3.20.2011

101/1001

I was blog surfing tonight and I ran across this blog and this idea and I decided that instead of just making new years resolutions I was going to do this idea. So miss Kait (who spells your name like my sister Smile ) I am going to fulfill your number 14. Love this idea and thank you so much for sharing!
So here’s the deal:

About The Project

Sponsored by Day Zero, the home of the 1001 Day Project. A unique challenge that inspires you to set and achieve your personal goals in life.
The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

(Taken from www.dayzeroproject.com and http://sethandkait.blogspot.com)
Start date: February 6, 2011
End date: November 3, 2013
bold means I am working on it
strike words mean I am finished Smile oh happy day!
1. finish personal progress
2. finish book of mormon in 100 days (here we go james!)
3. go on a date once a month
4. go to the temple once a month
5. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
6. inspire someone to make a 101/1001 list
7. finish wedding scrapbook
8. print my blog into a book for 2010
9. dance in the rain
10. kiss someone at midnight
11. buy a gun...i think
12. and learn to shoot properly
13. make pillows and finish drapes
14. make a quilt
15. prepare names and take them to the temple to get work done
16. write my grandma and grandpa on letter a month while they are on their mission
17. go sky diving
18. hike through a canyon
19. run a 5k
20. run a 10k
21. get a bachelor’s degree
22. pay off my car
23. make James’ mission scrap book
24. write a letter to all of the people that have impacted my life for good
25. drive the California coast ( the PCH)
26. Take James to New York
27. Go with James to a Broadway show -- we went to see wicked together this year. (2011) and surprisingly, James loved it! Can't wait to go see another one!
28. Fit back into my Wedding Dress—I saw on a blog somewhere, this lady takes a picture of her babies in their blessing outfit and her in her wedding dress…That would be quite the accomplishment! We’ll see if I can do that…
29. Watch the series movies: Lord of the Rings; X Man series; Bourne Series; Oceans series; Batman series; Harry Potter series; Star Wars series; Anne of Green Gables series; Chronicles of Narnia series…and James will probably want to add more
30. Read at least one book every month
31. Make a red velvet cake
32. Go camping on the beach
33. Learn how to snow board
34. Go to General Conference in the Conference Center
35. Go through the Salt Lake Temple Best experience EVER! I got to go through with my cousin CR and with the rest of my mom's siblings. All 8 kids in my mom's family were able to be in the temple at the same time. It was a great experience. And it was a live session which was pretty remarkable- I really would like to go back some day soon! 
36. Volunteer at a hospital-- I work at the Northwest Medical Center in the Cardiopulmonary department. I help with stocking and going around to the different departments in the hospital to make sure that all of the Respiratory Therapists have what they need to do their job. I love going and participating in the great service environment. This hospital has an awesome volunteer department. I didn't realize how many people volunteer- it is quite amazing. I feel like this experience is also helping me get ready for school! (which i start Respiratory therapy school in the fall :) ) 
37. Make one new meal from a recipe once a month
38. Give someone a Book of Mormon with my testimony in it For Christmas this past year, I gave one of my friends a Book of Mormon. I just kept feeling like I needed to write down my feelings in a letter and give her something special. Well what better place to write down feelings in than a Book of Mormon! I have no idea if she will ever pick it up and read it, but I know that I feel good about giving her the gift that I did. 
39. Build something out of wood- like a bed frame or a shelf
40. Plant a garden- make sure to include Jasmine! We planted corn, tomatoes, beans, green onions, watermelon, red pepper, and Jasmine. We have picked several beans that were oh so amazing to eat. We also have picked one tomato and have three more almost done! There are ears of corn already growing and the watermelon is vine-ing like crazy! The Jasmine smelled amazing when it bloomed! I love having that smell right there before I walk into the house. We are still waiting for the red pepper and the onions to do something more... Oh we also did cilantro and basil. The cilantro I think would be best as a potted plant because it didn't last long being in the ground, and the basil did poorly at the beginning but then shot up and we love being able to season food with fresh herbs.  It's been super fun to grow a garden and I have learned a ton for my next garden! This is something that I really want to make a big part of life though- it is so wonderful to see fruits of labor literally. 
41. Make a family history book
42. Build up a good food storage supply
43. Learn how to can food


 
 

The New Stuff going on in Young Womens

This year has been fun in young womens so far! We have done some new things that also some old things but I really feel like my girls are getting something from Young Womens. One very satisfying things that has come from Young Womens was a letter that came from one of my girl’s parents- she e-mailed and said that her girls work on Personal Progress every Sunday. They read their scriptures every night and they are just excited to be sisters and daughters of God.

Oh my goodness! What a great feeling it was to hear that! It makes me want to do my job the best as I can and even better! It reminds me how grateful I am to be in Young Womens and how strong these girls are.

In January we set goals for 2011- I had the girls make book marks for their scriptures and write their goals on the back of the book marks. There was on short term goal, one long term goal, and two goals for personal progress. On the front of the book mark was the 13th Article of Faith since that is the theme for this year and the year in big bold letters.

