My Monthly Goals, December 2017

Let’s take a look at what I completed…

* Share some holiday related posts.

* Plan out a short blog sabbatical over the holiday season/ when we move.
* Have at least 2 designated family nights.
* Complete my final 16 mile training run.

* Run a marathon
* Log my necessary 12 gym visits, getting as many as I can before the marathon.
* Give myself lots of grace while I recover.
* Get ahead as much as we can so we can relax over Thanksgiving Break.

* Continue working on brush piles mountains out at the land.
FINALLY start construction.
* Order Christmas Cards.
* Nail down a move out date. 
* Decorate for Christmas, the best I can.
* Make a new soup recipe.
* Plan some holiday fun.

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TBB Asks, December 2017

Hello Friday, Hello December!

It’s here, it’s here! The last month of the year, which I think is the best month of the year too. 2017 went by FAST! And I know this month won’t be any different. It will feel like we blink two times and the holidays will be over, I will be another year older, we’ll have moved and it will be a brand new year all at the same time. Whew! It’s going to be a busy, busy month. 

So instead of thinking about all of that, let’s think about much simpler things right now.

I am super excited to be joining in for the Christmas version of TBB Asks. These question are so easy and fun. It’s the perfect way to get to know a little more about yours truly and a super easy read for a Friday morning. 

Take a look at my answers and feel free to grab the graphic and play with The Blended Blog ladies . The link-up officially opens up on Monday December 4th!

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What’s Up Wednesday, December 2016

Typically I do a monthly post called ‘Currently’ where I share all of the ins and out about what is going on in our world. Sadly I haven’t done one of these posts since September! I knew things have been busy around here this fall, but I didn’t realize they had been THAT busy. So today I am getting back to sharing more about what is going on around here. Since it has been a while, I thought it would be a great time to switch up my format and do a ‘What’s Up Wednesday’ post.

What's up Wednesday. Sharing our life currently

What we are eating this week…
Christmas cookies! Kidding…kind of. Here is this weeks break down.

Monday: Vegetable soup
Tuesday: Chicken Tacos
Wednesday: Leftover soup & paninis
Thursday: Pizza
Friday: Festivus Family night: Appetizers
Saturday: Christmas Eve with Russ’ parents
Sunday: Christmas Dinner

What I’m reminiscing about…
How much our girls have grown and all our Christmas’ together as a family. This stage of life that we are in is so very bittersweet. I love where we are now more than ever, but I also know the older they get… well… you know. Sometimes I wish time would slow down.

What I’m loving…
I have a crush on a show called Longmire and an “old man” crush on the main character too. We have FLOWN through 53 episodes of that show and it easily became an all time favorite of mine. If you’re looking for a new series to watch on Netflix, I can’t recommend it enough. 

What we’ve been up to…
Crossing ALL the things off our Christmas bucket list. Our evenings have been jam-packed with holiday shopping, events, and parties for days now.

What I’m dreading…
Putting away ALL the Christmas decorations and a busy gym next month. I understand the New Years resolutions but for about 6 weeks that place is crazy.

What I’m working on…
I have been trying to get ahead a bit on the blog before the holidays get here. I have also been working hard on making sure all of our school work is wrapped up by the end of the semester. Other than that it is just the normal day-to-day and not forgetting to move our elf every night ;).

What I’m excited about…
Christmas Eve service, watching my girls open presents, and my birthday!
What I’m watching/reading…
Lately we have been watching all the Christmas movies. After discovering that the local stations weren’t playing most of our favorites we decided to start purchasing more Christmas movies. This year we have grabbed a Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch. I am hoping to add one more Christmas Movie a year for a while. 
What I’m listening to…
Christmas music! I have the Michael Bublé or White Christmas Pandora station on 24/7 this week.
What I’m wearing…
Fleece pants on repeat #sorrynotsorry. Since the weather has cooled off, we’ve stayed home a lot more during the day. I don’t know why, but we do that pretty much every year. I have also been wearing a new coat that I snagged on Black Friday.
What I’m doing this weekend…
Celebrating Christmas!!! Christmas plans are pretty informal this year but there will be lots of time together. The Mr. starts his vacation on Friday and will be home with us for 11 days, so that is definitely something we are excited about too!
What I’m looking forward to next month…
I love the sense of newness that January brings. It is the perfect time to refocus and set goals. Russ has a birthday coming up at the end of the month too. 
What else is new…
Not much! At least nothing that I am ready to share on the blog quite yet. No, I’m not pregnant :p. But I promise to share all things in due time friends!

