- January = Finalizing our charter application
- February = Completing the final push for the charter school
- March = Publicizing A Priceless Wedding; Getting a head start on the school
- April = Publicizing A Priceless Wedding; Getting a head start on the school
- May = Publicizing A Priceless Wedding; Getting a head start on the school
- June = Moving into our new house and getting settled; building raised beds; preparing the soil for fall gardening
- July = Relaxing with the new baby
- August = Relaxing with the new baby; Interviewing with the state to secure a charter
- September = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
- October = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
- November = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
- December = Working on my school part-time while I stay home with the new baby
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
- Eight hours of sleep (Still important! I'm basically getting this need met, plus a 1.5-hour nap every day)
- Healthy meals (Yes, when my first-trimester stomach can handle it.)
- Plenty of water (Sadly, no; I need to step up my game!)
- Quality time with my family (Yes!)
- Time outside (Yes!)
- Meaningful and productive work with inspiring and engaging colleagues (Yes!)
- Time on my computer (Yes!)
- Exercise at least four times a week (Hm...not consistently. I have a plan; I just haven't been following through with it.)
- Time to myself (Yes.)
- Conversations with extended family and friends (Yes.)
- Time to create something (I have not prioritized this one.)
- A quirky and interesting event on our calendar (Not necessarily)
- A date night with Matt (Nope)
- A big vacation (Nope--can't afford it.)
- A couple self-development endeavors (conferences, retreats, etc.) (Nope--also can't afford it.)
- Use the babysitting co-op to go on dates with Matt. This piece is very important and woefully missing from our life.
- Start planning a big vacation for 2014. We'll have two full-time incomes by then. For me, planning is half the fun, so getting started now might help lift my spirits.
- Plan to make something for the new baby.
- Clean and organize our current space. Our current rental house feels cluttered to me, and clutter makes me feel stuck and unmotivated.
Labels: Grounding Ourselves
Monday, December 17, 2012
- One egg
- Oil spray (I use olive oil in one of these bottles)
- Whole wheat English muffin
- Cheese (I use white cheddar cheese--ever since I read the ingredients and realized that orange cheddar cheese has added coloring for the orange effect--so weird!)
- Toast the English muffin
- Spray the bottom of a regular cereal-size bowl with olive oil or some other kind of non-sticking agent
- Crack an egg into the bowl
- Put the bowl in the microwave and cover with a light dishtowel (we try to be a paper-towel-free household)
- Microwave for 1 minute
- Cut up the cheese
- Assemble! (and add salt and pepper as preferred)
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
- "During the preschool years, you will have many more opportunities to provide a beginning sexuality education to your children...Anticipating some of these potential teachable moments will allow you to give your messages about sexuality in a calm, relaxed way."
- With regard to using accurate names for the body parts: "Try to be calm and matter of fact. You want to try to convey a message that all the parts of the body are good and special, and that all the parts of the body have their own names."
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Labels: In the Kitchen
Monday, December 3, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
- Start Small: Of course I wanted to start with many raised beds. She advised me to start with one, get a handle on it, and then expand the garden. I definitely see her logic.
- Install Drip Irrigation: She explained that garden stores sell drip irrigation kits that come with timers, so you can make your watering more strategic and even easier.
- Start with Transplants: Of course I had grand visions of starting from seeds. She talked me back down to reality. I want to start as simply as possible, so that I'll be able to maintain what I start.
- Ask for this book for Christmas, so I can learn all about the specifics of gardening in Austin.
- Create a master vision for where the raised beds will go at our new house. Even though we'll start small with one or two beds, we'll want to see how they will fit into the larger scheme.
- Create a vision for where to plant fruit trees. We should actually prioritize getting them planted as soon as possible, so we give them more time to grow and produce fruit. We might be able to do this as early as February if a) the north side of our house is nearly finished and further construction won't interfere with the growth of our trees and b) we have enough money to purchase the trees.
- Start researching the best fruit trees to purchase. I need to visit The Natural Gardener. In fact, they have a free gardening class coming up in Austin. Let me know if you want to attend together!
- Start shopping for rain barrels. I think there might be rebates available for installing rain water collection systems in Austin. I need to investigate this a little further. We would save money if we could get these installed while our house was being built.
- Talk with one of my friends to see if she's interested in sharing a garden. She loves gardening but lives in an apartment. Our new house is going to be on her way home from work. She might want to share the costs, work, and harvest.
- Find a good internet tutorial for building raised beds (ooh, this one looks good!) or go back to my All New Square Foot Gardening book. We should try to build one as soon as we move into the house (if there's time before the baby is born). Once the baby is born, I don't want to have any major to-do items hanging over our heads.
