2021 Goals

Goal Updates for Week 46

Walk at least 500 miles this year (460 miles walked and 40 left to go)

We had beautiful weather this week so we walked at the park multiple times and then I did some new BodyFit by Amy videos on Youtube.

Read more classic and nonfiction books

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

My daughter’s literature class is reading this book, so I figured I would too. I love Greek Myth retellings and this one did not disappoint. I liked how we got the viewpoint not from Psyche, but from her bitter sister who convinced her to throw away her happiness by sowing doubts. There are also some wonderful gems about how our individual perspectives and the false narratives that we tell ourselves can ruin our lives if we let them.

Keep a gratitude journal

I am so very grateful that Emma’s math professor decided to re-examine one of their tests. They have two and a half hours to complete each test but this one was insanely complex so she did not even finish all the test. After the teacher, tweaked the test to remove some of the longer problems, her grade moved way up and now she is at a much better footing going into her finals. I am so thankful this is her last math class of her academic career!

My mom has been cleaning out her bookshelf and dropped off some religious books that she thought we might like. I am enjoying reading about the spiritual practices of St. Ignatius (boy if you want to feel inadequate, see what he did on a daily basis!) and the daily quotes from the Venerable Fulton Sheen have been amazing to think on as well (very uplifting and inspiring)

I am always thankful for all the free resources available online that help us enrich our homeschool days. We really enjoy Cartooning Club on Youtube.

Try new foods and recipes

My dad gave me some freeze dried veggies and ham to try out, so I made some soup that turned out remarkably well. I added some diced potatoes and simmered it in chicken broth. Mmmmm.

Do more things as a family

The undead

This picture was from Halloween this year, but we always enjoy getting together with my parents and sisters to let the kids trick or treat together. My kids went as Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. We loved making these costumes and did not do too shabby on the makeup thanks to Youtube videos.

Ben turned 10 last week, so we went to the park and out to eat to celebrate. **I had to include the picture of Emma trying to scale up the wall. After a few failed attempts, she finally figured out that her hands had to stay ahead of her feet to succeed. She also laughed the whole time so that did not help!

Buy more used items

I bought a stack of comic books off of Ebay to give as a gift.

We also found a ton of clothing for great deals at the thrift store this week, as well as, some small stuffed animals for Emma’s cats to chew on. Marya loves her Cinderella doll the best.

Take each child on a monthly outing by themselves

We mostly did things together as a family this month, but hopefully next month we will get back to more one on one outings.

Finish my 2019 NaNoWriMo novel

If I can get my laptop repaired quickly, I plan on participating in NaNoWriMo 2021 and finish up my 2019 novel finally. A computer is holding my novel hostage…sounds like a good plot to me.

Work on my bullet journal skills

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Eat 5 fruits and vegetables each day + drink 96oz of water

I did this for five days this week. I bought some beets with their greens attached so I am hoping to try to replicate a veggie rice scramble my dad made a few months ago. It was the first time I tried beet greens cooked and they were really good.

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