One of my blogging goals for 2016 is to start blogging about me again.  That sounds very egotistical but blogging is all about sharing your life and your thoughts.  When I started blogging I was transitioning from schooling at home to home schooling, from educating my kids to teaching their whole life.  As I learnt from our experiences I blogged – this helped me process, but it also helped many of you.  My life is heading towards transition, tumbling along with change: my kids are all but grown and with other things that have happened in our world sometimes I don’t know what to share, how to share, when to share, why to share!  So I’m going back to the beginning – once a month (as a discipline to start with) I want to write about me – sharing my life and my thoughts.  I hope it will help me process my heart and I hope you will be encouraged along the way as well!

 

Sharing my life and my thoughts (January 2016)

January is completely about our family holiday.  We had a busy time with Christmas with family, New Years with friends, and then a family reunion.  Then we flew to Tasmania for a family holiday.  The goal was to enjoy the scenery and take lots of photos – and we achieved that!!

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As we went around, doing the touristy thing day after day I was very aware that it is very different travelling with adult kids than young kids.  But there were times that we all slipped into the mode of parent/child instead of 6 adults travelling together so that leaves us with something to talk about and work on before we head off together again.

 

We extended our time away by a few extra days to celebrate Nomi’s birthday in Darwin with friends who were also holidaying in Darwin.

Around the house: We arrived home after driving all day to find that Jess (who had come home a week earlier than the rest of us) had pranked us by switching the furniture around,  changing drawers and turning the milk green – just little things, but enough to confuse us!!  The first few day home is about getting things back in order (not just the switched around furniture but cleaning up after being away for a month.)   Since then we’ve been packing up the kitchen getting ready for a Kitchen renno.  We’ve moved the necessities into the laundry which will be my makeshift kitchen for a few weeks.

Packing up the kitchen - 20 years of living in one space
Just wipes away tea stains! Magic!
What I’ve learnt: When I’m away on holidays I find that I usually come home with some tip that helps me in some area of my life.  This year my very helpful tip is that Magic Erasers* clean the tea stains in white mugs.  If you don’t have white china mugs, and you don’t drink tea then you may not know what a boon this tip is!!  My mum keeps a small block of Magic Eraser on her sink – she used to bleach her cups, so you can imagine what a time saver this is!!  If you read my “Homemaking with things that make me happy” post you will know that I like matching mugs and my favourite mugs at the moment are white inside!
Something new:  I made bread rolls and popped them in the freezer before they were baked.  The next day, when we had visitors over, I popped them in the oven (still frozen) and voila… fresh breadrolls!  I had a friend who used to do this all the time but I’ve never been able to get the timing right in my head.  The only thing was – once the breadrolls were all made I realised the visitors we had coming for lunch the next day were bread-bakers by trade!  Oh well, they were very gracious about my bread rolls.

Progress on my 2016 goals:

In the few weeks that I’ve been home –

  • I have been consistent in having my Bible time first up in the morning. My friend made a comment that she uses her Bible time as a part of her waking up routine.  So I’ve been doing that – I get dressed, make a cuppa and grab my ipad and go to my reading spot even if I’m still half asleep.  Really, by the time I get to sit down, I really am awake.  I don’t know why but that one sentence has changed my thinking.
  • I have been able to stay home in the mornings – except for taking Little Missy into town after she’s been here overnight, but I drop her off and turn around and come straight home! I have noticed my mornings are more productive when I have consistent goals for my mornings: Health, House, Homeschool (haven’t started yet), and then helping others (blogging, phone calls, talking to kids etc)
  • I haven’t started exercising or drinking smoothies for breakfast – though I am drinking skinny coffee!
  • Neither have I started scrapbooking in my evenings. I got caught up with tweaking things on my blog – I have a new front page, a new About me page and a downloadable gift for all subscribers.

 

You can read about my goals for the year here.

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