• 101 List

    <1. create a list of 101 things to complete in 1001 days[comp. 11.03.07
    2. Make Abby’s thank you cards, by Nov 7th [comp. 11.08.07]
    3. Send Abby’s b-day thank you cards, by Nov 10th
    4. Make x-mas cards by Dec. 7th[finished 12.11]
    5. Send x-mas cards by Dec. 12th [sent 12.14]
    6. Start a “the best thing today” journal[started 11.5.07]
    7. Meditate every day for one month
    8. Find a job I LOVE and that uses my skills and education to its fullest (hopefully teaching, but I will not discount something else that would be in education and made me happy)
    9. Keep up with list on blog
    10. Send out a b-day card to friends and family every year
    [1/?] 11. Complete Abby’s 1st year scrapbook[in progress]
    12. Make a wedding scrapbook
    13. Join teacher organization
    14. Participate in a teacher’s continuing education workshop spring/summer ‘08
    15. Have diploma framed and hang it
    16. Go to a play, musical or symphony at least once a year starting in 2008
    17. Get at least 3 pedicure a year(starting in 2008)[1/9]
    18. Make a list of 20 books to read (ones that I might not typically read), at least 5 being “classics” and at least 5 non-fiction [comp 11.5.07]
    19. Read 35 books (20 being from my must read list, others being book club books and whatever else)[12/35]
    20. Find a good dentist and go regularly
    21. Take up yoga
    22. Replace all bras and panties
    23. Replace all of my makeup and find a great line that works best for me
    24. Learn to use SLR digital camera better[in progress]
    25. Vote in 2008 election
    26. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy
    27. Start meal planning again[started 11.15.07]
    28. Start an ongoing grocery list on fridge [comp 11.5.2007]
    29. Start back up on Abby’s blog and post to it at least once a month[started 11.11.07] [17/32]
    30. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day for one month(try really hard to keep it up)[started 6/27]
    31. Eat at least one piece of fresh fruit a day for 3 weeks[11/30] [started 11.12.07]
    32. Take at least one cooking class a year (starting in 2008)
    33. Donate blood
    34. Make a list of 20 “must see” classic movie that I have not seen
    35. Watch the 20 movies
    36. Buy a bike and start going on bike rides with Abby
    37. Take a child CPR class
    38. Make a budget for Christmas presents and stick to it
    39. Make a quilt of Abby’s clothes (with mom’s help)
    40. Get lasik
    41. Print and hang more photos of Abby
    42. Take multi vitamins every day for one month, and hopefully keep it up[14/30]
    43. No eating out, deliver, or bringing home food for 3 weeks
    44. Plan something awesome for Mom & Dad’s 40th anniversary next year
    45. Organize recipes
    46. Try one 3 new recipe every month
    47. Do something with wedding dress
    48. Go out with Tara once every few months
    49. Call Tara once every 2 weeks
    50. Call or email Michelle once a month
    51. Give up caffine by January,
    52. Make an Indian meal complete with naan[comp. 11.03.07]
    53. Personal #2
    54. Call Mom & Dad once a week
    55. Clean out/organize mine and DH’s closet
    56. Clean out/organize Abby’s closet
    57. Donate all the things from closets
    58. Paint/decorate master bathroom
    59. Buy new range
    60. Completely redo front yard landscape
    61. Tile kitchen
    62. Clean out/organize laundry room
    63. Clean out/organize kitchen pantry
    64. Put handles/knobs on kitchen cabinets
    65. Buy new entertainment tower for electronics in family room
    66. Finish or redo master bedroom decor
    67. Buy at least 2 new nice sets of sheets for all beds in the house
    68. Care for and get grass to grow in backyard
    69. Make a work/cleaning schedule a stick with it for one month
    70. Figure out what to do with the fireplace
    71. Do whatever it is to the fireplace
    72. Paint or replace front door
    73. Enroll Abby in swimming lessons
    74. Potty train Abby
    75. Move Abby to big girl bed
    76. Buy big girl bed for Abby
    77. Redecorate Abby’s room
    78. Teach Abby how to read, or at least start
    79. Buy a playscape for backyard
    80. Take Abby to Sea World once a year
    81. Take Abby to the Ft Worth Zoo
    82. Go to the pool at least 3 times a week during the summer
    83. Find a great preschool
    84. Start family game night once a week with NO TV once Abby is old enough, (next year?)
    85. Enroll Abby in karate (next year)
    86. Enroll Abby in sport of her choice (at 3 or 4 years old)
    87. Take Abby horseback riding
    88. Introduce Abby to one new experience at least once a month[9/32](I have not blogged baout all of these though :(
    89. Take Abby camping
    90. Take Abby to the trail of lights
    91. Go on at least one vacation just the 2 of us
    92. Have a monthly date night[9/32] (I have not blogged about these though)
    93. [personal #1]
    94. Make a significant dent(reduce it by at least half) in debt
    95. Write a will
    96. Spend one night playing DH’s computer games with him
    97. Watch an anime movie with DH
    98. Pay off DH’s car
    99. Have family and friends over for Christmas dinner
    100. Have friends over for dinner at least once a month(8/32)
    101. Do something really cool and that we have never done before for 5 year anniversary in ‘09
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Swim Lessons and other updates

