Weekly Review

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I’m a planner girl, and I’m trying to make sure that my planning process is as effective as it can be. This is new for me, but I’m going to try to do a little weekly review for myself and for you so that all of my planning efforts can come together and really work for me.

When your friends send you memes like this… I’m not sure if they’re saying I need it or are looking to me for the solution. Either way – it gave me a pretty good laugh this week!

Our Homeschool –
This week was our first week of this homeschool term. We do Sabbath-schooling, which means we do six weeks of schooling and then have a break week. Sometimes this means that we school longer than public schools do to get our required number of days in, but I really love the flexibility it gives us. It allows me to plan more often instead of once and done for the year. I love love love planning, so this is more enjoyable for me. It’s the every day consistency that is my difficulty, but we’re getting better at that one too.

Lawson requested to learn how to type so we added that in this term. I’m not sure yet if this is the best age for it or if we will have success there, but we’re giving it a try. I want to honor his academic requests of what he wants to learn as much as I can to make homeschooling more enjoyable for him. I need all the help I can get there!

Day by Day-
My mom came for a visit on Monday. My kids enjoyed an adventure with Nana out of the house after bedtime to Walmart for fun snacks and light-up spiders and swords. They tried to have a popcorn party and watch a movie, but they couldn’t find the remote. #RealLife We loved having Nana join us this week. She helped Lawson with some of his homeschooling on Tuesday. We picked Linkin up from preschool and went to have lunch at Pizza Inn for a fun treat before we played at the park! She brought Layten a Cozy Coupe car, and the boys loved pushing her in it around the neighborhood.

I took the family to the Crossfit box on Tuesday afternoon and got a little tire-flipping/rowing workout in as well as some back squats.

On Wednesday we joined Daddy at the box again at lunch time, and he had a gym full! It was one of those wods where you add on another round if you complete the one before it in the allotted time. It’s like a bonus because your score will be better,but you lose your rest time the longer you take doing the movements. I reached a mental block at the end of round 3, and was thinking, “I don’t want to finish this round because I don’t want to have to do it again.” Crossfit is hard. That is all. I still got in a good workout in though, and I’m happy with that. I will crush it on re-test week.

Thursday was a crazy day for me. I’m trying to see if I can stretch our grocery budget a little further. We are spending SO MUCH on groceries lately, and I know this is only the beginning. (We will have two teenage boys as soon as I blink my eyes!) We buy groceries. And we eat them. All of them. Between keeping up with meal-prepping and macronutrients and fueling the bodies for their Crossfit training sessions and keeping up with now three littles who love to eat and snack… it’s not going as far as I’d like. This mama has tried to enforce some discipline (or control them, cough cough) with the snacks and meals. I’ve rationed out snacks and portioned our meals. I decided I couldn’t go one more day without grocery shopping, so I had to figure out where to fit that in our daily plan between preschool drop off and pick up, baby’s naps, homeschooling, and Daddy’s training and class schedule. We made it work, but it meant skipping homeschool co-op to meal-prep and re-focus. I took some time to “introvert” while my boys had some screen-time. Basically, another Mental Health Day for me. I’ve needed a lot of those lately.
**If you guys have any solutions for stretching the grocery budget, be sure to let me know.

Thursday eveninig Papa spent the night with us since the boys have been begging him to since the Spring when they got their new bunk beds. For breakfast, I tested my Homemade Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls on him for the party next week (Our Little Pumpkin is Turning One!). I made a batch for breakfast and to share, and a batch for the freezer. Grinding wheat for flour, refrigerating dough overnight, and assembling the rolls takes time so I’m trying to elimnate some of that time before a brunch/birthday party next weekend.

