Favorite Young Adult:
Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers
Ironman by Chris Crutcher
Shiver, Linger and Forever (A Trilogy) by Maggie Stiefvater
It was wonderful, completely wonderful, to take the past week off from blogging. I rested, we had wonderful family time and we ate some pretty amazing food. As I write this AJ is downstairs shoveling off our basement floor. The chickens vacationed down there away from the cold while we were in New York for the past few days… you can imagine what happens when chickens aren’t in their coop and they aren’t litter box trained. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I told AJ the chickens were his responsibility if he wanted them… 🙂
I’ve been thinking the past few weeks about what our (my) goals will be for this coming year. This list is our guide for the year, which means that it’s your table of contents for the year on the blog… and then, of course, a bunch of completely random and fun stuff will be thrown in.
Goal #1: Wood floors in our bedroom
Okay, I know this photo is royally out of date because the bedroom looks more like this:
…but other than ripping up the linoleum and laying plywood on the floor not much has changed in the flooring department. We currently have the hardwood sitting in our bedroom, acclimating to our house and the temperatures there. This project is already in the works… AJ needs to finish painting the ceiling and plastering and has already spent a couple of hours doing some fabulous work. More on that later…
Goal #2: Overhaul Bathroom
I’ll bet you look at this photo and think “that doesn’t need a complete overhaul”. You’d be wrong. As I’ve mentioned before the toilet is noticeably falling through the floor. Don’t come visit us… I wouldn’t want you to end up falling through the floor. 🙂 We have picked out a lot of the materials we plan to use… I’ll be sharing that in a mood board in the next few weeks. Estimated start date for this project? Martin Luther King Jr. Day if all goes according to plan.
But remember when the bathroom looked like this before we plunked down $100 for some paint, new peel and stick tiles and a little bit of drywall where I completely damaged the wall ripping off the tile?
Goal #3 and 4: Nursery for Baby and Big Boy Room for Drew
Drew will be moving into the guest bedroom around the time Baby arrives and Baby Girl will get some feminine touches to Drew’s former room. Part of me is really sad about changing this room… I’ve loved it even before Drew was born but I’m already having fun envisioning using much of the same touches and colors in his big boy room (our current guest bedroom).
Goal #5: Finish Kitchen
We’d love to beef up the island legs, get new barstools (our wobble so badly even with strategically placed screws), add some curtains, finish sanding the ceiling, add molding above the microwave (can’t happen until after the bathroom is complete so the plumbers can access the pipes), and finish painting around windows.
All right… Life Goals…
in no particular order.
Life Goal #1: Have a Baby. 🙂
In all seriousness though, our due date is April 6 and the c-section (doctor recommended because of last labor) will be scheduled a few days before that. I want to be as prepared as possible before she arrives and make sure that we are prepping Drew. More than anything I want to do it right with the transition from one to two and make Drew know beyond a doubt that he’s loved just as much as he was pre-Baby.
Life Goal #2: Spend more time reading the Bible
This is something AJ and I talked about as we rode home from New York today… we need to be starting off our day in the right way before we do anything else… and letting nothing get in the way of that (and if it does, then scheduling time later in the day for it).
Life Goal #3: Time Away
AJ and I would love to spend more time traveling… even if it’s just for a night away with the two of us and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get over our debilitating fear of flying with children. 🙂
Life Goal #4: Read a piece of classic literature
A woman from our church, Janis, is a professor at Gordon… I’ve asked her for five books I must read before I die. Here’s her list… if I’m ambitious I’ll shoot for all of them. The last three authors should be fairly easy since she recommended some young adult lit.
In case you are interested here is Dr. Janis Flint-Ferguson’s list:
The Odyssey by Homer
Evelina by Fanny Burney
Pale Fire by Nabokov
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Tell me, what are your life and home goals for the coming year?