I am really enjoying having a washable floor under our kitchen table! Joshua bought me some Lemon Pine Sol which I have been using to clean the floors and bathrooms. It had been years since I'd used Pine Sol, and I didn't even know there were different scents, but I love this lemon one!
A freshly mopped floor always makes me feel glad. The boys are old enough to fold up the chairs for me so that vacuuming and mopping is quick and easy. When we all work together, things start looking better quickly!
I'm also thankful for my kitchen appliances -- like the dishwasher and bread machine! When I took this picture, the dishwasher was cleaning our dishes and the bread machine was kneading some whole wheat bread.
Being able to take just a few minutes to load and/or start something and then have the machine finish the task is truly a blessing! My day and week goes so much better when I utilize appliances, like the bread machine, crock pot, and dishwasher, to their fullest extent. I've even tried a couple new crock pot recipes recently that we loved! I just have to remember to plan to DO THESE THINGS.
Smiley Ruth (2) has transformed this year from being a baby to being a little girl. When I call for kitchen helpers, she's the first to come running to clear the table or wash it!
When possible, Joshua's been providing me with several hours each week "to myself". Some of this time I've used for blogging (like right now!)... some has been for finally getting to some long-neglected task... and some has been used for planning. Planning what needs done for the week. Planning what meals we'll be eating. Mapping out on paper a routine, goals, and blessings.
I'm more productive in the mornings, but if I wake up without a "to do" list, I can end up wandering around aimlessly for hours. A list -- even an impossibly long one -- helps give me direction amid the craziness of energetic children. :)
What helps get your day off to a running start? :)