I pulled down boxes from our attic storage on Friday…. hand-me-down 3T Fall clothes & shoes for Linkin, a few Fall things for Lawson from last year, and toys to switch out. I grabbed the Melissa & Doug Pots and Pans and the Mega Blocks for Layten, and the wooden Melissa & Doug cars, trucks, airplane, and parking garage for the boys. In turn, I stored away some of the toys from their room. I’m thinking of maybe rotating this toy box out once a month or so to keep them interested in their toys, but not having so many out that they don’t clean up or play with them at all. I also put away some of the baby toys, baby clothes, and baby accessories we aren’t needing anymore right now. It feels good to get things shifted around, but now I’m washing all those clothes so it’s another load for me this weekend. It’s okay though – if something (screens) or someone will watch my kids, I’ll turn on a podcast and knock out all that folding!

This Week’s Posts:
How My View of Food Changed

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This Week’s Favorite Social Media Post:
I keep reading that successful people wake up early and get more productive work done before most people even step into work. However, the times they list as “early” didn’t really seem that early to me 5:45 or 6am. I personally think 5am is “early”, and I was surprised to find that many of you wake up this early or earlier for various reasons. I followed up this question by asking another question – how you you spend your “Wake-up-early” time in the mornings? This is all just me looking to better myself and grow personally – not a knock on anyone who does things differently. I’m finding that as a stay-at-home mom of three little ones, I don’t have much time to do focused work, but I don’t want to use this as an excuse to never do any of the focused work I need to do. In fact, most of it are things that are necessary like working our budget, making grocery lists, meal-planning, etc. 5am has been my wake-up time for quite some time now. I’ve been really loving having that quiet time to myself to study my Bible, pray, and do whatever else I need to do before my kids wake up and want breakfast. It’s really the only time of the day that I have to myself (since we gave up fighting for nap times around here), so I want to use it wisely. If I sleep in, I miss it. It makes it easier for me to get up and fit that in my day. Writing, for me, takes even longer though, and I want to spend some time every day doing at least some writing. So for two mornings this week, I woke up at 3:30 with Justin. It just so happened that that was the time that Layten woke up to nurse so instead of going back to bed, I just stayed awake and got to work. It was nice in the moment, but I’m not gonna lie – I was strugglin’ later in the day so it’s still up in the air whether I will continue this or not. I may give it another try next week though. And I know 3:30 sounds crazy – especially for a mama who stays at home and doesn’t have to go anywhere. But ya’ll – I’m just crazy enough, that I’ll do that if it works out better for me, and not even look back if it does…so we’ll see how it goes!

Podcasts I Listened to This Week: 
Elevation Church Podcast – How to Find Meaning in Your Mess
Cultivating the Lovely – A God who Makes Up for our Mothering Shortcomings
The Homeschool Solutions Show – How to Find your Homeschooling Joy Again
Simply Convivial – How We Organize Homeschool Stuff
The Homeschool Sanity Show – How to Be a Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 1
The Homeschool Sanity Show – How to Be a Proverbs 31 Homeschool Mom, Part 2

What I’m Reading this Week:
Commonplace Corner – My Favorite Quotes from the Weekly Readings
Knights in Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys by Heather Haupt
“As a mother of boys, one of my goals in parenting is to raise them to be calculated risk-takers… balancing initiative with wisdom. That means we step in and intervene at times, especially if the consequences could be life-threatening. Other times, we stand back and let them try, even if it means they will fail or get physically hurt on a small scale.”

H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle by Brad Lomenick
“Set your standards so high that it may seem impossible to reach them, and stick to it. Be a yardstick by which all others measure their mediocrity.”

“Serving God should elevate our level of excellence in every part of our lives, not lower it. Allow your faith to be the standard that pushes you to greatness.”

“Your twenties establish your seventies. The man of God you want to become when you’re seventy-five is the man of God you’re becoming when you’re twenty-five. The way you start determines how you finish.”

Looking to Next Week! 
Our little pumpkin is turning One! I’ll be planning and preparing for her birthday party this week. I can’t wait to share those photos with you!

Here is a template for you to print to be sure all your planning efforts are working for you:
Stone Soup for Five’s Weekly Review Checklist

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