What’s up with you lately?

Don’t forget to enter the Start Planner giveaway that I have going on!

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Linking up with Shay for ‘What’s Up Wednesday’!

Monthly Goals, December 2016



Let’s take a look at what I completed…

Participate in a giveaway

* Evaluate progress on my long term 2016 goals
* Finish making revamps to my page
* Work on our fall bucket list
* Celebrate Thanksgiving
* Have a movie or game night, maybe both
* Do more squats
* Start making plans for Advent

* Memorize 3 scriptures
* Continue having the week prepped on Sundays
* Enjoy Thanksgiving break.
* Re-plan Marissa’s math curriculum and spread it out a bit more.
* Evaluate to see if we are on track.
* Try 2 new recipes
* Decorate for Thanksgiving
* Decorate for Christmas
* Use a one photo a day app
* Start Christmas shopping
* Make a Christmas bucket list
* Doodle at least two chalk boards
* Have a girls night with Anna

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My Christmas/Birthday Wishlist {2015}

Once again I had so much fun making wish lists for the girls that I decided to make one for myself. Last year I put some pretty insane items on my wish list and God amazingly provided all of them. Through presents, Christmas money and a few really great sales and coupons, it was awesome. I don’t expect to receive everything on this years list, but I also decided to scale it back quite a bit. 

So, without further explanation here is this years Christmas/Birthday wishlist:

1) A Lens hood. I’ve been meaning to pick one of these up for quite some time.

2) An essential oil diffuser. It is long past time to take the plunge.

3) Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. In teal, it is just SO pretty.

4) A Lens Pen. This little tool is SO handy.

5) A wireless blue tooth adapter, so I can easily play music in the house from my phone.

6) A vest. It doesn’t have to be this one, but I do really like it.

7) A speedlite flash, my indoor photography wish come true.

8) A new wallet. Mine is falling apart, literally.

And there you have it my 2015 Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday to me list!

What’s on your list?

Did I miss anything good?

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Teaching Together Blog Hop {December 2015}

Welcome To Teaching Together #3!

Before we get started I wanted to share a couple my favorite post from our November hop!

It was so exciting to see last months link-up grow. There were lots of great posts to get ideas from, so picking two was really hard. 

Meghan shared some really fun, simple ways you can learn about shapes.

And Desiree shared about how she improvised preschool lessons about the letter F.

Great examples showing that life is full of teachable moments.

Thanks for linking up with us ladies!

Now on to this month…

In the spirit of being completely honest, I almost forgot about this link-up #cohostfail. Oh my goodness, admitting that is just a tad embarrassing. Instead of stressing out to pull something together, I thought I would take a different direction and do a round up.

Here we go!

Christmas is BY FAR my favorite time of the year and there are SO many projects that I want to do with the girls. Today I am sharing with you a few activities that we are looking forward to working on over the next few weeks. 

Jesus Tree Daily Advent Devotional

I have been looking and looking for a family advent devotional and I think this might just be the one.

Christmas Countdown


The girls LOVE having a way to count down to Christmas.





We always enjoy a fun Christmas themed game night with the kids. This will definitely be on our list this year.


Santa Letters


I love the focus of this letter.

One thing they REALLY want, some other ideas and ways for them to think how they can give. Perfect!

Cinnamon Ornaments


The girls and I have never made these, it’s finally going to happen!

Nativity Craft


This would make a great ornament or sun catcher.

Recycled Gingerbread Houses


I love the creativity and practicality of this project.

It could also be adapted for each child.

So many great activities to do in the month of December.
This small collection just barely scratches the surface of what I would like to get done. 
Overly ambitious? You bet I am.

Now it’s your turn!
Grab the button in my sidebar and link up what you’ve been teaching lately.

What Christmas craft are you looking forward to?

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