Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How I Organized My Entire Life by Creating a Series of Lists + How I Use My Planner to Easily Maintain Them

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I have been blogging for almost four years now and the number one question that I get asked (besides, “How do you take your OOTD pictures?”) is, “Can you please do a post on how you use your planner and stay organized?” 

For years, I have wanted to do this post, but I didn’t want to do it until I was 100% satisfied with my method.  The truth is, I have always kept my daily appointments and to dos pretty organized, but the rest of the long-term lists/ideas have been pretty scattered simply because I could never figure out the best way to keep them organized.  There are hundreds of things that we have to remember from day-to-day and month-to-month, and it was those less common tasks that I was having trouble keeping up with – like changing the air filter in the house or washing my car.  Who actually remembers to do those things?!

In fall 2018 I was feeling particularly scattered and I felt like I was wasting MORE TIME trying to stay organized and keep up with my planner than actually getting stuff done.  I knew then that I had to find a way to organize everything once and for all so I wouldn’t go crazy.  So I sat down and took a lot of time to evaluate what was working and what was not working with the method I was using to stay organized.  I identified pain points, thought a lot about how to alleviate said pain points, and then I decided that the best way to get rid of them once and for all was to write a series of lists to keep track of every single task that I do.  Like, ALL of them.  The lists are organized by frequency (Daily, Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Tri-Weekly, Monthly, Yearly, etc.) which makes it super easy to plan from day-to-day.  I also made the switch to an Emily Ley Daily Planner and I use these lists in conjunction with my planner.  Let me tell you, it has been a complete GAME CHANGER.  I have never felt so organized in my entire life.

Before I get started, I’m going to go ahead and tell you, you may think I’m completely crazy after reading this post because my level of organization is BEYOND.  I am incredibly OCD about list-making and staying organized and being productive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Second of all, this system is what works best for ME.  This system may not be for everyone.  If you’re detailed and OCD like me, then you might appreciate it.  If you’re not, then you’re one of the ones who will probably think I’m crazy.  And that’s okay.  Haha.  One more thing to note before we move on… this post is going to be long.  But what else is new?  Most of mine are.  Haha. 

Before I get into the detailed portion of the post, I thought that I would give you a quick outline of everything that will be covered.  I think that will probably be less intimidating than just diving straight into all of the details. 

Outline

I am able to be 100% organized using just two items – my daily planner and a clipboard folio.  My planner is for my day-to-day activities and my clipboard folio houses all of the other lists that I created to keep me on track.  Simple.  Here is the outline, and remember, I’ll get into the details on each of these things shortly.

Planner

-          Front Pocket – holds mini notebook to supplement my planner
-          Monthly Calendars – appointments/activities overview for the month
-          Daily Pages – appointments/activities + to dos + other notes

Clipboard Folio

-          Front Clip – perpetual lists (Daily Checklist, Daily Blog Checklist, Weekly Checklist)
-          Front Pocket – all other lists that keep me on track and help me plan my entire year (Bi-Weekly Checklist, Tri-Weekly Checklist, Monthly Checklist, Monthly Goals Posts, Seasonal Bucket Lists, New Year’s Goals, Lifetime Goals by Year, Things to Clean Out, Master To Do List)
-          Notepad – place to jot down tasks that don’t fit on any of my other lists 
-          Middle of the Folio – items that need action (bills, etc.)

Sounds pretty simple, right?  Okay, well, now let’s get down to the nitty gritty details.  I’m going to split the rest of the post into four sections:

1.      Supplies – supplies I use to maintain this method
2.      Planner Setup – I’m going to show you exactly what is in my planner and where everything is located.
3.      Clipboard Folio Setup – I’m going to show you exactly what is in my clipboard folio and where everything is located.
4.      Keeping Up With and Managing All of the Lists – I’m going to show you exactly how I how I plan, when I plan, and how long it takes me to plan.

Settle in, friends!  Heeeere we go!




