August 20, 2012

New Routines

Since it is the time of year to start getting back into the school schedule, I decided to make some new routines for Taylor & I. Last night we started the new bedtime routine for Taylor. It actually went really well. He didn't argue about not wanting to go to bed & he actually stayed in his room & went to sleep. That is a huge step for him. 

My new bedtime routine didn't go as planned. I need to figure out the best way to make sure I am in bed by 10pm so I can get the best amount of sleep possible. Either that or I just need to get out of bed when my body wakes up no matter what time it is. It's pretty crazy when I have my wake up alarm set for 6am & I wake up at 6:30am but then just stay in bed. Oh, well. I'm still working on it & I know that I'm not perfect.

This coming Sunday we will start focusing on the wake up/before school routine. I think that once Taylor gets the hang of the bedtime routine, the wake up routine will be easy. I might be kidding myself, but we will see. I mean, he has grown up a lot since this time last year. He requested that we wait a week before starting the wake up routine. I think he wants to squeeze every last minute of sleeping in that he possibly can. :-)

We have a few different routines that both of us have to get used to now. I have them saved on my computer & will be printing them off, mounting them on scrapbook paper & putting them in frames. That way we can use them like dry erase boards & each of us can mark off the things that we do. I got the idea from Pinterest. It's something that will be inexpensive & easy to do. Plus, Taylor will get to pick out the paper that he wants behind each of his different routines. I think this is the first time I have seen Taylor so excited to go to Hobby Lobby with me. :-)

Here is a picture to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:

Simple, easy & inexpensive!! That is awesome!

August 18, 2012

Another School Year Around The Corner

Kindergarten
It is so hard to believe that my son will be a 3rd grader this year. It's also hard to believe that we are entering another school year without Daron at home. So may things have happened since Taylor started school a few years ago, but I think this is the hardest part for all of us.

I know that Daron wants to be able to see Taylor off to school each day. Last school year he would call just as Taylor was getting out of the car or right after I dropped him off. While it was awesome that Daron wanted to tell Taylor to have a good day, it was hard on Taylor. He know why is Dad is in a nursing home & talking to him before school would bum him out. I'm thinking that Daron will try & do the same thing this year, but how do I politely ask him not to?

1st Grade
Both Taylor & I know that this will be a make it or break it school year for him. Since he has had so many issues in the past at school, we have talked about changing schools. Taylor wants to go back to Excel this year because he has the teacher he wanted. He knows, though, that if there are any problems I will put him in a local school that goes year round. I know that a lot of the issues aren't fully his fault. There are certain kids that push him to the point where he explodes. We have also spent time working on that in order to help him have a better year.

2nd Grade
So my prayer for this year will be the same each day:
  • that Taylor grows stronger in his faith
  • that Taylor leans on the Lord for help in controlling his temper & attitude
  • that Taylor learns how to control himself when kids are pushing him to do something he knows he shouldn't
  • that Taylor will stand up for himself in a proper way & not get in trouble for doing so
  • that he will have a wonderful 3rd grade year
I still cannot believe that I have a 3rd grader already. It seems like just yesterday he looked like this:

August 14, 2012

Our House Has A New Look

Well, I did it. I painted the Living Room, Dining Room & Kitchen in a week. I am so thankful that it is done & it looks amazing!! Here are a few photos of the new look.
Here is the Living Room/Dining Room wall before.

Here is that same wall after I painted. There is a phrase under the scroll work that says "May all who enter as guests, leave as friends"
My new curtains. I have a matching set in the Dining Room on my slider door.
I know the love seat looks kind of blue, but it is really sage green.

Here is the Dining Room wall by my table before.
Here is that same wall after. It is now a family picture wall.
Close up on our family picture. The phrase says: "Family Where Life Begins & Love Never Ends"
This picture shows the flower pattern on my kitchen walls. I am so glad that is gone!
Here is my kitchen after. I repainted all of the cabinets as well.














August 7, 2012

Changes

I'm currently painting my house & that got me thinking about all the changes that are taking place in our family. It is interesting how changing the way your home looks can point out other changes that you didn't even know were happening. So many things have changed in the Tilburt family, but I'll only list a couple.

The biggest change has been this past year with Daron being in a nursing home. It is still hard to believe that it has been a full year. There are changes taking place within that situation as well. As time goes on, Daron's health is declining. That is hard to watch as his wife. That change is the hardest one to handle. Someone asked me the other day if I am afraid to be alone at home. My response was, "No. I have two big German Shepherds at home." Truth is, I hate being alone. I know that my dogs will do anything & everything to protect me as best they can. I also know that I have some great neighbors who will help me out. But, I am a married woman whose husband is no longer in the home. I have to drive 30 minutes to Lowell to visit him. My son is having a rough time as he prepares to enter adolescence without his Dad. I know the Lord gives me the strength I need each day & I am so grateful for that!! I just never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be 30, married, have an 8 y/o & have my husband living in a nursing home.

Another change is Taylor. He's only 8, but he is starting to enter that crazy stage in a boys life - adolescence. How am I gonna deal with this one? Prayer - Lots & Lots of prayer!! Thankfully Taylor's medication is helping him a lot. I never thought that I would medicate my son for any reason; but considering the situation, I wanted to do what I can to help him. There have been some rough patches along the way, but I think we are on the other side of it (at least for now). The best thing to come out of it is my relationship with Taylor. I am so thankful that we have each other through all of this.

I am also thankful that my relationship with the Lord is another wonderful change. I have grown closer to Him & have learned that I really can lean on Him for anything. This whole thing has caused me to realize that I took my relationship with the Lord for granted. I mean, I got to a point where I knew that God will help me no matter what - all I had to do was ask. But that's where I left it. I would ask for things as I needed them. I would pray when I felt it was necessary, but that's where it ended. Now I feel like I am in a constant state of prayer & praise. That is the best feeling!

So, while I return to painting my house & changing the way my home looks, I will remember that I have made some changes in my own life. Some good, some amazing.

Struggles

I have been struggling to.... ....get out of bed in the morning. ....be a good mom. ....take care of my house. ....take care of myself. ...