Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 Goals Update: Mid-February

Hi friends! I wanted to update at the end of January, but at the end of January we were buried under a fresh move to a new house and so it just didn't happen, as did many of my goals. Here is a (hopefully) quick update.
Personal Goals: include, but are not limited to:
~Losing 20-25 pounds this year with portion control, walking/elliptical/cardio, and more veggies. NO, and I don't want to talk about it right now. LOL!
~Writing a letter a week. YES!

~Read a book a week. A book for me, not a read aloud with the kids, or an educational book, or a book I feel like I *should* read. A book that I want to read, for personal pleasure or a how-to book on a topic I am interested in reading. (yes, I'm a speed reader, so this really should be no problem)
Only made it through 3 so far, but I'm gaining speed. I am out of practice it seems.
Spiritual Goals:
~Read through the Bible in a year. Haven't even started yet, is that bad? I have been keeping up with the readings for our sermon series at church.
~Be active in our BREAD group on Facebook. Commented or shared several times already.

~Be more proactive/mindful in my prayer life. Praying more in general, and for specific needs of friends at the *right* time and enjoying my prayer time more.
~Get more comfortable saying, "How's your walk with Jesus this week?" And, "How can I pray for you today?"
  Not comfortable yet, but trying to say it more often anyway.
Couple Goals:
~Read a book about marriage 3 times a year. Not yet.
~Go on an actual date with Dan every 8 weeks (I am trying to be reasonable) Does going to look at water heaters without the kids along count as a date? I sure hope so ;)

~Re-read The 5 Love Languages and become fluent in Dan's language. Haven't re-read the book yet, but done a good job of spending more time speaking Dan's language of quality time together.

Financial Goals:
~Stay on top of the bills (I totally stink at this, so it's a challenge) So far, so good.
~Create an emergency fund of $1000. Well, I had some money saved...

~Complete the 52 week money challenge (I should save $1378 by increasing the amount I put in each week by $1) Doing really well on this one. I've save the proper amount each week so far. Yeah!
~Keep our grocery budget at $150 or lower each week, which will be a trick with our current household size of 7.
Not doing well on this one yet, but with the move, I expected a higher grocery bill for a few weeks. Should be back on track this week. Schooling Goals:
~Finish the year on time...don't get bogged down by every little distraction. On track to finish by end of June.

~Find ways to keep DT's interest instead of just slogging through the work each day. Science experiments and other hands on activities are really helping.

~Help D figure out what he's doing this school year (He's barely started school for the year yet. *le sigh*) and what he wants to do after this year. David and I have had a few great chats about life after high school, how to survive high school, and what how to get where he wants to be.
~Encourage P to continue to be self motivated to get school done. He's managing his own schooling this year. I'm really pleased!
Pat is maintaining his momentum in school even though he says it is boring. He must be a 10th grader or something :)
Family goals:
~Re-insitute FAMILY game night, not just 'everyone' game night. I'm missing homemade pizza and just my family around the game table. I can manage games with DT, and home made pizza, but haven't yet successfully gotten everyone to the table for a meal and a game at the same time. I'll keep trying.
~Watch less TV and do more activities together outside. One super awesome thing about a move is the disruption to our normal routine. We've been working on projects around the house, building on a room, and settling in, and so there has been much less TV watching, and for about 10 days, we lived with Internet. Glorious.

~Spend some one on one time with each child every week. (I tend to get caught up in the herd mentality since there are always so many here, but that lets my own children fall through the cracks, and that's not ok)
Again, I am doing much better on this with DT than with the others. Teenagers are wily.

I am encouraged by the success of some of my goals, but disheartened about the absolute flop of others. However, I am granting myself grace in that we moved just 3 weeks ago, and I know I can do better as the year goes along.
~Kristy~

Wavin' a Hand

I know it's been a while since I posted anything, but I can only plead for grace as I try to unbury myself from this most recent move. We're knee deep in boxes and deeper into gymnastics season, so I'll try to get something besides a wave posted very soon. Thanks!
Hi Rhonda!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Simple Woman's Daybook~ Hello 2015 and We are MOVING edition



FOR TODAY: January 19, 2015

Outside my window...the breeze blows cool and the sun shines brightly to warm the earth. The predicted high today is 65* with a bit of clouds to decorate the sky.

