Friday, August 29, 2014

For the sake of what?

I've been at a managers retreat in Tahoe. It has been an eye opening training and I feel like the management team has been given some new tools that will help us engage and align our teams so we can work cohesively on corporate goals. We have a long way to go, and we've been through a lot these past two years, but if we stay positive and prioritize, I believe we can get a lot done without feeling smothered by stress. This new norm of too much work and not enough resources is something we need to accept. Not everything is on fire. We need to support one another and work better together. We need to prioritize. We need to work smarter. 

My favorite part of the training was the questions Len Falter, our executive coach, asked us to ask ourselves. These questions were more for personal goals:

1. For the sake of what?
2. Why do you do the things you do? 
3. What is your legacy?
4. What is the story you want to leave behind?
5. What do you want to be known for?
6. What are you goals?
7. What is your 1,5,10,15,20,25--200 year goal??
8. Why do we make plans for work projects and not for our personal lives?
I make a lot of to-do/project/goal lists-- but I don't always write down how I am going to achieve these goals. Like the saying goes, fail to plan, plan to fail. I am inspired to sit down and make  a few personal goals and plan how I am going to fufill them. I am going to start reviewing my plans every week to see if I'm making any progress! 

Have you made your plan? What do you want? How are you going to make it happen?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fix something

I listened to this great Ted Talks the other day. It was about how mechanical engineer, Nikolai Begg, is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries. What stayed with me is when he said, "We can't assume someone else is solving the problem."

Isn't that the truth?!

What can you fix in your life, in your neighborhood, at work and in the world? What problems keep you up at night? How will you make a difference? What can you do?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, Pedar

Happy Birthday to you, my super hunky hubby. We love you so much. We appreciate all that do for us.You are especially hunky when you do the handy things we need.

I have a really good feeling about this year, Pedar!! Let's make some magic happen!!

Rita time!!

We picked Rita and Margery up from the airport around 2:30 a.m.
We arrived home around 3:15 a.m. Then we felt the earthquake, I thought I was just dizzy because I was so tired. We finally all went to bed around 4:30 a.m. We all woke up around 8 a.m. We all feel really weird, but happy. Sweet Rita has a rash, maybe pink-eye and some yucky tummy issues, but we are excited to get her well!! Margery is very thin, but feeling strong and happy.

The boys LOVE her. We love her. Feeling really grateful that they are here!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We are ready!

Other than a few of my dresses in Erik's old closet, Margery and Rita have an empty closet for their stay. I received a ton of beautiful hand me down clothes for Rita from friends. I'm so grateful. Josh and Jen donated the toddler bed frame and Nana bought the mattress. I picked up a toddler chair and some suppy cups. We feel ready! We pick them up tonight after midnight!! I got really emotional today when I was setting up their room. I've missed them so much. I've been worried. I'm just so grateful that they will be here soon.
The boys have settled into their shared room beautifully. They are so excited to spend time with Rita and Margery.

Pedar and I moved Casey's desk and bookcase into our room while Margie and Rita are staying. It will work for now. 
Tonight were having dinner with friends and then Pedar and I are going to go out for a bit and waste time till we have to go to he airport. Nana and Papa are hang with the boys till we come back. I think I might raise my glass to my super hunky hubby. It's his birthday on Monday, after all. He is just as excited as I am to have Rita and Margery arrive. I am so lucky to have such a generous and loving husband who is willing to open his home and heart to family. 

I can't wait to take video of Rita and show you!! Have a great night everyone!! I'm counting down the hours!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Love the world

Be the good you want to see in the world. Make someone smile. Believe that things will get better. Take care of yourself, no one can do it for you.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Giggle therapy. Get some today!

This week has been heavy. Work is hard. School is a bit hard. Family and friends have had hard news. We needed to feel a bit lighter, so when I found the bottle of silly string in Erik's closet, I decided it was on. My boys know that I am not especially fond of messes, especially inside. So that made my surprise attack even better! The boys were at the computer and I jumped out around the corner and started spraying!! They were shocked. Casey was alarmed even. But then, the giggles started. Those darn giggles were just what we needed!! 
Mission accomplished. Joy restored.What gets your happy on?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What is your favorite "saying"?

I learned it from a manager I worked with at Bradshaw's family restaurant. There were many times when I was waiting tables when I would get completely overwhelmed with how many people needed me. I would want to run from the restaurant. My manager Saba, would look at me, see how stressed I was and say, "Make it happen, Nora!" He would make me figure out what had to be done first. He would make me ask for help, and if no one could help, and that happens a lot at a restaurant, he would tell me to just do it. And I would.