Supplies

Listed below is every single thing that I use to maintain this planning system that I’m going to talk about today.  Some of the items are necessary (like the daily planner and the clipboard folio), but some of the items are just to make my life more convenient and fun (page markers, specialty paper clips, stickers, etc.).  Here they are:

Necessary Supplies

Emily Ley Daily Simplified Planner (mine is Happy Stripe which is sold out for 2019)
Emily Ley Mini Notebook (mine is Mint Pineapple)
Clipboard Folio with inside pocket and notepad (mine is Emily Ley for Target but it appears to be sold out and only available on eBay.  I did find these on Amazon, though, and they have the exact same set-up)
Martha Stewart with Avery Tabs (to divide mini notebook into categories)
Plastic Sheet Protectors (to hold lists clipped in front of folio – more on this later)
Pink Highlighter (to cross off tasks in planner and on lists when complete)
Pink Dry Erase Marker (to cross off tasks for Daily and Weekly Checklists)
Computer and printer (to type and print lists for front pocket of clipboard folio)

Accessories for Added Convenience/Fun

Emily Ley Page Marker (to bookmark the current day in my planner)
Emily Ley Heart Paper Clips (to mark other pages in planner as needed)
Emily Ley Stretchy Bands (to keep my planner closed when I haul it around)
Emily Ley Stickers (just for fun!)
Small Storage Bag (to keep all planner writing utensils together)


Everything that I use to plan... but the two most important things are the Daily Planner and the Clipboard Folio right in the center!  The rest of the stuff is just for fun.  ;o)
Every single thing I need to stay 100% organized... right here in this tiny little stack!
Tiny stack of planning stuff that I can easily take anywhere!

Planner Setup

I use my planner for all of our day-to-day activities and tasks that have to get done – appointments, meetings, reminders, to do lists, etc.  I cannot stress how much I love the Emily Ley Daily Edition Planner because there is soooo much room to write every single thing down that I need to do.  This was the thing that every single other planner was lacking.  In addition to having so much space, the paper is super thick so pens won’t bleed, and the planner folds in half easily so you can write on either side without the coil getting in the way.  Here’s how I use my planner:

Front Pocket – Every planner has a front pocket, and that is where I keep my Mini Notebook.  I use the Mini Notebook to supplement my planner because the planner does not have extra pages in the back.  Using my Martha Stewart tabs, I divided my Mini Notebook into three categories:

-          Financial – This is where I keep track of my spending on frivolous items AKA stuff we don’t need (clothes, house décor, etc.).  Since I quit my corporate job we’re on a tighter budget so I like to keep close tabs to make sure I’m staying within a certain amount each month.    
-          Reference – I used to use this section to keep track of notes for various projects, birthday planning, etc. but I’m not currently using it.  I decided to include it anyway in case I do decide to use it eventually.
-          Blog – This is where I keep track of all things blog related.  The first 12 pages of this section contain little mini monthly calendars that I use to plan my blog content.  To get the blank calendars, I found some online, resized them in Word to fit my Mini Notebook, printed them, and cut them out.   I then taped them into my Mini Notebook using some cute washi tape… how cute do these pages look?!  I use a pencil to fill in my blog content ideas because I change things up so frequently.  I also use this section of my Mini Notebook for other blogging notes, such as link-ups that I like to join, etc.
           
Front Page Sticker Sheet – There is a sheet of adorable stickers at the front of every planner, and I also keep a couple of additional stickers sheets that I like to use clipped to that sheet.

Monthly Calendar Spreads – There is a full two-page calendar spread at the start of every month.  I use these calendars to list all birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, meetings, practices, games, concerts, events, and other important reminders.  I color code the tasks by family member so it’s easy to see which tasks belong to which person.  I love having these monthly spreads because I like being able to see an entire overview of each month at any given time!  This helps with planning and also ensures that we don’t ever double-book ourselves or overextend ourselves.  The colors I use are as follows:

-          Pink – Lindsay
-          Black – Brian
-          Light Blue – Jacob
-          Green – Olivia
-          Blue – everything else (birthdays, anniversaries, and other reminders that aren’t associated with a family member)

Daily Pages – Each daily page is divided into three sections:

-          My Day – the left column is comprised of an hourly schedule (from 6 AM to 9 PM) and that is where I list all appointments, meetings, errands, and places that we need to be at a certain time (tasks that are also on the Monthly Calendar Spreads).  This helps me plan my day efficiently and ensures that we never accidentally schedule ourselves to be in two places at once.
-          To Do – the right column is comprised of 16 blank spaces and that is where I list all tasks that I would like to do for the day.
-          Notes – the bottom section is one big blank space that can be utilized for anything.  I use this space to write what I’m cooking for dinner as well as any exercise that I did that day, and I also sometimes keep notes on how I’m feeling that day (back pain levels, reflux issues, asthma/allergies issues).  I keep track of those things because it makes it easier to find patterns that can potentially help me understand why I’m having the issues.

