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Christmas Break

We had so much fun spending a week in Georgia with Justin’s parents for Christmas. It also helped that we went from 20* blizzard weather to 75* rain and humidity. Definitely no white Christmas for us! I am so glad I was able to accomplish most of my goals for December (even with cold, and many illnesses, including all of us getting a stomach flu in Georgia).

Here are what my goals were this month:

Sub Goals:
– Buy and watch old Christmas movies with Rhys

We did buy a collection DVD of these old videos, but only watched two with him: How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Year Without Santa Claus. We’ll watch more next year when Rhys has more of an attention span to watch a full movie.
– Do Elf on the Shelf with Rhys
We decided to forego this as we are trying to be careful with our expenses.
– Decorate the house with the family
Justin and I decorated when Rhys went to bed, but as soon as this year’s package of Morrell ornament exchange came, we had Rhys help us put them on the tree.
– Visit Temple Square and see the lights
We did this together as a family of 3, and it was nice and intimate just being by ourselves and not extended family. Rhys loved the lights.
– Make and post the Morrell family DIY ornament
Done and Done. Rhys helped me make this year’s DIY “A Savior is Born” ornament
– Do Christmas cooking with Rhys and make plates to give to neighbors
Again, we watched our expenses and didn’t really even buy a lot of food this month (especially since we will be gone for a week and a half and then moving halfway through January). But, Rhys did help me make some no-bake cookies.
– Host a Christmas party
Again, timing and finances were against us. But, this is one of my priorities for next year (and a Friends-giving party, too).

We left on Tuesday the 22nd. I had woken up with a sore throat. It was snowing, and we took the tram up to the airport. Rhys loved riding it–he kept saying “chugga chugga.” Thankfully, our flight was during Rhys’s naptime, so after playing with the windows, lights, fans, and touch screens, Rhys fell asleep before take-off and slept for half the flight.

When we got to Georgia, it was getting late, but my in-laws were so excited to see Rhys. Thankfully, he warmed right up to them, which we believe is because he recognized them from our weekly FaceTimes. My mother- and father-in-law cherished every minute with him.

Helping Grams unload the dishwasher

 

Watching ESPN and the Weather Channel with Papa

However, Wednesday is when things started to go downhill. Less than five minutes after putting Rhys down for a nap, he screamed and we walked into him and his playpen covered in throwup. He continued to do so for the rest of the day. That night, after eating a lot of Puppy Chow, and watching Christmas Wish with my mother- and sister-in-law, I started throwing up as well. Thankfully, Rhys and I were better during Christmas Eve morning, although we were still a bit queasy. But, we were able to enjoy Christmas dinner!

Christmas morning was quick, easy, and peaceful. Rhys loved his new toys and  all the toys he found at Grams and Papa’s. However, he never ate well during the day. But, we did end up going to the Atlanta Aquarium Rhys loved seeing all the fish. It was a definite drain on all of us though, since Rhys and I were recovering (Rhys was now having trouble at his other end and I was still suffering from a cold–sore throat and stuffed nose) and Justin was beginning to have stomach issues. However, we loved the time we spent there and can’t wait for an opportunity to go back or even go to the Draper Aquarium here in Utah.

 

 

Waving “Hi” to the fish

 

 

 

Late that evening, Justin’s sister Jill and her family drove down from Virginia…and Justin started throwing up. The next morning, we warned them of the illnesses, and Justin also had my sore throat. We rested, relaxed, visited, and watched Rhys become obsessed with his four cousins (They were equally obsessed with him).  It had rained on and off this whole day and Rhys went out on a walk with his cousins and splashed in puddles for the first time.Thankfully, Justin and I were feeling well enough to go see Star Wars VII with Jill and her husband, Corbin. We loved it (and are super excited about all the movies coming out in 2016!).

Sunday, we all went to church and took naps. The adults, and two oldest kids, played a lot of Yahtzee, Uno, and Clue, while the two younger cousins and Rhys played with the trains, Paw Patrol, blocks, and other toys. We feasted on steak, ribs, and other good food. We also took all the kids to a playground and all five loved it!

Monday, we all went to the local Children’s Discovery Museum. Rhys had an absolute blast–there were toys everywhere, as well as a lot of vehicles to climb into, shiny and noisy things, and a playground. We spent about two hours there and had to drag all the kids out because we adults were all getting hungry. Typical Morrell style, we ate at Taco Mac. The rest of the day was filled with TV, more games, and packing. Jill’s family left to go to Myrtle Beach, and we hunkered down for an “early night”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, we woke up before the crack of dawn…none of us had slept well…Justin because he was still stuffed up, Rhys and I because Rhys kept waking up due to coughing. At the airport while waiting to load for our flight, Rhys had a lot of fun playing with the LDS missionaries returning home. He cried for the first 30 minutes of the flight, but then fell asleep. Thankfully, we were placed in the front of the carriage, so there was extra leg room. Rhys rotated between sleeping on the floor at our feet and in my arms, waking for 30 seconds every now and then. But, he finally woke up as we were descending.

