Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Homeschool Review

So the kids and I had a big breakdown (there was yelling, there was crying... and the kids were upset also! Ha!) a few weeks ago. Maybe the first week we were back at homeschool? I was feeling stressed, they were feeling stressed, and it just wasn't working the way it should. So I decided that we were going to back down off of all the homeschool expectations. I don't think I could move to a complete unschooling model, but I decided that we would just do the "necessities" (reading, writing, spelling, math) and just see how everything else fell into place. Oh. My. Goodness. The last couple weeks have been GREAT. No stress to get a bunch of work done, the kids have progressed so much faster in the "necessities," and we are all so much happier. I even think we've actually done more learning this way! So...

Math

  • IXL - I'm not monitoring this, I have them do it on days when we aren't doing much other math
  • Life of Fred - Even though we really enjoy this series, it was one of the things I put on the shelf while we rebalanced
  • MathUSee - Kate started Epsilon and is currently working on lesson 8, and Jack started Delta and is through the first unit and through lesson 8
  • Times Tales DVD - Jack has been watching this almost daily. I can really tell a difference when he does his other math
Language Arts 
  • Scribblers online writing class (Kate) - just started yesterday
  • Tutoring (Jack) - 3x/week
  • First Language Lessons Level 4 - made our goal of being through lesson 66
  • SpellingUSee - Kate finished Americana; Jack made to the half way point of Jack and Jill
  • Spelling City and OSMO spelling - Jack does both of these a few times/week
  • Independent Reading - both kids doing well, Kate is reading 1-2 books/week working from the Battle of the Books list plus "fun" reading (currently reading some Judy Blume and loving it); Jack has read Feeding Malachi and Malachi and the Ghost Kitten and really liked both, he also has been reading a lot of graphic novels for "fun"
  • Comprehension/Vocabulary/Book Reports - EdHelper questions/worksheets/vocab as applicable to reading plus book reports
  • Gratitude Journal 3-4x/week - I let this go for Jack, but Kate has been doing it for writing while waiting for writing class to begin
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World Vol II - using both he book and the audiobook has been working extremely well. Kids read and/or listen to each chapter independently. We finished Chapter 4 a couple weeks ago and have been supplementing with related library books and videos.
  • The Old Testament/Illustrated Jewish Bible for Children - taking a break for now
  • Review past poem memorization notebook - a little
  • Audiobooks - The Knights' Tales by Gerald Morris 
  • Read Aloud - The Saga of Eric the Viking - we are all enjoying this one! Also started Beowulf, but 2 books was too much, so we'll get back to it.
Science 
  • Science museum visit
Other 
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - 2x/week plus daily home practice
  • CNN Student News - 5x/week (kids love this and are more up to date on current events than I am!)
  • Wonderopolis.org - 5x/week
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - Level 3 - backed down to 1-2x/week
  • Cursive Without Tears (Jack) - maybe once or twice
  • Latin (Kate) - none
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • The 7 Habits of Happy Kids - no, but maybe in Feb
  • Swim Team 3-4x/week plus dry land training weekly plus 2 swim meets in Jan
  • Ski School plus fun skiing - 2-3 ski schools plus 3-5 fun ski days
  • Tennis lesson - got one done in January
  • Field Trips - science museum just yesterday

Right Now - Snow Sculptures

A favorite, annual, winter event

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mini Goals Week of 1.25.15

Want all my excuses why I didn't get stuff done this week? MLK threw me off, then we had lots of snow with delays/cancellations. Feel like I'm still recovering from all those changes. But there is always this next week
  1. Continue to clean out email inbox (progress, but now quite to goal of 15. Current inbox: 20)
  2. Finish a little, homemade gift
  3. Ask feed store about chickens
  4. Order photos for Kate's room
  5. Email swim instructor*
  6. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  7. Make acupuncture appointment*
  8. Make appointment with lawyer to revise wills (discussed, have to fill out paperwork first, off list unit that is done)
  9. Find a coffee table for family room (I've looked and looked and can't find what I want... so this is off the list while I continue to browse)
  10. Clean off desk area
  11. Drop of vacuum cleaner at appliance store (thanks to Matt!)
  12. Do Backcountry returns
  13. Find tennis sub (I've made some attempts!)
  14. Email yoga studio
  15. Clean out closet/purses and send to Twice (still need to send)
This week is going to be about wrapping projects up and getting ready for my solo trip next week. Also going to try to eat my frogs first thing tomorrow (starred the frogs!)
  1. Continue to clean out email inbox (inbox goal:10)
  2. Ask feed store about chickens
  3. Order photos for Kate's room
  4. Email swim instructor*
  5. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  6. Make acupuncture appointment*
  7. Find tennis sub
  8. Box up and send stuff to Twice
  9. Sign up for Feb Pilates classes
  10. Find passport
  11. Pull out and sort summer clothes (to pack for trip)
  12. Email contacts with travel plans
  13. Schedule upcoming & missed tennis matches
  14. Figure out ExpressToll Account
  15. Plant amaryllis bulb with kids

