Wednesday, August 24, 2016

July 2016 In Our Home

30 months old & 13 months old!

New house .. let the organization fun begin!
     July in our home could be summed up in one word- moving. This was the month we made the move from the rent house to our own house. We didn't anticipate the effort taking quite as long as it did, but with two little ones underfoot, a new pregnancy, and ourselves as packers and movers it was quite the process! 

     We also had two weeks in which we hired a company to complete a few projects in the new home for us. We had the wood paneling in the living room painted, which made an astonishing transformation of the room (love light and bright!). We also had a strange built-in shelf removed from the dining room, and the walls and floors repaired. The extra space allows us to fit a much larger table, which we've been needing for quite a while. Last, we added a garage door opener which will add a great deal of convenience for me in getting children in and out of the car. We could have saved money by doing the work ourselves, but we simply lack the time at this moment. David's time is quite full with his job, and I stay rather busy with managing our home and the children. (Plus, painting is not advisable during pregnancy). Unfortunately, the work that should have taken two days ended up taking so much longer due to difficulties with the company's workers. It was quite frustrating and stressful to continue to function well with little ones with entire days disrupted for so long. 

     In the end, though, we're finally in our own home and enjoying our new space!
Toddler moments- We got a little desperate for ways
to stay occupied and out of the home repair mess.
A dry erase board and marker was the entertainment
of choice one morning. Fortunately, dry erase marker washes
 off really easily! haha
Toddler moments- Tennyson had a "boogie nose." So, he proceeded to tear off bits of toilet paper, wipe his nose, and then toss them into the toilet....for the entire roll. haha!  

Ah, the enthusiasm and joy in that little face! 
    The busyness of the month's activities limited my time to be in the Word. However, circumstance doesn't dictate faith. Despite the lack of moments to be quiet and still, the Lord still spoke to my heart. The state of my attitudes and behaviors and the influence those entities have on my home and children has been pressing lately. Ugly attitude and behavior from Mama begets ugly attitudes and behaviors from the children. I'm their example, and I must lead in our home as such. My voice needs to soften, in tone and volume. My parenting methods needs clarification and diligence. We need established family rules and consequences so that the children know exactly the behaviors that are and are not acceptable instead of it being a matter of momentary decision. I need to remember and be consistent on the three aspects of discipline: 1) teach 2) warn 3) consequence (removal from activity via time out mat). Finally, I need to make greater effort to reconnect with David. He should never feel as though he's my enemy (ouch!). How am I considering and relating to him? Time in the Bible and prayer are, of course, always needed. 
Sweet little face soaking up the sunshine!

     The needs that have arisen are likely the result of having moving, home repairs, and early pregnancy with complications all occur at once. Yet, it's still worthy to self-examine and determine small steps that can be taken to better improve oneself, home and family. This is my "strive for excellence" personal motto. 

     We're looking forward to a much more settled August. Hooray for no more moving for the next few years! haha

Books I'm Reading: continuing to read Toddler Rules by Jo Frost

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