2012 To Do List: The Results are In

At the beginning of the year I came up with my 2012 To Do List. Let’s check in and see how I did. It was full of lofty goals, but I think I made a fairly good dent in it. Of course our loss created a lot of changes, but with the addition of our rainbow, some of those Roo goals still have a positive spin. I’m also happy to report that some of the goals motivated us to do other things around the house not even on the list. I’m amazed at how much we got done in just one year!

2012 To-Do List

1. Replace the lighting in all 3 bathrooms.

2. Replace the hallway light fixtures.

3. Install a ceiling fan in the master bedroom.

4. Replace the dining room and front entry light fixtures.

5. Install a custom closet organizer.

6. Buy Monkey a new kennel.

7. Paint mural for the nursery

8. Come up with Halloween costumes

9. Do at least 1 or 2 Halloween Crafts

10. Increase online earnings to pay for all the stuff we need to buy this year

11. Start a savings fund for our future baby

12. Sell the Subaru

13. Save up a big down payment for a truck

14. Buy a truck (Jeep!)

15. Pay off Jeep

16. Start landscaping the backyard

17. Start landscaping the front yard

18. Get Nursery ready by September (Obviously this one no longer counts, but I did do a great deal of it this year. It’s going to be ready by June!)

19. Make decorations for Sassy’s bridal shower

18. Host Sassy’s bridal shower

20. Build up savings

21. Buy padded flooring for office/gym

22. Buy area rug for family room

23. Buy area rug for great room

23. Get certified in infant CPR

24. walk at least 5 times per week

25. Buy VHS to DVD converter

26. Convert old home movies to DVD as a present to our parents (epic fail! Hopefully next year)

27. Have wedding dress cleaned

28. Carve Pumpkins with Match

29. Write up our wills

30. Meet at least one bloggy friend this year

31. Go camping at least once this year

32. Buy a side table or buffet table for the dining room (saving up for this still)

33. Learn to light a fire in our firepit (I haven’t officially done this, but gun to my head I’m sure I could figure it out!)

34. Make window seat for the nursery

35. Get at least 100 readers (129 and counting!! THANK YOU!!!)

36. Go on at least one trip with Match this Spring

37. Organize Garage

38. Finish pregnancy journal and have it printed or make a homemade book

39. Order mixbook from last year

40. Quit coffee (errr I quit and then started again, but I only drink half caf. So it sort of counts!)

41. Do something special for our 2 year anniversary P1060595

42. Survive labor and delivery

43. Lose 5 pounds

44. Build up the courage to start trying to conceive again

45. Make 2 to 3 handmade Christmas decorations before December

46. Make at least one homemade canvas print from one of my photos

47. Sew bucilla stocking for Roo48. Go back to the Christmas tree farm

49. Make Roo a Christmas Ornament (I now have 2, plus an angel that honor her!)

50. Make homemade gifts for Christmas

51. Spray paint kitchen hinges

52. Paint bathroom vanities

53. Paint doors

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54. Paint baseboards

 

Whew!! We got a lot done on the house, and I’m happy to say I feel a sense of accomplishment at what we were able to get done. I’m still working on the list for 2013. I have a feeling I’ll get a lot done in the first half of the year, and then it’ll probably drop off for awhile while we settle into life with Piglet.

How did you do with your 2012 goals? Did you complete any big items on your to do list?

2012 To Do List Progress: Paint Kitchen Hinges

Emily: That’s amazing. What did you use?
Rory: I don’t know. We got it from one of those late night tv-ads. Apparently it also gets rust off nails and hinges, waxes your car perfectly and weather-proofs windows and doors. -Gilmore Girls

I’ve actually knocked out quite a few things on my 2012 to do list. Thank you 2nd trimester energy burst! One task that I thought would take forever ended up only taking one day, and I’m pretty happy with the result. Instead going out and buying new hinges for our cabinets, I decided to spray paint them. They don’t look perfect if you look super close, but I think they look pretty nice.

Before

I know it’s hard to tell-but the old hinges were this bronze color, and they didn’t match our stainless steel appliances.

After:

It’s a very subtle change, but I like the effect. Of course doing this project made me hate the color of our cabinets even more. I would love to paint them white, or stain them a dark espresso. If I went with espresso I think it would make the kitchen feel too small. Once we update the lighting and add granite counter tops, hopefully I’ll be happier about the cabinet color.

We also finally finished the lighting in the downstairs bathroom. Once we get the frame added to the mirror, and replace the paper blinds with real ones, that room will be DONE. I love how much the lighting brightened up the half bath and made it look bigger.

Before:

Ugh, I still can’t believe they put that fake “stain glass” sticker on the window. It smelled like chemicals and it was peeling. That was the first thing to go! Now it smells like soap, thank you very much.

