menus & goals for this week + two helps

This weekend we have been working to try to get ahead on a few things before the baby comes (in a month or less now, theoretically! :P). We've been hanging curtains, staining thresholds, sewing a baby blanket, working on house and planning projects, and we even went on a date! :) One of my goals this week was to actually write out my weekly do, read, learn, and be list and post it, and so... here goes!! :)

(p.s. you know you might be in trouble when your goals need goals...!!!) ;)

I've been trying to stay on track during May
 with long-term goals and meditating on God's Word!
Both of these from here seem to help!
plans for the week of May 29-June 4:
:: meal plans ::
baked potatoes + veggies + bread
hamburgers + fries
beans + rice
pepperoni pizza
parmesan buttered noodles + salad + bread
dinner out

:: do ::
-pray alone daily
-start baby blanket again (I finished the new baby's blanket on Saturday and am now completely starting over because of the lovely RAYON fabric I chose. I didn't know you couldn't make a blanket with such a stretchy, thin/fraying fabric...! :/ I had to order a different fabric (100% cotton this time) and hope to re-do it this week)
-finish final project edits
-research traveling strollers
-exercise 5-6x/ teach bootcamps
-order Larabars from Amazon (I can get only the flavor I want!)
-work on house project (thresholds and starting/finishing the guest bathroom)
-Scripture journal 3x
-hang curtains
- create a new chore chart and schedule for 2017-2018
- get ready to start school again (more on this later, Lord-willing! We aren't doing CC again next year, so we're getting an early start after a month-long summer break)
-pick up new school supplies
-rearrange office for the "new" school year :)
-return 2 items to home improvement store
-get birthing preparation list from midwife
-make appointments and run needed errands for paperwork

:: read ::
the book of Jeremiah

:: learn ::
listen to 2-3 new sermons

:: be ::
a student. 
I want to be a serious student of God's Word- one way He is giving me a desire to do this by is inspiring me through my husband. :) I am amazed by how God has given him such a hunger for knowing Him!! He is always telling me something he learned or saw anew! God truly has made him a different person than he used to be, and I'm in awe of His goodness to our family.

If the Lord will help me, I want to be like my husband and hunger to learn more too. Specifically this week, I hope to work on a list of Scriptures in the Bible of what Jesus told us to pray for. I came across a verse that stood out to me last week, and then I found another verse later where Jesus told us to pray for a specific thing... I wonder what else He told me to pray for that I never put much thought into? :) I'm so glad that His Word is alive and studying it feels like peeling back layers of onion- there is so much more than I ever thought possible in each verse!!

life lately: a natural flair, a free aquarium, + marvelous sleep

This could easily be a picture of me after April: :)

Sleep- just let me sleep anywhere! :) I had several weeks from April- May of being so busy and having to be up at 4:30-5:30 while not sleeping well, and so for the last week or two I've been making up for lost sleep to recover. :D Naps work wonders for my mind and body at this stage in the game!

This baby girl is growing like a weed! Or maybe more like our lilies we planted a couple of months ago:

We were excited to finish up CC for the year. Our last project was for the children to dress up as our Facts of History person. Noah chose Ivan the Great of Russia and Isabella chose Queen Isabella of Castille:

They had to give their presentations in front of all the children and most of their parents. :) These two have a natural flair for acting- they LOVED it and really got into playing their parts:

One of the things the children do for fun in their free time is to create their own "movies" with complete scenes, editing, and credits. It's adorable and we are always surprised by their creativity!! :)

I think these two will be joining the family cast soon:

They're crazy. :)

Since our school break began, we had the chance to visit Bass Pro Shops (a.k.a. the free aquarium):

And we've been spending so much time outside on the porch. (Daddy does all the nail clipping around here, for the last 13.5 years :D)

We also picked up some fabric for the baby's quilt:

And explored our local greenhouse:

We've had a much-needed couple of weeks of sweet rest and recovery. :)