20 FOR 2020 {and my word of the year}.

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Resolutions, goals, aspirations, whatever you call them, I’m into them. Every year, come January, I sit down with my journal for some soul searching. I reflect on the past year and try to envision who I want to be in the next. The vision is often the same or similar from year to year – eat better! Exercise! Write more! Read more! Be more organized! Be kinder! Be positive! And I love it. No matter my follow-through, I find it inspiring to take the blank slate of the year, and envision with it what I will. So much can happen in a single year and it all just makes my heart swell with potential.

My resolutions are often vague ideas of the idea of person I’d like to be and things I might like to do. And when you look at goal setting and habit change, that’s what’s a key failure in most people’s resolutions. The lack of concrete action steps. So this year, I’m taking a page out of Gretchen Rubin’s book (one of my favorite self-help authors and podcasters), and I’m doing a 20 for 2020 list. This is a list of 20 things I’d like to accomplish in 2020. Some are easy, one-off things that I can cross off of my list, and others are extended projects that will continue all year.

Here they are!

  1. Make sourdough bread {because i love it and want to be someone who bakes her own bread. follow along with this journey on instagram}
  2. Write our will. {so important now that we have two little guys counting on us}
  3. Remodel our kitchen. {along with this goes saving up for it for the next months to come}
  4. Run a 5k. {my running goals this year are to become a more consistent runner – tuesdays, thursdays, and a family run on saturdays}
  5. Quit shampoo. {my sister just found out a few months ago that she’s allergic to sulfates – the stuff that makes cleaning products foam, so i’ve become very aware of how bad sulfates really are}  
  6. Grow a pumpkin for Halloween. {a whimsy little goal that the boys will love} 
  7. Read 52 books. {a book a week!}
  8. Knit a hat. {i’ve got the yarn, i’ve got the pattern, i’ve got the needles. just gotta do it}
  9. Go strawberry picking. {i’ve wanted to do this for years and this is my year}
  10. Print photos for our album at the end of each month. {my photos need to live on the outside of my phone or my boys won’t have any when they get older}
  11. Consistently blog 5 days a week. {because i love it when i do it!}
  12. Remember and celebrate special dates. {april fools day! birthdays! left handed day!}
  13. Reach a 100 day streak in Spanish on Duolingo. {i got to 53 last year, and broke my phone, losing all of my progress. gonna get past that again!}
  14. Do a 30 day yoga challenge. {i’ve had plans to do this, but no follow through}
  15. See a dermatologist. {my dad had skin cancer years ago, and as a fair skinned lady living in florida, i just need to get myself there this year. 
  16. Meditate every night. {for the soul and to keep my sanity}
  17. Grow a salad. {how fun would it be to just go outside and snip my family a salad from the garden. i’m told that arugula grows like a week here!}
  18. Give up plastic bags. {because the environment needs me to.}
  19. Have a hand in managing our money. {because i am a modern woman}
  20. Start writing a book. {this one scares me a bit. when? how? what about? but mike’s been motivating me over the past decade, and i think i need to just do it. just start it.}

I’ll be honest. I have about 5 or 6 more that I really want to do too, but 20 seems like enough right? Have to save enough for 2021! 🙂

My word of the year is {drumroll}: Follow-through. I’ve been thinking about it a lot, and one of my worst habits is saying that I’m going to do something (and I mean it when I say it! I really do!) but then I just don’t get it done. So this year, when I say that I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it. It’s going to happen.

What about you? Do you have any things you’d like to accomplish this year? Any resolutions you’ve made? Do you have a word of the year? I’d love to hear it if you do.  

WELCOME TO 2020.

img_7578I’m trying hard to wrap my mind around the new year, and I have a still evolving idea of what I want my goals to be this year. Details are forthcoming, but in the meantime, before I’m fully back with both feet firmly planted on earth, I’m basking in the glow left by the sweetest holiday at home with my boys. A few photos from our annual trip to the beach down the road on New Year’s Day.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I’ve been soaking up my time with my family while we’re all home for the next couple of weeks! It was such a perfectly sunny and lovely Christmas Day with my boys and with Mike’s parents, opening presents, munching on yummy food and sipping on wassail. We’re off all next week too and I’m sending the boys in to daycare on Monday so I can get some little projects done around the house. These are sweet precious holiday days together and we’re loving every moment! I hope your Christmas was great!

