A Little Update

This year has been so crazy, that I’ve missed blogging some projects I have finished. I’m working on those “missing” posts. They will come along in what appears a random order (I’m not going to post-date the actual blog post), and a few may be missing some of the information I usually include. Thankfully, I keep my Ravelry pages updated regularly, so much of the information I need is there.

That’s what’s going on blog-wise. Crafting-wise, I’ve got my attention focused on my Garland socks. I’ve completed the first and intend to finish the second soon, so I can cast on something IΒ really want to knit, which is…

… an Asagi short-sleeve linen top (pattern by Bristol Ivy). Of course, it likely won’t be worn until at least spring time, and Sprout does need a new winter hat for this winter, so I may be self-disciplined and knit the hat first. Happily, preschooler heads are fairly small, yet. πŸ™‚

Motherhood-wise, I’m changing up Sprout’s schooling a bit. I’ve ordered “official” curriculum (maybe I’ll explain why in another post), worked on some more quiet bags, looked into good preschool-age read-aloud novels, and I’m making plans for a more structured start to the school day (like including prayer, Bible verse memory work, and keeping some sort of records). And trying to plan that stuff around JB’s needs and schedule; considering what we can do with him at the table coloring in a book versus what would be better done while he is occupied or asleep. Also, I’m keeping in mind that much of this may (will?) change when this new baby begins having more of an impact on the family outside the womb, next spring…

Life-wise, I’m still growing a baby. πŸ˜€ I’m in that not-uncomfortable-but-definitely-feeling-pregnant stage. I know there’s a little person in there, though I’m not feeling him/her much yet. I am reminded whenever I try to stay up late or turn over in bed too quickly… and when I use the bathroom before driving the 20 minutes to town, but need to use itΒ again as soon as I arrive.

Oh, and family-wise, we are enjoying our new house. There is a lot to see and do. Here is the view from our porch.

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Peaceful. Beautiful. Windy. Wonderful. I love it. πŸ™‚

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JB is TWO!

Every time a child of mine passes their birthday, I wonder… where did the year go? Now that I have two children, I ask myself that same question twice a year. And it seems the year passes twice as quickly, now.

At any rate, THIS young man is two years old today.

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I frequently say, he isΒ such a boy. He gets dirty, he is loud (even when he whispers!), and he can be mischievous.

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But he is also very sweet, adores his big sister (but his mama even more), and is a smiling, giggling boy most of the time.

He likes to play rough,

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help people,

and eat. He really, really likes to eat.

I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday…

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… and I’m filled with joy to be his mama! Happy birthday, son!

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How’s This Girl?

Yes, I am still here. πŸ™‚ Yes, I have been knitting. I haven’t posted projects because I haven’t had many opportunities at the computer. And the times I do have, I’ve spent inputting grocery receipts and answering emails, not blogging.

Also, one recent project is a gift, so that won’t be posted until it is received. And another, I’m not very happy with. I haven’t even woven the ends on that one because I was so ready to be done knitting it. I just shoved it in a bag and put it away. πŸ˜€ But Β I have a few knitting-related posts coming out soon.

Life is getting busy around here. I am sort of beginning preschool at home with Sprout (I intend to blog about that as we go, but we haven’t really started yet). I am being more intentional in my parenting — not micro-managing, but being diligent, available, and ready to guide. We have a move coming up.

Life is happening, here. πŸ™‚ I hope to share more as we go.

Not making any promises, though. πŸ˜‰

She is Three

Another year gone away… Sprout is three!

More Big than Little, every day, it seems. I asked her questions for a fun survey… she didn’t really understand some of the questions, so I gave my best guess at what her answers might be, on some of them. πŸ™‚

  • What is your favorite color? “I like blue.” (But later, she told Daddy it is pink.)
  • What is your favorite animal? “I want a tiger.”
  • Favorite book? Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss (It is her request just about every night.)
  • Favorite show and movie? Veggie Tales, Finding “Mee-mo”, “Pooh Bear” (Pooh’s Grand Adventure)
  • Favorite song? She said she didn’t know, but she sings “Amazing Grace,” “Twinkle Little Star,” and “Victory in Jesus” a lot.
  • Favorite food, snacks? She said “those holes ones” — a.k.a. veggie straws, but also wants yogurt, clementine oranges, and pasta most of the time.
  • Favorite clothes to wear or outfit? Her Minnie Mouse dress gets the most love, these days.
  • Favorite game? “My matching game” — Minnie Mouse Memory game
  • Favorite toy? She said she didn’t know, but she plays with her Alphie robot almost every day.
  • Favorite thing to do outside? “Hmm… swing. Yeah, I like that!”
  • Favorite place to go? “A big, giant Walmart!”
  • Favorite thing about your room? “Um… the floor!”
  • What is the yuckiest food? “The yucky muffins.” (failed peanut butter oat muffins)
  • What do you like to take to bed with you? “My dolly.” Her brother’s bunny is another favorite.

