Sunday, October 11, 2020

2020 Quarterly Goal Update

Here we are 3/4 of the way through 2020. For as crazy of a year as this has been, it really has gone by quickly, which is probably a good thing! Here's where I'm at on my goals for this year. Most are in pretty good shape!

done in progressnot started
Health Goals
  • Get a thermography scan   Finally got this done, just recently! I've been wanting to do this for years, so it is really nice to finally mark it off the list! 
  • 150 workouts 93/150 Quarter 2 I did great and made a ton of progress on this goal. Quarter 3 was rough with lots of life changes and things, and I got way behind. I *think* I can still meet this goal, but I'll really have to work at it.
Spiritual Goals
  • Memorize 52 bible verses  I lost count, but I also kind of gave up on this goal, and here's why. I had big intentions at the beginning of the year, but what I found was I was rushing through memorizing many of these verses so I could move onto the next one, and they weren't really solidly sticking. I'd rather really get a verse down and truly memorize it to where I know it up and down, back and forth, so I decided to work hard on solidifying the ones I worked on to make sure they're really there.
  • Study 8-10 complete books of the bible  6 down (Jonah, 1 Peter, Hebrews, Song of Songs, 2 Peter, Ephesians), 1 in progress (Titus)
Home Goals
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned This was so great! We had the entire house done and I'm so glad we did! I think from here on, we will try to do half the house each year. 
  • put the finishing touches on master bedroom DONE!! (Still need to get some pictures! I need to add the bed skirt, which I've had for months, but haven't put on.)
  • more security measures put in place We've added some things, would like a couple more additions still 
School/knowledge Goals
  • Make a school plan for next year for the boys This is all taken care of and begun! I have a curriculum post written, just need to get pictures so I can post soon! 
  • Start teaching music at home Did this in the spring, and then I was waiting to figure out what we were doing in the fall and if they would get music at their enrichment classes so I haven't come up with anything yet. I have a program from Teachers Pay Teachers I'm thinking of using.
  • Find a social studies curriculum that fits our family better for next school year  We've been going through Notgrass History's Our Star Spangled Banner and we like it so far!
  • Read 30 books 22 read, 6 in progress currently (I probably won't finish all of those by the end of the year, but will read a few more novels most likely). Reading has not been a problem for me this year!
    Personal/Random Goals
    • Find & invest in a good pair of gym shoes Bought a pair of Nike Metcons and loving them!
    • Blog twice a month I'm officially calling this one a fail. I did not do well on blogging this year AT ALL. And that's ok. A lot of other things had my attention this year. 
    • Get plans in place for 2021 family trip Technically this is done, because our plans are that we are not going now. Thanks, Covid. (I'm sure we'll still go on vacation(s) next year, just not the big one we had planned.)
    • Stay within budget for eating out category every month So far so good! 
    • Finalize our will Finally have made some progress on this!
    Family Goals
    • Have girls be able to shower themselves This went so much faster/smoother than expected. They're 100% on their own now and I'm completely out of the picture. Next up, the boys! 
    • Girls clean their room with 0 help They've been doing this weekly now with no issue!
    •  Have girls be able to prepare their own breakfast  This has been so nice! I'm so glad we switched this goal from lunch to breakfast. They get up at different times and all like different breakfast foods, and its been really nice for them to just be able to do their own thing in the mornings. 
    • 12 date nights that aren't just going to dinner 8 or 9/12 (I've lost track of exact dates, but I know we're on track still). I'm glad we've been able to do as much as we have with the weird year we've had, so no complaints here. 

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    2020 Family Vacation

    At the end of July we were able to take our long awaited family vacation! I've been mentally planning this trip for a couple of years, and we finally booked it at the beginning of this year for May. Well, of course Covid happened and we decided at that time it was best to push it back, because so many things were still closed and the trip would have changed so much. 
    We were supposed to start in North Carolina, spend a day in Huntsville, Alabama at the space & rocket center, head down to Gulfport, Mississippi, spend a couple days in Louisiana, and then a day in Memphis on the way home. We had to scrap some of those plans and shorten the trip by a few days to make it all work with Covid restrictions, but it still ended up being an awesome trip! 

    We left on a Friday around lunchtime and drove for about 8 hours. I can't even remember what state we stopped for the night in....I think it was Kentucky. We pretty much just slept there, ate breakfast and were back on the road for about 4-5 more hours Saturday. 
    We arrived in the mountain town of Murphy, NC late afternoon, grabbed our grocery order and headed to our cabin to explore. Everything was so beautiful! 
    Murphy ended up being a lot different than we expected/planned for based on internet searches, which was disappointing, but we made the best of it! 
    The highlights were hiking in the mountains, playing pool at the cabin, exploring all different kinds of nature, and visiting Fields of the Wood. I'll let the pictures do the talking! 












    We stayed in Murphy for 3 nights, and then had a day of driving to get down to Gulfport, MS. We skipped over Alabama this time, since the museum had so many restrictions in place. When we got to Gulfport it was raining, so we pretty much just got our groceries, went out to dinner and got settled into our condo the first evening. It was forecast to rain the whole time we were there, but we had an open window the next morning, so we got down to the beach early. Turned out it never really rained again, which was great! It turns out that the beach in Gulfport doesn't have waves, which I had never heard. I've been to beaches all over the country & in Mexico and have never been to one without waves. It would've been great a few years ago when our kids were little, but we wanted waves! The kids had boogie boards and were ready for some fun! So we only ended up going to the beach in Gulfport (which was walking distance from our condo) once. The highlight of MS was taking a ferry out to Ship Island. It was about an hour ferry ride each way that goes out to a secluded island where there ARE waves and clear water! We spent an entire day there and did not regret it! So much fun. Other highlights from MS were tons of good seafood, the pool at the condo and the children's museum. 













