Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Too few and far between

I am awfully ashamed of my lack of posts to this blog. I was going to be so good about finally keeping some form of a journal for my family because it was so easy to blog and you get pictures too. Well life just seems to get more and more busy and my posts get fewer and fewer.

I really started to fall apart way back in September when I didn't blog about Mark on his birthday and I missed blogging about all of the holidays and few more birthdays. I cannot necessarily go back but I am recommitting to begin again and improve. I am such a morning person and I think it is mostly because of the thought that today is a brand new day and I can do anything and shape it anyway I want. I don't have to repeat my mistakes of yesterday.

A few things that have consumed me for the past while are of course my children who I love dearly and have had to neglect somewhat because of all the rest of my projects. I am currently the second counselor in primary over scouts and cub scouts has had one event after another lately that requires so much time. I just got to spend 3 and 1/2 hours last Saturday at Leader Specific Training. I had no idea about all of the training I would need for this calling. I was called about two months ago to go to girls camp on the stake staff over 3rd year certification. Another thing I had no idea the time committment when I said yes. I love girls camp and am so excited but yikes! It takes so much preparation and time. I have canned 34 quarts of boneless skinless chicken in the last week. I made 12 quarts of yummy strawberry freezer jam as well. I decided we really needed to have a garden this season!!!!! so I took on the project of building four 4x4 garden grow boxes. Alan did not appreciate the project but he took it on anyways. I spent over a week planning and purchasing all of the supplies and then on conference Saturday Alan built the boxes while I mixed the soil, filled the boxes with the soil and then planted the garden. It was an excruciatingly long and tiring day but the boxes turned out beautifully and I love it now. We hope to add 8 more boxes for the fall planting season. Supposedly that will be enough for our family to eat out of and to can and preserve. I am still exercising like crazy with my group of girls. I do not love it anymore. I am exhausted all of the time and sore and wonder daily just why I need to have this "six pack". I need to give up something and I really should give this up but I love being with my freinds and we work out at my house and when else will I find time to exercise besides at 5am? Only six more weeks of P90X. The last major thing that has kept me so busy lately is the darn coupons craze I am on. I am enrolled in Coupon Sense and I spend way too much time getting amazing deals. I rarely go to the store without saving at least 80% on my purchases. I get most things for less than .50 cents or for free. My shelves are completely loaded with food and we are acquiring our 3 month supply and year supply for really cheap but it takes way too much time. I will not do this forever but I feel a need to do it now.

I talked to my sister-in-law the other night about how busy I am and how much I hate it. A friend of mine said to me "Amy, you do everything!" I did not take this as a compliment at all. I feel horrible that I have myself spread so thin. I am not doing everything. I have let so many of the most important things slide. I rarely sing to my kids at night anymore or tell them stories. I don't spend enough time helping with homework and going through backpacks. I haven't gotten out that Faith in God book in about two months to help Mark and Bradley work on. I don't spend nearly enough time cherishing my kids and playing with them. I am missing too much. My sister-in-law was in a very similar situation a year ago when a horrible car accident brought her life to a screaching hault. I do not want to have to learn the lesson that way. She has changed her life a ton and is so happy. She is my inspiration in so many ways. We really have to prioritize and constantly reevaluate what is most important.

I am committing to cutting back. I can't cut out all of it but I am going to cut back and enjoy my kids more. I feel time slipping by way too quickly. Tomorrow when the kids want to swim I think I will actually get my suit on and swim with them instead of clipping coupons, watering the garden, reading or the hundred other things I can think of doing while watching them swim.

Tomorrow is a brand new day!!!!!!!!!


MJ/Mom/GrammaJ said...

I have missed your posts! So good to have you back. You are on the right track. I wish I had spent more time enjoying my kids. They are gone before you know it. But don't be so hard on yourself! You are the best. And don't exercise quite so much - you make the rest of us look bad!

Bobbi Jo said...

I am so glad you are back to blogging. I have missed you. Can I put in my 2 cents about your business? I guess I can I am writing here and you can't stop me.he he Don't stop the exercising. It is the one key thing to keep up. I found out the hard way. Maybe adjusting your schedule would help. I don't know what it is but I have a routine for cleaning and that each weekday, I got to bed by 10:30 and up by 5. Pack lunches and backpacks the night before having kiddos help out. My quiet time is after kiddos go to bed and first thing in the morning.
Angela is amazing I agree. You have such a wonderful family and I am sure you are an amazing mom too. Life is busy with little children and church callings. The church is no place for lazy people. Ask Heavenly Father to help you out with what to do and how to make the most of your time. He will listen and help you out.
Sorry I didn't mean to write a novel. Just want to help. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Jessica said...

First of all, the family picture is amazing. Every single one of you look great! Your hair...ah your hair! I love it.
When Mom and Dad were here a couple of weeks ago, he could see I was a little bit frustrated with my sassy two year old. He said 'One day you will miss this, you really will!' I have to think of that whenever I get frustrated.
I am grateful for awesome sister in laws to look up to. I think of you all frequently throughout the day, like W.W.M.A.A.J.A.B.A.D. (got it?) Sorry for the novel. You are awesome, and a huge inspiration.Just remember that.

uniquelynat said...

i know how you feel. i don't think i am nearly as busy as you, yet i feel i am. and the first things to get neglected always seem to be the house and the children. why is that?

love your family picture. i took some pics fr a family there back in december. i LOVE the way they turned out and LOVED taking pictures there. there are so many fun places to use!i love your hair also.

good luck with balancing it all! you can do it- you are one of the most amazing people i know. you can do anything!

jhoopes said...

Sounds to me like you are just doing EVERYTHING we are asked to do!! You are truly amazing and I am way impressed you can fit that all in. I am also impressed that you can feel yourself spreading too thin and remembering that tomorrow is a new day! All of the things you are doing sound very important--good luck figuring it all out and let me know how it goes! My mom always reminds me there is a time and season for everything (usually when I remind her that I am NOT doing any family history and I still haven't learned to sew again, but at least I am making bread now and then...) This is what I'm talking about! hee hee
Good, better, best...love ya!

jhoopes said...

I know, I still have something to say--after all that! You look beautiful and I LOVE the new family picture!! What happened to all those little Petersens? They are growing up so fast!! Adorable--all of them!