Monthly Recap [February 2018]

Goodbye, February!

Well, that ended quickly. ICYMI (I certainly did! :p ), here’s what happened the first half of February: A Mid-Month Update. We’re not sure what we think about thinking…the more we do it, the more there is of it to do. That’s where we are right now.

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Another Fresh Start

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year to all! For anyone who was in need of another fresh start, there you have it! 🙂 We’re learning that any day is a good day for a fresh start.

Beauty in every season.

Getting Schooled

We are slowly finishing up the different curriculum/workbooks/programs as we head into testing and spring concerts and all that fun stuff. It has been a stretching year but a year of learning for sure! Not just learning the academics but the life stuff too. (Here are some recent favorite resources –> We love our CC fam and thankful to hear during the family presentations how each family connects with the community through activities and serving and the world through their travels. I love chatting it up with the moms during lunch, but recently, I’ve also had the chance to bring some of the girls’ friends along for mid-day walks around the area. It’s neat to hear their conversations.

Goal Get ‘Em!

I’m done with setting my 2018 goals. I know I can’t hold onto them too dearly, but it gives me some focus and direction for my days. I’m so glad to have to have an accountability buddy in Melody to review our goals and encourage one another.

Meal planning/food prep is getting a little easier and we hope to get into a rhythm so we can add new things to the mix with ease. PB&J is a fave around here and we’ve been playing around with a few different variations. It’s nothing new or creative, but it gets us out of a rut of the “same old thing.” You can read how Emily likes to make her PB&J “Burritos” or “Rollups” –> And we tried TJ’s Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend.

Sidenote: Thanks to *Plan to Eat and the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle (this is no longer available but the *Gut Health Super Bundle is available until 3/31/18), we are working our way to better meal planning, and eventually, healthier meal planning!

The more up-to-the-minute book updates are usually on FB or IG, but if you want to follow along with the reading fun with me, here’s my book list for the year >>> and these are the books I’m reading in March >>>

GIVEAWAY HEADS UP: We have two giveaways coming up.  One of them has a cool augmented reality element to it, so don’t miss out by not following our social media accounts! The last giveaway ended already, but you can still read Norm’s review of the new Passion album – Whole Heart –>

No pics of decluttering but if I may say so myself, we are doing a great job! We are hoping to get the stuff OUT and the people IN! I know no one expects a perfect house when they come over, but if you saw what was on my book list for February, you understand and maybe you get me.

Get in My Belly

We’re always up for some good eats. We love sharing our food finds, but don’t always have the time to blog about them. Let us know in the comments if you want to know our reviews of either of these places.

Some of the fam got to try the new pizza place in town – MOD Pizza.

We had a super duper early birthday celebration for me with Norm’s side of the fam since his parents aren’t around close to my birthday. Not up to a big hurrah so we kept it simple with going to Shari’s in the Village. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve had salmon chowder(?) before.


An update to come soon, but Melody’s birthday month project was a success! As we look into the needs of our community, I see more and more needs, but I am also seeing more and more people coming together to do beautiful things. It is so amazing, and I’m glad to even be a teeny tiny part of it. Thanks again to everyone who took part in helping Melody reach her goal! The girls both have a few things up their sleeves. I’m so inspired and encouraged by their hearts. Stay tuned!

We were part of a video project and that was an interesting and fun experience. We don’t have all the details, but we’ll share when we do. 🙂

As the winter season draws to a close, I think something new will be springing up soon! If you follow along on my personal blog, you’ll probably find out there first. For now, I thought some thoughts, and I wrote a thing –>

How was your February? Any lowlights or highlights? What are you looking forward to in March?

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