This Makes Me Happy - Gift From Kate Today

She thought it would make me laugh. And it did!❤️
It will get a special place... Right next to the cleaning supplies!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Right Now - Mantle Jumping

Instead if skiing there is lots if climbing & jumping today
Fingers crossed we don't break anything.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homeschool Moment -Spelling

Kate doing spelling with Jack because my eyes were dilated & I was struggling to see the words

Monday, January 19, 2015

DayBook 1.19.15

FOR TODAY - Happy MLK Day


Outside my window... Looks lovely. I haven't checked the weather forecast, but I imagine it is going to warm up again today.

I am hearing... Tripper snoring with his head in my lap. The furnace.

I am feeling... a little disappointed with what the scale told me this morning. I wasn't expecting great things because I didn't eat well over the weekend (lots of salt! Can I blame it on hormones??), but I didn't expect my weight to go up! For the second week in a row! (Okay, I know that I don't need to worry too much about this, but for self confidence reasons I really wanted to be just a few pounds lighter before my solo beach vacation in 2 weeks.)

I am thinking... about friends who told us yesterday that they are getting a divorce.
I am thankful for... my contacts. I'm so sick of my glasses. They make me want to hole up and do nothing. 
From the kitchen... pork loin with roasted veggies for dinner tonight, then a southwestern stew with the leftovers. Don't know what else I'll make this week. Probably easy things like spaghetti. I do want to try a new spinach banana muffin recipe. Maybe today.
I am wearing... skinny jeans, striped tunic tee, grey sweater, slippers
I am creating... a cute notebook cover. Now if I can only get in my sewing room today to work on it.
I am going... to the grocery store after I write this. Just for milk and fruit. 
I am reading... How To Hug a PorcupinePeace from Broken Pieces, and When You Reach Me. Hmmm... same books I was reading last week...
I am hoping... that I can find a coffee table like I'm envisioning. No luck so far.

Around the house... waiting on a part for the dishwasher. It can not come soon enough!

In the homeschool room... homeschool has been going so well the last couple weeks. We've focused on just getting the basics done, and somehow it has made doing extras a bit easier and more enjoyable.

How I'm exercising... I ran last night. I'd like to be getting more long walks done. Pilates hasn't worked out the last week or so. Looking forward to that being regular again.
Something that irks me... my scale. Maybe something is wrong with it... :)
One of my favorite things... roasted sweet potatoes

A few plans for the next week: mostly a pretty normal week. I do have my LASIK evaluation and a massage scheduled. 

Here is a picture I am sharing: 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This Makes Me Happy - Kissing Puppy Cousins

Same breeder, different litter. No real blood connection, so we call them cousins. Jakcsie (on the left) is just a week or so younger than Tripper, so they played together as young puppies before they left the breeder.
So much fun to see them together!

Mini Goals Week of 1/18

I can tell what I don't want to do because it remains on my to do list week after week. This week I'm going to try to eat a few of my frogs first thing Tuesday (since much is closed tomorrow). I've starred what I consider my frogs. The others I just haven't had time or haven't gone to that part of town.
  1. Clean out 5 old emails each day this week plus keep up with new incoming (inbox goal:30; current:29)
  2. Clean out guest bathroom
  3. Finish a little, homemade gift
  4. Ask feed store about chickens
  5. Order photos for Kate's room
  6. Email swim instructor*
  7. Drop off mail returns
  8. Finish 2014 finances, prep for 2015
  9. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  10. Make acupuncture appointment*
  11. Change massage appointment
  12. Pack and send a package
  13. Reschedule dishwasher guy
  14. Move old couch to basement
  15. Do Lucy returns/exchanges
This week's mini goals. Feeling that a holiday Monday might give me some extra times to get these things done.
  1. Continue to clean out email inbox (inbox goal:15)
  2. Finish a little, homemade gift
  3. Ask feed store about chickens
  4. Order photos for Kate's room
  5. Email swim instructor*
  6. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  7. Make acupuncture appointment*
  8. Make appointment with lawyer to revise wills
  9. Find a coffee table for family room
  10. Clean off desk area
  11. Drop of vacuum cleaner at appliance store
  12. Do Backcountry returns
  13. Find tennis sub
  14. Email yoga studio
  15. Clean out closet/purses and send to Twice

