1st Quarter Review - January, February, & March

I like to set goals and think of my year with the frame of personal quarters. I started this last year when I found a great resource for helping me plan and reflect. 

As 1st quarter comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about what I did and didn’t get done and how it felt to have the experiences I did. I’m also looking forward to the landscape of my 2nd quarter. It was really hard for me to remember all the good at first. February was just as much a punch to the gut as I was hoping it wouldn’t be. I definitely felt that lull in motivation that is such a signpost of my winters. So I’m glad I made myself go back through and see the things I learned and did because there’s always a lot of good to be grateful for! 

Before I dig in, let me flash a couple Easter pics at you.

Nothing says Easter joy like little kids with big smiles. 

And here we have a perfect illustration for a pass/fail assessment. For credit in photo modeling, Anderson boys get a Fail. And the Mueller boys get a Pass. 

Okay. The nitty gritty now. 

+  We refinanced the house into a 15 year mortgage.  I’m really proud of the work we put into this. All the hours I spent throwing numbers at loan officers to find the best deal—It paid off! We also hustled to spruce up the house before our appraisal. This is no joke with small kids around but we did it. I’m really happy that we took care of this! 

+  We rang in the new year in New York City! I think about this trip almost every day. Vacations are like a well of happiness I draw from on mundane days. When I’m washing the dishes and looking out over our backyard I can smile and see Central Park. I had so much fun with Paul in NYC. It was a truly special trip & I’m really grateful for it! 

+ We made it through another hemophilia “push”. There was a week in February where Emerick had to be treated every day for a bump, i.v. left in his dominant arm this time. There was a lot of turmoil with insurance and setting up care as happens when there’s a rare condition that requires fast action. There are times where I am intensely happy I do not have a full-time job. This was one of them. (The week long sickness the boys had in March was another one of those.) We are also very blessed with good care and I’m so grateful. 

+ We made some home improvements. We hung up new curtains in two rooms. I removed the wallpaper from the boys’ closet (mostly) and need to finish that job. We updated our guest bathroom with new paint, mirror, & light fixture — the first one I’ve ever done. Just this past week I painted the sunroom. It was super dark gray and I wanted to brighten things up. I did it in less that 24 hours & surprised Paul post-travel. 


+ We hit our stride in homeschooling. I really focused on only homeschooling for a few weeks this quarter. Essentially, after we refinanced the house I wanted to make sure we were super solid in our schooling. We added morning time and a Time Timer into our tool set and I think those two things were really game changers.  We pop in and out of school. Those breaks help Thomas with all that energy he has. Paul and I are talking about next year and we have a new vision for schooling. I’ll be sharing more about that soon. 

+ I switched my groceries to delivery and my library books to pick-up.  I’ve really made a mental pivot: My time with Paul on the weekend is sacred. I don’t want to lose one minute doing anything that could be delegated, simplified, or taken care of at another time. Hyvee has been great to work with for grocery delivery. It’s been a real blessing for the season we’re in. 

+ I walked away from Facebook. I gave up Facebook for Lent. I know I’m missing out on a lot but that’s okay. I feel very free and mostly just happy not to have that distraction. 

+ I launched a new blog. I think “launch” is a bit generous, but I made it happen and I’m happy even though I still have a lot of work that I need to do. I’ve been meaning to buy a domain for years. It feels good. And I’m happy to be writing. I don’t always know how to say what I want to share, but I’m always glad when I do. Writing helps me feel whole and happy. I’m grateful for this space!

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I journal quite a bit. I filled an entire purple notebook for 1st quarter with thoughts on everything: quotes, worries, plans, things I’m learning, finances, reflections and experiences. I’m switching over to a new teal one that I will fill up for 2nd quarter.  

I love that sense of new, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re celebrating Easter & spying blooms on trees. Spring is here and hope with it.  

I don’t want to tell you exactly what my plans are for 2nd quarter. I feel like that’s a quick shot to limp success. But here are some things going through my mind. I know that I want to get ready for summer. I want this quarter to set us up for an awesome summer. I need to think about if I really do want to do any sort of gardening. I really need to drop some L B s. We need to close out homeschooling for the year and make solid plans for next year.  And I have even more than I’m wanting to do with the house. More paint. A LOT of decluttering. We shall see. I also have a husband turning 30 so we need to party! 

I’ll pop in at the end of June with the deets on 2nd quarter. 

Do you do monthly or quarterly goals? How's your goal life? :)