Taco Bell in the Closet…A Rehab Story

“Keeeellllllsie,” my husband said as I walked into our rental house.

“Yeeeeees…” I said.  I could tell by his voice something was wrong.  I started to panic.  Was it a water leak?  Did someone break into the house?

I never expected what came next.

“Did you leave a bag of Taco Bell in the closet?” he asked.

I was relieved and a little scared.

3 Days Earlier…

My parents came down to help us rebuild the bathroom floor of our rental house.  As we were cleaning up, I was on bag patrol.  We had a ton of bags.  Bags from Lowes.  Trash bags.  Walmart bags.  And one bag from Taco Bell with five tacos in it.

I instantly knew what happened.  I put the Taco Bell bag that was meant for the trash can in the closet with the rest of the remodeling supplies.

“Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry,” I said, laughing.  I always do weird things like this.  It’s kind of my thing.

“Three day old Taco Bell– locked in a closet– is not a good surprise,” my husband said, smiling.  At least I think he was smiling…

We’ve had several surprises fixing up our rental house.

  1.  It needed a new roof.
  2. The air conditioning unit works!
  3. The bathroom needed to be gutted.


We hired people for the roof and the air conditioning, but decided to do the work on the bathroom ourselves with the help of my parents.  My mom watched the baby as I demolished this sweet green tile shower.

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The bathroom looked like this for a while.

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Until my husband and dad ripped out the two layers of subfloor, the tub, and the toilet.  Then, it got a little scarier when these worker bees ended up standing on the dirt under our house.

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This is when I started feeling bad for everyone.

I never thought we would have to demo the bathroom down to the floor joists.  I didn’t know what a floor joist was.  Honestly, I didn’t even know what held up a house.  I just thought magic fairies held up houses.  I was wrong: boards do (unless your house is on a concrete slab…see I’m learning!).

After we ripped everything out, we started putting it back together.  We laid down new, solid sub floor and laid concrete backer board on top to put tile on.

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Then, we put our tile and new shiny toilet into the bathroom!

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I’ve never been so excited about a toilet!  A huge shout out to my husband and dad who made this possible and to my husband’s dad who is helping us too.  We couldn’t do it without you.

The bathroom still needs a ton of work.  We’ve got to put in a tub, sheetrock around the tub, put in a vanity, finish tiling, and the list goes on.

Why can’t this take thirty minutes like on HGTV?

Progress is Progress?

Even though the progress is slower than on TV, it’s been fun.  I’ve worked hard– I can’t lift my arms above my head because I spent eight hours painting ceilings yesterday.  And, I’ve learned a ton– fairies don’t hold up houses and don’t leave your Taco Bell in a closet.

I haven’t learned my lesson though, because yesterday my husband was outside and I heard, “Keeeeelllllsie……”

“Yeeesssss,” I said.

“How long has this sandwich been in the cooler?”

What are you up to?  Ever been under a house or left food in a weird place?


Summer Bucket List Update

I just got done walking two miles.  I was supposed to run two miles, but I made it about 5 feet down the road when I remembered: running sucks.

During my walk I remembered that I haven’t updated you on my bucket list progress since…. a long time ago.  Like before I had a baby.  I’m not sure if my life existed before I had a baby, because I can’t remember what it was like before I had to wake up twice during the night to feed my hungry nugget before she goes into “beast mode.”

I could literally write a million posts my snuggle nugget, but I’ll spare you the gushing.  Let me just say this, she’s the most perfect, beautiful baby in the Americas.


I’m not sure about this bonnet…

Here’s my progress:

1.  Figure out (and write about) our next big financial goal (January) –Done!

After we paid off our mortgage last year, we definitely went on auto-pilot financially.  So, we set a new goal to replace my salary with rental income.  I wrote about the tiny progress we’re making toward our goal here.

2.  Take a babymoon (February, March, or April) –Done!

Read about the time I hiked to the tallest point in Arkansas while super pregnant here.

3.  Get our nursery ready (March) –Done!

If you’re wondering if my baby has a place to sleep, worry no more.  Here is her nursery.  Warning!  If you’re offended by the color pink, don’t keep reading!!!

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A big thank you to my mom and sister who helped me organize the nursery while I sat in the rocking chair dreaming of slushes from Sonic.  Also, my brilliant co-worker sewed the bedding and curtains.  She did an amazing job!


