Monday, September 28, 2009
On Sunday I had my orientation at Target from noon to 3pm so I knew I had to be organized to get everything done. After cleaning the bathroom and straightening the living room/kitchen I started dinner in the crockpot. Then I made my grocery list, all before leaving. The orientation went fine, it ended up lasting only about 2.5 hours and most of that was spent watching a very boring video on how to say "can I help you find something?" and safety tips (so you didn't poke your eye out or cut a finger off like the people in the video). The only thing that I'm not really going to like about this job is the fact that they don't have set schedules, you just work whatever they put you on the schedule for...so with my first schedule I will have to miss Lexy's last soccer game and one of Brooke's football/cheer games...doesn't make for a happy mama!! I went to the grocery store on the way home and was so happy that dinner was already almost done thanks to the crockpot. I fixed the rest of the dinner and we sat down to eat...
Now, I have been trying a couple of new recipes every week since the beginning of the year and we had yet found one that was inedible...until last night!!! I had made an orange chicken recipe that I found online and even though Dad & Karen had given me a recipe that they had tried that was very good I choose to try the one I found...mistake! After the first bite I knew that we would be visiting the fine dining establishment of Sonic for dinner :-) Oh well one out of the dozens...could be worse!
Friday, September 25, 2009
1.) Walk/organize and get EVERYTHING listed on Craigslist. Still doing these, I only have a couple more items to get on Craigslist!
2.) More interviews and hopefully get hired for a part time job. If I do get hired, contact the adoption agency to get things started! Got hired on at Target and will do orientation on Sunday. I'd really prefer something closer and with better hours for my family but I'm going to take it with jobs being so scarce around here! Once I get started I will contact the adoption agency!
3.) Enjoy my birthday. I will try to enjoy it....birthdays just aren't as much fun when you're an adult! But Robin is taking me out to breakfast and then Mike, the girls and my dad & stepmom are taking me to dinner.
4.) Buy at least one more Christmas gift. I've been trying to buy one or two a week to get a start on the season. This one didn't get done since there was no extra money :(
This weeks goals...
1.) Continue to walk and organize the house. Sell as many things that are listed on Craigslist as I possibly can to get them out of here!!
2.) Try to get a rountine down for working without feeling guilty. On the evenings I work I won't have much time at all with the girls and none with Mike and I won't be here to fix dinner.
3.) Buy my mom's b-day present.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday Lexy had a soccer game at 9am (btw who thought 9am was a good time...it's still cold and the grass is still wet!), Lexy woke at 7:30 and was ready to go! Even being down two players, Lexy's team made quite a few more goals than the other team (they don't keep score at this age). Lexy did take a nose dive to the ground at one point hitting her nose but she quickly went back to the game after being reminded that she wouldn't get snack afterwards if she didn't play :-)
After the game we went to visit a local apple orchard. Neither girl had ever been apple picking and were excited to go (they both LOVE apples).
This is one of my favorite pics...
Friday, September 18, 2009
1.) Continue to walk/organize/post items on Craigslist. Still working on these!
2.) Enjoy family time...we have soccer practice, soccer game and football cheerleading this week :-) Wow what a busy week and we have another soccer game on Sat.!
3.) Celebrate Mike and I's 15 year anniversary. Because we have such wonderful friends we will be celebrating our anniversary on Sat. by dropping off Brooke & Lexy at Robin/Shilah's and going out to Applebee's a watchng a movie!
4.) Continue to put in applications and prepare to talk with a new adoption agency. I put in a few more applications and had an interview at Target yesterday. As soon as I get a part time job we will begin the process of being accepted into a new agency's adoption program :-)
This weeks goals...
1.) Walk/organize and get EVERYTHING listed on Craigslist.
2.) More interviews and hopefully get hired for a part time job. If I do get hired, contact the adoption agency to get things started!
3.) Enjoy my birthday.
4.) Buy at least one more Christmas gift. I've been trying to buy one or two a week to get a start on the season.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tomorrow Mike and I will be celebrating our Anniversary...15 years (19 together)!!! This was the photo put in our local newspaper to announce our engagement. This photo, to this day, hangs on our refridgerator as a reminder to us of how far we have come and how in love we were then and still today. It makes me smile every time I look at it :-)
To check out who else is playing along join Cheryl for Way Back When-esday and Angie at Wordful Wednesday !
