Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer Bucket List 2018

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We have just 7 more days left of school and then SUMMER is here! Every year I put together a bucket list so we can capture all we can out of the short days of summer. This year, as with past years, I'm excited about our list! 


Sweet Cherry Granola Yogurt Popsicles

2018 Summer Bucket List
  • Go Swimming
  • Visit a National Park
  • Have a Picnic Outside
  • Go to the beach
  • Make popsicles
  • Go on a Hike 
  • Splash at the Wading Pools 
  • Go to Golden Gardens and build a sand castle
  • Run through the sprinklers in the yard
  • Have Ice Cream for dinner
  • Swim in Lake Washington
  • Go Kayaking
  • Explore a new playground
  • Go on a Road Trip
  • Go Yurt Camping
  • Go Tidepooling
  • Complete Book Bingo (there is a Kid's one too!) 
  • Go on a Family Bike Ride 
  • Ride a boat at Greenlake
  • See Hearst Castle

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Week in Review 6.9.18


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The end of the school year is not for the weak. We've had events at two different schools until late into the night almost every night this week. Scott was also out of town for most of the week which meant I couldn't hand off a tired child to go home for rest. By the time Friday rolled around, we were beat! But we made it and we have 10 days left of school so we are plowing ahead.  

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Exercise

Even with Scott gone, I got in my workouts. Whenever he announces a work trip, the first time I do is pull out my calendar and adjust my workouts. He always laughs but my workouts are important. 
I did three boot camps and one barre3 class. I had planned to do two barre3 classes but then just couldn't fathom working out on Thursday. I always think if you are fighting a workout with all your body and soul, maybe you should skip it. I'm on target for my 22 workouts for this month with 6 work outs already in the bank.


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Food

I started a Transformation Program with my gym this week so food has been top of mind. I did my favorite thing on Sunday which is MEAL PREP! Whenever I do this, we eat better. I also meal planned some amazing vegetable focused meals. 


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I also did some recipe testing for a friend and made a mussel dish. I fully admit to being nervous about this but I was so thrilled to have a reason to go to the fish store on the corner. I have never been in the eight years we have lived here and I fully question this after visiting it. They had amazing seafood and I will be back! Also the mussels, so easy to make and so delicious! 

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The Girls

Molly had her school's jog-a-thon this week and did pretty good. She also showed off her amazing artwork and I was able to meet the new principal of her school. Maggie's school had their summer BBQ which Maggie loves. The girls also started swim lessons at the outdoor pool and have been loving it. It's a busy time but they seem happy! 

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Other Goings On


I finished two books this week for Book Bingo which is awesome as I have plans to read *gasp* eight books this month. It's a big goal but I can do it. The basement floors are currently being put in which means there is loud construction at my house on a Saturday but there will be FLOORS TODAY! Hooray! Carpet is coming after painting and tile should start next week. It's all coming together. I'm excited and antsy for it to be done. 
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Crows, Childish Behavior and Books are This Week's Links from Around the Web

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Crow Funerals  Maggie spilled an entire bag of bird seed on our front lawn which means crows from miles away have been visiting and letting me know their thanks and now their desire for more bird seeds. 

Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It This was a good reminder to me why I make my kids help around the house, why they have amble time to play and why I let them roam a bit further than my husband would like. Now in no way are they angels, but I think these things help!

Chores, teamwork and high expectations: The 15 habits that raise responsible kids Another article that builds on the one above! 

These Are The Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer BOOKS! You know I love books and here are more recommendations! 


Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It This story is absolutely fascinating! I've read several and will probably read several more.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Chronicles of a Basement Remodel - Part 2

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Last time we talked, the construction workers were framing in the basement after ripping everything up. It was dusty, dirty and loud, so very loud. We've come a long way since then and I apologize for not checking in sooner. 
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Once the framed walls were up, the electrician came and demo'd all the wires and added new ones. He had to separate out the wires that went upstairs from the ones that went downstairs. A previous homeowner had decided to double them up which was not really a good idea. All of his work was mostly unseen at this point but was not cheap. 


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Next up was digging the egress windows which left two HUGE piles of dirt in my front yard until well one of them is still there. I'll need to deal with the grass issue soon. 

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Then the windows were installed and there was beautiful light and crisp glass in the basement! The windows made the basement warmer and cleaner looking. 

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Next the plumber came and did all sorts of plumber things. He added some lines, worked on the drains and made it all nice. 

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We decided to replace our water heater when the plumber pointed out that our previous one was 15 years old and living on borrowed time. We went from an electric one to a gas one and I'm already looking forward to the savings. While the HVAC guys were here installing the water heater, they also re-routed some of the vents which made the rooms easier to use and warmer. Our basement has traditionally been cold so we have been working to make it warmer throughout the remodel. 

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Then the window wells were installed and they really made the space look better!  Some of the plants were ripped out which was a kind of freedom for me. I'll need to re-landscape some but I'm looking forward to it. 

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Then while we were in Hawaii, the electrician came again and reworked the electrical panel and worked on wiring the basement. While he did that, the insulation was put in. It was so pink and Maggie was so excited. 

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Next up was drywall and mudding. This has taken some time but the walls are looking so good and I can finally see what the basement is going to look like. Most of the dry wall is up and they are now moving forward on doors, trim and flooring! Next week, the bathroom tile will go in and then the bathroom fixtures will be installed. I'm getting excited but also realizing how much work I'll still have to do once the construction workers are done. There is painting and decorating and door knobs and, and, and. I'm really excited about our new space though and am looking forward to decorating our new space. The girls are super excited about their new rooms and keep talking about what they are going to do with the space. 

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Next in The Basement Chronicles will hopefully be a nearly finished space! 
Monday, June 04, 2018

June Goals

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I am such a goals person. I love having goals! I know not everyone is this way but I really enjoy them. However, I didn't do so great with my May goals. It ended up being a really busy month with our basement remodel, school stuff for the kids and lots of writing work for me. 


Here is how I did on my May goals:

  1. Exercise 22 times - I did this! I actually got in 24 exercise sessions. 
  2. Catch up on the Bible - I am not caught up but I am making progress. 
  3. Read Moby Dick - I did not read this at all. I read many other books though. 
  4. Knit Nanoo - I've been knitting like mad on this but turns out it is a big shawl so there is lots of knitting to do. 
  5. Knit my May Hat for charity - Done! It is ugly but done! 
  6. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books - I've made a tiny bit of progress but really need to just get these done! 
  7. Deep Clean the Dining Room and Kitchen - I do not know why I had these as goals during a remodel. My house is covered in dust. It's not worth the effort right now. 
  8. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash - I did not do this. 
  9. Work on Hand Lettering - I got a great book and started working on learning hand lettering. I love it! 
  10. Knit 4 miter squares for my blanket - I did this! I now have 41 squares done and 19 to knit. 
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Here are my goals for June! Once again, these include some 2018 goals and some specific goals fro June (and honestly there are a ton of repeat goals here too).

June Goals


  1. Exercise 22 times  
  2. Catch up on my Bible reading
  3. Get 8 books read for Book Bingo! 
  4. Knit on Nanoo
  5. Knit my June Hat for charity 
  6. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books 
  7. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash
  8. Work on Hand Lettering
  9. Knit 5 miter squares for my blanket
  10. Finish getting my yard in summer shape (weeding, laying down dirt and pressure washing the porches)
 
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