While I try to become more organized, regain some composure in my life, and find time to do things I love (like read and write), I also need to take the time to appreciate some simple things. We had speaker at a recent Scentsy event with a great, simple and familiar message. It was basically encouraging you to have perspective--as in, if it will make the write-up later (you will look back fondly), try to look at it fondly now.
I've been trying to do this a little more than usual. At least, I've been trying to find things that I enjoy and like and appreciate each day.
Recent simple, enjoyable thing? A new hand lotion that, incidentally, Scentsy will be launching next month. I am a stickler about body care products. And, even though this was given to attendees for free, I wasn't too sure it would be something I would keep and use. I thought I might give it to someone else.
I'm keeping it. Ha! I enjoyed it and the scent very much. That gives me something to look forward to when we launch these new products. Like I wrote earlier, I need to regain some excitement and control over my business. Something like this might help!
I'm also committed to cooking more meals & involving the girls more in that process. M1 loves to bake, but also is quite gifted with cooking savory things. I am sure we can figure out ways to have dinner started and on the table at a decent hour without me being the one starting it.
The crockpot is a good way to get many things done, but I think I'm going to need a programmable one. My old fashioned collection is not programmable & continues to cook long after it should have switched to simply warming. So, on occasion, nothing really looks that great nor do things taste as they should.
I will have to start investigating brands, reviews, etc. and comparing prices. I think some of them can be really pricey and I don't see the need. I don't need things to be really fancy; I just need something that will turn to warming once the cooking time has elapsed. I think it would make a huge difference in the ambivalence I have toward more crockpot meals and might encourage the very picky M2 to try more of the offerings. You never know. Miracles could happen.
Spring will be here soon enough, but until then, I'd like to try to bring home more fresh cut flowers. When my husband would go to training or other Army things for longer than a weekend, I would always have fresh flowers in the house when he returned. It always brightened up the place and made him feel special.
We should do that more often rather than waiting for someone to go away and return.
If any family should realize the gift it is to be together and okay and to spend time together being okay, it's the family that populated Ft. W.
It would be fun to buy flowers for the girls once in awhile too. The market where we purchase our meat and produce has a small flower section where you can buy pretty flowers individually or in small bunches. It's a good bet that the girls would find that pretty fun to have flowers purchased for them and that they would like doing the same for Daddy once in awhile. M1 especially loves that and M2, surprisingly, LOVES doing fun things like that for M1. She loves her big sister. A lot.
This coming week could be rough. We should receive a final diagnosis for Remington. I know I should be prepared to hear what I know we're going to hear and yet, I'm just not. We'll just hold hope and then go from there. The kids and I have broached the subject of finding a dog who needs a home if Remington can't return. My husband is less than receptive at this point. We'll see how it shakes out, I suppose.