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2017 Monthly Goals: September

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August went by in a hot minute. I don’t know what happened. I blinked and it was gone. Now I have to switch gears to September, which is always a really busy month. 

August Goals:

1. Clean out closets and get uniforms sorted. DONE. I went through each kid’s closet, made them try on stuff, pulled out the outgrown uniforms and made a list of what I need to buy. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. NOPE. I had the best of intentions but this didn’t happen. It’s happening this month though. 

3. Buy all the school supplies. DONE. That was a huge list, y’all. I spent nearly $350 for 4 kids supplies and that didn’t include tech fees, sports fees, bus fees, etc. Holy sticker shock. 

4. Create a lunch plan. DONE. Fortunately my kids are relatively easy when it comes to lunch. They’re happy with a sandwich or leftovers from the night before. 

5. Organize the football team mom stuff. DONE. Well, it’s an ongoing thing but the initial organization such as getting the group emails set up, the signup genius for volunteering done, etc. 

September Goals:

1. List all outgrown uniforms for sale. Our charter school has a Facebook page dedicated to selling used uniforms and I need to get all of this stuff listed. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. I’ve just gotten started on this. It has to happen. 

3. Cut the grocery budget. This goes along with number 2. Our grocery budget is out of control and it cannot continue. I want to be under $800 per month for all food and household goods. I can do it. It’s a challenge and I’m good at challenges. 

4. Organize the pantry for lunch packing. I need the kids to start helping with the lunch packing and the easiest way to do that is to set up the pantry in a way that helps them pack without help. I don’t mind making sandwiches or filling thermoses but they can pack their own sides and snacks. 

5. Read 10 books. I want to turn off the TV during the day and spend more time reading. 

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2017 Monthly Goals: August

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I’m not ready for August. Nope. Not ready. Not even a little bit ready. But the calendar stops for no mom. And my to-do lists are piling up as I type. 

July Goals:

1. Work on backyard landscaping. NOPE. We had the best of intentions. Then it temps started hitting near 100 and all those intentions flew out the window. Maybe in the Fall when we can walk outside without melting.

2. Read 12 books off my TBR list. DONE. I actually read more than 12 books on my TBR list!

3. Have a Girls Night Out. DONE. I went out with my sister and two friends to celebrate my birthday. It was an amazing night full of laughter and pear martinis. It reminded me why it’s important to have girl friends!

4. Have at least one date night. NOPE. Unless Sam’s Club counts as a date night. No? Then NOPE. Maybe next month. 

5. Choose joy. DONE. DONE. DONE. I chose joy. And I’m going to keep on choosing joy. Even when things went off plan and got messed up, I chose joy. It’s awesome. 

August Goals:

1. Clean out closets and get uniforms sorted. I’ve been collecting uniform pieces all summer off of our charter school’s used uniform Facebook page. Now I need the kids to try everything on so I can see what I need to buy. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. It’s been nice taking the summer off from meal planning but the time has come to get back to it. I’m creating a whole new meal plan for this school year with family favorites and a few new recipes. 

3. Buy all the school supplies. Geez. All the school supplies. 2 kids need new backpacks. 2 kids need new lunch boxes. They all need new water bottles and thermoses. Maia needs a $100 calculator. Maia and Tyler both need new MacBook covers. Mason needs an iPad cover. The lists are INSANE. And expensive. Ouch.

4. Create a lunch plan. This year all 4 kids have to take their lunches every day. That means I need a plan. And some lists. I love making lists. 

5. Organize the football team mom stuff. Somehow I ended up as one of the football team moms this year. I don’t know how but I’ll do it. I’m working on coordinating the massive volunteering needs for this season as well as getting the tailgating plans started. It’s a lot of work but I’m pretty bossy so I’m sure I’ll get it all whipped into shape. Ha!

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2017 Monthly Goals: July

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It’s JULY!! How is that possible? I did not have a super productive June but I’m ok with that. June was a great month. We spent a ton of time at the pool and in the hot tub. It was so nice to just chill and have fun. I forgot what that was like. 

