Tuesday, February 5, 2013

40 Things To Do By 40 | 6 Month Update

Bet you thought I forgot. I didn't. I am still plunking away at my 40 Things To Do By 40 Project, just not making a big deal about it on the blog. But we are halfway through my year and it seems appropriate to do a little progress report, at least on these areas. First observation? I have to step up the pace, especially in my creative endeavors.

Here's what I've been reading to the kids:

Book #1 {The Magic Tree House #10 | Ghost Town at Sundown, Mary Pope Osbourne}
Book #2 {The Magic Tree House #11 | Lions at Lunchtime, Mary Pope Osbourne}
Book #3 {The Magic Tree House #12 | Polar Bears Past Bedtime, Mary Pope Osbourne}
Book #4 {Imagination Station #1 | Voyage with the Vikings, Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker}
Book #5 {Socks, Beverly Clearly}
Book #6 {Herbie Jones and the Second Grade Slippers, Suzy Kline}
Book #7 {Imagination Station #2 | Attack at the Arena, Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker}
Book #8 {Imagination Station #3 | Peril in the Palace, Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker}
Book #9 {Stella Bats #2 | Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, Courtney Sheinmel}
Book #10 {Stella Bats #3 | Pardon Me, Courtney Sheinmel}
Book #11 {Herbie Jones Sails into Second Grade, Suzy Kline}
Book #12 {Imagination Station #4 | Revenge of the Red Knight, Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker}
Book #13 {Piper Reed The Great Gypsy, Christine Davenier}
Book #14 {Cabin Creek Mysteries #4 | The Haunting of Hillside School, Kristiana Gregory}
Book #15 {Harvey's Horrible Snake Disaster, Eth Clifford}

Book #16 Piper Reed Navy Brat (Book 1), Christine Davenier
Book #17 Stella Batts #4 | A Case of the Meanies, Courtney Sheinmel
Book #18 Piper Reed #4 / Campfire Girl, Christine DavenierBook #19 Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth, Barbara Park
Book #20 The Tiara Club | Princess Charlotte and the Birthday Ball, Vivian French
Book #21 Piper Reed #5/Rodeo Star, Christine Davenier

21 Down, 19 to Go!

I really haven't done much besides scrapbooking for Project Life to get my creative juices flowing. I am hoping in the upcoming weeks to keep up the creativity in other areas. I used to do that kind of thing a lot. But there is already so much "stuff" around the house that has to do with being a parent of small ones that I find I hate pulling out anymore "stuff" that adds to the clutter. But I'm slipping behind in this arena, so I need to step it up BIG TIME!

Project 3: Showers of Blessing Baby Shower
Project 4: Hooked on MOPS Mini Gift
Project 5: Personalized Bird Nest Pendants
Project 6: Beaded Earrings
Project 7: Knotted Headband
Project 9: Glittered Salt Dough Ornaments

9 Down, 31 to Go!

#12 Goldendale Observatory State Park
#13 Maryhill Stonehenge
#14 Baldwin Saloon
#15 Twin Park
#16 Pioneer Pumpkins and Corn Maze
#17 Taco Del Mar (really, first time and loved it!)

17 Down, 24 to Go!
#9 Greek Tacos
#10 Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
#11 Exquisite Pizza Sauce
#12 Creamy Winter Squash Soup
#11 Greek Tacos
#17 Homemade Fruit Snacks
#19 BBQ Meatballs

20 Down, 20 to Go!

I have a long way to go, but I love that I'm doing this. I am learning a lot about myself in this process.

First, I go in fits and spurts. There will be a period of time when I do a ton and feel like I'm knocking off so many things, then I crash and want to do absolutely nothing. Second, I pick one area to focus on at a time and chunk a few off. I don't do the balance thing well. But isn't that the pursuit of life, achieving balanced living. It's so elusive for me. I am such a pendulum that swings completely one way before the momentum forces me back that other way. Still... I am so glad that I am doing this, even if it isn't something that I post on the blog regularly. I find it is helping me to look for new books, new places, and new foods when I usually would rather default to my old favorites. And I don't think I need to spend any more time looking for new creative projects (hello pinterest), just more time DOING them.

What new things are you doing lately?



  1. '40 New Things By 40' was a huge undertaking and I think you're doing great! I especially love the 40 new places, what a fun idea!

  2. The new places has changed where we go for weekend family trips. Rather than an old familiar place we've tried some new things. I am such a creature of habit (I always order the same thing at a restaurant) that this has been a good push for me personally. Thanks for the encouragement.