And that’s it’s for the planner portion!  Wanna take a peek inside before we head to the next section?  You know you do!


My Simplified Planner
Front Planner Pocket + Stickers

Mini Notebook that I keep inside front planner pocket

Blog Content Calendar inside Mini Notebook
Monthly Calendar Spread in Planner - January
Daily Page in Planner at the beginning of the day

Daily Page in Planner after I cross off tasks at the end of the day


Clipboard Folio Setup 

Now this is where it’s about to get a little crazy… don’t say I didn’t warn you.  ;o)  The clipboard folio is for everything else that doesn’t go in my planner.  Remember all of those lists that I told you I made at the end of last year to make my life easier?  Well, this is where all of those are stored.    

Front Clip – My clipboard folio has a clip on the outside front cover, and this clip holds my three perpetual lists.  Perpetual lists are lists of the things that I do over and over and over again.  I have three of these perpetual lists – a Daily Checklist, a Daily Blog Checklist, and a Weekly Checklist.  These tasks never change.  Therefore, they are all typed up and stored in plastic sheet protectors.  The sheet protectors are used for two reasons.  First of all, because they protect the lists so they won’t get damaged.  I also use the sheet protectors because they can turn any sheet of paper into a little dry erase board.  That means that I can cross items off of my lists using a dry erase marker, and then the next day, I can erase everything, and start all over again.  I do not write these perpetual tasks in my daily planner because there are way too many of them and it would be silly to write the same things over and over again every single day.  These perpetual lists are clipped to the front of my clipboard folio because that keeps them front and center every day since I refer to them so frequently throughout the day.  Now I’m going to explain a little more about each of the three lists:

-          Daily Checklist – This is a list of things that I do every single day and it is organized in chronological order.  For example, make bed, pack lunches and snacks for kids, sign Olivia’s homework folder, take vitamins, etc.  Most people probably don’t need a list telling them to make their bed or sign their kids’ homework folders, but I am super forgetful and this list just serves as a reminder for me to get these things done.  Plus, I’m more inclined to make my bed each day if I get the reward of crossing it off of a list.  ;o) 
-          Daily Blog Checklist – This is a list of things that I do every single day for the blog.  For example, write posts, link-up with other bloggers, share on social media, etc.  Again, most of these things are done each day on auto pilot, but I like to have a list to look over to ensure I don’t miss anything important.
-          Weekly Checklist – This is a list of things that I have to do on specific days of the week every single week.  For example, water plants on Wednesdays and Sundays, send the kids to school in church uniforms on Thursdays, etc.  This list is organized by day of the week, so each day I just have to glance at the section for that particular day. 

And that concludes everything you need to know about the three perpetual lists I keep in my front clip of my clipboard folio.

Inside Pocket – The clipboard folio has an inside pocket on the left side, and this pocket holds all of my other lists that help keep my life organized (Bi-Weekly Checklist, Tri-Weekly Checklist, Monthly Checklist, Monthly Goals Posts, Seasonal Bucket Lists, New Year’s Goals, Lifetime Goals by Year, Things to Clean Out, and Master To Do List).  These lists are all typed in Excel or Word and printed to keep in the pocket. 

