Sunday, August 09, 2009

Cozi Central

I'm in the middle of yet another move and I always seem to take the time to focus on tasks that I should have done long ago. I'm taking a break from cleaning and packing to get organized through Our family has been using Cozi for a year now and I keep finding new things that I love about the site. It's an online calendar and organizational too which hooks up to my husband's work calendar so he always knows what's going on at home too. One of my favorite features is the list section. I'm a list maker, but I usually make a million on little scraps, so I can never find them when needed. So now I make them store specific in Cozi. I have one for Trader Joe's, Target and one for Stop & Shop. Now when I'm making a list, it suggests things that I bought there in the past, for example, peanut butter from Trader Joe's and coffee, staples but often forgotten. Need I mention that I took a break from packing to do a "To Do" list and found my last moving "To Do" list that I used 6 months ago. Most of the chores were the same, so I added a few new to the list and deleted old.

I spent a little too much time in the getting organized for school section this morning. I'm forever trying to figure out how to keep everything straight, now you can download your school calendar right into your family calendar.

Okay, I really can't say enough great things about this site. Give it a try, it could change your life. I will say I do miss the old feature where the calendar didn't need an internet connection to access it, but I understand the need for advertising on the site, so I will put up with the slightly slower calendar access for the great services Cozi offers.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Now I Remember Again Why I Don't Work

It's been a while since I thought about the days of picking up my first born daughter at daycare to have the teacher tell me she rode in a swing for the first time, or sat up by herself. I recall asking the teacher if she could hold off on the stories so I could think I was there for all of her "firsts". I lived in fear of picking her up to the words we all long to hear, "she took her first steps today".

My kids have been fighting endlessly for what seems like weeks. I'm certain it can't be all of the time, but it really feels like it. A day without rain, we went to the pool today which usually last for about an hour when someone starts to cry or fight, then we head home because I dream of nap time where they all sleep or play quietly in their rooms and I have a few moments of peace.

I have been holding my middle daughter's mid section for the last few weeks, knowing she was getting really close to swimming, then she took off today. I wouldn't trade the excitement for a trip to the moon. I can't replicate with words the excitement the four of us felt as she turned around to announce she had done it! I actually felt sorry for my husband missing it while he is working, when for the last few weeks I've been so envious of his departure out of our house in the mornings, prompting a need to find full time work again. So with the simple act of swimming, I'm back to loving being a stay at home mom again. Thank you Audrey for learning to swim when I needed it the most!