The Busy Giffs: March 2020

March 23, 2020

2020: Where I stand on my 40 in 4.

We're about a week into the quarantine and since we can't actually go do anything, I figured it was time to update my 40 in 4...

1. Run a 5k
2. Have my palm read.
3. Weekend in the Vineyard with my family.
4. Buy a bicycle.
5. Wear a bikini to the beach, no cover up.
6. Put my toes into the Pacific Ocean.
7. Go back to Disney
8. Go to Universal Studio
9. Get a job in Higher Ed
10. See another Broadway play
11. Fit into a size 8.
12. Travel to Europe, ideally London or Rome.
13. Get another tattoo (or two).
14. Be debt free, minus student loans and mortgage.
15. Put away a 4 month emergency amount.
16. Begin working on an administrator's license or a PhD.
17. Take a photography class.
17. a. Got a nose piercing! I've been talking about it for years and finally did it as a gift to myself for my 33rd birthday!
18. Travel somewhere tropical.
19. Go camping.
20. * Get professional head shots for the blog.
20a. Get family photos done with the kids.
21. * Sew Emma a matching dress for her and her dolls
21. b. Buy a NEW new car! I've never owned a brand new vehicle but after having so many issues with our last car, we decided the extra money on a brand new car (under warranty) was smarter than any other option. 
22. * Consider selling the custom shirts I've been making for the kids...
22.
23. Take a cooking or baking class.
24. Take a cake decorating class.
25. Go to Ireland.
26. Find a local church to belong to/Baptize Tyler.
27. Get out of the minivan.
28. Take a calligraphy class.

29. Participate in Restaurant Week in Boston or Providence.
30. Go to Disney Land.
31. Work on our kitchen: backsplash, new desk, new table...
32. Buy a jacuzzi and redo the back deck.
33. Fence in our yard.
34. Landscape.

33-34a. clean up the back yard of our new place.
35. Finish the basement.
36. Attending the NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade
37. Create a real vegetable garden for an entire season/year.

38. Spend the day at the spa, getting pampered.
39. Splurge on our 10 year anniversary.
39a. Take the kids on a great vacation.
40. Save $10 for each accomplished task and spend it on something extravagant.

With so many big life changes, and only a year left, I KNOW I won't finish the list but it is fun to think about what's possible with one year left!

March 18, 2020

Hello Again


It has been a while!

I have been quiet for so long because I had so much going on in my life that I was afraid I would overshare if I wrote but now that I'm here, today, I guess it's time to share...

In the past few months we have ended a marriage that wasn't fulfilling either of us, listed our house for sale, switched the kids' school, walked away from a job that was causing me more stress than good, and dealt with the pandemic that is happening in our country.  To say I've been stressed is an understatement but with our move almost done and the closing coming soon, it will be nice to finally relax with my children.

That being said, once this quarantine is over we will NOT be relaxing-- we'll be exploring our new neighborhood and documenting all the amazing places we find so stay close, follow our instagram and facebook page and get ready for a ton of new posts!

xo




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