Saturday, December 08, 2018

Week in Review 12.8.18


Whoa! A bit of time has passed since I last posted and a lot has happened! We went to Australia and it was amazing. I'm working on a post about it. We came home and I was tired, so tired. We jumped back into our routine and almost all of us have colds now. We're powering through while tackling Holiday shopping, birthday planning and more!  



I've been killing it in the exercise department. I got in three boot camps, one barre3 class and three City Cycle rides. I'm 48 rides into my 100 City Cycle ride goal. Today I burned the most calories I have ever burned in a cycling class (560) and it was AMAZING!




I popped into Costco for a few things on Thursday and left with a packed cart. We were pretty low in some of our standard items so we are now completely stocked and never need to go to the store ever again, ever. 


I've also been busy baking for the girl's birthday party. I made three dozen cupcakes on Friday with Maggie and am going to make all the frosting today with Molly. So far they look really good! I'm making them out of my favorite and really good cookbook (above). 


The Girls

For Molly's birthday we gave her a skateboard. Last Sunday, Scott and her went to pick it out. She is so excited about it. We also gave her lessons which we'll schedule for her in January. 


Maggie has been crushing her speech activities which is making me so happy. It's a long drive to her place on Fridays and I need her to work at speech so she can "graduate". 


Other Goings On

I'm working at slowing down this holiday season. I decided not to do our usual activity advent calendar and just let things flow. I started Christmas shopping early and am mostly done. It helps that we are not doing gifts for the girls this year and are instead going on a trip. I'll be back soon with a post about our latest trip to Australia! 
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Week in Review 11.10.18

Photo credit: Kelsey Moll

It is amazing how preparing for a trip can literally take up one's entire week. I've spent the week getting things together for our trip to Sydney and we are finally ready to go! The entire family is super excited about our adventure. 



I kicked some butt this week in the exercise department! I am 40 rides into my 100 City Cycle ride goal. I got in two boot camps, one barre3 class and four City Cycle rides.



This week's menus were focused on clearing out the pantry. We were helped with this project by a food drive with Molly's school. We also went shopping with the money from Molly's Give allowance jar to stock up on extra food. She was quite adamant that we donate cheerios to the food drive so I made sure those were on the list. 


The Girls

The girls spent the week going to school and packing for the trip. They were ready to go on Friday! 


Other Goings On

We got our photos back from our photographer, Kelsey Moll and I love them! I quickly jumped onto the Kodak Moments site and ordered our Holiday Cards so they will be ready to be sent when we get back from our trip. Here are a few of my favorite shots!



Tuesday, November 06, 2018

2019 WCCPBA Nominees


We are a true lover of books in this family so when Molly's school librarian sent home a list of the 2019 WCCPBA Nominees, we quickly got reading! 

Here is a list of all the books! Give yourself the challenge of reading all of them! 

Alfie: The Turtle That Disappeared

Alfie: The Turtle That Disappeared
Author and Illustrator: Thyra Heder


The Bad Seed 
Author: Jory John Illustrator: Pete Oswald

Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished 
Author: Camille Andros
Illustrator: Brianne Farley

Giant Pants
Author and Illustrator: Mark Fearing  

Great, Now We've Got 
Author: Jason Carter Eaton
Illustrator: Mark Fearing

The Great Pasta Escape  
Author: Miranda Paul
Illustrator: Javier Joaquin 

Ice Boy 
Author and Illustrator:  David Ezra Stein

Jabari Jumps 
Author and Illustrator:  Gaia Cornwall

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors 
Author:  Drew Daywalt
 Adam Rex  

Life on Mars
Author and Illustrator:  Jon Agee  

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey 
Author: Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes
Illustrator: Sue Cornelison 

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis 
Author and Illustrator: Paul Meisel
Publisher: Holiday House

One Proud Penny  
Author: Randy Siegel
Serge Bloch 

Poor Louie 
Author and Illustrator: Tony Fucile

Rules of the House
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Matt Myers

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse that Became a Hero
Author: Patricia McCormick
Illustrator: Iacopo Bruno

Shawn Loves Sharks 
Author: Curtis Manley
Illustrator: Tracy Subisak  

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar 
Author and Illustrator: Emily MacKenzie  

Woodpecker Wants a Waffle  
Author and Illustrator: Steve Breen 

You Don't Want a Unicorn 
Author: Ame Dyckman
Illustrator: Liz Climo 

Monday, November 05, 2018

October Goals


October was packed full of fun! The holidays are upon us now. I'm gearing up! 

Here is how I did on my October Goals:
  1. Exercise 22 times - I got in 26 workouts and hit my 218 in 2018 goal! 
  2. Write daily for 20 minutes - I did ok on this. I didn't do it everyday but I did it most days. 
  3. Hang Wallpaper in the Basement hallway - I did not do this. I'm not sure if I want to? 
  4. Knit my October hat for charity - Done with some luscious yarn I found in my stash. 
  5. Knit 5 miter squares for my blanket - Nope! 
  6. Paint and organize the garage - I worked on this some but did not finish. 
  7. Paint the upstairs bathroom - Did not get to this. 
  8. Work on TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I worked on this some. 
  9. Work on Yearly Photo Books - Nada! 
  10. Work on Holiday Calendars - Nope! 

Here are my goals for November! These include some 2018 goals and some specific goals for the month. We're gone for two weeks so I'm hoping to crank through some of this on our 18 hour flight!  

November Goals
  1. Do 8 City Cycle rides  
  2. Install deadbolt in Basement Door
  3. Knit my November hat for charity 
  4. Knit 5 miter squares for my blanket
  5. Finalize Holiday Calendars
  6. Order Holiday Cards
  7. Finish a Tale of Two Cities
  8. Work on TKGA Master Knitting Level I
  9. Work on Yearly Photo Books
  10. Work on Nanoo
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