Unfortunately many things on my list have had to take a back seat lately. I had my back go out on me again in early May and then had back surgery last week. So, I have not really been up for much as you can imagine. I have gotten LOTS of reading in (I will make a separate post for those later), but not much else.

One thing I can cross of my list is # 73, enroll Abby in swimming lessons. Abby had her first swimming lesson last week. Unfortunately I was not up for going in the water with her, but I was able to go and watch. My mom did the lesson with Abby. While it was great to watch Abby having so much fun, it was actually very hard for me to sit there not being able to do something so simple as take a swimming lesson with my daughter. Seeing the joy on her face but not really being able to share in that joy with her nearly brought me to tears several times during the lesson. I did take my camera along though and got a few cute shots of her during her 1st lesson. Hopefully I will be up to actually participating in them with her soon.

Abby\'s swim lessons

other updates

#24- photography

This is another thing that I have not gotten to do much of since May. I had just gotten back into learning my camera before my back troubles started back up. I had the opportunity to learn from an awesome photographer, but with my back I have not been able to take advantage of the opportunity really.

Anyway, yesterday was the 4th of July. We did not have any big plans, but I had this really cute dress for Abby. So I such it on her and went outside for a few shots. I was finally feeling good enough to get out and use my camera. It might not seem like you need much mobility to take pictures, but trust me with a 2 year old it does. Not being able to bend much or get down low actually worked well for me yesterday. Typically I get down on her level to shoot Abby. But not being able to do that forced me to shoot from a different perspective then I typically shoot from. I took about 100 pics, and a few turn out great, IMO.

This is my favorite pic, close to my fave all time pic of Abby.

Abby 4th of july

This on is pretty cute as well. Anytime Abby puts on a dress she HAS to twirl. This was the beginning of a twirl. You HAVE to lift your skirt to twirl of course!

Abby 4th of july

#30- drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Since this is part of my doctor’s orders I have actually done pretty well with this one. I have drank at least 8 glasses of water everyday for one week. Yay me! I hope to keep it up. better go get a glass now.

#68- Grass in the back yard. Unfortunately my grass has not faired well in this heat and without me being able to get out and water it everyday. Poor grass!

#46- 3 new recipes a month. I have not been cooking much the past month and not at all the past week. So, no new recipes since May. 😦

That is all for now. I know I need to update some more things, but mostly things I have NOT done, which is somewhat depressing so I am stopping for now.

Big Girl Bed

First let me apologize for any strange things or typos contained in this post.  I messed up my back, AGAIN, today.  So right now I am hopped up on vicodin, oh how I love thee, lying in bed.  I figured drugged and in minor pain, what a great time to update my blog!

 #75 &76

So, I can not take credit for #76 actually “papa” bought Abby a big girl bed a few months ago.  It sat in the million pieces in its orginal packaging for quite a while.  One day I went into get Abby from her nap and she had one leg completely over the crib.  I told W that we were building her bed right then.  So, Abby has now been in her big girl bed for a few weeks.  She does really well most nights.  We did have a few nights in the beginning where she would get out of bed, but usually she just falls right to sleep.

Here is Abby in her big girl bed, doesn’t she look tiny.  Now I just need to redecorate her room.

New Experiences- #88 in progress

We took Abby to the Wurstfest for the first time last weekend. We all had so much fun, I had not been in years. I forgot how much I enjoy it. (and of course the FOOD!)

Abby on the carousel.
Abby on the ferris wheel.

Abby, me, and my niece on the giant slide.
Abby, me, and my niece on the giant slide.

Doing the chicken dance.
Abby doing the chicken dance.

More chicken dance.
more chicken dance

Ok, so I am going to cheat a little. I won’t count it but… Last month we took Abby to the Maker’s Fair. She made and flew a kite for the first time. It was so cute, she LOVED flying her kite.

Abby flying her kite.

Abby flying her kite.

Abby’s kite in the air.
Abby's kite.

One Day Late- #2

Abby's B-day thank you card

It is a day late, but I finished #2. I made Abby’s thank you cards today.

My first failure! :( , #2

Number 2 on my list is make Abby’s B-day thank you cards by today. Well, I have not even started on them yet. I am off tomorrow, so hopefully I will get them done.