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101 Goals in 1001 Days Update - 2016 Thu, Oct 6

I've been thinking for a while that I need to do a 101 goals in a 1001 days update. I kept putting it off thinking I wouldn't have much to update on, and then when I sat down and looked through my list of 101 goals... I realized I had finished another 14 goals, and am making positive headway in a few more. The unfortunate thing is that I have almost zero pictures of us accomplishing any of these things... which tells me I need to make a better effort at taking our camera out for things. 

Marietta Museum of History: I went here with Jay and Em over the summer and it was a lot of fun. They were having a vintage toy exhibit and Jay loved playing with, and seeing all of the old toys. They even had a board game room setup where we could play old games like Mystery Date and a vintage game based off of Peter Rabbit. We lucked out that this was the exhibit when we went, because apparently they rotate every six months, and the other ones didn't sound fun at all.

Dye Easter Eggs: We finally dyed Easter Eggs with the kids this year and Jay loved it. As you can imagine, he dipped most of the eggs in all the colors which means we had about 5 brown eggs, but it was all in the name of good family fun. 

See Fourth of July Fireworks: We did fireworks at our house with the kids this year and they loved it. It was the first time we'd seen or done them since Jay was 11 months, and I loved watching the kid's eyes light up as they saw the bright colors burst in the night sky.

Get a Babysitter 6 Times in One Calendar Year: February 2015 was the last time Derek and I had gone out on a date until Valentine's Day of this year. I had been so nervous to leave Em with  a babysitter that I just stopped doing it once she wasn't a small infant anymore. After a year of no dates, we've successfully had six different babysitters watch our kids at least 10 different times since February, and it's been marvelous. 

Go to a Shooting Range: This year for our anniversary, Derek and I went to Shake Shack for the first time in downtown Atlanta, and then we went to a shooting range near our new house. I did surprisingly better than I thought I would, and even think I might of hit the target more than Derek did. I remember I got the paper person in the head on one shot, and felt really proud of myself. Turns out I might not be useless if someone breaks into our house one day. 

Buy a House: As I'm sure you're sick of hearing, we did this. 

Have Family Home Evening Once a Week for Two Months: This goal was so hard! We would be great for 6 weeks, and then something popped up and we would miss, and then good for a month, and miss again, but we've officially done 8 weeks straight and are feeling proud! Some weeks are more elaborate than others, but we always manage to get some sort of lesson in before people start leaving the dinner table on Monday nights.

Buy a New Dresser: We bought one before we moved, but never put it together. It's now in our master bedroom, and I'm still obsessed with it. Who knew a dresser with drawers that actually worked would be such a luxury. 

Buy New Nightstands: We bought these ones from Walmart, and they go with the rest of our bedroom so well. I love being able to stash stuff in the drawers and in the doors, and make our bedroom look a lot cleaner than it really is. 

Clean Out Unwanted Things From Master Bedroom: As you can imagine, we did this before we moved, and it felt so good to not be holding onto useless junk we'd never need again. Tons of heavy winter gear, broken suitcases, clothes that don't fit, it was one of the best purges of my life. 

Buy a Desk and Setup a Home Office: As I showed in our homeschool room tour, I have a desk in there now where I get most of my blogging work done while Kyle is doing his school work. It's been such a great setup, and I love not working from my bed in the afternoon anymore (still working from my bed at night though.)

Decorate Our Master Bedroom: As you saw in our master bedroom tour, the room has been done for a few weeks now, and I love how fresh, bright, and peaceful everything is in there.

Write 10 Letters via Snail Mail: Luckily Christmas and Birthday thank you cards took care of that pretty easily. 

Make Fried Donuts from Scratch: Last week Derek and I made old fashioned sour cream donuts, and they were amazing. They're hands down my favorite kind of donut (especially from the BYU Creamery), and they were the perfect bedtime treat for Derek and I after a particularly draining week of parenting. 

I've officially got 31% of the goals completed in 32% of the time. So I'm still on track to get a lot of the things on my original list done before the expiration date in July of 2018. 

101 Goals in 1001 Days Update - 2016 Wed, Mar 9

It's been a while since I've done an update on our 101 goals challenge. We've actually gotten quite a lot done, and I'm actually starting to think this adventure is a feasible thing for us. Except for the seeing 29 states thing... I have no idea when that will ever happen. I've completed nine goals since my last update and am now 16 goals down which puts me at 15% of goals completed within 14% of the allotted time frame. I feel pretty good about having more goals then days checked off!

