The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

boy and girl on beach

Ready for the highlights of the week?

Get this: the kitchen got clean every day!

Okay, not exactly true. Our linoleum is looking pretty sad and is hard to get clean, let alone keep it that way. BUT, the rest was looking pretty snazzy. After watching some of the videos from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, I started thinking about what I could do with our housekeeping practices to make things better.

Turns out there were two keys to success:

  1. Emptying the dishwasher as soon as it was done.
  2. My doing it without worrying about “whose job” it was.

I’d fallen into this habit of spending time and energy finding the kid who was responsible for the job instead of just doing it. I know, the kids should do it. But honestly, the clean kitchen and not chasing after someone has been worth what little effort I put into it.

I went to a moms’ thing.

I’m a little bit of a hermit. Years ago we had an unpleasant church experience, by which overnight I lost some of my dearest friends. (That sounds really dramatic and juicy, doesn’t it? It was essentially over an issue of doctrine, but unfortunately it became something much bigger and hurtful.)

All that to say, I keep to myself these days. This would probably explain a lot of my trouble fitting in at park day, too.

So, I busted out and went to this curriculum meeting, and it was really nice. Something I didn’t know was that most of the women there share the same basic educational philosophy as I do. I’ve been missing out on their wisdom because of old wounds!

There’s added benefits to dealing with your baggage, folks.

kids on beach

I was convicted to change.

I spend a lot of time writing books and posts, taking photographs, and promoting two blogs as well as my three four cookbooks and other eResources. This is my job, after all, and helps pay the bills.

But, I’ll be honest, it’s not as lucrative as one would think. While I’m not quitting or anything, I realized that my time investment is taking away from my children’s education without a whole lot of financial compensation.

One child’s heading to college, but the others still need a lot of my time, particularly as they get older.

So, I need to adjust how I spend my time. What that means here is that I’ll be changing things a bit on the site, posting a little less frequently, but working harder on really quality stuff to help you. (Never fear, the Weekly Ramble will still be here.)

Thanks for understanding and for sharing, liking, and supporting Life as MOM and Good Cheap Eats. I really appreciate it!

I learned a lot about appliances!

On date night, because we know how to live it up, we headed to Sears Outlet to check out refrigerators. I told you that I’m really loving that four-door Samsung. Turns out they get them once in awhile at Sears Outlet at a huge discount. The salesman was SO KNOWLEDGEABLE I have to put that in all caps.

We don’t need a new fridge. Neither do we need a new washer. But, it’s only a matter of time at our house. They are 12 and 5 years old respectively. I was thrilled to get an education — a lot has happened since the last time we had to buy a major appliance. If we have to buy one in the next year or two, we have an idea of what to get.

We even left our contact info with the salesman — something we NEVER do — just in case they get a dented Samsung French Door Chef Collection.

lifeguard tower beach

We had a great afternoon at the beach.

The littles still love to go on family outings. It used to be that all the kids did. But, now, it’s usually the 12 and under set who are the willing, if not eager participants. They’ve been begging to go to the beach.

So we planned it for Wednesday afternoon, packed sandwiches, and went. Despite it being overcast, they had a blast. As a trip to the beach usually does, it got me thinking that we need to do this more often. I’m tentatively planning to go once a week, bring school books, water, and food, and take the kids for School at the Beach.

I’m the Queen of Good Intentions, so I hope I actually do it.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming next week:

  • Weekly Newsletter
  • How to Take Care of You
  • Why Recess is Worth Fighting For
  • May the Fourth Be With You

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Thank you for being you.

  2. I agree with your sentiment “it is just easier to do it myself.” Rather than have defined, scheduled chores, my kids know their chores will be assigned on the spot. That way when I am in a hurry, I just do it myself and when I have more time that’s when the kids to do their part. Not very structured, but it works for us.

  3. What a wonderful ramble.

    I’m SO PROUD OF YOU. No, we’ve never met. But I don’t know how else to express the amount of support I’d like to send your way – this was a heck of a week!

    1. stepping out of your comfort zone and letting go some fear – fabulous – and hopefully will reap continuing rewards for you

    2. auditing your time and being honest with yourself – wonderful – it seems to me that the blogging world is a never ending time suck if you let it – but yes, make the time worthwhile, and keep your priorities in line. Great job!

    3. choosing sanity! A biggie for me – life is too busy for me to keep my kids on ‘chores’ They do what I ask when I ask it – and I do – but it’s based on what needs doing and what THEY are doing . . . if they’re doing school stuff from dawn till bedtime, well, I don’t see any benefit in having them stay up later to do laundry, or to interrupting their workflow. But when you’re laying around doing nothing necessary? Here’s a full dishwasher, there’s laundry that needs starting and switching, the tub could use a scrub, etc. Plus? When they’re busy, as you’ve discovered, the stuff still gets done if I just do it 🙂

    Wishing you a super week – jealous of your beach time – still too busy to get there – maybe in a couple weeks [also, not quite as nice here as by you LOL!]

  4. Thank you for you honesty and vulnerability in sharing your life. We live in a society in which we so often see only the surface-level facades that others allow us to see. That feels lonely and I often fall in the trap of wondering why everyone else can ‘have it together’ if I can’t. When someone -like you – shares the more difficult parts of life, it is encouraging and a tremendous blessing to others.

    And while I like the posts I get from you daily, I applaud you for remembering that YOUR family comes first. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart..”

    I smiled at your “Queen of Good Intentions” comment. That fits me perfectly and I have regrets about stuff I start in our family but it quickly fades out, or things I never get around to doing. But, I realize there are benefits to doing things even once and for making a decision that something is important. You took one trip to the beach. Even if you don’t make it weekly, you had that one wonderful day, and perhaps you’ll have a few more scattered over future months. Without the intention of weekly trips, perhaps no future trips would happen. At least that’s the kind of logic I tell myself when I think of how many things I’ve started and not finished…:-)

  5. Thanks for all you do on your two blogs. I read about 6 homemaking blogs and yours is my favorite by far. I love your honesty and letting us see your real life without sugarcoating.

    You will never regret spending more time with your family but you will regret spending too much time at work so you have chosen wisely. I have one in college and one in 11th grade and it seems they need me even more these days!

  6. I love both your blogs and appreciate the time you put into them. However, as you said, nothing can replace the energy we put into our kiddos.

    I always have good intentions to take mine to the beach as well… but life always seems to get to busy. Here’s hoping this summer is better for both of us. 😉

  7. Michelle K says:

    I made some serious headway on our kitchen counters this weekend. Some of it was as simple as finding a place to put a few items that we don’t use all the time or that just don’t do well on the counter. Other stuff was just cleaning it off really well. I was embarrassed to see the amount of crumbs, grime, dirt was on my counters. They are granite and the patterns lends itself to hide the grime, etc.

    I woke up this AM ready to go to work, and was so happy to see clean counters. 🙂

  8. I have to admit, I am kind of relieved to hear you are cutting back a little. I really look forward to your daily posts, but I have often wondered “How does she do it all??”. Do what you can, making your kiddos priority #1, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting your next post, whenever you get to it:)

    • I’m honestly just really stubborn and want to do it all and try to do it all and make myself do it all. My kids have always been a priority, but my own health and self-care has suffered. I can’t do it all it turns out. So, yes, there we are. 🙂

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