So in the interest of doing as much as early as possible this year I have: - Created my master menu for all holidays (Halloween through New Years including menu for our Christmas party) - Started work on my Master Grocery List - Updated my Freezer Cooking spreadsheet - Reviewed misc. notes and plugged in dates to do oddball things (cut snarl of old lights off of one tall skinny tree, redo front porch wreaths with all red ornaments I purchased, remove old lights from wicker yard reindeer I got at garage sale and replace with new - already have them) - Updated Master Baking List and plugged in scheduled times to test a few recipes over the summer - Reviewed HGP plans and scheduled starting a week early to make up for missed week when we are at Disney - Plugged in dates to start wrapping starting May 25th ... anything I've purchased or finished crafting so far which is quite a bit as I review my notes - Still need to work on Advent calendar filler plans So the other thing that is potentially going to make a BIG impact on all these plans is something very exciting - we are going through the process of trying to adopt via the state. Attending last class next week then have to do a home study - not sure how long the process will take or if the little one we have fallen in love with will still be available/turn out to be a good match for our family. Have NO idea yet on what the timeframe would be but these things seem to be long and drug out - so we'll see. keep your fingers crossed for us!!! Alternating between extreme stress and excitement - really hoping it works out! These kids just break my heart and we are really hoping to be able to have one join our family. All of which just amps up the pressure to get as much done as early as possible.