Picking Up A New Craft

I am very interested in learning to make chainmail jewelry. Today I bought some rings to try to put together. I figure with winter on the way it is a good time to think about learning new crafts. Here are some videos I found:

Looks fun right? Have any of you ever tried this? What is your favorite winter craft?

D

xoxo

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A Night Off

Tomorrow Shawn and I have a night off. Meaning the kids will all be out of the house! I have no idea what we will do. It will probably involve some good food and relaxation. I am looking forward to sleeping in with Shawn and the dog. No matter what we do it will be good to have a date night. I don’t need an expensive night out or big exciting plans. All I need is some down time with my sweetheart. The weeks seem to fly by and we often go all week without having any time to really talk. Sometimes when the kids are gone we just sit in our pjs and watch tv, talk, and eat junk food. It may not seem like much but these are the times I treasure most. I savor those times when we can take a deep breath, hold hands, and remember that all we need is each other.

D

xoxo

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Identifying Stress

I have been feeling very clear. Thankfully I have had almost no anxiety. The few times that I have felt it I have been able to pinpoint the cause. When I was feeling very depressed everything just felt heavy and oppressive. It was hard to be clear about what was causing stress etc… Having clarity about the anxiety has been super helpful. Knowing what the triggers are can help me to stay away from them, or at the very least just be more aware. I have someone in my life who causes me a lot of anxiety, this is not someone I can just avoid. Now that I know that they are a major trigger I can shore up my defenses before coming into contact with them. Having this information has also shed light on why I tend to close down when they are around. I tip-toe around them with my defenses up because I am just waiting for their attack. Of course it is the waiting and never knowing when they will strike that is causing the anxiety.

Now that I know this I have to figure out how to not let them have this effect on me. I care about what they think of me, but I suspect that no matter what I do I will fail in their eyes. I guess that is what I have to remember in those moments. Knowing that it is about them and not me gives me the freedom to do what I wish and let them think what they will. I know this will be a tough practice to master but I am up to the task. :) I want to be loved for who I really am. If I am adjusting my behavior to suit this other person than I am not being true to myself. I have no issue with compromised but it has to work both ways. One way relationships never work for long. This person I am dealing with always wants things her way and I feel like I have to change myself to be acceptable to her. Going forward I think I am just going to be myself and keep loving her. Hopefully someday she will reach a point in her journey where she will not be so critical.

D

xoxo

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Dreamy Day

Today is a dreamy day. I have no idea what to write about. It is raining and chilly outside. Our yard is filled with bright yellow leaves. The green grass is almost completely covered by a blanket of yellow. Maverick has been enjoying chasing the leaves as they fall from the tree or get blown about by the wind. This morning I have been doing mundane things around the house. Laundry has been my number 1 priority. It just gets to the point where you have to wash something or spend your day in pjs. The outdoors has been calling me all morning. I think I will walk the dog this afternoon even if it is raining a bit. The deep colors and the crisp air are irresistible to me. Something about fall makes me feel alive. It is the most productive time of the year for me. I have never been able to figure that out. I get more done and I am in a better mood during the fall months. I am at my creative best right about this time every year. If I could find a place to live where is was always fall I think I would be very happy.

I remember one product I wanted to talk about here. Recently I was at Target buying some food for our camping trip. I found this wonderful granola and I want to share it with you. It is produced by a company called Bakery On Main. The variety I bought was Rainforest Banana Nut. It is gluten-free, all natural, and no GMOs. I love it! It is so good with none of the tummy troubles I suffer when I consume regular granola.

https://www.bakeryonmain.com/Products/ProductDetails/tabid/136/ProductID/10/Default.aspx

I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

D

xoxo

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Homeschool Changes

If there is one thing I have learned about homeschooling it is that you have to be ok with change. As time goes on we have to tweak and re-tweak over and over. You have to be flexible if you want to co-lead with your child. I believe that it is better for both of us if we work together to decide what works best.

We changed our schedule for the fall season (Sept.-Nov.) and this week we are changing it again. We are adding in more time for core subjects. We started this journey being very relaxed and over time Lilly has expressed wanting a more intense schedule. It can be hard for me to just go with the flow. I worry that she is over scheduled. But then I remember that she knows what she can handle and if we are wrong then we can just change the schedule again.

I am learning a lot during this process. I am learning to trust myself and her to know what is best. I am learning to be more open to change. It is amazing the places you can find education. I think if you want a successful homeschool experience you have to be open to all different ways of accessing education. Right now we are using a combination of online learning, YouTube videos, and books. I am sure we will add things and take things away as time goes on. Whatever changes we need to make we will make to get her through. Everyday I will breathe deeply and remind myself that as a mom all I can do is the best I can do. I am sure I will make mistakes along the way and sometimes I will not perfectly roll with the changes but that is ok.

D

xoxo

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Camping Trip

We made it back safe and sound. It was a lovely overnight. We had no rain and we were all able to stay warm. I think it got down to like 36 last night. This morning I woke up about 4am. and the moon was high in the sky. It was so beautiful to see the moon glowing through the trees above me.

Camping

Camping

I did not take as many pics as I thought I would. When I got there I just did not want to be bothered with electronics. I turned off my phone and did not touch my laptop. We roasted marshmallows and hotdogs. There was a lot of junk food consumed.:) Last night we settled in and watched “Rosemary’s Baby” in the tent. Then we headed to bed. In the morning Jordan and I went for a walk in prairie with Maverick. Then we all played games for a while. The morning passed quickly and soon it was time to pack up. It was really nice to get away and have some uncomplicated family time. Being out in nature always refills my tank. As a side note, Maverick was an angel. He had fun and was no trouble at all.

D

xoxo

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Practicing Camping

This afternoon we are practice camping with Maverick. Tomorrow we are going camping with him and he has never gone before. I am hoping it will be a positive experience for him. He is not much of a barker so that makes things easier. My only concern is will he be able to settle down enough to sleep without pacing in the tent all night. I will report back with pictures!

Maverick chilling in the tent.

Maverick chilling in the tent.

I think I might take a nap out here. It is so peaceful even though it is just in our backyard. Here is the view from my sleeping bag.

Sun Through The Trees

Sun Through The Trees

It is suppose to be dry but cold. I think the night time low is only 36. I love fall camping because there are not many bugs and my allergies are pretty chill this time of year. If Maverick is not having fun we can easily get home. I’m trying to keep a positive mindset about it. It will be fine.

D

xoxo

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