12/4/15 – Building Rome…

Over the last week I challenged myself to complete the following goals:

Planning meeting and bonding activities with the children

Today we had our second planning meeting.  The children are really enjoying sitting down and having a ‘special time’ together.  Today we reviewed our planning from last week to see how many of the activities we managed to do whilst I was on annual leave.  I am pleased to say we managed them all! Our first activity was to go on our Spring walk.  Luckily we have had the best week weather wise.  The sun has been shining and it has actually been lovely and warm.  DLP got out her nature spotting books and off we went.  We also managed to sneak in a trip to the park whilst we were at it.  This is my favourite photo from our trip.

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We also went for a trip to Nanny and Grandads on the train so yet again got two activities done for the price of one!  We did Easter baking, sorted new school shoes out and spent their saved up money in the toy shop.  It has been hectic to say the least.

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We also sat down today and made a list of all the helpful things we could do for each other in our household.

Complete the ‘Love in Ten Sentences Challenge

I was asked to do this by the lovely Edwina at http://edwinasepisodes.com/

Here is what I came up with:

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/love-in-10-sentences-the-challenge/

Make a start on ‘Writing 101’

I am really enjoying this course so far.  I have so far managed to keep up with the tasks omitting only one which I didn’t feel was suitable for my blog.  I have been off work this week though so it has been easier to find the time, so I’m not so sure I will be keeping up as well from now on.  I will do my best.  Although this course has been fun this week it has also been quite emotional with one particular piece of writing being particularly difficult for me.  However it was also very healing.  I have met some wonderful supportive people this week also.

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/spring/

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/room-with-a-view/

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/three-important-songs/

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/losing-myself/

Write two posts on the first habit – Be Proactive

I managed to get one of these done, but it has been a very busy week.  The second one I had planned needed a little more research so will have a go at it next week.

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/stimulus-response/

My goals for next week are:

  • Doing my best with Writing 101
  • Writing a post about my experiences with reactive and proactive language (a seven day challenge)
  • Completing my Liebster Award questions from the lovely Jim at https://healthwealthlife101.wordpress.com/
  • Planning meeting and bonding activities with the children.

It’s going to be a busy week.  DLP is back to school on Tuesday and MLS is also starting nursery.  He is a late starter as he has quite a big speech and language delay so I am very worried about how he will get on.  I suspect he will surprise us all!  Will let you know.

5/4/15 – Building Rome…

Over the last week I challenged myself to complete the following goals:

Write a ‘Family’ post

I wrote a post reflecting on how my life is like an aeroplane flight.  I talked about what things make my family off course and what things make us stay on track.  I looked at the things which affected us in both positive and negative ways.  I looked at the things I have already done to improve our situation and I looked to the future to find ways of improving things further.  You can read this post here: https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/destination-anywhere/

Have a family meeting with my children

Daddy’s LIttle Princess (DLP) decided that she wanted to call our family meeting ‘Planning’.  This is something they have in reception class at school where they decide on the activities they want to choose for the afternoon.  It seemed quite fitting so we are going to stick with it!

We started off with a little game.  I blindfolded DLP and lead her to a place in the house where returning to the starting point would be a little difficult but not unsafe.  I spun her around a few times for good measure.  I then told DLP that it was now her job to find her way back to the starting point.  DLP tried to return and seemed very nervous and worried.  After a moment I asked her if she would like some help or clues, she said yes.  I then directed her back to the starting point with instructions such as ‘move forward five steps’, ‘turn right’ etc.  When she was safely back I asked her if it was hard to find her way when she couldn’t see and had no instructions, she replied yes.  I then let Mummy’ s Little Soldier (MLS) have a turn.

Afterwards we sat down together and talked about us going through life together as a family and how sometimes we can’t see the future.  We talked about how we sometimes need assistance or clues to help us get to our destination.  We talked about how wonderful it was to have a family to rely on.  I helped them to understand how this was related to the game.

After the game we sat down and brainstormed some ideas for activities for the next week as I am going to be on annual leave.  We came up with the following list:  going on a train trip, a Spring walk, Making chocolate Easter nests, going out for lunch, going to the toy shop, going to the park, visiting Nanny and Grandad, Zentangling, buying new school shoes, school work and reading and arts and crafts!

I have also set the children and myself a little challenge.  We all have to think of one helpful thing and one kind thing we can do for each member of the family daily.

A fun bonding activity

This week we decided to make fairy cakes.  Both DLP and MLS really enjoyed this.  So much measuring, weighing, stirring and seiving was done and a great big mess made.  So much fun!

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Liebster Award no 2

I was nominated again by the lovely https://bekitschig.wordpress.com/

You can read my post here: https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/liebster-award-2-2/

My goals for next week are:

  • Continuing with our ‘Planning’ and bonding activities and complete as many of the activities the children chose as possible.
  • Complete the ‘Love in ten sentences challenge’.  Nomination by the lovely Edwina at http://edwinasepisodes.com/
  • Make a start on Writing 101
  • Write at least two posts on the first habit – Be Proactive.

29/3/15 – Building Rome…

Over the last week I challenged myself to complete the following goals:

Extending my Brand

I looked into this and thought that it might not suit my particular blog right now.  I already had a gravatar (which I had no idea of and have no clue of when and how I managed it!).  I thought about Facebook, Twitter etc but wasn’t really sure what I would do with them.  I know you can send out a link to your new posts etc, but I figured my followers are already going to get an email so there is no point in bombarding them from every angle.  I suspect that would be quite irritating.  I love Pinterest but again not too sure how it would fit in right now.

If anyone has any thoughts or ideas on this I will definitely take them into consideration.

Starting a Regular Feature

I decided to write a feature monthly called ‘Letters to my Children’.  My March post is here:

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/march-2015-letters-to-my-children/

This feature is about the lessons I have learnt in my life and the ones I am learning along the way.  I also want to write things down that I can’t yet explain to my children as they are too young to understand.  So, if one day they need me to explain anything to them, there may be a record of it here.

Please let me know what you think.

Posting Schedule

I want to keep my blog quite flexible and post as and when things occur.  I will try to do at least two posts a week plus ‘Building Rome’ and my monthly feature ‘Letters to my children’.  It will vary.  I plan to do a weekly ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ post at some point in the future.  I also receive awards and Challenges often so will plan to complete one of these a week as well.

Liebster Award

I finally completed my Liebster Award challenge.  I was nominated by the very talented John Zokovitch – http://johnjzokovitch.com/

You can read my answers here:

https://patchworkrainbows.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/liebster-award-2/

My Goals for this Week

  • Write another post for my ‘Family’ page.
  • Start having a weekly family meeting with my children.
  • Plan a fun bonding activity with the children.
  • Complete the questions for another Liebster Award.  Nomination by the lovely https://bekitschig.wordpress.com/

22/3/15 – Building Rome…

th-14As part of my Blogging 101 course we were asked to choose a blogging event to participate in.  I have chosen ‘Building Rome’ which occurs weekly on a Sunday.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_event/building-rome/

I felt that this event would fit in nicely with my blog.  This event is about setting yourself goals to complete to enable you to get to the place you want to be.  I want to make several major changes in my life to help pull my family back together, so making little changes each week will help me focus on my overall goal.

I’m starting off small.  My first priority is to catch up with my Blogging 101 course.  So here are my goals for next week:

  1. Extending my brand.
  2. Adding a regular feature
  3. Having a posting schedule
  4. Writing my post for my Liebster Award, kindly nominated by John Zokovitch.

Wish me luck – Rome wasn’t built in a day!