Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Daily Photo: April 9 - 15, 2019

April 9, 2019 -- You've already seen a lot of pictures from this day but I saved this picture of my overly dead tulips just for this photo project!

April 10, 2019 -- I thought I hadn't taken any pictures this day but thankfully we cooked a meal for our Country of the Week project and I always make sure I document those. This day it was cabbage rolls from Lithuania.

April 11, 2019 -- After a really busy week all I wanted was to be on vacation. Drinking coffee-hot chocolate out of my Disney Cruise mug reminded me of relaxation.

April 12, 2019 -- The kids had a PD day. After having play dates in the morning, they enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of colouring and reading.

April 13, 2019 -- Rachel and Dave enjoyed some trampoline time. Our glorious spring days are few and far between right now but we wring all the outside joy out of them that we can. I hung out four loads of laundry which was my version of "wringing out the joy." Ha!

April 14, 2019 -- Yellow tulips on a grey rainy day.

April 15, 2019 -- The bench for holding my laundry baskets has been added to the backyard. And I think it's getting greener. Maybe?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Day In The Life: April 9, 2019

After reading Allena's Day In The Life post, I decided it was time for me to write another one. I was planning on doing this a few weeks ago but then I realized my day was going to be fairly similar to the last time I did this in March 2018 (you can read that post here) so I decided to pick a different day of the week.

5:25am and 5:30am -- My alarm went off. I hit snooze until about 6am then browsed things on the iPad -- I usually check Instagram, blogs, and e-mail. I worked seven and a half hours the previous day (my job is supposed to be about ten hours a week!) so I took it a bit easy this morning :)
6:20am -- I went downstairs and made some coffee. As is somewhat normal, I discovered that Sam had woken up before me and was reading. (He usually wakes up shortly after 6). I put the dishes away, with Sam's help. Normally I wouldn't put the dishes away but I couldn't boil water until I'd unearthed the stove!
6:35am -- It was time to tackle laundry. I took down the clean load, I got a fresh load in the washer and I hung the wet load up. We haven't had that many nice outdoor laundry drying days yet so I'm still using my indoor clothesline.
7:05am -- I finally got to drink the first cup of coffee-hot chocolate of the day (which I alternated with water) and I tackled some Bible reading.
7:30am -- I went upstairs, folded and put away a load of laundry and had a shower.

8:10am -- I made a grocery list. To do this, I check what's on our menu plan, I check what I can buy at the grocery store to earn points, and I go through the flyer app to see if there's anything to price match. It's a bit of an involved process.
8:35am -- In an attempt to get more outside time, I walked the kids to school. They walk on their own the majority of the time but every once in awhile, I like to join them.
8:55am -- I got home, ate a breakfast pita, and warmed up my cup of coffee-hot chocolate.

9:15am - 11:30am -- I hosted a meeting with a co-worker. I work in a virtual office so this was a rare occurrence
11:30am -- I ate a quick lunch of cold pizza which I LOVE and caught up on a few other work things. Sorry for the blurry picture :(
12:00pm -- I volunteer for our mid-week church program, which is called SoulFood. I was working on an involved cards project, which the Grades 1 - 3 kids did in their Worship Skills time.
12:15pm -- I walked to the library. I've proclaimed my love for this specific walking path in our city before and I will do it again :) Also, I loved this sign!!!
 
1:05pm -- I got home from the library and fell down the "When did I get Gmail rabbit hole?" thanks to the Google image wishing Gmail a Happy 15th Birthday! I was a very early Google user because a good friend was doing a co-op term at Google when Gmail was rolled out to the public. He sent me an exclusive invitation! At the time those invitations were selling for about $250 on Ebay.

From April 29, 2004, here is the first e-mail I sent from my Gmail account:

So I know that I am an official geeky-type person because this new account makes me really happy :) But don't worry -- it's not going to be my official e-mail address because I can't access it at work. I can only access it at friends' houses. So only send me e-mail here that isn't all that important.
Happy, happy, and sweaty in Waterloo,

Natashajk

ps. the sweaty part is because I just survived my first Ultimate practise. Now it's time for supper and CSI and half a day of work tomorrow!

1:30pm -- I ate a bit more lunch (fake "chicken" salad on rice crackers) and continued sorting pictures for the SoulFood project.
2:15pm -- I spent this time working and drinking tea and had a conversation with one of our pastors about the card project. I spend A LOT of time at my desk most days.
3:10pm -- I almost always pick the kids up from school, walking along the same path. We came home, and got ready to head out for the evening.
4:10pm -- Here we are at dance where Rachel dances for an hour and a half, Sam dances for forty-five minutes and I get stuff done for an hour and a half! This day I worked and figured out more SoulFood card stuff. Then another mom and I talked with the dance studio admin person about dance options for the fall. Yes, we're already looking ahead to fall.
6:05pm -- In an unusual move, we ate supper out at Harvey's. Dave was out for the evening and, on Tuesdays, he usually comes home early from work and cooks a quick supper. However, this day I didn't have time to get home and make supper before piano. Rachel also studied for her science test the next day.
6:35pm -- We went to piano and arrived about twenty minutes early. Sam read and Rachel studied some more. I got some more Bible reading done and dealt with some personal e-mails. While Sam and Rachel spent 45 minutes in their piano lesson, I continued to do the same things. Exciting.
8:00pm -- It was finally time to head home. Yay!