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE. {vol. 7}

img_5256ONE MORE WEEK! Five days. That’s it! That’s practically nothing. We can do this. Five little days stand between me and two whole weeks off with my boys at home. Lots of holiday events happening this week. The school concert, Charlie’s class party, Charlie’s school performance, school parties at my school. etc. etc. It’s going to go by soooo fast.

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As for meals, Mike made meat sauce tonight for spaghetti tomorrow night, so that’s super easy. He never uses a recipe, just wings it and does it by muscle memory and tasting along the way. It’s the best. We switched over to ground turkey years ago, and haven’t looked by, but he does throw in a link of italian sausage for seasoning. Tuesday is BLTs. I got sourdough bread to toast, Hellman’s mayo, thick bacon, beefsteak tomatoes, and a head of iceberg lettuce. One of my favorite meals. I always do the bacon in the oven instead of the stove. If you aren’t doing it that way, you need to switch. asap. Set your oven to 400, line a cookie sheet with foil, and bake for about 15 minutes, checking frequently. Transfer to paper towels as normal. Wednesday, I’m trying a new recipe for Tuscan White Bean Soup from No Spoon Necessary. Thursday – leftovers, always, and Pizza Friday is basically a weekly holiday for us. I made Cranberry Walnut Bread this weekend too. I’m going to share the recipe this weekend! Such a good holiday loaf.

Many things remain on my to do list this week. You get just a little taste here. There is much, much more not shown. Mike’s parents arrive on Sunday, so we’re trying to get things together for them to visit, and to make sure Santa visits our house on time next week! Can you believe it’s only ten days until Christmas? It really crept up on me. This weekend was lovely though. Charlie started saying one of my favorite phases on repeat -“oh gosh” (hilarious) and has taken to calling for us by saying “honey!” in the exact tone that Mike and I use call to each other. Ben is so into everything, laughs every time Charlie laughs, and is only getting faster at crawling (lots of “oh gosh” for that).

Also this weekend – after much hunting, we finally got a chair for our bedroom reading nook. Remember when I was looking for all my favorites? We got none of those, and wound up with something that’s even more perfect. We also made it to the Christmas village today at our church and all I can say is wow. They really went all out. There was even SNOW! I think I was more excited than Charlie.

I hope your weekend was lovely too! I’ve got a couple good little posts planned for this week, so I hope you come back by to see!

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BEN STANDS.

img_4677img_4676This past weekend, as if it was no big thing at all, Ben grabbed hold of the side of the toy chest and stood himself up on his own! He’s been inching himself toward it for the past month, practicing his downward dog, and staying up on his own two legs when we stand him up. At 9 1/2 months, he’s not even close to letting go, nor to taking steps, and that’s a-okay with us. Charlie took his first steps at 10 months and was running by 12 months. I will definitely take as long as I can get with my little roly-poly pumpkin pie crawling around like the baby he is. 

THE HOLIDAYS: A PERFECT TREE.

We chose a sweet little fraser fir this morning down the road at the high school Christmas tree stand. We were the only souls there at 8:30am other than about ten high school honor society students. They were polite, helpful and happy to take pictures. 🥰

Charlie ran around the place with Mike chasing behind, while Ben and I slowly walked the aisles, on the hunt for the perfect tree. Not too tall, not too full, a little bit skinny and the best smelling we could find. She’s waiting on the porch now, while we straighten up, dig out the tree stand and have final discussions about placement. “Play room!” “No! Living room!” I have a feeling that Mike’s argument of playroom so we open present on Christmas morning right next to her will win. I can’t wait to see her all dolled up!

Do you have your tree yet? I feel like everyone but us has theirs already!

