OK ladies...I know, its been waaaay too long! I have a good reason. Joy of joys I am expecting a little one! I just recently got past the first trimester of tiredness & luckily not huge sickness. So, now I feel ready to start up again.
Its been a mad house with unpacking (we just moved into a new house) and gardening. Then we had a little surprise. It wasn't too much--we were about to start trying to have a baby, just happened a month or so earlier than we expected. Its very exciting & new to feel all this change. But I'm trying to still get my domestic diva duties going as much as possible. Today was the first day I could get quite a bit done--though I didn't overdue it (did that last week with the laundry & ended up taking three days to recover!!) I took a nap when I was tired & quit before I got utterly exhausted.
Enough of that. I realized we had not set any plans for chores or organization on when & how often things were to be done & by whom. So, that's what my hubby & I did today. It felt great. We are taking a new policy we didn't use before: Set aside time to do chores & then what's left can be to do whatever you want. So, we are taking a hour after dinner to get smaller daily chores done (& my hubby's chores so he doesn't have chores & "honey do" on the weekends). We want our family to understand the importance of getting what needs to be done first & then taking time to enjoy life. We want a balance in both areas--we feel its important to instill a hard work ethic but also an understanding of taking time to do the things you want & enjoy doing as well. Both are necessary to maintain not only sanity but strength to get the big things in life accomplished.
My next goal is to get a new meal plan together. I have to plan on me eating less during dinner (what with my snacking healthily every two hours) & keep tabs on what we have in the house as food. We've had too many wasted leftovers & unused food being thrown out & non-perishables just sitting on shelves as we buy new food. New policy: Use what you have before you buy something new. Set a food budget & if we go past it, we make due with what we have. That will be hard, since we got into a habit of buying whatever sounds good, but I know that can change & it will save us money too!
This Monday has been great but crazy. We've gotten alot started, now I have to finish the plans so we can put them into motion. I want to set a good example of balancing your life for my baby right from the start. As a very wise friend told me almost a year ago: Begin as you mean to go. I plan on taking that stance as my husband & I raise our new one to come later.