I've been feeling in a bit of a funk lately, so I'm afraid that might color this update, but I'm posting it anyway because it needs to be done and crossing things off my to do list makes me happy!
The GoodGood news!! I haven't been yelling as much as I used to! I'm not sure if the change is due to the children's behavior improving or my standards being more realistic. I think it's honestly a combination of the two. All three kids have been acting much more grown up lately, and I'm really enjoying this stage with them. I've noticed that in giving Frances and Henry more responsibilities, they act more responsible! Frances has been a big help at home and I was so proud of her at Vacation Bible School when she and a friend were in charge of a group of Kindergartners. Henry has gotten a much better handle on his emotions and doesn't lash out nearly as much as he used to.
The BadHealth-wise, I've not been keeping track of my walking like I used to. I think I've actually been walking more, though, just because I've had tasks that take me around the building as well as different drop offs for the kids for summer camps. I've actually lost about 4 pounds, but I'm not sure if that's because I've been walking or because I haven't felt like eating for a while.
I set a goal to read 12 non-fiction books this year, and I've only finished two! I really haven't had much time for any reading at all, which makes me sad. The funny thing is that Ken has been home more in the evenings, which is nice, but it also means I haven't had a night to myself in quite a while.
The UglyMoney-wise summer camps have kicked my butt! We had a few last minute opportunities come up that I really wanted to make happen. Unfortunately, that meant dipping into my savings, so much of the progress I had been making is gone. I keep telling myself that's what a backup fund is for. And when I hear about the amazing things my kids are able to do this summer, it feels mostly worth it.
Blogging has been going well, but summertime always seems to be a less busy time. I've decided it's now or never with a newsletter, so I set up the list. If you'd like to join, I'd love to have you as a subscriber. I'll probably only update once a week or twice a month. I'd also like to have this list available to me for any special offers I might come across that I feel my readers might be interested in. You can sign up below.
I've made a huge dent in my basement and gotten rid of a lot of stuff that we just don't need anymore. The kids have actually been playing down there and it means less mess in the main living areas and more room to play. We've made some progress upstairs, but not quite as much. We did get it clean enough that my brother can come spend part of the weekend with us and I'm really looking forward to that!
I hope you are having a great summer and making good progress on all your goals. This month I'm channeling the tortoise and reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race!
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