Potty Training Jay: We are done potty training. Typing those words seems unreal. I've talked about our potty train struggles multiple times, and to be on the other side of that year and a half journey feels awesome. I'm glad I'm not expected to go through this with Em for at least another four years because I'm not ready to do it again anytime soon.

Get Em Crawling: As a parent of a special needs child, you accept at some point that your child just isn't going to hit milestones ever. Once Em started doing great in her wheelchair, we just kind of accepted she would never walk, and were okay with that. But then she started army crawling in church last Sunday and it was amazing. Totally unexpected, but such a great gift from heaven that Derek and I needed to keep pressing forward with therapy each week.

Take Kids to the Dentist: I finally got both kids into the dentist last week and it went a lot better than anticipated. Jay who has pretty bad anxiety about doctors, obviously through a fit through the entire cleaning an exam, but he had no cavities which really was a huge shocker. Em did great through her exam with only a couple tears, and the doctor gave her a good bill of health (more on that in another post).

Order New Glasses: Jay or Em broke my glasses sometime last year when we first moved here, and I've been living without them for ages. In September I went in for an eye exam since the vision in my right eye had gotten even worse, but then it took me six months to order new glasses and they finally came last week. The frames are bigger than what I'm used to for myself, but I know it will take me forever to order new ones that I prefer, so I'm just going to keep these ones until they break and call it good.

Repaint Our Bed: We bought the bed we have now when we lived in NC and it's been my dream to paint it white for years. A few weeks ago I went through the entire process to paint it, and then it rained before the paint dried outside and completely ruined it before I got the finishing coat on it. Now I have to sand it and repaint it another weekend, but considering I already painted it once, I'm calling the goal accomplished.

Get Rid of Acne: When we moved last year my skin broke out a ton and was terrible. I had big cystic zits on my forehead all the time that I was so self conscious about. I remember I would sit at my computer and Photoshop out all my zits before ever posting a picture of myself anywhere, and going out in public I thought people were only staring at my forehead. My skin isn't 100% flawless, but I haven't had tons of zits in a couple months now. I get the occasional normal 1-2 a month, but it's so much better, and I can't remember the last time I photoshopped a zit so #progress. As long as this holds out through the summer, I'll be happy.

Read 5 Books: Since setting this goal I've actually read nine books, and I'm almost done with number ten. The five that counted toward this goal were The Martian, The Dorito Effect, When is a Planet not a Planet, The Book Theif, and Divergent. I've also read Insurgent, Allegiant, and Unbroken.

Dye My Hair: About a month ago a girl on Instagram emailed me and asked if I wanted to come into the salon she worked in and she would give me a free cut and color in exchange for promotion on my blog and instagram. The day I got home, I loved it, and then when I washed my hair and it wasn't curled the next day, I hated it, and my hair cut wasn't even and I had to trim it even myself, and then I dyed my hair back to brown the next day. I'm still hoping the brown fades out to my natural color eventually, but I think a third dying might be in my future in a few months.

Host a Party at My House: I haven't officially hosted it yet, but I got the book club up and running in my church again, and I'm due to host the gathering in my house at the end of the month and I'm just so excited about it. Maybe this will be the push I need to finish decorating my living room and get the main living area finished in my house!

101 Goals in 1001 Days - 2015 Tue, Oct 20

Over the last few months I've had quite a few friends, start, finish, or report on their progress with the 101 Goals in 1,001 Days challenge. I then of course got the urge to make my own list of things for us to accomplish in 1,001 days and thought it would be a fun thing to share on the blog with everyone. I broke our goals into nine different categories: Kids/Family, Relationships/Dates, Financial, Health/Fitness, Spiritual/Service, Home/Projects, Paige, Derek, and Food. I'm going to list all the goals down below and then every time we complete five or so goals I'll come back and report how we did. I will also be coming back to this post and filling in when things get done. So here we go, 101 Goals in 1,001 days. Also, this challenge starts today 10/20/15 and runs until 7/16/18. 

