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While cleaning out 1018 Loxley Drive, I found a ton of things I am proud, and also ashamed, of still having. Like my 6th grade Madison County Middle School Scholars Bowl Champion shirt and 5th grade talent show program where i did “The Urkle Dance.” (no photos of that one, sorry)

I also found my life to-do list that I made in college. While I’m shocked I thought I could finish this by 2020, I’m amazed on how many things I’ve actually completed.

#27 Adopt a dog from an animal shelter - Wrigley September 2007

#14 Look pretty at my high school reunion - July 2009

#41 Go to St. Peters - Allen and me in Rome September 2008

I’ve also accomplished #10 saw the Mona Lisa, #21 going to Montevallo to support the Purples every year (baring flu and birth of child),#30 helped my parents pay for my wedding, and #33 took a dance class. While proud of what I have done, I’m bummed that I have so many to go by my nonrealistic deadline of May 1, 2020.

Inspired by friends who recently worked on a 30 by 30 list, I’m going to use this upcoming year to knock a few more items off the list.

#12 Start a rose garden

#16 Get manicures and pedicures on a regular basis. (I’ve decided that regular is officially every six weeks.)

#22 Go to a Cubs game with Dave and Josh.

#23 Get my pictures taken by a professional photographer.

#35 Surf

Okay, these aren’t terribly hard, but I thought I would start slow and work up to the hard ones. Anyone nominating themselves to get a black eye or have me save their life?

What are somethings on your life’s to-do list?

Today is my birthday. The big 3-0. I have had such a wonderful day so far with well wishes and presents and fun. But what would truly make my day?

Can anyone convince Addison to give her Mommy and Daddy an uninterrupted night of sleep? 🙂 She was up three times before we put her in bed with us at 3 a.m. ( She is sick, so this was more than usual.) I then spent the next three hours putting the binky in her mouth every time it fell out – frequently.

It’s possible. It’s happened. But it’s been a while, and I am starting to wonder if our little love has forgotten how to do it.

I know it’s our fault. Our pediatrician told us at the 3 month appointment to start letting her cry it out. But I just cant do it. There has to be another way. I keep trying to tell myself that eventually it will just happen. One night we’ll go to bed and wake up and realize it’s morning. Oh happy day, why do you elude the Newtons?

I love when I start talking to other moms in an effort to get hints on how to get AJ to sleep through the night. Little tip for my friends out there: it is not helpful to tell me that you don’t know how your baby started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks. You are just rubbing it in.

You know that old saying, “you reap what you sow,” or “you get your actions twice as bad with your kids”? Yea, my mom said I didn’t sleep through the night until I was two. Great.

Did you let your child cry it out or did you use another technique?

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