Sunday, November 23, 2014

30-ish by 30

I've made a new list. Surprise! Here are 30 (or so) things I want to accomplish before I turn 30 in 2016, in no particular order.

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1. Go to Paint the Town or similar event with friends
2. Professional goal (I'll post specifics when things are set)
3. Buy animal print shoes or colored pants
4. Read 6 nonfiction books
5. Bake bread monthly
6. Monthly Pinterest projects
7. Run another 5K
8. Write a will
9. Update my books read list
10. Digital detox week
11. Complete Blog book 2014
12. Become a Google Trainer
13. Send a handwritten note monthly
14. Have a birthday party for Lincoln centered around his interests (a themed party)
15. Girls' trip
16. Learn to drive a manual transmission (Daniel, I'm looking at you here!)
17. Catch a fish
18. Take family pictures for someone else
19. Go to Cirque du Soliel
20. Learn to knit
21. Visit Cathedral of the Plains and the Sternberg Museum
22. Eat at a food truck
23. Take pictures of a Flint Hills sunset (not from the window of a moving car)
24. Make the Harvest book with mom
25. Upgrade camera
26. Complete Project 365 (a photo a day), starting when new camera comes
27. Pare wardrobe down to clothes I really love and am comfortable in
28. Get dressed up and go on a "mommy and me" date with Lincoln
29. Research PhD, NBCT, and Teacher Leader possibilities

I just need one more. I'm taking suggestions now!

Prepare the way

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Or, at least, one of the most wonderful times of the year!

I have always loved the holiday season, particularly Christmas.

Don't get me wrong, Thanksgiving is great, and by no means do I want to ignore it. But I will take any excuse to stretch out the Christmas season, so we celebrate the two simultaneously (since i am thankful for Christmas, after all).

As Lincoln grows up, I do want to make sure that we spend time talking and learning about the "reason for the season," and preparing our hearts. I want it to always be about more than the presents (even though I'm not giving up the presents any time soon). This year we are going to start by lighting Advent candles at supper time and reading stories from Lincoln's Jesus Storybook Bible.

To do that, we first needed an Advent wreath. Traditional wreaths aren't really my style, so I searched the web until I found one that I liked, then put my own twist on it.

This is what I came up with...

Each of the four candles for the four Sundays of Advent has its own meaning (Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love), so I cut out the letters with Megan's Cricuit, then mod podged them on to Mason jars. I then filled the bottom with brown rice, since that's what I had on hand. I wanted three purple and one pink candle, but I couldn't find the right candles that were unscented, so I just got four purple. Maybe next year...

For the Christ candle, I wanted to do something special, so I put the first part of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world." In the future, I will look for a white candle that first a little better in the jar.

I  made a "ten-minute table runner" with fabric I grabbed from mom's stash. Honestly, it was just going to be a place holder for this year until I had time to make something I loved, but turned out so much better than I thought and I'll probably keep it.

Overall, I love the way our Advent "Wreath" turned out, and I'm ready to start this part of the season!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Zoo, Fall 2014 Edition

Last April we spent a morning at the Emporia Zoo, and Lincoln loved it. We decided to go back earlier this fall, on a Friday we had off school.

He liked watching the little monkeys and the prairie dogs.

Other than those two animals, Lincoln was most interested in the playground. He got a chance to run off some steam before we went to lunch with Grammy, Grampy, and Aunt Leah.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Toddler Translation Exercise

Just a few fun phrases Lincoln shared with me tonight while I rocked him to sleep. He's quite the talker these days!

"Uh-oh. Daddy car. Wipe. Mama, Daddy wipe."

Oh no! Daddy's car had snow on it. Mama and daddy wiped the snow off of the car.

"Back. Side. Uh-oh me!"

When we were playing in the snow in the backyard, I fell down.

"Don turch. Me! Dama turch!"

I want to go to church with Grandpa John and Grandma.

"Shoot da ball! Me. Up. High!"

I shoot the ball high.

"Timb. Daddy head."

I want to climb up daddy to sit on his head.


Mommy and daddy.

Snow Day Play!

We woke up this morning to the first snow of this winter! Lincoln was a little concerned about the snow on daddy's car at first, but he didn't have any hesitation when we went out to play this afternoon!

Reaching out, ready for daddy to throw the snowball at, well to, him.

He loved when the snowballs would hit him in the belly and explode!

This is his "I don't like this" face. He definitely did not want to be down in the snow and got very mad when he would fall.

When we got too cold to stay out, we had to bribe him with the promise of a cookie and apple juice to get back inside. I know he's excited for his new venture out into the snow, whenever that happens!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


While Brad and I were at the World Series game, Lincoln got to have a sleepover with Penny and Silly Todd.

I think he really enjoyed having Pen and Todd to himself for an evening.

Of course, when you get roast beef and mashed potatoes for supper...

...and try out a new hairstyle in the tub...

...and eat ice cream while watching the Royals...

(even though it is COLD!)'s bound to be a good day!

We missed our boy a whole lot, but we know he was in one of his "happy places" with people who love him very, very much!

And we know he missed us, because every time we talk about going to a game now, he makes sure to add "Me! Game!" as if to tell us that he is coming, too.