Friday, January 18, 2019

2019 Goals


*Survive this final pregnancy.
*Read 24 books including 12 from Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2019 Reading Challenge.
*Finish a Project a Month in 2019.


*Build a shed.
*Read the Book of Mormon from start to finish.
*Run Hood to Coast.


*Fast 1 meal every Fast Sunday.
*Develop a habit of reading the scriptures every day (on his own).
*Score a basket in a basketball game.


*Move up to Tumble II.
*Learn to have fun playing games even if she loses.


*Learn to talk.
*Learn to count to 10.
*Learn his letters.

Family Goals:

*Go to the temple and on a date once a month.
*Visit at least one National Park.
*Adjust to having 4 kids.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

2018 Goals


*Finish 18 projects in 2018. I finished 16/18. (2 I technically finished this January, but I'm still counting them.) I did not finish the craft room or my Halloween quilt.

1 - Wills

These have been finalized and signed by all parties. I even bought a waterproof, fireproof safe to keep them in. There is the pesky final detail of making copies and distributing them to the people who could potentially be affected by them. I'm still counting it as done though!

2 - Logan Bean Bag

3 - Bee Shelf

4 - April Door Hanging

5 - Morning Glory Quilt (and Pillow)

6 - Peyton Bean Bag

7 - Corbyn Bean Bag

8 - Yard

We planted flowers and bushes in the side planter area next to the driveway. We put down weed barrier everywhere and covered it with bark dust. And we put down stone paths. 

We also leveled and prepped the front strip for hydro-seeding. We finished it off by putting large rocks on the ends where the sprinklers don't reach. (Somehow I don't have a picture of the finished product of this one, but we were really impressed with how well the hydro-seeding turned out.)

(I said we, but really most of this was Rog. I helped some, but all of the credit goes to him!)

9 - June Door Hanging

10 - Craft Room

I didn't completely finish the craft room. I still have a few projects in there I'd like to do and one final pesky box that I need to go through before I can say it's done. But I did finish a few projects in there. I updated my Disney Pins wall. 

And got these little shelves for my Tsum Tsum collection.

11 - August Door Hanging

12 - Camping Shelf

13 - Halloween Skipping Squares Quilt

I didn't even touch this project in 2018. I cut it out a couple years ago and about 25% of the blocks are sewn together. It is at the top of my list of projects to finish in 2019.

14 - November Door Hanging

15 - Holiday Patchwork Forest Quilt

16 - December Door Hanging

(Technically finished this one last week.)

17 - Nativity Puzzle

18 - Christmas Wood Craft

(I just finished this one a few minutes ago. I've been putting off doing this post because I wanted to finish this one before posting. 😂 I never have time to do any of the Christmas wood crafts I've purchased in December, so January is a good time for that!)

*Read 24 books including 12 from Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2018 Reading Challenge. I read 24 books including 11 of the 12 books from the challenge. See here.

*Read 21 Days Closer to Christ. I started reading this and got about halfway through before I got derailed by President Nelson's Book of Mormon Reading Challenge. (I did finish the Book of Mormon before the end of the year and that was more important because it was what President Nelson asked us to do!)

*Have a baby. This was a little overly ambitious of me. I was thinking/hoping I would get pregnant early in the year and have the baby by the end of the year and that obviously didn't happen. I am just feeling really grateful to have gotten pregnant by the end of the year and that everything is going well so far this time around.


*Get promoted to Lead Project Manager. Done.

*Run Hood to Coast. Done.

(I need to be more like Rog. Simple, attainable goals. 😉)


*Run a 5K. Done. I had him do a Disney Virtual Running 5K and I ran with him to pace him. He finished in 31:03 (a 10:01 pace).

*Be baptized. Done.

*Learn to play catch. Not exactly. His throwing improved, but he just didn't enjoy baseball enough to practice.


*Run a 5K. We were training for this over the summer, but every single time she would cry and whine and say her ankle hurt (where she frequently gets growing pains), so I had her switch to biking. She biked more than a 5K.

*Learn to tie her shoes. Done.


*Learn to talk. He's made so much progress in the last year, but he still has a long was to go!

*Move to a big boy bed. Done.

*Learn to go to the bathroom in the toilet. Done.

