August Goals

I can’t believe that it’s already August. This summer has seemed to fly by and crawl by all at the same time. July update time!

  1. Windchime block number 8. Not only did I get 8 done, I also got 9 done! And then I liked the way it looked so much that I decided to trim down and sew together the 9 blocks and call it good. 🙂 I still need to add the applique flowers at the intersections, but I’m super thrilled with the progress I made!

2. Hexagons. I didn’t finish 4 more blocks, but I did finish 1. Progress not perfection.

3. Keep current on Project Life. ::sigh:: I fell behind on this one, but I plan to catch up today. I did close up the 2020 gap though, so now I’m just need to finish up the past few months of 2019 and I will be totally caught up!

4. Keep current on scrapbook. Well, I fell behind on this one as well, but I did order the year 11 binders so I’m cautiously optimistic that I can get back on track this week.

5. I didn’t end up ordering the print package, but I did work a bit more on editing. While I was doing Feb 2020 Project Life, I went ahead and edited the pics I want to scrap and added them to my Print Order Folder.

6. Get rid of crap! I actually took a trunk load of toys and clothes to Goodwill! I was so sad to be getting rid of the babies’ doll house, but I finally had to admit that they didn’t ever play with it anymore.

7. Homeschool plans. We did K is for Kite, L is for Lava, M is for Moon, and N is for Nocturnal Animals. Mia has really been enjoying the Montessori trays!

8. Order school stuff. Done! Turns out that they actually don’t need uniforms for the first few weeks of school while everyone is distance learning, but I know we’ll need them eventually so I went ahead and ordered them.

9. Swim. This one hasn’t happened so much. We need to air the pool back up, but with RaptorDad’s broken finger that just hasn’t happened.

10. Maintain Sanity. Jury is still out!

August Goals:

  1. Project Life. Do July 2020 and then stay current with August 2020.
  2. Scrapbooking. Do July 2020 and then stay current with August 2020. lol.
  3. 10K steps a day. I’m writing this on the 2nd and I already failed yesterday, but I want to start trying to get 10K steps a day again. It’s hard because here on the surface of the sun it’s way too hot to walk outside, but I’m going to try to get the steps in anyway.
  4. Caterpillar Quilt. I finally got the olives done! Now I just need to do the grape block and then 2 more blue blocks. I really want to finish these blocks this month.
  5. Butterfly Quilt. I need to get the embroidery done once and for all!
  6. Montessori Trays. I really want to keep making these.
  7. Virtual School systems. The kids officially start school on the 10th, and my the end of the month I’d like to have a good schedule/ organizational strategy in place.
  8. Quilt Pixilated Heart quilt. I finally got this bad boy basted! Now I just need to figure out how to put on the walking foot and actually quilt it.
  9. Weekly adventure. I want to make time for at least one weekly adventure with the kids.
  10. Maintain sanity. Keeping this one around a bit longer. lol.

February Goals!

Hello February! I did some stuff!

  1. Write thank you notes. Done!
  2. December Daily. Done! And I even filmed it!
  3. June Project Life. Done! And July is also done! I loved getting back into this project.
  4. 4 New Montessori Trays. Whomp whomp. I did not get this done. I’m going to try to work on it tomorrow.
  5. Girl Scouts. Kate’s cookies are done! And the troop is wrapping up this week. We’ve also planned February and the first half of March! Yay!
  6. Blog. You guys! I got my 6 blog posts done!
  7. Butterflies/ Caterpillars. I’m done with all of the red ones! (Except for the embroidery. lol.) And I would be done with the orange except that I decided that I needed to redo the orange caterpillar. Maybe I’ll put up a blog post this week showing my progress. 🙂
  8. 5 Bags of Trash. I didn’t do so good on this one.
  9. Plan with Kate. We actually sat down and did our planners for 2 of the 4 weeks. It was quite fun! We sat down and worked on February this weekend. I think Kate enjoyed setting goals and scheduling her month. She is a child that *always* wants to know what’s coming up so it makes me quite happy to see her taking ownership over it.
  10. 10k Steps a Day. Well, I started off strong. lol. I need to recommit to this.

