Wednesday, June 24, 2009
1. Reduce stress by prioritizing better and not getting bent out of shape if things don't go as planned. No one says I have to do this or do that right now. I can say no. I can put some things off. (Some things I can't.)
2. Cut out refined sugar. This is going to be hard because I love a good cookie, pie, cake or pastry. However, my body does NOT handle sugar well. Despite coming up negative on diabetic and glycemic tests, I do NOT handle sugar well. I get dizzy, I feel dehydrated and thirsty, I crash hard and I get kinda mean. I notice the link more because if my son has too many fruit snacks (which I used to dole out liberally and some family members love giving him) he becomes very whiny, impatient, throws tantrums and generally doesn't act like himself.
3. Amp up the veg. I need more power-house foods, but foods that are easy on the system to digest. Veg and broth, I think. I plan on cutting back on heavier or altered carbs and keeping my dairy intake in check. I don't really believe in eliminating something from my diet (ie...becoming vegetarian or diary-free). I believe in a healthy balance.
4. Echinacea! Garlic! What else is a natural immune-boosting product?
5. I think I might try a different water, too. I drink my tap water which goes through a water softener. Salt. My parents have great water. I think I'll go fill up there.
6. Play with my children. Not only does it help them behave better, but there's a great stress relief in kneading play-doh and coloring or tossing a ball around.
7. Exercise. Nothing too rigorous. But movement is good.
8. Sleep. If I have to give up a favorite TV show or some internet time or even start my day later, it's imparitive that I have enough sleep.
9. Learning to just enjoy things rather than stressing out about getting it done.
10. Learning to ask for and accept help rather than stressing about putting someone out and needing to do it myself.
11. Eliminate stress-triggers such as loud music/TV, political talk shows, newspapers, action movies, etc.
Do you see how many times I listed stress? I think this is key. I can say "no." I can leave early. I can skip out. It's not selfish to do what you need to do to stay healthy.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
For Father's Day I took hubby to the Wildlife Museum and then out to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants on Saturday. He was quite pleased. Sunday, we all went to church where we heard a VERY good sermon on Biblical Fatherhood/Manhood and then we went to visit hubby's daddy who we haven't seen in a dog's age due to conflicting work schedules.
Beep Beep! I have Road Runner now! The local cable company had a 1 year deal and we were able to get Road Runner Lite and Digital Phone for less than what I'm paying for local phone and dial-up! I can speed through the internet now and get things done a lot more quickly. I can visit blogs I've been avoiding because they would take forever to load. I can finally download the many pictures I have stored on my computer to Walmart.com photo center and get hard copies done!! Woo hooooo!!! This is an answer to prayer.
My next big prayers of faith are for a new mattress (our current one is so bad I can barely move when I get up in the morning and often have to sleep either on the sofa or on the window seat in the porch) and a truck for hubby. His current one is too small for our family and really old and is driven every day with prayers that she'll continue. Due to the type of job he does and where we live, hubby needs a truck as opposed to a van or car. Now we just wait for God's timing.
Friday, June 19, 2009
A second break in the rain urged me outside to my own little garden where I harvested plump turnips and chamomile:
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I promised myself that I wouldn't read any books until I finally finished reading the Bible all the way through. However, I recently felt more pressure on my heart to do devotions with my children. After some thought, I decided to attempt to find a good devotional for pre-schoolers. I simply don't have the time to put together my own Bible study for the kiddos and Bubby's learning style is one that just sitting down and reading from the KJV won't cut it. While some may disagree with me, I'm quite certain that I'm heading down the right path for my family to incorporate daily Bible study and devotions.
For myself, after I finish the Bible, I want to start on The Well-Trained Mind, and start on the Classical Eduction reading list. One thing I've been having a hunger for is studying grammar and how to be gramatically correct. I'm pretty sure I suffer errors in my grammar and punctuation.
I'm also wondering if I should start a more steady homeschooling effort in the fall. It would be unofficial, as Bubby is only 3, but I think it might be good for us to get used to the time, management and discipline needed for the adventure.
My dear son has a very kinetic learning style. Sitting down and doing lessons isn't quite his thing. He needs to be active. For example, a workbook of shapes does nothing for him. However, the other day, I drew a path of shapes with sidewalk chalk on our driveway. I showed him how to hop from shape to shape, naming them as he went. This worked like a charm! I also noticed that he likes to play "teacher" with me and he learns by asking me.
I do find myself comparing him to his peers. "Oh no! So and so already counts to 50 and Bubby can barely make it to 20! He's only 2 1/2 and he already knows his colors!" Etc. etc. Then, I realize that Bubby has his own strengths and weaknesses, too. He sings a handful of songs. He already knows how to drive the lawn tractor (he's VERY mechanical). On top of that, he speaks very well for his age and absorbs anything about farming. He's a lot of fun to teach.