In February we had New Beginnings. The theme was Come Unto Christ- we had tons of pictures of Jesus all around and some cute mood lighting. We also had a big banner that said Come Unto Christ in the front. Each of the members of the presidency got up and talked about difference aspects of the Young Women’s program and how it would take the girls closer to Christ. We also had all of the Laurels and some of the Mia Maids get up and bear their testimony about how the Young Women programs has helped them learn more about their Savior. It was a really fun night and we had some comments from the girls that it was the best New Beginnings they have every had.

Also in February I set up all of the girls to be on the personalprogress.lds.org website so they could use that if they wanted to. I felt like the girls are on the computer so much anyway, this would be a perfect way to keep them completely in-tuned with their progress. Some of them really like it, others really like the book. It was a very simple thing to do and easy to use. If you would like help getting started let me know Smile 

In March, we went back to the basics, and with Choice and Accountability #1 we taught the girls how to pray and how to study. Then we read all of the required scriptures and spend the rest of the time letting the girls study on their own and pass things that off that they needed to pass off.

Now it is Camp season so our activities will be sparse but I am way excited for our next one- we are going off of Integrity #3. There are tons of scriptures to read but we are going to have the girls act them out, each will be in a group, they will read the story together and then act it out for the other girls and then explain why each story has to do with Integrity. I will let you know how that one goes.

Next Sunday is the Young Women’s general broadcast. Our stake is also going to be recognizing the girls that have finished or are close to finishing their young women medallion. We wanted to have as many girls finish as we could so we have been encouraging them like no other to try to finish or at least do as much as they can- we probably have about 5 girls that are going to be recognized and it has been so fun to see them all working really hard to finish for this night! I am thinking of having a big ice cream party at the end of the year for all of the girls- for each value that you have finished, you get to add a topping to your ice cream…or something like that, still fun for everyone but the girls that have been working really hard get an extra treat.  

I have become a little crafty

It has been a way long time since I have posted and I feel terribly bad. Life has gotten extremely busy and I don’t know where exactly time has gone. I can’t believe that it is the middle of March. I am counting down the days til the end of this semester so I can be finished with my associates and move on to the stage on life.

James is doing very well in school and is enjoying all of his classes. It is so fun to see him learning so much and understanding things that I could only dream of understanding. He works so hard all the time in school, the two jobs that he has, and with his side business of PC Repair. On top of all of that, he is always a good husband to me Smile  He plans to graduate in December of 2012! That makes me so excited! I can’t believe it is only 1.5 years away! Closer than we have ever been before!

My schooling is going well. I having officially applied to the NAU nursing program so I am now just waiting to hear back on their decision. If I get in, I will start in the Fall and it will be a 5 semester program. I am going to work full time this semester too…oh the joys of having to pay a car payment and all of the other bills….

We haven’t really had a whole lot of relaxation time this semester, but we have gotten away a couple times. We went to Phoenix with a two of our couple friends and went four wheeling and shooting. That was an awesome weekend! It’s great to have friends with connections to fun toys! Another weekend we went to Phoenix and stayed in a fancy hotel (thank goodness for Priceline!) and went to a Boyce Avenue concert- James’ favorite band. It was probably one of the more entertaining concerts that I have been to. They were very good at getting the audience involved and because it was in a smaller venue, it was easy to hear and see.  We have also been able to get together with friends on multiple occasions for parties and just to hang out which is always a good break.

One of the things I like to do in my spare time is blog stalk. I love seeing all of the things that people create and make and how cute everything is. Well for Christmas I got a sewing machine and I decided that I needed to make a few things around my home. I decided I needed to be a little crafty. So I have done two things so far for  my home in the sewing department, painted something, made some pictures for my wall, and sewed a hat with my friend Loni’s help.

The things that I sewed for my home are two pillows, soon to be 4 because I needed new couch pillows. The ones that I had before didn’t really match the scheme of my family room so I needed something different. So I found some cheap drapes from Walmart and decided to make new pillows. James wouldn’t let me just buy some because he said that they are a waste of money cuz they just get thrown around anyway…..this is conversation that we choose not to have lol. 

Next sewing project will be to finish the other two pillows and also add fabric to my drapes so that they actually touch the floor. These projects are very easy sewing things and completely beginner. The hat that Loni helped me sew was so not as beginner but it was way fun to learn! And I am very proud of the final outcome.  I look forward to making more fun things like the hat and the pillows….maybe someday my sewing lines will become straight….

The pictures that I made just say “HOME” and they are now on a vacant wall that will soon be  painted and need more d├ęcor on it. These were super each and cheap- I got a package of frames from Walmart for $12 and a booklet of paper for $5. Then I used my sister’s Criket to cut out the letters and tada! The pictures are finished. Soon there will be the accompanying words “FAMILY”, “LOVE”, and “FOREVER” on there…or something to that effect…it’s a work in progress. And hopefully I will be able to finish!

I have tons of plans for other things to do and I can’t wait until I get a good moment to do everything. There have been many times that I  have told James I am going to quit everything and just stay home to play with arts and crafts…he never really says yes or no, just kind of laughs.

that’s pretty much all for now—I will post lots of pictures later…I have to wait til I upload them on a different computer cuz my computer sd card drive is broken Sad smile and in order to fix it I would need a whole new computer inside thing (no idea what it is, that’s James’ job).

Til next time!