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Dear January

20 Jan

It’s a “Birthday Month Smorgasbord!”

Though this month has had quite a few things I would change (like Logan’s recent eye junk), compared to how the boys and I rang in 2017? I think so far the new year has been a happy one for us! Before the Loganator came along, January was just a cold-ass month we had to get through, but this month has become something the boys and I look forward to. I mean, we celebrated Logan’s 5th birthday at Disney World! This time around the three of us have plans to go to Monster Jam in a couple of weeks, and our wannabe monster truck driver could not be more psyched!

Originally Gabe and I were hoping that by Logan’s birthday we’d have the basement all set to be his new playroom, but it turns out we were a bit too optimistic. Maybe by Logan’s half birthday in July? 😛 At least with some help from some family members, Gabe got the drywall up and the mudding process underway. Though it was no mild heart attack like what he experienced on NYE last year, Gabe had some dental issues come up over the past few weeks and taking care of that became the top priority.

My maternal grandparents, unfortunately, have also had some health issues as of late. Their business is not mine to share, but I will tell you that my grandma is now getting the care that’s best for her, and my grandpa is working towards gaining his strength back. As much of a relief it is to have these updates, I wouldn’t wish either of their experiences on anyone, and hate that they had to go through them. My mother deserves many a kudos for going through this ordeal with them no matter how physically and emotionally straining it became.

But back to happier topics! In addition to already reading the first three Captain Underpants books with the Loganator this year, I have read the first two books in A.G. Howard’s Splintered series. Howard has created such a twisted version of Wonderland as well as a worthy suitor for each side of Alyssa, and I’m in a cocoon I don’t want to find my way out of once the books come to an end. As for shows, I’m anxiously anticipating the return of Jane the Virgin in about a week, and am grateful This is Us and How to Get Away With Murder are already back to help tide me over, hehe. Other shows I’m watching this month include the sophomore season of American Crime Story and competition shows like Ink Master, Top Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen. I promise I sound like more of a couch potato than I really am.

For the record, things are going pretty well with my resolutions. Sure, there are things I mentioned before that I haven’t gotten around to for one reason or another, but a year is a marathon not a sprint, right? Anyway, I not only have been reading every day I have the house to myself for a few hours, but have been writing some fiction of my own on those days, too. For the most part I have been using prompts from the book Write the Story to familiarize myself with my characters a bit and have as source material should I need it. The very first short story I wrote, for example, may very well wind up being reworked into the second chapter of my book so I hardly feel like I’ve been doing this in vain. Thankfully!

While we’re on the subject of writing/hobbies, I want you to know I won’t be talking about my incoming mail nor the ATCs I affectionately call Little Cards and Change Cards in this “Dear…” series. Those things are already prominently featured on Sincerely Kate so I want to focus on other aspects of my life when I talk as if we have met up for coffee. Thanks, by the way, for indulging me! Please let me know what you thought of this post, and I’ll touch base with you again– same time, same place– in February!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

26 Letters- New Year Edition

5 Jan

It’s been over two years since I’ve done a blog post like this, so allow me to tell you how this works! I take a word that starts with each letter of the alphabet, and build a paragraph around it (e.g.”a” is for alphabet). Since this is the “New Year” edition, the following will mainly be about things we have done in 2017 and things to come in 2018.

First and foremost, know that the boys and I have been doing well! Logan has been doing great in first grade; Gabe’s cardiologist recently decided he needed fewer medications since his mild heart attack last NYE; and things remain pretty “no news is good news” with me. Our Christmas, for the record, also went very well. Logan says his favorite part was getting his favorite presents like the guitar that was on the top of his list, but we had a handful of really nice visits that included some really yummy food, too.

Speaking of Christmas, since I barely found any time to make Change Cards before the 25th, I wound up making some festive ones after our festivities thanks to a handful of Christmas cards we received. Hopefully I remember they exist come next December, lol. My goal for ATC the Change in 2018 is to stop fretting over weekly phrases and coordinated sets to potentially sell, and just make what I want to make when I want to make it. As much as I’d love for other people to get involved, the key to my happiness belongs in my own pocket like the ATCs below suggest. The hope is that I’ll now make and distribute more Change Cards since I’ll feel less restricted, and therefore have more to share in my monthly “Two Cents” series here.

