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I definitely think the nesting bug has settled in for me, and it’s probably driving Joe crazy at times! We’ve gone through boxes and files, and more files and lots of papers. Furniture is being moved inside the house and is scheduled to be moved out of the house in less than two weeks. Its crazy, when this bug hits, it hits hard. I read an article a few days ago saying that the nesting urge hits around month five, and sure enough, that’s when it hit!

I’ve gone through old files and new files, combining them both. I’ve shredded bags upon bags upon bags of old documents and bills. Now our filing cabinet is as close to immaculate as I will probably ever have it.

I’ve slightly rearranged a few things in our bonus room (and by slightly I really do mean slightly). We’re moving a cabinet that Joe’s grandfather built out of the guest room closet and into the bonus room, and end tables that flanked the couch are now repositioned beside the couch and chair. Cookbooks and cds have found a new home inside the cabinet. Books (and boy do we have a ton of them) have been rearranged. Magazines and medical journals have been sorted and chucked.

Our guest bedroom is slowly being converted to a nursery. We’re installing (or having installed) an Elfa closet system for the nursery. This serves the purpose of not only having more storage and hanging space, but also allows for lower hanging bars for the little one. Once he is big enough, he can start hanging up his own clothes, can help pick out his own clothes, and can learn to dress himself.

My sister and brother-in-law are helping take the guest bed and  ladder bookshelf away for us. We’re also going to be installing new windows for the nursery. Hopefully some that are more energy efficient and actually seal all the way shut, with no gaps that allow air to flow freely in and out. The dresser and crib are going to be ordered by the end of the month. And once those are delivered, we’ll really be able to build our nursery!

I’m trying to sell a few items I brought with me into the marriage- wall pictures, lamps, etc. I’m going through clothes and getting rid of a lot of stuff. Some stuff will end up at Goodwill, some at consignment stores, some in a yard sale, and of course there is always the stuff that finds its way into the trash can.

At some point I’ll have to go through my crafts and really downsize those. But that probably won’t be for quite a while.

I need to buy or make curtains for our bonus room, and then I’ll have to figure out something for the nursery too.

And then there is downstairs…our kitchen needs some TLC. Its a place I make and do for others, but it needs and deserves its own love as well. I’ve thrown away almost all of of our plastic storage containers and replaced them with glass (thanks to an incredible sale through on pyrex)

One of my “goals” for the new year was to make at least 8 new things on my list. One of those was THIS shower cleaner recipe I saw on Pinterest. I made it earlier today and it definitely gets two thumbs up! My shower is much cleaner with less effort than I’ve had to use before! Soap scum be gone! If you decide to make it, let me suggest a few things. First, make sure your spray bottle works BEFORE you put your soap/vinegar mixture in. Trust me, you’ll have much less hassle. Because I found this out the hard way, I had to climb in the shower with the bottle and a sponge and scrub everything down that way. If you have stubborn spots or haven’t cleaned your shower in the past month or so, be willing to let the solution sit for more than a few minutes.

We’ve still got so much to do, and less than 20 weeks to do it in! Crazy isn’t it?

Goals for 2012



I tried the whole “New Years Resolution” thing numerous times. I succeeded once and failed miserably more times than I can count. Instead, I like setting tangible goals for myself. A checklist of sorts. Why? Because I love lists. I love being able to cross something off and that sense of accomplishment that comes with it. So, without further adieu, here are my (Emily) goals for 2012.

~Have a baby, bring him home, and love him like crazy!

I could seriously stop there, but of course there are other things I’d like to accomplish in the new year (and of course these are in no particular order)

~Never fail to let Joe know how much I love and appreciate him

~Be as prepared as possible for birth-especially when it comes to relaxation techniques

~Study God’s word more

~Put together a nursery

~Turn the tv off more…especially when its on simply for background noise

~Cook, on average, one new thing a month (obviously post natal will be a little more challenging)

~Get more serious about couponing. This past year I’ve slacked off, and once I will be a SAHM, I really need to have my act together

~Go to the gym twice a week

~Declutter, which shouldn’t be hard considering I’ve entered into the nesting phase (more to come in another post)

~Stock our freezer with meals for after the baby is born

~Make at least 8 new things this year from my list:

  1. Sourdough bread (I’m going to ask my friend Rebekah for her recipe because hers is SO good!)
  2. Shower cleaner  Finished, January 2012
  3. Curtains for our bonus room
  4. It Is Well sign (I need to get contact paper that I can peel off)
  5. Decorative fan for nursery
  6. Menu board
  7. New bag
  8. More grocery bags
  9. Burp cloths for boys, since all I have left in my stash is girly!
  10. Casserole carrier
  11. Prayer board
  12. Ironing board cover
  13. Hanging gift wrap organizer
  14. Curtains for the nursery

~Read at least 15 books in 2012 from my list of books I want to read:

  1. The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Finished, January 2012
  2. Natural Hospital Birth- The Best of Both Worlds
  3. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
  4. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
  5. Bringing Up Boys  Finished, January 2012
  6. Radical
  7. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus
  8. The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children
  9. Blogger Behave: Make You Blog Benefit Your Life, So You Can Love Both
  10. Quitter Finished, January 2012
  11. The Happiness Project
  12. Crazy Love Finished January 2012
  13. The Joy of Pregnancy
  14. Still Growing: An Autobiography
  15. unSweetined: A Memoir
  16. Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and The Things We’ve Made Up Finished, January 2012
  17. Thats My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character Finished, January 2012
  18. Born to Run
  19. The Christian Mama’s Guide to Havinga Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy  Finished, January 2012
  20. My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife Finished, January 2012
  21. The Resolution for Women
  22. A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others
  23. The Air I Breathe
  24. Organized Simplicity Finished, January 2012
  25. Kisses From Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

(I’m quite thankful for my new Kindle Fire. I get a short time of free access to the Amazon Lending Library, in which I’ll be able to borrow at least two of the books above for free!)

*I am going to frequent this post to check off things as I accomplish them! I will post monthly or quarterly updates!*

What goals are you setting for yourself in 2012?