June Goals:

1. Clear off the DVR & Watch less TV. DONE. I did really well with this one. I really sat and thought about the shows that I was watching and DVR’ing. I deleted 14 series that I really don’t care about. I watched all the saved episodes of 6 more shows. I deleted a total of 102 hours of shows off the DVR. And I spent so much time outside in the fresh air. I feel like a new person. I’m going to continue this trend!

2. Make my bed every day. DONE. It’s just a habit now. I make the bed before I take a shower. It takes 2 minutes and I feel good for the rest of the day every time I walk into the master bedroom. 

3. Complete 3 house projects. 1 OUT OF 3 DONE. I did not get the kids bathroom painted or the barn door pet gate built. I did get the key pad deadbolt installed though and it’s awesome. The kids don’t have keys to the house, they have the code to open the garage door so they can get inside. But now they can come in through the front door using the code and I don’t have to get up to answer the door every time they knock. That’s a WIN!

4. Keep the house clean. EH. I did ok with this one but not great. I kept up with the first floor pretty well but the second floor…..not so much. The kids bathroom is a mess and their bedrooms are scary. It’s a work in progress. 

5. Plan easy summer dinners. DONE. We did pizza once and other than that I’ve cooked some really good new dinners. We ate lots of sliders, some new pasta salads, and grilled a lot. It feels good to not eat junk every night just because I’m too tired to cook when we get home from the pool. 

July Goals:

1. Work on backyard landscaping. We already leveled out our side yard, spread 50 bags of river rock, and pulled out 14 old bushes. It was a great start but now we need to finish. We have 50 more bags of rocks coming tonight and then we’re going to do rubber mulch around the playground. This backyard will be finished this summer!

2. Read 12 books off my TBR list. I have so many great books forgotten on my Kindle. So I went through and pulled out a bunch that I want to read this summer. I want to finish at least 12 this month. 

3. Have a Girls Night Out. My birthday is this month. I turn the big old 4-0. 40. I’m 40. How? I have a couple of friends who also have birthdays in July so I’m going to do a Girls Night Out with them and my sister this month. It’s going to be great! We’re going out to a great restaurant to eat, drink, and be merry! 

4. Have at least one date night. I’m ashamed to say how long it’s been since Matt and I had a date night. It’s ridiculous. And we have kids old enough to babysit so there’s no excuse other than not making time to do it. So this month we’re going out to a nice dinner and then a movie where we’ll gorge on buttery popcorn and maybe make out. 

5. Choose joy. I’ve been really good about choosing joy for the last few months and I want to continue to consciously choose to be happy. I feel like a completely different person compared to this time last year. Part of this is keeping the plans to a minimum this summer. I consider summer time to be my opportunity to recharge for the upcoming school year. So I want to spend a lot of time at the pool and in the hot tub. We have a family vacation planned this month to New York to see family but other than that we have nothing planned!

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2017 Monthly Goals: June

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I cannot believe how much I accomplished in May, y’all! I think it helped a lot that we hosted the annual Memorial Day picnic at our house on Saturday so I had to get my to do list finished! I work best with deadlines. I just don’t like them. Ha!

May Goals:

1. Finish the front yard landscaping. ALMOST DONE. We have everything done except planting new bushes. We pulled out all the old half-dead bushes and plants. We laid new pine straw. I touched up all the paint on the front of the porch and I have new potted plants out there. It looks amazing. I’m still debating what bushes and plants to do in the front and I’ll probably wait until Fall since it’s already in the mid-90’s here. I’m happy with our progress!

2. Purge my closet. DONE. Holy cow. I gave 5 trash bags of clothes to my sister and sent 3 to Goodwill. I pulled everything out of my closet, reconfigured the whole layout and then organized it. I feel so much better. I only kept things that I really love and will wear. And I found things that I forgot I even bought because they were buried under the clutter. 

3. Finish master bedroom redo. DONE. Well as done as it’s going to be for now. I still need to finish the area around our desk but I’m still not sure what I want to do there. I’ll finish it once I decide. 

4. Finish all half done projects. DONE. I touched up all the paint on the first floor and all the paint up the stairway and in the hallway and landing of the second floor. I finished painting a small cabinet to go in the upstairs hallway. I gel stained the bar, bench, and table on the back deck. I touched up the gel stain on the kitchen cabinets, island, and the stairway rails and banisters. 