Another series is coming to Sincerely Kate. On the 20th of this month I’ll be posting “Dear January,” and the other months will follow suit. This series will basically be a take on those “If We Were Having Coffee” posts, but in a more pen pal-friendly format. At least that’s the plan!

If you’re curious about this sporadic series, here are the links to the Ghosts of Editions past:

As for this specific edition, I’m posting it today of all days because I wanted to start posting on the fifth of every month again. Though I haven’t missed the obsessive schedule where I posted on the 5th, 10th, 15th, etc. of every month, I never wanted my blog to just be home to mandatory series. Having one day each month where I blog for the fun of it–but just one day– will hopefully help make the blog more fun to keep up again. Posts about Little Cards or Postcards from Wonderland may show up on the 5th in some of the months to come should the timing work out, but we’ll cross those bridges when we get to them.

Something Gabe has recently gotten to with the help of his dad, brother, and maternal grandfather? Putting the drywall up in the basement! Sure, there’s a bunch of mudding and sanding yet to do, but considering the boys and I have lived in our house for over five years, we’ll take any progress down there we can get! I think I’m more excited for Logan’s upcoming playroom than he is, lol. I’ve made it no secret to my pen pals how much I’d love for the upstairs to stay more presentable!

Thanks to my Hail the Snail series, by the way, it’s no secret how much happy mail I tend to when I’m not tending to the house. I’ll continue these mail calls at the same regularity, though I’m omitting numbers like 2.43 because I think that count has become absurd.

I have now talked about my blog quite a bit, but for the letter “i” I thought I’d share with you my Instagram handle: sincerelykaterz. For the most part my page is full of a lot of posts per ATC the Change, but Logan and I make several appearances as well as Bridget, my Build-a-Bear buddy. Looking forward to seeing all the additions 2018 will have to offer, and you’re more than welcome to come see them, too!

I was hoping to have a few “kodak moments” to share via Instagram already this January, but sadly my mom needed to cancel her plans with me and the Logantor. We’re a bit bummed, but my grandparents’ needs are more important than our wants right now. There will be other opportunities to go to my mom’s, especially with Logan’s birthday around the corner.

Oh, if you were hoping for a fun NYE story, you’re about to be a bit bummed, too. The boys and I didn’t even try staying up past 10, nor did Gabe and I make a point to kiss at midnight. Our celebration basically consisted of having food at Gabe’s aunts’ for dinner on the 31st, and then during the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day– thanks Marilyn and Jennifer!

Though my post about Little Cards last year didn’t drum up much interest, we did get a few new members! There are 6 of us currently participating in the Legendary theme–a bonus “L!” Any day now I should have the rest of the ATCs from December’s Clothing/Accessories theme. Not that I’m expecting anyone to notice (or mind if they do), when I start sharing the Little Cards I receive in 2018, instead of including the month in the title, I will use the theme itself now that there are no longer two swaps a month.

While you’re excited for those upcoming posts ( 😉 ), Logan is excited for his 7th birthday less than 3 weeks away, and the Monster Jam show we’ll be going to in about 4 weeks in honor of it! Technically this adventure is his birthday present from us, but because of how big of a deal it is, spilling the beans was a Christmas present, lol. Should you like to read about that, I’m sure it’ll come up come my “Dear February” post next month.

Around the same time I’m posting that, I’ll also be preparing for the March of Postcards soon to follow. Once upon a time this endeavor consisted of me sending daily postcards to one of my pen pals, but when I did a postcard-friendly take on NaBloPoMo this past November, I decided to mesh that challenge with the March. I still have other pieces of the puzzle to fit into place yet, like whether to answer novelty questions rather than write about day-to-day happenings, but I still have a little while to figure that out.

As cool as it might have been to sell more of my Change Cards online, ultimately I’m glad I didn’t put the time or energy into setting up an Etsy shop. If you’re reading this, I adore the crap out of you, but you’re a member of a very minute fan club. It seems like no matter how many blog posts I publish, pictures I upload to Instagram, or Facebook groups I run, my audience will remain a small one– at least it’s loyal!

But enough melancholia– let’s talk about pizza since I have 3 things to say about the stuff, lol. 1) When Logan goes back to school next week, his reading calendar from December will go with him so it can be traded in for a BookIt coupon. For every month of reading we log, he earns a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut, and he has done so twice already. 2) The school’s annual Box Top contest is also about to begin. The class who brings in the most Box Tops by the end of it wins a pizza party, so we’ve been stocking up since last year’s contest. 3) Whether Logan’s class wins or loses, they’ll still get at least one pizza party. Logan isn’t into sweets so his Papa brings pizza for his class as his birthday treat, haha.

