Monday, July 15, 2013

Homemaker Monday

This week will be a busy one. Clifton only has two more weeks of school left, so the frequency of quizzes, homework, and exams are increasing. Wyatt has a doctor's appointment on Monday and I have an eye doctor appointment on Friday. I am also working on managing my reoccurring postpartum depression by visiting a therapist on Monday and finding a part-time job. Among this busyness are mouths to feed, laundry to clean, and boys to raise. Lord help me.

I start the week off with Happy Homemaker Monday, which is a blogger connection hosted by Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Since homemaking is my day job, it makes sense to have a regular update in which I discuss all things homely.

The Weather:
 After a week of triple digit weather, a cold front has arrived to cool things down. Unfortunately, the cold front came with rain, so my hair is CRAZY. But it is nice to not be constantly running the AC.

Right Now I Am:
 Sitting at the kitchen table taking time to type this Sunday evening in the midst of a million other things to do. But this is one of those things to do, so I'm trying to do it singlemindedly.

 About how tired I am. A mother of a toddler and newborn stays tired, but it does not help that Clif and I partied last night, resulting in a horrible hangover and a lack of appetite that has left me without nutrients all day. Fortunately, I have dinner cooking.

On My Reading Pile:
The Book of Maybe by Allison N. Carmen

On My TV:
 The Pacific
 Into the West

Favorite Blog Post:
 I found a blog for women experiencing postpartum depression called Postpartum Progress. Although I haven't spent nearly enough time on it as I want, it still looks amazing and brings hope to me that I'm not the only mother feeling like crap when I should be feeling like rainbows and unicorns.

Something Fun to Share:
 Owen is learning so many new words! This is such an exciting time for us, to be able to actually communicate with him. Lately, he has learned "cheese" and "bubble."

On the Menu For This Week:
- Clam Chowder
- Chicken and Rice
- Manicotti
- Glazed Pork and Ocra
- Seasoned Roast and Cabbage
- Chicken Enchiladas

On My To-Do List:
- write what's in my purse post
- write schedule post
- write what people search for post
- write quail springs mall post
- sew pillows
- find addresses of former employers

In the Craft Basket:
 The extent of my craftiness lately has been buying Owen a squirt bottle so he can run around the house squirting water at things/himself saying "Sssssssssssssss....." Obviously, not very crafty.

Homemaking Tip:
 Don't ever throw away diaper boxes. Those things are so useful for organizing and can be made "pretty" with a roll of self-adhesive drawer liner paper. It seems like every time I need one, though, I just threw one out. So frustrating! Especially since I discovered that newborn diapers are cheapest in the bag, not box, so only Owen's diapers are bought in a box. Just break down your diaper boxes, put them in the corner of your storage closet, and save them for later.

Looking Forward to This Week:
 I am most looking forward to my eye doctor appointment next Friday, as I will receive a prescription for a pair of glasses and buy a cheap pair online. Since Owen broke my glasses, I have been blind during those times at night when I need to get up with Wyatt. Making a bottle of formula with no vision is very difficult!

Looking Around the House:
 Owen has climbed into my lap, so I am typing this post while fighting his squirming. Wyatt is sitting in his swing, sleeping soundly. My cell phone and a bottle of Coke is beside me. On the stove is a pot of potatoes boiling for mashed potatoes and the slow cooker is cooling off three pounds of a pork shoulder. Owen's toys are strewn across the floor of the living room and the sliding glass door is open, letting in the cool, wet breeze. There are, of course, way too many flies in this house.

From the Camera:

On My Prayer List:
  This week I pray for all of those who are struggling to seek the comfort that prayer can bring to their hearts, for sometimes there is no one else to seek comfort from than the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

Daily Bible Verse:
 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" 27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." 28 And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, 34 and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" 37 He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:25-37

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