“On cold December fragrant chaplets blow, / And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow.” — Alexander Pope
I’m so glad it is December.
This is absolutely one of my very favorite months ever. And the fact that this is my baby’s first Christmas…well, this month is more than welcome around here! As I said in my last post, I like writing to-do lists. But I like writing realistic ones. Or at least ones that give me a breather some months. Last month, my to-do list was pretty soft. But I knew I had a baby on the way and didn’t want to overcommit. (<–Or let’s be real…I wouldn’t have gotten anything done anyway, but I would have had guilt along with it!) Anyway, I’m looking at another soft month ahead, and I’m totally excited about that! Here we go, December 2017:
Celebrate my baby’s baptism. I’m about halfway done with her gown. I can’t wait for her special day!!
Make 4 new recipes. Currently thinking: rigatoni, crab pot pie, and sloppy joe’s…I still need one more.
Continue to toddler-proof the house. It’s part of my grand plan for a cleaner house with less cleaning. ha!
Play some Christmas music on the piano. “Sleigh Ride” is a real favorite of mine.
Read “A Christmas Carol” by Dickens. Because it’s Christmastime.
Bake Christmas cookies. See above.
Finish my two knitting projects. I’m making a turban and a stocking for my baby! Shhh…it’s a surprise!
Mail out Christmas cards! Because stationary and photos are so much fun. And I kind of need to.
Wrap presents. And there are a lot of them. Good thing I love wrapping paper parties!
Spend my very favorite holiday with my very favorite people. I LOVE Christmas!
And that’s pretty much it! So, not a lot of hardcore “t0-doing.” But that’s because I know myself too well. haha Because when it comes down to it, all I really want to be doing in December is spending time at home: cooking, knitting, crafting, drinking coffee (and shopping online). So here’s to a restful December 2017! What are your plans?
I was going to say that this November 2017 was my most eventful month of the year. But then I thought through the rest of the year and realized a lot happened in 2017: Army OCS graduation in February, moving in April, finding out in July we are moving again, another graduation in August, my daughter turning two in September, and then of course this month. Those were all big and fairly life-effecting events. But November 2017 still takes the cake. Because my baby arrived healthy and safe and perfect. And that’s a life-changing event! And my favorite kind of event.
But, in keeping with the tradition of these round-ups, let me review my to-do list to see how much I actually got done from it:
Develop a fixed blogging schedule. hahhahahahhaha. This month doesn’t count for having one. Next month.
Knit a Christmas stocking for my baby. I’m at least halfway there!
Write a bit in my novel. This one kinda makes me sad. I wish I had gotten some done. Even just a bit!!
Nest. I full-throttled nested! And still am.
Get back into pilates. It’s still modified as I have to heal my diastasis recti, but it’s going great.
Take a ton of photos. I’m not even done. But yes I took lots of photos.
Celebrate Thanksgiving. Baby’s First Thanksgiving!
Black Friday. With “black friday deals week” I didn’t actually have to shop on ACTUAL black friday.
Quite a few of those were softball assignments, but I did that on purpose. I like having a breathable to-do list when I have something big and life-changing and emotionally impactful coming up– in my case, having a baby. And just as a warning for next post, I’m pretty sure my December to-do list will be even MORE softball. But I don’t mind ending my year quietly–it only makes for an even bigger January!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come back soon. Not just for my December to-do list, but for a few posts I have in the works– specifically a gift-giving guide for your soldier, as well as my November ipsy unboxing, to name a few. Thanks as always for your support; I really enjoy writing for you, and I really hope you enjoy reading!
Bye-bye, November 2017!! You were good to me. In fact, you were my favorite month this year.
” O hushed October morning mild, / Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; / Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, / Should waste them all.” – Robert Frost
It’s October! For so long, I didn’t really like this month…it’s cold…it’s in the way of Thanksgiving and Christmas…it’s full of scary decorations in all the stores. But for some reason, this October I’m totally getting into the spirit of fall! Maybe it’s because I’m in the south and so September didn’t really feel like the fall. Or maybe it’s because my baby will be here soon, that October 2017 is full of good feelings and anticipation. Whatever the reason is, I’m just happy to be excited for this month! And excited for getting my to-do list done:
House clean my blog – I have some irrelevant content that I want to sweep up and trash.