After:

Match replaced the light and I painted the vanity a nice espresso color to match the other bathrooms. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

I still have a lot left on the list, but I’ve made some headway. I can’t wait to make more progress on the nursery, but it will have to wait until we know if Roo prefers pink or blue. Other than that, we’re just waiting on that money tree to buy the rest of what we need for the house. 😉

2012 to do list: 

1. Replace the lighting in all 3 bathrooms.

2. Replace the hallway light fixtures.

3. Install an overhead light in the master bedroom.

4. Replace the dining room and front entry light fixtures.

5. Install a custom closet organizer.

6. Buy Monkey a new kennel.

7. Paint mural for the nursery

8. Come up with family Halloween costumes

9. Do at least 1 or 2 Halloween Crafts before Roo is born

10. Increase online earnings to pay for all the stuff we need to buy this year

11. Start a savings fund for Roo

12. Sell the Focus

13. Pay off the Subaru

14. Save up a big down payment for a truck

15. Buy a truck

16. Start landscaping the backyard

17. Start landscaping the front yard

18. Get Nursery ready by September

19. Make decorations for Sassy’s bridal shower

18. Host Sassy’s bridal shower

20. Build up savings

21. Buy new couch for family room

22. Buy area rug for family room

23. Buy area rug for great room

23. Get certified in infant CPR

24. walk at least 5 times per week as long as the doctor says I can

25. Buy VHS to DVD converter

26. Convert old home movies to DVD as a present to our parents

27. Have wedding dress cleaned

28. Carve Pumpkins with Match

29. Write up our wills

30. Meet at least one bloggy friend this year

31. Go camping at least once this spring

32. Buy a side table or buffet table for the dining room

33. Learn to light a fire in our firepit

34. Make window seat for the nursery

35. Get at least 100 readers

36. Go on at least one trip with Match this Spring

37. Take prenatal classes

38. Finish pregnancy journal and have it printed or make a homemade book

39. Order mixbook from last year

40. Take pregnancy photo shoot

41. Do something special for our 2 year anniversary

42. Survive labor and delivery and have a healthy bouncing lil Roo.

43. Take Roo to a pumpkin patch

44. Have a family photo shoot

45. Make 2 to 3 handmade Christmas decorations before December

46. Make at least one homemade canvas print from one of my photos

47.  Sew bucilla stocking for Roo

48. Go back to the Christmas tree farm

49. Make Roo a Christmas Ornament

50. Make homemade gifts for Christmas

51. Spray paint kitchen hinges

52. Paint bathroom vanities

To Do List: The 2012 Edition

Marshall: See, we have a whole bucket list of things of things to do before we have kids.
Lily: ooh, a cradle list. –How I Met Your Mother

 

It took me a little while to post this list, mostly because then everyone would know I was pregnant before I was ready to tell. As you can see, Roo is dominating a lot of my to do list this year. I have a feeling that won’t change for at least the next 18 years. 🙂

I’m also seeing a theme of buying. We have a LOT to buy this year. Some of them are wish list items, but a few are necessary. Hopefully I’ll find that money tree I’ve been searching for. I went with a lot of items I know are tangible, rather than vague lofty goals like to learn play guitar. That’s on the bucket list but I’m going easy on myself this year, since I’m growing a human and all. 😉

So here’s my list this year:

2012 To Do List (aka Cradle List):

1. Replace the lighting in all 3 bathrooms.

2. Replace the hallway light fixtures.

3. Install an overhead light in the master bedroom.

4. Replace the dining room and front entry light fixtures.

5. Install a custom closet organizer.

6. Buy Monkey a new kennel.

7. Paint mural for the nursery

8. Come up with family Halloween costumes

9. Do at least 1 or 2 Halloween Crafts before Roo is born

10. Increase online earnings to pay for all the stuff we need to buy this year

11. Start a savings fund for Roo

12. Sell the Focus

13. Pay off the Subaru

14. Save up a big down payment for a truck

15. Buy a truck

16. Start landscaping the backyard

17. Start landscaping the front yard

18. Get Nursery ready by September

19. Make decorations for Sassy’s bridal shower

18. Host Sassy’s bridal shower

20. Build up savings

21. Buy new couch for family room

22. Buy area rug for family room

23. Buy area rug for great room

23. Get certified in infant CPR

24. walk at least 5 times per week as long as the doctor says I can

25. Buy VHS to DVD converter

26. Convert old home movies to DVD as a present to our parents

27. Have wedding dress cleaned

28. Carve Pumpkins with Match

29. Write up our wills

30. Meet at least one bloggy friend this year

31. Go camping at least once this spring

32. Buy a side table or buffet table for the dining room

33. Learn to light a fire in our firepit

34. Make window seat for the nursery

35. Get at least 100 readers

36. Go on at least one trip with Match this Spring

37. Take prenatal classes

38. Finish pregnancy journal and have it printed or make a homemade book

39. Order mixbook from last year

40. Take pregnancy photo shoot

41. Do something special for our 2 year anniversary

42. Survive labor and delivery and have a healthy bouncing lil Roo.

43. Take Roo to a pumpkin patch

44. Have a family photo shoot

45. Make 2 to 3 handmade Christmas decorations before December

46. Make at least one homemade canvas print from one of my photos

47.  Sew bucilla stocking for Roo

48. Go back to the Christmas tree farm

49. Make Roo a Christmas Ornament

50. Make homemade gifts for Christmas

51. Spray paint kitchen hinges

52. Paint bathroom vanities