2019 Goals

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A new year seems to always indicate changes.

DeAndrasCrafts.com 2019 Goals - Change is inevitable.  Embrace it or grow old knowing you never did anything worth noting.
Change is inevitable. Embrace it or grow old knowing you never did anything worth noting.

If you know me personally at all, you know that are family moved from California to Western Washington, where my husband and I have chosen to move our children to what we hope is a better life. I hope to go into that in future blog posts, as I’ve started writing again for the purpose of getting it out there for my children to follow my train of thought when they were too young to understand “why” something was happening to him or her.

That’s all my husband and I can plan for anyway. They are still little people, and we have the enormous responsibility to help them live and grow to be God-fearing, loving, kind and productive people.

I have written my goals down in the past, and as I have said before and will repeat here: Goals for me are a means of “getting there.” I believe that if one doesn’t make goals, one has nothing to shoot for and will hit that mark EVERY TIME.

My 2019 Goals:

Spiritual – Embrace and study the book of Esther. Start with reading the story and finding a study guide.
Family – (1) Read at least one (1) book with each child this year. (2) Plan one (1) family vacation with the children’s input. (3) Complete the Minecraft blanket that is sitting in the garage.
Physical – (1) Run at least one half-marathon in Washington. (2) Get up to and try my hardest to maintain a 2-minute plank. (3) Plan meals more often and with the family.
Intellectual – Read at least one (1) self-improvement or self-enrichment book and at least four (4) personal choice books.
Social – Make new friends by inviting people over or meeting them for coffee. I also want to have my children have safe “play dates.”
Career – Pass probation. I am also going to strive to finish the three projects I have been assigned to complete before the end of the year.
Financial – Get back to the budget and get on with paying off the house.

Welcome 2019. I embrace you with a zeal that only the Lord can give me.

I hope I can write more. I forgot how much I enjoy it!


D’s August to August Reads – 2018

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Ahhhhh reading.

The simple pleasure I don’t get to do very often anymore because of life, but the choices I make to replace reading are certainly my priorities, such as being a mommy to the growing kids I’ve been blessed with.

There is a time for everything, as the saying goes. 🙂

Well into my third year of having this blog, I’ve written posts before with the tag of “book.”

Here it is, January 2019 and I’m starting up my blog again (if I have the time.)

I started this blog so my children could learn more about me, maybe make a little money on the side, and most certainly, do some writing other than my day-job-Engineering-info writing.

I bring you my first D’s August to August reads list, mostly just notes I put on Instagram of all the books I read between August 2017 and August 2018.

As I write this, I’ve started the next year, and we’ll see how that goes….

Book #1 – finished September 8, 2017: “The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded,” by Jim Ottavani.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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9.8.17 I haven’t been very good about keeping track of my book count like others on Instagram, so I’ve decided to use my birthday as the starting point for a year’s worth of tracking to see how many books I can read in a year. This is book No. 1, ‘The Imitation Game – Alan Turning Decoded’ by Jim Ottaviani, and illustrated by Leland Purvis. 📚 I opened up a package on my desk a couple weeks ago with this book inside. I flipped through it and realized it was in an illustrated format, like a comic book. At first, as I watched the movie sometime this year, I wasn’t really interested in reading it, but within the last week or so, I began reading it and couldn’t put it down. I think my visual-learning brain got so much more out of it than just reading a book with words, that I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician to is credited with coming up with the basis for computers. There were a few words I had to look up like morphogenesis and some I knew the reference for, such as the Fibonacci sequence. As his homosexuality was such a significant part of his story, the book covered it tastefully and I could see the sadness and social anxiety with the illustrations, in a way that made more sense to me than just reading it. I recommend this book as a 4/5 as it might be too simple and not at the depth of language for some in the comic style format. #emptybookshelf #DsReads Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2gPKo0x

 

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The next three books I posted about were as follows:

