20 Chore Tuesday

My list is short and sweet today, because Christian has a cold and is going to require lots of cuddles (so far today, if he is not being held by me or Craig, then the world seems to be coming to an end). I have some errands and cleaning to do and prep for my Cookie Swap party this Sunday! The most important thing on my list (other than feeding everyone) is to finish the paper that I had due last night. I will be very glad to finish this class next week!

  1. Shower
  2. Feed all creatures in the house, including myself!
  3. Finish my networking paper and submit it
  4. Go to the chiropractor
  5. Return movies at the library
  6. Mail Christmas cards off
  7. Diaper laundry x2
  8. Christian’s laundry
  9. Vacuum living room
  10. Move extra yarn to back room
  11. Pick up toys
  12. Dishes
  13. Wash counters
  14. Sweep kitchen floor
  15. Clear off desk
  16. Clear off hutch
  17. Clear off top of bookshelf
  18. Find make ahead appetizer recipes for party
  19. Bring out platters and bowls to clean
  20. Make network diagram for final

As always, link up with me and my friends at Joyful Abode to play along 🙂


20 Chore Tuesday

20 Chore Tuesday

Hey guys! Today is the day that Christian gets his new big boy car seat so I will be cleaning out the car and installing that as part of my 20CT list. I’m not sure if I am ready for him to be big enough for a new seat, but apparently he didn’t get the memo about staying little forever 😉 I will post pictures of him as soon as it is installed. I also get some extra help today with my list since Craig has the day off today! Here is my list:

  1. Wash bathroom sinks
  2. Scrub toilets
  3. Sweep bathroom floors
  4. Clear off bedroom nightstands/dressers
  5. Put away all of the laundry
  6. Vacuum bedroom
  7. Vacuum living room
  8. Pick up all the toys
  9. Wash kitchen counters
  10. Wash table
  11. Clear desk
  12. Sweep kitchen floor
  13. Clean out the car
  14. Install Christian’s car seat
  15. Block my beret
  16. Finish knitting my shawl
  17. Make felt ornaments for the tree
  18. Go to the library
  19. Grocery shopping
  20. Laundry x2

Link up with me and my lovely friends on Joyful Abode!

20 Chore Tuesday

20 Chore Tuesday

Hey everyone! It’s that time again 🙂 I didn’t get to do this last week so I’m playing a bit of catch-up. Here’s my list!!

  1. Towel laundry #1
  2. Towel/kitchen laundry #2
  3. My laundry
  4. Wash bathroom sinks
  5. Scrub toilets
  6. Sweep bathroom floors
  7. Scrub shower/tub
  8. Make supper
  9. Dishwasher load #1
  10. Dishwasher load #2
  11. Sweep kitchen floor
  12. Clear off table
  13. Clear off counters
  14. Pick up the living room toys
  15. Vacuum living room
  16. Vacuum bedrooms
  17. Read Networking journal articles for school
  18. Post bio in classroom
  19. Doctor’s appointment
  20. Go over to in-laws and tidy up/turn up the heat

That’s it in a nutshell! What’s on your list? Link up with me and my lovely friends at Joyful Abode to share it with us!


Update: The in-laws surprised us by coming a day early! That threw the chore list off track a bit, but I’m still plugging away at it 🙂

Resetting my vision and setting goals…..Monday!

Last week was just crazy and I missed getting to set my goals for the week. It probably was for the best because the way it went, I probably wouldn’t have gotten them done anyways. But the wonderful thing about time is that it passes and we are given the opportunity to begin anew. Last week I read a post by the lovely Erin that really made me think about my priorities, relationships, and really just reset my vision. Seriously, it rocked my world and you totally need to go read it!

The long and short of it is First Corinthians 13 all the way. All of our goals and plans are meaningless clanging bells without love. Erin said that she does not want to teach the people around her that tasks are more important than relationships. I have struggled off and on with trying to figure out how to do it all (mother, wife, student, freelance designer, oh yeah and just me as well) and I know that there have been moments where my need to complete tasks have gotten in the way of the relationships that I am doing these things for. That is where the vision reset has really focused me. Rather than getting annoyed that my son won’t go down for his nap so I can load the dishwasher, I am choosing to take that opportunity to give him my full attention (really, it’s not like the dishes won’t still be there) and play with him until he is ready. Rather than being frustrated when my husband asks me to go out and watch him shoot his bow or sit down and watch TV with him when I have 5 million other things I should be doing, I am choosing to be blessed that he is seeking time with me.

The crazy thing about this is when I choose relationships over tasks, the tasks manage to get done anyhow and I am have a lot less resistance when I ask for help with them. It is a powerful lesson the God has been teaching me this last week and I am grateful that I get to share it with all of you 🙂 My goals for this week are simple and with God’s help I will get them all done with lots of time for play, snuggles, and laughter in between!