5. Do another big purge of the house. DONE. We took another huge load of stuff to Goodwill and I cleaned out the kids closets again. I think I’ve finally gotten the house to the point where every single nook and cranny is organized and purposeful. Every item has a home. It’s a huge relief!

June Goals:

1. Clear off the DVR & Watch less TV. This is a big one for me. I’ve cut out nearly all the reality shows that are really so dumb that I’m embarrassed to admit I was still watching them. Ha! I mainly watch house shows at this point. I’m a sucker for House Hunters and all those type shows. Matt and I do enjoy a few shows together but for the most part I want to spend less time watching TV and more time outside this summer. 

2. Make my bed every day. I’ve been doing this for about a week now and it’s made such a difference in how I feel when I go upstairs during the day. I love walking into my bedroom and it feels clean and put together. So I want to make this a habit. 

3. Complete 3 house projects. I want to paint the kids bathroom, build a barn door gate to replace the baby gate that keeps the dogs from running out of the house when the kids open the front door, and install a key pad door handle on the front door. 

4. Keep the house clean. I scrubbed and cleaned for the entire last week to get ready for our Memorial Day picnic. The house is spotless. You could eat off my floors and bathe in my toilets. Now I need to keep it this way to avoid being so stressed out. I’m going to create a schedule to help me. I used to have a cleaning schedule and I slacked off. Now is the time to get back to it. 

5. Plan easy summer dinners. We’ve made a commitment to not eat out this summer with the exception of the occasional pizza night. And it’s so hot here that I don’t want to be using the oven every night. So I need to hit Pinterest and make a menu of delicious dinners to try- pasta salads, grilled meats, sliders….I’m excited to try some new things. 

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2017 Monthly Goals: May

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Holy cow…it’s MAY! Tyler only has 19 days of school left, the little kids only have 28 days left, and Maia only has 27 days left! We are coming into the home stretch, y’all! April went by in a flash but I still got a lot done. 

April Goals:

1. Work on front yard. HALF DONE. We got a good start anyway. Matt pressure washed the front porch, the steps, the front of the house, the garage door, and the entire driveway. We laid our edging down and are waiting for our pine straw to arrive, and we hired a lawn company to fix our grass. Still more to do though.

2. Start planning the backyard redo. DONE. We started planning but haven’t done anything. Well we got the hot tub fixed but that’s it. I have a good idea of what I want to do back there, now we just have to make it happen.

3. Organize papers. DONE. I completely emptied out the big file cabinet and reorganized the files. I filed all the paperwork in the small file box I keep in my command center. And I created a simple weekly file box for the kitchen. Paperwork organized!

4. Do a driving contract with Tyler. DONE. We sat down and went over rules, consequences, expectations, etc. He knows his curfew, he knows what he is expected to do around the house to help pay for his car, he knows what will happen should he not live up to his part of the contract. 

5. Clean out master closet. NOPE. Didn’t even get started. Still on the list. 

May Goals:

1. Finish the front yard landscaping. The pine straw will be arriving soon. Then I need to touch up the paint on the porch and railings, hang my fern, get some potted plants, pull out the dead bushes, and replace/plant all new bushes and plants. It’s a lot but it will look so amazing when it’s done.

2. Purge my closet. Oh holy cow my closet it awful. I need to get rid of at least 50% of my clothes. Seriously. I think I’m going to do what a friend recommended and purge all but a certain number of items then take those purged items and store them for 6 months. If I don’t miss them or need them in those 6 months then they get donated. I’ll be much happier when I’m not staring at a cluttered mess in my closet. 

3. Finish master bedroom redo. We got a king sized bed yesterday and that means I had to completely rework the bedroom. It’s a big disaster right now. So I want to get it completely 100% finished this month.

4. Finish all half done projects. I have several. I need to touch up paint in most of the rooms, finish painting a cabinet, switch rugs in a couple of rooms, and a list of other stuff. 

5. Do another big purge of the house. We took a huge truck load to Goodwill this weekend. And I’ve already started another pile. It feels SO GOOD to purge. I will never be a hoarder. Ha!

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