 

When we got home, our house was freezing, as we decided not to keep the heat on while we were gone. But, thankfully, it’s warmed back up. Thankfully, I feel 100% again, but Justin is still a bit congested, and Rhys has a runny nose and coughing. But, besides the crappy illnesses, we had a very good Christmas Break. Justin has to work today and tomorrow, then we will be heading to my family for the New Year’s weekend and even more Christmas presents!

How did you do on your December goals?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

December 2015 Goals

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November was certainly full of ups and downs! We got terrible news about a job offer, my brother went on an LDS Mission, and many more things happened.

Last month’s goal was to Write my book during NaNoWriMo. Here is how I did:
Sub Goals:
– Read and finish a book two books.
I read three books this month!
– Complete NaNoWriMo
I was great with NaNoWriMo for the first week, but that’s all I did. I got behind in blogging, housekeeping, and other family things came up.


December–Enjoy My Holidays
I want to end the year on a good, enjoyable note, especially since we are moving out pretty soon. I want to stress as little as I can. Rhys will also be old enough to begin to comprehend the season and I want to teach him the joy and magic of Christmas.

Sub Goals:
– Buy and watch old Christmas movies with Rhys
– Do Elf on the Shelf with Rhys
– Decorate the house with the family
– Visit Temple Square and see the lights
– Make and post the Morrell family DIY ornament
– Do Christmas cooking with Rhys and make plates to give to neighbors
– Host a Christmas party

What are your goals for this month?


Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

November 2015 Goal: NaNoWriMo

I know I say this every month, but holy cow! Time is just flying by! I can’t believe that the last time I was in a classroom was 5 months ago!!! Holy cow! 4 months ago we celebrated Rhys’s first birthday! My brother is leaving for his LDS 2 year proselytizing mission in two and a half weeks! Where did the time go!?!?!

Last month’s goal was to Improve My Homemaking Skills. Here is how I did.

– Finish and mail off my ornaments for the Morrell Ornament Exchange | Completed! I love my ornaments this year. I was able to give them to my father-in-law on Saturday since he was in town for work. Now, I don’t have to pay for shipping and don’t have to worry about them getting destroyed in the mail like last year’s ornaments!

– Bake some fall treats | Yummy! I made some chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, some soup/stew, and some pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream!

– Decorate for Halloween | Done! I pulled out all my Halloween and fall and Thanksgiving decorations and used all my fall scents in the Scentsy candles!

– Redo picture wall in the living room | Didn’t do this since we are kind of in limbo as to whether or not we will be staying in this townhome come the new year. We won’t know our plan for another week or so as we are ironing out details. I didn’t want to redecorate if we are only staying for another two months…

– Make a new recipe a week | I did make 3 new recipes, but I also cooked a whole lot more this month. I also prepped a whole lot more–I made a couple of freezer casseroles and plan on making a few freezer stews and crockpots to store this week!

– Make sure the house is clean and a treat set out for when Justin gets home every weekday | I did a much better job this month of doing so, but wasn’t perfect. And, I kind of gave up on setting out treats for Justin since he wouldn’t be hungry (he’d snack or have a large lunch).

– Create at least three DIY activities for Rhys | He really only helped me to paint my ornaments and helped pour and mix a few things while I cooked, but that’s really all. But, since it is getting colder and wetter, I don’t want to really on the TV to entertain Rhys, so I’ll have to come up with some ideas!

– Actually use and update a family calendar/planner | I failed at this! We did update our bedroom calendar, but hardly looked at it. I did update my blogger calendar, but hardly used it. I am on the search for a new planner to use for the new year…which one do you like the best?

 

November–Write My Book (NaNoWriMo)

This month is NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month. The last time I participated in this was when I was in high school. So, I really want to this year and think I will have time, especially when Rhys is sleeping. But, you know what they say–you have to read a lot to be able to write well.

Sub Goals:
– Read and finish a book two books.
– Complete NaNoWriMo

What are your priorities and goals this month?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

October 2015 Goals | Homemaking Skills

Holy cow, September went by too quickly! But, I was able to enjoy ushering in fall with decorations, candle scents, a trip to the Farmer’s Market, and some rain!

Last month’s goal was to Work From Home. Here is how I did.