#2: Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

#3: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

#4: The Witches by Roald Dahl

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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10.29.17 For the sake of record keeping, I’m posting books 2, 3 and 4 that I’ve read (or completed reading) this year, starting the year at my birthday in August. 📚 Book 2: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was completed on 9-19-17. My oldest son (age 11) and I started this book in May and by far it has been the book that was SO MUCH better than the movie. It was also SO DIFFERENT. Little things like Cho being given the serum to make her tell the truth made the movie almost cringe-worthy and sad, but reading the book and it NOT being Cho to rat them out was so-much-better for the story (just as an example.) 📚 Book 3 is “My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannet, finished 9-20-17. A quick read, this was a book we read as a family and I think with the 15-minutes of reading time here and there it took us less than three weeks to read entirely. The younger two really loved the story of a young boy wanting to help the dragon no matter what the cost was. 📚 Book 4 we finished tonight: The Witches by Roald Dahl. With typical Roald Dahl style, this book was weird, but kept us all looking forward to the next chapter. It was our family-time book and we started the book on October 1 with the intent on finishing it before Halloween. My husband commented that there was a lot of yelling characters in this book, which I try to give animation to while I read the parts. 🎃 👻 I promise that I personally read non-fiction books too, and look forward to completing the book I’m reading now called “Do Over” by Jon Acuff. • You can purchase any of these books on Amazon or find anything else you need of course: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-2301412

 

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 The next book completed was Holes (Holes Series) by Louis Sachar.  My youngest son LOVED this book.  I don’t know why….

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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11.25.17 Book No. 5 – Holes by Louis Sachar 📚 My youngest son (6-3/4 years old) watched this movie with the family early this year. For some reason, when I told him that the movie was based on a book, he asked me, “Can I read that book?” I bought it for him and I think I started reading it to him late August. We finished the last couple chapters tonight and now he wants the next one in the series. For the record: He wants you to know that there is 233 pages. ❤️ It was a fantastic book that kept my attention as well as his, and we got to talk about bullies, good and bad kids, and bad grown-ups along the way. #ReadWithYourKids #SmarterThanWeThink

 

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 Books number 6 and 7 were continuations of two different series we started this year.

 Book #6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J.K. Rowling

Book #7: Elmer and the Dragon (My Father’s Dragon) by Ruth Stiles Gannett

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Books number 6 & 7 in my August to August Year of Reads: Number 6 was literally Book Number 6 of the Harry Potter series – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Read with my 12-year old, this book solidified my thoughts that Snape seems so evil. If it weren’t for already have watched the movies, I don’t think I would think of Snape as have having a shred of good in him. Oh and the detail of the Horcrux’s is explained so much better in this book than the movie portrayed to me, even though I’ve seen the movies probably over five times each. ✅ Book number 7 read this year is the second in a series of relatively short books about Elmer and the Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett. These books keep the two younger ones entertained, and I enjoy the imagination it takes to picture the scenes of canaries talking, singing and dancing. We are looking forward to the next book about the Dragons of Blueland. #DsReadsAug2Aug

 

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 I posted about books number 6 &7 on Christmas day 2017.  Sheesh.  Tells you what was important at the time I guess.

Book #8: Pride and Prejudice: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) illustrated by Marvel.  See the Instagram post below for my notes, but I loved this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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12.26.17 Book No. 8 – Backstory: My mom’s favorite book of all time was Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen. I tried reading that book at least three times growing up, but I don’t remember getting past the first third of the book. It was never the kind of book I could get into much to my mother’s chagrin. 👏🏼 Fast forward to a short time ago (a few weeks maybe): An Instagram friend posted that she found this graphic novel-style book and I was like “Wha??? They made this book into a graphic novel?” 👍🏼 So today, I literally had a few hours to kill (that’s another story) and finished this book. It re-emphasized my affection for graphic novels, and made me get through a story that I would have otherwise never been able to enjoy. Sorry friends who love Jane Austen but I just can’t get into books that are exclusively about drama over relationships. I know it’s supposed to be about the “time frame” and “that’s just what people did back then” but none of that stuff interests me if it’s not in the fantasy world of sci-fi. The artwork in this book was phenomenal though and I’m so glad I didn’t have to push through a 250-page book of young-women and teenage angst of just words. Whew. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I got through it though for my mom. And now I totally get why she liked it so much. She loved reading about relationship drama and young-women angst. Oh and especially how people treated each other because of their ‘status’ in the world. 💪🏼💜🎁 #ForMyMom #DsReads #AugToAugReads

 

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In January I posted about books I read a while back, but still in the time frame of August to August.

