2012 goals and bucket list update – July

(to see previous updates: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay, and June)

2012 goals:

  • read through the entire Bible – New Testament: check.  Old Testament: currently slogging through the “so and so son of so and so’s” in 1 Chronicles, but sticking with it
  • get my healthy lifestyle back, specifically to lose the 20-25 pounds I’ve gained since getting married. – We extended our 30 day real food challenge into a 100 day challenge (we’re a little over halfway through).  I’ve lost 10 pounds since we started this challenge, but that really only means -5 pounds in relation to my goal of losing 20-25 this year (because I had actually gained 5 more than my starting weight before we started our real food challenge).  So 20 more to lose is my goal (and what my doctor instructed).

2012 bucket list:

  • make an apple pie from scratch
  • take cake decorating classes – I took the Wilton Cake Decorating Course 1 classes in March (see hereherehere, and here) and took Course 2 in April (hereherehere, and here).
  • learn how to make Mom’s homemade Christmas cookies
  • make 72 hour emergency kits for our home and cars
  • make my own laundry detergentdone!
  • bake a loaf of homemade bread – Done!  I made some Amish friendship bread in May and whole wheat honey sandwich bread this month
  • make a quilt – Working on it!  See JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune, and July
  • grow something – We’ve gotten quite a few popper tomatoes (the little ones) from one of our tomato plants, the other plant (big ones) has yielded three tomatoes but I think we have it in a too small pot so it hasn’t done very well.  I’ve used chives, basil, parsley, and oregano from our garden, too.  Our aloe plant has shown some improvement, and I actually used it last week on my sunburn!
  • can pickles – not yet, but I have canned tomatoes
  • take some sort of vacation – Chicago!
  • get at least one scrapbook done for my in-law’s
  • ???start an Etsy shop???

Other notable things:

  • I spent another week at church camp
  • I conquered a HUGE fear of mine and did the zipline at camp!
  • We completed our 30 day real food challenge and our 30 day no tv challenge and decided to extend it to a 100 day challenge
  • I started my new job, the kids haven’t been there yet since school hasn’t started but I’ve been at school for a week and a half working on library-type stuff.
  • We celebrated our 9 year anniversary (9 years of dating/being together, not 9 years of marriage)

August is here, school starts today, and life is about to get real busy…buckle up!



  1. Elizabeth Riley says:

    Have a great first day!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!!

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