How Gabe and I celebrated our 7th anniversary last July? We saw Queen with Adam Lambert in concert! It was easily the best concert I have ever been to. Going in I was a bit worried that it was going to feel like Adam Lambert singing Queen covers, but not only did he gel brilliantly with Brian May and Roger Taylor, they incorporated past footage of Freddie Mercury seamlessly into the show so in no way, shape, or form did Adam come across as an imitation. I’d see him perform with Queen again in a heartbeat!

Technically I have used “resolutions” for “r” before, but this is a New Year post so I think a little cheating is warranted here! As you’ve already read, I have plans for this blog as well as ATC the Change. Other goals of mine include doing a deep clean of the upstairs once the majority of Logan’s toys move into the basement; writing fiction(!)–even if it’s just a paragraph–every day I have the house to myself for a few hours; and something else I’ll elaborate on when I get to the letter “w.”

But let’s get back to that goal about fiction. For a while now I have been wanting to flex my creative muscles via writing, but because of my other hobbies, it was never very high on my list of priorities. At least it wasn’t until I got an idea for a story. I’m not ready to give too many details away just yet, but I was inspired by a cute road name we drive by from time to time, and I managed to tie the characters in with my affinity for the Seven Deadly Sins. I have a pretty solid first draft of the first chapter, and the motivation to add to it once Logan goes back to school on the 8th.

The inspiration along with the motivation for the above was definitely a highlight last year; my mom taking me to Troy, MI the weekend before my 30th birthday was another. Knowing how much I wanted to A) go to a Wonderland-themed bistro called Mad Hatter’s and B) make a celebratory stuffed animal at Build-a-Bear Workshop, she arranged for an epic overnighter full of  yummy food, a handful of fun stops, and even 30 presents! We enjoyed the getaway so much…

We’re going back for another Unbirthday celebration! We have yet to finalize when exactly we’re going back to Troy, but so far we know that Mad Hatter and Build-a-Bear are musts again. For the record, I don’t plan on making another stuffed animal since there’s no topping Bridget; I just want to pick out another outfit or two for her. Here are a few cute pictures of her in some of the cute outfits she has already acquired:

I was hoping to have a visit from Sarah earlier this week to write about now, but sadly she hasn’t been back since Labor Day weekend 2016. With any luck she’ll be able to make the trip in 2018, though it’s hard to stay optimistic when all of our plans in 2017–mainly the one for this past Labor Day weekend–never came remotely close to fruition. At least we have our own stuffed animal, Chester the Dino, who can travel back and forth. He is currently visiting me and so we’ve been sending Sarah pictures so she can live vicariously though him.

Pen palling and my other hobbies will have to share me soon. Months ago my oldest brother encouraged me to offer my proofreading services on Wyzant, a tutoring website. I have since signed up and aced their little quiz, but that’s the furthest I’ve gotten. Since I’ve never proofread at any official capacity, I struggled writing a sales pitch because I don’t have experience to list, or know what sets me apart in this department, if anything. My mom has offered to help me, though, and so hopefully that means I’ll be able to help others in the near future and make a little money.

Though this girl with a knack for English isn’t one to write “Xmas” instead of “Christmas,” I think the letter “x” calls for a little more rule-bending 😉 I have mentioned some Christmassy things already, but one thing I didn’t share is what I received. For the most part I just asked for clothes for Bridget, but she’s not the only one who got new clothes since I got some Lularoe as well as a couple Wonderland-friendly tops. And oh, the other Wonder-ful presents! I received several ornaments, a 3D Cheshire Cat puzzle, and the Splintered series by A.G. Howard to name a few new treasures.

I won’t get this treasure until my 31st birthday, but my mom has been making me a temperature afghan that she started on my 30th. Usually these projects feature a rainbow of colors, but the yarn we picked out for mine include shades of pink to represent warm weather, shades of blue for the cold, and a light shade of purple for in between. Though it’s not the best picture of the corner-to-corner WIP, here is the most recent picture I took:

Bonus: my nephew Jack is with his daddy in the background, hehe.

