1) Reorganize the house. Abel's bedroom was Jonathan's office and the TV/music room. We were planning to do it the weekend after Thanksgiving but he was born the Tuesday before, so we didn't get a chance!
Result: SUCCESS! We did this in late May and it's been much nicer to have Abel in his own room. This is what the living room looks like in the new configuration:
2) Transition Swede to a "big girl" bed.
Result: SUCCESS! We did this in early August. We had some trouble the first week that she would come out of the room frequently but since then she's been really good at playing/reading quietly before naptime and bedtime and then going to sleep when she's ready. PS: She has these adorable cupcake sheets from Garnet Hill:
3) Potty training!
Result: SUCCESS! Swede is still in a diaper at bedtime and there is an occasional accident but we are pretty much there!
4) Sleep training!
Result: SEMI-SUCCESS. This is still a work in progress. Abel sleeps through the night sometimes but is still up around 4 am sometimes. If he wakes up before 3 a.m. I'll let him fuss back to sleep but after 4 a.m. I'll often feed him. He is asleep by 6 p.m. so I feel like he must be so hungry by then.
Just had to re-share this photo because he's so cute.
5) Upgrade the blog!
Result: SEMI-SUCCESS. I'm still on a free platform. (I didn't realize how expensive your own domain was!) But I did update my template and added the Header pages and some sidebar items.
6) Get family photos taken.
Result: SEMI-SUCCESS. We did take family photos, but we had a difficult morning and the kids were grumpy and over-tired so I'm not very happy with the photos we did get. Fortunately our photographer was not very happy with them either and has offered to do a free makeup session this fall.
7) Clean up the yard... Planting flowers, etc.
Result: SUCCESS. I didn't actually plant any new flowers but the perennials we planted last year came back so nicely. We did add some new mulch here and there, and sweeping off the deck/patio, picking up the million pine cones, and deadheading the flowers every few weeks kept things looking good.
8) Buy patio furniture.
Result: FAIL. I didn't find any patio furniture that I loved. We do have a couple (not so comfy) chairs that I'd sit in with a cucumber-vodka soda after a run, but I'm pretty sure this item will show up on next summer's to-do list.
9) Try 21 Day Fix, or something similar.
Result: SUCCESS. I've talked about this before, but I did get 21 Day Fix and have done the strength and yoga workouts consistently for the past two months. I really enjoyed it and think it has made me a stronger runner too.
Sure couldn't do 2x60second plank two months ago.
10) Random home repairs...
Result: FAIL. I didn't do any of this, and it's now on the "Stuff We Need To Do Before Trying to Sell Our House" list for the fall.
Overall... Wow! I did pretty well. It's actually nice to look back on this list at everything I was stressed about four months ago and see how much has gotten done. I have a whole new list for the fall but that's news for another day!