Kids & Family
1. See the last 29 States Together
2. Atlanta Children's Museum
3. World of Coca Cola
4. Drive Around and See Christmas Lights (12/21/15)
5. Atlanta Braves Game
6. Skyview Atlanta
7. Marietta Museum of History (5/26/16)
8. Morgan Falls Overlook Park
9. Little River Trail
10. Sprayground at Riverside Park
11. Legoland Discovery Center
12. Southeastern Railway Museum (3/11/16)
13. Dye Easter Eggs (3/28/16)
14. Carve Pumpkins
15. Make Thanksgiving Craft
16. Make and Decorate Sugar Cookies from Scratch (12/2/15)
17. Potty Train Jay (3/4/16)
18. Get Em Sitting
19. Get Em Crawling (2/28/16)
20. Get Em Walking
21. See Fourth of July Fireworks (7/4/16)
22. Go Camping
23. Go Apple Picking
24. Go Peach Picking
25. Pick Oranges
26. Get A Real Christmas Tree
27. Take Kids to Another Country

28. Have an At-Home-Date-Night Every Friday for a Month
29. Get a Babysitter 6 Times in One Calendar Year (6/2016)
30. Take a Dancing Class
31. Go on a Overnight Trip Without Kids
32. Go to a Shooting Range (7/22/16)
33. See a Play
34. Eat a Food we Normally Wouldn't

35. Buy a House (6/30/16)
36. Have Our Mortgage Be Less Than Rent
37. Pay Off Student Loans
38. Pay Off Car
39. Finish a No Spend Month
40. No Eating Out for a Month
41. Start Saving for Retirement
42. Pay for Person Behind Me at Fast Food Place (12/11/15)
43. Save 6 Month Emergency Fund

44. Eat Five Fruits/Veggies Everyday for a Month
45. Run a 10k (10/24/15)
46. Run a Half Marathon
47. Get a Check-up (Paige)
48. Get a Check-up (Derek)
49. Take Kids to Dentist (3/2/16)
50. Get Cavity Filled (Derek)
51. See the Dentist (Paige)
52. See the Dentist (Derek)
53. Get Rid of Acne (Paige) (2/1/16)
54. Order New Glasses (Paige) (3/2/16)

55. Finish My Personal Progress
56. Complete Visiting Teaching 12 months in a Row 
57. Have Family Home Evening Every Monday for Two Months  (6/2016)
58. Read Scriptures Every Night for Two Months Straight
59. Have Family Prayer Every Night for a Month
60. Go to the Temple Every Month for a Year (Derek and Paige) 
61. Memorize The Living Christ
62. Memorize The Family Proclamation to the World

63. Decorate Kyle's Bedroom
64. Re-paint Our Bed (2/20/16)
65. Buy a New Dresser (05/2016)
66. Buy New Nightstands (05/2016)
67. Finish Decorating the Living Room
68. Clean and Organize the Kitchen/Pantry (purge unused things) (10/26/15)
69. Clean Out Unwanted Things in Master Bedroom  (05/2016)
70. Print Pictures and Update Photo Albums
71. Buy a Desk and Setup Home Office (9/12/16)
72. Decorate Master Bedroom (8/8/16)
73. Make Homemade Laundry Detergent
74. Get a year supply of Food Storage
75. Make New 72 Hour Kits
76. Family Pictures in 2016
77. Family Pictures in 2017
78. Family Pictures in 2018

79. Attend a Major Blogging Conference
80. Go to Bed Before 11pm Everyday for a Month
81. Make Drop-Down Menus for Blog Header
82. Don't Yell or Say Faux Swear Words for a Month (crap, heck, shiz, gosh etc...)
83. Go Two Weeks Without Wearing Makeup
84. Take a Class of Some Sort
85. Write a Book
86. Vote in Public Election
87. Read 5 Books (The Martian 12/9/15, The Dorito Effect 1/8/15, When is A Planet Not a Planet 1/9/15, The Book Thief 1/17/16, Divergent (2/10/16)
88. Write 10 Letters via Snail Mail (5) (9/29/16)
89. Host a Party at My House (3/24/16)
90. Send 5 Random Gifts (12/2/15)
91. Get a Passport
92. Dye My Hair (2/3/16)

93. Finish MBA
94. Surprise Paige with Romantic Date

95. Eat an Acai Bowl (3/11/16)
96. Have Vegetarian Dinners for a Week
97. Drink Green Smoothies Everyday for Two Weeks
98. Try Five New Foods (Butternut Squash, Dates, Mangoes, Acai)
99. Drink 100oz of Water Everyday for a Week
100. Make Fried Donuts from Scratch (9/28/16)
101. Go a Week Without Sugar (Paige)