Monday, October 11, 2010

Pot Stickers

This is an accomplishment, just not mine. Paul wanted to make us homemade Chinese food today (since it is the 11th), so he pulled out our new cookbook and he made pot stickers.

Looks yummy!

Sophie seemed to like them!

Logan's Room

We finally got the mattress for Logan's bed (and the trundle too). Here's his bed. I think Paul wants to sleep there tonight. He never had Star Wars sheets when he was little.

His dresser.

And toy/book shelf.

I ordered his night stand today as well. We want to get some Star Wars posters for the wall, and maybe a small shelf for the wall (like Sophie has) to hold some of the knick knacks. He also needs a trashcan and clothes hamper. Oh, yes, Jill, we also got him a Star Wars backpack!

65 in 365 Month 9 Update

This will be a list of 65 things I want to accomplish in the next 365 days. (No, I didn't come up with this idea myself, I borrowed it from this Foster Mama, along with some of her items.) I'll update the list once a month (that's the first thing on the list). Completed items are in italics.
1. Update the 65 in 365 once a month (9/12)
2. Come up with 65 goals for the year (65/65)
3. Complete Sophie's baby album
4. Complete 2009 annual album
5. Attend average of 5 StrollerStrides classes a month (28/60)
6. Girls Night Out (or Mom's Night Out) at least 4 times (4/4) (02/27, 03/17, 03/25, 06/30, 07/15)
7. Go to the movies at least 6 times (7/6) (Avatar, Kickass, Date Night ,Iron Man 2, Karate Kid, The Switch, Step Up 3D)
8. Finish reading 2 non-fiction books (3/2) (Home, Baby Signs, 101 Things To Do Before You Turn 40)
9. Read 4 fiction books (1/4) (The Help)
10. Payoff law school loan
11. Try 26 new recipes (28/26)
12. Make our wills
13. Participate in a fun run with Paul and Sophie
14. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night; complete after 30 days (30/30)
15. Have at least one fresh fruit each day; complete after 30 days (0/30)
16. Take at least one picture of Sophie every other day; complete after 60 days (0/30)
17. Get back to pre-pregnancy weight
18. Come up with a system for backing up digital photos
19. Cooking lessons (09/17)
20. Make bed everyday; complete after 30 days, will restart counter when I miss a day (30/30) (April)
21. Have date night once a month (7/12) (03/13, 04/10 or 17, 05/28, 06/10, 07/17, 08/27, 09/17)
22. Build a snowman (02/11)
23. Join a moms group (Jan.)
24. Set up a cleaning schedule and follow it; complete after 3 months (3/3)
25. Have lawn guys come on a regular basis
26. Take Wrangler to Kady the groomer 4 times (3/4) (March, June, Sept.)
27. Purchase a jogging stroller for Paul to use
28. Put items in JBF Consignment sales, 2 sales each sales season (3/4) (Feb., Mar., Oct.)
29. Make and stick to a weekly menu and grocery list; complete after 5 weeks (5/5)
30. Decorate the tabletop tree for each holiday or season (snowflakes, hearts, green and gold beads, eggs, flowers, red and blue stars, apples, Halloween, fall leaves, Christmas)
31. Update a blog everyday or at least average one new post each day (273/365)
32. Go on a scrapbooking retreat (Jan)
33. Attend a scrapbooking crop every other month (6/6) (02/19, 04/16, 04/30, 05/01, 08/20, 09/11)
34. Complete 150 scrapbook pages (149/150)
35. Sign Sophie up for swim lessons (Mar.)
36. Attend one playgroup event each month (15/12) (01/28, 02/09, 03/02, 03/04, 03/17, 04/22, 5/28,06/03, 06/14, 06/21, 07/02, 07/07, 07/30, 08/09, 08/27)
37. Take Sophie to a library storytime/event each month (5/12) (02/01, 02/25, 04/13, 06/14, 06/29)
38. Attend a local Chinese New Year event
39. Have teeth cleaned twice a year (1/2) (Mar.)
40. Have Sophie’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny
41. Take Sophie to see a fireworks display (July)
42. Update the framed photos of extended family members
43. Attend Living Last Supper at church
44. Plan Sophie’s first birthday party
45. Take Sophie to visit another state
46. Take Sophie trick-or-treating in the neighborhood
47. Decorate outside for Christmas
48. Create our own family Thanksgiving tradition
49. Take Sophie to the zoo (May)
50. Establish Family Night/Day twice a month (not including MIC Meals); complete after 4 months (4/4) (05/31 Joe Pool Lake,5/16 Dragonboat Festival,4/3 Easter Eggs, 3/13 Stockyards, 4/18 Balloon Festival, 3/6 Swim Pics Shop Dinner, 06/12 Devon’s, 06/27 Olenjack’s, 07/03 Crow Museum, 07/05 Splash Pad, 07/17 VBS Picnic, 07/31 Zoo, 08/28 Becky’s party, 09/04 zoo, 09/26 Fall Fest)
51. Frame and hang Sophie’s first year photos
52. Furniture for China child
53. Update Sophie’s wedding dress photo
54. Get a family portrait done
55. Daily devotional, complete after 30 days (0/30)
56. Create a list of happy things, one for each day (over 1000) we’ve been waiting for MIC (300/328)
57. Complete new adoption visa paperwork
58. Open a savings account for Sophie (August)
59. Clean out and organize pantry
60. Attend at least 3 plays and/or musicals (2/3)(Wicked, Shadowlands)
61. Purchase fire extinguishers for the house
62. Get personalized tags for the pets (3/6)
63. Clean out flowerbed in backyard
64. Buy new couches (May)
65. Make a new list of 65

Monday, October 4, 2010

EMM: Support Neighborhood Watch

The first action item for this week is "Get to know your neighbors." Ha, ha! I don't particularly like the neighborhood we live in and we will probably move in the next year or so. I am hoping our new home will be in a neighborhood I like better. We do typically have someone watch our home when we are gone (either someone is staying in our place or someone is coming by everyday to feed the pets). We did install motion-sensored lights in our backyard (of course they aren't working right now). We also have an alarm system. And then there is Wrangler...he wouldn't necessarily do much damage to intruders but at least we'd know there was one.