It’s fortunate that “z” is the last letter of the alphabet because I have zip, zilch, nada left I think I need to add to this! I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it together with a little help from my mom and Nicole. I also hope 2018 will be an amazing year for you and yours. Cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Wrapping it Up Like a Christmas Present

30 Dec

Much like in years past, it’s time for me to take advantage of the new year to do something new here at Sincerely Kate. The main thing I want to change? My obsessive schedule. Before my mom passes out, let me just say that I have not been enjoying blogging as much as I used to, so I need to make it feel less like an obligation.

To do this, I’m going to just do mail calls on the 15th and 30th of each month– the 28th in February– and everything else will get posted when I feel like posting it. For example, if I get two more “postcards from Wonderland” on January 7th, I’ll go ahead and post Postcards from Wonderland #8 on the 8th. Will this perk me up? I’m not sure, but I think it’s worth trying out. Since I’ve been especially excited about my Little Cards project as of late, it’ll be nice to show off the batches I get as I get ’em. I also have a stationery subscription now that may be fun to show off here too. Yes, I know I could do these things on the 10th and 20th of every month, but the wait would potentially kill the happy mail buzz. At least that’s how I feel right now.

We’ll cross these bridges when we get to them, and in the meantime we should all have a happy new year!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

…And In With the New

5 Jan

Happy New Year, Bleaders! I thought I’d share some of my resolutions for this year this time around. Hopefully as you read Sincerely Kate throughout 2014 you’ll see these things as they’re resolved– in addition to the resolutions themselves, I’ll share just how you might find these things as the year progresses.

1. Be a better wife and mother. I will definitely be posting blogs about both of the guys in my life as their respective birthdays approach and I’ll acknowledge them again on my wedding anniversary. They’ll likely be featured here more than that, I just don’t know any other specifics just yet.

2. Continue to try new recipes. This is far from a foodie blog, but I know I’ll be making an exception towards the end of the summer for something my mom and I are calling The Great Breakfast Challenge (provided she gets to visit!) so who knows if there will be other exceptions.

3. Try to meet Kära since we weren’t successful last fall. Obviously meeting a pen pal warrants a blog all on its own.

4. Conquer at least one thing from my bucket list. Most of the things on my bucket list may also warrant their own posts, but solving a rubiks cube will probably wind up a footnote elsewhere.

5. Get and use a library card. I’ve mostly been using my Kindle to read as of late, but when I do make it to the library to check something out I’ll mention that fact when I post that something’s book review.

6. Work on a short story anthology that fell by the wayside early last year. Although this project is under wraps until completion (whenever the heck that is), another short story is to be shared here come either March or April in something I’m calling KaShoStoMo.

7. Be a good judge this month 😉 . On the 10TH, 15TH, 25TH, and 30TH of this month I’ll be posting the results from said judging here so stay tuned!

8. Strive to do my best with the other writing opportunities I (may have) recently acquired (that pay!). The writing opportunity is still a bit of a mystery to me, though as I begin to work on it &/or upon its completion I may have many a reason to bring it up. If it’s not worthy of its own post it may at least tie into another.

9. Do an intense clean on the house, even if it’s just one room per month (garage included), and then keep it clean. I highly doubt I’ll specifically write about this, but an update may occur as I talk about either of the boys.

10. Add Miscellaneous Mondays into my blog rotation. Considering this is an addition to my blog, obviously you can see these posts on here! They’ll occur on most Mondays, starting tomorrow. I will still be posting pen pal-friendly things on the same days I did last year (5TH, 10TH, etc.); these additional posts are more for the “bandwagons” that pop up around WordPress like Daily Prompts, Challenges, and then the Music Themes I recently started participating in. I will likely start posting book reviews on these days one day in the near future, and I also plan to start accepting whatever awards I’m nominated for on them, too.

1518131_10202577225972845_1763627824_nI have more than 10 resolutions (like getting Logan potty trained and getting myself to the dentist), but this looks like a pretty good list to me. Hopefully 2014 is a good year for me and the boys and for all of you, too. All the best, now and always.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Out With the Old…

30 Dec

This time last year I posted a blog complete with 13 resolutions, and then six months ago I posted a follow-up. As 2013 comes to a close, I thought I’d look at those goals of mine one last time. The original resolutions will be in bold, the stuff from June will be in italics, and my new additions will not only be in the font you currently are reading, but separate. The new Music Theme is “The New Year, all this Old and New” so you may see a few videos in the mix as well 😉

1. It’s a recurring resolution, but to be a better wife and mother. You know how there are those cheeses that get better with age? I think I’m like that. I feel like I have been growing right along with Logan, and I know there is still much more growing to do.

