be under the impression that since Bubba will hit the 4 month mark on Saturday that he will receive his first taste on Saturday night. Not sure why that is since we are doing so well with breastfeeding. I do find myself debating the solid issue a lot though. He shows a few of the "recommended markers" that show solid readiness: mimicing chewing, eyeing my food as I try to eat, lessening of the thrust reflex and ability to hold his head high and steady. I don't know if I'm ready, however. The one thing I am sure of is that I will be making Bubba's baby food. Well, mashing it anyway! I think I will start with banana and avacado. As to when...who knows.
Today is Grocery Store Flyer day!! Such an exciting day as I prepare for another round of the Grocery Game...printing, clipping and organizing coupons, going through the flyers to see what's on sale and what I already have coupons for, counting down to Sunday and the appearance of "The List". Kind of funny that grocery shopping and coupon clipping have become so exciting for me.
A trip to the toy store is in order as Buggy has a birthday party on Saturday. The toy store is one of those places I hate to go but seem to spend a lot of time in now that Buggy is in school.
The nursery definitely needs a little attention too! Once we get his crib up I can begin his bedtime ritual in his room in the rocker with the lights down low and hope that he sleeps nicely all night long.
I am tired just thinking about all the big items on my list so I may just focus on the little stuff for now!
Do you have long laundry lists of things to accomplish this weekend? How do you prioritize?