Why do I participate in SMART Habits Saturday? Because it helps me to stretch myself and it gives me opportunities to see wonderful things happen. This last week I have been working on having dinner on the table no later than 10 minutes after DSSH gets home from work. On Tuesday I was preparing hamburgers and I had everything ready so early that I decided I had time to cook them on the BBQ. That evening my DSSH walked through the back door with a big smile. He gave me a big kiss and then told me, "I was walking up the street and I could smell that someone was having a BBQ. I was thinking, 'Man, some lucky dog is getting BBQ tonight.' Then I get in the backyard and I see that I'm the lucky dog." That made me smile the rest of that night because my man deserves to feel like a "lucky dog" for all he does for this family. Another wonderful thing that has come from having dinner ready on time is a clean kitchen afterwords. Because I am preparing dinner earlier I have more time to clean as I go so there is less mess, I also empty the dishwasher so it is ready for the kids to load with their dirty dishes. Oh, and on Sunday I was completely prepared and able to ask a recent divorce (His wife left him and took the kids and it has been really hard for him) to stay and have dinner with us when he stopped by to talk with my husband. So, I want to say THANK YOU to Laura for starting this wonderful program.
I did great on jumping out of bed. I started Monday rather sluggishly but then I told myself, "If you don't do it it won't be a habit and you will have to take it off your habit list." That made me jump out of bed, make my bed, clean my room, put on my walking clothes, and rotate a load of laundry. WooHoo!
Walking kids to pick Cookie up from school is going well too. I need to work on getting them ready for the walk BEFORE 2:55 so that there is less rushing, but we have had a great time looking at spiders along the way and getting the mail on our way back. This has also helped Cookie and I to have some nice, relaxed, carefree conversations as we walk back.
And now for the new habit... What part of my life could use some good ol' stretch marks? I never thought that this would be an area that would need work but I seriously need to start habitually reading WITH my children everyday. My kids read all the time. Every night as we tuck them in they are all reading something, even little Sweet Terror has a book in her hands. She likes to talk to the pictures. but for some sad reason I have stopped sitting with them for a good reading time. So, Mon-Fri after I come home from taking Cookie to school we will all have breakfast and then we will have reading time. This will require special effort on Tuesdays because we leave rather early for a co-op that we go to. It will make me stretch, but it is definitely going to be worth it.