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Little Stinker

Beware of quiet when there is a puppy in the house! This is where I found Tripper after he disappeared...
He was gnawing on the pocket of my running jacket where I had left some dog treats.

Monday, January 12, 2015

DayBook 1.12.15

FOR TODAY

Outside my window... there is a bunch of new snow. Multiple inches. And it is the heavy, wet kind of snow that piles high on each individual tree branch making the yard feel like an enchanted wilderness. Even better, just as the sun came up a few minutes ago, all the snow glowed pink for just a few moments.

I am hearing... dogs gobbling up their food.

I am feeling... a little disappointed in myself that I hit snooze 4 times this morning. I really wanted to get up early. On the other hand, I'm proud of myself for waking the kids right up instead of letting them sleep longer so I could have a bit of time to myself.

I am thinking... about life. And personalities.
I am thankful for... puppy playdates!
From the kitchen... there is a puff pancake in the oven right now for breakfast. Last night I made a new, crockpot Sloppy Joe recipe that we'll eat later this week. I am marinating steak cubes for grilled kabobs for dinner tonight. Maybe I should check the weather forecast before planning grilled meals! Also plan to make split pea soup and maybe a pork loin.
I am wearing... PJs and my Christmas robe... same thing I was wearing this time last week! Maybe different PJ pants.
I am creating...  new routines and rituals?
I am going... to the dentist today. Blah.
I am reading... How To Hug a PorcupinePeace from Broken Pieces, and When You Reach Me
I am hoping... that the weather cooperates with my plans this week.

Around the house... the dishwasher isn't working well, so the repairman is coming out this week. The dishes keep back up, so the kitchen is a bit of a disaster. Oh, well. The rest of the house is not bad, and my new couch arrives on Saturday! 

In the homeschool room... so the kids and I had a big blowout last week about homeschool. They had some valid points. We are making a few changes based on that conversation (can you call yelling and crying a conversation if it is productive??) starting today. One change is that they are going to get up earlier, and we are going to start working earlier. We'll also go down to bare minimum this week and figure the rest out from there.

How I'm exercising... lots of tennis this week. I'm still fitting in a couple runs a week, but they don't feel great. Happy to be back at Pilates.
Something that irks me... my glasses. After a full week, I'm tired of wearing them. One more week to go.
One of my favorite things... quiet snowfalls

A few plans for the next week: it is a busy week - tennis matches x4, dentist appointments x3, haircut, swim meet, plus normally scheduled activities

Here is a picture I am sharing: kids taking a break during skiing last week

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mini Goals Week of 1/11

I did okay on the mini goals this last week. 
  1. Clean out 10 emails each day this week plus keep up with new incoming (as of this writing, my inbox is at 65!!)
  2. Clean out guest bathroom
  3. Finish a little, homemade gift
  4. Ask feed store about chickens
  5. Do tennis schedule
  6. Order photos for Kate's room
  7. Email swim instructor
  8. Drop off mail returns
  9. Do JCrew and Athleta returns
  10. Finish 2014 finances, prep for 2015
  11. Make at least 3 health appointments
  12. Clean out/organize Christmas Planner and Holiday Recipe Binder and store for next year
  13. Make reservations for Hawaii accommodations (Matt did this, but it is done!)
  14. Call about school shadowing for Kate
  15. Write homeschool plan
Plan for upcoming week... it's a busy one, so we'll see how I do...
  1. Clean out 5 old emails each day this week plus keep up with new incoming (inbox goal: 30)
  2. Clean out guest bathroom
  3. Finish a little, homemade gift (maybe...)
  4. Ask feed store about chickens
  5. Order photos for Kate's room
  6. Email swim instructor
  7. Drop off mail returns
  8. Finish 2014 finances, prep for 2015
  9. Call about school shadowing for Kate
  10. Make acupuncture appointment
  11. Change massage appointment
  12. Pack and send a package
  13. Reschedule dishwasher guy
  14. Move old couch to basement (new couch coming this week!)
  15. Do Lucy returns/exchanges