- Create a planting plan and schedule for Fall 2013!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
- Paper grocery bags
- BINGO daubers (we bought three of them at the Dollar Store for $3 plus tax)
- Turn each grocery bag into a flat sheet of paper by cutting up the side and cutting out the bottom.
- Use the daubers to apply circles in a haphazard and fun way!
- Work outside if at all possible and wear old clothes (the paint does splatter).
- Don't expect perfect circles from a toddler. Henry liked to smear them, stamp incessantly, etc.
Monday, November 26, 2012
As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take a second to reflect on the paperwork organization system that I've been trying for the past 12 months.
- Consulting records
- Important records (birth certificates, social security cards, etc.)
- Henry Medical
- To recycle
- To shred (e.g., credit card solicitations that could be used for identity theft)
- To file
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
I'm so excited about the impending holidays. We're staying here for Thanksgiving, and my best friend and his sister (who is also our good friend) are flying in from Florida. They'll arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. On Thursday, we'll trek to Houston for the most delicious dinner at our friend's house. She is the most exquisite vegetarian cook, and we always have the best time with the friends she assembles.
- Tuesday afternoon/evening
- Wednesday morning
- Wednesday afternoon/evening
- Thursday morning
- Friday morning
- Walk around the lake
- Hike on the greenbelt
- Go up to the top of Mt. Bonnell
- Walk to the little farm in our neighborhood to see the llama and goats
- Make pancakes on an electric griddle outside
- Browse the vintage shops on South Congress and eat at the food trucks
- Make dinner together
- Prepare our contributions for Thanksgiving dinner
- Go to a local farm for a Christmas tree (are we getting a Christmas tree this year or will we purchase a live one and replant it?)
- Go to the Alamo Draft House for dinner and a movie (maybe in the evening if we can get a babysitter through the co-op?)
- Play board games
- Make some kind of holiday craft? Like make-your-own-stamp and then write notes to friends on little cards? Or origami paper crane Christmas tree ornaments that we write wishes on?
- Visit the Austin Zoo Sanctuary
- Visit the Boggy Creek Farm stand
- Chuy's for Tex-Mex on the patio
- Abel's on the Lake for a beautiful view of Lake Travis
- Mandola's for delicious bread and bocce ball
- Eastside Cafe for healthy food and a visit to the garden/chickens
- Kirby Lane for a classic breakfast experience
- Oatmeal (with dried cherries and pumpkin seeds)
- Green smoothies (yogurt + spinach + frozen mango + banana)
- Egg sandwiches on whole wheat English muffins with cheese (you can cook an egg in the microwave by cracking it into a bowl that's been sprayed with a little oil, covering it with a dishtowel or papertowel, and cooking it for 1 minute)
P.S. Today's post on 2000 Dollar Wedding is a reflection on creating our own lives on our own terms.
Friday, November 16, 2012
- Book + child-sized wooden spoon ($1.50)
- Book + child-sized whisk ($4.50)
- Book + two child-sized scraping spatulas ($1.75)
- Book + vegetable chopper ($2.95)
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
- Maybe Baton Rouge or New Orleans
Monday, November 12, 2012
"This course has done just what I hoped it would do - give me and my husband a framework of questions, exercises, and preparations for us to consider before starting a family. As a result, preparing for conception seems less learn-as-you-go, and much more of an intentional journey. Having a plan to work from will be so reassuring!""For me, [the lessons] were all helpful. Mainly because they helped me examine where we are in our journey and see that we're already doing so much right. If I'd taken this course four years ago, my answers and responses would have been so much different and I would have seen how far we had to go before being ready. I hadn't realized how much we've grown and how much of it has happened organically as a result of our conception taking so long....I feel so much more confident that we are READY!""Thank you so much for putting together this course and for all the support."
The course doesn't presume that doing x, y, and z will lead to pregnancy. Instead, the idea is to focus on the things we can control in order to create a solid foundation (e.g., nutrition, stress levels, relationships, finances, etc.) and to make peace with the things we cannot control about the process.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
- Everyone who wants to participate begins with three tokens. Each token is worth one hour of babysitting.
- You contact people in the co-op individually or through the list to find a babysitter
- You drop off your child at the agreed-upon time at the babysitter's house, and pick them up at the agreed-upon time as well.
- You agree to the following norms:
-Babysitting can only be done in one-hour increments. 15 minutes or less can be rounded down, but 16 minutes and above must be rounded up and payor must pay an extra hour.
-All babysitting is done at the babysitter's home.
-The clock begins at the scheduled time of arrival, regardless of whether the child is dropped off late.