What shall we plan for Feb…

  1. Butterflies and Caterpillars. I really need to put in some serious time on this. I need to make 9 more butterflies, design and make 9 more pieces of fruit, finish the orange caterpillar, and make 20 more nine patches. (I’m cheating a little because I finished 6 nine patches today, but it’s already February so I want to be able to count those towards my total!)
  2. EPP Workshop. I am leading my Quilt Guild through an English Paper Piecing Workshop this month. EEEPPPP!!! I’m so nervous. Now that Kate is done with cookies I plan to devote some time to preparing for this.
  3. August Project Life. Self Explanatory.
  4. Scrap 10 current pages. I’m so far behind that I might never catch up. I need to do something current!
  5. 4 Montessori Trays. No excuses! I have a ton of cute Valentine’s Day stuff that I just need to put out.
  6. Girl Scouts. I need to do a bit of paperwork and organizing for our upcoming trips to NASA and Camp.
  7. Hexies. I want to spend at least 2 nights on my hexies. I spent an evening recently cutting out some fussy cuts so hopefully that will motivate me!
  8. Blog! Shall we say 6 again in February? It’s weird to be posting on Tuesday/ Thursday, but 6 seems pretty manageable.
  9. Date Nights! I think I’m going to poke around on Pinterest and find some ideas for at home date nights.
  10. 10K Steps a Day. What can I say, I’m optimistic! (Even though I’m writing this on the night of the 3rd and I haven’t managed to do it yet this month.)

That’s it for today! Next post will have some pretty pictures. 🙂

January Goals

It seems silly to be setting more goals after just writing a short novel about my 2020 goals, but y’all know I love my monthly goals posts! So I’ll keep this short and sweet. First, looking back at December.

  1. December Daily. Well, I didn’t finish it, but I did get 13 days of it done so that’s something. I’m putting this one first on the list for January.
  2. Secret Sewing. Mostly done! I made a wall hanging for my grandmother and I got it all epp’d, appliqued, even hand quilted! But I just couldn’t figure out the binding. lol. So in the end, I wrapped it up with the fabric for the binding and we’re going to finish it together. 🙂 I’m planning to write a whole blog post about it once it’s finished.
  3. Bluebonnets. I wanted to finish appliquing all 6 of my bluebonnets, and I’m happy to report that I got 3 more done bringing my grand total to 5! I also made some progress on the bookshelf block. 🙂
  4. Advent Activities. I actually struggled with this and I don’t know why. But in the end, we had a great advent.
  5. Buy all the things. Check.
  6. Wrap all the things. Check.
  7. Decorate. Check. And for bonus points, we got it all packed away yesterday!
  8. 9 Patches. I actually got 18 9 patches done! I’m seriously happy with my progress.
  9. Montessori Trays. Ugh. I got nothing done.
  10. Windchime. Also got nothing done. lol. But I did piece a whole quilt top in less than a week! Maybe I’ll write a blog post about that too. lol.

Which brings us to January. Hmm….

  1. Write thank you notes. This needs to happen today or tomorrow.
  2. December Daily. I’d like to finish this this month so that I can really start on some of my scrapbooking catch up goals.
  3. Project Life. I’d like to do June 2019.
  4. 4 new Montessori trays. Should I revisit the snow theme from last January, or pull out our Valentine’s Day stuff early… decisions decisions.
  5. Girl Scouts. I need to map out our spring semester, and I need to plan our meetings for January. I also need to deal with cookies.
  6. Blog! I’d love to write, hmmm… 6 blog posts?
  7. Butterfly/ Caterpillars. I need to make some serious progress on the applique, and I need to finalize the design for the embroidery so I can get started on that.
  8. 5 bags of trash gone. January always makes me want to get rid of all of the things!
  9. Plan with Kate. Kate wanted to get a planner! Naturally I was all over this. We sat down on Monday and set them up together and it was so fun! I’m hoping this is a good tool for Kate and I’d love it to be a habit for her before she starts middle school next year. So my plan is for us to sit down every Sunday and set up the next week.
  10. 10k steps a day. I know better than to set a goal for working out 3 times a week, but I’m hoping I can ease myself into better habits by starting with walking every day. Fingers crossed!

And goodness, that’s 2 posts in a row that are just a wall of text with no pics! I’ll try to make the next post a little bit more interesting! lol.

20×20 in 2020

Y’all! New Year’s is always my favorite. I’m so motivated to clean up, get organized, and tackle a million projects! This generally lasts for about 2 weeks, lol. But I’m not about to let my abysmal track record stop me from setting some truly ambitious goals for the year! Since it’s 2020, I couldn’t resist being a little extra and setting 20 goals for the year. And each goal has 20 parts! Let me preface this by stating that I know there there isn’t a chance in hell that I get all of this done, but even a fraction of this would be awesome, so without further ado here are my 20x20in2020!