*Learn to ride a tricycle. Done.

Our family goals:

*Finally finish our wills once and for all! Done-ish. See above.

*Go to the temple and go on a date at least once a month. We missed the temple in July. They always close the Portland temple at the end of July and we seem to have trouble getting there before that, but we went all the other months. And thanks to date night swap, we have no trouble getting dates in!

*Visit Crater Lake this summer. We had a camping trip planned, but then the whole state was covered in smoke and the visibility of the lake was terrible, so we had to change our plans. I really want to make this happen in 2019, but it might prove difficult with a new baby coming in the middle of the summer! We did get to visit Olympic National Park in October and it was amazing!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Year of Door Hangings

One of my goals for 2018 was to do 18 projects in 2018. 5 of those projects were door hangings (April, June, August, November, and December) to finish off my year of door hangings. This afternoon I finished December's door hanging which was the last door hanging I needed to finish! I made February's door hanging back in 2015 when I was pregnant with Logan, so this has been a long time coming! A lot of these are from the Wood Connection (big surprise there, right?). 

Each month I hang these on the closet door in our living room. Here they all are!













Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fourth Quarter Reading

After a really great third quarter I continued strong in October and November, but completely lost steam in December (when I was newly pregnant and trying to get through Christmas). I still managed to get in a good number of books before then though. 

Books I Read

Books I Listened to


1. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story by Ree Drummond. This was my pick for book club in October and a reread from the first quarter of 2015. It was every bit as good the second time reading it. I made the Pioneer Woman's Apple Dumplings for our book club meeting which was an excellent decision. 

2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. This is a re-telling of Lady Jane Grey's story except they take all sort of liberty with the story (history be darned). I decided to read this one when it showed up on Janssen's list of 10 Most Recommended Titles. I took her advice and listened to it and I definitely wasn't sorry I did!

3. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. Ruby is a seventeen year old who has basically been taking care of herself and her alcoholic mom for years. But when her landlord discovers that her mom has disappeared, she gets turned into social services and is sent to live with her sister. Ruby is used to being on her own and has a hard time accepting help or getting close to anyone. Can she unlock her heart and let people in? I listened to this one on Libby and basically found every excuse to listen for a few days until I finished.

4. I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel. This is a collection of essays about being a reader. I picked it because I needed a collection of essays for the 2018 Reading Challenge and I was so delighted I did. I listened to it because that was the only way I could find to read it for free and I enjoyed it that way (although now that I've listened to it, I wouldn't mind owning a paper copy of it either).

5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Mary Lennox is an orphan who is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. She's sent to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor where a mysterious, abandoned garden transforms her life and the life of her cousin. This is a classic I had never read and I quickly discovered it's a class for a reason!

6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. After Harry's name mysteriously emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he must compete in the Triwizard Tournament. We were planning on reading this one after Christmas when we thought we'd be getting the illustrated version, but then I found out Jim Kay was going to be taking two years to illustrate this one, so we decided to read the regular version instead and start in October since we didn't have to wait for Christmas anymore. It's a bummer we didn't get to read the illustrated version, but the kids enjoyed this one nonetheless.


7. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Poppy has just lost her vintage engagement ring and then her phone gets stolen. She grabs a cell phone out of the top of a trash can and starts using it as her own to track down the lost ring. She soon learns the phone belongs to a business man whose assistant just quit. She convinces him to let her keep the phone and pass along the messages for him. This was a book club pick that I had been considering reading anyway since it also appeared on Janssen's list of 10 Most Recommended Titles. Like all Sophie Kinsella books, it has it's moments that are just completely ridiculous, but overall I enjoyed it.

Books I Read to Corbyn and Peyton

Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off and Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster by R.A. Spratt. Two more Nanny Piggins books that were just as crazy and fun as the other Nanny Piggins books. We've now read all of the Nanny Piggins books that our library has (although there are 3 more plus a Christmas one). I may have to order the rest from Amazon because the kids are basically obsessed with them!

Books We Listened to in the Car

The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker. Grassina, Emma's  magical aunt, is herself a teen in this prequel to the Frog Princess books. She and her sister, Chartreuse (Emma's mother from the other books) are vying to see who will get the family's inherited magical skills as they navigate the intricacies of being a princess.

