Wow… June, the halfway mark of this resolution! I guess it’s time for a little reflection. I’ve done well with my resolutions up until May. May was a difficult month! It was very full and we had a lot of unexpected life events occur. To add to my challenge, my kids are now out of school, which means that my focus is on them all day versus sending them to school. It creates a challenge when trying to type a blog! If you are just joining me, I have been taking on a new challenge every week for 52 weeks! Each month is a different theme. January helped me to be healthier, February…happier, March focused on giving up to gain more, April I spent improving my home and during May, I worked to make the world a better place. This month, I’m going to focus on memories, whether it’s making them or putting them into an album.
Have you ever made a new year’s resolution, only to abandon it a short while later. Resolutions can be challenging when they are not clearly defined or when they are set for an infinite amount of time. I recently listened to a book by Shelley Wilson, called How I Changed My Life in a Year. In this book, she took on a new resolution each week for one year, thereby changing her outlook in life and creating healthier lifestyles. I have decided to recreate this process in my own 52 Week Resolution Challenge. Please feel free to follow my progress or join me in your own quest to create better habits and change your own outlook on life.
June – Memories
Since I’m reflecting and summer is a time for making a lot of memories, I will take the opportunity to work on pictures! Since the digital age of pictures, it seems like everyone is about 5 – 10 years behind on printing pictures! When I grew up, you turned in a roll of 24 or 36 pictures, got them developed and then put them into an album. In the 21st century, we take 24 to 36 pictures just trying to capture the right pose!
Week 1 – Making Summer Memorable
Summer is definitely a time for making memories… some good, some not so good and some that will last a lifetime! This week, since my daughter’s arm was in a cast and my oldest was at a camp, I spent my week making a space camp for my younger two kids! I started off our week going to the library for some space crafts. Space is the theme for the summer reading club this year. On Tuesday, I got them outside for some sidewalk chalk fun! We drew a big solar system on our a driveway and my daughter wanted to make a galaxy hopscotch! I then helped them trace their hands and they turned them into aliens! On Wednesday, we made some cool little UFO’s out of paper plates, jello cups and pom poms! The next day, I just let the kids play a bit while I did a bit of cleaning. We were going to have my parents and a few of their cousins over on Friday to go to another library event and to have a little space party. We did cut out some paper starts and decorate them and I let them pick out a dessert at the grocery store for our party! They picked Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies! Friday came and we made our way to the library for some space science! Afterwards, we all came back home for some lunch, cosmic brownies and to play with some galaxy playdough that I found the recipe for on Pinterest! Everyone had a lot of fun!
Our upcoming themes for the month will be Harry Potter, Bugs and American Girl Doll!
Week 2 – Photo Albums
How many of you are years behind on your photo albums? Me! I looked last night and the last year I have in an album is 2012! I don’t have my youngest in an album yet, except for his birth pictures and our vacations. At least, I have those! This week, my goal is to work on albums a bit!
- My Plan – The first step in my plan is obviously to get pictures off of the cameras and onto the computer. Next, I need to figure out where I left off on pictures and what pictures I have. I also need to make a photo book for our last vacation before we go on this year’s vacation. I also want to get some more of our pictures hung up throughout the house and update the kids’ baby books.
- Day 1 – I’m having trouble finding the motivation to get started on this project! I have laundry to fold and I still need to figure out swimming lessons! Ugh! This is a daunting task!
- Day 2 – Today, I transferred pictures from our “big” camera (standard camera, not a cell phone) to the computer. This task, in itself, takes time! Our computer, we have surprisingly had for quite some time and uploading them and sorting them, just takes time.
- Day 3 – I uploaded last year’s vacation pictures to Shutterfly. This was painfully slow! I don’t know if it was the computer that was slow or the website. It took forever!