Sunday, October 17, 2010

My husband is a genius

At the dinner table the other night I told him how crazy it was to be a stay-at-home-Mom.

 When I used to work full time (and I mean FULL time) and I had my SAHM clients running in late, sit in my chair, let out a big sigh and be like "phew! Sorry I'm late, but.." and I used to think to myself

Oh brother! What the heck do you do all day? Your whole job title is STAY AT HOME!

Boy, was I wrong.
(isn't funny how we are so quick to judge something that we have yet to experience ourselves? Like "i'll NEVER let my kids do that" and then you have kids hit that age, and you let them do that.)

I have been busier since being a Mommy than I've ever been my whole life, including my 7 1/2 years of doing hair and building my business. But the weird thing is, I can't even explain WHY I'm so busy. I mean, obviously Ruby takes up most of my time. Tending to her and playing with her are my top priorities, so somewhere after that I have to meal plan, do the laundry, lay her down, dishes, clean the house, get the groceries, run the errands, pick up this, drop off that, change a diaper, church wednesdays and sundays, work all day Tuesdays, make dinner, clean the house, shower my family (yes we all 3 get in the shower and scrub a dub dub. Much quicker than giving Ruby a bath and there will be years of that to come!) and much much more.

BUT
and I'm embarassed to say this...
I spend any quick little chance I get to hop on the computer "real quick" to just check this or that and find myself on here way longer than needed. So that's where the mystery of "I don't know how the day slips away. I feel like I'm running around non-stop but not accomplishing as much as I'd like" is no longer a mystery!

SO
Kevin came up with a great plan, because he's my man and he knows how much I love order.
He said to give myself hours, like a real job. Even an hour or so lunch break. And not get on the computer at all during the day to just browse because I couldn't do that at a real job anyways. To set goals each day, and accomplish them by using my free time doing them, not sitting on the computer.
Then, at night, when Ruby's in bed and my "work day" is over and I've accomplished what I've set for myself...I can get on and blog!
I am so excited for my new schedule!

7 comments:

Chrissy Galloway said...

Ya'll are adorable. I love it.

Chrissy Galloway said...

Comment part 2. Haha. I don't know if you have ever heard of Google Reader, but once I found out about it I fell in love with it.

I too was struggling with how much time I was spending on the computer. However, I loved looking at blogs of my friends and blogs that inspired me. So I heard about Google Reader.

You basically make a list of all the websites/blogs you regularly look at. Add a little button on your Internet window that says "Next." Every time you press that button it will go though all the pages on your list that has been updated.

There is no going to every website and checking to see if they have updated. Google reader does it for you. I love it; it has cut down a ton of wasted time for me on the computer!

The Farrar's said...

LOVE the new blog header! So crisp and clean! I might have to re-do mine! You've inspired me! You also inspire me to be a better mother! You are SUPER WOMAN! Go girl!

Larsen Family said...

Welcome to my world. :)

humblelearning said...

Your new blog header is so YOU, it looks great Jessica. It's great to hear that you're finding balance; it's a constant push and pull for me, as it for most mothers. Several weeks ago I was talking to a mama who still works as a physical therapist a few days a week. She says that they're her days off - she gets to eat lunch alone for an hour and read a magazine, and when she comes home from work the house is in the same state it was when they left that morning. I felt pretty validated after hearing that from an honest mother I admire.

My question is to the mamas out there who do what we do (over twice as many kids), but also homeschool their children, workout daily, photograph their families like professionals, create beautiful and creative arts, and blog about it on a daily basis? I've come to realize that time management comes with doing this gig, and next year you'll be amazed at what you're able to do (case in point: our mom was a single mom of five kids). We'll get there.

Sheryl said...

You can do it! (you ARE doing it!). I'm learning time blocking. It's easier in my stage of life (a baby doesn't wait for your schedule!) but I set aside time frames to accomplish this and that. I used to put you kids down for a nap and set the alarm for 10 or 15 minutes to accomplish a task or two or three. Made it a game. You'd be amazed if you race against the clock how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time. Then the game became how much could I do next time around? I think that's how I got fast at things. I'm so proud of you and Shannon in your mothering. You both are amazing and creating such happy wholesome homes and children. Bravo, applause, whistles, cymbals crashing, bells jingling, horns blowing, kazoos blowing.....all in celebration of the great jobs you are doing. I love you!

Kari Beth said...

not having my blog for the last month has been incredible. but, i do miss it and i keep thinking "i need to blog about this"...but, i'm sticking to my guns. although, i did give in to facebook. but, i'm not as addicted to it as i am blogging and reading blogs.

love your new blog layout. its so simple and fresh!

miss you guys...hope to see y'all soon!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My husband is a genius

At the dinner table the other night I told him how crazy it was to be a stay-at-home-Mom.

