Um, wow! May was probably the craziest month I’ve had in a long time (maybe ever?) and I have to admit that I’ve been feeling overwhelmed just thinking about doing my roundup. But I feel like it’s extremely important to answer these questions and round up the memories of the month, especially since I took a big blogging break at the end and don’t have all of this documented yet. So here goes…
What reading/learning did I do this month? (books, blogs, magazines, ebooks, podcasts, classes, etc.)
I’m not done with this book yet, but I’ve been listening to it on audio and studying it on my iPad (kindle book version) because we discussed it for this episode of The Digi Show with Ali Edwards as our guest. It’s been a really interesting book to think about and I have to say that it has changed my perspective on some big topics like shame and vulnerability. I think it’s a really amazing book!
When I tell you about the rest of my month, I think you will understand why I don’t have much else to list in this category.
What entertainment did I watch/listen to this month? (movies, tv shows, plays, music, concerts, etc.)
The big deal for us in May was Survivor. We had fallen behind but we wanted to catch up in time for the finale so we had a major marathon. We were so excited with who won! It was the person we were rooting for and we felt like it was really the right outcome.
We saw Ironman 3 in the movie theaters. It was pretty intense and violent, but also funny and entertaining. I love Robert Downey Jr. and he does such a good job in that role!
What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
My entire family came to Utah because my youngest brother got married. We had many memorable moments because of this great event and my family’s visit. We played games, watched Studio C., and went out to eat a lot since my house was mostly packed up.
I love this picture of my brother Zach and my parents. Isn’t that a great smile on his face? I also love this silly one with my brother Mike, my son Alex, Zach’s new brother-in-law, and my hubby all holding (and almost dropping) Zach!
My daughter also went to her first formal school dance event. I know I’m biased, but I think she looked absolutely stunning! She also finished off her first full semester in a public high school and got straight A grades!
- visited with some of my aunts and uncles that I haven’t seen in several years
- met my new sister-in-law’s family who all flew here from Tennessee
- hubby and I went to a play with 3 other couples and out for treats after
- played board games with my kids
What gifts did I give and/or receive?
One of the highlights of the month was the pile of old pictures that my aunt brought to my Dad when she came to visit for Zach’s wedding. I wanted to scan all of them before my parents left to go back home to New Mexico, so I scanned like a crazy lady for a few hours one night and now I have a wonderful treasure!
As a wedding gift, we gave Zach and Jenn a catered family dinner the night before their wedding. It really turned out nice and the food was delicious!
We gave a lot of our gently used furniture from our old house to the Utah Shakespeare Festival to be used in the apartments they provide for their actors. There were many pieces that wouldn’t work well in our new home, and we wanted to change bed sizes for a few of our bedrooms.
Jeff bought me a giant fork for Mother’s Day (it made him think of Everybody Loves Raymond). We all thought it was hilarious! Now I want a big spoon to go with it though.
Riley gave me some nice body scrub and Alex made me an obligatory homemade dealio.
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
A house! I think it’s safe to say that it is the biggest purchase I’ve ever made! I can’t include my hubby in that statement because he has bought more expensive stuff because of business dealings. We also bought a lot of stuff to go in the house:
- a new washer and dryer
- a new refrigerator (won’t be delivered until mid-June)
- a new mattress set for us (we upgraded to a king bed)
- a new bedroom set for us, which has now been returned.
- a new mattress for Alex (he upgraded to a double bed)
- a new bedframe (won’t be delivered until mid-June) and a new nightstand for Alex
- a new set of office furniture for me
- a formal dining room table and chairs (delivered in mid-June)
- a desk for Riley
- closet organizers
We’ve been saving up for years for all of these purchases. It’s kind of sad to see all that money leave our bank account, but I’m truly grateful that we didn’t need to take on any debt for these things.
What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
I ended up having minor gum surgery and a major root canal. I couldn’t chew anything for about 5 days so I lived off of smoothies.
Even though I still have a bit of an issue with my shoulder, it didn’t bother me much during the month of May. That really is quite amazing since I literally had to do a lot of heavy lifting. Maybe moving was just the right physical therapy plan!
What were my accomplishments this month?
Besides all the wedding, school, and house stuff, I released 2 big paper packs and 2 template sets, complete with free gifts and videos for all of them! You can watch any of these videos on my free vimeo channel or here are the links to each individual video and the related blog post (some of them have free gifts in the post):
- how to use layered templates in PSE
- how to mix and match digital papers
- how to scrap double page spreads with templates
- how to scrap with lots of layers on a template
I created 12 digital layouts (each image is linked to original post where it first appeared)
I wrote 5 posts for Toy to the World and made plans for many more to come. I also completely redesigned the website so be sure to take a look around!
What were my disappointments this month?
It’s hard to complain about anything in a month that brought me so many good things, but I did have a few bumps in the road:
- Moving was hard! Not just the turmoil of it, but the actual physical labor involved and I even hired movers. I had prepared from so many months that I didn’t think it would be that tough at the end, but I was actually working like crazy right up until the moment the new owners of our home arrived at the front door.
- Our house was not (and still isn’t) completely done when we moved in. I’ve mentioned how many deadlines have fallen apart in our home building process, and it still seems to be the case. Part of it is because we are insisting that things should be done right. Part of it is because it’s just been a big project and it takes awhile to get everything squared away. I’m currently working with about 3 contractors each day. I feel like a building foreman and I don’t like it!
- Meltdowns. I knew this would all be really tough for everyone, especially for the guy in my life who has autism. It was hard and then some. I feel bad for putting him through it. I might have had a few meltdown moments of my own.
Anything else noteworthy to include?
Things are looking up! We ended up with a beautiful new home and lots of wonderful new things. All of our real estate transactions were easy and smooth. It was almost too good to be true. School is out and summer is going to be fun! I’m so excited to be settling down into our new place.
I’m proud of myself for getting my roundup done! Have you done your roundup yet? You can start at any time – you’ll be glad you did!