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12 in 12

12 in 12 | Dreamer

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So a lot of thoughts crossed my mind when I sat down to do this. They were as follows: Woohoo only one day late! Crap, I haven’t taken many pictures this month. What was my theme again? Ick I don’t like my template anymore at all. What was I thinking doing this project again? Ooh Cake!

That last one was my early Valentine’s present 🙂

(I also discovered my site was hacked which annoys the crap out of me.)

Yeah it’s been a busy month and I’m ashamed that these were taken a couple weeks ago for family Valentine’s cards and that was the last time I picked up my camera. Oh well, sometimes life happens. I do so love this picture though. I love the innocence of children before they become jaded and convinced of all the ways life will slow them down or stop them. Right now Andrew believes the sky is the limit and Allison believes that her big brother is the greatest person on the planet. Perhaps they’re not far off but it’s nice to know that their dreams are still pure and untarnished.

Now next month I will do better about the pictures and maybe even tweak the template a little. In the meantime I’m updating my New Year’s resolution goals which I’m quite proud to say, are going extremely well. There is a LOT to be said for making yourself accountable to internet-land even if I do only have a few readers.

So my goals were to sew some things and read a bunch of books– 40 to be exact.

Since last update, I (with a little help) made two pillows for the playroom out of fabric that coordinates with the curtains. We’re going to get a little rug and a few more pillows and I ordered a bookshelf where the books face out. We have over 600 children’s books in our house so it is unreasonable to think I could display them all this way but I’ll rotate them out so the kids, especially Allison, will be able to enjoy them more easily. So that little project is going well! I also have more ideas on how to finish the playroom and master bedroom. Once we moved in and the “job situation” hit, we stopped buying anything and everything for the house. What you see in our house now are things we purchased before we moved (and largely paid off in full, thank God!) but after being on hold for 7 months I finally get to start decorating again!!

As for books, I’ve been reading a whole lot! I find it’s easy to get really addicted to reading and I can’t think of a better thing to be addicted to. I also noticed that Andrew’s doing a lot better with his reading and wants to sit and read with me in the evenings– not me read to him, him reading to me! I’m not sure if it just clicked or his teacher is working magic but he’s really made major progress as of late. Anyway…

I realized I finished one book on January 1st and didn’t count it last time so here’s my old list Books Read in 2013 Something Blue by Emily Giffin You are Not So Smart by David McRaney Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi Across the Universe by Beth Revis A Million Suns by Beth Revis Shades of Earth by Beth Revis Matched by Ally Condie Crossed by Ally Condie

10 books in a month and 12 days! I should easily break my goal. A few thoughts about these books.

Sarah’s Key is really sad but also pretty predictable. Probably the first and only time I’ve ever liked the movie better than the book. (Warning, the movie is in subtitles). I LOVED Veronica Rossi’s books. I devoured them. I cannot wait for the next one later this year. I am stuck on young adult dystopian fiction at the moment. I’m tired of the same old sex filled boy meets girl fluff which seems to be in so many adult books. The YA Genre is very popular among my friends right now too. I was shocked to like the Across the Universe series. It’s very Sci-Fi. Think, girl gets frozen and put on a space ship and spends a few centuries in space waiting to wake up on another planet. Yea. My thoughts too. But I REALLY liked these books. I am not a huge fan of the Matched Trilogy but I’m going to finish them because I’m anal like that.

Ok off to read! See you next month!

12 in 12 | Inspire

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What do you think of the new look?

After I had finished tinkering around on Photoshop, it occurred to me that this new template that I made for this year’s photo project is pretty much a digital representation of my office. I’ll post a picture below so you can see if you agree.

So it took me a long time to figure out what I was going to do. Apparently 12 days of the new year weren’t enough so I started off a day late but I guess that’s par for the course. Last year I focused on life through the eyes of my children. This year my focus is going to be on what we teach each other as a family. It’s a pretty simple topic yes, but when it came to me it had that feeling of being *perfect*. Last year I was mostly a mom and only a mom, this year I am once again a mom and a teacher. And there is oh so much we all learn from each other.

This picture was taken on New Year’s Day. A decided to make my favorite breakfast– crepes– and Andrew decided he wanted to help. Sometimes kids help in a way that is not at all helpful and had he asked me to help I probably would have told him no but that’s the lesson I learned here. It’s okay to make a mess! And for that matter, he did a fantastic job and hardly made any mess at all.

They both inspire me every day. That’s the purpose of making resolutions isn’t it? To try to make yourself into a better person or, as I like to think of it, to bring out the positive qualities from within yourself and work on the negatives. They inspire me to be more patient and more focused on the present. The experiences we have now, small though they may be, are the fuel for our lives. They are what keep us going day after day.

As promised (more to myself than anyone else) I want to do an accountability update. It has only been 13 days into the new year but I’m proud to report I’ve already read 2 books towards my goal of 40!! I also told my students about my goal and they were pretty shocked at my number. My students are really enthusiastic readers and for that I am grateful. We use a reading incentive program called Scholastic Reading Counts (SRC– which is like AR) the students have a goal of 10 points per quarter but I upped the ante almost to a ridiculous extreme. I told them that I would work on reading 40 books and I wanted THEM in return, to raise their goal for the year from 40 points to 100 points!! I wasn’t sure how they would react but they were actually really excited! I also told them I’d throw them a massive party at the end of the year with whatever food and activities they wanted (within reason) and they were thrilled about that too! So we are a bunch of book worms these days! I also decided my last sewing project will be throw pillows for the playroom. I have the fabric but no idea where to start on even something as simple as a pillow. I’ll get to that sooner than later though. 🙂

Books Read in 2013 Something Blue by Emily Giffin

You are Not So Smart by David McRaney

A Picture of my Office– kinda similar no?

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