Monday, June 22, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today...June 22, 2009

Outside my garden looks to be thriving, surprisingly. Hmm... it seems the more I leave it alone, the better it does!

I am thinking...about how to sneak some fun into the week ahead. Most of what we have going on is pretty much boring (but important), adult stuff -- the kids will most likely be feeling lost in the shuffle of our busy lives this week. Where can we squeeze in a trip to the park or a visit from Grandma?

I am thankful for...the never-ending support we receive from our family: my parents, my sister and her family -- they have been so wonderful as we are undergoing some major changes and challenges in our lives.

From the kitchen... For this morning: cinnamon crumb coffee cake (substituting almond flour for all-purpose flour). For lunch: chicken salad. And for dinner tonight: 4-Cheese Lasagna and green beans in lemon butter sauce.

I am wearing...pajama pants and a tank top (it's still pretty early and I had to dash out of the bedroom this morning before getting dressed, as my son was crying and I didn't want him to wake his sister up).

I am creating...some new lounge pants for my children. We cleaned out my husband's closet this past weekend and I found several super-soft (read: worn a few too many times) t-shirts that would make comfy pants for the littles. Yay! That will keep me out of JoAnn's fabric store -- at least for this week! ;)

I am draw up a master to-do list, so nothing slips by me this upcoming (and extremely busy) week. I need to delegate certain tasks to my husband and break my tasks down by day. When I get overwhelmed, I tend to freeze up and do nothing. If I dish out a little to be done each day, hopefully I can divide and conquer!

I am reading...Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen

I am hoping...that my son (who is breastfed) is NOT allergic to chocolate, as this not-having-cocoa-thing is really tough for me on these bleary-eyed mornings. I need to avoid it for another week to get a better idea of how it's affecting him.

I am hearing...the hum of the ceiling fan above my head as I type. Racal's barefeet are pitter-pattering around in the front hall.

Around the house...a plumber is coming to fix the faucet and pipe in our tub/shower. I hope it's fixable and I hope it's not going to cost a small fortune! I have an overflowing laundry basket with my name on it, so I better tackle that today.

One of my favorite things...taking my daughter to swimming lessons while my husband stays home with our son. That way I can just sit and focus on watching her instead of walking around and around with my antsy little guy! My daughter likes it too: "Just the girls," she says as we leave together for class each week.

A few plans for the rest of the week...the plumber today, a consult with a specialist at Children's for my son tomorrow, an inspection on a prospective future home on Wednesday, and even more appointments for Thursday and Friday. Somewhere in there I have to do a big grocery shopping trip and run to the library!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...During this crazy week, I'll be trying to channel the peace I felt gazing upon this lake on vacation a few weeks back. Ahhh...I can almost feel the cool calm washing over me (repeat to self as needed) :)

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  1. Your picture makes me think of the scripture 'Be still and know that I am Lord', Psalm 46.10. You can sense the peace.

    It's nice to meet you. Have a lovley week.
    God Bless,
    Elena :)

  2. Yumm-O! Four Cheese anything is always good, I'll be at your place around 5ish with bells on! Just Kidding, it sounds way better than what I'm making.

    I know you have a lot going on, but just remember one thing at a time.

  3. Your kitchen sounds like it makes fantastic meals! Any chance you'd be willing to share your recipe for the cinnamon coffee cake?

  4. You do have a busy week ahead! Blessings on your son's medical appointment and your possible new home. And on the plumber too!

    I've probably missed breakfast, but I'd like to stop by for lunch and dinner at your place if you don't mind? Sounds ever so much better than the fish sticks I have planned!

    Thanks for sharing your Daybook at Grandmother Wren's. Please keep stopping by and linking in throughout the summer.

  5. Your menu for today sounds to share any of the recipes?? I won't invite myself over since we are a family of 9, so you can breathe a sigh of relief on that one...LOL! Your home sounds like a lovely place to be anytime of day, plumber coming or not. Enjoy your busy week and you will be in my prayers with the plumber, the house and the baby. God bless!

  6. I enjoyed reading your daybook! And that picture is oh so peaceful-- love it!:)

    Happy Monday!

    Linda C

  7. The photo is beautiful -- calm and peaceful. Good thoughts for your son's doctors apt. and a new house!

  8. Thank you to everyone for leaving such kind comments, compliments, and well-wishes!!!

    I am always happy to share recipes, so I will do posts about the coffee cake and the lasagna in the next day or two.

    **Edited to add: the plumber came and went. The good news: the problem was fixed. The not-so-good news: it cost more than we anticipated. Doesn't it always, though?? :)

  9. Ce, thanks for your delightful comments! I really appreciate them. Hoping you have a peaceful and prductive week as well. God bless!
    PS...sorry about the plumber! ;)

  10. Thank you for linking your Simple Woman’s Daybook at Grandmother Wren’s last week.
    Please stop by this week and add your link again. I’d love to see this continue throughout the summer, allowing us to stay in touch with other Daybookers during Peggy’s vacation.
    Please keep coming back –
    I look forward to seeing you!