  1. 20 months of project life. I am so far behind on this project which makes me sad because it’s one of favorites to look back on. Also, I get a beautiful kit every month! I am currently working on June of 2019, so even if I get all the way to December 2020 that’s still only 19 months. My work around is that I’m going to count the ending page of 2019 and the opening page of 2020 as a month. I think that to make this goal happen I’m going to have to just sit down and do a huge batch of photo editing which is not my fav… but needs must.
  2. 20 months of scrapbooking. I have fallen so far behind on the kids’ scrapbooks… I’m currently on August of 2018. ::cringe:: 2019 was the year that I really fell deep into the quilty rabbit hole and the majority of my free time went to that hobby. I don’t regret that decision at all, but I think I want to do a combo of things to make sure that I am still scrapping the most important memories that I don’t want to forget. 1. I think I am going to dedicate one of my 2 preschool days a week to scrapping/ project life. I think I am also going to cut down on the number of stories I am trying to tell a month. I mean, do I really need 15 pages from August 2018?
  3. 20 nights of hexies. Ah, my poor neglected hexies. I enjoy doing handwork in the evenings, but lately I’ve been reaching for my applique. I would like to devote 20 nights to my hexies over the course of the year. If I do that, I feel confident that I can finish up my last super hexie block and then hopefully I will be motivated to finish!
  4. 20 new adventures with my kids. This breaks down to roughly 2 a month which seems super doable. These could be as elaborate as my scheme to convince RaptorDad to come with us to the Grand Canyon over spring break (jury is still out on that one) or as simple as a picnic dinner at the park.
  5. 20 new Montessori trays. This is roughly 4 news trays for 5 new themes. And recycling materials is fair game!
  6. 20 activities with my Girl Scouts. This seems like a lot, but I’m anticipating starting a troop for Mia this fall when she starts kindergarten. (Please excuse me while I go have a panic attack at the thought of the babies starting kindergarten!)
  7. 20 blocks for my Texas Forever quilt. I currently have 21/63 done so getting 20 more done seems doable.
  8. 20 blog posts. That’s roughly 2 a month. Surely I can manage that! lol.
  9. 20 new recipes. In my mind these are all healthy recipes. Who wants to bet that next December they were all desserts. lol.
  10. 20 liturgical living activities. The kids and I really enjoy these when I manage to pull them together. I like to build on what we started last year and add a few more.
  11. 20 organization/ home projects. If I’m honest, these are probably going to take place in the fall once all of the kids are in school full time. I really want to install a backsplash in our kitchen. I’d also like to repaint our kitchen and guest bathroom. Also, want to do another big purge reorg of our kid art supplies/ games closet. And I would love to get rid of 85% of the crap in our master bedroom and make it a soothing retreat. Also, big kid room for the twins.
  12. 20 butterflies/ caterpillars/ fruit. Yikes. I really want this done for the twin’s birthday in April, but I’m just not sure it’s possible without paying to have them quilted. The first hurdle is to finish the tops though!
  13. 20 nine patches for caterpillars. I got a bunch of these done in December, so I’m not even sure that I need 20 anymore. Still, the plan is to have a row of pinwheels at the top and bottom so maybe I’ll say 20 nine patches/ pinwheels.
  14. 20 date nights. Maybe my favorite on the list! These are for at home date nights. I want to come up with some creative date nights for us. New board games? Cooking class? Wood working? Book club? Only time will tell.
  15. 20 plants from seed. This spring I want to plant a garden with the kids from seeds so that they can watch them germinate. I’m hoping for some tomatoes!
  16. 20 hours of staff development. Boring. So boring. But I need to keep chipping away at this.
  17. 20 new books. I’m actually thinking I might find some list of books and try to read them?
  18. 20 bags of trash gone. Self explanatory.
  19. 20 boxes to the Caring Place. (It’s like goodwill, but local.)
  20. 20 pounds gone. Alright, I’m cheating a little on these last 3 because since Christmas we’ve already gotten rid of a bag of trash, a box for the caring place, and I’ve got a nasty post Christmas cold that has helped me drop 4 pounds. I’m not letting that go to waste!

I’m going to track these on the sidebar for my blog, and I’ll also post some progress pics on instagram with the hashtag #20x20in2020 .

December Goals!

We made it through November! And even though I missed posting a few days on Instagram, I actually crafted every single day so I’m counting #NaNoCraftMo2019 as a success. 🙂 Let’s look at how I did in November.

1.Christmas Half Square Triangles. Done! I toyed with the idea of getting this quilted and bound before the end of the month, but I quickly realized that was an insane idea. But I did get the entire top finished, and I’ve got the fabric for the backing, so once the holiday craziness calms down I’ll get back to it. I probably spent as much time with the seam ripper as I did the sewing machine, but I’m super happy with the end result. I just love love love this Bonnie and Camille Christmas fabric!

2. Kaffe Quilt. I finished my blocks! My grandmother is still working on her blocks, but she had way more to do than me. lol. Once we get it done, I’ll try to take some pics for the blog. 🙂

3. Zipper Pouch. Well, I forgot to add the handle, but I’m pretty pleased nonetheless. Our exchange is on Tuesday and I’m anxious to see how it’s received!

