Well I did not make it on to post last week due to Thanksgiving but I’M BACK! I am feeling super motivated after a realization I had last week. My accomplishments between the 1st of September and November 15th:

  • I finished one 4 credit online class along with two 3 credit classes
  • I started working 40 hours a week for the first time in 2+ years
  • I had my second child on October 6th
  • I started a new “beauty” routine (more to come on that later)

So not to toot my own horn but I am feeling very proud of myself. Before I started this semester in school I went through a short period where I thought about taking a term break since I was going to be learning how to juggle two little boys now, but I decided to move on and continue with school. And boy am I so happy that I did! With the way my school works my semester still does not end until the end of February and I can take as many more classes as I would like to do. So onward to my next class; a four credit natural science class. This is a big milestone in my education because it is my last class before I begin to take all of the elementary education classes (YAY!).

For the upcoming week my next goals will be:

  1. Get one section of classwork done in Natural Science
  2. Finally make those cookies I have been craving for the last month!
  3. Wrap some presents
  4. Write 2 different blog posts on top of my weekly check in
    1. Baking with a 2 year old
    2. My new obsession – beauty

One Month In & Goals



Little Lincoln is officially a month old (and a few days…oops!). This month has been full of firsts for us. He has given dad a few little smirks, he is trying to find his voice now, and he is starting to actually watch people. I love my little boy but now that he is starting to be more alert it is much more enjoyable! Before he was born many knew about my fear of how Ezekiel was going to act…I am pleased to say that he is just GREAT with his little brother. He may not always want to deal with Lincoln, but when he does it is probably the cutest thing you’ll ever see. Watching Ezekiel interact with Lincoln just melts my heart. Not to make everything seem perfect we definitely are having some major tantrums coming from Ezekiel and some colicyness from Lincoln, but taking everything day by day is all we can do.

Onto school…for a while I felt as if I dropped off the planet when it came to submitting my tasks (thank goodness my schooling is self-paced!!). I literally did not do a THING for about 3 weeks, but in the last 2 I have finished one class and am half way through my next.

To hold myself accountable I am putting it out there for all to see that my next goal is to finish the second half of my class by the 18th, because the in-laws are coming to town. That way I can take a week off and not focus to much on school during Thanksgiving. Goal #2 I would like to finish my science class by December 15th, because my school mentor is doing an Amazon giveaway and each class finished by that date is one entry…and who doesn’t love FREE money?! Goal #3 I want to get on here more to create more posts. I would like to shoot for at least one a week.

Now I do want to be reasonable since I do have a one month old and a 2 year old so my posts may not always be super detailed but this is something I want to do for me. With goals put out there for everyone to see I think I will be more likely to do this. And for anyone who wants to be held accountable with another person for any of their goals I am here! Let’s do this TOGETHER!

To move or to not to move…


So this has been a nagging thought in my head for months now (not that I can do anything about it right away) but I read an article last night describing the budget deficit that my current school district is in. This is bad for two reasons; my sons will be going to school here and I will be becoming a teacher here in the next year. So after sleeping on that thought and waking up everything inside of me told me that I CANNOT live here. I don’t know what it was that took over because I’ve known were not in a very good school district but I wanted to make it work because all of our friends and family are here. And if we move it will be to a place we know no one and won’t have the help like we do here. I feel like I like the idea of starting fresh in a new city but it also terrifies me! My question for you readers out there is…have any of you done this? How did it turn out? And if you could recommend a place for a young family of 4 to move to (anywhere in the U.S) where would it be and why?