2016 Goal List Results

It’s time to check in and see how I did with last year’s Goal List. I would say we did pretty darn well. I’m happy to report that so many of this list was checked off.


  • Buy a home and settle in
  • Buy an investment property (this was a pretty lofty goal, it’s more in the 10 year plan really)
  • Build back up our savings account

Personal Growth:

  • Lose the 10+ pounds I’ve held on to since last year. Work is really getting in the way of my workouts! I did get a standing desk last month, so hoping that helps.
  • Get a promotion or better job I got a promotion! I am so, so grateful!
  • Read at least 60 Books this year (I only made it to 32 this year, but with the busy year we had, I think that’s not too shabby)
  • Get Google Admin certified. I epic failed this one, but now I have a different cert I need to work towards my next promotion…

Travel & Family Adventures: We didn’t go all the places I wanted, but we had a lot of fun adventures.

  • Visit the Columbia Gorge
  • Go on at least one camping trip this summer
  • Take Piglet on the Zoo train
  • Explore the Japanese Tea Gardens in Portland
  • Hike Silver Falls
  • Visit Imagine Play in McMinnville (it closed before we could go, so sad!)
  • Take Piglet to OMSI (sis-in-law did this, but we’d like to go too!)
  • Teach Piglet how to swim

Home DIY & Crafts

  • Build mudroom closet
  • Whole house paint makeover
  • Build office desk (made over a Goodwill desk instead)
  • Paint kitchen cabinets white
  • Make Piglet a train room
  • Repaint the deck
  • Repaint the house trim

This year I have some great new goals:


  • Save up for an SUV or all wheel drive vehicle (used, preferably something that can handle all the rough weather we get up here)
  • Save for a family trip, ideally to the Gorge
  • Start contributing to our IRA accounts again

Personal Growth:

  • Get the lead promotion this summer when my manager retires
  • Get Project + Certification
  • Go to the Gym at least 2x per week, walk the dog, wrestle Piglet, or do a workout video on other days. Goal is to lose 10 pounds, but really just get back to feeling fit.

Travel and Family Adventures:

  • Visit the Gorge
  • Take a family trip, just the three of us, not to see family, but just for us
  • Visit our California family this summer
  • Hike Silver Falls

Home DIY & Crafts:

  • Build shed
  • Build porch swing
  • Build built in dressers or storage in master
  • Landscape the yard
  • Plant a garden




New Year, 2017

Happy New Year, friends! Here we are in 2017, and we are entering my 9th year of blogging. 9 years. I know I’m a lot more sporadic than I was in the beginning, but for those of you who have stuck around, I’m so grateful. I love being able to hop on the blog and look back over the years.

This was a tame New Years, but in the best way. Like Christmas, we spent it at home, just the three of us. We played Trouble with Piglet, and then went mattress shopping (bought a temper-pedic, omg so excited!) and then topped off the evening with a nice sushi dinner.

After Piglet passed out, Match and I stayed up to watch Deadpool, and then went to bed before midnight.

I have such a good feeling about this new year. I just received a promotion at work right before the Christmas break. I’m on my way to achieving some work goals I’ve been working towards for the past 2 years. It feels so good to be working for a place that appreciates me.

Match is in his electrical apprenticeship, and loving it. He doesn’t love the commute, and my hope for the New Year is that he gets hired on with a local company, and doesn’t have to make the 1.5 hour trek to Portland every day.

For Piglet, he’s loving life at his preschool. Switching daycares this past spring was the best decision we have made for him. He’s thriving there, and has so many little friends to spend his days with. He comes home singing adorable new songs, and his fine motor skills are really developing. They also make sure the kids get outside a lot, and get to be kids. Here’s an awesome photo his teacher sent me of the kids playing in the snow.

I asked him to tell him his new year’s resolutions, and here’s what he came up with:

1. Play more (ha, isn’t that 99% of his day?)
2. Eat more food (this was just too cute)
3. Keep dry diapers at night (I might have gently suggested this one. He’s been potty trained for years now, but night time is a whole other beast. I think he’s ready, but I know it has to be his idea.)

For me, I have a few resolutions this year.
1. Get my Project + certification for work
2. Get in a workout routine and stick to it. I really fell off the wagon this year, and I’d like to get back to it. I just feel so much better when I’m active.
3. Be more positive. I have found that there are times when I catch myself complaining a lot, especially about coworkers, sometimes even friends. It’s negative, and it doesn’t help anyone. I hope to ease up on that and focus on the positive.

I wish you all the very happiest of New Years. Do you have any resolutions this year?