4.  Finish book (April) –Not even close

I wrote a really crappy book, but I’m afraid to finish it because it’s so bad.  I need to figure this one out…

5.  Have a baby! (May) –Done!

Two months and three days ago, I had a baby.

6.  Complete 5 Treehouse “tracks” (September)- In progress

I’ve finished one and a half tracks.  I’m going to try to finish another one by the end of next month.

7. Get back to pre-baby weight (October)- Done… sort of 🙂

I gained around 23 pounds when I was pregnant.

Good news: since my baby was 10 pounds, I was able to lose the weight pretty quickly.  The doctor basically just pulled half of the weight out of me.  The other half fell off by breastfeeding (which is super hard.  Why didn’t you tell me?).

Bad news:  all of my belly parts are still not back to where they were before I was pregnant.  And, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a while until they are.

8.  Run a family 5k (November)- Not even close.

Please see the description at the beginning of this post.  Again, running sucks.

9.  Check out our tithe/giving situation (reoccurring starting in January)- Done!

We started tithing a couple years ago, and it’s been really rewarding.  But, I am pretty stingy, so we hadn’t adjusted our tithing amount since then.  Also, we kind of started slipping on tithing at all during busy months.  So, this year I’ve made more of an effort to tithe every month and on all of our income.  We’ve only missed one month so far.  I’m counting this as a success!

10.  Use my Real Estate License (December)- Done!

I’m really enjoying learning about the world of real estate.  I’ve written several contracts, and I had my first closing last month.

Overall, I’ve done a lot on my bucket list for this year.  But, some of the most intense items are still unfinished…  Good thing I have about five months left.  Bad thing is the baby thinks I should attend to her needs 24/7 :).  We will see how this goes!


We bought a rental house!

So we did it!  Finally…

If you’ve read this blog since the beginning (thanks, mom!), you’ll remember we’ve been trying to buy a rental house forever.  If you’re just stopping by (everyone else!), you can see our failed attempts here and here.

What you won’t see are the countless amount of houses we’ve looked at, driven by, and put in offers on.  I actually stopped writing about them, because it was getting so depressing.  Eventually, we came to the realization that we just weren’t ready.  So, we took a step back. Waaaaaay back.

Gimme three steps back

1.  We paid off our mortgage last July so that we would could lower our monthly expenses.  This helps us have more room in our budget so if something goes wrong we won’t be in a pinch.  Also it helps us lower our risk by keeping our debt-to-income ratio in check.

2.  I got my real estate liscense so I could learn more about the market.  And, I am able to put in offers and contracts. Shameless plug: need help buying or selling a house? I’m here!

3. Finally, I read.  And read and read and read.  I read that we needed a serious emergency fund.  I read that we needed to find a house that would give at least a 1% monthly return but a 2% return is excellent.  I read that we needed a strong cash on cash return.  Don’t know what I’m talking about? Neither did I!  I’ll do a rental house numbers post sometime soon… In the meantime if your curious this article is excellent reading.

Now’s the time, baby!

The crazy part of this adventure is timing; we just had a baby.  Actually, we put our in our offer just 4 days before our baby arrived.  Doesn’t everyone do that?  Honestly, after sooooo many fails, I didn’t even expect to get a house so I was just sitting on my couch cooking the kid and making offers on foreclosures.

Normal pregnant behavior right? #crazypregnantlady #hideyourhouses

Well, we did get a house.  We closed last week!

Before we rent it out, we’ve got to do some work on it.  I thought I’d show the renovation pics and progress here… If that works for you.

Our ultimate goal?

On my bucket list for this year one of the items is to figure out our next big financial goal.  I plan on going back to work part-time.  I’m sure I will always work, but as we move forward into the next phase I think we would like to get as much flexibility as possible.  So, here it is, our next goal: replace my take-home salary. Luckily, my salary isn’t much to replace :).

There are a lot of factors that could derail this plan: we may hate having rental houses, we may want to buy a bigger house (ours is tiny), this could completely blow up in our face, or we may just start having a ton of babies (not! We’re so exhausted with one!).  Either way, I guess we will start down this road.  When we started our mortgage pay off journey, I never expected to actually finish.  But we did!  So, who knows what will really happen next, but it’s good to have a big, crazy goal again.

Do you have a big, crazy goal?  Are you thinking about starting one?