Book #9:Bloodline (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray

Book #10:Shredderman: Attack of the Tagger by Wendelin Van Draanan

Book #11:Do Over Hardcover – 24 May 2015 by Acuff (Author), Jon (Author) by John Acuff

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Posting for the memories: Books number 9, 10, & 11. I finished Bloodline by Claudia Gray in early November but never posted about it. An excellent Star Wars Book in the new cannon, it’s like I needed this book to feel closer to this new Star Wars universe, post George Lucas. It takes place sometime before the Force Awakens, and still has Han Solo which is exactly what I wanted post watching the Force Awakens. 👏🏼👌🏼 Book number 10 I finished last night with my youngest, the second book in the Shedderman series. Although this book is about 10-years behind today’s technology, it was a great read with my oldest when he was 6 years old, and it’s been just as good with my youngest. He can’t wait to get to the third book in the series. Book number 11 I finished tonight. It’s called “Do Over” by Jon Acuff. It’s meant to be a book for a Career Jump or for anyone who would like to learn about how to build up his or her career and move forward with a literal “Do Over” in life. I’m not fond of his style of sarcasm and wit in his writing, but I do enjoy his honesty. He talks about his personal Do Overs, including the good and messy-life and the mistakes he’s made, which really help me to appreciate the books he writes. #DsReads #AugToAug

 

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Book #12: Shredderman: Meet the Gecko by Wendelin Van Draanan

Book #13: The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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1.18.18 Books number 12 & 13: The third installment of the Shredderman series, my youngest son and I finished this book on Monday and we immediately got into book number 4. I think this was his favorite book yet. We got through it so fast! The 13th book read from my August to August year is the “Borrowers – Afloat” by Mary Norton. This is the second time reading this series, but the first with my daughter. Just like my oldest son, the interest is difficult to decipher for her because it’s just not a book she would have chosen herself. But, she asks me about words she doesn’t know, and she noticed tonight that it was hard for her to read the words in the order that the characters say them in. She asked me why they spoke that way, and I told her it’s because they [many of the characters] couldn’t read so they don’t know how to say things in the right order…. ☺️ #DsReads #AugToAugReads

 

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In March 2018, I posted the following Instagram post on the next three books.

Book #14: The Dragons of Blueland (My Father’s Dragon) by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Book #15: Shredderman: Enemy Spy by Wendelin Van Draanan

Book #16: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling

 

Book #17 is the The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Harry Potter) by J.K. Rowling.

Book # 18 was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which none of us really liked BTW.
Book #19: The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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4.18.18 These are books 17-19 for my August to August record of how many books I read in a year. Not pictured: No. 17, The Tales of Beetle the Bard by JK Rowling finished in about a week – because it was so good. Book no. 18 is a classic, but was not entertaining for my family – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Right from the start of reading this book as a family book, (7, 8, and 12) the kids and I were not able to handle the weirdness of it all. As soon as we were done reading it this evening though, we were ready to watch the Disney movie classic to reset our brains on the love of the film. That may be a weekend thing. Book no. 19 also ended today and that was the Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton. I read this with my oldest when he was around 8 and tonight I finished it with my daughter (who is also 8!) Only one more to go in that series with her and it’s been great to talk about big words and how some folks don’t learn as much as others do when they can’t read and write. I’m looking forward to finishing a different book this week with my youngest too! 📚 #DsAugustToAugustReads #ReadToYourKids #ILoveBooks #RaisingReaders

 

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 I started a new series with my youngest called the Far Flung series.  He and I read the first of the three books, Book #20, called Fergus Crane (Far-Flung Adventures by Paul Stewart

 

Book #21: by Christopher Paolini

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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5.26.18 Book No. 21 of #DsAugustToAugustReads – Forty days after we started it, we finished the first book of the #InheritanceCycle. Can’t wait to start the next one. #ReadWithYourKids #KeepingTrack

 

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The last and what appears to be the final book of the year was #22 finished with the youngest: 

As it’s January 2019 when this post got published, I started keeping track again for all the books I read, both for myself and with my children.

Please feel free to follow me on Instagram, and I hope you get in few good reads this year too!