She Plans: How I Bullet Journal

This is the fourth post in a series about the Bullet Journal system of planning and organizing life. The first discusses how I planned before the BuJo system; the second lists reasons I like the BuJo system; the third gives some of my adaptations to the basic system. You can read more about the original Bullet Journal concept by following this link.


The BuJo system operates on a concept of “migration.” That is, moving incomplete tasks to future days and months; moving some information to new notebooks. Migration happens at three distinct times: the start of a new year/notebook, the end of the month, and the end of the day.

Some people choose to incorporate weekly spreads into their journals. I find the monthly and daily lists sufficient.

I will go through each phase of migration in detail below. This will serve as a sort of “how to use a Bullet Journal,” in my own way, of course.


New Year/Notebook

My current BuJo is set up through the end of the year. I intend to begin a new notebook then, even if this one is not full. This style of planner is highly variable. Some people will fill a small notebook like this in 2-3 months. Others may find it sufficient for an entire year.

Every notebook begins with a key of bullets/markers, index pages, and a future log. This is when I can evaluate my list of bullets, alter any that aren’t working for me, add new ones, or remove ones that I never use. My future log has 2 months per page. For this notebook, I only needed two pages to get through the end of the year. My future log is very simple — month number and name, then events/tasks (dated if necessary) below.

Now is a great time to talk about  “collections.” In my index, there are entries for “cleaning,” “meals,” “recipes,” and more note pages. These are referred to in the BuJo community as “collections,” which allow similar pages of notes to be indexed together. For example, the entry “weekly meal lists” can contain all meal lists, instead of having a new entry in the index each time.

Note pages are what make the Bullet Journal system shine. I love having everything in one place. My cleaning routines,

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cleaning routines

hobby-related notes,

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presidential biography reading/goal list

even recipes.

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slow cooker freezer bag recipes being tested

Some note pages will be migrated to new notebooks. My cleaning routines and presidential biographies list are two examples. Recipes will probably not be migrated, unless they still need testing — although, I hope to have tested these recipes by then! If I find myself re-writing some pages in every notebook, I could make a printable version that could easily be printed and taped into any new notebooks.


New Month

At the end of the month, I prepare the monthly overview spread for the next month. My monthly spreads are on two facing pages:

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November spread

I use the month name as the topic. Then, I list the date numbers down the left side of the page at the start of the line. To the left of the numbers, I write the first letter of the day name. I also extend the ruled lines to the left to visually separate the date list into weekly chunks. Dated events and some tasks are written on these lines. Other tasks for the month are written in the empty space on the right hand page.

First, I look at my future log and transfer all events and tasks to the monthly spread.

Then, I migrate tasks from the previous month. If they go into the new month, I mark them with a forward arrow (>) and write them into the new monthly spread. If they need to be moved more than one month ahead, then I called them “forwarded,” mark them with a double backward arrow (<<), and write them in the new month in the future log.

I also take this time to make plans or write down tasks for the month. I might add the task to look up a craft idea for Sprout or plan our daddy date for the month.


New Day

At the end of the day (or morning of the next…), I set up a new daily log.

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daily logs from October

I write the date in MMDD format, then the day name in the next sizable space — either below the previous date or a new page. Tasks and events are concise; I only write as much information as I need.

Then, more migration. πŸ™‚ First, I migrate tasks from the previous day and mark off completed tasks. If a tasks needs to migrate further in the same month, I write it on the monthly spread. If it needs to migrate even further than that, I write it in the future log for the appropriate month. Most daily tasks move either to the next day or within the same month.

I look back at the monthly spread and find tasks/events for the day. This is how things are scheduled. I can pick off tasks from the monthly spread that seem feasible for the day — I don’t have to plan specific things so far in advance.

As I complete tasks (or at the end of the day), I mark them off with an X. Tasks that were begun but not completed only get one slash (\). For example, on 1013 in the photo above, I planned to fold clothes out of the dryer and wash diapers. I folded the clothes but did not put them away, and I washed the diapers but did not fold them or put them away. So those tasks, in my mind, were “incomplete” and marked appropriately. The dusting was migrated along with “wash couch cushion covers.” I did print pictures and update the kids’ baby books, though, so the day wasn’t entirely wasted. πŸ™‚


Extras

Notes

Notes  can be entered as short one-liners in the daily log or on a new page. Most often, I write notes on new pages because they fit into collections like recipes. I prefer not to have recipes interspersed with all my daily logs. The BuJo can be used as a notebook anywhere from doctor appointments to educational lectures. Those notes can then be transcribed into a more suitable location after the fact, which is a great way to refresh anyway.

Diary

This style of planner lends itself excellently to diary-keeping. I have experimented with keeping a one-sentence daily diary and also short diary-style entries at the bottom of each daily log. I have not been diligent with either of those (I am not, naturally, a diary keeper.), but I like the ideas. Diary entries could be given their own pages and “collected” in the index.

Art

I am not artistic. I may draw a doodle now and again on a monthly spread or daily log page. Occasionally, I copy an interesting quote into a blank space. Overall, my BuJo is plain, and I like it that way.


That wraps up my series on the Bullet Journal system for life planning, organization, and management.