I had a 10 Pound Baby… and other thoughts on motherhood

Hi! I  hope you’re having the best summer.  Our summer has been pretty life changing so far.

Three weeks ago, I gave birth to a 10 pound baby.  Honestly, she was only 9 pounds and 13 ounces.  But, when you have a 9 pound 13 ounce baby, I think you can round up.

I spent a few hours last week writing my birth story, but I never finished it.  Here’s a recap: it was dramatic, it included an emergency C-section, 13 hours of labor, 4 days in the NICU, and finally, a beautiful, healthy baby girl

Here’s her 2-week-old picture.  She just figured out the meaning of life.  It’s milk, of course!

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Even though I haven’t finished my birth story, here are my 20 initial thoughts about motherhood.

1.  I have a new boss.  She is a tiny lady with a receding hair line who screams at me a lot.  But, when she holds my hand or smiles at me, all is forgiven.

2.  My coworker (husband) is pretty terrific, and we make fun of our boss lady sometimes.

3.  I’m up all night.  It’s like college, except there are no parties, drinks, or fun clothes involved.  Unless you count baby parties– which oddly enough– I do.

4.  Breastfeeding is harrrrrd.  It feels like a tiny person is attacking you.

5.  I’m covered in spit up and milk most of the day.

6.  I tried to leave the house yesterday, and I couldn’t because my baby wouldn’t let me put her in her car seat.

7.  If we do make it out of the house, it takes HOURS to get ready.

8.  You come up with tons of nicknames for your baby.  Currently, we call the baby: Milk Monster, Little Bird, V Baby, Boss Lady, and Baby Bear.

9.  You can’t trust your own thoughts, especially at night.  My husband found me trying to nurse a pillow the first week we were home.

10.  Explosive poop is a very real thing.  Watch out!

11.  Babies are kind of like drugs.  You’re addicted before you know it.

12.  I thought dressing her would be fun, like dressing a doll.  Turns out, it’s like dressing a screaming, angry bear.

13.  She makes weird noises.  Sometimes, she sounds like a dinosaur.

14.  I cry when I look at her.

15.  I cry when I watch my husband holding her.

16.  Even thought I’m 29, it still feels like I’m on an episode of Teen Mom.

17.  I have no idea how my mom raised 3 kids.  I’m pretty sure Baby V is going to be an only child.

18.  I feel like a grizzly bear.  The thought of anything or anyone hurting her makes me want to turn into a wild animal.

19.  I love her.

20.  She’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

I hope I’ve had more thoughts since we brought our baby home, but I can’t remember anything these days.  Any more thoughts on motherhood/fatherhood/baby raising/summer that you’d like to share?!







Baby Watch, Baby Moon, and a Horse of Course

Hello!  What have you been up to?

I haven’t been doing much.  Just growing a human.  No biggie.  I can’t believe how this baby thing works.  It’s like a science fiction book.  I feel like I need to go back to 8th grade health class.

We are officially on baby watch.  I am 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant.  Which translates into:  I’m completely emotionally unstable.  I cried when my doctor said I was measuring big, I cried reading an article about babies, and I cried for five other things I can’t even remember.  But, I’m so excited at the same time!!!

I wanted to document my pregnancy, but I can’t keep up with my growing “bump.”  So, here’s my favorite from this week.  I was out feeding the neighborhood horse (yes, we have a neighborhood horse.  His name is Stanley, and he stops by every weekend to get carrots, usually on Sundays after we go to Walmart).  Stanley was pretty interested in my belly– either that or he was trying to get more carrots.

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Since I’m not sure how many more days we have before this baby arrives, I wanted to catch you up on one of my Bucket List goals for this year: going on a baby moon with my husband.

I wanted to go somewhere BIG.  But, as I got more pregnant, we couldn’t decide on where to go.  I kept suggesting places like “exotic alligator farms, Russian cruises, and Antarctic adventures.”  But, my husband kept saying, “ughhhhh, I don’t know.”  After a few of those conversations, I finally got to the root of the problem: my husband is/was scared of the following:

1.  Me going into labor on a plane

2.  Me going into labor in a foreign country

3.  Me going into labor on a mountain

So naturally, we ended up spending our baby moon on a mountain!

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What’s a baby moon if you don’t conquer a fear?  We headed up to Mount Magazine.  It’s a state park in Arkansas with lodges, cabins, a pool, and hiking.   Neither of us had been there before, and it was only a few hours away from where we live, so my husband didn’t have to worry about me going into labor on a plane or in a foreign country.

