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My Goals for 2018

 

My most important goal for 2018:

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Have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby in late spring!

 

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Garden Goals:

1. Take out dead our peach tree and replace it. We may take out both peach trees in the back, as the other appears to be dying as well. I learned in my extension service classes that peach and apricot trees only last around 10 years here. We've had these trees for 10 years. They are the two above covered in pink blossoms, The one you see on the right died last year and the one on the left is the other we will most likely take out too.

2. Plant many more flowers for cutting and enjoying in the garden. I want to grow thousands of flowers in the garden this year for arrangements thorughout the year.

3. Plant more Swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, snow peas, Armenian cucumbers, alpine strawberries, squash, and beets than in past years.

4. Fix sprinkler issues and reseed the lawn in the bare spots.

5. Find and fix all leaks in the drip lines.

 

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Sewing Goals:

 

1. Sew curtains for my bedroom. I bought the fabric over a decade ago, shortly after we moved into the house. I need to buy lining and something to hang the curtains (I think we will need to make boxes). I want to get this project done this year. We've had shades hanging for years, but they broke last year and I'm ready for my curtains to finally be up!

2. Sew the decorative bed pillow that I embroidered a cover for last year (pictured in-progress above).

3. Sew baby clothes using patterns and material I have on hand. I gave away almost all of our baby clothing, save a few favorite things I had stored in one box.

4. Sew four dresses for myself. (These have been on my list for a few years now; this year I want to finish the ones I've started and sew two more, and I already have the fabric to do it).

5. Sew birthday gifts for the children using fabric I have on hand. My girls have requested several things and I already have a list of what they want.

 

Purchase Goals:

These are my planned purchases for the year. While I'm sure we'll have other needs, these are ones that I already know will be part of my purchases for the year:

1. Purchase a few baby clothing items for the new baby. I've already registered at Target so that I can get a 15% off coupon to use towards baby purchases the last two months of pregnancy (they let you use one towards what is left on your registry at that time, but the 15% is only good for ONE purchase. I'll definitely buy diapers and possibly purchase some onesies and socks at that time). I also will look at garage sales for needed items. I was recently gifted enough hand-me-down 0-3 month onesies that I don't need any in that size.

2. Purchase a car seat for the baby.

3. Buy the following clothing items for myself: sandals, black flats, nursing bras, and a few more maternity items (I'll look for those in thrift stores) for warm weather wear. It gets warm here early in the year. I am needing new-to-me maternity clothing in a smaller size; I donated all of my old maternity clothing last year.

4. Purchase new shoes for the family.

5. Purchase tarragon and tomato plants for the garden. I'll also buy more dirt for the garden; removing tree roots will mean I'll need dirt to fill in those spots.

 

Financial Goals:

1. Refund emergency fund. This was depleted last year after some hospital bills.  We have other goals we'd like to add to this category, but this is the first and most important one, and we won't do any of the others until after this one is accomplished.

 

What are your goals for this year?

 

 

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  • I buy the Target brand diapers when they go on sale. They are cheaper than Sam's Club and Costco. It costs me about $200 a year for diapers and I buy the Costco wipes on sale. A box from them is $19.99 (and goes on sale for $16.99 a couple of times a year) and it lasts me 9 months.

  • Allyson January 03, 2018

    Congratulations! So wonderful for you!

    If you're not into cloth diapers, but are ok with laundry, we've found that cloth wipes save a bundle. We just use a package of inexpensive wash cloths (though friends have made some out of flannel in the same size). I use baby shampoo and an old plastic wipe container to contain them. We can usually get 6-8 in a box at a time. This has saved us a lot of money, and in the end, we can use them for cleaning rags when we're done with the baby phase of life.

    Alternatively, we've discovered that our local children's council has a diaper and wipe bank. There's no financial restrictions, so it's a resource we can use (we make just above the threshold for government assistance programs). There's a limit on the number of packages you can get in a year, but it's a great resource. Maybe there's something similar in your area?

  • Connie Anzelone January 06, 2018

    You are a busy lady and I agree, disposable are such a wonderful invention. I did diaper service (years ago, of course) and even with that, I was not happy with cloth diapers. Disposable will save you a ton of time!!!

  • Holly January 02, 2018

    Another baby, how wonderful!

  • Christina Black January 02, 2018

    Congratulations!

    I'm still thinking about my goals. I did get a gratitude journal and a Mom's Q&A 5-year book that I plan to write in every night.

    http://www.2minimize.com/

  • Mandy January 02, 2018

    Congratulations!!

  • robyn pelehos January 02, 2018

    Congratulations!!!!!! God is so good!!!

  • Shara January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! Babies are such a wonderful blessing.

    Your goals all sound wonderful. We have curtains up, but still haven’t put up blinds after over 5 years here. On my want list is blinds. We have a street light right outside our window. While it doesn’t bother my husband, it does bother me.

    I’m returning to college after a year break and my main goal is to find a balance of that and home life.

  • Diane B January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on your new addition! Praying for a smooth pregnancy and delivery. :)

  • Kim January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! That’s a happy and important goal for 2018.

  • Mrs T January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best for your new baby.

  • Lynn D January 02, 2018

    Congratulations!!!

  • SJ in Vancouver BC Canada January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on this newest addition to the family. Children are a blessing, definitely.

  • Juls Owings January 02, 2018

    So exciting to have a little one on the way. I pray you both stay healthy and labor is quick (unlike mine that was 36 hrs long)
    Buy our dream home with 5 acres AND rehab it for wheelchair accessibility as we know I will be in a wheelchair due to spine being twisted, just a matter of time. We priced a house to build and then buy land for that house it it was hitting around $400,000.We had set the budget for $350,000 so we looked around and found one close to our plans but it's AMISH...which means NO electric NO plumbing (nice 2 seat outhouse though) and NO heat as they used wood stoves and took them with them. Even after receiving the estimate for the work needing done including a complete new roof. We are still under the budget I set. BUT I want to replace the "cash" outlays that will be coming in the next couple months. SO FRUGAL 2018 is the motto.

  • momsav January 03, 2018

    Juls, You are too funny! I hope you get the house of your dreams!

  • Jenny January 04, 2018

    2 seat outhouse? Hilarious.

  • Lilli January 02, 2018

    Congratulations, I am so excited for you and your beautiful family. May you be blessed with an easy pregnancy and delivery.

  • Melissa January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  • Tammy January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on the new baby! How exciting! I do not have my goals down yet....but many ideas!

  • Ellie's friend from Canada January 02, 2018

    Tammy, have you moved into your farmhouse yet? how are things? Ann

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