this week's goals + the ultimate multitasking

Oh, you won't believe this, but my little Zaner slept for 10 hours in his crib one night last week!! Were you praying? Because I think the Lord heard you! We had a challenging week, so the sleep was much needed. :)

Summer is so much different at our house. Even with the schedule in place, the kids didn't know what to do with themselves in play time. And this week is VBS, and the oldest three are thrilled to be gone all morning. :) So we're still finding our groove. And then over the weekend we did a major DIY project which I will tell you about soon! But the goals really helped me stay focused and productive with all my extra free time, so I'm back at 'em again. :D

I did everything last week but sell the 2 items, and paint the laundry cabinets {Rob said he would spray them for me and you know I don't mind that!}. Instead of painting those cabinets, while Rob was working on the special project, I took the car to the $5 wash. ;) I washed the car and gave the baby a nap, all while putting my makeup on at the same time. {!} It was a win for mommy multi-tasking!

I was so proud. :)

Here are this week's 
DRLB goals:

:: do ::
follow our new summer schedule {afternoons}
teach/exercise 5-6 hours
sell 2 items online
clean the upstairs
sort out closet excess to sell armoire
do 1 fun craft project
make father's day gifts :)
take children to VBS daily, library and swimming
remove veneer and paint radio cabinet
forgo bread {processed carbs have been giving me headaches- SAD}

:: read ::
finish Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child^ {this has been so good. I didn't realize until I read this that the baby really needed to take longer naps}
You Are Loved: Embracing the Everlasting Love God has for You^ by Good Morning Girls/ Angela Perritt + Sally Clarkson- Week 2 Bible reading 
daily readings-  Psalm,  Gospel, epistle

:: learn ::
Psalm 103:13-14
As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

:: be ::
serious about sleeping:  this one isn't a character quality necessarily, but I want to focus on resting more myself. I would like to try to take a few naps and see if my body starts to recharge. The night the baby slept was so good, and now that we don't have to do school I can take naps again!! hallelujah. :) I also want to move my bedtime up 30 minutes to an hour earlier. Since the kids go to bed around 9:45, I shoot for 11:00- 11:30 normally, but this week I'm trying to hit 10:30- 10:45. I'm excited.

What are your goals this week?

What time do you go to bed during the week?

Any fun ideas for Father's Day crafts for kids? :)

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  1. Sophie from FranceJune 10, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Your kids go to bed late compared to mine! Here, they go to bed at 8:00 / 8:30 ... 9: 00 is really late for us!
    And I go to bed around 10:30 / 11:00 (but the next day waking up is harder! I think 10:30 is really a good time for me, I can get up around 6:30 without too much difficulty, especially since it emerged earlier and the shutters are open.)

    For Father's Day, one of my son will make a bookmark and others do something at school ...! And you, any ideas?

  2. My goals for the week are nice and simple. The kids and I are relaxing in a hotel while my husband works (he works remotely so we drove up to the home office for a week so he could be in office) with that in mind I plan on swimming, reading and just relaxing. A much needed break in the chaos of what is going to be our summer.

    My kids go to bed around 9-10 during the summer with the occasional see how long you can stay up Friday night. And I'm in bed around 11-12. Although I have done the going to bed an hour earlier thing for a while and it was glorious.

    Hope the sweet one sleeps again for you this week.

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  4. I loved your multitasking picture! It made me giggle as I'm often doing 6 different things at once. So glad you got some sleep! Hope the little guy continues with that great pattern! Have a blessed week!

  5. Hi Mandy,

    Thanks to you, I have started to post my weekly to-do-list on my blog, as well, It worked wonders to motivate me AND as a fun reminder of things that I would like to accomplish before the end of the week. ^__^

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    LeeAnne, Style N Season


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