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Weeks Three and Four (I can do that, right?)

These days have just been wild!  I’m not sure I’ll complete my #3in30 goals this month- I may just have to carry over into January. The upside: my mobile office is complete & my organizational post is ready to publish next month.   The downside: I have not even begun to type my homeschool scriptures.

This verse has been especially encouraging to me lately.  I hope it blesses you too.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Psalm 31:24

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Week Two – Status

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Am I the only one feeling like there are not enough hours in the day? By the way, I still dream about having a Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons.  Could it really be that hard? Really? (Yes, Honey Hubby Wonderful Man this is a hint…)

Oh yeah: progress. Maybe I should have made getting the Christmas presents made/purchased one of my goals.  I’ve not bought ONE bless-ed thing.  Nope- not one. I’m usually so on top of that. I have been busy, though.  We’ve been camping, decorating, playdates…and working on my #3in30 goals.  Here’s my status:

  1. Typed List of Homeschool Scriptures – not yet started
  2. Organizational Post – working on this one. I’ve compiled ideas of what to include, taken pictures, edited pictures, and have rough draft started
  3. Create Mobile Office – DONE! I’ll share more about it in the organizational post.  Wanna sneak peek? Here ya go:
Idea from http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/

I’m wishing y’all #3in30 blessings and holiday cheer from my cozy, comfy Big Chair in front of the fire (so better than the office I had wanted and stressed over, silly me).

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I am LOVING October!  Cool(er) weather, leaves turning colors, prelude to the holidays…what’s not to love? I’m getting things done: reading my inspirational book and continuing to decorate for fall.                  

               

                 

While I haven’t penciled in the time on my calendar, I have found some time to blog.  I’d rather have a set time every week, but when?  So far I’ve been utilizing family TV time to hop on my mini laptop.

What’s on your October agenda? Thanks, #3in30 Gals for keeping me on my toes!  Look out, I’m watching you too 🙂

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October Goals

For my October goals, I have chosen:
1.  Read one inspirational book (Relationship with God)
2.  Establish a blog posting/ writing routine (Social Media)
3.  Decorate for Fall (Home/Organization)

I have already completed one goal!  What, you’re not applauding? I’ve put out our fall decorations with the exception of the turkey things.  I’ll put those out next month closer to Thanksgiving.  So far we have a few table decorations, window clings, a couple of mantle pieces, and I added a few pumpkins to the year round table center piece.

I don’t really do a whole lot of seasonal decorating outside of Christmas.  I don’t know why…maybe because my family never did.  We always had a Christmas tree, of course.  Now that I’m a mom, I’ll have to do better!  I think my son and husband appreciate it- so that motivates me.  I enjoy making seasonal crafts with my DS4.  I’m sure we’ll get more elaborate with the decorations as he gets older.

Silk Leaves

 

Pumpkinized Centerpiece
Living Room Mantle

Sun Porch Window Cling

It’s fun getting back into the #3in30 habit!  How are you doing with your goals?  I love seeing everyone’s progress.  It’s encouraging to me that we all have so many similar goals.  Great minds think alike, right?  Keep up the good work, Ladies. #3in30 Blessings to you!

(You know, I really did want applause- just a little.)
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September just flew by.  Did anyone else notice?  This month has been especially busy for us.  We’ve been getting back in the homeschooling groove and had a beach vacation.  Although my vacation has nothing to do with the challenge (or this post),  I know you are just screaming for beach photos. I wouldn’t want to disappoint – here’s a shot or two:

Blue Crab
Snack Time

I am proud to say that I accomplished two of my three goals.  Notice how I put a positive spin on that?  It’s all about attitude, Baby. I created a home management journal.  I may do a post on it with links to the pages I used.  Want to see it?

