Saturday, April 29, 2017

Completion of 101 in 1001

It has been 1001 days since I started this project, let's see how I did... 

*I added some notes after the goal on a bunch of them so it's not just my list.

Start Date:  August 1, 2014
End Date:  April 28, 2017

Completed 80

Failed - 21

101 in 1001 List

1.  Have another baby - our last baby!
2.  Have wedding dress make into a Baptismal Gown (if we ever have a daughter. If not get it cleaned and preserved) -
3.  Develop three new family traditions (3/3) 
4.  Cut down our own Christmas tree
5.  Move Bear out of his crib - this was way too easy.  Not sure why but it was.
6.  Renew our passports and get Bear one - now we need to get Eve one too
7.  Get professional family photos taken (even if it's just for the kids) - I wanted to do this but I think I would like to wait until the kids are a bit older.  
8.  Go on an actual family vacation (hotel and long drive/flight is needed)
9.  Make a picture book of Bear's first year

10.  Crochet a stuffed animal for the kids - I picked up the book and even had a friend show me how to make one.  Then I put it aside and forgot about it.

11.  Make a table runner for at least one holiday - this one is about 75-80% done.  I never made the time to finish it.  One day it will get done.
12.  Make two handmade things for Bear (decor, toys, bedding) (2/2) 
13.  Learn and use 5 new crocheting stitches (6/5) one of my favorites to complete from this list.
14.  Do five craft Pinterest inspired pins (5/5)
15.  Make or purchase a new Christmas ornament for the tree each year (3/3)
16.  Make a felt playhouse "sheet" for Bear's new bed - bought material, but need to change the idea because of the new bed he got. - this morphed when Bear got a new bed.  I do still plan to make it for him, it's just going to have to wait.
17.  Grow a herb garden from scratch and keep it alive for one year 

18.  Try five new to me ingredients (fruit, vegetable, spice, etc.) (5/5)
19.  Eat twenty Vegetarian meals throughout this project (20/20)
20.  Bake thirty new dishes throughout the course of this project. (Sweet or Savory) (30/30)
21.  Use the fondue pot two times (2/2)
22.  Cook ten dishes spread out between breakfast (3/3), lunch(3/3), and dinner(4/4)
23.  Cook two different types of cupcakes from scratch (2/2)
24.  Do ten food related Pinterest pins (10/10)
25.  Try a new cocktail
26.  Buy a pastry cutter or pasta maker and make homemade ravioli
27.  Try an ethnic food I have not tried before

28.  Find and make a good devil dog knock off recipe - I found the real things locally so I didn't need to try to recreate one.
29.  Eat bacon in something it really doesn't belong in (ie. cookies)
30.  Get an ice cream maker and make 2 different types of ice cream or sherbet (2/2) - an amazing purchase!!!!  I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
31.  Learn to use one of our kitchen "gadgets" to our fullest extent - KitchenAid mixer is a great investment when left out for easy use.
32.  Use fine china at least once! (....even if it's just for our anniversary) - this oddly seemed like one of the hardest things to complete.  I think fine china should be for people who never move and have started hosting holiday meals.
33.  Bring or send Christmas cookies to at least three different people (4/3)
34.  Give up sugary desserts for one month (fresh fruit does not count) - I really still want to do this.  I have a major sweet tooth and I feel like this may help me get that under control.
35.  No eating out for one month - This was significantly easier than I thought it would be.
36.  No eating at the same restaurant twice in one month
37.  Order different things at restaurants we normally frequent 5 different times (5/5)

38.  Document fifty heart rate monitor workouts (50/50)- another hard one to complete because I would forget to take a picture of it let alone put it online.
39.  Run with Bear twice (2/2)
40.  Complete fifty miles in one month (outside or treadmill)
41.  Drop below my pre-pregnancy weight - YAY for breastfeeding weight loss!
42.  Take three fitness classes on Post or in town (2/3) - so close yet not complete.  I took two yoga classes on post that I loved!  Then got knocked up and was told not to do any of that because they didn't want me stressing my body out when it was already stressed.  While I prefer to workout alone I don't seem to mind some of the group classes.  

43.  Do yoga 40 times in 2 months (42/40)

44.  Have a dinner party
45.  Host a wine and cheese/dessert party - no excuse here.  I had plenty of opportunities just no follow through here.
46.  Buy three new board games and actually use them (4/3)
47.  Go on a wine tasting - this is a sad one to not have checked off.  There are plenty of great wineries in the area but then post went and got rid of the hourly daycare.  Whom whomp whomp.
48.  Attend a food festival - there were some food festivals in the area, but none that I was willing to drag my preggo butt (or nursing newborn) to that would have been any fun for me.  
49.  Go to a drive-in movie or movie at a park (if available, if not then an at home alternative) - we did the at home alternative.  There is very old drive in movie theater but it was rained out each time we tried to go. 
50.  Have an old fashioned family movie night three times (3/3) - That number is probably closer to 30 since we try to do a movie night a few times a month.
51.  Play mini golf/putt putt twice (2/2)
52.  See a Cirque show, Play, or some other theatrical show

53.  Learn to play Mahjong with the set we got as a gift - no reason other than I simply never tried to even do this one.  The set still sits on the shelf waiting to be used.
54.  Go fishing Again - this was a nice idea for when the kids get older.  Being pregnant and having a toddler we just couldn't muster the drive to get this one done.
55.  Go camping or backyard camping with Bear - This fail is one of those best-laid plans situations.  We pulled out the tent and sleeping bags and even set it up downstairs.  The tent was even set up indoors at one point.  The weather went nuts (high heat and rain) and we never bothered to try again.  
56.  Find and teach a new card game or board game to hubby's family
57.  Watch twenty-five movies that hubby recommends that I have not seen (25/25) - I realize I have not seen a lot of movies from this goal.  

