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2017 Monthly Goals: April

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Well April is coming in with a bang around here. The weather has gone from one extreme to another- 89 degrees on a Tuesday and lows of 32 degrees on Thursday. What the what? Everyone is battling some kind of sickness- sinus infections, ear infections, strep throat, stomach virus….it’s been a long couple of weeks. I’m so ready for April! I did okay on my March goals….fine, I sucked at them. But it’s a new month so new goals!

March Goals:

1. Clean out Zoey’s bedroom. Done. This one absolutely got done 100%. Her room was so bad. I pulled out bags and bags and bags of stuff to donate or trash. She actually has space to play now!

2. Finish Tyler’s bedroom. Partly done. The weight bench is now in the garage, we made space for both his twin bed and his futon couch, we gave him a new cube organizer that doubles as a TV stand, and we cleaned out a lot of clutter. We still need to get the barn door hung, the new curtains, and mount the TV on the wall. But we’re getting there. 

3. Finish Maia’s bedroom. Nope. I planned to do a gallery wall and that was about it in her room but we’ve decided to do a whole room makeover. I’m going to paint, hang some DIY lighted curtains as a backdrop to her bed, paint both her desk and vanity, get new bedding and rug, and do a gallery wall. It’s going to take some time, some planning, and some more money so it’s on hold until summer probably. 

4. Clean out the kids closets. Done. I cleaned out Zoey and Mason’s closets completely. I got rid of so much stuff! With them wearing uniforms next year in charter school it means I can get rid of a bunch of the excess stuff. Maia cleaned out her own closet for me. And I’m still working on Tyler’s. 

5. Clean out the master bedroom. Nope. Sigh. I got a good start. I cleaned out the nightstands, got rid of the extra decor clutter that had been just sitting there, and moved some furniture around. But still a lot is left to do. 

April Goals:

1. Work on front yard. Our curb appeal is crap right now, y’all. It’s so bad. We got so busy that we let things slide and now we need to catch up. We just hired TruGreen to come whip our yard back into shape. Tyler and Matt are going to power wash the driveway, siding, walkway, porch, and clean the big windows. I’m going to touch up the paint, add a new front mat and door wreath, and do some potted plants on the porch. Then we’re going to re-mulch the front and probably plant some shrubs or something. 

2. Start planning the backyard redo. Just like the front yard, our back yard looks like crap. The dogs have torn up all the grass, not that there was much there to begin with. And because we have so many trees it’s nearly impossible to get grass to grow. So we are going in a different direction and thinking about doing a rock backyard. We need to get the hot tub fixed because it sprung a leak in January. I would love to plan some kind of entertainment area on the deck with the bar, maybe a shallow shed with a TV, and a seating area. Add some plants and colorful cushions with some furniture and we have a nice deck again!

3. Organize papers. Oh the papers. I swear they breed at night. I have a system but I had to do some re-vamping recently. I need to clean out all the master files in the big file cabinet, clean out the monthly files and kids school papers in the command center in the closet, and then figure out something in the kitchen. 

4. Do a driving contract with Tyler. He recently got his license and has been driving our cars here and there. But hopefully he will be getting a car in April (or May) and will be driving to school and practice and stuff. So we need to come up with a driving contract outlining responsibilities, expectations, rules, etc. With school and 2 varsity sports it’s nearly impossible for him to work a part time job, which had been the original plan. So we need to find ways for him to earn his car and gas money. 

5. Clean out master closet. Good gravy, the master closet. I need to go through every single thing in this monster of a closet and get rid of so much stuff! I’m wearing the same few outfits because I can’t find anything!

 
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2017 Monthly Goals: March

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Hello March! I love March. The weather gets warmer, the days start getting longer, we have some birthdays to celebrate, and the flowers start to bloom. March makes me happy. I did okay on my February goals. It was a tiring month with basketball for Tyler and Mason going deep into the month with playoffs. 

