The habit I worked on this past week was to keep the house looking the way I’d like it to look when I return. It’s actually been a great opportunity. Since R is now 19 months old and fully mobile, it’s been an opportunity to start teaching her to clean up her messes before bed or before we leave to do something else.
It’s been a work in progress… If you give her step by step directions, she’s pretty good. On occasion, though, she’d get distracted and start taking things out of her toy box. As you can see, though, I’m pretty pleased by how the house looks.
It’s also a challenge to make sure I tidy up after myself, too. In the past, I’ve always waited to pick up until right before bed. But always tidying up before I leave to go somewhere insures the house stays tidy constantly. Well, most of the time.
This week is to get up at the same time every day, which has been quite a challenge!
This week, the habit I followed was to unload the dishwasher every morning. This was a great habit that quickly became part of my morning routine. I cooked twice today– yes, real cooking for breakfast and lunch– and the countertops are still clear.
Since I unloaded the dishwasher first thing, all I had to do was pop everything I used back in. I think this habit naturally lends itself to healthy eating, too, because I now have everything I need on hand to cook.
It looks as if the current habits are building towards a morning routine, and it’s working great. So far, I hop out of bed, make my bed, take my vitamins, throw in a load of laundry, and unload the dishwasher. The habit for this week is to leave the house the way you’d like to see it when you come back. I think this would pack more of a punch when I go back to work, but it’s a great reminder to pick up before I run an errand or the kids take a nap. Once they get bigger, I can get them in on it. I did it once today and it didn’t take long because I’m trying to straighten as I go.
This weekend we went strawberry picking. It was our first time, so we weren’t really sure what to expect. We had to do some research to see which places even offered that activity, because many farms weren’t doing strawberry picking anymore. We finally found one and off we went!
C wore J on his front and I helped R find berries. She was far more interested in mooshing berries and adding sticks and gravel into our bucket. It was a long walk from the entrance to the berries so she was already wiped by the time we got there. We were there for about an hour and still had a lot of fun.
The strawberries were delicious! They were nice and juicy. I was given the advice to try and do it at the beginning of the month since they’re even better, but they were great anyway. We ate through some and froze the rest since I’d like to make some smoothies.
After we washed the gravel and sticks away, we snacked on berries the rest of the weekend…
I kind of completely forgot about Mother’s Day this year. Thankfully, my child’s daycare put up a sign for a Mother’s Day breakfast so I was reminded. Then they reminded us that it’s Teacher Appreciation Week! I feel kind of disorganized, haha.
R and I took an emergency trip to Michael’s to find gifts for everyone.
For the teachers, we found these really cute cups:
They have the teacher’s initials monogrammed on the front. I wrote a note that basically says, “Thank you for all you do!” and had R color on the paper. She loves to color, so this was no problem. You just have to make sure she doesn’t try to eat the crayons. 😉
Mother’s Day was a bit harder. I found a completely adorable craft where the kids use their handprint to make ‘flowers’ on a tote bag. We weren’t able to find a blank tote bag so we bought these hats instead:
R painted with gusto. In fact, she rubbed both hands together and on the last hat we did she put both hands down in the front, as you can see above. Haha. J was a bit harder. He’s only a month old, so his reflexes got in the way. He kept moving his hand back into a fist. We had to move really fast because I was afraid both kids would put their hands in their mouth. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. We ended up making three: one for my mom, one for my mother-in-law, and one for my aunt, who never had any kids of her own, but who we love so much we want to celebrate this day with her.
Now that R is 18 months old, I’m trying to let her pick from some simple options. She picked purple and blue for the Mother’s Day craft. (I think those colors are pretty much Mother’s Day colors, aren’t they?) I painted the green stems, which didn’t turn out very well, but I’m not a very good artist.
What are you doing for Mother’s Day?