Reading, Writing, Resolutions

Welcome, 2019.

2018 wasn’t a bad year for me, we moved to a bigger house, nicer neighborhood; we got a minivan, I enjoy my calling at church, my relationship with my family is good. Nothing catastrophic happened. It had its ups and downs and self pity moments but I think every year will have that sprinkled throughout. So I’m not running away from 2018 and slamming the door shut behind me – but I do love fresh starts even if there’s nothing I’m trying to erase and forget.

That being said, here are my 2019 goals. I have to point out that yes, there are ten goals again (I didn’t do that last year) but that wasn’t completely on purpose, though I did scratch out a goal because 11 seemed weird.

  1. Read 30 books (3 on writing; 3 church)
  2. Query 5 agents by the end of the year
    • Edit first draft
    • Write query letter
    • BETA readers
  3. Journal once a week
  4. Keep up with the new church curriculum
    • Hold Family Home Evening once a week
    • Share my testimony more
  5. Send birthday cards to family
  6. 12 dates with Matt
  7. Go to the temple at least once
  8. Budget better
    • Stick to the shopping list and come in under budget
    • Re-evaluate wants vs needs
  9. Get fit/eat better/stretch
  10. Organize the house (we have more space but feel just as cramped sometimes…it’s all in how we use the space).
Advertisements

See Ya Later 2018!

It’s my favorite time of the year. The time where I look at my resolutions for the past year, dust them off to see if I even remember what goals I set, and determine I’ve failed miserably. But my real favorite part is how I can forget the past year’s failures and set some new goals for my fresh slate of a new year!

So here it goes with the “stoplight” gauge. Red=failed, yellow=semi-failed (I’m a glass half empty girl), green=accomplished!

2018 Resolutions

1. Query 5 agents by August

 

  1. Finish the 1st draft with necessary edits
  2. Have 3 BETA readers (at least)
  3. Research agents
  4. Write and polish query letter
  5. Send

I didn’t get around to querying any agents, but I did manage to FINALLY finish my first draft, read through it and cull it. Now I need to just write up an editorial map, edit, and get some BETA readers. If you’re interested, let me know. It’s a YA novel BTW.

2. Reach goal weight by August 31st by cutting back sugar and working out more.

I actually surpassed my goal weight, thanks to two separate stomach bugs in the month of May. Thanks vomiting! I have since put on some weight, no thanks to the Christmas season.

3. Make my marriage a priority by having at least 12 dates with my hubs and holding family counsels.

I means, marriage was a priority but there were no dates and the only family counsels we had were to determine if Nicky could have dessert or watch a TV show…

4. Go to the temple at least twice (DC will be closing in March until 2020 – just thought I’d explain the low number).

Yeah – I didn’t make it.

5. Service – do one service activity a month.

I didn’t do activities, but I did up my service game. And then I started to write down what I did so I could actually prove to myself that I was doing service. Sometimes service is smaller than we realize and I think more than anything I needed to realize what I AM doing.

6. MOVE!

Easy. It was already in the works when I wrote these goals. But it was crazy, not the same as buying a house for the first time. All the selling, buying, looking for the perfect house not just for you but your spouse has a say (what!?), and then praying everything would work out so you aren’t homeless. It was awful, but we are happy with our new home.

7. Read 25 books.  At least two need to be on writing and three be church books.

I surpassed the number of books, but none of them were on writing or church books…oops.

8. Mommy/Son dates – Take time for just Nicky and me by going on at least 6 outings together.

We went on plenty of outings but only two or three just the two of us. I think he’ll survive, but I also think we will find a play to go to this coming year (one of our dates was to see our friend, Miss Sierra, in a play and then we grabbed lunch). Nicky really seemed to enjoy his first theater experience.

Kissing Strangers

So it’s been a long time. Quick update – we moved! We put our house on the market around 9 pm Friday night before Memorial day. We ended up with five showings scheduled for the weekend and we got an offer shortly after noon on Saturday. We decided to take that offer and cancel the other showings. Not because we got an outstanding offer, like more than we were asking for or anything, but because we hated showing the house. We had to pack up the kids and the cat and find somewhere to go, the kids weren’t so bad, but the cat was rough. The next six weeks were a lot of work, there was a lot of stress eating involved. We ended up putting a new roof on and doing some work in the crawl space and some plumbing. It was awful. But everything worked out and we closed on time, on July 6th.

