1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (271 miles down and 229 to go)
I completed ten miles this week by doing Bodyfit by Amy videos on YouTube and walking in this awful humidity. **Luckily, Emma walked with me most days, so we had really nice talks about Hamilton and the Enneagram.
2. Eat at least five fruits/vegetables daily (+ drink 96 oz. of water)
I did this for four days last week
3. Read more nonfiction and classics
I read a lot of nonfiction this week. 1776 was probably my favorite because it was so well written and full of obscure facts that I did not even know about the American Revolution (This was of course inspired by my watching Hamilton last week)
Lab Girl was also really good. It is a entertaining memoir by Hope Jahren that details her 20 year tenure as a plant biologist and cleverly interweaves plant stories that somehow link to her real life struggles. This book had a ton of interesting facts about plants and chronicles how she nurtured an unlikely friendship with her lab partner Bill that lasted for over 20 years.
In Vital Harmony is basically a Charlotte Mason how to book, but is written so well it could be a memoir too. We always change a few things up at the start of our homeschool year and this year we are going to add a Charlotte Mason twist to it. We plan on doing more nature studies, reading more classics, and doing art appreciation in addition to our normal classwork. **The hardest part about CM to me is that busy work is discouraged and that is my fall back….worksheets….
4. Take a family outing each month
-We visited Deibert Park in Florence, Alabama and had a wonderful lunch at Cracker Barrel on the way home. It was a ho hum kind of day, so this outing was 100% spontaneous (and much needed), but we are so glad we went. The turtles were so cute!
5. Have more family game nights
This week we played Apples to Apples and Rat a tat cat.
*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
Door hanging basket ball goal: $1
Lots of books: $6
Cat cube: $2
Estimated running total saved by buying used for the year: $483
**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
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
9. Make a spiritual checklist to do with my kids each month
-Learn one hymn a week
-Read one saint story a week
-Read the daily mass readings at least once each week
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, Fantasia, and a village scene) **My kids apparently do not care for puzzles, so it is a solo project now…
- Add gravel to our driveway
- Finish Teaching Textbooks Grade 3 with Ben (Down to 10 lessons left!!!)
- Take Emma on more driving lessons (Ongoing. We started keeping track of her driving times. I told her when she hits twenty hours, she can take her driving test…if she feels like she is ready…)
- Have a tree cut down in our yard
- Replace the cabinet doors in our kitchen (They are on order!)
- Build a wood shed to contain all of our firewood