Monday, October 31, 2011

October Report Card

We made it to the end of October.  And Honey Pie successfully completed her first full year of life outside my womb.  It has made October feel a bit like a beginning, which is strange when really things are wrapping up for the year.

The posts speak for themselves: the 31 Day challenge was a success!  I really enjoyed it, and it was so fun to have a post every day.  I hope I can do it again next year, and maybe something a little more challenging than just talking about books I like.

Surprisingly, I have quite a bit on my plate for the rest of the year.  I am trying to start a MOPS group at our church, and we plan to start in January.  Which means I have two months to pull it together.  I tried without success to find a steering team, but I think it's because a lot of moms at our church have never been to a MOPS group.  I think it will okay, though.  I am excited to simply get the group started and see who might be interested in the steering team for the fall.

I'm also going to be in the Christmas play.  (Skit?  What do you call something that is 20 minutes long?)  That means plenty of practices before our December 11 performances.  But the script is great, and the cast is great, so I'm looking forward to it too.  It just means Daddy will have to get used to being in charge of bedtime for the girls. 

In light of all this, I still plan on trying to accomplish my November goal of making crayon caddies for the girls.  The tutorials make it seem like it's so easy.  I'd really like to make them for the girls for Christmas.

And I've even finally come up with my December goal.  It has taken me all year, but just yesterday I figured it out.  I want my December goal to be intentional about Christmas.  I've really let things slide for the past couple of years, using the excuse that the girls are too little and don't really care.  And let's face it, they won't miss what they don't know about, but I really want them to know about the fun things, like baking and "painting" cookies, and listening to Christmas music, and reading Christmas stories.  I've determined to not be lazy about any part of Christmas this year.

So 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 paint chip letters

October - Complete 31 Days of Reading blog posts

November - Make crayon caddies.

December - Be intentional about Christmas

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

The Dark Zone by Dom Testa
The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Up, Down & Sideways by Mark Sanborn
Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Cosmic Storm by Dom Testa
The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky

I don't really have any blogging goals for next month.  Back to business as usual, I suppose.  I think that blogging goals will be something I work on next year. 

Have a wonderful season of Thanksgiving!

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