Spring Semester Goals

I’ll be honest, my Fall semester was rough. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped in any of my classes, and that’s all on me. This semester is going to be even worse though, since I started working at a local daycare. I will also be completing my internship there (180 hours by mid-May). I am only taking four courses, but this will be a long few months. It is also my last semester. If all goes well, I am set to graduate in May.

  • I need to actually use my planner. I have such a great one but I rarely use it.
  • I need to make better use of my free time – instead of just binge-watching Supernatural, as fun as that is…
  • I need to get out of the house to do homework whenever I can, which won’t be often anymore. This will help curb the binge-watching.
  • I need to make daily and weekly plans for my homework and all of my tasks (parenting, dating, house stuff, the Cat, etc). Using my planner will help with this.

Classes start Monday and I am really nervous!

The First Six Days

Papa and Gramma came to stay over on January 1st, and Papa played My Little Pony Candy Land with Lauren.

On January 2nd, Avery came home “sick”. She was completely fine.

Hannah turned 6 on January 3rd and celebrated with a unicorn cake.

On Saturday, January 4th, they played play-doh most of the day.

On January 5th, the BF and I had a romantic candle-lit dinner after the kids went to bed and watched some Supernatural.

On January 6th, the cat was watching for birds and bunnies.

Not a bad start to a new decade!

January 2020 Intentions

I am not doing resolutions this year. I am doing intentions, since Intention is my 2020 word. I’m starting off with three (plus a daily photo challenge). I think it’s doable! At least, I hope so!

Planning Meals

This is a big one. I am terrible at planning meals and shopping for only planned ingredients. I tend to wander the aisles and pick out what sounds good, or worse – ask the kids what they want – which ends up in me buying cereal, waffles and boxed mac and cheese.

For the month of January, I will plan meals for at least five days a week, and shop for only those ingredients. It will be tough since each week, I only have one kid. It doesn’t pay to make a whole meal for two people, especially when I tend to skip dinner most nights.

Walking Whenever Possible

This is also going to be a tough one because it’s January in Northern Minnesota. But on days when the windchill is above zero, I will at least walk for ten minutes. The benefits will outweigh the risks (I hope). I do have stairs in my house and a TV, so I am thinking of trying a yoga station on YouTube. Any suggestions?

No Soda or Coffee

I love my Mountain Dew. But now that I am pushing mid-thirties (!!) I can’t keep up with the same habits I had when I was a teenager. It needs to stop and I need to replace it with water. This means no coffee, too. That one isn’t as tough, because I haven’t been craving coffee as much lately, and it’s just too expensive to keep up this habit. I’ve thought about trying tea again, but it’s just not my thing.

Photo A Day Challenge – 366/2020

I’m also going to be following a 366 Photo A Day prompt challenge, co-hosted by one of my favorite bloggers/Instagrammers, LaShawn! I haven’t decided if I will use my Nikon, my iPhone, or both, but I’d love to do a monthly round-up at the end of each month to see all the different shots!

Cherish Everyday Project 365 january prompts

I think that’s a good start to the year!

Christmas Eve Eve 2019

Yesterday was Christmas Eve Eve. I had six kids from morning until bedtime. They played outside, we went for a walk, they played on devices, we watched movies and they played together.

But. At some point, I just couldn’t handle the noise and complaining and whining and fighting anymore. So as the Head of My Household, I made the Executive Decision to open presents a day early (We normally open them on Christmas Eve). My niece and nephews weren’t mad that they didn’t have any presents to open – they were just excited to see what their cousins got!

Polly Pockets are apparently making a comeback, as are Lite Brites. They were both big hits with all the kids! Hannah will spend the next week putting together her four puzzles (she LOVES puzzles) and Avery and Leila will be shut in her room, crafting.

I don’t think we will make opening presents on Christmas Eve Eve a tradition, but it was fun to do just once! Sometimes, you just have to give in.

Merry Christmas!

