Monday, June 21, 2010

101 in 1001!

I decided to start doing this the other day. It's from

Here's what the website says about the project:
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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

So here's my list. I'll make new posts and keep it updated. I'm really excited about this.
Bolded= done
Italics= in progress

1)no dirty dishes in the sink at the end of the night for 30 days
2)Don't eat out for 30 days
3)Finish crocheting blankets in time for birthday presents this year (in progress)
4)Take a family vacation to another state
5)Sand, clean, and paint the front porch all by myself
6)Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
7)Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
8)Not log into facebook for a whole week!
9)Identify 100 things that makes me happy
10)Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor
11)plant a tree
12)Sew a skirt
13)Sew and decorate curtians for the kitchen
14)Go to the Shedd Aquarium
15)Clean out and organize basement completely
16)Bake a loaf of bread
17)Lose 30 pounds
18)Read the entire bible
19)Watch all seasons of The Gilmore Girls
20)Go to the zoo
21)Complete a coloring book
22)Read 100 books (In progress 0/100)
23)Influence a person to make a day zero list
24)Spend a rainy day watching films in my PJ's
25Stop smoking
26Organize my recipes
27Finish the Cars cross-stitch for the boys room
28Write in my journal every day for two weeks (0/14)
29Save a thousand dollars in one year
30Pick 5 people who have changed my life and write each of them a etter (0/5)
31Write my sons letters in their notebooks once a month for two years (0/24)
32Donate to stamp out hunger in 2011
33Learn how to say "I love you" in five different languages (0/5)
34Organize photos and put into albums
35Write bad memories on a piece of paper ; burn them
36)Learn how to knit on a loom
37read a little from the bible twice a week to my boys for two months (0/16)
38 Do 50 reviews for my blog
39Finish quilting new placemats for dining room table
40finish my book of search-a-words
41Make my own ABC book for the boys
42Donate 100,000 grains of rice at FreeRice
43Make three medium-to-large size donations to charity (0/3)
44Clean out the garage
45Leave 50 positive notes ( (0/50)
46Have five date nights with Doug
47Learn how to knit with needles
48Buy and complete a workbook about how to be positive
49Go to the eye doctor
50Make my own ice cream
51Complete NaNoWriMo
52Make a will
53Stop using plastic grocery bags altogether
54Create a scrapbook
55Read a book written by someone I disagree with
56Clean out my closet
57Make pizza from scratch
58Own 5 bras that fit properly - In progress (3/5)
59Find a favorite scripture and memorize it
60Try 20 new recipes (0/20)
61Take a vitamin every day for a month (0/30)
62Re-watch every episode of Sex and the City
63Participate in NaBloPoMo
64Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
65Get Tristan completely potty trained
66Help Daemon learn to read
67Help Daemon learn to count to 50
68Help Tristan learn to walk
69Spend one complete day each with my husband and two sons
70Make a chocolate mousse cake from scratch
71Start a savings account for Tristan
72Finish a crossword puzzle with no help
73Get a family picture taken
74no computer for thirty days (0/30)
75 make a tutu and fairy wand for Lala for Christmas
76learn how to can strawberry jelly
77donate something that I cherish
78go to church every sunday for 3 months (0/12)
79Make my own bath bombs
80learn how to make my own laundry soap
81write Doug a letter and put it in his work shirt every day for a week (0/7)
82 buy and complete a daily devotional book
83Take the kids to Lake Michigan once during the summer
84Try two new cookie recipes this Christmas
85See a drive-in movie
86Take a family day trip to Cantigny
87Clean out my kitchen cabinets and lay down contact paper. New
88start and complete Jesus cross-stitch
89delete all groups except fiive on Cafemom - Completed
90Delete my MySpace account
91Go to the habitat for humanity restore and look around
92)earn how to make my own candles
93)Do a Relay for Life
94)Post my testimony for Christ on my blog
95)Pray everyday for a month
96)Fast for one day
97)Give up pop for a week
98)Make outline of story for nanowrimo
99)crochet a blanket just for me in the colors I want
100)Donate $3 to Gleaning the Harvest for every task i don't complete
101)Finish writing another 101 things list by the end of 1001 days

Sunday, June 6, 2010

It's so frustrating!!

I don't know how to be a homemaker. I'm sure that this is what God wants me to be doing but I really have no idea how to do it. I'm trying to battle 5 years of not really scrubing anything in this house. Some days I don't even know where to begin. My carpet is filthy, there is dirt and dust on the walls and I don't have any matching furniture except my couch and loveseat.

I know I don't need all new, fancy things to make a home but I don't know how to make the stuff I DO have better. I don't know how to stick to a meal plan. I can't get out every week to shop. I'm just so frustrated.

But what worries me most of all is the fact that I have no idea how to raise my boys in the Lord. I didn't go to church when I was a child. I went for a little while when I was a teenager but that stopped when my father died when I was 17. At the time I didn't want anything to do with God.

My husband is not a believer so it's up to me. What if I fail them at this? I just stumble around. I don't know a lot of scripture, I don't got to church often. I'm just lost.

I read all these wonderful blogs from ladies that homeschool, make everything from scratch, run a house and a farm, and have more than 5 children. I sit back and wonder why I can't get it together with only 2 children and a small house.