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

January Homeschool Plan

I'm feeling a little disorganized with the homeschool plan. I feel like my plan might need to be to just keep chugging along. January is hopefully going to be a fun month a well as a get-it-done month. The kids and I get up to the mountains a lot in January and February (or try to anyway!) which usually means more skiing and fewer days for school. Plus we have lots going on in February and a big trip planned for March, so I'm feeling the pressure to get through some of our core work.

The days we are home, I'm planning on focusing mainly on our core subjects - math, spelling, grammar, and reading. The rest we will fit in as we can when we are in the mountains. Just going to try to keep it simple and somewhat fun this month.

Math
  • IXL - kids are using this in their homeschool program, so we'll do a little in the mountains
  • Life of Fred - still on Honey, read as able in the mountains
  • MathUSee - Kate started Epsilon, and Jack started Delta this week; will progress at a comfortable pace
  • Times Tales DVD - Jack has been watching this again, and I can already tell a difference in his multiplication tables
Language Arts 
  • Scribblers online writing class (Kate) - will start again the end of the month
  • Tutoring (Jack) - 3x/week
  • First Language Lessons Level 4 - goal to be through lesson 66 by the end of the month
  • SpellingUSee - continue to work through at a steady pace, Kate will finish Americana and start American Spirit; Jack will continue to work through the Jack and Jill book
  • Independent Reading - I need to make a list... will pull Kate's from the Battle of the Books list
  • Comprehension/Vocabulary/Book Reports - EdHelper questions/worksheets as applicable to reading
  • Gratitude Journal 3-4x/week. Jack is supposed to be writing the date and a complete sentence while Kate writes a descriptive paragraph
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World Vol II - For this volume, I have both the book and the audiobook. Kids will read and/or listen to each chapter independently. Maybe through ch 5 by the end of Jan? I always think we'll get further than we do. So easy to get side tracked with interesting history and related topics
  • The Old Testament/Illustrated Jewish Bible for Children - continue reading 
  • Review past poem memorization notebook
  • Audiobooks - How To Train Your Dragon books 1 & 2, The Magician's Nephew
  • Read Aloud - A Child's Introduction to Ballet, The Odyssey and Beowulf, and The Saga of Eric the Viking
Science 
  • Science experiment packets
  • Human body study
Other 
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - 2x/week plus daily home practice
  • CNN Student News - 5x/week
  • Wonderopolis.org - 5x/week
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - Level 3 - continue 3-4x/week
  • Cursive Without Tears (Jack) - attempt at least 2x/week
  • Latin (Kate) - 1-2 lessons/week
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • The 7 Habits of Happy Kids - read and do discussions
  • Swim Team 3-4x/week plus dry land training weekly plus 2 swim meets in Jan
  • Ski School plus fun skiing 
  • Field Trips - definitely need to hit the science museum in Denver at least once


Right Now - Walking

Getting to be good buddies & loving this weather!
And me in my glasses. No contacts for two weeks in preparation for my LASIK evaluation.
Then hopefully no more glasses nor contacts not long after that!

Monday, January 05, 2015

DayBook 1.5.15

FOR TODAY

Outside my window... mountains were so pink with the sunrise this morning! Still a decent amount of snow on the ground, but most of it should melt today. It's supposed to be beautiful!

I am hearing... Jack talking to Matt on the phone, Nina eating breakfast, and Tripper just being noisy as he roots around

I am feeling... ready to take on life! Even though last week was Jan 1st, the first Monday of January always feels a little more like the first day of the year to me.