Here is part of the awesome lodge…

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And views that could make any baby want to arrive…

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Because we were already on a mountain, we decided to try and make it to the highest point in Arkansas called Signal Hill.  We signed our names to the registry to prove we made it.   I thought about sending someone else up to sign it for us, but what would that teach our unborn child?



Before you start thinking I’m some kind of pregnant hiking superhero, I should mention that Signal Hill was only about a mile from the lodge we were staying in.  Also, it was a pretty smooth hike.  So, I really didn’t do much, but don’t tell anyone.


Other than hiking, we swam, ate, and napped.  Our baby moon was wonderful.  I had the best company ever.  Since I did so much napping, I guess it’s good we didn’t go on a Russian Cruise.  I probably would have just slept a lot.

Here we are at our last dinner (at Mount Magazine).  Don’t worry, we’ve been eating dinner since then.


Thanks for reading this!  I hope you’ve been having the best couple of months.  I’ve got some pictures of our nursery to show you, and then I can’t wait to tell you about the awesome new project we’re working on (besides the baby, of course!)


January Bucket List Update

I’ve been waiting to post because I wanted to tell you some exciting news.  Then, it didn’t happen.  So, I’ve really been waiting to tell you that we don’t have exciting news.  Except for our most exciting news: I am still cooking a human–in my belly– not on the stove.  That’s illegal.

This bucket list update is going downhill FAST.  To keep this post from deteriorating any further, I’m going to start the update.

1.  Figure out (and write about) our next big financial goal (January) -In progress

We paid off our mortgage last year, and since then we’ve been pondering our next big goal.  It took us a little longer than expected, but I think we’ve finally figured it out.  I’ll write about it soon.

2.  Take a babymoon (February, March, or April) -In progress

We haven’t decided where to go yet, but we just got back from Nashville and we’re headed on another trip in a couple of weeks.  Since these trips involve my husband working, I just don’t feel like they are babymoon worthy.  However, if we keep traveling, we might have to just pick a trip and call it our babymoon.  Here’s hoping our accidental babymoon takes us somewhere warm!

3.  Get our nursery ready (March) -In progress

We have picked out fabric, ordered swatches, and are just waiting on it to arrive.  Also, we have a crib and a chair, so the only furniture we’re missing is a dresser.  Any ideas where to get a unique piece at a uniquely low price?

4.  Finish book (April) -In progress

I’ve been listening to an audio book on writing to get back in the swing of things.  I’m just stuck.  I have a rough draft that I wrote last year, but now I hate it.  It’s also about half the length that it needs to be.  This month, I’m going to devote a block of time to it.  Then, maybe I can get my head back into the project.

5.  Have a baby! (May) -In progress

In progress!  Currently, I’m 24 weeks pregnant.  I’ve started feeling the baby move, which in the words of Amy Poehler from the movie Baby Momma feels like, “when you eat a meatball sandwich and then the meatball sandwich starts kicking you.”

6.  Complete 5 Treehouse “tracks” (September)- In progress

Treehouse is an online school that teaches people to design websites/write code/program.  I’ve been working really hard on this.  Unfortunately, the hours I’ve put in haven’t amounted to much.  I’m still on my first “track.”  I’ve been learning to code using JavaScript.  I’m so lost I’ve been trying to figure out how to get coffee out of the computer.

7. Get back to pre-baby weight (October)- Not even close.

I’m not working on this one quite yet.  I’m actually going in the other direction thanks to a little lady named Debbie.  Come here Little Debbies!  Do you have a bigger sister, or should I just eat five of you?

8.  Run a family 5k (November)- Not even close.

Not even thinking about this one either.

9.  Check out our tithe/giving situation (reoccurring starting in January)- In progress.

Good news, we’ve made progress on this one!  I’ll explain soon.  I think I have a new system that will make it easier to do this every month.

10.  Use my Real Estate License (December)- Done!

This is the exciting news I wanted to tell you about.  I wrote a real estate contract last week!  We put in an offer on a rental house, but we still don’t know if it’s been accepted.  It’s a foreclosure, and the bank is toying with us like Pink and Rick with birthday hats (see below and picture us as the birthday hat).  I don’t even know if we’re going to get the house yet.  Honestly, I doubt we get it.  If our offer does go through, I promise to let you know.  Even if it doesn’t, I’ll let you know.  Unfortunately, right now there’s nothing to know.  I wish there was.