  • Make a point to notice and document what love is looking like in my house a few times this week
  • Read a story to Christian every day


  • Take my pills each day – I know this should go without saying but I am really bad at remembering them sometimes. I think I am going to put them at my place at the table each night after supper so when I sit down to breakfast they will be right in front of me
  • Get out and walk 3 times this week
  • Get dressed (before noon LOL) in real clothes that make me feel good about myself every day


  • Load/start the dishwasher, and clear off the table and counters before bed at least 3 times this week so I will wake up to a clean kitchen
  • Find some new healthy/yummy recipes to have for suppers next week – my in-laws are coming up on Wednesday so we will probably be over at their house for suppers most of this week 🙂


  • Continue coding the PNE home page
  • Add individual and group project school assignments to my calendar
  • Make template/outlines for school papers and put them in Dropbox

Setting Goals Sunday

Hey everyone! I have had it on my mind for a little while to be a bit more purposeful in my week instead of just reacting to each day as it comes. With that in mind, I have decided to take a little time each Sunday and write down 10 goals for the week. Here they are:



  • Play the piano with Christian – My in-laws bought him a little play stand that has a 5 key keyboard on it which he adores. He plays and sings along with it all the time. I have a digital piano in my back room that I haven’t touched since he was born and I really want to start playing it for/with him.
  • Read the first two chapters of Baby-Led Weaning (which finally came from the library!)


  • Eat three actual meals every day this week – This has been a real struggle lately and I know that I need to be better about this so I can be more consistent with taking my insulin-resistance meds.
  • Exercise 3x this week – Once again, this is something that I have struggled with lately. I know I feel so much better when I do it so this week will be the start!
  • Do something completely frivolous (like start a fiction book or play my new games on the 3DS) at least twice this week guilt-free!


  • Actually complete 20 Chore Tuesday this week!
  • Meal plan for the week and stick to it


  • Finalize style board and layouts for A-T-M
  • Start coding blog theme for PNE
  • Read two chapters of The Strategic Web Designer

I am hoping that making myself accountable like this will give me the motivation to do all of these things that I have truly wanting to do 🙂 Do you have a list?

20 Chore Tuesday

20 Chore Tuesday

My list today has a little bit of everything. Christian and I are going apple/pumpkin picking this afternoon so I plan on using them to make some yummy treats tonight. I also have some crafting to do for a photographer friend of mine today and hopefully I will finish it in time to make it to the post office before it closes tonight.


  • Sweep/mop kitchen floor
  • Wash kitchen counters
  • Wash kitchen table
  • Clear desk off
  • Pick up toys
  • Sweep/mop bathroom floors
  • Wash bathroom sinks
  • Scrub toilets
  • Vacuum floors
  • Dishes


  • Return pump to hospital
  • Dollar Tree
  • Dump
  • Library


  • Bake blueberry muffins
  • Bake banana walnut bread
  • Make pumpkin puree


  • Finish hats for photo props
  • Call financial aid advisor
  • Diaper laundry
  • Christian’s laundry
  • Read two chapters of The Strategic Web Designer

Link up with Emily and me to play along!

20 Chore Tuesday – getting back into the groove

20 Chore Tuesday

This week’s list is a bit on the light side since we are just getting back into the groove of things after having the in-laws here all last week. Christian is thankfully getting over his cold and since the teeth have made their appearance, he is a much happier baby 🙂 In fact, he has slept in almost every day this week!

*cue happy mommy cheers*

So on to the list. I’ve got more than 20 things here but I’ve got lots of fun crafting and computer stuff mixed in with the cleaning and drudgery. Hubby is working the late shift tonight so it’s going to be me and my little man all night and I wanted to be able to really spend some quality mommy-baby time with him. Here is the breakdown:


  • Sweep floor
  • Unload/reload dishwasher
  • Wash counters
  • Clear off desk


  • Pick up and switch out toys
  • Vacuum floor


  • Sweep floor
  • Wash sinks
  • Scrub toilets


  • Vacuum floor
  • Fold and put away laundry


  • Doctor’s appointment
  • Grocery shopping
  • Library


  • PNE Website coding
  • Moodboard for new web project
  • DQ for school


  • Knit owl or bear hat
  • Make “tissue”box for Christian
  • Cast on for Abalone


  • Reschedule dentist appointment
  • Pay bills
  • Diaper laundry

Link up with me at Joyful Abode or by clicking the yellow button above. What’s on your list?