I am thinking... that today is kinda a cool date... 1-5-15
I am thankful for... that Nina seems to like Tripper more and more each day
From the kitchen... after much cooking through the holidays, I haven't made many plans for this week. Split pea soup with Christmas ham bone (with sweet potato drop biscuits?), steak with grilled onions and peppers, spaghetti squash, a pork loin. Maybe.
I am wearing... PJs and my Christmas robe
I am creating...  a little present that I'd like to get done today, although today already needs a few extra hours
I am going... to Pilates today. I haven't been for 2 weeks! I think I will also take the kids and the dogs on a short run this afternoon.
I am reading... How To Hug a Porcupine, Out of My Mind, and Off to Be the Wizard
I am hoping... that the school decision for Kate comes easily and quickly

Around the house... the Christmas decorations are put away, but I put up/left up some that I think are still appropriate for winter. It just makes the house so warm.

In the homeschool room... back at it today. No plan yet. In denial.

How I'm exercising... I ran last night & hope to get a few more runs in this week, I have Pilates scheduled twice this week, some tennis and maybe some skiing
Something that irks me... dark mornings
One of my favorite things... sunny, warmish days in the middle of winter

A few plans for the next week: I think we have a pretty normal week planned. Nothing but our routine activities. Kids have their first session of ski school, but starting this week, that's a routine activity. I'm still debating a Denver field trip but leaning towards just being home.

Here is a picture I am sharing:

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Mini Goals - Week of 1/5

I did okay for begin gone half the week. And the clean out of the kids' rooms was a HUGE job. How do they accumulate so much *stuff* in there?!? So much better now.
  1. Clean out email - I did work on it, but my inbox never got under 3 figures...
  2. Figure out New Years resolutions
  3. Clean out Jack's room
  4. Clean out Kate's room
  5. Clean out both bathrooms - never got to the 2nd one
  6. Clean out bedside table
  7. Figure out a space for a basket for dog toys/chews
  8. Email swim coach
  9. Finish Christmas cards - I'm thinking I'm done. If you didn't get one, sorry...
  10. Run 5 times - not so great - Sun, Wed, Sun (plus a 4 mile walk on Sat)
  11. Buy Breck presents
  12. Finish a little, homemade gift - then I changed my mind & want to make something different
  13. Ask feed store about chickens - poor chickens...
  14. Do tennis schedule - this has been a nightmare!
  15. Email tennis coach
Little nervous about getting this week's goals done plus getting back to homeschooling and knowing that we'll want to be outside in the amazingly beautiful weather that is predicted, but aiming high anyway! I think I need to be up early every day this week... or maybe I just won't sleep...
  1. Clean out 10 emails each day this week plus keep up with new incoming (inbox goal:100)
  2. Clean out guest bathroom
  3. Finish a little, homemade gift
  4. Ask feed store about chickens
  5. Do tennis schedule
  6. Order photos for Kate's room
  7. Email swim instructor
  8. Drop off mail returns
  9. Do JCrew and Athleta returns
  10. Finish 2014 finances, prep for 2015 (this should have been on last week's list!)
  11. Make at least 3 health appointments
  12. Clean out/organize Christmas Planner and Holiday Recipe Binder and store for next year
  13. Make reservations for Hawaii accommodations
  14. Call about school shadowing for Kate
  15. Write homeschool plan

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Winter Reading Plan

We are home from skiing because the kids have a swim meet this weekend. Was a little disappointed to cut our New Year getaway short, but there will be plenty of skiing yet this season. Plus it is nice to be home and getting a few things done before "life" starts back on Monday. We are supposed to get snow tonight, so I'm thinking about some time on the couch with a tea and a book.

I read a lot. I recorded 76 books finished on Goodreads (and I'm pretty sure I missed a few!). Plus the numerous unfinished ones. Part of why I can get so many read is that I include all books - audiobooks, novels, nonfiction, read along kids' books, homeschool books, etc. in my list. We read a lot for homeschool, but you can also finish a lot of audiobooks while folding laundry and chopping veggies!

I'm again setting my yearly Goodreads goal at 60 books, but this year I'd like to be a bit more intentional about what I read. Usually I finish one bit of fiction and just pick up something else or start the most recent recommendation. And I am horribly distractible with nonfiction. I get midway through a book, find something else interesting, and rarely seem to actually finish a nonfiction book.

So I've put some thought into what I'd like to read the next few months. Here's my reading plan for winter...

(Edited: so at 60 books per year, I should be reading about 15 books a season. I just listed at least 30 for winter alone!! But I'm leaving the list as is to see where I make the most progress...)

