Saturday, June 15, 2013

Goals Week 1

I should have made blogging a summer goal...would give me an excuse to make sure I actually do it more frequently. ;) I didn't get much done in the way of the bigger projects on my list, but I did scrub the kitchen/dining room floor by hand today, so surely that counts for something.

On the health front, I walked three times and ran once (!) and ate three grain-free breakfasts. A smoothie, sometimes with eggs on the side. I did find that a large smoothie sipped gradually throughout the morning helped me not get hungry very quickly, and when I did, I had my new standby snack of hummus and crackers.

Our fun summer activity was supposed to be having homemade popsicles on the patio while reading books...but Timmy can only handle a few bits of one before he's done, so while we did read plenty of books this week and eat popsicles, they just weren't at the same time.

I cleaned off the bar counter and drastically reduced the number of books on it. We'll see how long it says (relatively) clutter free.

I'm about halfway through The No-Cry Sleep Solution and had intended to finish it this week, but then Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End arrived at the library for me and they took priority. Apparently I'm not that desperate for sleep...

All in all I'm pretty happy with my progress this week. It was a different sort of week here as Chris was home sick on Monday and Tuesday and we had just gotten back from vacation last Friday. Here's to another week of productivity!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Goals

I love making lists and then crossing items off once they're done. On more than one occasion, I've written down something I've already done just for the satisfaction of crossing it off. In order to have a productive summer, I thought some specific goals might be a good thing, and since accountability is also a good thing, I am (possibly against my better judgement), sharing them with all of you on Internet.

I divided them into four different areas--reading, health, personal/family and homemaking. And naturally I made it a cute list for my craft corner wall, because (and I have no data to back this up), cute to-do lists are more likely to be accomplished.
Image found here

Reading (10 books is the goal)
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
The No-Cry Sleep Solution
Wild
The Monster in the Hollows
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse (just finished the first one and loved it)
Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End
Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
The Meaning of Marriage
A Sweet and Bitter Providence
Give Them Grace

A little light the fiction perhaps, but hopefully it will be an enjoyable list with some good variety.

Health
Exercise at least 3 times per week. I've really slacked in the running department lately. :(
Work up to making at least 2 grain-free breakfasts each week. We don't have anyone who needs to be grain-free here, but my usual standby of toast isn't very stick-to-your-ribs or filling. However, it is easy. I'm hoping to find more high protein breakfasts to start our days.

Personal/Family
Keep up with birthday cards. I dearly love making cards for our extended family, but I have to admit that it's always nice when summer comes and the birthdays slow down!
Do 1 fun summer activity with the boys each week. We may do more than one, but since they (especially Timmy) are at an age where they can enjoy special activities more, I want to make it a priority.
Get Isaac sleeping through the night. Hence the second book on my reading list.

Homemaking
Finish the bathroom decorating. Painted it in October. Still need to frame the windows and mirror. And buy a matching bathmat.
Do collages of pictures, etc. above the boys' cribs. I've got some cute projects they've done that I want to display up there, and a few others that I still
want to make.
Find permanent storage solutions for everything on our bar counter. I'm hoping that with a better place to store Bibles, etc., it won't need to be cleaned off constantly.
Do a thorough purge of the toys.
Paint and make cushions for some barstools we were given.
Organize and backup our digital photos. I need to purge them as well (we really don't need 10 of the first time Timmy rolled over, etc.) and I'd love to be able to make some photo books.

Hopefully I'll be able to accomplish most (if not all) of the these goals and blog about my progress as the summer continues!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Isaac's Very Hungry Party

I realized the other day that I had mostly written but not actually posted the details about Isaac's birthday. Oops! Better late than never, right?

We had a great time celebrating Isaac's first birthday, and it was much less stressful to prepare than Timmy's party (yeah, definitely went overboard on his). Nearly all the pictures in this post and the one about Timmy's birthday were taken by my friend Jessie, and I have to say that asking someone else to take photos has been SO great. If you're throwing any kind of kid party, I'd definitely recommend asking someone else to be the photographer.

I got Isaac's invites on Etsy. After realizing how much paper and time I invested in Timmy's and seeing that it wasn't crazy expensive to buy a printable, we opted for this one. So cute!


 The spread (the banner says Happy 1st Birthday Isaac...not that it's readable. Sigh. Should have used a darker pen).

We ate the same food as the caterpillar (apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges). I was going to poke them with a straw to make a hole, but decided that was too much work. I found the signs for the food here.
Guess the Number of Caterpillars (gummy worms)
Adorable (and in desperate need of a haircut) birthday boy! I made his onesie with my Silhouettte and some Heat N Bond.
My attempt at a caterpillar. I just kept reminding myself that he's only 1 and wouldn't remember. ;)
Caterpillar banner with pictures from Isaac's first year.
For favors, I just bagged up some Skittles and made signs that said "Thanks for crawling over to my party!--Isaac" Super easy and cute!

And yes, we actually did have guests at this party and there are plenty of photos of them, but I'm too lazy to ask permission of each and every person before putting said photos on the Internet. Plus who knows how long that would take me to accomplish...probably until Isaac is 2!