My Life Documented Monday #12 & #13 {on Thursday}

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As you may know, things have been crazy around here. I mentioned last week that I hadn’t had time to sit down and write or publish new posts and Week 12 of My Life Documented just didn’t happen.

So, the last three weeks or so have been hectic to say the least. My daughter Hannah had her Ice Skating competition on Sunday. She’s been practicing and practicing over the last few weeks for this!

She had two performances, Beta Solo and Beta Compulsory. She took home First and Second Place medals. I am one proud mama!

Here’s Hannah after we arrived home Sunday evening:

Ice Skating Competition @ AVirtuousWoman.org

Her hair was so pretty!

Ice Skating Competition @ AVirtuousWoman.org

I can’t wait to share photos from her performance with you! I’ll be sharing those maybe next week. So if you’re interested, be sure to stay tuned.

Anyway, after we arrived home on Sunday, I cooked supper and watched some Netflix with the girls – we were all so tired. I had gotten up a 4:30 on Sunday morning and woke Hannah up at 5:00 to do her hair and get her ready. So we was definitely ready to relax and take it easy!

My MIL was discharged from the hospital on Sunday, but she was still feeling so sick. She was afraid to be alone with just her 87 year old brother in the house. So I offered to go stay with her.

Well, she woke me up at 3 am needing help and then at 3:30 I had to call 911 because she was feeling really bad. So, the ambulance came and I followed her to the hospital. I sat there in the emergency room with her until 6:30 am when I went home and let my husband go to the hospital. I went to bed and slept until 11 am when I had to get up to go to town with my husband. I was so tired!

I spent the night at her house again on Monday night as the hospital did not admit her. I got home at 7 am and got busy with things when Mr. Cooper called and said Bandit was colicking. Emily and Laura had music lessons that morning and Mr. Cooper said he’d take care of Bandit til we got there. So, after their lessons, I went to TSC and bought the mineral oil we needed to give the horse and drove out to the horses. I was dreading it because the last time Bandit colicked {last summer} I had to walk him for 34 hours straight.

Thankfully, by 5:00 in the afternoon we were able to come home and he was all better. Only, just as we were leaving my daughter Emily slipped and sprained her ankle. It hurt!

I am so grateful that yesterday I was able to be home all day and I’m looking forward to more of the same today! I haven’t had enough days at home lately. I cook pretty good meals everyday, but last nights supper was especially yummy!

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So that’s been my week. The spring weather has been amazing! Are you in the mood for some Spring Cleaning yet? I think it’s that time of year again.

What have you been up to this week?

Anyway, so, since we missed the last two My Life Documented Mondays, I wanted to get caught up – So I’m offering TWO FREE PRINTABLE journal cards today!

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My Life Documented Monday #13 @ AVirtuousWoman.org

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Document the Everyday

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Living a Full Life & My Life Documented Monday #11

Document the everyday. My Life Documented Mondays on AVirtuousWoman.org --- FREE printable journal cards each week! Week #11 --- This Moment. #ProjectLife

My Life Documented & 31 Days of Calm #29

You can view all of the My Life Documented Mondays here.

It’s been a crazy few days around the Ringstaff household. We’ve been so busy living life! That’s why I’m sharing My Life Documented this week on Wednesday instead of Monday!

Last week my BIL and SIL moved in with us. It’s a temporary thing. They are moving to Harlan from Oregon and are looking for a house to purchase! We are so excited to have them here!

Anyway, so it’s spring time and so much is going on right now. {Art contests, music recitals, ice skating competitions.} Hannah’s first ice skating competition is coming up in a couple of weeks.

If you follow me on Instagram, {see over there in the sidebar ———>} Twitter, or Facebook, you probably noticed I spent the last couple of days in Knoxville at the ice rink. Hannah’s been working on her routine for the Beta Level competition. She’s so excited and nervous!

We purchased her skate costume this week too. I can’t wait to see her skate in it! She’s worked so hard. Every week she she works and works and works at her skills. We usually arrive at the ice rink about 12 noon on Wednesdays. {The Ice Chalet where she skates is a 2 1/2 hour drive each way from our house!} and she practices pretty much non stop for 5 – 6 hours.

And when I say practice I mean she performs the same moves over – and over – and over again. For hours. She recently passed the Gamma Level, but her competition is for the Beta Level and it’s all about skating backwards! I know most of you don’t know what that means! So I apologize for boring you with all these details. Beta Level is the second level. Or third if you count Pre-Alpha.

Anyway, she should pass the Delta Level soon and be in Freestyle sometime this summer. We’re hoping to get her private lessons coming up.

 Living a Full Life

Living a full life isn’t always about doing amazing things everyday – sometimes it means doing the mundane because in the end when you add up all the mundane – you find that you have lived a rich, full life.

