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Sunday, June 22, 2014

1/2 a year!

We are half way through the year.  This is my little update on my goals. 

14.  Do the declutter in 2013 challenge from Slow Your Home.
I only have 2 spaces left I need to go through.  Our closets again and the larger storage space.  The fire really kicked the process into high gear.
13.  Get a handle on the yarn stash. Done! My stash is slowly getting lager, but I at least have projects in mind.
12.  Crochet a real granny square blanket.
My 24 squares were not cleanable.  They somehow managed to shrink acrylic yarn.  I've been looking at a project using cotton, but have other things on my list first. 
11.  Pay off the car. Done!  Now we owe on the van we bought.  Feels nice to have a larger vehicle and the other paid off!

10.  Reread and finish reading books I just found on my kindle/shelves.  Books include Pastrix, Holding Your Family Together, Money Secrets of the Amish, and Inside-Out Simplicity. 
Still haven't read a single book. 
9.  Do one thing on my Minnesota bucket list.  *Hello Duluth or Itasca State Park and other state parks*
We are going to Family camp, which wasn't on my bucket list, but it will be a great time and the camp is very "Minnesotan" looking.  We might still try to get somewhere later in the summer.
8.  Finish the kids books of yearly pictures and update their baby books.
Nope!
7.  Run a 10K in under an hour.
Still not running.  Exercising, but not running.  I miss it sometimes but I haven't felt the passion to do it.
6.  Do something special for our 10 year anniversary.
We have discussed it! We might go out for dinner, but we did take 10 year anniversary family pictures.  That was one thing I really wanted to do.
5.  Send out Easter cards (since we missed Christmas...)
FAIL!  Oh well...
4.  Throw a "friends" birthday party for each of the boys. DONE!  Right now there is a slumber party going on for my oldest and we had a party for my middle on his "re" birthday.  I have 3 months to plan a first birthday party for the little lady.  It's been fun.  Both parties have been a success!

3.  Read a devotional *frequently*.  Let's be honest, every day sounds great, but I'm being real.
This has also fallen off.  Reading this reminds me to start up again.  You can always try again.
2.  Slowly start to help/do things at church/MOPS again.  *Being pregnant and having a baby was tough work!*
Still not sure what God is calling me to do.  It's been a frustrating time trying to find balance and be involved. 
1.  Pray for my kids and husband everyday!
Now that we are home, our family faith5 has been going really well.  It's great to pray with my family but also for my family!

Monday, March 24, 2014

A fresh start

I have been thinking a lot about my 14 things I want to do this year.  It seems things have changed a little.  The fire and smoke damage to our house has changed some things.  I wouldn't say the fire caused this change of heart and renewal, but it kind of did.  So, here is my updated list of things.  Let's see if I can accomplish any of these things. 
14.  Do the declutter in 2013 challenge from Slow Your Home.  Starting in April I'm going to do a 40 bag declutter.  I'm hoping for 5 bags a week of toss or donate items.  The challenge was a great idea, but my house has kind of been through the ringer and I don't need to work on some of those things anymore.  I think this 40 bag challenge will get me going and see where I stand after all the smoke damage. 

13.  Get a handle on the yarn stash.  Wake up at 6:30am everyday.  I need a plan and a routine.  I need to attack each day like it holds something important and I want to be ready for things. 

12.  Crochet a real granny square blanket. We are keeping this one.  I am hoping to use my favorite yarn, cotton-ease, and make a big one. 

11.  Pay off the car.  Financial Planning and Tax Preparation.  We just finished an insurance claim and our taxes.  Our priorities are similar but I want to look at the bigger picture.  So, in the end I know the car will be paid off, I just need a wider view of the process. 

10.  Reread and finish reading books I just found on my kindle/shelves.  Books include Pastrix, Holding Your Family Together, Money Secrets of the Amish, and Inside-Out Simplicity. 

9.  Do one thing on my Minnesota bucket list.  *Hello Duluth or Itasca State Park and other state parks*


8.  Finish the kids books of yearly pictures and update their baby books.

7.  Run a 10K in under an hour. Plan my weekly workouts & work out 5 days a week.  I still love to run, but I'm having trouble with routine and things.  Hopefully this goal will help.  I want to plan my work outs like I do our meals.  Get it on the calendar, but mix it up enough to not get bored. 

6.  Do something special for our 10 year anniversary.

5.  Send out Easter cards (since we missed Christmas...)
We will be sending out post Easter cards!  I did get a time scheduled to have some pictures taken.  I'm really excited for our first family pictures as a crew of 5!

4.  Throw a "friends" birthday party for each of the boys.
This is still my goal, but my middle boys birthday happened 2 days after the fire.  We are going to do a friend party for his "re" birthday (baptism day).  I have given myself  until May 2nd. 

3.  Read a devotional *frequently*.  Let's be honest, every day sounds great, but I'm being real.

2.  Slowly start to help/do things at church/MOPS again.  *Being pregnant and having a baby was tough work!*
God has been speaking to me these last few weeks.  I'm not sure what the whispers are about this topic, but I'm listening.  They might be different than I originally thought.

1.  Pray for my kids and husband everyday!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy Hat

 I got lucky!  I got to test this pattern for Mamachee!  I just happened to be online when she called for testers.  Plus, I had this very cute model.  Mamachee calls this happy hat #2.  You get two patterns in one with this one.  One calls for sock weight yarn and the other that I tested calls for good ol' WW yarn. 
 I needed a little break from "smoke" and "fire".  It was so nice to sit down and crochet with a purpose.  We are very close to being back in our house.  It will be 3 weeks on Monday.  I still have a lot to put away (all of our "fabric" items were taken to a cleaner- curtains, bags, shoes, clothes, everything...)  It's kind of like the longest move ever.  We are thankful for everything and everyone that has helped, but we are so ready to be home.  I would invite you all to stop by, but the introvert in me needs a little time locked in her own home...alone! 
Oh, and don't be nervous.  The yarn stash has started already.  I must slow down!