My 12 Goals for 2016: April Update

My 12 Goals for 2016

My main goals for 2016 are to work on finances and myself.  I’ve been too busy with kids’ activities to work on myself much.  The last few months have been all about survival!  However, by mid-month, all of our commitments will end, and I’ll be enjoying summer and schoolwork.  I plan to make May through August the months I make a lot of headway in these goals.

Here’s how I did in April:

Exercise 4,160 minutes in 2016.
4.2% Complete.  In April, I exercised for 41 minutes.

In March, I didn’t exercise at all.

In February, I only exercised for 30 minutes!!!

I exercised 103 minutes in January.

Write in my journal 100 times this year.  1% Complete.  No journal writing in April.

Save 10 to 15% of my husband’s income.  16.6% Complete.  We did not do this in April or March.  In April, we had unexpected house repairs, and in March we had travel expenses.

Stay within our budget all 12 months of the year.  25% Complete.  My income took a hit in April, so we weren’t able to do this.

Read 52 books this year, and blog about each of them.  28.8% Complete.  I was able to read and blog about 3 books in April:

I was able to read and blog about 4 books in March:

I was able to read and blog about 4 books in February:

I was able to read and blog about 4 books in January:

I also joined Goodreads.  If you’re on there, I’d love to become friends.

Make 12 homemade gifts for Christmas.  0% Complete.  I am already planning what I want to start working on first when our obligations end.

Get organized!  33% Completed.

This month I worked on our budgeting system.  Yay!  Look for a post on that later this week.  For May, I want to declutter and have a garage sale.

In March, we decluttered more kids’ clothes.  I took three more bags to the resale shop, so now I have $52 in credit, which I’ll use for birthday and Christmas presents.

In February, we decluttered our bedroom and the kids’ closets.  I took five bags of items to the kids’ resale shop, and I packed up a box for a garage sale later in the year.  We also threw away alot.

In January, we worked on organizing the kids’ schedule for chores and school.  It’s worked wonderfully, which is great because right now we’re too busy to be unorganized!

Enter 200 giveaways.  11% Complete.  Woo hoo!  I’m on a roll so far.  NOT.  I have entered 23 giveaways so far, and I haven’t won any yet.  Whomp, whomp, whomp.  🙂

Get into a regular prayer routine.  5% Complete.  I’m making small progress with this.  I’ve taken to reading an annotated Bible that I got for my son, but really, I’m still too erratic with this.  I need a regular routine.

Control my sugar consumption.  As of today, May 2nd, I am giving up my beloved mint patties.  I’m not sure how long that will be for, but at least 30 days, but more likely longer.

Go Paleo again.  10% Complete.  I’m about 70% Paleo right now, but there are still some non-Paleo foods that I need to eliminate from my diet like chips (uh-hum).

Visit Michigan.  COMPLETED!!  We went to Ohio and Michigan in March and had a great time, even if we had to drive in some wonky weather.  (More on that later.)  I can’t wait to share all of the fun things we did!

Do you set goals for the new year?  If so, what goals are you setting?


Dragonwings by Laurence Yep: A Book Review

One thing I love about studying Bookshark’s 5th grade history and literature curriculum, which studies the Eastern Hemisphere, is learning more about good books about Asians.

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I saw Dragonwings by Laurence Yep in the young adult section of the library and picked it up to read myself.  Yep says in the afterword of the book that he read of a Chinese man, Fung Joe Guey, who flew for 20 minutes in 1909.  Based on that small newspaper clipping, he created the book, Dragonwings.

Dragonwings begins with the story of an eight year old boy, Moon Shadow, who lives in China with his mother and grandmother.  His father is working in the United States, and Moon Shadow doesn’t remember him because it’s been so long since he’s seen him.  When a friend of Moon Shadow’s father, Hand Clap, comes back to China to bring Moon Shadow to the U.S. to reunite with his father, Moon Shadow’s life changes dramatically.

Moon Shadow gets to know his father, Windrider, but he also quickly adapts to life in the United States.  Being a Chinese man in San Francisco at the turn of the century is not easy, and Moon Shadow and Windrider have their share of difficulties.  Still, even though they struggle financially and desperately miss their family in China, a deep relationship is forged between the two.

Moon Shadow wonders if his father has completely gone mad when he learns that Windrider wants to build a flying machine like the Wright brothers, but his mother writes to Moon Shadow specifically and asks him to support his father, so he does.

One thing I loved about this book was all of the history that was woven throughout including the San Francisco Earthquake, the Wright brothers’ great flight, and the political scene of the day.  This is a great way to teach kids more about history because the details are woven seamlessly throughout the plot.

I enjoyed this book by Yep and plan to check out a few more of his works.  I’ve also given the book to Bookworm to read.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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Beef Stew

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