April into May

Somehow April came and went, and we are now going full force into May. Here is what happened in April…


  • IMG_20170331_160625Weekend away with the kids – We went camping the first weekend of April, even though it was way too cold.
  • Anniversary weekend away
  • Family vacation – We will be going to Greece in June!


  • Read 30 books. (11/30)
  • Read 2 “self-help” books or books about fostering creativity. (1/2)


  • Daily Q&A – Still keeping up with this!
  • Post in my blog at least 5 times a month or 60 blog posts. (20/60)
  • Work through the Right to Write. (43 chapters) (17/43)
  • 500 Writing Prompts – 3 writing prompts a month (36 total) (12/36)
  • Work through Writing Better Lyrics. (2 chapters per month, 24 total) (8/24)


  • Practice and complete a daily devotional. I have been able to keep up so far!


  • Create one new Singalong packet for my Singalongs (for work). (0/1) – I am almost finished with this.
  • Learn at least 3 new Classical pieces on the piano. (0/3)
  • Work on learning at least 3 of the modes. (1/3)
  • Listen to 10 classical music pieces. I have a new book about listening to Beethoven’s piano music that I intend to use for this purpose. (2/10) – I started reading this book and I am currently listening to Beethoven’s 3rd concerto.
  • Earn at least 20 CMTE’s (continuing education). (10/20) – I finished my course worth 10 credits and I will also be receiving 2 credits for supervising students this semester.

Home and Organization:

  • IMG_20170430_175826Complete Bonus Room Transformation. – Eric actually built a climbing wall for this room.
  • Fix the other part of the deck and stain it. – Eric is about halfway through the process of fixing the deck.
  • Wash windows and glass doors in the house.


  • CMoe
  • Game Night
  • Make a home video with the kids.
  • Paint with the kids.


  • Provide at least 3 meals at the Ronald McDonald house. (1/3)
  • Volunteer at the soup kitchen at least once.


  • Run the 10-mile River Race in May. –This is happening next weekend, though I may be doing the 15k instead of 10 miles. 
  • Complete at least 5 fitness challenges. (2/5) – I have another challenge picked out but just haven’t started yet.
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water on most days. – I really need to get back into doing this…I am doing better but not as well as I would like.
  • Do something active at least 3 times a week. – I have been keeping up with this so far.


  • Eat at 8 new restaurants on our list of places to try. (1/8)
  • I plan to cook at least 10 international meals this year. (1/10) – We have not been very good with this, so I need to find more motivation to do this. We will be looking at British food next. 
  • Take at least one day to “retreat” and work on my writing, music, etc. – I would really love to do this in May, but I’m still trying to figure out how to make this work in my schedule in May.
  • Do something nice for myself at least 20 times. (1/20)

I think I’m doing pretty well in some areas but not so well in others…looking at my goals each month serves as a really good reminder of what I need to work more on…

In April, we celebrated Easter…

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…and Felix’s 4th birthday.









Felix and I also did a Mother/Son scavenger hunt.









What did you do in April?


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