Month 8 Review

This year is going so fantastic.  I have to say that it's been one of the best years I've had.  Thrilled to see what God is doing in our family, our friends and us as individuals.  So thankful for all He has blessed us with and what He has allowed us to do.  Here's how the goals are coming for 2014:

1 - Send an email/letter/card to a different person every week encouraging them, praising them and thanking them.  Really enjoying finding time to thank others and think about them.

2 - Attended Orff Level 2 in June.

3 - Started my Master's Degree at SMU within the past two weeks.  Took theory and history tests, had my first class and turned in my first assignment.  So. Much. Fun.

4 - Make a list of 20 books I want to read this year and read them.  5 Christian, 5 classics, 5 teacher/educational, 5 of my choosing.

- Haven't read as many books lately due to studying, but still read "Crash the Chatterbox" by Steven Furtick, two books in the Legends series by Marie Lu and lots of review time in the music history book.

5 - Give myself $50 per month per person for 'fun money' towards clothes for myself and the girls.  Total = $150 per month on clothes per person

**August = expensive.  Purchased Julia's uniforms for school which will last her all year (roughly $150 total), purchased two new outfits for Riley (roughly $50), socks and shoes for the girls, new khakis for Jeremy, and school supplies.  Not to mention items for my room at school which totaled roughly $300.  Definitely wasn't a thrifty month.

6 - Start the girls on a commission chart and teach them skills appropriate for their age.  Each girl has tasks to do on days Monday thru Friday.  They earn $ if they do their task.
Ex// Riley puts away all of her laundry; Julia helps me with hers.  Julia helps take out silverware and put it in the drawer; Riley helps by wiping down the table after meals.

*Still having them help without making $$.  Though Riley would like to start earning $ to save towards items she wants.  Working on that.

7 - Exercise two days a week.  Wednesday and Friday - workout video at school. Friday and Saturday - run/walk.  That gives me four options to choose two days from and hopefully I can get stronger and more consistent!

Started P90x3 again as it has been so easy to fit into my schedule and it's a great workout.  Already on week 3 again.

8 - Travel somewhere as a family this summer!
*Didn't travel anywhere this summer, but enjoyed it none-the-less!

9 - Start the money saving challenge.  Savings jar.  Use it for something fun for the whole family at the end of the year?!  To see the challenge, click here:

*Working on building it up as we used it to help with payments for Grad School.

10 - Do our second annual "Kindness Advent" in the month of December.  Days 1-24 we do kind things for others and family events that bring us together to help show the love of Jesus.
*Can't wait to do this in a few months!

11 - Paint, spackle, and freshen up our downstairs bathroom.  Add new light and mirror if needed.  At least the mirror.  It's a hideous room... whoever put the really ugly wallpaper on only two walls had no taste.  Seriously.
*Repainted, speckled and freshened up both our Master Bath and downstairs bath.  They look amazing!!

12 - Attend a Women's Bible Study at church at the new West Frisco Location where we are now going.
*Attended the Crash the Chatterbox Bible Study

13 - Cook a meal with my mom every month - alternating side dishes and main dishes.
August - Meal?  What meal?  This month went too fast.

14 - Pray for a particular person(s) each day of the week all year:
Monday - Jeremy
Tuesday - Julia and Riley
Wednesday - school teachers and coworkers
Thursday - my family
Friday - my brother Jim
Saturday - Jeremy's family
Sunday - specific prayers for friends (Christine Chenault, Lea Jasper, Edwina Townsend, Stephanie Funkhouser, Beverly Perry and others that occur throughout the year)
*Praying.  So thankful.

15 - Learn one new song on the piano each month.
August - worked on some former songs from college including Chopin's Nocturnes and Bach's Two Part Invention No 4.  Helped to review the form of pieces for a portion of my Music Theory Test!  Already working on two new Chad Lawson pieces:  Swan Lake and I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.


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