Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pure Satisfaction...

...comes with crossing things off my to-do list. I always write my to-do list on a white board on my fridge. Instead of just erasing each task after it's completed, I instead draw a line through it. That way I can look at not only what needs done but what I've already accomplished.

Anyone else do that? I find myself giggling every time I cross another task off, simply because I know I should rather erase it and declutter the white board. Brad pokes fun at me for it too. But I find it so satisfying to be able to look at it and see all the things crossed off. It motivates me to keep going. Then when I have the whole group of things crossed off, I erase all of them.

I did get the bathroom painted on Tuesday. Yay! It felt soooo good to get that task completed because I'm really not a big fan of painting. The actual painting process isn't too bad, and I've gotten good enough that I don't have to use painting tape, but it's all the prep work - wiping down walls, removing all the switch plates and wall decor, and then having everything from the bathroom on my kitchen table for a few days while the paint sets. But it's done.

I also finished ordering my homeschool materials for next year, which is also a big relief. The only thing I'll have to do is order Sergei's materials after we have him evaluated and figure out where he is academically. But at least I have Ian and Lily's stuff ordered and on the way. I found a GREAT website that has awesome prices and the lowest prices for most of the things I need~ Nest Learning.
And while I was on the computer for two hours yesterday scouring the Internet for the CHEAPEST prices I could get on the curriculum I wanted, the kids brought boxes up from the basement and turned our living room into a playhouse. I love to see them playing imaginatively and TOGETHER.

Today, my mother-in-law and I are going shopping to get everything we need for my sister-in-law's bridal shower this Saturday. Tomorrow is cooking/baking day. My mother-in-law is coming over and we're going to attempt to whip everything out in one day. We're having a soup/salad/breadstick lunch. The challenge: figuring out where I'm going to store two roasters-full of soup plus all the other goodies until Saturday!

Have a blessed day!


A Primitive Homestead said...

It is funny how kids can have hours of fun with a simple box. When my kids were very small we got large boxes from an appliance store and made an ark for Bible school. That was the theme that summer for toddler class. I loved it. The ark had port holes and a pull down door. They carried stuffed animal in and out of the ark. My kids played with it long after Bible school was over. A simple box and the joy's of Motherhood.

Wendi said...

I am a list maker and I find great satisfaction when I cross an item off of the list. I love seeing a list with nothing but lines through it.

Carleen said...

Thanks for the Nest Learning link! What curriculum are you going with this year? You can email me if you want.


Farming On Faith said...

Oh I remember when my kids did this. It was great fun!
Cherish the moments~

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Love the stroking-out-the-list thing! So like what I'd like to do...of course I'd love to have more lines, but....that's what I'd LIKE! Reality? Well, we live in hope!
Lovely to 'meet' you.
Love, Anne (in Scotland) x