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Well, there it is!  The bucket list update for January.  How are your goals going?

Our Baby Is A Girl!

Hello Winter Dwellers,

Can you believe how cold it is?  I would like to take a minute and send a lot of warm thoughts and prayers to everyone who works out in the cold everyday– especially my Dad who is a train engineer.  He spends 12 hours day outside building trains in the freezing temps.  Go Dad and others!

In other warm news: our baby is a girl!

Finding out

From the beginning of my pregnancy, I was dying to have a baby girl.  I know you’re not supposed to have a preference, but I did.  I wanted a girl soooooo bad, I could taste it.  It tasted like bows and ruffles.

However, I thought I was having a baby boy.  It’s not that I don’t want a boy someday, but for this pregnancy, I just really wanted a girl.  Hormones, anyone?

Finally, the day arrived and we walked into the doctor’s office.  We were both really nervous.  When the ultrasound tech walked in the room said, “what do you think the baby is?”

I said “Boy,” and my husband said, “Girl.”

It took her a minute or two to get in the right position, but she finally said, “are you ready?”

Then, she slowly typed three words on the screen.  “It’s a … GIRL.”

And I cried.  Not just one tear. A bunch of them.  I cried so much that the tech asked my husband to get me some Kleenex.

I would say that the tears mean it must have been the most beautiful moment of my life.  But, I cried last week watching a Taylor Swift video.  I cried yesterday at work.  I could cry right now.  I’m not sure I can trust my tear ducts anymore.

The name game

After we found out we were having a girl, we got on the baby name bus.  We drove the bus all around town.  We stopped at names like Annie, Sophie, Cora, and Adaline.  But, none of them felt quite right for our baby.  So, drumroll, please… our sweet baby name is Vera Faye Fannon.  I think it’s the most beautiful name ever.

We picked this name because it represents some very special ladies in our lives.  My two grandmothers were named Vera and Versa.  Their names are so similar, I think naming her Vera will honor them both.  My husband’s grandmother’s middle name is Faye, and his other grandmother is a “Fannon.”  So, we were able to hit all four grandmothers– even though the road is a little curvy.

While our grandmothers were the main reason we chose our baby name, I also really like the meanings behind her name.  Vera means “Faith.”  And Faye means “Fairy.”  I LURVE the juxtaposition of being grounded in beliefs but also realizing there is more to this world than what you can see and understand.  A little bit country a little bit rock and roll?


I totally have pink eye.  Not the contagious kind.

A very sweet/super talented lady at work volunteered to make the bedding and curtains.  In celebration of our girly future (and our dog/blog’s name), I’ve decide to pink it out!  Why, not?  I may never be able to see this much pink in my house again.

Here’s what the bedding and curtains will look like (with a few custom alterations of course):


Well, that’s all I can think about telling you about our baby.  Let me know what you think!  Mostly, I need to know how much pink is too much?  Also, I’m finalizing our next big financial goal, so stay tuned for that next week.

Until then, stay warm!


2015 Bucket List

Hello Hump Day-ers,

It’s time for my 2015 Bucket List!  This is the third year I’ve made a list of items to accomplish (see 2013 list here and 2014 list here).  While I’m not always successful, I think writing it goals is extremely helpful in bringing focus to my year.  Also, a lady I work with says you need to “speak your life into existence.”  Isn’t that cool?  You can create your life with your own words.  I know it’s pretty hippity-dippity, but I kind of believe it’s true!

But before I get started, here’s a picture of our New Year’s trip to Dallas.  I was trying to “speak” a glass of wine into my life, but the baby told me it wasn’t interested.

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2015 Bucket List

1.  Figure out (and write about) our next big financial goal (January)

Since we paid off our mortgage, I’ve felt a little lost.  I’m extremely goal-oriented, and I’ve missed having something to track, measure, and dream about.  So, we’re working on coming up with out next big goal.  I’ll let you know what it is when we figure it out!

2.  Take a babymoon (February, March, or April)

I’m not sure where we’re going to go yet, but I can’t wait to hang out with my husband for a week– or ten.  Hopefully our trip includes some hours of travel, I love being able to talk to him for hours in a car or on a plane.  He’s always trying to get me to take a nap, though!