    After 4 nights in Gulfport we were off to a daytrip in New Orleans. We added this back in on the day we left our house. We were only an hour and a half away from NO and felt like we just had to go. At least for a few hours! I'm glad we did. We did a kid friendly tour of the French Quarter, had lunch and beignets and were on our way! 






    We drove to Memphis that night, and were planning on getting breakfast at one of their really cool old breakfast places, but last minute decided that we don't live all that far from Memphis, so we'll just go back another time when we can actually enjoy it. We were ready to get home! On our night in Memphis, my little guy yanked his first tooth out! We had just gone to bed in the hotel room when he whispered for his dad to come over, and said "I pulled my tooth out." He was so nonchalant about it, and the tooth was definitely loose but really not ready to come out, so I think he had to have pulled it pretty hard! Not sure what made him decide that was the right time, but it was a big celebration.


     Another day of driving and we were home and recovering! It was a great trip and we got to mark 4 more states off our list! 

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    2020 Quarterly Goal Update 2

    Hard to believe we are more than halfway through this crazy year! Even though it has been the weirdest year I've probably ever experienced, I think it has gone by just as quickly as other years.
     
    At the beginning of 2020, I set some goals for my life and family and planned to blog about the progress on these goals every quarter, to help me stay accountable. A little over halfway through the year, and here's where I'm at! 

    done in progressnot started
    Health Goals
    • Get a thermography scan   no progress on this. Haven't set up an appointment yet, but now that things are opened back up a bit more, I would like to do this very soon.
    • 150 workouts 82/150 After starting off the year a little rough with some illnesses, I have really been able to catch up and make great progress the last few months! If I continue at this rate, I will more than meet my goal by the end of the year.
    Spiritual Goals
    • Memorize 52 bible verses 27/52. I am working on 27 & 28 right now and and it's week 30. So I am a few weeks behind. Technically I have more actual verses memorized than this, because some of what I've memorized has been 2-3 verses together, but I've counted those as one. The thing I'm struggling with most is the references.

    • Study 8-10 complete books of the bible 4 down (Jonah, 1 Peter, Hebrews, Song of Songs), 1 in progress (2 Peter)
    Home Goals
    • Have carpets professionally cleaned This was so great! We had the entire house done and I'm so glad we did! I think from here on, we will try to do half the house each year. 
    • put the finishing touches on master bedroom DONE!! (Still need to get some pictures! I need to add the bed skirt, which I've had for months, but haven't put on.)
    • more security measures put in place We've added some things, would like a couple more additions still 
    School/knowledge Goals
    • Make a school plan for next year for the boys This has been a funny one. We did have a plan in place for them to go to an alternative kindergarten program next year, but we are rethinking that now. I am 99% sure I know what we are going to do (homeschool) and have ordered their curriculum, but haven't officially withdrawn them yet. So I've made more than one plan for them already this year ;) 
    • Start teaching music at home Done! We used Prodigies for all the kids this spring. Our subscription is currently on hold for summer, and I'm not sure that we'll continue it in the fall. 
    • Find a social studies curriculum that fits our family better for next school year I ordered Notgrass History's Our Star Spangled Banner and I am excited to use it with the girls!

    • Read 30 books 18 read, 5 in progress currently. Reading has not been a problem for me this year!
    Personal/Random Goals
    • Find & invest in a good pair of gym shoes Bought a pair of Nike Metcons and loving them!
    • Blog twice a month This has been a fail. I only blogged once in April-June. I think I could definitely still get 24 posts by the end of the year, I just didn't do well with the consistency of twice per month.
    • Get plans in place for 2021 family trip Technically this is done, because our plans are that we are not going now. Thanks, Covid. (I'm sure we'll still go on vacation(s) next year, just not the big one we had planned.)

    • Stay within budget for eating out category every month So far so good! 
    • Finalize our will Finally have made some progress on this!
    Family Goals
    • Have girls be able to shower themselves This went so much faster/smoother than expected. They're 100% on their own now and I'm completely out of the picture. Next up, the boys! 
    • Girls clean their room with 0 help 0 progress on this lol. They can do some, but not all. We are having their new dressers delivered tomorrow (several months delayed also thanks to Covid) and this will help a TON. I expect we'll still be able to accomplish this by the end of the year, if not before.
    • Teach the boys all letter names/sounds They know some. We haven't worked on much this summer, but we'll hit it hard again in the fall!
    • Have girls be able to prepare a lunch for everyone Haven't even attempted this yet. Also, can I change a goal? I decided it would be way more beneficial for everyone for them to be able to fix their own breakfast. So come fall, they are going to be responsible for getting their own breakfast every morning. Everyone wakes up at different times, and this just makes more sense. Plus, they will be able to fix all but 1 or 2 things that they like to have, with ease and on their own. So I'm changing the goal to this, to have them doing breakfast on their own this year.
    • 12 date nights that aren't just going to dinner 5/12 (I think). Things were weird for awhile there, but we've made some progress this summer. We did do a weekend away which I'm counting as one of these, but was really should count for several since we did a lot of stuff while we were away!
     
     
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