8:15pm -- We got home, and I encouraged the kids to put on pjs and read quietly in bed while I did dishes. I also spent some time helping them understand their new bank statements! They each opened up a savings account a few weeks ago and were excited to see they'd already earned one cent of interest :)
 
left: dirty dishes on one side, right: clean dishes on the other side
 
8:45pm -- The dishes were done and I tucked the kids into bed for the night. Rachel fell asleep around 9:05 and I played games on the iPad in her room to make sure she was actually asleep.
9:20pm -- I checked on Sam, who was asleep and watched all the Instastories I'd missed during the day. I also read a bit.
10:10pm -- Dave came home and I checked in with him on his evening. I was exhausted so I fell asleep around 10:30 which is earlier than normal.

And that was an exciting day in my life in 2019. If I remember, I might try and do another one this summer because summer days are the best :)

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Daily Photo: April 2 - 8, 2019

April 2, 2019 -- If you look closely at this picture you will see the lunch container is labeled "Rachel" on the lid and "Sam" on the container itself. So who was supposed to take this for lunch?!?!?!

April 3, 2019 -- My intended Readathon TBR.

April 4, 2019 -- After an incredibly busy day I was so grateful to crawl into bed with a good book and some lemonade.

April 5, 2019 -- Our church hosted an event called "Beyond Binaries: Creating an Affirming Church." It was the impetus of, and mostly organized by, a Grade 12 youth in our church who I have known since they were born. I spent quite a few hours volunteering in the kitchen this day and Sam and Rachel rolled all this cutlery into these colourful napkins.

April 6, 2019 -- The worship space for Beyond Binaries was gorgeous. I was so proud of the youth behind this event and all of the work they put into this day.

April 7, 2019 -- We set up our trampoline this day. I think Rachel would live out there now if she could!

April 8, 2019 -- Last week snow, this week green. Our spring is CRAZY this year!

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

April Goals

A few days late, here are the goals I want to accomplish in April.

1) Make Bible reading goal a priority.

I really DO want to read through my Bible this year. While I'm familiar with most of it, I know there are parts of the Bible I have never read and, even with the familiar things, it's good to read with a fresh perspective. I'm still stuck back in January and I am going to push to get pretty caught up in April. If I'm serious about this goal, I need to make it a priority.

2) Get 10,000 steps a day (preferably outside) on my FitBit.

So I had a "get outside" goal in February which I realized at the end of the month I didn't make specific enough. Here is my specific goal. Spoiler alert: I stubbed my toe badly (walking into Rachel -- dumbest thing ever) on Monday night so walking has been... interesting... so far this month. Bummer. Here's a picture of my toe for posterity and to show I'm not just making excuses :)
It's the toe beside my pinky toe.
What a lovely shade of purple - NOT. 

3) Reduce the number of pictures on the iPad.

Our iPad is over six years old and has a gazillion pictures on it. Last time I cleaned out the iPad, I wrote this post and I'm sure another one of those is in the making with some of the gems currently taking up space on that thing.

4) Try to give blood again.

I got out of the habit of giving blood when we went to Kenya and I couldn't give it for a year. Now I have a friend who depends on a monthly blood transfusion, and even though I can't give my blood directly to them, I can give it to someone else who is in need.


Giving blood in February 2013

5) Set out weekly clothes for the kids each Sunday.

Life goes so much more smoothly when I set out all the kids' clothes for the week every Sunday night. I need to get back into that habit. Laundry in general has gotten chaotic this past month (Read: Sam's run out of jeans (he has seven pairs (all hand me downs)) and both kids have run out of underwear. I don't know why it's gotten so bad...), so this might be one small way of getting a handle on it again.
Here's some minutiae about our lives: 
Rachel's clothes for the week go on the shelf 
underneath her nightstand. Sam's go on his rocking chair.
Our life is so exciting. Ha!  

6) Read Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

These are two books I keep running into in other books (or through friends) and I want to read them both. Sadly, Bad Feminist isn't available at my library, except as an e-book, so I'm going to have to work a little harder to read that one. Hmmmm...

7) Sort the spice drawer.

Here's what it looks like now. Enough said.
We have both a spice rack and spice drawer. 
The spice drawer holds the extra spices and other random things.  

8) Get outside and practice biking with the kids -- 20 minutes at least three times a week.

The fact that our kids, Sam especially, can't bike yet is starting to hold them back in hanging out with their friends. Rachel is really almost there. We just need to make this a priority and it will be a very good start to Spring if both our kids learn to ride their bikes.
Rachel biked a few feet the other day. She is highly motivated to learn.
Sam, on the other hand, will be the world's best non-biking baseball player. Ha! 

You guys always have the best thoughts about my monthly goals so I can't wait to hear what you have to say about these ones! Advice, encouragement, and anything else you have to say is welcome!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Daily Photo: March 26 - April 1, 2019

March 26, 2019 -- Tuesday is dance day! Rachel posed for me in her ballet studio.

March 27, 2019 -- I didn't give you any tulip pictures last week but my tulip love is still going strong.

March 28, 2019 -- Opening Day of MLB was finally here!!! We couldn't watch the whole game but Sam and I eagerly watched about an hour of it. Here is the first pitch of the year for the Jays!!!

March 29, 2019 -- The first laundry hanging day of the year!!!

March 30, 2019 -- Sam is TEN!!!

March 31, 2019 -- We had a late snowstorm. It was a big fluffy snow and everything looked so pretty.

April 1, 2019 -- Last week I thought I would be showing you a picture of "starting to get green" grass. Mother Nature had other plans though...