First Day of Winter Break!

It’s the first day of winter break today, and it’s also Winter Solstice AND it’s supposed to be nearly 40*! We will be going for a walk at some point today, and doing some chores around the house. We really don’t have much planned for the break – just hanging out and hopefully not driving each other too crazy.

Last night, Hannah was eating dinner and lost her second tooth. She was very surprised that it came out so fast. The tooth fairy forgot to come…Oops.

Lauren is already counting down the days until she can go back to school. If she could live at school, she would!

Holiday Fun

On Saturday, we went to a holiday event in Brainerd. The kids got to see Santa, the girls got their hair braided, we took family photos, saw a dog and a carrot, and made yummy smores over a fire. It was pretty chilly outside, but the fires were warm! Four out of five kids got their faces painted (Lauren didn’t want to) and we missed the fireworks by about ten minutes (we were all cold and tired, and the kids were cranky).

2020 Goals

Every November, I get the itch to start planning for the new year. I love new years – new beginnings and starting over and all that. This coming year is a big one – it is a new decade, it’s a leap year, and it’s an even number.

Back in September, I ordered the inkWELL Press Goal Planner inserts for the 360* disc system. At first, I had a little trouble coming up with goals for the year. I even had to google it!

Eventually, I landed on a few that seem like they make sense for me at this point.

Lose Weight

I’m going to spare you the exact number, but it’s significant. Years of bad habits caught up with me.

  1. I need to quit drinking soda and Starbucks. I’ll save money and lose weight.
  2. I need to quit buying and consuming junk food. I can’t eat like I did when I was a teenager. I know I will feel better if I stop that bad habit.
  3. Exercise daily. This is something that’s tough for me to do, since I need to see results to keep doing something. I know that losing weight takes time – sometimes lots of time – so I just need to find something I like to do and keep doing it. In the summer, it’s walking on the trail. Obviously, I can’t really do that every day, especially when it’s -50.

Declutter My House/Garage/Storage Unit

Ugh. This one will take me all year because I hate decluttering. I love how it looks and feels afterward, but getting started is the hardest part for me. Honestly, I wish I could just trash it all and start over with nothing, but that’s not how this works.

Have a Healthy, Happy Relationship

This one is in progress already 😉

Journal Every Day

This is a continuation on last year’s goal. I am doing pretty well. I write something most days. I use Microsoft Word on my laptop because I type quicker than I handwrite these days.

Become a Consistent Photographer

I have been taking photos (as a hobby) for ten years now. I have a full frame camera, and two amazing lenses, but zero creativity and motivation at the moment. I rarely pick up my camera anymore and just snap a shot with my iPhone instead, because I’m lazy. I know my phone can’t even compare to the quality of my Nikon, yet I still don’t bother to get the Nikon out. I’m hoping to start a daily photo challenge or something come January. I also need to learn low light photography (without flash) because January in northern Minnesota in a house with no east or west facing windows equals DARK. I need to sort out my editing style too. So much to do!

Become a Morning Person

I want to be the person who gets up at 5am and immediately gets started on their goals and their day. Right now, I have my alarm set for 5:30am, but I snooze it until the very last second (usually 6:30am) to get the kids up and ready for school. I don’t know how I am going to manage this in the middle of January when it’s freezing cold both outside and inside (even with the heat on!)

Well, those are the goals I have for now. It’s enough to get me started. I’m sticking with 2019’s One Little Word (Intention) so I think that fits well with my goals.

Have you started planning for 2020 yet?

Christmas Ornaments

Our little family has a Christmas tradition – we each pick out an ornament for the tree each year. This year, I chose a sloth (because DUH), Hannah chose a mercaticorn (mermaid/cat/unicorn), Lauren chose a pink, glittery crown and Avery chose a shirt with a sloth on it (and the cutest tiny hanger).

I also got us each a letter.

Our tree is small, but it’s bright and festive. That’s all that matters.