Friday, August 24, 2007


or·gan·ize verb, -ized, -iz·ing.
verb (used with object) form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, esp. for united action: to organize a committee. systematize: to organize the files of an office. enlist or attempt to enlist into a labor union: to organize workers.
4.Informal. to put (oneself) in a state of mental competence to perform a task: We can't have any slip-ups, so you'd better get organized.

School starts on Monday. I woke up with the state of mind of definition four. Today I am organizing my workers (definition 3) to clean the schoolroom while I organize the supplies (definition two). Tomorrow for Family Home Evening we will all decide on a schedule for our school days that hopefully will result in everyone coordinating and banding together for a more smoothly run household.

Okay, that's the ideal but we all know life has a funny way of sideswiping you to make you change direction. Next weekend, for instance, is our Tri-County Fair where Eve and Marie have to show their chickens for 4-H. All the girls have also decided to enter various drawings, paintings, blankets and desserts. Which means entry forms to fill out, lots of them. Which also means spending all day next Saturday watching the 4-H presentations (I know you're jealous, those are sooo exciting - note the sarcasm) and browsing through all the exh
ibits to find the girls' entries on display. Next week we also have to go to Reno (three hours away) because two of Eve's brackets fell off yesterday. Oh, joy. Joseph always says, 'Expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed!' Which makes me wonder - did he do that when he chose me for his wife? :D

Even with all that's going on my new habit this week is to organize each day's
activities so we can complete at least these essential things:
*Family Scripture Study
*Family Prayer
*School done by 1pm

I'm not asking much am I.


The Lazy Organizer said...

No, of course not. You should be able to fit that all in easily!

Amanda said...

Happy Saturday! you should be able to fit everything in

Rebecca said...

I always start the day with grand ideas and expectations of things to get done. If I get three of them finished I'm satisfied. Good luck this week!

athena said...

actually i AM jealous. i remember growing sweetpeas and baking cookies for our country fairs back when i was little (and not winning a thing). :)

as for expecting the worse and you'll never be disappointed, i think your husband won the lotto with you. and i bet he knows it too!

btw, i love the fourth definition!

Calandria said...

athena, are those your shoes? those are sweet!

montse, i am beginning to think you can do absolutely anything, so i wouldn't be surprised at all if you accomplished transfiguration.

Corrie said...

school done by one? what time are you starting? we do chores 8-9, school 9-11:30, lunch & read aloud until 1:30 and then work with mom and on your own until 2:30ish.

Some days fly by so quickly, it's hard to get everything in that we want to do.

Thea said...

That doesn't seem like too much! If you put your mind to it, I'm sure you can do it!

Good luck this week!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I have fond memories of 4-H fairs. I am preparing to "organize" in all senses of the word too. Good Luck!

Julie said...

Sounds like fun! From what I have read from you so far, I think your motto might be "Expect the best and you just might get it!" Along with Calandria I wouldn't be at all surprised if you accomplished your goals. You're already well on your way!

We're getting organized this week as well with all kinds of final school preparations. We're all getting pretty excited about it.

Best of luck to you in all your doings!