I am in the midst of changing a few things around hereâ€¦
Oneâ€¦ I had never wanted to give juice but it made its way into our household for occasional use and just became a more then occasional thingâ€¦ Recently Xavier stopped wanting to drink water as much and wanted juice all of the timeâ€¦ I didnâ€™t let him have it but it was a struggle that I just didnâ€™t want anymoreâ€¦ so nowâ€¦ I have now stopped buying juiceâ€¦
Since Colin was about 7-8 months old I would make him cold plain herbal teasâ€¦ Xavier never wanted it before but now he sees it as the alternative to water and has started asking for it. I have quite a few kinds so he is having fun choosingâ€¦ Today he tried Summer Berry.
Twoâ€¦ TVâ€¦ I have to admit (not the first time that I admit this) that the kids watch more TV then I would likeâ€¦ However, we are starting to break the habit and it is workingâ€¦ I let them watch a show in the morning and then I turn the TV on to the Talk radio that I listen to and that is what stays on all day until I start getting Supper readyâ€¦ Sure, they still watch a bit of TV but I am OK with thatâ€¦ Maybe our next step will be no TV at all but for now I donâ€™t see itâ€¦ we are cooped up in the house a lot because of the weather, cold etc and it just does helpâ€¦. I do know that once spring comes we will be out more, I know that when summer is here we will live outside most of the timeâ€¦ for nowâ€¦ I am quite happy with the amount of TV that they are now watchingâ€¦.
Threeâ€¦ I have been making meal plans each week and sticking to itâ€¦ I made a really cool Shopping list grid that I can just fill out every weekâ€¦. I check what we already have, what is on special and choose about 7-8 meals including breakfast, lunch and snack ideas and then fill out my list to make sure that I have everything. Now, instead of asking myself (and Simon) everyday what we are going to eat, I just look at my meals for the week and choose one knowing that I have everythingâ€¦ I have also made sure that I use everything and I try to make enough for the next dayâ€™s lunch for Simonâ€¦
Fourâ€¦ You may or may not know thisâ€¦ but I have never been a good housekeeperâ€¦ I hate cleaning and would rather be with the kids, and even before I had kids, I would put off cleaningâ€¦ the house isnâ€™t dirty (no food etc hanging around)â€¦ but it can become messyâ€¦
However, I have been cleaning more. We were in a rutâ€¦ the house would get messier and messier as the week went on and then the whole weekend was used to clean, making family time almost non-existentâ€¦ Now I have been doing quite a bit more throughout the week doing and I have set small goals for myselfâ€¦ (kitchen clean everyday, the floors swept, and sometimes I even make my bed!) Weekends have now been a lot more relax and have a completely different atmosphereâ€¦ we clean but we have more time and if we have company over it isnâ€™t as much workâ€¦. Also, the more I clean, the easier it is to keep it up, so it has become easier to clean and less depressingâ€¦
Fiveâ€¦ I have been on the computer a lot less latelyâ€¦ which has meant less posts latelyâ€¦but I am having fun with the boysâ€¦ it also means that I donâ€™t visit BabyCenter as much since I resigned as host and since then I have not needed to rant as muchâ€¦ but donâ€™t worryâ€¦ I still have a lot more ranting to do!