Good morning and happy Monday!! The sun is shining away here and looks like it's going to be a beautiful day. It was a wonderful weekend, but felt like it flew by so fast. We had fun at our friends' house playing volleyball one night and yesterday we had lunch with my Dad, step Mom, Uncle and Aunt for my Aunt's birthday. Then watched the Green Bay Packers team win their game (Go Pack Go! - they are my team all the way!). And then went for a lovely pontoon ride. We ended the night with my daughter's final soccer practice (she has 2 games this week then she's done). My hubby coaches so we wanted to make it a fun final practice so it ended with a parent's game where they played against the kiddos. We also brought treats to share before everyone went home. Lovely weekend!
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Perfect! It's upper 60's right now and sunny with a lovely breeze. It's supposed to hit about 73* today.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
I have really decided to work at my fitness and health so I had a protein bar with my coffee and then had a 1/2 glass of V8 green drink (veggie drink).
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Watching the trees rustle in the breeze. We have one tree in the yard that has already turned golden and been shedding some of its leaves. There's a squirrel running around with something in its mouth - maybe an acorn - I can't tell. He's busy at work though! Looking forward to a walk in the sunshine later today.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Sitting and watching the morning news with my MIL and visiting with her. We started something new for the school year and my Mom and I are switching up our caregiving times for the weeks now. The first week school started it was difficult the days I'd have her early in the AM and trying to get Annie ready for school too. My MIL was better last year and could wait at home until I dropped Annie off at school, and then went and picked her up. Now she's not able to be alone like that so she needs to be picked up much earlier. So my Mom is now taking the mornings and I'm taking afternoons. I have my MIL this morning, though, as my Mom had to drop her off a little bit ago due to an appointment. This system actually works nicer too as it gives my MIL a nice change in scenery. She can't focus on anything too long, so shaking things up during the day seems to make her happier too.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Everything is pretty clean and tidy due to having company over this weekend. I also started to get out some of my Fall stuff to decorate this past weekend - which makes me so happy!! I do need to throw in the usual laundry.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
I'm going to get a head start on dinner so it'll be ready and just a quick heat up when we get home from my daughter's soccer game tonight. I'll make my MIL some lunch (protein shake for me) and then we'll go for a nice long walk. I have a PTA meeting to go to at the end of the school day too.
I have finally been going through my pile of books and sorting out my reading plan. I'm finally going to start catching up on them. Yay!
ON THE TV TODAY:
We've finally been catching up on America's Got Talent. My hubby loves Bering Sea Gold and that's been back on. I have some cooking shows taped to watch yet too.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: finally making rigatoni with sweet Italian sausage and pasta sauce, salad, garlic dinner rolls as I didn't end up making it last week.
TUESDAY: stuffed pork chops, pasta side dish and mixed vegetables.
WEDNESDAY: probably subway as my daughter has a later soccer game
THURSDAY: turkey melt sandwiches and creamy tomato soup
FRIDAY: not sure
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I finished a Fall craft project I'll share later this week (didn't get to posting it this past weekend), have another Fall project in mind. Also, still some cross stitch and scrapbook catch up.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
The next time I get to the grocery store I want to get some zucchini and finally make some zucchini bread! I think I have my Gram's recipe (which I've never made myself) and would love some of that. I wish she were still here and making it for us like she used to. I do have some bananas to use up, so if I make banana bread I may post the recipe I use for that this week.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
A little file organizer, or even a magazine holder that you could put a few file folders in, is a nice way to keep kiddos' papers and school info in order. I have a folder for each kiddo and I can throw any important school papers in there to keep track. It takes up such little space in my office room - or you could easily keep it on a kitchen counter. I have an extra file for me just for things I want to remember or recipes I clip out of the newspaper or magazines too.
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PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
from my instagram
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
A Caregiver's Prayer
Forgive me for the times, even now,Heavenly Father, help me better understand
and believe I can do what you ask me to do.
As I go about the many daily tasks of caregiving,when I question your judgment.
As I watch my loved one oh-so-slowly walkgive me energy.
As I answer his/her repeated questionacross the room, give me strength.
As I look for solutions to whateverjust one more time, give me patience.
As I reminisce with him/her about theis the most recent concern, give me wisdom.
As I get to know my loved one in a new way,“good old days,” give me a moment of laughter.
As I sit beside my loved one’s bed waitingseeing both his/her strength and frailty, give me joy.
Lighten my burden, answer my prayer,for his/her pain medication to take effect,
give me comfort.
Give me a quiet place to rest when I need itand give me the strength to do what
so often seems impossible.
Remain my constant companion as I faceand a quieting of my anxieties when I’m there.Change my attitude from a tired,
frustrated and angry caregiver
to the loving and compassionate
one I want to be.
~Unknownthe challenges of caregiving
and when my job is through
and it’s time for me to let go,
help me remember
he/she is leaving my loving arms
to enter your eternal embrace. Amen.