Can you believe it’s MARCH FIRST?
I can, because I’ve spent the entire month of February telling myself that I am going to eat really, really, really good in March. I do this every year in March … and dang it all, now I have to follow through! Spring and warmer weather are just around the corner and I’ve got my winter ‘coat’ to shed. I’m doing NO refined sugar and LOTS of whole foods.
Feel free to join me.
There’s a really fun idea on Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s blog today. It’s a challenge to March Fourth by March 4th — to START whatever it is you’ve been pondering or planning — to set something into motion, be it a health campaign (like mine), a spring-cleaning project, new book or class or the first steps towards realizing a dream.
Kolette Hall is teaching a 4-week workshop called Life Tunes that starts on Thursday (conveniently, March 4th) She will help you use the music you love to explore some of the important moments and memories in your life. The result will be a super-cool 9×9 scrapbook album.
I’ve heard a lot about another online class, called Mondo Beyondo, taught by Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen that is designed to help you take your dreams from the realm of wishing into everyday action. I have a few dreams of my own I’m currently working on, but mostly putting off so I’m intrigued and considering this class — although I’m not sure how involved I could be. If you’ve taken this course, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
March 1st also means it’s time to check in with the girls at Write. Click. Scrapbook.
The theme this month is No Kids Allowed and so the gallery is chock full of great layouts celebrating the things we do that don’t involve children. I love this one by Katrina Simek. I think it’s appropriate to share on the first day of March!
My layout shares some reflections after diving into Seth Godin’s new book and let me add that I sincerely hope you are reading this book!
Ok, back to life …we had a really good, relaxing weekend with very little scheduled. I needed one of these!
We started off with heart-shaped pizzas for dinner (the results of a fundrasier) and then we headed to Trey’s final Upward basketball game. After that we all sat around and watched the Olympics. Trey purchased his own iTouch last week. I’m not sure how much TV he really watched, he was pretty smitten. This btw, is one of only a few successful low-light pictures I’ve taken — I love the light on his face.
Speaking of kids and money, I match my kids’ savings 50/50 when they are working toward something expensive. My kids don’t get an allowance, but they do have daily clipboards. I’ve posted about our clipboards before, but was recently asked to post again.
Each child has a morning clipboard. These clipboards outline the tasks they need to do to prepare to leave home. If they follow the clipboard and mark off each item, then I clip a dollar bill to the clipboard once they are gone and I’m cleaning up.
I keep all of our clipboards in a little red bin on the kitchen counter. You need to know that Clark and Chase have completely outgrown the clipboards — or it seems any other attempt I make at job-sharing. No … they still help, but with much less frequency and enthusiasm. I’m sure this is to be expected in the teen years.
I have a word document for each boy and I can update as items on the list need to be added or changed. For example, Taft and I have started walking two mornings a week, so his list now reflects that. On mornings we don’t walk he is supposed to do some little exercise on his fitness log from school.
Generally speaking these clipboards work really well — I don’t have to remind kids to do everything, rather I can just yell out “Are you doing your clipboard?” or “Is your clipboard done?” And really, they end up doing this stuff anyway, so doing it independently and marking it off means they get a “bonus buck” so they can practice spending and saving!
I also have a clipboard for our nanny with a daily list of errands to run and extra things to do, like run to the post office, gas up the van, get groceries, or … bake the cakes for the Blue & Gold banquet, so that after school Taft and I can decorate. I’m very fortunate to have found wonderful young women to work for our family in my home. They do so much to make my life easier and more manageable, so that I can work more efficiently and spend quality time with my kiddos.
Back to the weekend: I did a Library of Memories chat on Saturday morning and then cleaned hard and fast. I lost track of time and didn’t go jogging until after 11:00am. The sun was shining when I got back and Geoff and Trey were throwing the football. I joined in for quite awhile and then thought, I’d better go fix some lunch. I came in and was met by Taft who had prepared our first picnic of 2010.
We all sat around and ate delicious white-bread PB& J with milk.
Geoff thought about fixing bikes for a ride along the river, but we decided all of our winter recovery wasn’t going to happen in one day. He took the kids swimming instead and I worked on my personal Library of Memories. I fine-tuned all of my keywords in iPhoto and wrapped up my 2009 pictures in terms of uploading and archiving — that feels good!
I totally caught Chase and Addie on the trampoline and love the results …
Saturday evening Geoff and I had a long-overdue date night and watched Avatar in 3D on an IMAX screen. In case you haven’t heard, I’m love this movie — primarily for the memories it elicits in me. If you haven’t yet seen this you really need to. I was surprised how full the theater was after all this time. The fact that this movie is still in the theaters says it all.
I’m hoping to have a really good, productive week. I’m wishing you the same!