Category Archives: Living Life Lazily

Lost? #adhd

I would very much like to share some cute pictures and updates on how our first week and a half of homeschool went. However… I have misplaced my camera’s battery charger and my camera is dead so I can’t upload them.

I’m also missing our rechargeable battery charger if anyone has seen that…?

One other thing, it is apparent that I’ve lost my marbles. I’ll be hunting for them under the couch and behind the dresser as I attempt to locate miscellaneous battery chargers.

All a day in the life of an adhd mind, I tell you.

Time flies when you’re having fun…

40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

Unfortunately, this summer has been really, really long!

No, it hasn’t been that bad. It certainly hasn’t been our best summer (remember when I did summer school that one time?) but it could be worse (remember last summer when I didn’t have a car or the internet?) I guess you could sum it up neatly by saying this is your run-of-the-mill, average summer. Four kids sure take a lot of time and all of your energy.

Here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to, since I obviously haven’t been blogging about it.

  1. Keeping the house cleanish. Really! The kids and I did an intense panic clean (for a home inspection) and we’ve done a moderate job at keeping it up. Kind of a miracle. I’m slowly seeing the piles start, well, piling up again. Sigh.
  2. Quilting. I made a quilt! It’s the kind of quilt that really deserves its own post, but here’s a sneak peek:

    40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

    40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

  3. Feeding four kids. This deserves its own spot on the list because hello, that’s hard work. Especially when you take into consideration that grocery shopping often involves four children.
  4. Homeschool obsessing. I’m gearing up for the new year, and I’m hoping this next year will be far more successful than last. I should really do a “wrap up” post on the previous year. We’ll see.
  5. Homeschool shopping. Online shopping mostly because a) I like to buy used when I can, b) I don’t have any homeschool stores here and c) retail shopping involves four children.
  6. Quilt obsessing. I’m constantly designing quilts in my head, though most days I don’t even break out the sewing machine. Most days, my dining room table isn’t clean enough to break out the sewing machine, let alone put fabric on it. I have high hopes for a sewing room one day.
  7. Fabric shopping. Or at least a lot of fabric window shopping online.
  8. There seems to be a strong “shopping” theme in this list, did you notice?
  9. House shopping. (Yes, more shopping! I get bored, okay?) And yes, I said house shopping. Nothing official yet, but we’re hoping to move soon, and it is looking like that might actually happen.
  10. Raised caterpillars and released butterflies! (We used this awesome kit!–affiliate link)
  11. Going to Seven Peaks, parks, a splash pad, and other kid-fun type activities. Not too much of that, I wouldn’t want my kids expecting fun on a regular basis!

What have you been up to this summer? Has your summer flown by, or is it dragging just a leeeetle bit now that it’s August?

Psst… it’s almost my birthday! Come back soon for a freebie!

Creating a Morning Routine {My Attempt}

If you’ve been following along on Facebook, you know that I’ve been attempting to establish a morning routine, one itty bitty baby step at a time. This week I’ve been focusing on simply getting dressed by 9 a.m.

{I know many of you are out the door by 9 a.m. and are rolling your eyes. However, I think most would agree when you have no place to go (as I usually don’t in the morning), it can be difficult to get up and get going without an established routine.}

Morning Routine

I’ve been doing very well in my super simple “routine” and have gotten dressed by 9 a.m each day. This routine is so simple it doesn’t include hair, makeup, shoes, or dressing my children. Even as simple as it has been, I’ve noticed a small change in my daily productivity. I’m less likely to lounge around in bed for hours when I’m wearing pants with a waistband!

I’ve been mulling over what to add next to my incredibly easy routine. If I jump in with too much, the whole thing is shot, I promise you that. I need to decide the next baby step to keep up my momentum without overwhelming myself. I’ve thought about adding hair (and or makeup), reading scriptures before dressing (if you’re following along, this could be your personal meditation/journaling time as well), making my bed, or perhaps something else?

As I’m deciding to do what’s next, I’ve found a few helpful blog posts on establishing morning routines. Here are a few that I enjoyed:

From the Modern Alternative Mama, I found a post on creating a routine that works. Hers includes writing up a “Not To Do” list, which she explains:

The purpose of this quick little assessment is not to create a ‘TO DO’ list. Its sole purpose is to create a ‘NOT TO DO’ list. If I need to wash the diapers I will not try to wash the bedding. If my husband needs clean work clothes I will not wash towels. If I need to make phone calls or write emails I will not spend the morning on facebook or pinterest. If I have plans to do school lessons with the children I will not take the morning to start a sewing project.

In Get Simplifized, she mentions specific concepts to consider while brainstorming your routine, as well as offers some ideas for getting started.