Update: Ever have one of those days where you feel like you are pedaling backwards instead of forwards? Yeah, that’s my day so far today :/ I’m plugging away at it though 🙂

20 Chore Tuesday – brought to you at 4am by my cranky baby

20 Chore Tuesday

It’s 20 Chore Tuesday time! I am less than motivated to get started this morning as my wonderful baby boy woke up at 4am restless and cranky due to a head cold and 2 (yes you heard that right, TWO) top teeth that decided that they needed to make an appearance yesterday morning. One episode of Sesame Street later, and I finally managed to get him back to sleep. I however, am up for the duration, so I am going to make the most of it and get my list done super early! This will be especially good since my in-laws are coming into town from Delaware early this afternoon 😀 Here is the breakdown:

First thing on my list:

  • Make 20 Chore Tuesday list and blog about it you may laugh, but this totally felt like a chore this morning and I get to check it off my list 🙂


  • Change sheets
  • Move hunting stuff
  • Move baby stuff out of drawers
  • Vacuum
  • Dust


  • Vacuum floor
  • Fold and put away the 3 loads of laundry residing on my couch


  • Sweep floors
  • Wash sinks
  • Scrub toilets
  • Scrub showers


  • Sweep floor
  • Wash counters
  • Wash table
  • Unload/reload dishwasher


  • Vacuum floor


  • Doctor’s appointment – this should be (but is not) the last one in the series. Who knew freezing a stinking wart on my thumb would take so long :/


  • Empty trash
  • Put away diaper laundry
  • Eat 3 actual meals! This is something I have been having a really hard time with lately. I keep forgetting to eat, which I know is not good for me and especially not good for Christian since he is nursing a TON lately (drat those 2 teeth!)

Look at that! The first 3 things on my list are actually done! I might actually have a prayer of getting this done! Link up with me and my awesome friends by clicking the yellow button. It really does feel good to be productive 🙂

Update: Did the mad dash while Christian had a good nap and crossed off a ton of stuff on my list! Now to finish up before the in-laws get here. Stay tuned 🙂

Update: Everything done but the eating 🙂

Update: Take out pizza for dinner still counts as an actual meal right? 🙂

20 Chore Tuesday #8

20 Chore Tuesday

It’s 20 Chore Tuesday time! As always, I’m linking up with Joyful Abode and my favorite IG mamas 🙂 I’ve got a busy day ahead of me so here is the breakdown:


  • Sweep floor
  • Wash down table
  • Wash counters
  • Wash down high chair
  • Unload and reload dishwasher


  • Vacuum floor
  • Pick up (what seems like a mountain of) toys
  • Clear off desk


  • Vacuum floor
  • Fold and put away laundry


  • Sweep bathroom
  • Wash sinks
  • Scrub toilets


  • Library
  • Natural Goods Store for pickling spices, sea salt, and horseradish leaf for sour pickles
  • Wal-Mart
  • Doctor’s Appt


  • Write discussion question for class
  • Diaper load of laundry
  • Start short rows on Marin shawl

I’m supposed to go help a friend get some work done today, so I’m trying to put things down that I actually have a prayer of getting done 🙂 I will be crossing off things as I go. Link up with me and my friends by clicking the button and play along with us!

Update: It’s 11:30pm here. The diapers are in the dryer and while the shawl is not to the short rows yet, I did make some progress on it. My son is sleeping snuggled in my lap and I am thrilled that I made progress on everything on my list!

20 Chore Tuesday #6

20 Chore Tuesday

Hey everyone! It’s 20 Chore Tuesday time! I’m linking up with Emily from Joyful Abode and all my other lovely IG friends out there 🙂 This weekend was filled with lots of hanging out and fun with friends but I am exhausted! This week’s list is more about meal prep and errands instead of cleaning, which suits me just fine 😉 Here it is:


  • Vacuum floor


  • Vacuum floor
  • Change sheets


  • Sweep floors
  • Mop floors
  • Wash sinks
  • Wash toilets


  • Make chili
  • Make blueberry muffins (I use vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream in these. Yum!)
  • Sweep floor
  • Mop floor
  • Drain fish tank
  • Unload/reload dishwasher


  • Go to library
  • Go to bank
  • Go to health food store for bulk spices
  • Walk in the park for 30 minutes * there was a surprise rain shower that kept us from doing this but while I was in town, I got a call from the eye doctor about my appointment today (which I completely forgot about!) so instead…..
  • Eye exam and new contact lens fitting appointment


  • Laundry x4
  • Fold and put away diapers
  • Finish knitting baby legging

The fish tank is going to require hubby’s help in the morning and the baby legging won’t be done tonight but I got some solid work done on it. I have to say 18 out of 20 isn’t bad! What’s on your list?