The Weekly Ramble

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

fig jam

Some weeks I have nothing on my calendar. I like that. I like a clear path just to hunker down and do school, keep house, stay in my little cocoon. Other weeks, every day is dotted with something. Those weeks are hard for me. I haven’t yet mastered the using-your-little-minutes-to-get-something-done thing.

This past week and the weeks to come are going to try my little minutes abilities.

My good friend Jessika is here with her kids this weekend. We had such a good time yesterday laughing over my messes and the idea that I shouldn’t have to clean for a friend as close as family, but that she’s a friend that should be honored with a clean house. The dilemma….

We also devoured a jar of fig jam and a roll of goat cheese. Oh my! Have you tried this combination? It’s amazing! I made my regular baked goat cheese and paired it with the fig jam from my Try the World box

(I splurged on Try the World when I saw this buy-one-get-one deal. Thanks for the tip, Carrie! So far, the Paris box has been amazing. I can’t wait to see what’s in the World box. If you want to try it, use this link, and we’ll both get $15 from Try the World.)

try the world box

My cost for this box was about $20 because of the BOGO thing. The contents include caramels, butter cookies, honey, tea, fleur de sel (a sea salt from Brittany), and the aforementioned fig jam.

I don’t think I could buy these items at the store for that price. I have loved everything inside, except for the tea. The teas were definitely high quality, but I am currently on a coffee trend and tea just doesn’t taste that good to me. Go figure.

This box was a fun treat.

I got up early to type this post before everyone woke up. Seven out of eight children were awake by 7 am. Ha! I just can’t win. Story of my life when it comes to time management.

But, I’m hoping to change that. I started reading Time Management Mama by friends, Sarah Korhnak and Beth Anne Schwamberger. I find that I really need to read a productivity book at least once a year to help me get back on my game. This is helping me tremendously to think about my goals for the summer. The book was available for free download earlier this week which is how I got it, but you can still read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited or buy it for $5.99.

I’ve been reading snatches of it at the orthodontist or in the tub. Yes! I actually found time to take a bath this week! Actually I had to since my body was utterly aching after a full day at Legoland.

legoland birthday boy

This guy turned 11 this week. His birthday coincided with an invitation to visit Legoland and the grand opening of Heartlake City, the Lego Friends area of the park. (More on that next week.)

FishBoy11 had a great day going on his favorite rides, eating junk food he’d picked out at the store, playing video games with his neighbor buddy, and then continuing the celebration into yesterday when Jessika and her family arrived and we did cake with them.

His birth story is a fun one. And he is a super fun kid, the baby of the boys. With each of these birthdays I’m reminded how quickly time is passing. It’s so hard not to dwell on how I’ve screwed things up.

Earlier this week on date night, FishPapa did his best to get me out of one of these funks. He used a sports analogy from the GM of the Cubs, I think. You know there are a lot of games in that May-October baseball season. Daily and sometimes twice daily games make you move on to the next thing frequently. This GM says that he makes sure his players mourn a loss for a good 30 minutes or celebrate a win for a solid half hour. Then they move on.

So, yes, you and I have made mistakes as moms. It’s true. It’s sad. It’s a bummer. Sit with that, and then move on. Move on to doing a better job, to relaxing a little more or to working a little harder — whichever it is you need to do this week. And rejoice when you see a success!

I don’t know about you, but those were the highlights of my week.

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Coming next week:

  • Getting Ready for Summer
  • Host an Easy Summer Dinner with Friends
  • How Moms Do Finances
  • Legoland’s Heartlake City

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  1. Kimberly says:

    “So, yes, you and I have made mistakes as moms. It’s true. It’s sad. It’s a bummer. Sit with that, and then move on. Move on to doing a better job, to relaxing a little more or to working a little harder — whichever it is you need to do this week. ” I’ve been beating myself up a lot over this lately; feeling like I’ve been doing a terrible job as a mother. I have three kids ages 7 months to 5 years and feel so overwhelmed by them, then feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed.

    • I know this feeling! Especially with the littles. My advice from this spot 12 years later is to downsize your to-do list. Cut out the things you really don’t have to do. And then sit and play or cuddle or read or go for a walk with them. It’ll be okay. Love to you!

  2. Sounds like a fun week – let the mistakes go – none of us are perfect right? But you do the best you can, from love, admit your mistakes and drive forward. The lessons learned from the humility and the discussion about it are far more valuable than what you would have done if you were perfect. I pity the child who thinks adults never make a mistake – far too much pressure for them to face!

  3. I’d never heard of Try the World. Just signed up and eager to try new international foods! Thanks!

  4. As we graduated our son this week, we’ve had to look at what we’ve done as parents along the way.

    If you can honestly say you lived, loved and tried with your children, they are far and above most kids these days.

    Our kids never had the biggest/newest/flashiest anything, but they had two parents who loved each other enough to work through 29 years (and counting) of marriage, two children, the same house and a handful of treasured pets. Every house needs a solid foundation; so do children. You and FishPapa have done an excellent job.

  5. Sounds like you had a great birthday celebration!! Enjoy those precious moments!!
    I was involved with a parenting class and the facilitator made this comment that I loved and have used as my mantra. He said that as parents ” we just have to be good enough” meaning that we aren’t going to be perfect and we are going to have days or weeks where we feel like we haven’t done enough but as previously stated if you love your kids and they know it – that is all you need!! I believe your kids have that so you can lighten up on yourself a bit – we can all look back on things where we feel that we haven’t done enough – we learn and move on. God’s love and grace do the rest!!

    Thanks for the blog and have a great week!!

  6. My dd was born two days after your son and turned 11 this week too. It’s a great age, isn’t it?

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