3.  Get our nursery ready (March)

I’m not sure what comes first, the bedding or the paint color.  Any advice on where to start?

4.  Finish book (April)

This is a leftover from my 2014 Bucket List.  It is also the most terrifying goal on my list.

5.  Have a baby! (May)

This one is coming if we’re ready or not.   What do babies need, again?

6.  Complete 5 Treehouse “tracks” (September)

Treehouse is an online school that teaches people to design websites/write code/program.  And, they teach in a way that a toddler (or blogger!) can understand.  Unfortunately, each track takes about 50 hours, and I’ve been working on my first track for the past three months.  This may take a while…

Note: this is not an advertisement, nor do I get paid for any content on this blog– unless you’re looking for someone to give your money too, then I’ll take it!

7. Get back to pre-baby weight (October)

I actually stole this one from my friend Stephanie.  Her baby is due just a month after mine, and I thought it was an excellent goal to put on my list.  Plus, what’s a Bucket List without a weight goal?  Predictability is my main move.

8.  Run a family 5k (November)

My husband suggested this one, and I thought it was a great idea.  Last year, we ran a 5k and there were a lot of people who brought their babies along, so we thought this could be a cool thing to do– weather and baby permitting.

9.  Check out our tithe/giving situation (reoccurring starting in January)

10.  Use my Real Estate License (December)

I’m dying to use my license to purchase our first rental house (and build a side business).  Maybe this year will FINALLY be the year of the rental house.  We’ve been working on this since 2013, and I’m the least patient person in America.


Well, there it is, my 2015 Bucket List.  I’ve learned a lot about goals since I started making a bucket list in 2013.  This year, I’ve decided to front-load my list.  Hopefully, I will be able to complete several of my items before the baby comes.  I’ve never had a baby before, but I keep hearing they like attention.

Have you made any goals or Bucket List items for this year?

2014 Bucket List Recap

Hello Citizens of 2015!

I was gearing up to write about my 2015 Bucket List, when I remembered, I haven’t recapped my 2014 Bucket List.  A year ago, when I wrote my 2014 Bucket List, I had no idea what the year would bring.  My husband is calling it our heartbeat year because we had extreme ups (here and here) and extreme lows (here and here).  But despite everything, we are excited to start 2015, because we are extremely blessed!

Even though, I didn’t make as much progress on my list as I like, I still think 2014 is a year to be celebrated, so if you will excuse my lack of progress: here is my 2014 Bucket List Recap.

1.  Organize one room in my house every month- HALF SUCCESS HALF FAIL

The insane part about organizing your house is: a few months later you have to do it again–especially if you live in a 1,100 square foot house.  Here are the rooms I organized (that need to be done again):

January: Bathrooms

February: Laundry Room

March: Master Bedroom

April:  Living Room.

May:  Our outside storage room.  True confession: my husband organized this one.  But, I can still count it, right?

December: We cleaned out the future nursery!

2. Lose 10 pounds through the Paleo Diet or South Beach Diet (February)  FAIL

Well, this kind of went the opposite direction.  I kept putting it off, and when I was ready to get started– I got pregnant.  According to my doctor, I’ve gained four pounds.  At least it’s all for a good cause, eating for two, right?  Unfortunately, the other one I’m eating for only weighs 10 ounces, so I’m really just eating for 1.00001.

3.  Go on a Vegas Vacation (March)- AWESOME SUCCESS!

We had the best time!  Check it out.

4.  Run 365 milesFAIL

January: 12.75

February: 19

March: 31

April: 30

May: 31

… and then I totally fell of the wagon.  Not only did I fall off, but I rolled all the way down a hill and into a creek.  Then, when I was in the creek I found a fish named Nemo.  Pixar used my story for their classic animated film.  Just kidding, the fish’s name was Fred.

5.  Go one month without artificial sugar (February)- SUCCESS!

Finally, a goal I’m actually killing!  I stopped eating/drinking artificial sugar in February, and I haven’t looked back.  Don’t worry, I’m still eating/drinking PLENTY of regular sugar.  I didn’t get too healthy.  I didn’t want to shock my system!

6.  Learn to hula-hoop or whistle (June)- SUCCESS!

I’m officially a whistler!  I’m a terrible whistler, but at least I can make a sound– annnnndddd it sounds like a whistle.

