Tuesday, April 18, 2017

40 at 40

Sally: [Crying hysterically] And I'm going to be 40!
Harry: When?
Sally: Someday!
Harry: In eight years!
Sally: But it's there! It's lie a big dead end!

When Harry Met Sally - a movie that I could watch over and over. Alas, Sally's eight years are up for me. In 6 short months I will be 40. All of me is vacillating between 'No big deal, just a number' and AH! What have I done with the last 40 years?' and '40 is the new 30.' All of these things are true and untrue and all of them matter.

To help guide myself through this year I have decided to come up with a 40 at 40 list. I would like to think that I will be able to achieve completing my list by October 22, but realistically I am not sure. But at the end of this process, I think that what I hope to achieve most is to become more of a goal setter/goal conquerer.

The List

 ~ whole30
 ~ 30 days of yoga
 ~ run a 5k
 ~ read a classic novel (Jane Austen)
 ~ blog 4 or more times a week
 ~ sing karaoke
 ~ volunteer
 ~ take a writing class
 ~ finalize our will
 ~ one week of vegetarianism
 ~ get another tattoo
 ~ cross-stitch 19 bookmarks for Christmas
 ~ go geocaching
 ~ pay for a house cleaning the week of my birthday
 ~ combine past 401k’s
 ~ attend a religious service (Hindu, Muslim, Judaism…) different from my own
 ~ watch 5 documentaries
 ~ ask for forgiveness
 ~ send 40 postcards/letters
 ~ become proficient at a Zumba class
 ~ dye a bright color strip in my hair
 ~ watch 40 of the AFI top 100 films (0 of 40)
 ~ watch all seasons of Breaking Bad
 ~ solidify a plan to take the GRE and apply to grad school
 ~ donate blood
 ~ paint the porch
 ~ subscribe to The Week and read it cover to cover
 ~ purge 1/4 of my closet
 ~ visit 4 Iowa waterfalls
 ~ go hiking at 5 state parks (Ledges, Backbone, Pikes Peak, Maquoketa Caves, & Effigy Mounds)
 ~ paddle board
 ~ take the boys horse back riding
 ~ learn to row (join DMRC)
 ~ try Tai Chi
 ~ create a playlist of my 40 favorite songs
 ~ fly a kite
 ~ organize drawer of pictures
 ~ go on a picnic with a basket, bottle of wine and glass glasses
 ~ learn to bake whole wheat bread 
 ~ take time to meditate 

I'm excited to begin this journey and I am excited to blog again. Part of blogging is knowing that my kids will have some semblance of a baby book that they will be able to look back on.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 22

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment. ~ Naomi Williams, Body, Mind and Spirit

I am thankful for having all of the Christmas decorations out and up. I know it is too early, but we have a busy couple of weeks coming up and it does make the house feel extra special!

Christopher is thankful for getting our Christmas tree up.

Harrison is thankful for finally getting to watch The Hunger Games with my mom.

Bennett is thankful for my kindle. I like to play video games.

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 20

No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has escaped the kingdom of night. ~ Elie Wiesel

I am thankful for changes in seasons even if they do come a little early. The excitement felt by the kids is very contagious.

Christopher is thankful for making it home safe from work today.

Harrison is thankful for snow!

Bennett is thankful for snow, snow, snow!

Miles is thankful for the first snowfall.

Annabelle is thankful for Christmas. And love. No... I am thankful for Thanksgiving because that is where we get our love. From being thankful.

Rocco is thankful for snow. I don't know that I have ever seen anyone so excited for snow!

Emma is thankful for Annabelle because she is happy.

Felix is thankful for his 'One-Spots.' He has one by the front door, one by the back door, one under the kitchen table and sometimes he creates one by the bookcase by sliding the table out and sitting behind it. And every time he sits in one of his spots, he smiles. Adorable. Truly!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little,  and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.The Buddha

I am thankful for my mom. She is a strength I may never know. <3 div="">
Christopher is thankful for pizza at the office today.

Harrison is thankful for puppets. I liked the demonstration today at school, it was fun.

Bennett is thankful for being able to play with Miles after school everyday. He is fun.

Miles is thankful for winning my basketball game last night.

Annabelle is thankful for God and Jesus.

Rocco is thankful for my playground at school.

Emma is thankful for my dad. His name is Nate.

Felix is thankful for pickles. Specifically my bread and butter pickles. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~ G. B. Stern

I am thankful for Felix. There is nothing better on a dreary Monday morning than a 14 month old running into the kitchen saying "Be! Be!" and giving you a great big leg hug!

Christopher is thankful that Harrison is feeling better today.

Harrison is thankful for basketball. It is a fun and active sport and I am proud of the good passes I made tonight.

Ella is thankful for her family. "I just really like my life." I melted...

Bennett is thankful for time. I loved doing my art and am glad I had time.

Miles is thankful for doubling their food goal at school. Now more kids who need food this winter will have it.

Annabelle is thankful for pajama day on Thursday.

Rocco is thankful for Payton and for Payton letting him pet her.

Emma is thankful for Rocco because I play with him.


Felix is thankful for stuffed animals. It seems like he is always caring one around!

Thankfulness 2014

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 15

"When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad...
you should do what I do...
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you're really quite lucky!
Some people are much more...
oh, ever so much more...
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!"

~ Dr. Suess

I am thankful for an afternoon date with my little babe. The Cyclone girls couldn't pull out the win but we had a great time regardless! #iowastatecyclones

ISU vs Drake at the Knapp Center

Christopher is thankful for DA BEARS, again... :)

Harrison is thankful for Percy Jackson movies. Not as good as the books but I still love them!

Bennett is thankful for popcorn at the game.

Thankfulness 2014

Saturday, November 14, 2015

November 14

When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow. ~ Anonymous

I am thankful for the good in the world. What happened in Paris yesterday should break people's spirits, but I have the hope and security in knowing that the citizens of the world will find peace and love. I believe.

Christopher is thankful for: "10 - 0. 'Nuff said."

Harrison is thankful for cozy blankets, a comfy couch and good tv. (He's a little under the weather.)

Bennett is thankful for his basketball shoes. I love them.

Thankfulness 2014

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 13

“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

I am thankful for my father-in-law. Happy birthday to a wonderful man who supports us and loves us everyday.

Christopher is thankful for the long week being over.

Harrison is thankful for Grandpa. Happy birthday to you!

Bennett is thankful for Fridays.

Thankfulness 2014

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 12

“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” ~ John Wooden

I am thankful for the library. The books smell like the library, the space is modern yet warm and the staff are always the most helpful and happy people I see all day!

Christopher is thankful for leftover Crab Rangoon pizza for breakfast.

Harrison is thankful for physical education.

Bennett is thankful for my first real wrestling practice.

Emma is thankful for Rocky. "I'm so glad he's here." My heart melted...

Rocky is thankful that Beth gives me kisses after I jump off of something and hurt myself. Smooch!

Thankfulness 2014

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 11

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~ Anonymous

I am thankful for our veterans and all they have done to serve our country.

Christopher is thankful that the tornadoes stayed away from our home in Des Moines.

Harrison is thankful for early outs and movie afternoons.

Ella is thankful to watch a new-to-her movie - Holes.

Bennett is thankful for my new winter jacket.

Miles is thankful to be able to play the Wii with Bennett.

Emma is thankful for running errands with Beth.

Rocky is thankful for french fries. Yum!

Thankfulness 2014