I learned so much from waiting tables. I learned about "full hands in and full hands out"--always picking items from tables and cleaning as you move through the restaurant. I still do this at home. I put things away when I see them left out. I clean the kitchen before I go to bed and clean up before I leave for work, so I don't come home to a dirty house. I also learned to always smile and be kind, no one wants a grumpy server. No one wants a grumpy employee period. Just do your job, work hard and give more than is expected.

There are a lot of times at work or at home when I don't want to do something and I find myself uttering, "Make it happen! Make it happen! Make it happen!"

So, thank you, Saba. Thank you for pushing me to get out of my own way. I don't want to waste time talking about what I don't think I can do and why. I just want to start and find ways to make it happen.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dance more, worry less.

This weekend started with some fun with the Ray's. We got to hear all about their new classes. They are both teachers and our kids had a great time swimming and playing. It was a wonderful way to wrap a very long week.

The next morning we got going on some chores.We picked up a full sized bed from my parents for Margie and Rita's room and moved the boys beds into their now shared room. I moved Casey's desk and bookcase into our room and donated a ton of books and other small items. I guess I didn't purge as much as I thought when we moved a year ago. It is amazing the amount of dust and crap that accumulates in less than a year.
The boys shared room. They love it!!
Margie and Rita's room. Just need to pick-up a toddler bed from my friend and move Erik's clothes out and this room is ready!! I actually wrote Margery and thanked her for making us get organized. Our house feels cleaner and calmer. I am SO grateful.

That evening we had more friends over for pizza and pool time. We had the best time visiting and dancing. Did you know that Just Dance game is on YouTube? We had the BEST time dancing Saturday night. The boys danced most of Sunday morning too!

Sunday morning we were all moving a little slower. I was supposed to run six miles, according to my half marathon training for Urban Cow. I managed three miles. After I got back from my short run, Erik and I worked on his homework and then we just did some small chores around the house.
Pedar painted and hung this mirror this weekend, I found it at Ross for under $60. We haven't had a full length mirror in our new place and I've grown tired of asking Pedar to take a picture of my backside to show me how I look in pants! The mirror looks great in the hallway! We love it. Oh and Pedar loves the new paint sprayer we bought awhile back. Now I just need to learn how to use it.
Pedar also painted a piece of wood and added hooks for our new backpack area near the laundry room. I took down the calendar that used to be above it (never used it) and ordered two more mail/documents bins. Feeling organized for paperwork and backpacks!
This time next week Rita and Margery will be with us. We are so excited!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kindergarten "Me" project

Erik and I worked on his "Me" project today for kindergarten. We think it turned out great.
I remember helping Casey with his project, four years ago!!!
Casey's class was all about the silly strings and Erik's class is all about the rainbow looms!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Your homework is to get your happy on

With school starting and all, I want to give us a homework assignment.

Assignment: I want you to make a list of FIVE things that you can do almost daily, that make you happy. This list could have  anything on it. You can list food, music, people, pets, places, activities--whatever--just list it.  I want you to post it somewhere you will see it everyday. But looking at it isn't enough, is it? Nope. Now I want us, because I'm doing it as well, to complete 3 out of the 5 items every single day. The goal of this list is to bring more happy into our lives. Is it so we realize we are in charge of our happy. We can make it happen.

Here is a bit of my happy list. Not sure what five I am going to choose, just wanted to share. Good Luck! You can do this!! 

1. Sing in the car really loudly
2. Exercise
3. Dance
4. Work in the garden
5. Organize and clean the house (this makes me happy!!)
6. Have breakfast with Pedar before kids wake up. 
7. Walk Curly
8. Listen to music
9. Sing to the boys
10. Watch funny videos
11. Hug boys for longer than two minutes
12. Kiss and hug Pedar for longer than two minutes
13. Read a good book for 15 minutes
14. Go to bed at a healthy time

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First day of school. Over and out!

Erik woke up really slowly this morning, but he was excited! Casey got dressed quickly and was ready to go. He even put out his outfit the night before. So darling.
Casey's teacher, Mrs. Sidebotham, a.k.a, Mrs Sidey
Erik and Casey each have 34 students in their classes. Wowza.
The boys are now home with Pedar! I heard it was a great day!! Can't wait to hear all about their day!!