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I thought I’d check in quickly with a 101 Things to do in 1001 Days update. I’ve been tucking a few of the crossed-off items into other posts and Five Fact Fridays, but I thought I’d just jot a few thoughts down. Here’s some of the updated progress:
#2. Transition to kids beds.
We are 50% of the way there, folks! Last weekend, we transitioned Sophie’s bed to a toddler bed. She’ll be four in April and has been able to climb in and out at will for months and months, but she has loved the sanctuary of a crib. She loved that it was her calm-down place and somewhere Milo couldn’t reach her when she needed some space, so we worried it would be really upsetting to transition her bed.
Thankfully, she has a convertible crib, so only one wall is different, and the guard rail we put in place has kept her happy. Plus, she’s such a rule follower (bless her for that) that she hasn’t been getting out of bed 20 times a night yet (knock on wood). I guarantee that Milo will NOT stay in his bed when the time comes. He’ll be one of those get-out-of-bed-50-times-a-night peeps for a loooooong time. So we won’t be working on that until he’s tall enough to climb out anyway. Just thinking of it makes me tired.
#14: Try a community class for each child.
Again, we’re 50% of the way there! Sophie’s been in a ballet, tap, and tumbling class through the city for the last few weeks. So far, she loves it. Her teacher has been fantastic, and it’s a small enough class that it’s not super overwhelming. Also: tiny tutu and pink tights and tap shoes and ballet shoes! Tiny dancers are THE cutest.
#17. Dye Easter eggs.
This isn’t done yet, but the dye and eggs have been purchased and we’re going to town this weekend. Fingers crossed! Any tips for dyeing eggs with toddlers and not staining everything you own?
#18. Give homemade valentines.
Done and done! We really loved making our own valentines this year. I think I might give it a try next year too since I’ve been learning a liiiiiitle bit more about some easy-peasy graphic design and think I could do better next time.
#21. Host a dinner party.
This was never intended as a formal sit-down dinner, rather, we just wanted to get into the habit of actually having our friends over to dinner more often. We got together with some good friends from MBA school and we had such fun we’ve been trying to plan our next dinner with friends.
#32. Read a Swap Book.
A “swap” book is just a chance to choose a book for the other person to read. Michael and I each chose something we’ve wanted the other to read. Michael chose Elantris. He’s a big fan of Brandon Sanderson and wanted me to get a taste. It was my first real-deal fantasy book, and though it took me a while to get into it, it was pretty good! I chose The Power of Less because I’m crazy about nonfiction, thus sealing the deal on my title as The Most Boring Wife Ever.
#33. Go on an overnight away.
Guys, we have this planned for May! I’m beyond excited for the chance, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. It’ll be our first overnight trip together sans children ever.
#36. Set an un-plug time for a month.
Have you heard of the app moment? It tracks the time you spend on different apps, and you can set limits for your social media accounts, etc. I’ve been trying to decide if this this the best way to tackle this, or just to say “we’re off our phones at 8pm” or what. Do you have any tips for tackling screen-free time?
#38. Complete the 36 Questions.
Have you heard of these? They’re supposed to be questions that help you REALLY get to know each other. I was fascinated by some of the questions. Having known each other for a looong time and having been married 7 years, we know quite a bit about each other, but there were some interesting discussions borne from reading this list together on a picnic date night.
#50. Floss daily for 1 month.
I’ve been pretty darn good about flossing since I made it a New Year’s resolution several years back, but I always seem to miss a day or two in the week. Not this month! Woot.
#57. Try the artisan GF bread recipe.
Just a formal shout-out that I did it (ages ago). I’m excited to try some of the other recipes in the book, too.
#66. Make homemade gummies/jellies.
These were surprisingly good! I’ve been trying to find more ways to get collagen and gelatin into my children’s diets, since we don’t get to making bone broth as often as I wish we did. I used Great Lakes Gelatin (virtually flavorless) and this recipe for cherry gummies. They were good, and I’m excited to try other flavors, like these or these.
#72. Paint a photo background.
This was MUCH easier than I thought it would be. Partly because my friend Ashlyn and her husband put together the board out of pallets, so all I had to do was sand and paint it. I used a little Martha Stewart chalk-finish paint and it’s done a good job so far! (see it here)
#80. Put together a media kit.
I put this together for a company who requested it, so it’s finally finished. I think I’d like to tweak it a bit more, and make it a little more visually appealing, but I made a media kit!
#95 Make a housing decision for 2014.
With graduation around the corner and our lease up soon after, we had to decide whether/where we’d like to live before we’re in a position to buy a house. We’d like to end up not far from where we are now, so after mulling it over for a few months, we’ve decided to stay put till we’re ready to buy. Hooray for not moving a million times!
#96. Replace presser foot on sewing machine.
During our last move, somehow we lost the standard presser foot for my sewing machine. Consequently, I’ve done exactly zero sewing since Michael started graduate school. Replacing the presser foot has been on my to-do list for ages, but I never seem to remember when I’m running errands. Bam. Thank you Amazon Prime. Here in two days and fits like a dream. Now to get motivated to sew something…
#98. Clean out the master closet entirely.
This was a big undertaking! I went through everything we own in the month of March–books, toys, movies, clothes, furniture, everything. I used the method in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
And there we are! Lots more goals finished or in progress.
Goals complete: 17
Goals remaining: 84