Wednesday, January 1, 2014

December 2013 Goals Update

I am thankful this year is over. The last few months have been incredibly challenging for me. Jarrod's been in school, which means more of the housework and kid-work has fallen on me. Meanwhile, I've been trying to craft more, be a more engaged mom, and am still working crazy full-time with lots of traveling.

One of our unwritten goals for this year was to choose our adoption method. We have done this and are actively filling out our paperwork. I'll write more about this later, but suffice to say, we have accomplished this goal too, even though none of you were aware of it!

Here are our written goals for December:

  1. Jarrod reads one non-fiction & Leanne reads one book 
  2. Something special for Jarrod's birthday 
  3. Try a new recipe 
  4. Have one family activity 
  5. Finish first semester of seminary with straight As 
  6. Leanne walk 75% of days
And here's how we did...

1. I'm counting this as completed for both of us. Jarrod did for school and I read a good part of 3 books. I'm almost done with Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber and am LOVING it. I'm also really enjoying Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by my friend Jen Hatmaker and Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture by her funny husband. All are awesome.

2. We had an awesome time. More on that soon!

3. Definitely did! For New Year's Eve I made a delicious baked brie with orange cranberry preserves and puff pastry. It was less of a recipe and more of putting things together, but it was AWESOME!

4. We took the day off and went to see Santa! We went with some awesome friends and had a great time. Wesley loved playing with his little girlfriend. And by the time we got to Santa (after waiting in 3 lines!) he was pretty much done with Jarrod and I... so he went to Santa without any tears!

5. I'm so proud that Jarrod accomplished this goal. He's never been an incredibly dedicated student so I didn't put too much pressure on him to accomplish this goal. Working full time, going to school, and being a good daddy and husband were high priorities. If he got As, that's just gravy. But he did! I am very proud. He's set this goal again and I'm confident he can do it again. I don't know if he'll get nothing but As over the next 60 hours, but I hope we can continue to find balance in life.

6. Done and done! I probably walked closer to 90% of days in December. It's hard, especially when it's so cold, but because I set this kind of goal and not a mileage goal, it's much easier to attain. Mileage goals make me feel stressed out. Just walking every day is awesome because it forces me to go at least 2 miles - completely manageable!

And that's 2013! 
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