4. Advent Calendar. You guys. I have come to the realization that there is no way I am going to finish this in time for Christmas. Now sure, I could stitch my fingers to the bone trying, but I wouldn’t really enjoy it, and you know what? This is a hobby! So I am quite pleased with the significant progress that I did make, and I’m going to pack it away for a while.

5. Project Life. Well, I got 1 layout done. :/

6. Scrapping. Not much better, but I did get 6 pages done. I’m really hoping that December Daily reignites my scrappy mojo!

7. Gratitude Tree. This was a great idea, but it didn’t work out as I envisioned it this year. But, we got through about 7 days and it was a great proof of concept! And you know what? Next year when the babies are a year older, I bet this is awesome!

8. Thanksgiving Baking. Huge success! We made 2 day Chocolate Chip Cookies and white chocolate covered popcorn for Thanksgiving Eve. Then between 2 dinners for actual Thanksgiving, we made: a double batch of oreo truffles, 2 pumpkin pies, 2 lemon merengue pies, 1 cherry pie (I make all of my own pie crust), a gluten free cheesecake, a double batch of mac n cheese, and broccoli cheese rice casserole. Man, I’m tired just typing that! But I seriously love baking and seeing other people enjoy things that I make so I tend to go a but overboard. lol.

9. December Daily Prep. I actually didn’t do any prep aside from ordering some more photo paper, but you know what? Still a win! And I’ve already done the spread for Day 1! On day 1!

10. Secret Sewing. I’m making excellent progress! 2 of the 3 projects are completed, and I’m very close to completing the 3rd. 🙂

Time for December Goals!

  1. December Daily. I don’t know that it is actually possible, but I would love to finish this in December. I’m keeping it really small, 4×4, so I think it’s theoretically possible? We’ll see. lol.
  2. Secret Sewing. One final project to go!
  3. Texas Forever Quilt. I want to finish appliqueing (why does that look like it is spelled so wrong?) all of the bluebonnets. I have everything prepped and I have 2 1/2 of the 6 done.
  4. Advent Activities. I have the month all mapped out, I just need to execute it. lol.
  5. Buy all the things. Oh my gosh, we haven’t even started shopping.
  6. Wrap all the things. I need to find this year’s wrapping paper!
  7. Decorate. I was going to do this today, but I just didn’t happen. I did dig out a purple candle though, so at least we had part of an advent wreath for dinner.
  8. It wasn’t on my list last month, but I actually made a ton of progress on the butterfly and caterpillar quilts! This month, I’d like to keep making progress on the applique and also knock out some more 9 patches.
  9. Montessori Trays. Since the kids will be off of school for a few weeks, I really want to have some new trays in place! I’m thinking Christmas themed. And I need to do them sooner rather than later. lol.
  10. Windchime Quilt. I’d love to prep the next block! I’ve now got 3 done and they make me so happy to look at on my wall. 🙂

November!

Y’all. It’s November! And I had the opposite of a productive October so it’s time to kick it into high gear! First let’s look at how I did for October.

1.Super Hexie Block. I actually got this one done! So now I literally only need to do 1 more block and then all of the hexies will be basted. The end is near!

2. Windchime Quilt. Well, I didn’t get it appliqued, but I did get it all sewn together and ready to go so that’s something. lol.

3. Butterfly Quilt. Does buying more fabric count as progress? lol.

4. Caterpillar Quilt. Same.

5. Project Life. Oh my gosh, y’all, I didn’t do anything with Project Life this month! I’m afraid that my scrappy mojo has left the building.

6. Scrapping. Ditto. I literally only made 2 pages this month. ::shame::

7. Advent Calendar. Um… Are y’all sensing a pattern? That pattern is that nothing much of anything got done.

8. Halloween. Finally a win! Costumes were made, pictures were taken, and too much candy was eaten. Poor Mia was sick the night before so she missed her Halloween party at school, but she rallied for Trick or Treating so we took her to a few houses. Also, Kate made her own costume this year! I’m so proud of her. 🙂

9. Camping Trip. Well, we got all of the prep work done and then some. Sadly, Kate and I had to leave unexpectedly on Friday night, but my co-leaders are amazeballs and they took over seamlessly and handled everything.

10. Pumpkin Patch Pictures. ::sigh:: I took them. I even took my real camera. But the babies were sooooooo not having it. Le sigh. Also, they were almost sold out of pumpkins. Oh well. Next year, I’m going to try to finish costumes much earlier so we can do the pumpkin patch while there are still pumpkins!

And now onto November!