I am thinking...that this year is starting off with a bang. We have changed from a nuclear family of 5 to a multi-generational family of 7 in the past 6 months. We've already celebrated one birthday this year, gymnastics season starts Saturday, we are buying a house this week and moving on Sunday. Phew!

I am thankful...for grace and strength, and mercy that comes new every morning. For patience gleaned from years of (semi) faithful practice. For boxes from friends and strangers alike. For quiet music to calm frantic thoughts.

In the kitchen...not much this week. After Eleventy billion moves (or so it seems) I may have actually accepted that I can't cook at both houses at once, that I should just accept that we will have to eat fast food a few times, and that even I, self proclaimed Do-It-All-Wonder, can't make everyone cooperate when it's time to feed the hungry bellies. Hercules wants the quickest things to eat when he is working so he doesn't lose momentum. To that end, this week's pitiful (but smart) meal plans:
M~HUGE batch of lasagna, salad and garlic bread *everyone likes it AND it reheats well
T~Leftovers
W~Fend for yourself night, since only 2 of the 7 will be home for dinner
Th~Fast Food at the new house (we sign this day)
F~Game Night at the new house (just snacks and drinks, no 'real' dinner on Fridays)
Sat~All Meals out (Dan, Pat and Jay will be moving while Mom, Derek, David and myself will be in ABQ for David's first meet of the season)
Sun~ MOVING DAY! B: donuts and coffee
                                    L: Pizza and drinks courtesy of a friend who wants to help, but is VERY pregnant
                                    D: Taco Soup, chips and drinks (hurray for the crock pot)

I am wearing...jeans, a flag t-shirt, socks and tennies.

I am creating...packed boxes. LOTS AND LOTS of packed boxes. And, my darling daughter in love's late Christmas gift. She knew it would be late when she requested it, and doesn't mind waiting, but I'm working on it as I can during this extra busy season we're in right now.

I am going...to pick up David from work later and that is it. I already ran a few errands this morning and I intend to enjoy the rest of my day at home.

I am wondering...If I will ever find everything again after this move. We are renting a storage unit for the first time in our marriage, and I'm wondering if that will make the garage so 'comfortable' that we never get rid of it.

I am reading...The Imposter Bride, which so far is painfully boring, and Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist, which thankfully is not. And my Bible. And 7, because I CAN. NOT. STOP. reading it. Over and over and over...

I am hoping...that when I look back at my life, I don't just see chaos, but the hand of God clearly leading me, and that I followed willingly, even if it looked like chaos from this end.

I am looking forward to...feeling really, truly, actually settled in at a house for the first time since we moved to the wilds of NM 7 years ago. Since then, we've lived in 5. And when you consider that we've lived in this house nearly 3 years, no wonder I was so sick of moving every 5 minutes for a few years. But this (barring God leading us elsewhere) is our forever home, so we are putting our stamp on it, and putting down roots. Woot!

I am learning...that grace is a marvelous thing. And that I don't extend it to others nearly often enough in this crazy beautiful difficult world we live in.

Around the house...Boxes. Did I mention we are moving in a few days? ;)

I am pondering...the contents of my pantry and freezer, and how they could possibly hold so many things yet, after 3 full weeks of pantry challenges. (yes, we bought things like dairy and produce, but have largely lived off of our excess for the past 3 weeks) Oh well, a reminder to keep doing pantry challenges monthly to use up the extras.


One of my favorite things..."The Sound of Music"

A few plans for the rest of the week: Packing, moving, not losing my mind, getting to David's meet and back safely.