I’d like to think I accomplished this, just like at this time next year I will (hopefully) be even better yet. Logan may be the one who’s growing up, but his dad and I are still growing along with our soon-to-be-three-year-old.

This is the New Year- Glee Cast
“Speak louder than the words before you, and give them meaning no one else has found.”

2. To continue blogging on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of each month. Speaking of, what blogs would you like to see in the new year? We’ll just ignore the second part of that, but my goal to blog on those specific days has not been ignored which makes me happy. It would have been pretty easy for me to go on a hiatus while we were without internet for over a month, and although my weekly blog suffered, this one never did.

Done! *Throws confetti* If you don’t believe me you can check out my handy calendar widget.

3. Start a Pen Pal of the Month series. Check to the 6th power. KaylaJodySadieAllisonJustine, and Casey have all been Pen Pal of the Month now.

Also done. I won’t be continuing this next year so I hope all the pen pals I have acknowledged enjoyed their recognition and little knick knacks. (This blog series occurred on the 10TH of every month should you want to investigate.)

4. Use up stationery I don’t use much anymore via Stationery of the Month. Some of the paper I chose for some of the months didn’t take me long to use, though March was a real bitch.

This became especially tedious after a while, but I did use up a lot of paper that I likely wouldn’t have used otherwise. I still have stationery from several of the months (and used the leftovers from two as a trivia prize), but a dent’s a dent.

Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield
“I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned.”

5. Send a random postcard to a random pen pal every month. I haven’t made some kind of record of this, but it’s safe to assume I did just this considering how I’m always finding a reason to send someone something.

I constantly post things in my FB group like “The first person to like this gets a postcard from me,” so I think it’s safe to say I did this.

6. Reward those I’ve heard from every month at the end of the year. Can’t really cross this resolution off yet, but I can tell you that Jody, Justine, Kayla, Amanda, Holly, and Kimberlee all remain in the running.

I sent Jody her reward along with her package from the Christmas Exchange, and I’ll be sending Justine and Kayla rewards, too.

7. To meet at least one pen pal (Kära &/or Jody from Ohio perhaps?) I have yet to accomplish this one either, but Kära and I have been talking about meeting this summer and going to the Toledo Zoo. *Fingers crossed*

The boys and I were close to meeting Kära and her fiance this fall, but our vehicles both decided to crap out on us at the same time. Better luck next year.

8. Have another photo shoot with the boys and Katelyn Revill. This should be happening sometime in July!

*Ahem*

9. Send both family and pen pals pictures from #8. This will probably happen early August then…

As sure as there are pictures above this number I accomplished this task.

10. Finish the %#@&!%& basement and hang up all the postcrossing cards down there. Ugh. Nothing to report here :-/

This isn’t any closer to happening now than it was this time last year. My father-in-law mentioned working on it with his father-in-law, but nothing has become if it yet.

11. Read more than just mail, Facebook posts, and text messages. The first couple months of 2013 I did NOT do this, but I made myself get Julie & Julia for my birthday in March and after I read that I kept finding things to read like the Fifty Shades of Grey books, The Infernal Devices trilogy, and The Help.

Allow me to present exhibits A-I:

12. Try at least one new recipe a month (and from meggoesnomnom, perhaps?) We have made six recipes over the past six months, just not one each month- whoops. We have made our own speciality pizzas, a breakfast casserole, and things in the crockpot like lasagna and meatloaf. I have yet to try any recipes from my sister-in-law’s blog but alas, I still have six months to go.

I stopped keeping track around the time I wrote Resolutions Revisited, but I know we’ve tried several things since then like baked spaghetti, pizza from scratch, and this recipe from my sister-in-law’s blog.

13. SAVE MONEY! This hasn’t really happened. It seems like every time we go to try some new expense will come along. The year’s not over so maybe our luck will change.

Our bank account had fewer highs than lows this past year so this particular resolution didn’t happen, but thanks to Gabe’s bonus we’re at least ending 2013 rather comfortably.