1.Christmas Quilt. The UFO for this month is my Christmas 1/2 square triangle quilt. I have the center finished, but I still need to cut and add the borders. I was toying with the idea of trying to have it fully quilted and bound by the meeting, but I’m pretty sure that’s never going to happen. lol. So let’s say that I would like to have the top done.

2. Kaffe Quilt. My grandmother and I are making a joint quilt! No pressure. lol. This one has a bit of back story that should really be it’s own post. Stay tuned! The short version is that I need to make 66 blocks this month.

3. Zipper Pouch. For our Guild Christmas party, we are exchanging zipper pouches. I was super intimidated, but I made a practice one and I’m actually pretty happy with it. Now I just need to make the one for the actual exchange!

4. Advent Calendar. It’s crunch time. I have to have the background done this month. Then maybe I can try for one thing each day in December? Yikes!

5. Project Life. No excuses y’all. I have to get at least June done.

6. Scrapping. Um… I don’t even know, y’all. Maybe 10 pages?

7. Gratitude Tree. This is a crazy idea that I had yesterday. Basically, I want to have a big tree on the wall in our living room (made out of paper) and then we will each add a leaf every day where we write down 1 thing that we are grateful for. In my mind, we each get a different color and then we have a beautiful rainbow tree at the end of the month. The reality is that I still don’t have any paper for this, let alone paper that is cut into the shapes of leaves! lol. But fingers crossed I can make this happen today!

8. Thanksgiving Baking. I need to sit down and work on my baking menu and schedule to make sure that everything gets done.

9. December Daily Prep. Yay! I love December Daily. I’m sticking with a 4×4 format this year. I ::gasp:: didn’t even buy a kit because nothing was striking my fancy this year. That and I have enough Christmas product to open a December Daily store. lol.

10. I have a little bit of secret sewing that I need to finish this month. Fingers crossed!

After a so so October, you might be wondering how on earth I’m planning to get so much done in November, but RaptorDad does NaNoWriMo every November where he writes a whole 50k word novel. Every eyar I try to make NaNoCraftMo a thing, but I lose steam and end up binge watching Netflix. This year will (hopefully) be different!

October Goals

Yay October! I <3 Halloween. 🙂 I actually had a pretty productive September! Let’s take a look.

  1. Windchime Block. I got the second block done, and I committed to a fabric for the fabric centers and bought it! I have the hardest time making decisions about this sort of thing. lol. I’m loving this project so much. I’ve even got the 3rd block all prepped and ready to EPP.

2. Butterfly Quilt. Well, I didn’t get 10 more butterflies appliqued, but I did get 5 more done bringing my grand total up to 8. I also prepped all of the red, green, and teal butterflies!

3. Caterpillar Quilt. Not only did I finalize the template design, I actually got 2 caterpillars appliqued!

4. Project Life. Not doing so hot on this one. Lol. But I did get 2 weeks done so that’s something.

5. Scrapping. I got July 2018 done!

6. Advent Calendar. I actually did spend one night working on this. 🙂 I need to step it up next month though.

7. Plan Halloween costumes. Xander keeps changing his mind. lol. The current front runner is a vampire bat which would actually be pretty easy to accomplish. I’m going to give him about one more week and then I’m going to make him commit. lol.

8. Plan September Girl Scout meetings. Done! And Kate finished her Junior Aide project! And she and her friend finished their Bronze Award project! She’s been working on these 2 projects since last April so I’m super duper thrilled that she (and I!) aren’t stressing about them anymore. Also super duper proud of her for working so hard to earn these!

9. Fall Break. Y’all. I was so focused on all of this Girl Scout stuff (see #8) that I totally dropped the ball on Fall Break. But you know what? THAT’S OK! (Plus, when I went back to recheck the dates, Kate’s fall break is not the same as the twins and I didn’t want them to miss that much school.) Once I finally accepted that Fall Break wasn’t happening this year, I was about 1000% less stressed.

10. Professional Development. So I’m not sure how this works, but apparently when they say that you have to renew your certificate every 5 years, what they really mean is every 6 years? IDK, but I’m going to stop fretting about this for at least another 6 months. lol.

Time for some October Goals!

1. Hexie Super Block #11. This is my Guild UFO for the month and I’m actually glad that I’m being forced to work on it because I really just want to start a new EPP project but I know that is insane. (Holy run on sentence, Batman!) I figured out how to hang them on the wall by my sewing machine which is for sure helping with the motivation. It also helps that I only have 2 more super hexie blocks to finish and then all of the hexies will be basted! Is it insane that I’m vaguely considering trying to finish both blocks this month? Yes! But we’ll just have to see what happens. lol.

2. Windchime Quilt. I would love to finish the 3rd block that I already have all of the prep work done on!

3. Butterfly Quilt. I would like to get a few more fat quarters of oranges and yellows so that I can finish prepping all of the applique. I’d also like to get at least 5 more butterflies done.

