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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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5 Things Friday {7.28.17}

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The summer is just flying by! It needs to slow down. I can’t even think about the school year schedule yet. NO! I’ll be in the corner curled up in the fetal position sucking my thumb if I do. I need at least another month…but we’re winding down to less than 3 weeks now. 

1. Zoey had the very best time at Show Choir camp last week and her performance at the end of the week was so adorable! She made a bunch of new friends and got to sing 4 Moana songs. So pretty much her idea of perfection. 

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2. I turned 40 this week. Matt and my sister managed to pull off a surprise family BBQ for me. My parents came down and brought Camden to help us celebrate this milestone in my life. I should have known something was up when Matt was cleaning the bathrooms. But I was just so grateful that Matt was cleaning the bathrooms that I didn’t question it. ha!

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3. We had family movie night this week and it was Tyler’s turn to pick. I figured I would have to veto his first 3 choices based on previous experiences. But he chose Moana. And then he sang along with Zoey to all the songs. As far as I knew, Zoey was the only one of us who had seen the movie. So apparently Tyler watched it on his own. He kept telling me what was going to happen and what his favorite parts were. He loved the chicken and the crab. I’m not sure whether to be amused or confused by his sudden love of Disney movies. The Little Mermaid remains his favorite movie to this day. I have no answers. 

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4. I took Maia for her sports physical this week. She has been trying to decide whether or not to play volleyball this year since she’s brand new to the school. She wants to try cross country but she has to choose one or the other since they are both Fall sports. Either way, she needed a sports physical. She’s 5 foot 2.5 inches now and she might get another inch at the most before she’s reached her full height. She is displeased. She was hoping to be at least 5’6. Sorry kid. 

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5. We’re enjoying every single minute at the pool that we can. Life has gotten busy as the summer winds down and before we know it we’ll be back in the school year shuffle. So as many hours as we can cram into relaxing at the pool is the goal for the next 20 days!

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5 Things Friday {7.21.17}

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Y’all. It is hard to come back from vacation. This week has been hard. HARD. We jumped right into summer camps and appointments and stuff. So much stuff. We have 27 more days of summer vacation. I plan to make the best of them. 

1. We spent most of last weekend at the pool in between thunder storms. I’m so impressed with how well Zoey has been swimming this summer. She used a puddle jumper float last summer even though technically she could swim- she just wasn’t comfortable enough to swim without it all the time. This year she has turned into a little fish. She can swim the entire length of the pool by herself and is counting down the days until she’s age eligible for swim team next summer. Mason is going to do swim team with her next year so that will be fun! 

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2. One of the biggest blessings that came from Tyler getting into his charter school last year has been the friends I have made. One of those friends happens to be the music teacher for the elementary grades and her daughter is Zoey’s best friend. So she took Zoey with her to the piano lab camp and the show choir camp at the school this week. Zoey has had the best time. She can already play a couple of songs on the piano! Plus she got to make some new friends before school starts!

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3. Speaking of charter schools, we finally got the call that Maia has a confirmed spot with the other kids. I’ll have all 4 kids in one school next year. I’m still in shock! We are the only family to get 3 kids in to the school via the sibling lottery in years. We totally should play the mega millions! So I washed all of her uniforms from her old charter school and got them sold this week so I can order her new uniforms for her new school. This week has been a whirlwind. I had to get Maia signed up for volleyball skills camp because tryouts are the first week of August! I had her sports physical scheduled that week but had to get it moved up. It’s been pure crazy. But so worth it!

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4. We also went for Maia’s third orthodontist consult this week. She gets braces started on August 3rd. We loved this office and decided to go ahead with his plan. Maia has severe crowding with a crossbite on one side that is affecting the alignment of her jaw. She’ll be in braces for 3 years and we’re going to be poor. But this office does 0% financing for 20 months with a $800 down payment making it only $168 per month. I downloaded a 25 meals to make with ramen noodles cookbook in preparation. Ha! 

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5. With our week being so busy we didn’t get to spend long hours at the pool so I settled for long soaks in the hot tub during the day. But I had to cool it down because hello 98 degrees outside. So it’s more like a lukewarm tub right now….feels just like the pool water. 

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5 Things Friday {7.7.17}

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We had a great week celebrating the 4th of July! Matt was home for most of the week due to the holiday and because we’re getting ready to go on vacation. Actually by the time you’re reading this we’ll be halfway to our destination…hopefully!

1. We spent pretty much the entire weekend at the pool. Matt swam with the kids, I read books, and occasionally got in to cool down. The best part about having big kids? They don’t want to be entertained in the pool. They entertain each other. Other than the occasional “hey mom, watch this” they pretty much ignore me. It’s awesome. 

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2. Maia wants to be a vet when she grows up and she has a real touch with animals. These geese love her. They follow her from one end of the pool deck to the other everytime we are there. This time one of the geese was doing some weird yoga poses on one leg and every time it raised it’s leg the goose next to it knocked it over. It was hilarious! We had way too much fun watching those geese. 

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3. We had a fantastic 4th of July! We swam at the pool, we grilled delicious food, we watched a movie, we lounged in the hot tub, and then watched fireworks before the storms rolled in. It was just a fun family day. 

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4. It stormed nearly every afternoon this week so we had to hit the pool in between the storms. You can see the storm clouds rolling in the sky in this picture. I think we heard thunder about 3.4 seconds after these two hit the water. But this is what summer should be- long days at the pool with no plans and no schedules. Perfection. 

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5. I spent the week packing for our trip. We’re heading to New York for 4 days for a family reunion and it takes some serious planning to pack for 6 people. All the laundry, the outfit planning, the extra stuff…it takes work. But I managed to condense all of our stuff into 2 suitcases. So basically I’m a superhero. 

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Hope you all had a great holiday week with family and friends!

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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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