This post contains affiliate links.  The last two weeks have been busy ones! We finally closed on our home and now own it!  I can’t wait for my husband to get to work on the landscaping!

In addition, my husband had to take a business trip to Philadelphia, and since we’re now so close, the girls and I tagged along.  We had a busy two and a half days soaking up Philadelphia, but we still have so much more to do if we get the chance to go back again.  (I’ll tell you about it next week.)  I love that we’re closing enough to go on trips with my husband again.  When we lived in Chicago, we tagged along to Montreal, Boston, Colorado (this trip was for my conference), and North Carolina.

Meanwhile, here are my 2022 goals part 2: week 9 & 10 of 24.

My Goals for 2022
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My Goals for 2022 Part 2


These new home improvement goals are based on our new house.

  1. Paint the front family roomThis is done, but I can’t show you pictures because we still have a few boxes to unpack.
  2. Paint the downstairs hallway.
  3. Paint PB & J Girl’s bedroom.  I’ll have pictures to share next week.  (I wanted to share this week, but she says it’s not picture worthy yet!)
  4. Paint Cuddle Bug’s bedroom.  This room had green carpet and dark yellow walls.  We can’t afford to replace the carpet yet, but Cuddle Bug embraced it and picked a light green comforter and a light green accent wall.  I love the way she embraced a color she would never chose and doesn’t really like.
    Cuddle Bug’s Bedroom BEFORE
    Cuddle Bug’s Bedroom AFTER

    Cuddle Bug’s Bedroom AFTER
  5. Replace the kitchen sink.
  6. Buy lawncare and snow removal equipment.  (The owner of our new home kindly left their lawn mower and week wacker, so we don’t have to buy lawncare equipment.)
  7. Move or trim some of the trees and landscaping close to the house to let in more natural light.
  8. Replace one of the bedroom windowsWe have ordered this and paid 50 percent down.  The window company originally said the install date would be mid-December (brrrr!), but now it’s looking like it will be sometime in early to mid-November.


Walk 175 Miles This Year

We walked 11 miles over 2.5 days in Philadelphia!!  I would guess we spent about 275 minutes walking.

This goal is 73.6% complete.  For the year, I’ve walked 128.9 miles on the treadmill, for 2488 minutes.

Start Weight Watchers Again

I intended to start after Philadelphia, but we came home to no food and a busy week, so we had to eat what we could.  This weekend I will make a food plan, reacquaint myself with the program, and start on Monday.


Read 40 Books

This goal is 77.5% complete.  I read Animal Farm to the girls, and we finished it this week.  I have completed 31 books in 2022:

Animal Farm (review coming soon)

Tasting the Sky (review coming soon)

Cloud Cuckoo Land

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Last Bookshop in London

The Unusual Life of Thomas Weaver

Know My Name

William Booth 

For Those Who Are Lost

The Physicists’ Daughter

All the Bright Places

Hiding in the Spotlight 

Find Us

Lillies of the Field 

Rock Paper Scissors 

David Bussau 

A Night Divided 

Bright Lights, Prairie Dust 

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality 

I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen–My Journey Home 

Brother Andrew 

Surviving the Forest

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Die with Zero

The Unanswered Letter

The Fault in Our Stars

Going Solo

Ida Scudder

The Night She Disappeared,

The Push,

Wuthering Heights

I’m currently reading/listening to several books.  (Check out my reading challenge to see what I plan to read this year.)

Write in My Journal 30 Times This Year

This goal is 60% complete.  I have written in my journal 18 times this year.

Make a Recipe Binder

Not yet.  I know the recipes I want to add, so, that’s a start?


Take Eight Local Trips

Four more trips to go, but winter seems to be closing in.  I have to get busy!

This goal is 50% complete.

In Arizona

Trip #1: We took our first trip to a local pop-up history event set in the 1880s.  We saw a blacksmith working and listened to a band play old time music from the 1880s.  It was a small event but fun.

Trip #2: We went to the Japanese Children’s Day Festival!

In Michigan

Trip #3:  We stopped by Michigan to visit my mom before we make our way to New York.  We decided to visit Adams Blueberry Farm to pick some organic blueberries.  My kids haven’t done this for 8 years, since we moved to Arizona.  My husband and I both commented how nice it is to be back in a place where we can do activities like this.

In New York

I’ve increased this goal from four local trips to eight because everything in New York will be new to us.  Plus, we want to get out and enjoy our area before the snow comes!

In Pennsylvania

Trip #4:  More details coming next week about our trip to Philly!


Learn How to Homeschool in New York:

This goal is complete!  Yeah!

    1. Watch info videos on how to homeschool in New York.
    2. Make an education plan for this year for each of the girls
    3. Contact the local district and fill out the appropriate paperwork
    4. Find homeschool groups to join. .


These are the goals I’ve achieved so far in 2022:


In our old house, our realtor hooked us up with her contract.  He and his team were able to finish our master bathroom for much less than the tile company we hired last December to remodel the master shower.

My Goals for 2022
Our master bathroom BEFORE


  1. Replace the sliding glass door handle DONE!
  2. Finish our master bathroom (We had a new shower tile installed, but we still have improvements to make.)
    *Replace the master bathroom towel holders (new addition)
    *Paint the master bathroom ceiling (new addition)
    *Paint the master bathroom (new addition)
    *Paint the master bathroom trim (new addition)

Travel to Michigan

We went to Michigan!!  We’ve actually gone to Michigan three times this year because of all the back-and-forth driving we’ve done between Arizona and New York.  This goal has been accomplished many times over.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, my goals for 2022!  I’d love to hear how your goals are progressing in the new year.

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