4. Caterpillar Quilt. Ditto prep work. I’d also like to get 1 more caterpillar done. And maybe a few more of the 9 patches.

5. Project Life. Dare I say June and July?

  • 6. Scrapping. ::sigh:: Maybe August 2018?

7. Advent Calendar. Time to ramp this up. I’d like to get the background done. Is it possible? Maybe?

8. Halloween! I need to actually make the kids’ costumes! I’m actually thinking that I might have Kate make her own as a fall break project…

9. Camping Trip! The Girl Scout insanity continues. lol. We are going camping in October and it will surprise none of you that I am not a camper. Luckily my Co Leader is amazing.

10. Pumpkin Patch Pictures. Actual good ones with my real camera! I might even take the kids to the real legit pumpkin patch over fall break, but the jury is still out on that one.

Hello September!

I’d say Hello Fall, but it’s still a million degrees here on the surface of the sun. lol. Let’s see how I did in August.

  1. Girl Scouts. I did pretty good on this one! I got all of the banking trainings done and went up to the bank to get all of the paperwork done. Now I’m just waiting for my debit card to arrive and we will be in business. 🙂 I also got my CPR/ First Aid training done, attended my first leader meeting (with all 3 kids on tow since RaptorDad had to go to Kate’s open house at the exact same time), and had my first meeting/ parent meeting. You guys, my co-leader is amazing! I would be totally floundering if not for her. We don’t ::quite:: have the fall schedule done, but it’s not for lack of trying. We’re just still waiting on a few people to get back to us regarding scheduling field trips. But I’m still super excited about what we do have planned!
  2. First day of school pics/ interviews. Done! And extra cute as always. 🙂 I love this project so much.
My Beautiful First Born
Cutie Patootie!
Sweet Mama’s Boy

3. Unicorn Quilt. The top is done! And my grandmother convinced me to have it quilted. lol.

4. Editing. Nada. Although I did finish 3 weeks of Project Life. I need to keep this momentum going, but I’m almost out of photo paper. lol.

5. Bluebonnet Quilt. Done! Well, I still need to bind it, but I’ve been watching some videos and I’m just about ready to give it a go. How hard could it be? lol.

6. Applique. I’m making progress on the second set of bluebonnets! I’m just drawing on the backgrounds as I go, but I did get 2 1/2 bluebonnets done. Just 3 1/2 to go. Then I need to start thinking about my next block…

7. Advent Calendar. All sorted and ready to go! I even got a few things stitched down. 🙂 The directions (probably from like 1982) were very brief! Not at all like the kits I’m used to working with. I think if this had been my first project I would be lost, but I have made so many bucilla projects at this point that I was able to fill in the blanks with a little bit (lot) of help from my mom. lol. I’m so excited about this!

8. Butterfly Quilt. I made a ton of progress on this! I got all of my templates made. I prepped all of the butterfly bodies. I ordered (and cut!) all of my background fabric. And I’ve almost completed 3 butterflies! (They just need embroidery.) I am having so much fun with this! I even made my first 9 patch!

9. Caterpillar Quilt. I got all of the white fabric cut for Xander’s quilt as well!

10. Professional Development. I actually got some done! I think I’m up to 22 hours. lol. Still a long way to go, but I’m finally making some progress!

Wow! I got waaaaaay more done than I was expecting to. 🙂 Let’s think about September, shall we?

  1. Windchime Block. This is my UFO challenge quilt for the month. Let’s be real, there’s no way that I’m finishing this quilt in a month. lol. But I would like to finish 1 block. Spoiler alert: I was so excited about working on it this month that I started on it as soon as our guild meeting ended. I’ve now got all of the EPP done and I’ve moved on to applique.

2. Butterfly Quilt. I’d like to prep and applique 10 more butterflies.

3. Caterpillar Quilt. Create templates and prep some blocks. What I’d like to do is to cut and prep a circle each time I cut and prep a butterfly. That way, the caterpillars will be all ready to go!

4. Project Life. I’m getting further behind again. lol. I’d like to finish May and June at minimum. Getting July done would be a bonus.

5. Scrapping. Also falling further behind here. I’m sensing a theme. lol. Hmm… If I could scrap July 2018 and also scrap 10 current layouts, that would be amazing!

6. Advent Calendar. I’d like to make some progress on this. Hmm… Maybe I’ll say that I’d like to commit to 3 evenings this month where I put away my quilting and work on the advent calendar. I’m sure that I’ll ramp up as it gets closer to Christmas!

7. Plan Halloween Costumes. We’re leaning towards Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, at least partially because that was my all time favorite costume of Kate’s! Naturally, I can’t find said costume. lol. Kate’s still undecided.

