2019 Goals

I’ll be honest when I say that I am a major goal maker. I find it to be so motivating and I love focusing on the end result. Tyler is a bit more nonchalant with goals in that he will have them but not be as structured or organized with them as me. He’s more of the one that would have his goals floating in his head but no straight way to get to it.

I think bringing the two of our personalities together is helpful to balance each other out. Otherwise I just get overwhelmed on my own and he’s not focused on his own.

When we sat down to discuss some of our upcoming year goals, we realized that both of us had pretty good ones in our minds already!

Jordan & Tyler combined goal:

  1. Pay off the remainder of our debt –> We will both be honest when we say that even though we make great money, we have most definitely fallen into the trap of society. It was “fun” to spend our hard earned money and have things to show for it in terms of materialistic items. But we have had enough and don’t want to live that way. We have both always loved Dave Ramsey, but now is the time to fully focus on his advice and plunge in. We’re SO close to moving to baby step three we can taste it. It will happen in 2019! As Dave says, “live like no one else so that later you can live like no one else!”

 Tyler goal:

  1. Finish Instrument Rating –> Tyler started this at the end of 2018 in mid-December and has goals to complete by March before planting season begins.

Jordan goals:

  1. Get back up to running 5 miles –> Such a simple one but it’s honestly been awhile since I’ve ran over 2-3 miles and I miss it. There’s something about 5 miles that I crave.
  2. Read 19 books –> Each year I try to read the amount of books for the last 2 digits of the year. Last year I exceeded my goal and actually read 20 so 19 should be a piece of cake again. I finally got a membership to the library to save money (note: our first goal listed above ;)). Reading really is a great pastime of mine, I just want to keep working hard on reading often. I have already started my first book of the year, Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (her books are hilarious). My next two will be A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell (a fellow Iowan) and then probably a James Patterson book.
  3. Do at least one continuing education course –> I have a lot of interests from exercise to health coaching to Human Resources so I’ve got a lot of options on what I can do here. I haven’t decided yet!


2018 > 2019

You know the cliche that time flies when you are having fun? It seems to hold quite true for 2018 because as I type this, I have no idea where the year went.

Tyler and I were talking on Christmas Eve as we had dinner together at our kitchen table after hearing about the true meaning of Christmas in a sermon and felt so incredibly blessed. We were creating memories together and also looking back on the year. We feel so lucky for all of the things that happened for us in the year. The successes we both had and all of the fun we were able to experience with friends and family.

As we sat and discussed our year we thought of a few highlights.

Traveling to Arizona to finally visit Tyler’s grandparents, Terry & Kay. They have been “snow-birding” it in Arizona for 7 years! We are so glad we made it happen this year.

Tyler had his first full year in an Air Tractor. Even thought he had two summers of experience flying the Cessna 188, this was a huge jump for him. We’re both so proud of his accomplishments!

We got to celebrate Jordan’s sister’s wedding!

Our good friend, Nadyne, moved to Denver almost a year before we got down to visit her. While we were there we also stopped in to say hi to Jordan’s aunt & uncle as well as Tyler’s step-brother. It was a great time!

We celebrated another wedding – Jordan’s brother, Wyatt! No pictures yet, but will have to update this post once we get them.

Not to mention wrapping up the year with birthdays, holiday gatherings, and so much more.

As for 2019, you better watch out. We’re coming to get you! More details to come on our upcoming goals and focuses for the year!

1,893 miles later

A few months ago I decided to go visit a great friend in Colorado over Labor Day weekend. My Crop Duster’s schedule was open so he decided to come with and we had the best time together! Long weekend trips over holidays are actually pretty fabulous, we will have to do it again.

We left on Friday, August 31, from home to drive the ~10 hours to Denver, Colorado. The drive from Iowa is pretty uneventful, especially once you get to Nebraska but it we spent our time listening to a podcast about airplane fire fighting, reading magazines, snacking on veggies + cheese + salami + crackers. It honestly went by so fast and I have to say I’m grateful for my hubs who drove the entire way.

We arrived in Denver just before 5pm (mountain time) and were so excited to see our friend, Nadyne! The first night there we relaxed and went out for wings + beer at Fire on The Mountain in Denver.

Saturday we had big plans so we woke up around 7AM to have breakfast and get ready to head out by 7:30AM to get to Colorado Springs. Our first full day in Colorado consisted of getting a two-hour tour at the National World War II Museum and visiting Garden of The Gods, and stopping by my aunt & uncle’s to say hi! Once we arrived back to Denver we went to dinner at Osteria Marco, a recommendation from my soon to be sister-in-law, Bailey.



Day two we took a long road trip of ~2.5 hours to Steamboat Springs! Neither us or Nadyne had been so it was fun to experience something new. Even just the drive there was incredible – the views are so fabulous in Colorado. I’m always reminded why it’s one of my favorite states besides Iowa. We had a blast checking out the downtown area and having lunch, hiking, and going to the hot springs. What a busy, fun day!


On our last day, Labor Day, we spent the entire day relaxing and spending quality time with Tyler’s step-brother who also lives in Denver and Nadyne.

It was such a great trip and we can’t wait to visit Colorado together again!

Who else has been to Colorado? What’s your favorite place?