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2017 Monthly Goals: December

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How is it already December? How? The first half of this school year has literally zoomed right past me. I’m totally unprepared for December. I was equally unprepared for November but it came along anyway. Rude. 

November Goals:

1. Shave $100 off of the monthly grocery budget. NOPE. I failed to take Thanksgiving into consideration. Sigh. I managed to not go over budget but I definitely did not come in under budget. 

2. Plan and decorate for the holidays. HALF DONE. I planned our holiday lists and planned my decor but I didn’t get any actual decorating done until this past weekend. I had to recover from Thanksgiving first. 

3. Write and schedule blog posts for the month ahead of time. NOPE. Fail. Big fail. 

4. Purge all closets. DONE. I pulled out all the outgrown clothes and made a list of things the kids actually need. Both Mason and Zoey needed all new pants and all of them needed new socks. Thankfully everyone is set on uniforms until next year. 

5. Meet with the head of schools about Tyler. DONE. I still cannot say much but I had a great meeting with the head of schools about one of the football coaches. He basically accused Tyler of faking his concussion and made his life a living hell for months while Tyler was trying desperately to recover. That crap has been handled. 

December Goals:

1. Slow down and enjoy the holiday season. Our lives have been so dang busy for the last few months that I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breath. I need to sloooooooow down. We have a jam packed full schedule for the next 2 weeks and then we have 2 glorious weeks off for Christmas break. I intend to enjoy every second.

2. Write and schedule blog posts for the rest of December. I will get this done. I will. I already have my posts planned out so now I need to actually write them. 

3. Decide where to go with this blog in 2018. I’ve been kind of in a rut for awhile. I need to figure out what my plan will be for 2018. Gone are the days when I can commit to 5 posts a week. It’s just not going to happen at this stage of life. But I want to do better than I have been lately. I’ll sort it out this month. 

4. Do at least 3 family nights/activities. I would love to take the kids to see Jumanji during Christmas break. We want to drive around and look at Christmas lights one night. And we are going to do our annual Redbox movie-a-thon after Christmas too. We don’t have that many Christmases left with Tyler at home. He’s already barely home. 

5. Just say no. I will not overcommit this season. I will not say yes to every single invitation that comes our way. I will focus on soaking in the season and my kids. Our friends and family will understand. We’ve already declined invitations to visit out of town family during the holidays and we’ve decided to not have any house guests ourselves. 

 
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2017 Monthly Goals: November

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This is going to sound awful but I barely even registered that it was already November. I mean, seriously?! What is wrong with me? Oh yeah, kids. Kids are what is wrong with me. It’s been a long hard couple of months in our household. I’m counting down the days until our week long Thanksgiving break. It cannot come fast enough. 

October Goals:

1. Plan and enjoy Varsity Football Homecoming. DONE. It didn’t go quite as planned, but what does around here? Tyler was not cleared to attend Homecoming at all, he could not even be on the sidelines. So our family from out of town did not attend. We went because I’m team mom and had responsibilities to attend to. The kids all had their friends there and it was a good time. 

2. Choose new recipes to try. DONE. I tried 4 new recipes last month and all 4 were a huge hit. I’ve added them to our regular monthly rotation. You’ll be seeing them on the blog soon. 

3. Shop around for cheaper TV service. DONE. Kind of. I shopped around but didn’t find anything cheaper that’s reliable. Matt is adamant that we need all the sports channels and I agree. So for now we will keep our existing service and just pay the $20 difference. 

4. Organize recipes on app. DONE. It’s so much easier to find recipes now and I was able to weed through and delete recipes that we didn’t like or that I won’t make again. 

5. Plan Thanksgiving menu. DONE. It’s planned and I’ve already started buying some of the non-perishables. Boom. 

November Goals:

1. Shave $100 off of the monthly grocery budget. We are drowning right now. Between Maia’s $40 a week therapy appointments, Tyler’s $150 a week post concussion PT therapy appointments, and planning for the holidays, something has to give. And the only place we have to cut right now is the grocery budget. If I can shave $100 off it will help considerably. 

2. Plan and decorate for the holidays. I love the holidays. It’s truly my most favorite time of the year. I decorate for Thanksgiving and then we decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

3. Write and schedule blog posts for the month ahead of time. I’m sure you’ve noticed, blog posts have been….irregular around here lately. Having 3 therapy appointments every week plus Tyler sees his sports medicine doctor every week, on top of school stuff and football stuff…it’s been really hard to blog. I want to take some time and schedule an entire month of posts. 

4. Purge all closets. Mason has grown so tall and I know his clothes from last winter won’t fit. I need to go through and pull out outgrown clothes and make a list of what the kids need for this year. They’re good on school uniforms so it’s just evening and weekend clothes. 

5. Meet with the head of schools about Tyler. I hesitate to share too much right now but we’ve had an ongoing issue with one of the football coaches about Tyler’s concussion. The coach has made the last 9 weeks absolutely awful for all of us and now that the season is over I need to address these issues. 

 
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2017 Monthly Goals: October

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It’s Fall, y’all. Too bad it still feels like summer here in the South. My chunky knit sweaters and tall boots are just sitting there on the shelf…mocking me. October is one of the busiest months in this house and I have lots of things I need to get done. 

September Goals:

1. List all outgrown uniforms for sale. DONE. I sold 99% of them in the first 2 hours that I had them listed. I still have a few things that need to be re-listed but I’ll wait until I have more and do it all at once. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. DONE. I did great on the first month of our new meal plan. We ate only off of the meal plan, did not get take out at all, and did not buy more than we needed. 

3. Cut the grocery budget. DONE. We went from a triple digit grocery bill in July to spending almost half the amount in September. I feel great about it!

4. Organize the pantry for lunch packing. DONE. And life is so much easier now. Lunch packing will never be one of my favorite things but I have it down to spending less than 10 minutes every evening packing all 4 lunches. That’s a win. 

5. Read 10 books. NOPE. But I did read 8 so that’s pretty good, right?!

October Goals:

1. Plan and enjoy Varsity Football Homecoming. It’s coming up quickly on 10/13. Tyler is still not cleared to practice or play and I don’t know if he will be by then. But I’m still the team mom so I have a job to do. We have family coming in town for homecoming and it requires a lot of work on my part. 

2. Choose new recipes to try. I did great on the monthly meal plan last month but I want to switch out some of the recipes. I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to recipes that I think I’ll make soon so I need to see which of those can be made on my budget. 

3. Shop around for cheaper TV service. We have had Google Fiber for a year and while I love the high speed internet I just got notice that our TV service is going up by $20 in December. The TV service has issues- the remote rarely works, it freezes, and I don’t know if it’s worth paying $20 more monthly. So I want to shop around a bit and look at some of the streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu Live, etc. My problem is that we are sports lovers and we cannot go without live sports. No. 

4. Organize recipes on app. I downloaded a great app for recipes and I’ve been importing them but I need to organize them into categories. 

5. Plan Thanksgiving menu. I can’t believe I’m thinking about Thanksgiving already but I am. I need to get a rough head count and start making the menu and grocery lists. We typically host 20-30 people so I have to start buying non-perishables in advance to avoid a big $500 grocery trip. 

 
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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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