-          Bi-Weekly Checklist – This is a list of things that I do every other week.  For example, laundry, ironing, meal planning, grocery shopping, etc. 
-          Tri-Weekly Checklist – This is a list of things that I do every three weeks.  For example, allergy shots. 
-          Monthly Checklists – Monthly checklists are a little different as they change from month to month depending on events/birthdays/holidays for that month.  Therefore, I have 12 Monthly Checklists, one for each month of the year.  Each Monthly Checklist is divided into categories like Blog, Computer, Home, Birthdays and Anniversaries, Holidays and Events, Personal, Planner, etc.  Some of the tasks are things that I do once a month every month, some are tasks that I do every 3 months, some are tasks that I do every 6 months, and others are tasks that are specific only to that month.  For example, I do a big house cleaning once a month, every month, so that task is listed on every Monthly Checklist for January - December.  I change the air filter in our home every three months so that task is listed under January, April, July, and October.  I try to deep clean our house every six months so that task is listed under January and July.  Some things are only done once per year, so those items are listed in the appropriate month.  For example, decorating for Christmas is listed in November.  Makes sense, right?  I also use these Monthly Lists to keep track of things I have to do for people’s birthdays (buy gifts, buy cakes, plan parties, etc.), things I have to do for holidays (buy gifts, plan meals, make bucket lists, etc.), and many, many other crazy things that I would never remember to do otherwise like wash cars, give Maui baths, back up all of our family photos from my phone, back up my blog, update pictures in frames around our house, etc. etc.  My Monthly Checklists are pretty long, but manageable. 
-          Monthly Goals Posts – I recently started writing Monthly Goals Posts for the blog, and in order to remember to actually do the things on the list, I print them and keep them with this stack of lists.  All of the things on the Monthly Goals Posts are pulled from my other lists, but I like to keep this list separate since I know I’ll be summarizing how I did on the blog.
-          Seasonal Bucket Lists – I also write Seasonal Bucket Lists for our family and for the blog.  I typically do a Fall Bucket List, a Christmas Bucket List, and a Summer Bucket List.  These are printed and kept in my stack of lists so we have them right there and ready to refer to when I do my planning.
-          New Year’s Goals – I also write a list of overall goals I want to achieve for each year, and this is printed and kept in my stack of lists so I have easy access to it every time I sit down to plan.
-          Lifetime Goals by Year – This is an overall list of things that I want to do/achieve in the years to come, along with ideas for the future.  I don’t refer to this very often, usually just once a year when I’m writing my New Year’s Goals Posts, but I like to keep it with my other lists in case I want to refer to it.
-          Things to Clean Out – Last year when I decided to clean out and declutter our entire house, I made a checklist, room by room, of every single thing I wanted to clean out.  For example, Jacob’s Room has several different tasks listed under it like clean out closet, clean out dresser, clean off bookshelf, etc.  Since I’ll probably do a round of cleaning out/decluttering every year, I decided to print this list and keep a copy of it with all of my other lists.  I cross things off as I go, and then when it’s complete, I’ll trash it and print a new one the next time I declutter/clean out.
-          Master To Do List – Finally, this list contains every single one-time project/home improvement task that I want to eventually do.  These tasks have their own list because they can be done at any pace and therefore don’t belong on any of the lists that have a timeframe.  This list is loooong y’all.  At the beginning of this year it was 472 lines long.  I created the original copy in an Excel Spreadsheet and it is divided into categories like Living Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, Blog, Personal, Media, Kids, etc.  I am constantly adding and removing things from this list since it’s so long, so that’s why I keep it in an Excel spreadsheet on my computer.  However, I do always print a copy and keep it in my clipboard folio so I can cross things off as I go.  Then the next time I edit it on the computer I’ll remove all of the things that I crossed off.  Some examples of tasks on this list are buy new curtains for front sitting room, paint kitchen cabinets white, plant herbs, fix kitchen sink handle, buy artwork for master bathroom, buy a desk for Olivia’s bedroom, have a quilt made from the kids’ old baby clothes, get a pool for the back yard (wishful thinking), landscape the back yard more, reorganize all computer files, finish kids’ baby books, switch blog over to Wordpress, redesign blog, etc. etc.  See?  This list is just a bunch of random stuff (472 tasks to be exact) of every single thing that I want to get done eventually.  Since I have them organized by category that makes the list much more manageable.

And that concludes everything you need to know about the lists that I keep inside the clipboard folio pocket.  Do you think I’m crazy yet?

Notepad – There is a notepad on the right side of the clipboard folio, and I use this for jotting down any tasks that need to be done fairly soon, but I’m not quite sure where to put them in my planner yet.  For example, hair cuts for the kids, get spare house keys made, and other odds and ends like that.  Once I figure out when to do those tasks, I transfer them to my planner and I cross them off of the notepad.  Simple.  And this notepad is necessary because sometimes there are just weird tasks that need to be done that don’t fit anywhere else.

Middle of the Folio – Finally, I tuck any important papers that need action right there in the middle of the clipboard folio so I can see them every day and know that they need to be done.  This eliminates the need for a physical inbox on my desk.  I used to use one, but found that I was never checking it and instead I was sticking everything in my planner, so I found this method just works better.  Some examples of things I tuck here are bills that need to be paid, permission slips that need to be signed and returned for the kids, etc. 

Ready to take a peek inside this one, too?


Front Cover of the Clipboard Folio


Inside Clipboard Folio

Front Cover of Clipboard Folio with my Daily Checklist clipped to the front (I blocked out part of my list because I don't necessarily want everyone knowing ALL of my business.  Haha)

Inside Clipboard Folio with all lists in left pocket as well as important papers that need action tucked in the middle in front of the notebook.