58.  Write ten makeup related posts (10/10)
59.  Participate in ten OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) posts (0/10). I realize that 10 times is not a lot and yet I still failed this one.  While I did do many ones that I could have posted about it's really just not my thing.  So fail from the beginning?!?!
60.  Post twenty different food related blog posts (20/20) (Meal Plan Mondays, wordless Wednesday)
61.  Take, upload and post 250 pictures from my DSLR to the blog (250/250)

62.  Pay off 4Runner early
63.  Remain debt free for the course of this project (not to include car/home/student loans) 
64.  Start a college fund for kids

65.  Buy fresh flowers twice for myself for no reason (2/2) - oddly harder than I thought it would be.  I never remembered to do this.
66.  Pickup four reusable grocery bags (0/4) and two cold reusable bags(0/2); actually use them
67.  Buy an old map to frame as a picture - I haven't found the right map just yet
68.  Buy or make new pillows for the couches - I had these plans back when our couches were in much better shape.  They have gone to crap and really need to be tossed so waiting until after we buy new couches to get some cozy pillows for it.  
69.  Get an Alabama and Louisiana state magnets for my father
70.  Buy something designer
71.  Buy a photo converter and transfer all family photos on to digital media or back up all digital photos
72.  Own a coffee table book
73.  Find Christmas Stockings and get names embroidered on them - I am so happy with how these turned out!  Pottery Barn ones were worth every penny.
74.  Surprise hubby with a gift I know he wants but will not get himself

75.  Set aside thirty minutes a day to read for sixty consecutive days (60/60)
76.  Read twenty-five books (fifteen of which must be eBooks) (13/25) - the spirit of this was for me to read more and I do.  That 13 isn't accurate because I stopped updating it when I was rereading old parenting books for Eve.  Though  I'm not sure I ever hit the 25, I do think I got close.
77.  Read all the books on our bookshelf within the next two duty stations (12/ ? ) - I ended up reading more developmental books that I bought and never made the time to finish this one.
78.  Get better at cutting men's hair 
79.  Learn one hundred signs and be able to use them with Bear and/or Baby Girl (110/100) - I even started using this with Eve
80.  Get better at French - not better but not any worse
81.  Teach Bear at least ten words in at least two different languages (English and ASL do not count) (0/10) - Bear has enough trouble with speech and language so this isn't happening anytime soon.
82.  Collect five Newbery(5/5) and five Caldecott (5/5) award winning books 
83.  Get three children's books in another language for Bear (3/3)

84.  Buy a piece of clothing out of my comfort zone
85.  Buy five new Lush bath bombs to enjoy in a relaxing bath (12/5)
86.  Buy eight classic wardrobe pieces (8/8)
87.  Learn twenty new beauty tricks (hair, makeup, nails, fashion) (20/20)
88.  Share five of the beauty tricks I learned with my friends and/or family (5/5)
89.  Do not purchase any makeup (unless that item is completely used up)
90.  Buy an expensive outfit upon reaching my goal weight
91.  Find a purse I love and use it until it for the duration of this project 
92.  Maintain painted nails/toenails for two consecutive months (8/8 weeks) - super hard to do.  never again.  Maintaining nails that could be painted wasn't so bad, but when my paint starts to chip it needs to come off.
93.  Wear my hair down fourteen times within a thirty day period (14/14) - Another super hard one for me with little kids and long hair.
94.  Purchase fifteen pieces of jewelry (costume jewelry counts) (20/15)

95.  Get a stack-able jewelry holder that will fit what I currently have with extra available space or something else comparable 
96.  Properly store all of our Disney movies - we have a ton of movies and I need to go through them all to find the ones that don't work.

97.  Organize my craft closet and sell/donate anything I won't use
98.  Add our favorite recipes to our recipe box 
99.  Keep the kitchen/coffee/end tables all clear of clutter for at least one full month - neat but not clear.  Again the goal was to drive me to clean them off and keep them that way.  I do a significantly better job than before but never completed this goal.
100.  Donate or sell any unread books near the end of the project - I'm sure there is more than I could have purged, but for now, this will work.
101.  Go through all my clothing, donate any unwanted usable clothing (we do this yearly)


Overall not that bad.  I'm not jumping into another one, but maybe when things settle down again,


  1. Not bad at all!!! You really tackled a lot.

    1. It really didn't seem like a lot until you list it all out like this.


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