7.  Go skydiving (July) (August/September)- FAIL

I was getting ready to book my adventure, and then I found out I was pregnant.  For some reason, my husband didn’t want me to jump out of a plane anymore.  And, I’m obedient so I listened (haha).

8.  Write 2 blog posts every week-  HUGEST FAIL EVER

Not only did I completely fail at this goal, but I couldn’t even keep up with my typical, weekly blog post slackery.

9.  Become completely debt free– including paying off our house (September)- HUGE SUCCESS!

If I had to pick ONE goal to complete this year, this one would be it– and we actually did it!  Even better, we accomplished it two months earlier than expected.  I still can’t believe we did this.  It feels amazing, like a present every month.  Seriously.  Every month, I get ready to pay our mortgage, and I remember it’s gone!

10.  Write a fiction book and sell it on Amazon (October)- FAIL

I’ve been working on this.  I’m about halfway through with the first draft.  I’m going to move this to my 2015 Bucket List.

11.  Do something spontaneous (November)- FAIL

I don’t even feel bad about this one, because I totally forgot it was on my list!

12.  Make $1,000 of side income a month, by freelance writing/blogging/video projects (December)- MOSTLY FAIL and a very tiny bit of success

Typically, I didn’t clear over $100 a month, except for June.  In June, I picked up a side gig at a local university and totally made my goal.


So there it is, Pink and Rick’s official 2014 Bucket List Recap!  I promise to do better next year.  I’m going to post my 2015 Bucket List next week, so get ready!

Do you have any Bucket List Items/Goals/New Year’s Resolutions for 2015?

Our Baby Story

christmas card 3Hey Lovely Readers,

Well, it’s true.  I officially have a(nother) baby story.  This one has a happier ending.  So where did we leave off in my baby saga?  Oh, I remember, here (warning: that link is sad.  I never meant it to be sad, but people said it is).

Fast forward four months, and I’m 17 weeks pregnant today!  Here’s how it a-happened.

A little back story.

When I was going through my miscarriage in February, my doctor told me, “I’m surprised you got pregnant.”  He is a really nice guy, and he meant it as a compliment, like, “hey, your body worked, even if it was for a short time.”  I took it as, “Your body sucks.”  So, of course, I started crying immediately.  I never even wanted kids, but I still didn’t want to be told I couldn’t have them.

Hold on, this is where it gets happier!  Anyway, after my body recovered, the doctor told me I could try a drug called Clomid.  It’s a pretty common fertility drug.  I’m not sure why it’s so common, except that it is cheap (under $20), and it works sometimes.  I heard of the drug several times from friends, so I was pretty optimistic.  A little too optimistic.  I thought it would work on the first time. Well, it didn’t.  However, it did work on the third time, bada bing, bada boom, bada baby!

A side note:  some people hate Clomid.  I had some mild side effects, but nothing too bad.  It just made me feel like I was pregnant.  Which, if you’re not pregnant, kind of turns you into a crazy person.  Overall, I don’t know if I would recommend it or not, but it did work for me.

Life is weird.

The timing of this whole pregnancy is interesting.  First, we got pregnant a month-ish after we paid off our mortgage.  And, as soon as I let go of trying to make it happen, it did.  Also, I’m due in May, so I don’t have to go through the hottest part of the summer with a big ol’belly.

Unfortunately, I spent first four months as sick as a dog, and throwing up really cramped my blogging schedule.  Fortunately, I’m better now.  I’m content.  By looking at this picture, I think Baby Fannon is too!


The journey.

I used to think life was a straight line, then I thought it was a circle.  Now, I can’t figure out what shape it is– amoeba, maybe?  It just seems like as soon as you “figure” something out, life changes.  Like, you think you’ve found the perfect job field, and then you realize something else is more important to you.

Our baby story is far from over.  In the scheme of things, we’ve had it very easy.  My heart goes out to couples who have experienced years of heartaches and disappointments.  Just know, I’m hoping and praying for you this Christmas season.

The end for now.

I’m still pretty nervous about this pregnancy, but the more I talk to my doctor, the easier it gets.  We even found out the gender this week!  I would tell you, but we’re not telling our families until after Christmas, and my mom would hunt you down.  I promise to let you in on the news ASAP afterward.

I hope you have the best Christmas ever, and you get to celebrate this amoeba-shaped-journey called life.  Merry Christmas!