Aaaallll the lists!!!!


Keeping Up With and Managing All of the Lists

Now that I’ve shared all of the details about what is actually stored in my planner and clipboard folio, you are probably wondering how in the world I keep up with and manage all of the lists.  Well, I’m going to show you.  The initial set-up and creation of all of these lists took hours and hours because there was so much reflection involved (What do I do on a daily basis?  What all do I need to do each month of the year?  How many times per year do I need to do certain tasks?  What other tasks and projects do I want to do?  etc.), but now that the initial set up is out of the way, it is a breeze managing all of them.  All it takes is a 30 minute monthly commitment, a 30 minute weekly commitment, and a five minute daily commitment.  That’s it.

Monthly – I usually take one day at the end of each month to plan ahead for the next month.  I do the following tasks and it usually takes about 30 minutes.

-          Transfer all tasks from monthly calendar in planner to appropriate daily pages in planner
-          Refer to the following lists and compile all tasks that I want to get done for the next month – Seasonal Bucket Lists, New Year’s Goals, Things to Clean Out, and Master To Do.  Take those tasks and type them into a Monthly Goals Post (this is the one I will post on the blog each month) and print to keep in my clipboard folio with my other lists.

Weekly I typically do my planning for the week ahead every Sunday morning and it usually only takes about 30 minutes.

-          Plan errands, gym, etc. for the week ahead and write on the appropriate daily pages in planner.
-          Transfer tasks from Bi-Weekly and Tri-Weekly Checklists to appropriate daily pages in planner.
-          Transfer tasks from Monthly Checklist and Monthly Goals Posts (from blog post) to appropriate daily pages in planner.
-          Transfer tasks from Clipboard Folio notebook to appropriate daily pages in planner if applicable.

Daily – I typically do my planning for the next day every evening after the kids go to bed while B and I watch TV.  It only takes about 5-10 minutes max.

-          Cross off tasks that I got done (so satisfying).
-          Transfer tasks that didn’t get done to the next day.
-          Add notes to the bottom (dinner, exercise, etc.).

Simple, simple simple. 

I know that you might not be thinking that’s the case, but I promise it’s not that complicated.  I literally have every single tool that I need to keep me 100% organized in just one daily planner and one clipboard folio.  And It only takes 30 minutes one time per month, 30 minutes one time per week, and 5 minutes one time per day to maintain all of it.

Ever since I implemented this system, I feel like it is completely freed my mind from clutter.  I used to have to dos and ideas jotted down all over the place with no way to organize them or even find them when I needed to refer to them.  This method has allowed me to organize my entire life and give me complete peace of mind and I can’t think of a bigger blessing than that. 


And I cannot speak highly enough of Emily Ley and all of her Simplifed products.  Everything is top-notch, high quality, and gorgeous, and her Daily Planner has quite literally changed my life.  She doesn’t have many of the Daily Simplified Planners left for 2019 so I would highly advise you to go ahead and buy one soon if you’ve been considering getting one.  Right now they are 20% so you can get a great deal if you’re ready to take the plunge!  If you miss out now, I believe you’ll have to wait until fall to get a Daily Planner that you’ll be able to use in 2020.  She usually does a spring launch, too, but those will be for planners that run by the academic year rather than the calendar year. 

NOW TO GO CHECK ALL THE THINGS OFF OF ALL THE LISTS!!!!  Here’s to getting stuff DONE in 2019, y’all!


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Our Weekend - The One with All the Slowness

Can you tell I couldn’t think of anything for a post title?  Haha.  Well, truthfully we really didn’t do much this weekend and it was perfect just the way it was.  I used to hate January with a passion.  It was always my least favorite month of the year because everything is so bleak and boring after the festive month of December, but the older I get, the more I appreciate it.  Dare I say that I may even actually LOVE it a little now?  Who even am I?!

I think the older I get, the more I look forward to the fresh start that the new year brings.  The clean slate.  The 365 new days that stretch in front of you… knowing that you can spend them any way you choose.  Well, not any way you choose, but you get the point.  But for some reason I have started feeling quite refreshed in January and I always feel super, super ready to tackle new goals.  Not to mention I love that slowness that comes with it after such a (wonderfully) exhausting and busy December. 