Front Cover

Calendar Pages

Scripture Confession Pages
And I tackled the over flowing stack of magazines and catalogs.  Now it’s down to three that we are actually using.  Here’s a before and after:
Before

   

After

How did you do in September?  Are you thinking about your October goals?  I am!  One of my Home/Organization goals is to get out the fall decorations.  You know, sometime before the actual day of Thanksgiving!  Here’s a sneak peek:

See you next time…

Three in Thirty – Back in the Game

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a #3in30 post.  I’ve been busy, getting things done, and doing the dailies.  I just haven’t  been goal setting (more like list making).  Buuuuuuuuuuut I’m back in the game now so here are my goals:
     1. (God Category) Read one inspirational book. Yes, I know.  This was a previous (unfinished) goal.  It didn’t work out. After my evening Bible time, I fall asleep.  Any suggestions?
     2. (Social Media Category) Empty the dining room of the 2 foot stack of magazines and catalogs. Really, this has nothing to do with social media.  Read about my blogger envy confession. Let’s just say I’ve got some commitment issues.  Maybe next month I’ll set and stick to a blogging schedule.  Don’t hold your breath, though.
     3. (Get Organized) Create a Home Management Binder.  I’ve actually completed this one.  It was a nightmare!  I printed all my lists and pages. I made and laminated front and back covers.  I took it to the local office supply/ print shop for binding and they RUINED it.  I had to start all over and you know what? They ruined it again!  Hours upon hours of work, costly paper, and precious printer ink made me want to cry. My wonderful, gallant, and always to the rescue husband offered to beat up the staff but I opted for buying a binding machine instead.  Much better for all involved, wouldn’t you say?  We have only one office supply store and I can’t afford to burn bridges with all the homeschooling supplies I need. (I did kinda’ want to show them my finished binder, though. Rub their noses in it.  I was successful on the first attempt! So easy. Alas, the love of Christ constrains me- after quite a bit of prayer.)

I can’t wait to link up and read about your goals/progress.  I always find encouragement, humor, and tons of great ideas! Let me know how you read in bed without crashing.

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Our New Curriculum

Back to school time is so exciting! I love shopping for school supplies.  Ah the feel of new pens, new folders, and the smell of crayons.  Heaven.  Yeah- I’m nerdy like that.  This year we are doing a Preschool Review through the end of the year.  We will start Kindergarten in January.  My son just turned four.  I figured rather than have two years of one and one year of the other, I could do a year and a half of each.  This way we can go slowly.  You know – let it sink in.  We have short days and take frequent breaks.  We took some time off this summer.  I doubt I will do that again because he just “lost” too much.

For finishing the year, we will continue to use a combination of Letter of the Week and Joyful Heart. These two programs have provided a great learning experience- for both of us!  I’ve posted before on how much I like both of them. He’s having a great time.  I’m not to thrilled with all the prep, though.

Sure I know its a part of the job- I just wished I would have invested in printer ink stocks.  Man are we going through the cartridges!  In the last year alone, I’ve spent over  $400 in just ink and paper.  That just stinks, People.  Stinks!

Well, that got me thinking (and crying).  If I’m going to spend that much I may as well invest in a more “turn key” curriculum for Kindergarten.  After much research I decided on Little Hearts For His Glory by Heart of Dakota Publishing.

I was amazed at how many books came with the package.  It was VERY reasonably priced too!  I just squealed opening the box when it came in.  This curriculum is awesome!  Very little prep work involved.  Thanks to the teacher’s guide I don’t even have to write out lesson plans.  How cool is that?!

I’m confident that this will be a great Kindergarten experience.  I will enjoy being able to “school” during the day and spend my evenings relaxing with my family more.
 Less work + more fun = happy mom!

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For week three encouragement, I offer two of my favorite Bible confessions:

I commit my ways unto the Lord; I trust in Him & He brings them to pass. (Ps 37:5)
In Christ I always triumph. (2 Cor 2:14)
I’ve completed the dreaded storage food container cabinet.  Yippee! Having checked that off my list I certainly feel triumphant! I hope you’re progressing and having fun with your goals this month.  One more week- WE CAN DO IT !

Three in Thirty

For week three encouragement, I offer two of my favorite Bible confessions:

I commit my ways unto the Lord; I trust in Him & He brings them to pass. (Ps 37:5)
In Christ I always triumph. (2 Cor 2:14)
I’ve completed the dreaded storage food container cabinet.  Yippee! Having checked that off my list I certainly feel triumphant! I hope you’re progressing and having fun with your goals this month.  One more week- WE CAN DO IT !