I also really liked The Inspired Room’s 5 Minute Morning Routine. 5 minutes? I can do 5 minutes! She breaks it down short and sweet, and it seems like a great approach to creating a non-overwhelming routine for yourself. (She also links to a post in which she explains how she keeps her house “clean enough” that I absolutely love.)

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about FlyLady while sharing blog posts about morning routines! FlyLady is the Queen of Routine (a title I just made up but I’m sure she would gladly accept). I’ve done FlyLady consistently for about 6 weeks. I understand that I failed because while she cautions over and over to baby step your way to clean, I’m not generally a baby step kind of person. There were a few things that confused me about her system, but while I used it, my house stayed cleaner than it has ever been–before, or since! I’m hoping that creating my morning routine baby baby step at a time, I’ll be closer to being able to “FLY” and successfully follow along some variation of her system.

If you’re following along–or if you’re a master of routine yourself–what’s the next baby step I should add into my day?

7- No, 8!- Things I Want You To Know.

Long time no see. There’s been a lot going on. Life and stuff. I may have forgotten I have a blog. Just for a tiny bit. Can’t promise that’s been remedied. Going to give you an update, list style. Here we go.

  1. My baby girl turned three. I’m not a fan of her getting big (she was the best two year old ever, I kinda just want to squish all that cuteness down and stay all squishy and hilarious and little forever). If she gets big, I have no baby. Then I might want a baby. I DO NOT WANT A BABY. I DO NOT WANT A BABY.
  2. I mopped my floor today. Serious sanitizing style. We have been sick, sick, sick. By the time everyone has been sick, we all get sick with something else. Much more sanitizing to be done. Maybe.
  3. I made a quilt. I finished it on my daughter’s birthday. Tutorial coming soon, probably, perhaps, because I’m so stinking proud of this quilt. It’s ridiculous in its cuteness, much like its intended recipient.
  4. Playdates. Not a fan. I feel like once the friend is six or older, I have to totally clean my house because obviously everyone has a cleaner house than I do. Heaven forbid those six year olds find out.
  5. Still quilting! In fact, it’s way more fun to look on flickr at all the amazingly gorgeous quilts than… well, pretty much anything. Like cleaning. Parenting. Blogging. It can’t be helped, there are thousands of them and I must see them all!
  6. There’s a fine line between dirty and disgusting. My bedroom has offically crossed that line and my husband is pleading with me to clean it while he works 60 hours a day. Doesn’t he know I have quilts to look at and create?!
  7. Did you really think I was going to post a picture of my bedroom in its disgusting state? No way. That would be too too too embarrassing.
  8. I think I broke my tablet. Apparently it’s not meant to be used for fanning my face after a mopping spree. Crap.

Huh. There are seven eight things on that list. That’s pretty random.

The end.

Boring post about boring things and being bored and boredom.

Hours ago, I walked allllllll the way downstairs with the intent to post a blog. (So lazy of late!) I had a few ideas of what I wanted to work on, and my new to-do list app kindly reminded me to write a post. Naturally, I spent the next hour googling quilt ideas and imagining a blog redesign.

I’ve wanted to redesign my blog for awhile now. The ‘look’ I have is just over a year old, but as I designed it in 2011, I was googling virtually every single thing I wanted to change. (Font change–google, read, get distracted, regoogle, read, apply font change. Font color change–google, read, get distracted… you get it.) While I like the look I have okay, I feel less and less like it’s “me.”

My other big time waster (hey, at least I can admit it!) is online window shopping for quilt fabric. I haven’t quilted since Rebecca’s quilt in May last year. Fabric is expensive, and unless I have a justifiable excuse, ie a birthday, then it doesn’t hit my “must buy” list. Everyone has priorities, and for the last yearish, mine has not been fabric. My friend has been bitten by the quilting bug again, and you know how these things go around… why is there no quilting vaccine, hmm? My husband would be richer for it. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve seen a few of the designs I’ve been pinning–and pining after!

I think the bottom line is that I am bored. B-O-R-E-D bored. <Sorry to be like your kids, there. I know how much you hate it when they say that.> I need change. I need excitement. For heaven’s sake, I need a way to spend my time beyond wiping dirty faces and {not} wiping the dirty counters. I blame this boredom on January, and the foot of snow that can’t melt in the 0 degree (F) temps we’ve been having around here.

Ooh, side note, I’m totally (finally) on instagram now, and filling my lovely boring days with pictures of things minutely entertaining. Join me!)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some web design concepts to google, and some quilts to pin!

Are you struggling with cabin fever too? Are you dying for change or are you craving a little boredom yourself right now?

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