A THANKSGIVING SPENT IN INDIANA.

img_0306img_3967We are very thankful for time spent with our families in Indiana this year. Flying with our two little guys wasn’t any easier than I thought it would be, but it was better than it could have been. Taking them out of their routine showed us that we should probably make it more of a habit than we do now. All the missed naps, refused feedings, and early wake ups were so worth the time spent with both sides of our families.img_3981img_3832Our parents’ houses were full of laughter, food, wine and loved ones, just how I like it. img_3947 While we were home, we also had a baby shower for my brother’s wife. They’re expecting their first, a baby girl, and we couldn’t be more excited for them.img_3973img_3828

We got in all of our Thanksgiving traditions: The turkey bowl at my aunt’s house, Thanksgiving dinner at home, trivial pursuit at Uncle John and Aunt Dianne’s, and then down to Mike’s house for Ben’s (and his cousin, Harper) baptism the next day (more pictures to come for that).img_0334img_3849img_0288img_3844img_3942img_3834img_0366Honestly, I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked. I just didn’t ever have my phone on me! Too busy enjoying my time with everyone. That’s a good thing! img_3923It’s so hard to be far from family and only have a couple visits a year to look forward to, but I can’t say I was sad to leave the icy temperatures behind. I said to Mike when we got outside the airport, “oh my gosh, it’s so humid. It feels amazing.” Words I never thought I’d utter.img_4065Those wide open skies, red barns, bare trees, and fires in the fireplace make my heart squeeze with the homesickness of it all though. Until next time, Hoosier state! img_3793

 

CHARLIE (2 YEARS) AND BEN’S (8 MONTHS) FAVORITE FOODS.

img_3282Dinner time is a messy, chaotic affair these days, which on weeknights I can only get together by putting on a show (Daniel Tiger!) for Charlie and letting Ben eat puffs off of the ground while I run around getting things together before Mike gets home. Mike and I both feel really strongly about having family dinner together at the table. It’s something that we both grew up having, and it’s always been something we’ve said has to be one of our family traditions. Do we all eat the same thing? Not always.img_3366Charlie is getting to the point at two years old that he has an opinion about things. He doesn’t just eat whatever is put in front of him like he used to. For dinner, he generally has at least a little bit of what we’re eating, but I always try to make sure that he has a fruit, a veggie, a protein, a carb and some kind of cheese on his plate. Some of that might be in our meal, and some I might put on his plate separately. There are some meals that he won’t eat, so for right now, I try to plan things that I’m pretty sure he’ll like and that we will too.img_3355Ben on the other hand, is still (generally reluctantly) eating purees, and is getting into more and more finger foods. He prefers to feed himself from his tray than spoon feeding. I’m starting to give him little bites off of my plate if it’s soft enough. He’ll be sharing our meals before we know it though!

Ben loves:

  • canned carrots
  • applesauce
  • yogurt squeezys
  • puffs! puffs and more puffs!
  • graham crackers
  • puffs
  • white bread
  • canned peas
  • pears
  • shredded cheese
  • did I mention puffs?

Charlie loves (in no particular order):

  • lasagna
  • tacos
  • hot dogs
  • meatloaf
  • rice
  • bananas
  • frozen waffles with butter
  • cereal
  • blackberries
  • clementines
  • yogurt
  • cheese of all kinds – goat cheese, colby, cheddar, sticks, shredded, etc
  • ketchup
  • butter
  • sweets, obviously – cookies, cake, muffins. love.
  • anything Ben is eating (brother jealousy is becoming a thing! “mine. charlie’s. mine.)
  • anything in a pouch – applesauce, yogurt, baby food puree, literally anything in a squeezy pouch

Here are a few of our favorite products for baby and toddler feeding!

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For Charlie

1// OXO Grippy plate for kids who throw their plates 

2// Fork and spoon for a kiddo learning to use silverware

3// A sippy cup for milk at meals for a boy who uses an open cup for water at school, but is definitely not there yet for milk at home. 

4// A sippy cup on the go for car rides, dragging around the house and taking outside. We recently left ours behind somewhere, but it’s my favorite for Charlie.

5// Little containers for snacks, fruit, and storing mini sized leftovers.

For Ben:

1// A seat that has kept both boys contained and happy for little munching meals.

2// The best spoons for feeding drippy purees to wandering mouths

3// Forever our favorite bottles.

4// Puffs, because puffs make the baby world go round.