Currently January 2015

Happy New Year!! Another year.  A fresh start.


I've never been big on resolutions but I always like this time of year to think about what I might want to change and do differently without a lot of stress and pressure.  And since it is a new month, that means a new Currently link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade.  So fun to see what everyone is thinking and realizing how many bloggers out there are just like me with some of the things we are thinking and doing.



Listening:  No I don't like football.  But 'tis the season, right?  My husband's alma matter (Michigan State) is playing their bowl game right now in the background while I'm working.  Even though they are the rivals of my alma mater, I'm still supporting my hubby (AKA he is watching football all day and I dressed the girls in their Spartan gear to help cheer his team on.)


Loving:  My husband didn't take as much time off for the holidays as he usually does.  He wanted to save as much vacation time for our Florida vacation in January.  But he had all day off yesterday and isn't going back until Monday.  It is so nice to have someone to help share the load with for a few days.  I get a little break from prepping and cleaning every meal and keeping the girls entertained.  We are hoping to get in a date night this weekend with dinner and a movie (the latest Hobbit movie because my husband loves the series even though I do not enjoy them at all - I call that payback for all the chick flicks he's seen with me.)


Thinking: I've done it.  I've finally convinced my husband that we need a playroom.  The girls' toys are taking over our house.  They have toys in their rooms, toys in the family room and toys in the basement/mancave.  I kept telling my husband that we should convert our formal living room to a playroom for now.  He was hesitant because he liked that we had a "nice room" that wasn't taken over by toys and dog hair (the dog isn't allowed on the wood floor.)  I told him we can have it back one day but right now we don't use it and we could use the space in other ways.  After all the toys they got for Christmas, he came to the same conclusion!  Win!  So we are currently trying to figure out what we can move around, what we can use that we already have and what we need to buy.  So excited by the idea of organization!


Wanting:  I need to do some baking and freezer meal prep.  It was so nice to have freezer meals ready to go in the fall for the nights that I tutor or teach religious ed.  We are almost out of meals so I need to add some more.  Do you have any good healthy freezer recipes that I should try?  I also want to do some healthy muffins and other foods for breakfasts and lunches.  I feel like I get in a rut and just want something easy so if I have stuff that I just need to thaw and serve, maybe I can have a bigger variety.


Needing:  The lack of schedule of being a stay at home mom has been a blessing and a curse.  I struggled with it the first year.  I missed having my day scheduled out.  But at the same time, I enjoyed being able to do what I wanted when I wanted.  I need to find a balance between these two.  I know a strict schedule isn't practical because someone will wake up early from a nap or we will run out of diapers and need to make a Target run.  So I definitely still want flexibility.  But I'm hoping if I have an overall game plan for the week and try to stick to it, it will give me more time for the things I want to do, like TpT.  It seems like I spend all my free time doing so many little things, that I never get the big stuff done.  I'm thinking of creating a schedule where certain days are for cleaning, errand running, household type stuff.  Naptimes would be scheduled out so that I'm only blogging on certain days, scrapbooking on certain days, and creating on other days.  I would also like to work on getting up before the girls, getting some exercise in and starting my morning before them.  Also, I want to start being better about planning out activities to do with K - crafts, special stories, sensory activities.  She can handle it, she loves them and she needs a change when we are stuck in the house all day.  I just need to be better about planning them and finding a time to do them without the little one getting in the way.


Yes:  Exercise.  I need to do this.  I need to be better.  I need to make it a habit.  I need to focus on me, being healthy, and doing what I can from home with the girls since I know it isn't realistic for me to join a gym or take a class right now.


Maybe:  Vegas baby, Vegas!  Ever since I missed the TpT conference last year, I've been thinking about it and wanting to go.  I've mentioned it numerous times to my husband.  I feel like now that I have made more friends in the blogging/TpT world, it would be even more fun and I wouldn't just be sitting in the corner alone.  Also, I think it would be awesome for my husband and I to get away for a bit without the girls.  The past few years have been full of being pregnant, having newborns, and nursing babies which doesn't make it easy to travel without the girls.  But I also know we need to save money.  We don't want to blow everything I'm earning.  We need to save for more kids and a bigger car.  Plus we are taking a vacation this year with more small summer trips in the works so I know this trip is a big MAYBE.


I Wish:  I just keep thinking about how cool it would be to make a teacher's salary with my TpT store and still be able to be at home with the girls.  The best of both worlds!!!

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  1. I also want to go to the TpT conference this year! I could only dream of making a salary from TpT! :)

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    1. I know...we all have something amazing to dream about, huh? Maybe someday!!!

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  2. I would love to go to Vegas as well...but I really only blog so I may be the one sitting in the corner by myself! Ha! I only have a few freebies on TPT...so making products to sell was one of my wishes for this new year. My dad lives in Vegas though so I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. Here's hoping your new year is filled with a new play room! So fun!

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    1. Yes, keep creating. It is so so addicting. I could spend all day working on it and not even feel like I was working. I'd come find you in the corner so you aren't sitting alone!!! I'm such an introvert - the idea of that many people in a room scares me!! But it would be awesome because you could visit your dad - free place to stay!

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  3. It's so hard to settle into a schedule, but I hope you're able to get in the groove of it! You're a better person than I am letting your girls dress in your rival's clothes, but I guess it helps that they aren't playing one another. Enjoy the time home with your hubby!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

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    1. I was only willing to dress them in green and white because my team was so horrible they couldn't even make it to a bowl game this year. When they play each other we either bet to see who can dress the kids the following year or now that we have two, we each get one to dress. Keeps everyone happy!

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  4. The scheduling thing is always the biggest problem of my summer. So many things to do that it's easy to get sidetracked...good luck finding a balance that works. Let hubby know he has two Buckeye fans pulling for Sparty as we speak. MSU is our second-favorite Big 10 team. Have a wonderful 2015 :)

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    1. Ha! I'll let him know. It was a great ending to that game...even if they aren't your favorite team, right? It is all about supporting the Big 10 I'm told!

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  5. I hope your new playroom turns out just right! I, too, would love to be able to go to the TpT conference this summer.
    Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I feel like so many of us want to be at the conference. If we all make it there, it would be such a huge amazing experience!!

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  6. Hi Sara,
    You HAVE to go to the conference!!!! I would love to meet you in person!!!! PLEASE???? I also know the feeling about the toys. I swear they multiply on their own overnight. In our house in Washington we made our front room the play room too. Our real estate agent who helped us sell our house said a lot of families have no use for the formal room and make them into playrooms. Good luck getting the play room all set. Hope you love it when it's done!
    Joya :)

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    1. I know. I want to so bad. I've mentioned it almost once a day for the past couple weeks. It is a sickness!!! I was worried about converting that room but it is so silly to waste the space. I told him down the road we can change it into an office/work space for the kids for homework and then eventually back to a formal room (if we stay in the house that long.) I'm just worried about the mess people will see as soon as they walk into my house! Oh well!

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  7. Wasn't the MSU game epic? My fiancé's family is from Michigan(and some work at MSU) so that game was on here at the house and everyone was going crazy!

    Happy New Year!

    -Sarah
    A Rocky Top Teacher

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    1. It was awesome! And I am by no means a MSU supporter (except for when my team can't even get into a bowl game) but it was awesome to see. My whole family was screaming and cheering and they are generally not MSU fans but they tell me you have to cheer for the Big 10!

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  8. Happy 2015! Good to know you're thinking about the conference! I'm seriously considering it too!
    Carrie

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