Though a single blog post isn’t really sufficient to capture everything I am thankful for, I wanted to keep track of some of them that have been on my mind recently. So, in true list format, I am thankful for:
When we found out that I was pregnant, I started doing my online research and seeing what other mommas and mommas-to-be said their babies “needed” in their first years. I didn’t stress too much about all of the stuff in the beginning, but when Hubby & I went out for our first attempt at registering, I started to get a little overwhelmed. I recognize that the stores are out to get your money, but honestly, do babies really “need” separate swings, bouncers, jumpers and play-yards? (I know that some moms are going to be able to point out those specific items that were absolute life savers for them, and I am certainly not here to judge, I am just expressing my own opinions.)
Another thing I began to appreciate early on is that this little boy is going to be well-loved. As the first grandbaby for both my parents and hubby’s parents, this little boy is very likely to be spoiled both with love and attention as well as gifts. As the months progressed, Hubby mentioned starting to pick things up for Baby D and I insisted that I really thought most of our needs would be met at Baby D’s shower(s). I was so right. My boy is so loved already!
Just a few weekends ago, friends & family got together for two showers for Baby D. The first, thrown by my sweet friend and running buddy, was a more friend-centered shower which included several moms with young children. It was great to hear their tips, guidance, and commentary on the gifts we received! Sunday afternoon was reserved for the family shower. Grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts and great-aunts converged on our house to bring even more goodies for young Mr. D.
I haven’t picked up my pictures yet, but I can’t wait to share them with you!
It was one of those wonderful weekends – a weekend that was relaxing, fulfilling and productive, all at the same time. Some of the things I was thankful for when I woke up this morning were:
• Being able to say to Hubby on Saturday morning that “other than a quick trip to the grocery store, I’d like to spend the day at home” and having him happy to oblige
• The fact that the house was so much cleaner when I went to work this morning than when I came home on Friday evening (but people, to be honest, I’m pretty sure that I swept up more dog hair this weekend than most people deal with in a year! Oh, and I’ll save you those photos….)
• A Hubby who made me laugh so hard last night that I was crying
• Being able to spend hours hanging out with the hoolies
• The fact that this newly-returned-to-the-city girl can still stoke a fire to last for 10-11 hours and have it ready to roll the next morning
• A Flyers victory, an Eagles victory, and Cowboys & Redskins losses
• Getting the rug set up in the nursery and hanging some art on the walls (though there is still quite a ways to go in there in terms of aesthetics)
• Being able to leave for work with no dirty dishes in the sink (we shall see what’s there when I get home, since Hubby was off all day)
• Baking (banana bread), cooking (chili & homemade pizza), and my Kitchenaid mixer • Fall weather and the colorful leaves
• Getting all of Hubby’s recently ordered books put away
• Friends that we can buy trailer-full-loads of firewood from when we don’t want to take the time to cut our own
I see so much on Facebook and Instagram these days from people who are posting something each day that they are thankful for during the month of November. Now please don’t think me a curmudgeon, but I tend to think poorly of that practice. Why are we only pointing out the things we are thankful for this month? Shouldn’t we be thankful for these things each and every month?
So, I’m struggling a little bit these days. I know I’m a smart woman, but I’m struggling with some combination of lack of motivation, lack of attention to detail or just plain laziness. I work in a small office as the main secretary/office manager. I have a lot of responsibility in my job – both responsibility to my boss, but also to our clients. It’s my job to keep my boss on track, to make sure tasks get completed in a timely manner and to make sure all of the deadlines are met.
I know I need a better system of organization. I need to have a better system for filing, monitoring deadlines and keeping track of bills and billings.
The scary thing to me is that I’m having the same struggles at home. I’m the CFO of our family, the head housekeeper, and basically the manager of the familly. I’ve got the chance to delve into a new opportunity in the near future, but if I’m having trouble keeping all of the balls in the air now (and considering the fact that we have a child coming – due in 69 days, we are SO EXCITED!), am I getting myself into a dangerous spot trying to add something new?
To be honest, I’d also love to go back to school in the near future to get my bachelors degree, but I need to be much, much better about managing my time. One of my biggest concerns is that Hubby’s love language is spending time with him. If I need to make changes to the way that I spend my time to accomplish goals and better manage everything, will Hubby feel left out?
Please, please share some guidance and tips…what methods do you use for managing your household, your finances (including, and perhaps especially budgeting), and your time?