February Goals:

1. Do our taxes. Done! I hate taxes. But I got them done and we got a decent refund that we used to pay down debt. 

2. Clean out my closet. I got a little bit done in my closet. I still have a lot more to sort through. 

3. Plan Tyler’s bedroom redo. Done. We actually started on his bedroom redo but it’s not done yet. 

4. Clean out the master bedroom. Nope. Things came up and it just didn’t get done. But it’s still on the list. 

5. Do the Couch 2 5K program. Done. I had to take breaks because my joints were swollen and painful so it took me longer than normal and I still have a week left to do. 

March Goals:

1. Clean out Zoey’s bedroom. This child. She’s a hoarder, y’all. I need to clean out her room completely, rearrange stuff, and make it more functional for her. 

2. Finish Tyler’s bedroom. We got a decent start but there is a lot left to do on my list. A lot. 

3. Finish Maia’s bedroom. We just did a big bed switch this last weekend. Tyler’s futon broke so he got Mason’s twin bed, Mason got Maia’s full bed, and Maia got a queen bed from my sister’s guest room. We really wanted the queen to go in Tyler’s room but he is limited on space because of the big weight bench. Now I need to get Maia’s wall gallery done and do some rearranging in her room.

4. Clean out the kids closets. Knowing that the little kids are definitely going to the same charter school with Tyler means I can get rid of a bunch of extra clothes because they will were a uniform 5 days a week. I cannot wait to clean out the excess!

5. Clean out the master bedroom. Told you- still on the list!

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2017 Monthly Goals: February

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How is January already over? What in the world? I did really good on my January goals this year. All month I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing much but when I sat down and really thought about it, I did great!

January Goals:

1. Pack up the Christmas decor and get rid of stuff I don’t use. Done. I had so much Christmas decor that I really never used anymore because it just doesn’t match my style now. I weeded through all the tubs and got rid of a bunch. I went from 7 full tubs down to 3. And I made a list of the stuff I want to get for next year. 

2. Add 4 new recipes to the dinner menu. Done. I made Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff and Crockpot Chicken Taco Burrito Bowls. Next up is Baked Spaghetti and Spinach Lasagna. I have the ingredients already and both are on the menu for the next 2 weeks. 

3. Make a huge donation. Done. I donated 3 big boxes and 4 trash bags full of stuff to the Women & Children’s Shelter. It felt so good to get it all out of the house. 

4. Read more. Done. I read a lot of books in January. I spend a lot of time sitting in the car waiting for kids and instead of playing on Facebook or Instagram I’ve been spending that time reading. And I’m much happier. 

5. Schedule appointments. Done. Tyler had his dental cleaning and his dermatology appointment. I made Mason’s 9 year check up appointment and Maia’s eye appointment. I’m still working on her orthodontist appointment and Zoey’s eye appointment. It feels good to get these out of the way. 

February Goals:

1. Do our taxes. Ugh. I hate tax time. But it needs to be done and we have plans to use any tax return we get back to pay down debt so sooner is better than later.

2. Clean out my closet. I have a lot of clothes and I’m always overwhelmed when I walk in the closet to decide what to wear. I end up grabbing the same stuff because there’s just too much. I want to pare it down to the things I really love and simplify my life. 

3. Plan Tyler’s bedroom redo. I have a lot of ideas on what I want to do but I need to see what is really going to work in there. He needs a new bed and I know I want to mount the TV on the wall. Other than those two things I really am still trying to figure it out. Oh and we need to do the sliding barn door for the entry to his room off the kitchen. He really needs that. The curtain just isn’t working anymore. 

4. Clean out the master bedroom. I have a collection of junk in there that has migrated from other areas of the house and I’m tired of looking at it. So all that stuff needs to go- either find a home or donate it. 

5. Do the Couch 2 5K program. I did it last year and loved it. Then I slacked off. But I need to get moving. My arthritis is acting up again and I know that being active will help me keep my joints from freezing up. But man it takes willpower to run everyday when you’re in pain. I started this a couple of weeks ago so I want to finish it completely in February and then keep running every day. 

I feel good about those goals in February. I can do them!

