Scheduling Time During The Summer | Part 1

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I have been lazy this summer (so far, I mean, it’s only mid-June!) But my kids have things to do and places to go (parks and lakes and fishing and camping and and and) so I need to be a little more intentional with my time, making sure that I get all of the grown-up things done, so I can have fun with my kids. 

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading about block scheduling right now – Ali Edwards has a post about this, and it’s how she gets all of her awesome projects done. I know that it’s not a new concept, but it’s new to me. I even have a board on Pinterest just for this. The next step is sitting down and actually figuring out a schedule! I’ll be using Google Calendar (color-coding!) and my inkWELL Press planner.

Stay tuned for my next post – how I put together my schedule – including fun and family time!

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Day In The Life Tips

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Day In The Life is Ali Edwards’ project. You can learn more about it on her blog. 

I am documenting two days this year, since I don’t have the kids every day. I want to focus on routine, but also how things have changed since becoming a one-parent household.

I haven’t had success with documenting an entire day before. I always forget by about noon, and by the time I remember, it’s bedtime and too dark for photos.

This time, I am setting an hourly reminder in my phone, which will tell me to take a photo (either with my phone or my DSLR – really want to use the DSLR as much as possible) and to make a note with what the photo was about and some feelings about the moment.

I’ll be using VSCOcam for editing photos (legacy 04 preset) and the Filmborn app with the PANF black and white preset. For putting together a layout, I will be using the Project Life app, with the Project 52 Fresh Edition. I haven’t decided which template to use (6×8 or 12×12) but it will most likely be 12×12, since I usually take too many photos and can’t leave any out.

Are you joining in on June 20? 

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Day In The Life 2017

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This year, Ali Edwards chose June 20 for A Day In The Life. I am doing two days, since June 20, I won’t have my kids with me. I want to document both – what I do when my kids are with their dad, and when they are home with me. Next week, I will be sharing how I will be using the Project Life app and one of my favorite designer’s kits.
I created a free download of some photos you may want to include in your documenting. You can sign up to receive it here or by clicking the image below!

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Summer Reading Recommendations

I have the hardest time finding good books. I’ve been stuck in a YA paranormal rut forever, but would really like to branch out and start reading “grown-up books”. I’m not a big non-fiction fan, but there are some that seem interesting. So I want to know, what are you reading this summer? What’s on your list? Fiction, non-fiction, any and all genres. Let me know!!

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Little Photographers

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Avery wanted to use my camera yesterday. I was a little nervous, but I think she did fine. She was able to get us in focus, using back-button focus (where you push a little button on the back of the camera to focus, then push the shutter to take the photo.)Beth Hardinger BlogBeth Hardinger BlogBeth Hardinger Blog

As much as I don’t like photos of myself, I know it’s not for me – it’s for me kids. Later on, they will care that I was in the photos with them – not just behind the camera.

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Lauren watched Avery, while Avery experimented with different angles and decided that she wanted to try. It took some practice to find the buttons and press them at the right times, but she did great! She took the photo below, using live view (seeing the scene on the LCD screen, not looking through the viewfinder.) I told her to push the button until the green box was on my face, and then take the photo. I think I’ll let the kids use my camera more often!

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Linking to Good, Random, Fun!

 

Also linking to Saturday Summer Sharefest.

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Steam Engine Park

My kids and I went on vacation this past weekend. We drive down to southern Minnesota, where I grew up. My kids got to sleep in my grandparents’ house, on the floor in the living room, just like I did countless times. We sat on the porch swing every night, until the mosquitoes made us go inside. They got to play in the same backyard as my sister, brother and I did when we were little. I’m getting a little emotional but I realize my grandparents won’t be around forever (the day before we began our trip, my grandpa was injured at work. He’s ok, but it really hits home that life is short!) I’m glad that I could take my kids to see my grandparents, and spend quality time with my family. 

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This park is relatively new. When we played at the Steam Engine Park as kids, all we had for fun was some old swings, really high monkey bars and a rickety bridge. 

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The kids had a great time playing in the rocks and climbing, but they had the most fun with the water. (My grandparents’ town has THE BEST water. I bring home gallons of tap water – it tastes so good!) 

(More to come from our weekend away!)

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Little Things Thursday

I used to participate in this weekly link-up several years ago. I miss blogging and I miss the friendships that were made blog-hopping and commenting on each other’s sites. I hope to get that back one day. This is the beginning. 

