August 2018 goals

1 August 2018

I’m writing this post a few days early, because, friends, we will almost certainly have a new baby in our family by the time you read this! Holy moly! I look forward to introducing you all soon, after we’ve had a chance to get acquainted ourselves :) In the meantime, here’s what we have planned for month one with our newest addition, and a few things I’m loving right now!

Fourth of July

On my calendar this month:
— Welcoming our new baby!! And that’s about it :)

What I’m loving right now:
— This peach and blackberry crumble is PERFECT for the heat of summer – one of my favorite desserts! We like to make it in an 8×8 pan and top it with vanilla bean ice cream.
— I enjoyed this article in the NY Times about JOMO, and thought their suggestions were more practical than most. I’ll be interested to see if the tech companies follow through on their recent promises!
— I’m not a big fan of most current TV shows, but Netflix’s Puffin Rock is a HUGE exception. It is the sweetest, most gentle and beautiful little gem of a show about an Irish puffling and her friends. Thankfully, it is June’s favorite, too! Highly recommended!

What I read in July:
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: While this book was not bad, I’d definitely recommend the original L&L — it’s more comprehensive, written better, and easily applicable to earlier years
On Becoming Babywise: Skimmed through this for a review!

Revisiting my goals for July:
Actually get the basics ready for a new baby: buy newborn diapers, pack a hospital bag, install car seat base, get out the Rock and Play, set up the changing pad…
Make progress on nursery: have room painted, replace light fixture, plan curtains with Aunt Nan, buy crib, finish framing art, choose pillow shams for bed
Finish organizing baby boy clothing
Edit June in June, Volume 3! (Moving to August!)
Take an evening neighborhood walk any day we’re home and the weather is good (We did such a good job with this!)
Finish all outstanding areas on my 2018 Great House Declutter list
Plan newborn photos (Graham is taking them again and I am so grateful!!)

August goals:
— Edit June in June, Volume 3 (I finally chose the song, which is often the hardest part!)
— Newborn photo session with Graham
— Replace fan in nursery (we bought this one and need to install it!)
— Hang art in nursery
— Cull and edit all 2018 iPhone photos
— Family worship, especially in weeks we can’t get to church
— Daily walks, as the weather allows
— Decide on format for monthly baby photos
Watch About Time again :)

If you have goals for the month (or something you’re loving right now!), I’d love to hear in the comments!

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August 1, 2018 6:49 am

I have been refreshing your Instagram often, haha! :) Can’t wait to meet baby boy!

Another friend JUST told me about Puffin Rock! We have watched all the Lion Guard episodes on the Disney Junior app so many times (that and Clifford are the only shows Charlie has watched so far), so I am excited to try it out. It sounds so sweet!

Kelly Strawberry
August 1, 2018 10:01 am

I didn’t realize your due date was so close and that you MIGHT have a baby by now!! Yay!!! Good luck with everything!! Can’t wait to hear updates once you post them!

Tom S
August 1, 2018 2:15 pm


August 1, 2018 4:14 pm

So so exciting!! Can’t wait to “meet” your newest addition!
I just posted my goals here, if you’d like to check them out. What I’m loving right now: 1.) having so so many dear friends make time to come see us before the big move! 2.) This Whinnie the Pooh quote: “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Truth!

August 2, 2018 7:58 am

As I read this, your little Shep is here :)
What a fabulous month August is going to be! x

August 2, 2018 10:22 am

About Time is one of my all-time favorite movies – definitely a great one to watch (hopefully with your new little man snoozing on you!).

Also, thanks for all of the book recommendations. I’m currently finishing All Joy and No Fun and it’s great! Looking to read Simplicity Parenting next. :)

August 2, 2018 2:13 pm

First of all, congratulations on your new baby! And all the best for the first month as a family of four :-)
Also, thank you for writing out the 10 Tech-Wise Commandments in your last post. Due to the title of the book I always thought it was only relevant for families but reading the commandments made me curious and I think it would be beneficial to singles as well. Will add it to my September reading list :-)

August 3, 2018 3:37 pm

Thinking of you guys and sending lots of love!

August 3, 2018 8:19 pm

Welcome welcome sweet little Shep! We Bosses are simply over the moon for you Thomas family! Also, JOMO is changing a lot of feelings I’ve had on a LOT of things and I’m grateful for your introduction to this fun twist on FOMO. Love you, friend!