-Babysitting appointments must be cancelled with 24 hours notice or else payment is still required.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
- Object permanence boxes are interesting for babies
- This box with pull down drawers looks fun
- This catalog has lots of kid-sized things that children can use to participate in family life, such as things to use in the kitchen, garden, etc. He'll be doing a lot of that once he hits the 15-month mark
- Haba toys (available on Amazon) are beautiful wooden toys
- Plan toys (available on Amazon) are also beautiful wooden toys
- The Wooden Wagon has some beautiful wooden toys
- I love this beautiful marble run
- Nova Natural is also a good site
- Spill-proof paint pots = $13.50
- Easel brushes = $0.95
- Cooperative board game = $16.95
- Book about the human body = $6.95
- Beeswax crayons = $9.95
- Easel paper (3 packs) = $19.99
- Memory game = $39.95
- Book about building with children = $16
- Toolbelt = $19.95
- Toolbox with tools = $55
- Bug home = $4.95
- Wheelbarrow = $29
- Garden Tools = $6.68
- Red watering can = $8.95
- Duster = $3.95
- Brita dispenser for outdoor water play = $37.99
Wow. Thinking through all of this makes me dwell in possibility about what our life should be like as Henry continues to grow. It feels like our time at home should be filled with practical and creative pursuits: gardening, looking for bugs, watering plants, sweeping, collecting dried leaves for the compost, hanging dishtowels up to dry, fixing things around the house, building things, drawing, painting, sewing, reading, cooking, baking, canning--the list goes on!
And yet this is not what my life is like right now. My free time is mainly spent in front of the computer: blogging, running e-courses, responding to e-mail, and doing my professional work on the computer. I don't feel like my current priorities compromise Henry's childhood. I mainly do these things while he's napping (from 12-2pm) and after he goes to bed (from 6:30-9:30pm).
When his nap goes away and his bed time gets later, I'll need to figure out how to spend less time in front of the computer and more time living my life alongside Henry. I'm looking forward to it!
What else should I put on his list for year 2-3?
Labels: Montessori Environments
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
On the one hand, I can't believe the year is almost over, but, on the other hand, we still have 1/6th of the year left. That's not too shabby.
- Get my car's oil changed. I know this seems like minutiae and is hardly worthy of being listed as a goal for the month, but I need the accountability to get it done. Um, no. But I'm going to do it tomorrow, okay?
- Be patient while we wait to see whether or not we successfully conceived during this cycle. Yes! My mantras helped a lot. And it turns out that I'm pregnant. I'm still in happy shock. Being pregnant after a miscarriage is a whole different ballgame for me. As optimistic as I try to be, I can't help but doubt the pregnancy nearly every single day. How come I don't feel more queasy? How come I'm not peeing more in the night? I've been reluctant to monitor the pregnancy by getting multiple blood tests done (to make sure my hCG is doubling nearly every day) for a couple reasons. First, I'm reluctant to fork over all the co-pays while we are on a super-strict budget. And, two, I have many other things to be doing and focusing on instead of trekking to the doctor. Really, I think I need to turn this topic into its own post.
- Finish Purposeful Parenthood. I made some good progress, but I wasn't able to finish it.
- Brainstorm Matt's birthday present. Yes! But I can't reveal it because it might get back to Matt.
- Build our Christmas lists for family members. Oops.
- Work on publicity plans for my book, A Priceless Wedding: Crafting a Meaningful, Memorable, and Affordable Celebration. A little bit. Thank you so much for your offers of support!
- Publicize Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes That Build Confidence and Independence the Montessori Way. Yep!
- Read for fun and relaxation before bed each night (I hope to participate in this month's book club focused on Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs). Yep! I really enjoyed reading Wild, a memoir about a woman who hikes the Pacific Coast Trail to reconnect with herself.
- Get started on the construction of our house! The appraiser considered the additional information we submitted and agreed to raise the appraisal another $10,000. It puts us close enough to make it work. We are so, so close. We closed on our construction loan. Now we are just waiting for the building permit to come back from the city.
- Planned a play date at the park for families interested in the school.
- Went to 17 meetings related to opening the school!
- Planned an executed an event for community and educational leaders to learn more about our vision for the school.
- Organized our craft room.
- The first trimester always knocks me on my butt. I'm napping for about an hour and a half every day. In the evenings, I'm not motivated to do any work. This month, I'm going to continue letting myself nap for so long, but I'm going to work harder at mustering motivation in the evenings. Henry goes to bed at 6:30, so even if I work for an hour or two, I still have time for relaxation before bed.
- I haven't been dutifully preparing my action plan at the start of every week. When I sit down to plan my week, I need to look back at my monthly goals and schedule in time to work on things. No excuses
- Continue to nurture the life growing inside me: daily naps, walks four times a week, solid nutrition, intentional stress release.
- Select a midwife for a homebirth.
- Get a lot of our Christmas shopping done.
- Select a partner for 2000 Dollar Wedding.
- Enjoy Thanksgiving break with my best friend (and make homemade pumpkin empanadas with cilantro mint dipping sauce).
- Make significant progress on finishing the charter application.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012