The Dragon Princess by E.D. Baker. This is the story of Emma's daughter, Millie, who is trying to survive being a magical princess who happens to keep turning into a dragon. When she cannot stop her own magic any other way, she and three friends (one vampire, one troll and her cousin, a young wizard prince) set off for the Frozen North to see the Blue Witch to see if she can help her learn to gain control of her dragon magic.

Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker. Audun is on a quest to find Princess Millie, and to become human in order to win her heart. But The Dragon King has set out a number of tasks Audun must perform before he is permitted to even try to woo Millie.

A Prince among Frogs by E.D. Baker. Princess Millie and her fiancé, Audun, are busy preparing for their wedding when Millie's baby brother, Felix, is kidnapped and trapped in a swamp full of other frogs. With all the adults busy fixing problems elsewhere in the kingdom, it's up to Millie and Audun to find him, but they need all the help they can get to fight the family's oldest nemesis, the wizard Olebald.

My 7 books this quarter brings my total for the year to 24 which is always my goal (although it could be way more if I counted all the books I read and listened to with the kids). I used to never listen to books and I wouldn't have counted listening to books toward my total, but as I've found that I actually do enjoy listening to books (if I don't hate the narrator), I've changed my opinion on this matter.

Here are the books I read (or listened to) for the 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge:

A classic you've been meaning to read: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Fourth Quarter). I can't believe it took me so long to read this classic!

A book recommended by someone with great taste: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (First Quarter). Janssen talks about this book all the time. I'm so glad I listened to her and read it!

A book in translation: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Third Quarter). I had no idea what I would read for this category and then I found out this book we were reading for book club was translated from Swedish.

A book nominated for an award in 2018: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Third Quarter). This book won the Newbery Medal this year. It was delightful!

A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel (Fourth Quarter). I'm pretty sure Anne Bogel (who is Modern Mrs. Darcy) put this category on here, so we'd all read her new book (and I'm so glad she did).

A book you can read in a day: The only category I didn't get done. Who actually has time to read an entire book in a day?! (Not me!) I was planning on reading Walk Two Moons (a favorite from my childhood) during Christmas break, but we were just too busy in Utah for me to do much reading (let alone read a book in a day).

A book that's more than 500 pages: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Fourth Quarter). I had started reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on my own for this category, but stopped when I started reading the Goblet of Fire to the kids.

A book by a favorite author: Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Third Quarter). This is the fourth book I've read by Jojo Moyes and I've enjoyed them all (although After You was a little depressing).

A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller: The One and Only Ivan by Catherine Applegate (First Quarter). A librarian at the Happy Valley library recommended this one to us (after I told her the kids loved Wonder) and I'm so glad she did! 

A banned book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (First Quarter). It totally boggles my mind that all the Harry Potters were and continue to be banned books.

A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (First Quarter). Such a great memoir by the creator of Nike.

A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Third Quarter). Rachel is a Christian, but not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This book was #1 in the Religion & Spirituality category, so I figured I could count it for this category.

I'd say it was another great year of reading!

Monday, January 7, 2019

2018 was the year that...

Rog was promoted to LEAD PROJECT MANAGER at work and called to serve in the BISHOPRIC in our ward.

I finished TWO QUILTS and kept our HOUSEHOLD RUNNING.

Together we ran HOOD TO COAST...

And finished our YARD!

Corbyn was BAPTIZED a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and received the HOLY GHOST.

He started CUB SCOUTS... 

And ran with a RUNNING CLUB.

Peyton lost her FIRST TOOTH, learned to TIE HER SHOES, and mastered her STANDING BACKBEND.

Logan moved to a BIG BOY BED...



We visited DISNEYLAND...



We camped on the OREGON COAST...


We dressed up as characters from different lands at Disneyland for HALLOWEEN.

We welcomed another NIECE (Linnea Claire Ririe) and learned that the HOBBS will be moving to PORTLAND in 2019!

We were moved out of a ward we loved. And we lost another PREGNANCY in June, but learned just before Thanksgiving that we will be ADDING A CABOOSE TO OUR TRAIN next July!

It was a year of PAIN and ANXIETY, but also of LEARNING, GROWTH, and GREAT JOY!