Little Things Thursday
I took the kids to see my parents and brother for Memorial Day weekend. We spent the majority of the time out by the campfire, even when it was sprinkling (it did storm once or twice, so we baked and watched movies). The kids absolutely love it there, and I do too, now that I don’t have anxiety and fear hanging over me (more on that some other day). 

As usual, I took way too many photos. Here’s just a few. 

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100 Day Goal

(Mental Health Monday is on a short hiatus, while I work through my divorce.)

100 Day Goal Challenge
Beginning today, I am starting the 100 Day Goal challenge. I think it’s ultimately supposed to be about building a business, but I’m using this challenge to reinvent myself. I’ve been doing a lot of googling and Pinteresting in the past few days, and learned that reinventing yourself is basically starting over. 

A divorce means starting over, in almost everything. So I figured now would be a good a time as any. I’m still making lists and working out details. I know it won’t be a quick process (which is why I have 100 days to get going). I know that I will fail but I will pick myself back up and keep going. I have the motivation to create a better, happier, more fulfilling life for us (me and the kids) and I’m not content anymore to just sit at home and binge Parks and Rec while eating cheetos (although that might happen some days, and I know that’s ok). 

Basically, I need to come up with a new person – the new me. Who I want to be, what I want to look like (weight, hair, clothes), what I want to do with my life. Goals, passions, how I want to act. Right now, I’d like the new me to be completely different than the me right now. 

It’s going to be hard work. Some days, I will feel like quitting. But I need to start living – not just surviving. 

Join in if you want to! (I’ll also be following Day Designer’s 30 Day Habit Challenge, which will fit nicely with the 100 Day Goal.) I’ll be posting progress maybe weekly, maybe a few times a week, depending on how much progress is being made. 

It’s my birthday month (I’ll be 31 on the 25th, which also would have been my 10th wedding anniversary) so I’m determined to make these next weeks count! Happy May!

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Mental Health Monday Week 3

I had therapy last Tuesday. I honestly don’t remember much of what was said. We talked about so many things. Marriage was high up on the topic list. That is a…complicated situation. I don’t even know what’s going on with that right now.

Another huge thing was me making plans for my life – me and my kids – because I haven’t done anything with my life, other than have kids. I haven’t had a purpose other than raising children, and even then, I don’t do that well.

My future path so far for Spring 2017 looks like this:

  • Finish registering for classes
  • Decide if I want to do summer classes 
  • Get some school supplies? 
  • Get the kids to their appts successfully 
  • Better advocate for Lauren’s 4th grade year (IEP meeting in May) 
  • Continue going to my therapist and DOING THE WORK EVEN WHEN IT’S HARD 
  • Keep going to marriage counseling, even though I have to go alone and DO THE WORK EVEN WHEN IT’S HARD 
  • Purge my house of too-small clothes, and unused toys 
  • Read 6 books (photo of them all at the end of the post) 
  • Go to church with the kids on Sundays 
  • Journal more. I miss writing and I need to get back to it. Even if it’s just song lyrics for now (Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE is a GREAT song) 
  • Go to the psychiatrist appt
  • Go to the ARMS appt (easy, because it’s at my house) WIN.

There are probably some more things, and I will update as I think of them but this is it for now.

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One Little Word Update

Hoo boy. This word has been kicking my butt these past few months. COURAGEOUS was the word I chose, in case you missed it. So much has happened lately, and I’ve really needed to dig deep and get things done. This word is pushing me on.

I’ve made appts and gone to personal therapy (and continue to go).

I’ve signed the kids up for summer sports again (ugh).

I’ve made and taken the kids to so many appts I don’t remember what was done or who was seen (but it’s written down somewhere I think.)

I’ve sought out other moms and made plans with them.

I started reading non-fiction books (normally I read YA paranormal books).

I’ve had some hard conversations with myself about what I want for me, and for my kids in the future.

I’ve learned that I can only control ME and my thoughts and actions.

I registered for college (maybe summer, definitely fall). Special Education A.A.S Degree.

I talked to a stranger. Yep. This goes on my list of accomplishments.

I’ve learned that I WANT to make my life better for me and my kids. I have a path, a direction, now and I have a little hope for the future.

I know that this will take a ton of work. And like my therapist says, I WILL fail. But I WILL get back up and try again. I will not let failure defeat me. I deserve better and I am going to be better, do better.

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