8. Plan September Girl Scouts Meetings.

9. Fall Break. I’m considering a mini road trip for a few days over fall break… Maybe Dallas? I’m open to other suggestions! Maybe even the beach again!

10. Professional Development. Boo. So boring. But, I need to get it done. Maybe 2 6 hour classes this month? I need to sit down and figure out a timeline so I’m not panicking in February!

Hello August!

I can’t believe that summer is almost over!  It seems like this summer flew by and I’m so not ready for it to be over.  🙁  Kate goes back to school on Thursday and that just seems impossible!  But before I go down a panicky rabbit hole, let’s look at the July goals.

  1.  Finish Project Life gap.  Done and dusted!  Yay!
  2. Project Life May 2019.  Nope.  Didn’t even touch this one.  ::sigh::
  3. Scrapping- mixed media backgrounds.  Done!  And it’s working as I’ve actually made a few pages.  I’m so happy that my scrappy mojo is returning.  🙂
  4. Hexies.  I actually finished my super block #10!  Amazingly enough, I only need to make 2 more super blocks and then basically all of the hexies for the quilt will be basted.  I’m putting this on the back burner for now though because I need to wait for some new fabric lines to come out!  I feel like I’ve bought every available charm pack that goes with my colors.  lol.  
  5. Christmas Half Square Triangles.  I got all of these trimmed down, and about half of them sewn together and I’m really pleased with how it’s looking!  I also decided on what I wanted for the border, but naturally it’s sold out everywhere.  Grr…  Note to self, next time buy the borders when you buy the charm packs!
  6. Take my kids swimming.  Done!  So many times over.  🙂  Kate’s bestie is a saint and she lets us crash her neighborhood pool on the reg.  Not only is it a totally awesome pool, she helps me watch the twins!
  7. Make popsicles with the kids.  We didn’t do this, but we did one better!  I took the kids out for ice cream after Kate’s orthodontist appointment.  Yum!
  8. Splash Pad.  The local (awesome) Down syndrome group plans regular meet ups and we almost never make it to them because we have so much stuff going on.  But today we made it out to the splash pad and had a great time!  I need to make these meet ups more of a priority.
  9. Library with the kids.  Done!  I even managed to take Kate to the tween book club meeting that the library hosts once a month.  Have I mentioned that our library rocks?  Because it totally does!
  10. Thinkery.  We made it!  So much fun.  🙂  I love this place.

Time for some August goals!

  1.  Girl Scouts.  Yikes y’all.  I’ve been Kate’s assistant leader for a few years now, but our actual leader is taking a break and asked me to step up.  I have a lot to do this month, including but not limited to: figuring out the banking account, finding out which CPR class to take, and taking said CPR class.  I’d like to get all of my necessary trainings done and finalize the fall calendar and budget before our first meeting.  Luckily, my new coleader is amazeballs.  Also, I found this awesome planner.  
  2. First day of school pics and interviews.  One of my favorite traditions.  🙂  I just wish I could find a new chalkboard that was identical to the one I’ve been using but not cracked!
  3. Quilting.  My UFO challenge for the month is Kate’s unicorn quilt.  Dang it.  lol.  I need to sew on one more border and then figure out how to quilt and bind it.  But I think this is doable!
  4. Editing.  Since I’ll need to order 8×8 prints for the kids’ interview books, I might as well go ahead and do a large print order to save on the shipping.  On that note, I’d like to edit/ upload pics for Project Life May- July.  Also, edit/ upload pics for Scrapbook November (2018)- July (2019).  Even as I’m typing this I know it will never happen.  lol.  Maybe I should just say that I will start at November and edit/ upload until I reach 200 pics.  That’s what I usually buy during their print sale anyway.
  5. Bluebonnets.  I’d also like to finish hand quilting my bluebonnet quilt.  I’m actually quite close and I think a few more evenings would finish it off.
  6. Appliqué.  Speaking of bluebonnets, I’d like to make a new template for petal placement and go ahead and draw onto the background fabric where the petals should go.  Then I can work on my appliqué while I’m out and about since I don’t have any hexies to work on at the moment.
  7. Advent Calendar.  You guys.  My mom is so awesome.  I loved loved loved our advent calendar that we had when I was a kid so much, but I couldn’t find the kit for love or money.  She tracked down an UNOPENED one and got it for me for Christmas!  To say that I’m excited is a massive understatement.  Now that it’s August, it’s time to start on Christmas crafts!  I’d like to open the kit up, sort the threads, and get organized.
  8. Butterfly Quilt.  Speaking of Christmas…  I really want to make Mia a butterfly quilt for Christmas.  In my mind, this goes along with a new big girl/ big boy room for the twins, but that may or may not be in Santa’s budget this year.  lol.  The quilt I can do though!  (probably…)  This month, I’d like to finalize the design for the butterflies and start prepping the appliqué.  Also, go ahead and order the background white on white fabric.
  9. Caterpillar Quilt.  And since they’re twins, Xander needs a new quilt too!  His is going to be a caterpillar to go along with Mia’s butterflies.  How cute is this going to be?!?  Since his will have the same background fabric, I’d like to order enough for both of them.
  10. Professional Development.  Boo.  I so don’t want to do this.  lol.  But I’ve put it off as long as I possibly could!  I need 150 hours of professional development by the end of March to renew my teaching certification.  Yikes.  I want to go ahead and trouble shoot my computer issues with the online classes (read: beg RaptorDad for help!), figure out a schedule, track down the certificates I do have, (I should have between 6-12 hours already done) and get 2 (6 hour) classes done.