ISy3lako04bbvs1000000000

It was a little bittersweet though, I’ve lived there for 8 years, got married, had two kids. We found a house on Memorial Day, put in an offer the next day and closed on July 9th (so…happy one month anniversary to the new house).

20180531_021725000_iOS

We love it so far. It needs some work and we made our long list of things we want to update but nothing that keeps us from enjoying the house. It’s over twice the size of our old house so we definitely love having space. Especially space for the kids to play and I can see the backyard from the kitchen window, the sliding door in the dining room, and from several other windows, one thing that was frustrating with the old house was that I could only look into the backyard from my bedroom window.

So there’s a lot more playing outside. Also, I’m realizing my kids don’t often wear pants…

I’ll post more pictures of the house as we update things.

We also started potty training (again). It’s going much better than last time, but it’s still taking time. So strange that you have to teach someone to recognize when they need to pee or poop and what they should do when that happens. But Nicky will be starting preschool in a few weeks and he needs to be potty trained for that – so it turns out I can’t wait until he’s 16 to potty train him. It’s a good lesson in patience for me – not that I’ve excelled, but there’s plenty of opportunity to practice.

This past Sunday, I was waiting for Sunday School to start and was rubbing Izzy’s head (if you’ve rubbed her head before you understand the irresistible urge to do so), I felt a bump on the back of her head and when I turned her around and investigated, I found that it was a tick. Which grosses me out. BTW – I had a tick on my foot shortly before we moved, it got infected and I had to go to Patient First when it started to swell. No Lyme disease. Anyway, so I left church early and took her to Kid Med to get them to take the tick out (I didn’t want to take chances with her precious noggin). The nurse held Izzy’s head and I held her arms while the doctor took the tick off her head. She was screaming and crying but the doctor got it out, it wasn’t engorged and he felt we got it quickly enough so that it didn’t have time to transmit anything. I have to keep an eye on it of course.

20180805_155532309_iOS

So then he goes to wipe the bite area with an alcohol wipe and she’s screaming again and so I decided to comfort her and kiss her on the head…except that the doctor was holding the top of her head and so I actually kissed his fingers…of course I immediately called attention to that, because that’s what you do when something awkward happens. He was very good-natured about it and joked about it more than once. When I got home, I confessed to Matt that I had kissed the doctor. His first question, “on the lips?”

Oh – and Nicky got glasses. He’s terrible about wearing them but I suppose that’s my fault. I keep forgetting.

Idk why he’s making the face in the last picture, I just copied him.

I think that’s it for the update. I’ll try to be better about blogging in the future.

Ring in the New Year – 2018

I’ve been giving my goals some thought (some less than others) but here they are.  I’m also going to tape them to my mirror so I remember what goals I set.  Here we go:

2018 Resolutions

  1. Query 5 agents by August
    1. Finish the 1st draft with necessary edits
    2. Have 3 BETA readers (at least)
    3. Research agents
    4. Write and polish query letter
    5. Send
  2. Reach goal weight by August 31st by cutting back sugar and working out more.
  3. Make my marriage a priority by having at least 12 dates with my hubs and holding family counsels.
  4. Go to the temple at least twice (DC will be closing in March until 2020 – just thought I’d explain the low number).
  5. Service – do one service activity a month.
  6. MOVE!
  7. Read 25 books.  At least two need to be on writing and three be church books.
  8. Mommy/Son dates – Take time for just Nicky and me by going on at least 6 outings together.

As you can see – I’m making dating my family a big priority this year – someone’s desperate… I’m excited and nervous about my goals – mainly the writing one.  I realized a few weeks ago that I hold back because I get anxiety about the whole submission process.  I figure if I make it a goal then my pride and stubbornness will overpower the anxiety and I’ll finally take the next steps.  We’ll see.  An unwritten goal is to blog and journal more – so hopefully you’ll hear from me more (if that’s what you want).

Projects

As I posted yesterday – I thought I had a draft of my weekly new things. This is by a complete list, looks like I stopped adding after about three months or so but you get the idea.

So I’ve fallen behind reporting on my weekly “projects” which I have dubbed Pinterest projects because honestly 99% of them will be attempts to do things I saw on Pinterest.

So here’s what I’ve tried and how they turned out.

