No Green Thumb

I was definitely not born with a green thumb.  In fact, I have always said I must have been born with a black thumb.  Any plant I have ever been given has always died and usually pretty quickly.  I have always wanted to grow our own food, but have never wanted to attempt it because, well, I have been certain it would just die.

Despite all of that, I decided to plant a few seeds.  I started with cucumber, basil, bush beans, broccoli, and zucchini.  I started six seeds of each in a moist paper towel inside a Ziploc bag.  I left them for two days and to my surprise when I opened them, they ALL sprouted.  I think my kids thought I was nuts when I got so excited.  The kids helped me prep some pots with good soil and I began planting.  It has only been about a week, but look how good these are doing!!

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I know the second and fourth one you can’t see very well, but I promise there are six tiny sprouts in each container.  These are the basil and broccoli which seem to take longer than the other three.  I know it’s only been a week, but I’ll take it.  Baby steps!  Maybe one day I’ll have an entire garden growing in my backyard.  I can dream, right?  🙂

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Sunday Funday

It’s Sunday.  The kids will be awake soon and we will head to church.  I am a greeter this morning which the kids don’t like too much because they have to hang out with me in front of the church.  Still praying my hubby will go with us one day, but it hasn’t happened yet.  Sunday is his only morning to sleep in though so he gets his rest while the kids and I get our worship in.  After church we’ll come home for lunch and then head to my in-laws’ house.  They have some acreage and a pond to fish in so my kids can always find something to do there.  It’s usually a relaxing time for me because I can let them run outside without worrying about traffic and strangers.  Then on the way home we will hit the grocery store to do our shopping for the week.  I’m still sticking with my 10-day challenge so I will prepare my meal schedule according to that.  Only 4 more days of the challenge.  I have nailed the nutrition part, but not the workout part.  😦  I’ll get there.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Mommy Stress

It’s another day.  Because it’s Saturday I decided 6am would be okay instead of 5am.  😉  I am still getting my two hours of me time.  I got to shower and have my coffee and breakfast all before the kids are awake.  However, the rest of this time has been spent sending messages back and forth with other mothers from school who are all stressing about what teachers their kids have been assigned to for the school year. 

I have to admit, I am also one of those mothers who stress a bit about these things, but I have learned over the years that my kids all seem to adjust no matter where they are.  I think the parents get more stressed about it than the kids do.  I have learned to just go with the flow and if it turns out it’s not a fit for my child, then I deal with it and move on.  Don’t get me wrong, I ALWAYS want the best for my kids, but if they feel my stress, then they stress and I certainly don’t want that.

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Me Time

As part of the 10-day challenge I’m in and just in my life right now I need to set goals, short and long term.  Well, I have decided one of my goals HAS to be setting time aside for me and only me.  I think this makes me a better person when I have had this time to reflect on things in my life without the many distractions of the day.  So the goal I am setting for myself is to wake up at 5am every morning for the next 7 days.  This gives me a full two hours before most everyone else in my family is awake. 

Now, I am definitely not a morning person.  I tend to sleep as late as I possibly can, but that’s usually because I’m not in bed until nearly midnight every night.  I HAVE to have 8 hours of sleep nearly every night or I get cranky.  I’ve always been this way.  So my other goal has to be to get in bed by 9pm.  I think this will prove to be the more difficult part.

This morning was my first 5am wake-up.  I didn’t go to bed when I should have so this was already difficult; however, when my alarm went off I remembered how important my me time is and pushed myself.  I managed to get in a long, quiet shower.  I say quiet because usually my shower consists of kids coming in my bathroom every minute or so to tattle on their brother or sister or to let me know they are hungry or thirsty.  It was nice not to have to deal with that this time.  I also had my coffee and breakfast in peace at 6am.  Do you know how rare this is?!  I know these ones seem silly, but I also managed to pluck my eyebrows which were in desperate need of attention and moisturized my feet.  Most busy moms would certainly agree you just NEED time to do these things.

Setting goals is incredibly important and visibly posting them can be just as important.  I have  mine posted on my bathroom mirror so I can see them every morning when I wake up.  It helps remind me what I need to do to better myself each day.

10-Day Challenge

I started an awesome 10-day challenge yesterday and am loving it so far.  It is a group of about 40 women all doing meal & fitness planning for 10 days.  We took measurements (weight and waist) yesterday morning.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s results by the end of the challenge!

I am doing really well with the meals, but not so good with the workouts.  I love scheduling my meals and do very well with sticking to it, but can’t seem to get motivated to exercise.  😦  It’s only day two so I’m hoping I will get in the swing of it.

Wish me luck!  I will keep you all posted.  🙂