Let’s Organize Our Weekend Plans

posted by Aby on May 24, 2013 17 Comments

Happy Friday friends! I hope you had a great week. I’ve been immersed in working on my new class The Secrets of Staying Organized. It’s nice to come up for air today and check in with everyone. I hope you’ve had a great week! Summer break also started on Wednesday for my kids, which means new schedules and new routines. But I feel like we’re off to a good start. Yay!

I have an ambitious to-do list this weekend, but it is a 3-day weekend, so we’ll see if I can pull it off. And if not, no worries. Most of these items are not time sensitive…so there really is no pressure to get it all done. Which is nice. Here’s my list:

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  • Run in a 5K tomorrow morning. I’m running in the same race as my very first 5K ever…oh so many years ago. (7 years ago! I just did the math. Wow.) Anyway…I think it will be fun to run this race again and this year Kailea will be running, too. Extra fun. :) Check! Once again, I was passed by a stroller pushing mom and a dad pushing not one, but two kiddos in a stroller! But there was some consolation this time:  1) The mom is a boot camp instructor at the Y. (Remember the pregnant lady who kicked my booty in boot camp? Yep, that’s the one.) 2) The dad just ran a half marathon and was my daughter’s cross country coach, so let’s just say he’s a really good runner. 3) Despite getting passed by all these stroller pushing parents, I got my personal best time at a race. (Yay!) So I’m really pleased with how it all turned out. So fun. Can’t wait for my next race! :)   
  • Pick up race packet tonight. Check!
  • Farmer’s market. (Maybe – we’ll see how fun that sounds after running.) Check!  
  • Paint front porch chair. Nope. The weather was iffy…and other stuff sounded more fun.  
  • Do some organizing in my basement. Check!
  • Plant some flowers. Check! Jay deserves the actual check…but I did help pick them out. ;)

Done

  • Download photos and edit. By the way, I finished up my Project Life pages for the weeks I had printed last weekend. Oh I love that part! So fun. 1/2 check. I downloaded photos…but didn’t do any editing. Seems like there’s a lot of rain in the forecast this week…so I’ll do some editing this week in the evenings. 
  • Make appointment with eye doctor. Check!
  • Write / send thank you notes. Not yet…
  • Make salad and cupcakes. It’s my father-in-law’s birthday this weekend, so we will be celebrating (with salad and cupcakes, LOL.) Check! 
  • Plan weekly meals + shop. Check! 
  • Laundry. Check!
  • Make candles. And get the stuff necessary to do so. Check!
  • Go to the Post Office. Check!
  • Go to the bank. Check!
  • Do some weeding / yard work. Check! 

This might be my longest Finish It Friday list ever! Wish me luck, and best of luck with your list, too. Hope you have a great weekend. I look forward to reading all about your plans and accomplishments in the comments. See you back here on Tuesday. :)

It was a really fun weekend – loved having that extra day! Hope you had a great one, too!
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  • May 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I’m glad you’ve immersed yourself in your Secrets class since I am eagerly awaiting it. Although I officially signed up for Goals yesterday and I’m looking forward to that. I need a kick. I am in a slump.

    I too finished getting caught up on my Project Life this week. Now to just stay current during the summer.

    FUN
    -Finish 2012 Minibook
    -Project Life for this week
    -Movie night
    -Buy Shin Guards & Gloves for Luci who is starting t-ball/soccer next week (OMG She’s THREE!)

    DONE
    -Girl Scout Appeal Letters
    -Bank
    -grocery shop
    -budget check in
    -end of the month checklist
    -write/schedule blog posts

    May 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Super productive three day weekend! Thanks to printing at Costco, I am now actually current on Project Life. It’s a really different feeling!