A peek into my day...  A "Welcome home" card left for us by the previous owner. How incredibly thoughtful!
If you've enjoyed this post, and you also enjoy the simple things, take a peek over here to see more daybook entries and to join the fun!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Goals: Simplify, Streamline, Enjoy!

I have several goals for this year, so I'll add them as I sort them out completely. I'm starting with my new motto for the year.
Simplify, Streamline, Enjoy
I want to de-clutter like crazy and learn to say no to the good things so I can save my yes for the BEST things!

I want to become more efficient instead of often feeling like a headless chicken running in endless circles trying to do...it...allllllll.
As my parenting/homeschooling years come to a close with David, and approach their end with Patrick, I want to enjoy these years with my family. Family has always been a priority, but sometimes LIFE derails us until we are just existing, not thriving together. To that end, here are my goals in no particular order, just as they are coming to mind.
Personal Goals: include, but are not limited to:
~Losing 20-25 pounds this year with portion control, walking/elliptical/cardio, and more veggies.
~Writing a letter a week.

~Read a book a week. A book for me, not a read aloud with the kids, or an educational book, or a book I feel like I *should* read. A book that I want to read, for personal pleasure or a how-to book on a topic I am interested in reading. (yes, I'm a speed reader, so this really should be no problem)

Spiritual Goals:
~Read through the Bible in a year
~Be active in our BREAD group on Facebook

~Be more proactive/mindful in my prayer life
~Get more comfortable saying, "How's your walk with Jesus this week?" And, "How can I pray for you today?"

Couple Goals:
~Read a book about marriage 3 times a year
~Go on an actual date with Dan every 8 weeks (I am trying to be reasonable)

~Re-read The 5 Love Languages and become fluent in Dan's language.

Financial Goals:
~Stay on top of the bills (I totally stink at this, so it's a challenge)
~Create an emergency fund of $1000

~Complete the 52 week money challenge (I should save $1378 by increasing the amount I put in each week by $1)
~Keep our grocery budget at $150 or lower each week, which will be a trick with our current household size of 7.
Schooling Goals:~Finish the year on time...don't get bogged down by every little distraction
~Find ways to keep DT's interest instead of just slogging through the work each day

~Help D figure out what he's doing this school year (He's barely started school for the year yet. *le sigh*) and what he wants to do after this year.
~Encourage P to continue to be self motivated to get school done. He's managing his own schooling this year. I'm really pleased!

Family goals:
~Re-insitute FAMILY game night, not just 'everyone' game night. I'm missing homemade pizza and just my family around the game table.
~Watch less TV and do more activities together outside

~Spend some one on one time with each child every week. (I tend to get caught up in the herd mentality since there are always so many here, but that lets my own children fall through the cracks, and that's not ok)


OK, so there are more than even I though there were. Oops. However, I'm aiming high this year. Keep me accountable friends. I'll try to post about once a month to keep you updated.
     ~Kristy~

A Book a Week in 2015 Challenge

Rita, this is for you :) 
I challenged myself and a few friends to read a book a week this year (or a day, month, year, whatever you can do) 
So I printed out the oh-so-cute printables found here http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/book-challenge-2015/  and made myself a 3 ring notebook with enough pages for a whole year. I'll update this as I read through the books. If you want, feel free to leave the books you're reading this year in the comments, and we can use them as recommendations for our next book to read.

Here's my list
:
1. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
~Rating: 5 stars
~Notes: An excellent read for the overworked, overtired, over-everything person in your life (like YOU) Full of practical hands-on advice, interesting anecdotes from herself and other readers of her blog, and questions to make you pause, reflect and then redirect your life. Superb.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Catching UP with Us MeYeR's



