Thursday, June 30, 2011

June Report Card

I don't know what is was about June, but it was a very fulfilling month for me.  Birthday celebrations, Father's Day, our seventh anniversary, delicious early summer weather, and projects.  Obviously, by the sheer number of book reviews, you can see that I did a lot of reading this month.  I really love to read.  I wonder if I can transfer some of that love to the blogging world...

My goal for June was to make a sourdough starter.  I did that, but it should have been to make a sourdough starter and then actually use it.  I didn't really think it through, when I was assigning goals to months.  While the weather early in the month was wonderful, toward the end of the month summer arrived in all its glory.  It's been pretty hot around here, and baking is the last thing I want to do right now.  So I'm glad I accomplished my goal, but I think I might try it again in the fall and actually use the starter.  It was so easy to make.  I can't even point you to a website I used; I googled "how to make a sourdough starter" and then gathered a consensus from a bunch of articles about it.  In case you are wondering, I followed recipes/directions that did not call for yeast.  Some do.  I've heard yeast is expensive.

Also, in case you were wondering, the last two weeks have been filled with absolute successes in the potty-training world.  I should probably devote a whole post to it, but I've lost my steam.  I've only had to clean messy underwear twice.  Pumpkin Pie is finally coming to me and asking to use the potty when she has to go #2.  We may have successfully passed through the Valley of Potty Training Tribulation.

Now on to July.  I like July because it was the month I was born.  I'm not really a fan of weather that is
above 90 degrees, but I do like summer nights in Colorado.  The temp drops around 8:30 or 9:00, and you can open your windows and let the night air cool your house.  It's lovely sleeping weather.  It turns out my girls don't really like going to sleep when the sun is still out.  In fact, a lot of the time they stay up, talking, singing, playing and getting in trouble until they deem their room dark enough to sleep.  No real harm done, except it's annoying to me.  We're also going on vacation at the end of July.  My husband's parents live in Kansas City, as do my grandparents, so we're making a trek to the Midwest.

Believe it or not, I'm looking forward to the heat and humidity.  It's nostalgic to me, since I grew up going to Missouri every summer to see my grandparents.  I'm sure in a day I'll be over it, but I'm looking forward to the feel, smells and sounds.  I'm even choosing to look forward to the adventure of road-tripping with a three-year-old and a nine-month-old.  It's all in the attitude, right?

Here is my updated goal list:

January - Move.

February - Make a Homemaking Binder.

March - Send out my story.

April - Make a Felt Doll Set.

May - Plant Garden Pots.

June - Make a Sourdough Starter

July - Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

August - Make hair bows

September - Make throw pillow covers

October - Cook a recipe from a Rachael Ray cookbook AND bake something using sourdough starter

November -  Make crayon caddies

And here is my monthly reading list (titles in red were books read for book reviews):

The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Departures by Robin Jones Gunn
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin
Managing God’s Money by Randy Alcorn
Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn
When God Created My Toes by Dandi Daley Mackall
It's Not About Me by Max Lucado
I Just Want You to Know by Kate Gosselin
A Love That Multiplies by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Happy Summer, everyone!  May it be filled with watermelon, lemonade, bare feet and cool shade.

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