Write my guest blog post – I still need to do this. It’s been on my list for a while.
Finish my baby tutu – I’m working on the top ruffle, and then need to do the bottom one and the waistband!
Read “The Beautiful and the Damned” by F. Scott Fitzgerald – For my book club. And for me.
Complete my baby diary – You guys, I’ve made so much progress. I just need a FINAL push to get this done!
Buy some clearance fall decor – I never really stocked up, and don’t feel like doing it at full price!
Sign up for a class or study phone photography tips – Mostly for blogging, but also just for us.
Spend Halloween with my family – I don’t even like Halloween, but we’ve been married for 4 and never spent one together!
Is it bad my to-do list is shorter than normal? It’s just that last month I made an ambitious list and got like none of it done. So I’m trying to be a bit more realistic. And I also don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, as I really want to enjoy this fall and special time! For some reason, I haven’t been as “productive” lately when it comes to checking off my lists, but I’ve been having really happy and productive days. So it kinda balances itself out in the end I guess! Anyway, what’s on your October 2017 t0-do list? I would love to know, so leave a comment below! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back soon for my next post. (Spoiler: It’s a revelation of the baby mobile I’ve been working on!) See you soon!
“Bronze bells’ breeze of September showers, / Freezing fluttering fragile flowers, / Tearing the time’s tide tactile sense / May leave long love’s lighting lance in tense.” – Marieta Maglas
I love posting round-ups of the month because I get to revisit the past 30ish days and contemplate what we did! This month, pretty much everything we did was NOT on my to-do list. Which I was totally okay with! It was a wonderful month. I always love September and this was a particularly good one. But sometimes good = fun which can also mean too much fun, or in my case, just not getting a lot of my “projected” items done. Here’s my attempts on the to-do list I made at the beginning of the month:
Celebrate my toddler’s birthday! It was a really, really fun day. We did a 2-day celebration for turning 2!
Hmmm… 3/10. Not my best record. In fact, I think it’s my worst! But like I said, we did a lot that wasn’t on the list, and they were (almost) all important things. We created a (paper) list of things that we hadn’t gotten done around the house that were long overdue, and we did every single one of them! I can’t tell you how relieving that felt. haha Plus I need to take a moment to mention that the Starbucks in our area began carrying the PSL and Salted Carmel Mochas, among other things. It’s too important of a September thing to not make note of. Besides the aforementioned coffee, this month was full of swimming, walks, and playdates (toddler mom life), and those are the unplanned things that filled up the month with a lot of fun and special memories.
Anyways, enough about me. What did you do this month? I hope that you will come back soon to see my hopes and dreams for October. And thanks so much for stopping by!
“for all I can really do is /stand here /in September’s rain /savoring…/ soaking it all in/ slipping…” – Sanober Khan
It’s a few days in and I’m already loving September 2017! Maybe because amazon is having a 20% off baby sale all month. I just made my registry! Maybe because I have a bunch of craft projects keeping me busy. Or maybe because September has a bunch of romantic memories for me. Probably a combination of all three! Anyway, I have a list of projected “to-do’s” that I’m hoping will help me usher in fall.
Celebrate my toddler’s birthday! I love celebrating her everyday, so her birthday means a lot to us!
Finish my bunny mobile and decorate the nursery. It’s one big project…mobile goes in the nursery. lol
Get back into writing my novel. It’s been too long. 🙁
Invest some time in photography tips. I’m particularly looking for some phone photo ideas/information.
Enroll in an online class. It can be about blogging, massage, or aromatherapy…etc. I just want to learn!
Journal more. Its therapeutic. So, I need to do it more.
Write a guest post. This is making a reappearance on my to-do list. Because I REALLY need to do it!
Do a daily art project with my toddler. She’s so artistic, and I forget til I see her with a pack of stickers! haha
Finish watching the Gilmore Girls. I started the series soooooo long ago and I’m ready to end it.
Put together my photo album. Luckily, I have all the photos printed. So now I just need to organize them!
I tried really hard not to make this a baby-nesting list. Obviously I have 5 million things running through my head of things I want to do before my little girl arrives. But, I think I should just make an entire post about that! So for now, that’s what I’m hoping I can get done in September 2017. Will it happen? Probably not all of it. Ha! But a girl can dream.
What are your September 2017 goals? Thanks for stopping by. And come back soon!