Setting Goals Sunday

This week has been such a wonderful one, filled with lots of friends, family, and of course food! It has been a very busy week and I am really looking forward to the next being a bit more mellow. Here are my goals for the next week:


  • Carve out some unplugged time with Craig at least once this week
  • Be diligent to get back into the nap/eating schedule I had with Christian before the holiday craziness


  • Sit down to 3 meals each day this week
  • Get dressed in real clothes every morning
  • Read for pleasure twice this week


  • Clean out storage container cabinet
  • Pack away outgrown clothes and put in the garage
  • Rearrange living room to make room for the Christmas tree


  • Send out invites for cookie swap party
  • Make at least 10 felt ornaments for the tree
  • Post 2 discussion question responses before Thursday
  • Work on logo design for ATM

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 πŸ˜‰ 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!

WIP Wednesday!

I have been working on some lovely things lately, and I just can’t wait to share with you all πŸ™‚ I am linking up with the Small Things blog where there are lovely knitted and crocheted things to be found everywhere! You can link up with us by clicking the little yarn ball below.

Yarn Along

First up is the Rustling Leaves BeretΒ from Coastal Knits. This book is near and dear to my heart since it features beautiful knits from my home state, Maine. I am using some luscious Wollmeise in Dark Magnolie and I am in love with how it is turning out!

Rustling Leaves Beret

I can’t remember a time where I did not have multiple things on the needles so the next pretty bit I am working on is Marin by Ysolda Teague. I have always been a fan of hers and have knit many of her shawls. This one, I think, is my favorite! It has worked so quickly and has been so much fun! This is knit with Rio de la Plata sock yarn.



And the last one I have on the needles is a lovely and addicting sock called Nutkin. The pattern is memorized almost as fast as you can read it the first time. It is pleasurable to knit without being boring and the self-striping Regia yarn I am using makes it that much more fun to craft πŸ™‚



Thanks for peeking in to see what I have on my needles! I would love to hear what you have on yours!

20 Chore Tuesday

20 Chore Tuesday

Hey everyone! It’s that time again πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚


  • 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

20 Chore Tuesday

It’s 20 Chore Tuesday again! Christian has been a bear today, but I have managed to get some stuff done in spite of that πŸ™‚ My list is heavy on the cleaning since I have been devoting most of my time in the last few days to getting schoolwork done. Plus, since it is stormy and chilly out today, I wasn’t planning on going out anyways. Here’s my list:


  • Clear off table
  • Wash high chair
  • Sweep/mop floor
  • Dishes
  • Move cleaning supplies into laundry room
  • Make pumpkin bread for neighbors


  • Vacuum floor
  • Put away all the clean diapers/laundry invading every flat surface of the room
  • Dust TV stand
  • Clear off entryway shelf
  • Pick up yarn under side table


  • Sweep/mop floors
  • Wash sinks
  • Wash shower
  • Scrub toilets


  • Vacuum floor
  • Fold/put away laundry
  • Clear off nightstands
  • Laundry x2
  • Pack away summer clothes mixed in with the laundry

In case you didn’t notice the theme, today’s chore list is brought to you by laundry (and lots of it)! Wish me luck!

Setting Goals Sunday # 3

Hello again! It is time for me to share with you some of my goals for this week. I have really been motivated to be purposeful with my days because of this series of posts. Even though I did not get all of my goals done this week, I am getting closer to accomplishing them all each time I do this. Click here to see last week’s list and what I got done from it. This week Hopefully Hurricane Sandy will be over and done with by Tuesday so my in-laws can make the drive up here for the week as planned



  • Read a book to Christian each day this week – He is finally getting old enough to be interested in being read to and I want to encourage a love of reading in him like I have.
  • Spend lots of time hanging out with my in-laws this week – that is if Hurricane Sandy doesn’t derail their trip up from Delaware ((fingers crossed that it doesn’t))


  • Exercise 2x this week – I would try for three times this week, but the forecast full of rain and wind doesn’t bode well for that 😦
  • Read my She Reads Truth devotional every day – This is one goal that I keep slacking on and I am determined that this is the week I stop slacking!
  • Finish knitting my Leafy Fingerless mitt and start working on a hat for myself


  • Clean out a drawer in the kitchen for some toys for Christian – Hopefully this will deter him from trying to open every other drawer and cabinet in the kitchen (although I doubt it)
  • Install cabinet locks in the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Move our cleaning supplies into the laundry room


  • Post both discussion question responses by Wednesday
  • Work on the banner/logo design for ATM
  • Work on the PSD template for PNE

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 πŸ™‚ Do you have a list?

Apple, I mean Pumpkin Picking

In my last post, I mentioned that Christian and I were going apple picking with my sister and SIL. While it didn’t go quite as we planned, it was still fun so I thought I would share πŸ™‚

The place we went had wagons for the kids to ride in. Christian was super excited to ride in the wagon like a big boy!



We went down the rows of trees to search for apples, but there wasn’t a single one left on the trees that we could find.



Christian decided that it was more fun to wear the apple bag as a hat πŸ˜›



On the other side of the apple orchard was a hug pumpkin patch so we decided to give up on the apples and get some pumpkins instead.



My sister Mia found us the perfect one!



Since it was Christian’s first time in a pumpkin patch, I just had to take the proverbial “Cabbage Patch Kids” picture with him by the pumpkins


Even though he seemed more interested in the hay on the ground than the pumpkins πŸ˜‰



I managed to get both my camera shy sister and SIL in on the picture action as well!



We left there with no apples but 3 pumpkins, two of which are on my porch waiting to be carved as we speak. Anyone else have fun in the pumpkin patch this week?