Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Islands of Stuff

I wanted to thank those of you that have had me and the boys in your thoughts and prayers the last few days. I was really overwhelmed with migraines and toddler antics. It will probably take a couple weeks but I have a goal of Labor Day (ish) to have a schedule in place for us with ME time to de-stress. I saw my counselor and he agreed that having small goals is a good idea. He said it was like having islands to hop to with things that I could look forward to. I really liked that analogy so I made you a picture : 

Yes, I am a dork and I am proud of it. Things have been pretty overwhelming for me this summer. My neighborhood has had a ton of construction which has kept the streets a mess and rerouted the bus stops. It has kept us from being self sufficient because the closest bus stop is just under a mile from home. (We will be getting new sidewalks but the work seems to be taking too long.) So the first thing is a weekend to myself while the boys visit their grandparents in PHX. I have plans of seeing a movie and going out to eat at a place that doesn't serve pizza. Our work in progress will be a new schedule (spreadsheet is being worked on) for our days. Meal times and bedtimes need to be more consistent as well as time for me. Which brings me to the next ISLAND - MOPS and a MNO. My MOPS group starts back up the first Thursday in September. I absolutely love MOPS. If you haven't heard of it before, it stands for Mothers of Pre Schoolers. Any mom that is pregnant and/or has kids up to Kindergarten is encouraged to join. Check out their website : http://www.mops.org/  or facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/MOPS.Int    They even have a way to search for a group in your area.  And just to note - I am not receiving anything by linking to their pages - I just really love the organization. That Friday night I have a MNO (Mom's Night Out) planned with some of my friends. There is a lot going on in downtown Flagstaff that weekend so I thought it would be a good opportunity for us moms to get out of the house. The following week there is a bible study starting at two different churches. I need to find out what each is doing so I can decide which one to attend.

During the rest of September and October I am going to have so much fun working on Halloween costumes for all of us. I am making costumes for me and the Twins' dad and making parts of the costumes for the twins. If you follow me on Pinterest then you already have an idea of what those costumes will be :)  I am also hoping to make Christmas presents for friends and family again this year. I have tons of ideas and I have already started on some stuff. 

The last ISLAND that I am looking forward to is a TRIP TO DISNEYLAND !!! I am so excited that I will get to take the Twins to meet Mickey Mouse. I used to go all the time with my oldest son and I can't wait to share the magic that is Disney with my toddlers. They love Disney channel, movies and music so I am hoping they will Disneyland as much as I do. We are actually taking the trip with their dad, my ex-husband, which I think will be a great memory for the boys. I have a spreadsheet set up for that as well :) We are getting to do character meals every day thanks to a friend that gave us dining vouchers for free, plus their dad paid for tickets to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Even adults can wear costumes to the event and it includes free parking and trick or treating in the park. Plus there are special fireworks and a parade that only party goers can see !!! This brings out the Disney Dork in me so expect lots and lots of pictures in November. I even have a Pinterest Board for that too.

Well, my dishwasher is calling my name and I think the trash needs to be taken down the stairs. So thanks for reading and following me through the last couple stressful weeks.

Yea ! You made it to the end of Mom's rambling...