Sub Goals:
Find a sell-from-home job and learn all there is about it
I haven’t done this yet…I see that most starter packs a bit on the pricey end, and I’m not ready to pay some to get some just yet.
Find work-at-home freelancing or transcription jobs
This is where I rocked it! I have 1 continual tutoring job, helping a senior with SAT and her English and history classes for the entire school year! Hello Black Friday deals on iPhone 6! I’ve also signed up and applied to about 5 other free lancing and transcription sites. I’m waiting on approval for a few and still need to take the transcription test for a few.
Join blogging campaign sites and participate in campaigns and join affiliate sites and learn all there is to it.
I joined US Family Guide Moms Connect program which allows me free tickets to different local activities or museums, etc. in exchange for a review on the blog. I know there is a lot of debate about whether or not bloggers should be paid in addition to free products, but I am just fine with free products! Other than that, I haven’t joined any affiliate sites yet. What are your favorite campaign groups or affiliates to work with for smaller bloggers?
Learn more about couponing and money-saving skills
I haven’t done couponing just yet, but we are currently working on different money-saving strategies, especially with grocery shopping. I also joined swagbucks for a few extra $$.

October 2015 Monthly Goal: Improve Homemaking Skills

October–Improve My Homemaking Skills
The house is organized, we have a routine set down, I’m getting to work on WAHM stuff, I’m learning more with my camera, my blog is growing and I’m on top of my game, and the holiday seasons are coming quickly. So, I want to take this month to do all I can to prepare for them, so that I can get ahead of the curve for December (and have a lot of posts to share for the Christmas season).

Sub Goals:

– Finish and mail off my ornaments for the Morrell Ornament Exchange
– Bake some fall treats
– Decorate for Halloween
– Redo picture wall in the living room
– Make a new recipe a week
– Make sure the house is clean and a treat set out for when Justin gets home every weekday
– Create at least three DIY activities for Rhys
– Actually use and update a family calendar/planner
 

What are your goals for this month?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

July to September 2015 Goals

This summer was such a busy summer with a lot of technical problems, such as my laptop. So, I never got to do a recap of my July goals nor introduce my August goals.

July’s goal was to Explore My City.
Sub Goals:
– Go to the library at least twice.
We went once, but got a lot of books that Rhys really enjoyed. Even Justin got a book!
– Have a picnic twice, in different locations.
We never had any picnics.
– Visit one new place (aquarium, park, museum, local restaurant, historic site, splash pad) per week.
We did go to a few local restaurants and the splash pad, but didn’t do a lot–mainly becuase we just didn’t have the funds.
– Visit the Community building and try to get involved
This was a definite bust!
– Go to Bear Lake for the Morrell Family Reunion!!
Going to Bear Lake was the best thing this summer! It was so fun and I want to go back!
Although I didn’t really hit the goal in the ways I intended, I still feel that I achieved it. Rhys and I went running quite a bit and biking, and always took different routes. We also spent a lot of time in the park in our backyard. I also took a few de-stressing drives around the city in places I had never been before. 
August’s goal was to Strengthen My Family:
Sub Goals:
– Plan a small anniversary
Check! We had my parents watch Rhys for two days while we went out to Texas Roadhouse and watched Jurassic World and slept in.
– A date a week (doesn’t have to be spending money)
This didn’t really happen. But, we did spend time together watching shows or playing games.
– Visit the temple once with Justin
Sadly, this didn’t happen. But we need to!
– Have sibling dates
I had lunch with my brother, but didn’t do anything with my sisters.
– Have deep and honest conversations with my other relatives
This didn’t really happen.
– Do learning games/adventures/activities with Rhys every day
Rhys and I have spent a lot of intentional time together. We read a lot of books, played a lot of one-on-one games. We had dance parties, explored the creek in our park, and learned a few body parts.
I kind of did really crappy with my August goals and to be honest, wasn’t the best wife. I was pretty lazy as wife and not equally yoked to my husband. I have to really be intentional and work on that.

September–Work from Home
Since I won’t be teaching after the first week of June, I still want to help earn some sort of an income–some play/date money for the family. I want to get into tutoring or small online transcription/free-lance jobs. I also want to start selling something–maybe Scentsy. I think since I will have time, also learn more about and sign up for blogging campaigns and affiliate programs.
Sub Goals:
– Find a sell-from-home job and learn all there is about it
– Find work-at-home freelancing or transcription jobs
– Join blogging campaign sites and participate in campaigns
– Join affiliate sites and learn all there is to it
– Learn more about couponing and money-saving skills

This is actually a pretty important goal as I don’t have anymore teacher income. Justin and I are a little nervous about being able to afford the rent of our townhome on just his income. So, wish us luck!
What are your goals for this month?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.