Halloween Party-Zumba Style

Last night I went to a Halloween Party with my new Zumba crew. I didn’t have much of a costume, but I managed to pull something together last minute. We did tons of hip hop dances, and then we ended it with a lesson on the first part of Thriller.


Next year I’m totally getting a tutu. These girls were so cute!


Here’s my instructor with one of the two guys that braves the female dominated class. He’s a crackup!




Here’s the whole crew. Such a fun time, and a great way to relieve stress after a rough work week. Can’t wait til our next class!



Back to Work

Whew, I survived my first two weeks of full time work, after being a stay at home parent/spouse for the past 3 years. I am exhausted!


I am really happy with the job. It is so much different than the corporate IT world. Here, I am actually part of two schools, with my own office in one, an a computer lab that I run in the other. I’m not an outside consultant, seen as the enemy. Rather, I am part of the school team, meaning I’m included in things like classified employee appreciation week, which happened to be the same week as my first week. This meant I got lots of goodies and way too much sugar. They also gave me gift cards to Starbucks. They already know coffee is my favorite!

Leaving Piglet was HARD. After he realized I was leaving for the day, he got really sad and pouted. One day when I said I had to go to work, he told me, “No, Dada go work.” It broke my heart! Match takes care of him Monday and Tuesday all day, and then half day Wednesday. They have been having fun bonding, and by the end of the first week, Piglet was getting into the routine. This is what I came home to one day after work. Silly daddy making Piglet laugh with his box fort.


I’m happy my schedule allows me to be home by about 4 each day, so I still get a few hours of family time. Match and I only get one half day off together though, which is also very hard. I miss my hubby! He’s currently applying for jobs that would allow him to be closer to home, and also work day shift. Fingers crossed he finds something, because graveyard is too hard on his body. I’m also so grateful that this job follows the school schedule, which means summers off. I also have spring break coming up next week, and I’m so excited to spend it with my boys!



Curveballs and the Waiting Game

For February being such a short month, I feel like so much has happened. I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, but I promise I do have some good excuses.

The first being that I’ve been busy with a freelancing data entry job. I’ve been spending far too much time on the computer, and by the time I’m done with my work for the day, I have had no energy left over to blog. I miss you all so much! We’ve also been taking advantage of this lovely and unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. On Match’s days off, we have been spending time at the local nature preserves. This area has so many awesome walking paths and nature trails.

Last Tuesday I got together with a bunch of my friends from high school for a ladies dinner. I love how even though we don’t see each other often, the conversation flows easily, and in some ways, it is as if no time has passed. I’m so glad we all live so much closer together. I hope we can make these dinners a monthly event!

high school friends

Last week another high school friend stopped by for a brief overnight stay with us while he was in town for business. Piglet was thrilled to spend time with his Uncle. I’m glad we were able to visit with him, as he is being deployed with the Air Force this summer.


Second, I had an interview for a tech job with a nearby school district. The job sounds like it would be a great fit for me, and I left the interview feeling very good about it. I’d be the school computer tech person, helping both students and teachers solve computer problems. It would be the perfect mix of problem solving and socializing, unlike my previous job where I was stuck at a computer alone all day. I would also get summers off, which would allow me to spend precious time with my son. He is growing up so fast, and I would love to have that time off to focus on him.

I am supposed to hear back about the job this week, and I’ve been anxiously waiting. Today marks a full week since my interview, and I’m trying hard to stay positive. According to my teacher friend, she said they loved me, and all my references said it sounds like I’ve got the job, but there is a catch. Apparently there is a year round job opening in June, and they are considering me for that position as well. Money-wise, we could benefit more from that position, but selfishly I prefer the summers off schedule (who wouldn’t?). So we will see what happens. At this point, I just want to be hired, and I am trying to have faith that it will all work out.

Finally, our landlord contacted us this week to inform us that he will not be renewing our lease at the end of May. His daughter will be moving into our home, and wants to move as early as April, if we can find housing by then. He was very apologetic, and said he will refund us May’s rent if we are able to accommodate. We had thought about moving, but we were hoping to wait until later in the summer, and this just adds another level of stress. We just got settled in, and now it is time to start packing up again. Hopefully this is also one of those changes that will ultimately make us happier in the long run. For now, I’m doing my best to just keep swimming, and not become overwhelmed by the stress. A local move will be far less stressful than an out of state move, and at least this time we have money coming in, and don’t have to worry about selling our home. Still, I look forward to getting more permanently settled, and knowing that we will be somewhere for more than 6 months.