I always tell my girls – and you’ve probably said it too – “Practice makes perfect.” It’s true!

When we know what our priorities are, we can set goals and then practice making those priorities the best they can be.

So, for instance, Hannah’s goal of doing well as an ice skater requires diligence and sacrifice. My girls that play music realize that practicing is what it takes to be good and to do well at their recital. Practice often means hours of sacrifice. But those things we really love or long for – aren’t they worth the sacrifice?

I don’t want to die with regrets of not living my very best. I want to know that I gave my life everything I had – the very best.

Documenting the everyday helps me to remember what’s really important!

Next week… or maybe the next {we’ll see how my time goes} I’m going to talk about how to use Project Life at it’s very simplest. So if you still feel like documenting your family’s life through photos is too time consuming, you’ll see how easy it really can be!

Free Printable Journal Cards for Project Life

Document the everyday. My Life Documented Mondays on AVirtuousWoman.org --- FREE printable journal cards each week! Week #11 --- This Moment. #ProjectLife

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Document the Everyday

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So how was your week?



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Family Meals Around the Table {Day 28}

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Family Meals are Important

In the picture above, my son had come home from college {he’s the one with the beard} and I can’t tell you how special it was to me to have all of my kids around the table at the same time!

There’s just something wonderful about sitting around the table, eating good food, and enjoying good conversation and laughter. It brings a family closer together.

Mealtimes don’t have to be elaborate to be special – although I love cooking big meals! Whatever you’re eating, whether it be oatmeal for breakfast, soup and sandwiches for lunch, or even spaghetti pie for supper, what’s important is that you are together.

For me, planning my menu each week really helps ensure that not only do I have a plan for what we’re eating, but we also are eating well balanced, healthy meals on a daily basis – even when we are gone from home all day.

10 Benefits of Family Dinners

We all know that most families are super busy and a lot of us have crazy schedules. But, eating on the run all the time isn’t healthy for the mind or body or the family. In fact, studies have shown that when families eat together around the table:

  • Everyone eats healthier meals.
  • Kids are less likely to become overweight or obese.
  • Kids more likely to stay away from cigarettes.
  • They’re less likely to drink alcohol.
  • They won’t likely try marijuana.
  • They’re less likely to use illicit drugs.
  • Friends won’t likely abuse prescription drugs.
  • School grades will be better.
  • You and your kids will talk more.
  • You’ll be more likely to hear about a serious problem.
  • Kids will feel like you’re proud of them.
  • There will be less stress and tension at home.

 Source: WebMD.com

10 Ways to Make Time for Meal Time

Since it’s so important to spend time around the table as a family, as moms we need to make it a priority. Here are some tips to help you find time to enjoy frequent meals together.

1. Simplify Your Schedule. – When you’re too busy, family time suffers. Sometimes we need to cut back on outside activities so that we can spend more time as a family.

2. Utilize your slow cooker on busy days. When I know I’m going to be gone for most of the day, I love to throw a quick meal together in the slow cooker. It only take a few minutes in the morning and supper is piping hot when we walk in the door!

3. Eat breakfast together if dinner time is hectic. If your teens are constantly on the go, why not make breakfast everyday a priority. If your family is usually still at home at 6:30 or 7:00 am, why not eat breakfast together everyday? You can even try using the slow cooker overnight and wake up to a hot breakfast!

4. Make it a priority. As a mom it’s okay to tell your kids they need to be home for supper.

5. Cook once, eat twice. Sometimes when I’m making a pan of enchiladas, a casserole, or one of our family favorites, I’ll double the recipe and have one for the freezer. Other times, I plan for leftovers for the next day. It saves time!

6. Insist that kids and teens eat with the family. Don’t let the kids scatter to their rooms or favorite place in the house as soon as they fix their plates.

7. Turn off the TV. Eating every meal in front of the television doesn’t build family relationships. It’s okay every now and then to have “dinner and a movie” but don’t do it every night!

8. Get everyone involved with the preparation and clean up. Assign kids dinner time chores from setting the table to fixing the salad to washing the dishes. Remember, families are a team and teams work together.

9. If you have to eat out, sit at a table together. Those when you aren’t home at mealtime and need to eat out, try to go in and sit together. Choose healthier options and talk to your kids about why certain foods are not the healthy choice.

10. Keep a picnic basket and blanket ready to go and add sandwiches, fruit, and water bottles for eating on the run at ball games or at the ice rink. On Wednesdays we head out early in the morning for a day at the ice rink. I like to pack our lunch and we sit together around a table and eat together.

Remember that meal time should be enjoyable so save stressful topics of conversation for other times. Keep things light and fun and laugh a lot! We want to create good memories around the table!

 Conversation Starters

Here’s a list of free printable conversation starters to help you:

How do you make meal time meaningful in your home?



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