Round-Up: May 2017

Round-Up: May 2017

“If you never try, you’ll never know.”

I usually try to find a poetic excerpt that fits with the month at hand, but this quote really struck me as perfectly fitting for this particular month.  The word “may” is so important, because it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to effort.  Everyone “can.”  If you try, you can, but if you don’t try, you definitely can’t.  That’s where “may” comes in.  I want to put an emphasis on “may” in my daily life, giving myself permission (or motivation) to DO things that I have or have not tried.  Instead of focusing on “can I?” and “will I fail?” instead I want to focus on “may I?”  Because I know, I CAN.  Even if not the first time, eventually I can.  I just have to try, and allow myself to try.

I also felt that this quote was fitting to the month that bears Memorial Day.  If those countless heroes hadn’t ever “tried,” then none of us would ever have experienced the freedom we are experiencing here and now in the USA.  It was their effort, their strength, and their ability that have paved the way for and preserved the country we so love.  I am incredibly grateful and honored to be living in a place that heroes built and secured, and continue to operate today.  Thank you for you service.  You will never be forgotten!

And thank you to my readers for caring enough to read a monthly round-up of my less-than-shocking life.  It’s really nice that you care, and please make sure to let me know you came because I like to follow back.  Whether it’s social media or your own blog, leave me a note in the comment section so I can check out your work!

Onto the main meat of this post…my to-do lis for May 2017.  At the beginning of the month, I said I wanted this list to be more enjoyable.  And I actually think it was–which is why I did 9/10 items!  Hmm..maybe I should remember this for next time– I get more done when it’s something I want to do…oops!  Anyone else?

  1. Order and print our family photos. The prints are ordered, and I can’t wait to hang them!
  2. Update a few corners of my blog.  1st update of the year. New pics, no ads, and an evaluation of my content.
  3. Finish our garden.  I will took a “before” pic, when all the plants were small, and plan to take an “after” later!
  4. Get at least 3 seeds to grow. I have alyssum flowers (like 8) & 1 mini pumpkin.  Planning to grow a gourd too.
  5. Go on a creature-seeking adventure.  We went to the Aquarium and on a Safari adventure (my fav).
  6. Cast off my baby cozy. Ran out of yarn, but decided to create a trim to bring the second color into the design.
  7. Find time to write in my novel.
  8. Plan one picnic.  We went on a non-traditional “machine gun picnic” to watch Daddy train.  Loud but fun!
  9. Experience Maskcara IIID foundation.  IT FINALLY CAME.  IN REAL LIFE.  A post will ensue.
  10. Celebrate our birthdays!  We celebrated our birthdays on the same day, and it was so much fun.

I got the same 9/10 score as last month, so hopefully I’m starting a trend of to-do list success for myself.   I feel more motivated to have success in my future June to-do list now that I have been able to make progress for two lists in a row.  (My March to-do list was a bit of a doozy and my success was less than successful). One thing I forgot to do at the beginning of May was pick a special keyword that was supposed to animate my month.  Since this to-list was intended to be “fun,” I will count my focus word on having more “fun” in my daily life (and I won’t forget to make a focus word for June).

I can definitely attest that this was a super, super fun month.  My husband planned so many activities for us that our weekends were just brimming with happiness (aka coffee and retail therapy).   And while the most fun moment of the month might have been having a buffalo stick its head inside our truck

–or no actually, when a zebra opened the truck door–

there were plenty of “quiet” moments that really filled my May 2017 with a peaceful joy.  Knitting my first piece for the baby (it’s a bundting wrap) really felt special, and helped connect me with my growing baby in a very real way.  Gardening and grilling outside became entertaining as well as therapeutic for our whole family.  Celebrating our birthdays together is something I look forward to all year, so that definitely helped brighten the month.  But my very favorite moment of all of May 2017 was when I saw my baby for the first time on the ultrasound screen, and heard it’s tiny heartbeat thump across the monitor.  The miracle of life is truly breathtaking.  And knowing that the tiny person I am seeing and hearing is our own one–its an inexpressible joy.  I’m only 16.5 weeks pregnant, but I feel like in no time I will be holding my new little baby.  I can’t wait!

I hope your May was spectacular.  As always, leave a comment below letting me know what you have been up to!  My next post will be my June to-do list, and will be coming out in a  day or two.  I hope you’ll come back to read it!

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