 When I used to work full time (and I mean FULL time) and I had my SAHM clients running in late, sit in my chair, let out a big sigh and be like "phew! Sorry I'm late, but.." and I used to think to myself

Oh brother! What the heck do you do all day? Your whole job title is STAY AT HOME!

Boy, was I wrong.
(isn't funny how we are so quick to judge something that we have yet to experience ourselves? Like "i'll NEVER let my kids do that" and then you have kids hit that age, and you let them do that.)

I have been busier since being a Mommy than I've ever been my whole life, including my 7 1/2 years of doing hair and building my business. But the weird thing is, I can't even explain WHY I'm so busy. I mean, obviously Ruby takes up most of my time. Tending to her and playing with her are my top priorities, so somewhere after that I have to meal plan, do the laundry, lay her down, dishes, clean the house, get the groceries, run the errands, pick up this, drop off that, change a diaper, church wednesdays and sundays, work all day Tuesdays, make dinner, clean the house, shower my family (yes we all 3 get in the shower and scrub a dub dub. Much quicker than giving Ruby a bath and there will be years of that to come!) and much much more.

BUT
and I'm embarassed to say this...
I spend any quick little chance I get to hop on the computer "real quick" to just check this or that and find myself on here way longer than needed. So that's where the mystery of "I don't know how the day slips away. I feel like I'm running around non-stop but not accomplishing as much as I'd like" is no longer a mystery!

SO
Kevin came up with a great plan, because he's my man and he knows how much I love order.
He said to give myself hours, like a real job. Even an hour or so lunch break. And not get on the computer at all during the day to just browse because I couldn't do that at a real job anyways. To set goals each day, and accomplish them by using my free time doing them, not sitting on the computer.
Then, at night, when Ruby's in bed and my "work day" is over and I've accomplished what I've set for myself...I can get on and blog!
I am so excited for my new schedule!

7 comments:

Chrissy Galloway said...

Ya'll are adorable. I love it.

Chrissy Galloway said...

Comment part 2. Haha. I don't know if you have ever heard of Google Reader, but once I found out about it I fell in love with it.

I too was struggling with how much time I was spending on the computer. However, I loved looking at blogs of my friends and blogs that inspired me. So I heard about Google Reader.

You basically make a list of all the websites/blogs you regularly look at. Add a little button on your Internet window that says "Next." Every time you press that button it will go though all the pages on your list that has been updated.

There is no going to every website and checking to see if they have updated. Google reader does it for you. I love it; it has cut down a ton of wasted time for me on the computer!

The Farrar's said...

LOVE the new blog header! So crisp and clean! I might have to re-do mine! You've inspired me! You also inspire me to be a better mother! You are SUPER WOMAN! Go girl!

Larsen Family said...

Welcome to my world. :)

humblelearning said...

Your new blog header is so YOU, it looks great Jessica. It's great to hear that you're finding balance; it's a constant push and pull for me, as it for most mothers. Several weeks ago I was talking to a mama who still works as a physical therapist a few days a week. She says that they're her days off - she gets to eat lunch alone for an hour and read a magazine, and when she comes home from work the house is in the same state it was when they left that morning. I felt pretty validated after hearing that from an honest mother I admire.

My question is to the mamas out there who do what we do (over twice as many kids), but also homeschool their children, workout daily, photograph their families like professionals, create beautiful and creative arts, and blog about it on a daily basis? I've come to realize that time management comes with doing this gig, and next year you'll be amazed at what you're able to do (case in point: our mom was a single mom of five kids). We'll get there.

Sheryl said...

You can do it! (you ARE doing it!). I'm learning time blocking. It's easier in my stage of life (a baby doesn't wait for your schedule!) but I set aside time frames to accomplish this and that. I used to put you kids down for a nap and set the alarm for 10 or 15 minutes to accomplish a task or two or three. Made it a game. You'd be amazed if you race against the clock how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time. Then the game became how much could I do next time around? I think that's how I got fast at things. I'm so proud of you and Shannon in your mothering. You both are amazing and creating such happy wholesome homes and children. Bravo, applause, whistles, cymbals crashing, bells jingling, horns blowing, kazoos blowing.....all in celebration of the great jobs you are doing. I love you!

Kari Beth said...

not having my blog for the last month has been incredible. but, i do miss it and i keep thinking "i need to blog about this"...but, i'm sticking to my guns. although, i did give in to facebook. but, i'm not as addicted to it as i am blogging and reading blogs.

love your new blog layout. its so simple and fresh!

miss you guys...hope to see y'all soon!