Monday, September 14, 2009
Over at Twinfatuation, Cheryl has us share weekly about what Makes our Monday. She says...share on your blog what warms your week's beginning: Post a picture and tell the tale.
This week the video below makes my Monday!! Over the weekend Lexy asked if I wanted to hear her apple chant from school and this is what she sang...
How precious is that??!!!! I asked if I could video her and she said "yes, you can put it on your blog too"... she knows me so well :-)
Then Saturday we helped celebrate Ryan's (Robin's youngest) 5th birthday and on Sunday helped celebrate Sierra (7) and Shyann's (2) birthdays. Lots of fun and CAKE was had by all this weekend!
Friday, September 11, 2009
My goals for last week are...
1.) Take pictures and post the leftover garage sale items on Craigslist to get it out of my house and make some extra money. I've done about 1/2 of these and already sold one item!
2.) Continue to organize and walk. Walked 3 days this week.
3.) Spend some time looking for a part time job. Put in one new application.
4.) Enjoy Mike's birthday and spend quality time with my family Doing this today!
It's amazing how when I slowed down and focused on small steps I felt much better about our situation and things started happening! Feeling much more at ease and excited about things.
This weeks goals...
1.) Continue to walk/organize/post items on Craigslist.
2.) Enjoy family time...we have soccer practice, soccer game and football cheerleading this week :-)
3.) Celebrate Mike and I's 15 year anniversary.
4.) Continue to put in applications and prepare to talk with a new adoption agency.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Lexy had her very first soccer practice on Wednesday night. It only lasted 45 min. (suppose to be 30) and that was the perfect amount of time for Lexy. She paid attention to her coach, she waited in line for her turn and she loved kicking that ball!! She even got to try her hand at being the goalie and loved it. It rained for most of the practice and the kids didn't even notice :-)
The fun of having two kiddos in activities is about to begin!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Head over to Who Says 8 is Enough to see who else is playing along!
I knew that when we chose to stop fostering that it would be tough on me, this has been a huge part of my identity for eight years. But I wasn't ready for the overwhelming feelings it has brought on, especially when I hear of a little one coming into foster care that we would have taken. I feel that because we stopped fostering that we not only closed that door but that we closed the door to adopting again. One of the reasons we stopped fostering was to explore other avenues that we had been putting on the back burner but we can't really start exploring those things until we have some extra money for a home study, etc....and we won't have that extra money until I find a part time job...and those are not easy to come by right now. And I'm lonely not having anyone at home during the day to take care of and I'm overwhelmed with my to do lists and worried about money and not thrilled that I'll be closer to 40 than 30 by the end of the month!
Are YOU exhausted yet???
So I've decided to start working in small steps each day towards some of the goals that I want to accomplish b/c the big picture is too big and distant right now...
On Friday I e-mailed a local foster agency that has a seperate adoption unit to find out some information on them and if they had a need for possible adoptive parents for an infant or infant with sibling.
Over the weekend we had our garage sale on Sat. (Friday it rained) and made enough for car tags/taxes and a little extra for Brooke and I to have fun at a craft fair yesterday...one Christmas present down (retail therapy is good)!
I've started walking several times a week (thanks Robin & Shilah!) to help keep my mind in a better place and to hopefully shed a few of these very unwanted pounds.
I'm in the process of cleaning out all the foster paperwork (already 3 garbage bags full) in my cabinet...kind of a cleansing, getting myself ready for the next step activity.
I'm organizing my paperwork, desk, calendar, mind, etc. so that I'm looking ahead and focusing on what I do want and can quickly find information as to not miss an opportunity that puts me a step closer to a goal.
Since I missed doing Focus Friday, my goals for this week are...
1.) Take pictures and post the leftover garage sale items on Craigslist to get it out of my house and make some extra money.
2.) Continue to organize and walk.
3.) Spend some time looking for a part time job.
4.) Enjoy Mike's birthday and spend quality time with my family.