Anyway, I’m waaaay off track, but basically, we didn’t do much of anything this weekend and it was wonderful.  Friday afternoon I picked up the kids and we ran my car through the car wash.  I’ve been needing to get it washed for months, and the kids are always fascinated with the car wash, so I decided to wait and take them when they got out of school instead of going during the day without them. 

When we got home, I presented to them their freshly cleaned out and organized play room and they were both so excited that they couldn’t stand it.  Olivia was the most excited because every single one of her princesses were all together and accounted for… and so were every single one of their teeny tiny shoes.  (Yes, yes I did match up every single teeny tiny piece to every single toy during the clean-out process.)  Now let’s just hope it lasts.

We were all marveling over the sheer volume of Olivia’s princesses (I think she has every single one of them… I honestly can’t think of any that she’s missing) so I thought it would be fun to take a picture with all of them.  She chose which princess dress to put on and then we snapped a few pictures to kill time while we were waiting on B to get home from work.  How stinking cute is this? 



When B got home, we all headed back to the new pizza place in town.  We are head over heels in love and just can’t stop going there, y’all.  It’s only been open for just over a couple of months and we’ve already been there four times.  We probably would have been even more than that if the wait times hadn’t been so crazy long for the first few weeks after they first opened.  Their “Bottoms Up” pizza is unbelievable and they have an extensive craft beer list which we love.  Not to mention they have my favorite beer of all time – Tropicalia by Creature Comforts – which is virtually impossible to find due to the high demand for it.  It’s brewed right here in Georgia… in Athens, actually.  #GoDawgs  ;o)


When we got home, we decided to have a family game night on a whim.  The kids received several new games for Christmas and there were a couple we hadn’t yet played, so we selected four to play, popped some popcorn, and spent the evening goofing off. 


After the kids went to bed, B and I watched three episodes of Friends from College because season 2 was released this weekend!  We loved the first season so much that we blew through it in like a week, and we’ve been waiting for a year and a half for the second season.  If you haven’t seen it you should definitely check it out!  It’s quirky and funny and unique and cute.  I just love it.

Saturday I got to work on a few projects around the house, and then B headed off to a tennis match around lunchtime.  Olivia asked if she could help me make lunch so I let her make her own peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the first time ever and she did the BEST job.  I was so proud of her!  And she was extremely proud of herself.  So proud that she asked me to snap a picture to show to Brian when he got home from his match because she wanted him to see it.  At first she told me she was going to wait to eat it until he got home, but I told her she couldn’t do that because she would have been waiting two hours and eating lunch at, like, 3 PM.  Haha. 


Saturday evening we went to church, and then we met my parents, uncle, and my brother and his fam for Mexican.  My voice has been totally gone for the last two weeks (no cough, runny nose, or any other symptoms, though) but I have been staying away from the baby just in case I have any germs, so I have been dyyyying not being able to hold her.  Since I’m finally better, Saturday night I grabbed her right when we arrived at the restaurant and I didn’t put her down until it was time to eat.  I had to get my baby fix!  She fell asleep in my arms almost right away and it was pretty much heaven.  I have a feeling that heaven is going to look a lot like snuggling tiny babies, cheese dip, and margs.  Haha. 


At one point my parents had all of the grandbabies in their laps at the same time, so we tried to take some pictures, and out of about 50 pictures, these were the best we got.  Haha.  Tucker wouldn’t smile half the time, Olivia kept reaching over and eating cheese dip, and Chyler was looking everywhere but the camera.  It’s like herding cats, I tell ya. 






We swung by DQ on the way home (because we basically always do after Mex) and then we ate our Blizzards by the fire and watched an episode of Tidying Up + two more episodes of Friends from College.  Saturday night perfection.

Sunday morning Brian and the kids turned on a movie, so I sat behind them in the kitchen and did my planning for the week while sipping my hot cinnamon tea.  I've had umpteen requests to do a post about how I use my planner and keep everything organized, and this Wednesday I'll finally be sharing all about it!  It'll be good and detailed, so be sure to stop by if you like that sort of thing!  I know I do.  :o)


We had lunch at my MIL and step-FIL’s, and afterward, we all ventured into the back yard for some fresh air.  We had all been cooped up all weekend because it was rainy and cold, so it was nice to get out even if it was still cold and dreary.

Sunday evening was spent at our usual hangout – my parents’ house – where I got more baby time.  Perfect way to end the weekend and start the week off on the right foot! 

Happy Monday, y’all!

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