1) Homemade paint.  Recipe found HERE.  This….did not work for me.  I may try it again some time but it came out too thick to actually be used as paint.

2) Family Home Evening on Prayer – I just kind of made this one up.  I have pictures to go with all the answers to the questions.

3) Preschool Calendar Board – this one actually took two weeks because I had to order more ink and go back to the store to get more velcro and laminating paper.  I got the idea from HERE.4) Glazed Donut Muffins – HERE 

These were delicious! Enough said.

5) Pin the Tail on the Bunny (LINK – PS I love this website!) however – the project failed. Seemed simple enough but the Velcro was just too strong and the tails ripped off.

6) baptism FHE

7) Pound cake

I’ve made pound cake before but I wanted to try a new recipe. Recipe found here.

There may have been too much batter, or it was too fluffy, or the pan’s too small. So many options.



But it tasted delicious!

8) homemade guacamole

9) homemade Reese’s eggs

10) rice krispy Easter baskets


11) Wall signs

So long 2017

It’s that time of year again. Time for me to look over my goals and realize that if I don’t write them down and post them somewhere I forget all about them. My first goal for 2018 is to post my goals on the mirror!

This year has been pretty good. We added Izzy to our family and she’s not so bad (and by that I mean she is absolutely the cutest baby I’ve ever seen or birthed). Nicky started preschool in September and he seems to be doing well. His vocabulary has taken off. As of today his favorite things to say are, “oh my word”, “gosh”, “help you” and “scared”…not sure what’s scaring him but he says it a lot.

I got released from my calling with the Young Women in October but now I will be their basketball coach and I’m still teaching Relief Society twice a month (and developing an ulcer because teaching stresses me out).

In 2017 I learned how to let things go. I was getting too worked up on things (and people) being exactly how I thought they should be and that only led to constant disappointment and frustration. Once I let go of my expectations my life and relationships got much better. I still skip up from time to time (today after church for example) but failure isn’t the end, it’s just a learning opportunity for next time (aka tomorrow).

Ok on to the part where I let you know how I did with my goals.

  1. Finish Personal Progress – I’m happy to announce that I finished this back in the spring.
  2. Writing – I didn’t write everyday but when I did write I wrote more than 100 words. I took two months off after Izzy was born but in that two months I contemplated the backstory of my novel and where I wanted it to go. So I’m marking this as a success because I persevered and aside from my “maternity leave” I always had something to submit to my writing group.
  3. Journal/Blog Writing –  Nope. My blog is a pretty good indication of how this went. I probably wrote in my journal less than I blogged.
  4. Have Family Home Evening – medium success. I’ve gotten better – and I’ve made little FHE packets which has been great because then everything is ready to go. I need to make some more but for 2018 I’m set for about two months.
  5. Do something new each week. Success. Mostly I did Pinterest projects. I made a bunch of new food, tried new crafts, made new activities for Nicky and made him a new quiet book to for his age. I have a post around here somewhere where I was keeping track. I’ll look it over and may post what I had.
  6. Get the house ready to sell! Meh. I painted the bathroom and the living room ceiling. I don’t think it will hold us up too much but we will see when we have our realtor come out to look at the house.

Stayed tuned for my 2018 goals after the new year! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and be safe tonight!

Toddler Crafts

In keeping with my goals – here is my Pinterest project of the week (it won’t always be Pinterest…but considering how many pins I have it will mostly be Pinterest…have I said Pinterest enough in this post?)

The Old Woman That Swallowed the Fly

I got the idea from Serving Pink Lemonade who had a link to Sunflower Storytime which is where I got the printout.

I used self lamenting sheets I got at Target but also found on Amazon. And Velcro circles I got at Walmart. I already had the Velcro from when I made Stormy’s quiet book. One change I made was I put the words on the back so I could have them if I didn’t remember.


Also, this is my first time with set laminating sheets and I didn’t realize I needed to cut the print out how I wanted it before laminating it. But it’s okay because I’ve decided to put it in a binder with hopefully other Pinterest pins to come.

I also started Stormy’s PECS notebook. My nephew had one these when he was younger to help him with learning to speak so I figured we’d cut down on frustration at the house and give Stormy another form of communicating in addition to his limited verbal and sign. He already saw the picture of popcorn and asked (verbally) for popcorn at snack time.  It’s so cute the way he says “popcorn” and “please”


I already have a ton more to add to the food page, but this is the start.