Catching up with the MeYeR family is a hard thing to do. Most of the time, we're so busy, we can't even catch up with ourselves. *sigh* (as Jen Hatmaker would say, "For the love of Barnum and Bailey!")
We are working on scaling back, but it's a challenge. I've read Jen Hatmaker's book "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" so many times that I nearly have it memorized, but putting it into practice in our hectic lives is proving to be more challenging than I had hoped. Sometimes I feel like Lucy from the Peanuts comic strip hollering, "Stop the world, I want to get off." And most days, I know that this is just a season of my life and that someday soon I'll be an empty nest-er, or only have 1 at home and I'll be so lonely and bored that I'll be longing for this insanity that is currently my life. But at this exact moment, I can't even imagine being lonely or bored, and quite frankly, the idea sounds lovely. So, we're continuing to work toward simplicity wherever possible and hanging on for dear life everywhere else. Mom has been great at helping not only pick up my slack (and there is plenty, I assure you) but in helping and encouraging me to find new ways to simplify.
~Less is more.
~Less is better.
~Less is of higher quality.
So we've been decluttering like our lives depended on it. We've packed the first several boxes for our upcoming move. (more on that in another post) And I'm feeling good about those changes. I've actually had time recently to even have a conversation or two with Handsome Hercules, without one or both of us running in opposite directions. We've got a good ways to go, but progress is always something to be appreciated and applauded. As we head into the 2 busiest seasons in our life (the holidays and gymnastics seasons) it is good that we've scaled back some. We're running the boys hither and yon less. With a few notable exceptions, my routine at work has calmed down. Mom has taken over the dinner shift, and while I miss cooking for the family everyday, I do enjoy eating at a reasonable time so that there is a little family time before DT gets shuttled off to bed. We're signing up for things at church and the gym that we can do as a family instead of one parent always being gone and the other at home with the kiddos.
Apparently the 2 hardest-headed people are finally learning a few things. Guess that means if we can do it, so can you. :) So hang in there friends, there IS light at the end of the tunnel, and it's NOT an oncoming train.
In other news,
~We are still house hunting, but have one picked out that should have an offer on it before the end of the week. We were hoping to pull off a move before Christmas, but that's not looking good, so possibly right after the new year rolls around.
~My nephew Jayson will be here by the week's end to stay with us for 6-8 months while he gets a job and saves money before his lovely lady can join him down here in the Land of Enchantment.
~We are rapidly approaching the 1 year anniversary of my dad's death, so if you have a minute, please say a prayer for my mama. She's a trooper but she still gets sad sometimes.
~Dan nearly lost his thumb in a work related accident a few weeks back and it is healing beautifully. He never even missed a day of work. Praise the LORD!
~Dan is currently between jobs. Looks like he will be going back to Wooten in just a few days, but if any of my local friends have a small job they need done this week, he's available.
I think that's all the big news right now. I'll keep you posted :)
     As always, thanks for reading this and sharing our journey. Lost Boys, Mama K misses you like crazy.
       ~K~

Random Recent Pictures

Since I've fallen so far behind in posting pics, I'm going to just post an assortment from the past few months and call it done. Hope that's OK with all of you. I'll label them, and offer some idea what is going on in them. Here we go...
Carissa loves her Nana Karen. The feeling is quite mutual, I assure you!

We hosted a Magic Tourney...and much hilarity ensued


Z sports a squid hat...
David is a cool Viking...

And Patrick is??? We're not sure. LOL!

Devin and Annabel came to visit from TX

Karen was especially delighted to see her "Sugarbaby"

Carissa kept getting cuter! Tyler is really coming into his own as a parent. I'm quite impressed

Karen and Charlie celebrated 40 years of friendship in Sept.

Carissa turned 1, and got cuter.

...And cuter still!

David turned 17 and even though he wouldn't let us sing Happy Birthday to him, he did accept a few presents. A cool new blade from Dad and a butterfly knife from Charlie being the favorites.

David worked up a new resume to pursue being a stunt double like Auntie Jodi, and in a rare splash of goodwill, allowed me to take pictures of him to add to his portfolio. I'll take it!

He even smiled. And what a sweet smile it is :)





And cuter still. Oooooooooooooooo, she is so adorable, I want to gobble her up










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