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2017 Monthly Goals: January

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I cannot believe we’re starting a brand new year. I’m amazed by how quickly 2016 went by and I don’t anticipate life slowing down at all in 2017. I did great on my December goals last month.

December Goals:

1. Finish the holiday decorations. Definitely done. I found new homes for all of our favorite decor and added a few new pieces to round it out. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I have a vision in my mind of what I want to do next year so I plan to start gathering pieces through the year. 

2. Wrap all the presents. Well duh, of course I got this one done. Although I will admit that around hour 6 of wrapping I started to consider that maybe Santa should drop the gifts off unwrapped next year. Still, it got done. 

3. Find some new budget friendly dinner recipes. I added 4 or 5 new ones. I’m not done trying new ones but it was a good start for December. 

4. Enjoy the season. Oh I did this one. The first few weeks were super busy but I managed to enjoy them anyway. I watched Christmas movies, drank hot cocoa, baked cookies, and enjoyed Christmas lights. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new year. 

January Goals:

1. Pack up the Christmas decor and get rid of stuff I don’t use. I have at least 3 tubs of holiday decor in the attic that hasn’t been used in years. Time to let it all go. 

2. Add 4 new recipes to the dinner menu. Finding all new recipes is daunting but I can find 4 and try them out. I want to find a few new chicken recipes and maybe a meatball one. 

3. Make a huge donation. I spent Christmas break going through closets and kids bedrooms so there is a huge pile of stuff in the living room waiting to be taken for donation. I need to get it out of here before the kids start digging stuff out!

4. Read more. I’m missing reading on a regular basis. I want to carve out time to read more during the day while the kids are at school. Turn off the tv and read, that’s my goal!

5. Schedule appointments. Ugh. Tyler needs to go to the dermatologist. Maia and Zoey both need eye exams. Mason needs his 9 year physical. Maia needs an orthodontist consult. Tyler needs his 6 month dental cleaning. So many appointments.

Here’s hoping for a productive January!

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2016 Monthly Goals: December

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It’s my most favorite time of year, y’all. I love December. I love Christmas. I love it all. I especially love the 2 week holiday break from school schedule. Just sayin’. November was super busy with football playoffs, Tyler’s basketball starting, Mason’s basketball starting, and then the holidays. But I did better on my goals than I thought I would. 

November Goals:

1. Finish organizing my Kindle categories. Praise Jesus, I’m done. It took months. That should probably indicate I have a book hoarding problem but I’m in denial. Anyway- this project is finally finished.

2. Finish all the projects on my house list before Thanksgiving. I did everything on my list with the exception of the master bedroom. I almost finished the master bedroom but not quite. Still, I got a lot done and off my list.

3. Finish Christmas shopping. I only have 2 things left to get and both are online. It feels so good to not have to rush out to the stores. I’ve decided that I’d rather pay full price than fight the holiday crowds. No shame in my game.

4. Celebrate all the birthdays. Done. Tyler had a little mini sleepover/pizza/video game party with his friends. Maia didn’t want a big party this year so she had a few friends over to celebrate. We drove up to my parents house to help throw my mom a surprise party for her birthday and we had a cake for my brother in law at Thanksgiving for his birthday. 

5. Find some new dinner recipes. Nope. I totally forgot about this one. I’ll be adding it to my list for next month. 

December Goals:

1. Finish the holiday decorations. I moved so much furniture around this year that it’s been a challenge to find new homes for some of our favorite decor. 

2. Wrap all the presents. Having all the kids in school makes this a much easier job than in years past but it’s still a lot. So is finding hiding places for gifts that I can actually remember. 

3. Find some new budget friendly dinner recipes. The kids are tired of even our favorites and my budget has shrunk significantly so I’ve got to find some new stuff for dinners.

4. Enjoy the season. I want to enjoy Christmas movies and hot chocolate and see Christmas lights. Our schedule is so busy that I’m going to have to be very intentional with my free time but I’m going to do it.

I’m sticking with only 4 goals for December so I have a chance of actually making number 4 happen! 

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