How My Weeklong Resolutions Went


Alright well first off I obviously didn’t realize that starting this goal the morning of New Years would be a bad idea. So I opted to start on the 2nd. Heh heh oops. First impressions, wow my house is a lot cleaner doing this. I thought the days would drag on getting up early but they still zoom by like nothing. I definitely have a lot less patience with the kids haha. Days one and two went fine and then Day three was like NO! SNOOZE SNOOZE! WHY HAVE I DONE THIS?! WHY DID I RUIN A GOOD THING!? But I pushed through and actually went to bed on time that night haha. By the end of the week I started to get a stomach bug. On Friday I still got up early and got my kid ready for school but afterwards I was like… there’s nothing in the rules that says I can’t take a nap right now with my toddler watching YouTube kids. So I did. Is that a cheat? Probably. But I felt much better. My take away from this week was Yes I was absolutely more productive doing this, even with cheat naps. And yes I did find myself spending more time with my children because tasks were finished earlier. Bottom line is I feel a lot more open minded to early mornings than before I did this challenge.


Day one went better than I imagined! I loved everything I ate and didn’t have any sugar withdrawals. I think it really helped that I prepped beforehand. Switching to sugar-free alternatives to foods I already ate regularly was the biggest reason this challenge wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Day four, I was like WOAH I have way more energy… but then two hours later, I TANKED. Day five, food started to become really boring. Does that make sense? Like I was getting bored with the limited options and nothing excited me in the same way a massive sugar overload would haha. All in all this was more doable than I thought it was. And making tiny sugar free switches is something that I can easily carry into the rest of the year.


We went to Top Golf the first day and then the mall the second and third day. I love our local mall. It has a few play places and you can go there rain or unbearable Arizona shine. Right away I realized why I never take Casey out very much. Not only have I been pandemic trained to fear leaving my house but also **BABY**. I will say that it has been way more enjoyable than I imagined. I definitely plan on going to the mall once a week. Because Casey and I agreed that was our favorite activity. It’s interesting how these weekly challenges have been making real doable life changes. That wasn’t totally my intention but just showing myself “I could do it” naturally helped me to see what small things I could incorporate.


I learned quickly that one does not simply schedule quiet reading time with small children. So I basically just read whenever I found time. It was really fun and I was happy to prioritize it. I do wish I could have a scheduled reading time though and I may have to schedule it into my designated writing time if I can. Another thing I learned is that I don’t have to be scared of this. I know that sounds dumb, but I struggle with all or nothing mentality and it feels like I have to read a whole book right then and there or else I won’t. But this week I learned that I can read for enjoyment. Not because it’s a school assignment, or someone told me to, or I’m “researching my industry”, or I’ve set some unrealistic goal. But just simply for the pure enjoyment of devouring a story.

So that was how my months of challenges went! It was even more successful than I dreamed and genuinely helped me to find meaningful but doable changes in my life! So if you’re scared of making a change, try it for just a week!

Kids Say the Darndest Things (February)

Jack is ADAMENT that he wants to be a mom when he grows up and not a dad. When we asked him why he told us:

JACK: I want to be a mom because dads only do two things; work and build stuff. But moms do lots and lots more things all day!

CASEY: *at night* Mom! Can you turn on the light? The sun is broken!

Jack went to the zoo with his kindergarten class. When I asked him which animal was his favorite he firmly told me “the tamingos”. I don’t know which is cuter. The fact that the flamingos were his favorite animal, or the fact that he calls them “tamingos”.

CASEY: I want to go to the zoo too! And I will ride the lions.

ME: No, you won’t.

*picking up Jack from school*

JACK: Everyone loved my hair today.

ME: Oh, did they say something?

JACK: No. But I know they loved it.

Casey has been absolutely obsessed with our inflatable lawn decoration we had at Christmas. A six foot “shivering snowman”. He’s still obsessed even after the snowman “returned to the North Pole until next Christmas” (lol). So, Casey started pretending HE was the snowman instead. He INSISTED that Dan put him out on the front yard, where he stood exactly like the inflatable and shivered for several minutes.

ME: C’mon, we gotta go get Jack from school.


Jack fell and got a cut on his arm. He was bawling as I was getting him a band-aid.

JACK: Oh, owie! Oh! *sob* It hurts so bad! *mid-sob* I love my haircut!

ME: Haha what??

*Casey surpresses a sneeze.*

ME: Bless you!

CASEY: No, I’m not blessied.

Jack is learning phonics at school. So he loves to practice naming words that start with different letters. One day he was playing that with me.

JACK: G! … like good. Or game. Or… “gots-slime”.

ME: Gots-slime? What’s that?

JACK: That’s when someone puts slime on the floor and you slip on it.

ME: (laughs) okay…

JACK: S! … Sun! Snake!… “Snitch-man”.

ME: (laughs) What?

JACK: F! Fun! Flower! Foggle-bottle!

ME: Foggle-bottle???

JACK: You know. When you throw your water bottle in the fog.