101 Days gone…10 things done and 4 in progress!

Today I am officially 101 days into my 1001 days of my Day Zero Project.  The idea is that you pick 101 things you want to do within a 1001 day time frame. If you would like to see my complete list and read some more details about it you can do that here.

I have completed 10 items on my list! Hooray!  We took a road trip a few weeks ago and completed 4 things just in that trip alone! Here is a quick picture that I took when we were on the ferry (number 44) from Bainbridge Island.  If you look really hard you can see the Space Needle, which we had visited the day before (number 47), in the background between our heads. More on the fun trip we had to come!2016-08-09 10.50.17

Here are the 10 that are finished! There are some less than desirable items on my list, but all of these were fun (and delicious) to complete.

  • #23-Visit Olympic National Park
  • #24-Meditate daily for 30 days
  • #35-Plan a family road trip
  • #44-Ride a ferry to an island
  • #47-Visit the Space Needle
  • #55-Take Taelin whale watching
  • #79-Tye dye t-shirts with Taelin
  • #83-Light off fireworks…myself
  • #86-Order cupcakes to be delivered from Georgetown Cupcakes
  • #93-Find a vegetable Taelin likes

I also have 4 goals that are in progress.  I have started all of these but they aren’t quite finished.

  • #8-Take Taelin to 5 different museums
  • #43-Make my scrapbook area actually usable
  • #51-Find 5 new places to hike
  • #100 Complete a reading challenge

Anyone want to join me and make a list of their own?  Head over to Day Zero Project to sign up for a free account!



Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier


The title of this book is what grabbed my attention and didn’t let go.  I wasn’t disappointed.

When I picked this book, I had no idea who Ron Fournier was.  Turns out, if I paid any real attention to politics, I might have.  Fournier spent 20 years working for the Associated Press, part of that time in Washington D.C.  He is a senior political columnist of National Journal. But this book isn’t really about any of that.  It is about Fournier being a dad. Continue reading

Planning a Road Trip and Why My Sister is Awesome

Last night I was on my phone with my sister, trying to figure out some details about a road trip that my little family is taking.  We have a few scheduled stops (the places we are going to be sleeping because I don’t want to be looking for a hotel with a tired kid)  but I was freaking out a little about getting around, what we were going to do, how we were going to meet up, etc, etc, etc.  I was making myself crazy.  I want the road trip to be fun.  I want us to enjoy the time together and discover some cool things on the way.   Continue reading

Upcoming Classes @ Young at Art: Story Time and Craft

I am so excited for the upcoming classes I’m teaching at Young at Art because they combine two of my most favorite things, kids and books!  I am really hoping to make this a monthly thing if all goes well this month. (I already have books picked out for October and November so I am crossing my fingers!) I am going to pick some of my favorite children’s literature to read aloud and then plan either a craft (or two) to with the kids or have a canvas for kids to paint that has been inspired by the book.  Sounds fun, right?!?

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