    FUN
    -Finish 2012 Minibook CHECK
    -Project Life for this week CHECK
    -Movie night HALF CHECK (watched movie that was lame, worked on mini album while half watching movie)
    -Buy Shin Guards & Gloves for Luci who is starting t-ball/soccer next week (OMG She’s THREE!) CHECK

    DONE
    -Girl Scout Appeal Letters CHECK (a lingering task for the past TWO months!)
    -Bank nope – they were closed, so I never made it.
    -grocery shop CHECK
    -budget check in CHECK
    -end of the month checklist CHECK
    -write/schedule blog posts CHECK

    Hope everyone had a great weekend and Aby hope your run went well. It was rainy here all weekend, which contributed to my productivity.

    May 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations on all you accomplished this week, Alissa – especially the task that’s been lingering for two months. I have a few of those myself…

    May 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Well done Alissa!! Looking forward to seeing you in the Goals class, too. :)

    May 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks Lycia & Aby!

    • May 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      I’m looking forward to the new class too, Aby! My main goal for this weekend is to take some time to relax. It’s the last weekend that our son will be here from NC and June is already shaping up to be pretty busy. Whatever happened to summer “vacation”??? ;)

      FUN:
      *Family movie/pizza night
      *Memorial Day cookout with family
      *Meal planning binder
      *Work on digital pictures, Project Life (2012!) etc

      DONE:
      *Grocery shopping
      *Homeschool check-in & lesson plans
      *Bible class preparation
      *Get checkbook postings up-to-date
      *Make hotel reservations for 4H Roundup
      *Clean bathroom
      *Change sheets
      *Laundry
      *Work on wedding program

      May 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

      This weekend was a good mix of getting stuff done but also relaxing and enjoying the long weekend. It’s good to feel like I actually had a holiday!

      FUN:
      *Family movie/pizza night – CHECK! (We actually watched THREE movies this weekend!)
      *Memorial Day cookout with family – CHECK!
      *Meal planning binder – no…somehow this keeps getting moved to the bottom of the list :(
      *Work on digital pictures, Project Life (2012!) etc – made some progress, so CHECK!

      DONE:
      *Grocery shopping – CHECK!
      *Homeschool check-in & lesson plans – CHECK!
      *Bible class preparation – CHECK!
      *Get checkbook postings up-to-date – No, but I did make progress. And I think the time spent on the wedding programs was more important.
      *Make hotel reservations for 4H Roundup – CHECK!
      *Clean bathroom – decided it could wait until Tuesday
      *Change sheets – CHECK!
      *Laundry – CHECK!
      *Work on wedding program – CHECK! (got tons done on this project)

      May 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Sounds like you had a great weekend Lycia! Glad to hear it!! Is the meal planning binder a start from scratch project or one you’re updating / improving? I wonder if there’s a way to bite size it a bit…so you could make a little bit of progress. Or maybe the other stuff is just more important to you…so it’s good that it’s sliding to the bottom of the list. :)

      Aby

      • May 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

        My week feels like it was one big weekend. My niece graduated from high school so I spend three days with her and my sister this week “helping” her celebrate! It was a lot of fun, but as a result, I’m feeling a little extra dis-organized right now.

        Done:
        Grocery Shop/other shopping (My blow dryer decided to blitz out on me this morning!)
        Return Library Books
        Return recent online purchases (one was the wrong color, the other the wrong size!)
        Laundry
        Ironing (Maybe? It’ll depend on how things turn out coming out of the dryer and if I have enough to make it worthwhile)
        Decorate my parents grave prior to Memorial Day

        Fun:
        Pizza and movie night
        Read (just bought a new book!)
        Scrapbooking (PL-style)
        Memorial Day observance

        May 28, 2013 at 12:51 am

        Done:
        Grocery Shop/other shopping–CHECK (including the blow dryer!)
        Return Library Books–CHECK
        Return recent online purchases–Half CHECK. I have contacted the company for the return authorization number and instructions, but haven’t yet put it in the mail… (the holiday threw me!)
        Laundry–CHECK
        Ironing (Maybe?)– NO…. Not enough clothes needed it to make it worthwhile, but it’ll probably be on tap for next weekend!
        Decorate my parents grave prior to Memorial Day–CHECK