Y’all!  If I get even half of this list done I will be thrilled.  lol.  I’d say maybe I’ll get some blogging done when the kids go back to school, but I think we all know that’s unlikely.  lol.

(Very Late) July Goals

How is it already the 10th?!?  June flew by!  Speaking of, let’s take a look at the goals, shall we?  I actually got a decent amount done!

  1.  Project Life 2018.  Done!  Yay!!!  It always makes me happy to get a new album onto my book shelf.  🙂
  2. Scrap.  Honestly, I didn’t get much scrapping done this month, but I did get 2 new layouts done.  Still need to set aside a large chunk of time and work on mass producing some backgrounds.
  3. Sewing.  Um, I officially moved the unicorn quilt to the Christmas gift pile.  lol.  AKA I didn’t work on it at all!  The thing is, it’s not even going to take me that long to finish the top, but I’m at a spot with a coping border and I’m worried all of my seams won’t line up.  I should probably just accept that my seams won’t line up and move on, huh?  lol.
  4. Hexagons.  I sewed together the big chunk!  I also laid it out on Mimi’s bed and we discussed how big it should be and I’ve decided that scaling it back just a little bit will be just fine.  So I need to make 3 more super hexie blocks, not 7.  Yay!  Here’s RaptorDad holding it up for me.  I’m officially 1/3 of the way done!  
  5. Windchime.  It took a lot longer than expected to stitch together the hexies, partly because I ended up needed a ton of joining hexies!  So, no progress on wind chime this month.  ::pouty face::
  6. Applique.  I didn’t manage to work on this at all this month either…
  7. Charm Quilt.  My amazing Mimi took pity on me and added a bit more quilting to the borders and helped me bind it so it’s officially done!  We have all loved snuggling under it together!
  8. Beach pics.  Better!  I’m obviously still awaiting some magical trick to have all of my kids smiling and looking at the camera at the same time (I suspect this magical trick is to hiring a professional lol) but I’m mostly happy with how these turned out.  And we had a fantastic time at the beach!         
  9. Beach Trip Prep.  Well, I caved and just let the kids watch movies the whole way there.  Oh well.  My mom and I had a lovely chat!
  10. Montessori Trays.  Big fat fail.

Should I even bother with July goals?  lol.  Of course!

  1.  Project Life.  Finish gap.  Which is only 2 layouts and I even already have the pics printed!  Need to just get this done.
  2. Project Life. I would like to tackle May of 2019 just in the interest of not getting further behind.
  3. Scrapping.  I’m not even going to set a layout goal because my scrappy mojo appears to have taken a vacation, but I do want to make a big stack of mixed media backgrounds.  I think this would go a long way towards coaxing my mojo to return!
  4. Hexies.  Honestly, I would be taking a break from my hexies if not for the fact that my quilt guild is having a UFO contest this year in which we listed 12 projects and then they draw a number each month and we work on the corresponding project.  Guess which number was pulled this month…  Number 1 which was my hexies.  lol.  Clearly I’m not going to finish the top this month (this year?) but I do want to finish super hexie block number 10.
  5. Christmas Half Square Triangles.  I pulled this out again this week and started working on it some more.  I’ve now gotten half of the rows completed.  I just need to trim down the other half of the squares and sew them together.  Then I get to decide what I want to do with the borders.  🙂
  6. Take my kids swimming.
  7. Make popsicles with kids.
  8. Take kids to the splash pad.
  9. Library with kids.
  10. Thinkery with kids.

Notice anything about the last 5?  They’re not crafty goals, but they are the most important goals on the list to me!  Our summer is over halfway over!  And I feel like we’ve been so busy that we haven’t “done summer” yet!  So these are some easy goals to remind me of what my real purpose is this summer.  <3 <3 <3