Audiobooks - chosen by the fact that they are unread on my Audible account
  1. Off to Be the Wizard (I've already started... it's... different...)
  2. Peace From Broken Pieces
  3. Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
  4. Accidentally on Purpose 
  5. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
  6. The Aviator's Wife
  7. The Introvert Advantage
Nonfiction - some of these are to fulfill my winter goals, the others I'd tried to ensure a variety of topics
  1. Coaching With the Brain in Mind (this is a long one!)
  2. Deconstructing Penguins (I started this long ago, so I need to skim the first half then finish)
  3. 10 Minute Toughness (not specifically about tennis, but counting it as my fitness book)
  4. How to Hug a Porcupine (parenting book)
  5. Daughters of Eve (spiritual book)
  6. Silver Spoon Kids (financial book)
  7. Return to Life Through Contrology (fitness book about Pilates)
  8. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently
Fiction/Novels - I'm having a tough time being intentional with fiction but here goes!
  1. The Book Thief (I started this over a year ago and never finished!)
  2. Orphan Train (my mom gave me her copy and I keep meaning to read it but don't)
  3. Boys in the Boat (not fiction, but still more of a "story" so it goes on this list)
Kids - books the kids are reading that I want to read also
  1. Out of My Mind
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth (can you believe I've never read this?!?)
  3. Feeding Malachi
  4. Heidi
  5. The Menagerie
  6. Time for Andrew
  7. The City of Ember
  8. Esperanza Rising
  9. Spirit Animals books 1-?
  10. Ruby Holler

Thursday, January 01, 2015

2015 Winter Goals

Happy New Year! I love fresh starts! My resolution for 2015 is to make seasonal goals for each life category and follow through on them. I reviewed my vision statements from 2011 and used those to design my goals.

Financial

  1. Maintain Mvelopes for tracking spending
  2. Start saving for a new car for me (summer 2016?)
  3. Revise wills
  4. Figure out and follow through with a financial project with Matt
  5. Read one financial book 
Home/Garden/Possessions
  1. Buy remaining big items for family room - couch, chair/ottoman, piano bench, coffee table
  2. Finish sanding/painting and install doors on bookcases
  3. Declutter half the basement - this will have to be broken up into smaller projects
  4. Research insulation options for when house is painted this spring
  5. Have automatic opener installed on front driveway gate
  6. Update invisible fence and train Tripper
  7. Clean out chicken coop and treat for mites
  8. Order ping pong table (Matt's 2013 Christmas present!)
  9. Clean out pantry
  10. Clean out games
Health/Nutrition/Fitness
  1. Try acupuncture
  2. Make eye doctor appointment
  3. Make dentist appointment for me and kids
  4. Make dermatology appointment
  5. Make general physical appointment
  6. Continue Pilates 2x/week and try Pilates video
  7. Plan 2 kedge weeks (one already planned in Feb!)
  8. Read a book about tennis & watch a video series
  9. Come up with a winter meal plan/list
  10. Hit goal weight (I don't usually worry about my weight and sorta feel guilty having this as a goal, but being post holiday with 2 beach vacations in the next 3 months, I gotta set the goal for myself.)
Family/Friends
  1. Acknowledge birthdays (I'm not sure what this is going to look like, but I'm horrible at friends' birthdays and want to be better)
  2. Research schools for Kate
  3. Work on a family reunion for my mom's side of the family
  4. Be more diligent about relationships (this is so not a good goal from a "measurable" standpoint, but still something I want in the forefront of my mind)
  5. Read one book on parenting
Community/Career/Creativity
  1. Ponder suggestion that I sell mug rugs locally. Make a few examples.
  2. Make one holiday table runner
  3. Finish one quilt
  4. Inquire about becoming a hospice volunteer
  5. Read Coaching With the Brain in Mind
Spiritual/Personal Growth
  1. Start a daily gratitude practice
  2. Read a spiritual book
  3. Start journaling at night (mornings don't seem to work for me, so I'm going to try night)
  4. Revise/write vision statements, Know Myself Better 21 day project, and questions from my Sacred Reading as part of evening journal
  5. Meditate on mornings I don't run or walk
Travel 
  1. Take a trip by myself (Thank you, Matt, for the amazing Christmas present!!)
  2. Take an extended trip to Hawaii (Thank you, Nona, for opening your home to us... again...)
  3. Plan summer travel
  4. Make at least 5 trips to Denver to visit museums/sites
  5. Ski at least 2 different mountains than our normal one