        Fun:
        Pizza and movie night–CHECK
        Read (just bought a new book!)–CHECK
        Scrapbooking (PL-style)–CHECK (plus bought a couple of new kits at Hobby Lobby! Yay! Goal #6 is coming along nicely. Should be able to finish it by the end of June if I keep at it!)
        Memorial Day observance–CHECK

        May 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

        Well done Shanon!! Congrats on your productive weekend. :)

        • May 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

          Yeah for a long weekend! My kids(still in school) have two extra days off next week thanks to unused snow days so we have a FIVE day weekend! :) Looking forward to relaxing and also being productive.

          FINISH:

          *Laundry
          *Change bed linens
          *Clean bathrooms – this is a Monday task
          *Vacuum downstairs
          *Clean kitchen
          *Meal plan, grocery list + shopping done
          *Finish purging last of kids’ clothes
          *Update calendar – end of year school events, new appts,etc.

          FUN:

          *Family movie + pizza night
          *Start a new book
          *Get caught up on magazines – any I am not caught up will go straight to the Y on Tuesday. I need to get back on track :)
          *Family outing on Sunday – not sure what but we are thinking of a baseball game, skiing or family hike.

          Have a great weekend everyone! Aby, I am intrigued by your new class. :)

          May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

          Hope you are enjoying your really long weekend! :)

          • May 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

            Hi Aby,

            Late posting but I’m off to a good start so far! Hope you and your daughter had a great race.

            FUN:
            Read
            Cookout if it warms up

            Done:
            Bank
            Target Run – Prescriptions / Food Shopping
            Bed, Bath and Beyond – Drawer organizers for the bathroom & shelf paper
            BJ’s – Socks, Pillows and Groceries
            Pay Bills
            Balance Checkbook
            Laundry / Bed Linens
            Clean Office
            Organize 2 more dresser drawers and that project will be done
            Clean Bathrooms/Vacuum/Dust

            Have a great weekend everyone!

            May 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

            Thanks for sharing your list Dottie! Hope you had a great weekend!
            Aby

            May 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm

            FUN:
            Read – NO :(
            Cookout if it warms up – NO :( We got busy around the house and it was cloudy and a bit chilly.

            Done:
            Bank – CHECK
            Target Run – Prescriptions / Food Shopping – CHECK
            Bed, Bath and Beyond – Drawer organizers for the bathroom & shelf paper – CHECK
            BJ’s – Socks, Pillows and Groceries – CHECK
            Pay Bills – CHECK
            Balance Checkbook – CHECK
            Laundry / Bed Linens – CHECK
            Clean Office – STARTED 1/2 DONE
            Organize 2 more dresser drawers and that project will be done – STILL WORKING ON
            Clean Bathrooms/Vacuum/Dust – DONE THANKS TO HELP FROM HUBBY

            Hubby washed my car so it’s nice and clean so that is off my to-do-list and cleaned out his part of the closet. It was a productive weekend.

            Congrats Aby!!!!! You got a log accomplished on your list. Way to go!

            • May 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

              FINISH:

              *Laundry – DONE
              *Change bed linens – DONE
              *Clean bathrooms – this is a Monday task – DONE
              *Vacuum downstairs – DONE though it needs it again
              *Clean kitchen – DONE
              *Meal plan, grocery list + shopping done – DONE
              *Finish purging last of kids’ clothes – DONE :)
              *Update calendar – end of year school events, new appts,etc. – Started but not finished

              FUN:

              *Family movie + pizza night – FUN
              *Start a new book – Yes, and already finished it this am :)
              *Get caught up on magazines – any I am not caught up will go straight to the Y on Tuesday. I need to get back on track – DONE + ready to be donated to the Y
              *Family outing on Sunday – not sure what but we are thinking of a baseball game, skiing or family hike – FUN – We settled for a movie and out to dinner as the weather has been rainy here…