I'm linking up once again with The Simple Woman's Daybook to get my brain going on this sluggish Monday. It's one of THOSE Mondays and I just need something to jump start cohesive thinking in my brain - I'm having a hard time putting together coherent and organized thoughts so hopefully this will help.
Outside my window......I'm still sitting in the coaches office at school and I am surrounded by cinder block walls but outside the weather took a chilly turn on Saturday night and although it's sunny, the temperature is hovering around forty degrees.
I am thinking......of all the things I have to get accomplished this week and next month for Natalie's birthday celebrations.
I am thankful......that my middle brother Mike moved back home to Texas from Maine where he lived with his wife for five years. He stopped by yesterday afternoon with a Pinterest gift that I had sweetly asked him to make for Natalie's birthday. He is her godfather and takes his role very seriously. Some of my fondest memories growing up were of me and Mike - like the time that I was sick and couldn't fall asleep so he sang me "You Are So Beautiful" to help me go to sleep easily. He's had his fair share of struggles as well and I'm just thankful that he is healthy enough to be present in Natalie's life.
In the kitchen......Craig made wonderful steaks yesterday for our Super Bowl dinner complete with baked beans, broccoli and baked potatoes. Yum.
I am wearing......running shorts, an Aggie volleyball shirt and a whistle - we're playing basketball today in PE.
I am creating......nothing right now and although it feels good not to be DOING anything, I know that I have a lot of work to do that I'm NOT doing because I'm being lazy.
I am going......to have a really busy week. We have something planned for every single night this week except for Saturday.
I am wondering......how long Natalie's "I don't want to sleep through the night anymore" phase is going to last. She had been doing so well with going to bed right around 8:00 and sleeping until 7:00 in the morning but the last three days she's been up and crying every night. Last night it was from 1:30 until 5:00.....I think she's teething and I'm ready for those little suckers to break through so she can go back to her normal sleeping schedule.
I am reading......well, I haven't started yet, but I'm about to be reading the book of Peter from the Bible. I'm starting up a Tuesday night women's bible study with my friend Emily which is led by her super talented sister-in-law Jennifer.
I am hoping......and praying and wishing and crossing my fingers that she sleeps tonight.
I am looking forward to......the Kelly Clarkson concert this Friday with my friend Emily.
I am learning......to control my frustration but it is the hardest battle I've ever fought.
Around the house......there are still some loads of laundry to be done and always some toys to be picked up in the playroom........oh and those shelves of books that Natalie cleaned out yesterday......but other than those small things the house is running smoothly. I try not to go into our backyard because it's a jungle out there - the winter just makes everything so disgusting and we haven't had weather cold enough to kill the weeds so Craig and I have our work cut out for us once Spring really hits us.
I am pondering......what fun and festive treat I should make or buy for Natalie's friends at Ms. Rebecca's house. She spends the day with five older boys and she will need to get them all something sweet for Valentine's Day.
A favorite quote for today......"patience is a virtue."
One of my favorite things......the joy Natalie finds in putting on her shoes in the morning. I don't know if she is just thrilled with the fact that she has a definite name for something or if she is really that enamored with her little Nikes, but when I put her down on the changing pad to get dressed in the morning, the first word out of her mouth is "shoes?" Yes honey, I'll put on your shoes once I get you dressed for the day.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Craig's 7th grade games tonight, Bible Study tomorrow night, Craig's 8th grade games and my volleyball on Wednesday, Craig's 7th grade tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and my Kelly Clarkson concert on Friday night.