Blame it on the Pop- DJ Earworm
“Just pick back up when you’re tumbling down, down, down.”

I hope that your resolutions were as resolved as most of mine were, if not more so. All the best in 2014!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

PS: If you’re intrigued by the music videos/ music theme concept, I listed the other Music Themists in a widget on the right side of this blog 🙂

Resolutions Revisited

30 Jun

Now that we’re halfway through the year I thought I would take the time to show how my resolutions for 2013 are working out for me. The list will be in bold, posted as it was originally written, and my updates will look the same as this sentence does. Capice?

1. It’s a recurring resolution, but to be a better wife and mother.

You know how there are those cheeses that get better with age? I think I’m like that. I feel like I have been growing right along with Logan, and I know there is still much more growing to do.

2. To continue blogging on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of each month. Speaking of, what blogs would you like to see in the new year?

We’ll just ignore the second part of that, but my goal to blog on those specific days has not been ignored which makes me happy. It would have been pretty easy for me to go on a hiatus while we were without internet for over a month, and although my weekly blog suffered, this one never did.

3. Start a Pen Pal of the Month series.

Check to the 6th power. Kayla, Jody, Sadie, Allison, Justine, and Casey have all been Pen Pal of the Month now.

4. Use up stationery I don’t use much anymore via Stationery of the Month. 

Some of the paper I chose for some of the months didn’t take me long to use, though March was a real bitch.

5. Send a random postcard to a random pen pal every month. 

I haven’t made some kind of record of this, but it’s safe to assume I did just this considering how I’m always finding a reason to send someone something.

6. Reward those I’ve heard from every month at the end of the year.

Can’t really cross this resolution off yet, but I can tell you that Jody, Justine, Kayla, Amanda, Holly, and Kimberlee all remain in the running.

7. To meet at least one pen pal (Kära &/or Jody from Ohio perhaps?)

I have yet to accomplish this one either, but Kära and I have been talking about meeting this summer and going to the Toledo Zoo. *Fingers crossed*

8. Have another photo shoot with the boys and Katelyn Revill.

This should be happening sometime in July!

9. Send both family and pen pals pictures from #8.

This will probably happen early August then…

10. Finish the %#@&!%& basement and hang up all the postcrossing cards down there. 

Ugh. Nothing to report here :-/

11. Read more than just mail, Facebook posts, and text messages.

The first couple months of 2013 I did NOT do this, but I made myself get Julie & Julia for my birthday in March and after I read that I kept finding things to read like the Fifty Shades of Grey books, The Infernal Devices trilogy, and The Help.

12. Try at least one new recipe a month (and from meggoesnomnom, perhaps?)

We have made six recipes over the past six months, just not one each month- whoops. We have made our own speciality pizzas, a breakfast casserole, and things in the crockpot like lasagna and meatloaf. I have yet to try any recipes from my sister-in-law’s blog but alas, I still have six months to go.

13. SAVE MONEY!

This hasn’t really happened. It seems like every time we go to try some new expense will come along. The year’s not over so maybe our luck will change.

All the best in (the second half of) 2013!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

(20)13 Resolutions

30 Dec

It’s amazing how much can change in a year… This time in 2011 we were living in a shoe box of a house, Logan had yet to take his first steps, and I had no intention of blogging. 2012 turned out to be a great year for us and I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me/us, terrible two’s and all! In honor of (20)13, here are 13 resolutions of mine as well as a few pictures of me with Mr. Logan from the 23rd through the 25th, hehe. Dec 23rd

1. It’s a recurring resolution, but to be a better wife and mother.

2. To continue blogging on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of each month. Speaking of, what blogs would you like to see in the new year?

3. Start a Pen Pal of the Month series.

4. Use up stationery I don’t use much anymore via Stationery of the Month. 

5. Send a random postcard to a random pen pal every month. Dec 24

6. Reward those I’ve heard from every month at the end of the year.

7. To meet at least one pen pal (Kära &/or Jody from Ohio perhaps?)

8. Have another photo shoot with the boys and Katelyn Revill.

9. Send both family and pen pals pictures from #8.

10. Finish the %#@&!%& basement and hang up all the postcrossing cards down there. Dec 25

11. Read more than just mail, Facebook posts, and text messages.

12. Try at least one new recipe a month (and from meggoesnomnom, perhaps?)

13. SAVE MONEY!

All the best in 2013!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~