1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (170 miles down and 330 to go)
I completed ten miles this week by doing Bodyfit by Amy videos on YouTube and walking outside in this beautiful weather we have been having.
2. Eat at least five fruits/vegetables daily (+ drink 96 oz. of water)
I did this for five days last week
3. Read more nonfiction
Over the past few weeks I have read The Read Aloud Family, Reading People, and I’d Rather Be Reading.
4. Take a family outing each month
5. Have more family game nights
Ben and I played Battleship this week.
*If you need ideas as to what games are fun for families here is a list of our current favorites.
6. Buy more used items and keep track of the savings
I bought four books at a local used book store that was offering curbside pickup this week. **What brought this on?? I found a list of suggested read-aloud books online and shared the list with Emma. My daughter then informed me that she had never read Ella Enchanted or The Bridge to Terabithia. I could have sworn we owned both titles, but my librarian (Emma) informed me that I was mistaken. So we rectified that this week.
Cost: $10 (By buying local, I saved $3 on shipping)
Estimated running total saved by buying used for the year: $180**
**I am doing a rough estimate based on how much I could find the items on sale or on clearance at a store for minus what I paid for the items…so its not a perfect guess, but close.
7. Finish my 2019 NaNoWriMo novel (~35,000 words) and publish it before November 1st.
14,120 words and counting…I hope to finish my novel during the time we will be spending at home over the next few
weeks months. (Hopefully not years…)
If you want to check out my novel from last year, it is Murder at Kelsey Hall and is free right now with Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.
8. $5 Weekly Charity Challenge
I grabbed a four pack of ravioli and three boxes of macaroni and cheese to add to my donation pile.
9. Make a spiritual checklist to do with my kids each month
For May, we plan on:
Reading a saint story weekly
Praying the Rosary together I prayed a rosary while walking at the track and my children joined in on the last two decades when they finished riding their scooters. Praying outdoors is wonderful.
Going to adoration
10. Things I hope to accomplish while we are following the “safer at home” order
- Work on puzzles with my kids (So far we finished Winnie the Pooh, Tangled, Lady and the Tramp, and Fantasia)
- Add gravel to our driveway (In progress)
- Clean up our yard (ongoing lawn maintenance)
- Spruce up and spring clean the house (I added more plants and figurines to my staircase plant display)
- Take Emma on more driving lessons (She drove us around while I ate my lunch in the car. I’m starting to like having a personal chauffeur)
- Have a tree cut down in our yard (We trimmed back tree branches that were leaning on the house)
- Build a wood shed to contain all of our firewood