2018 Resolution update – February Disney Trip

First sorry for the delay meant to get this out at the beginning of the month.

My February goal was simple:

Enjoy Disney with the family and we did. We had such amazing weather (mid 80s every day with no rain) and had a bunch of fun each day at the parks.

This was our second trip using DVC, we booked it a little late, so we had to stay at 2 separate resorts, but in doing so we got to stay at the Polynesian. We normally would have just tried to stay at the cheapest resort, but since those weren’t available we decided to go all out. It was awesome and we are now spoiled. So much so that we have already booked the Polynesian for our next trip in August. The resort was just amazing and the closeness to Magic Kingdom was wonderful. We can take multiple routes to get there: small boat, large boat, monorail, we may could have taken a bus as well, but why would we with all those way better options. The larger boat was my favorite. It was the least crowded option and there always seem to be one ready and waiting when we needed it.

We enjoyed all 4 parks hitting he Magic Kingdom almost every night of out trip since most days it was so easy to get to.

Some of our best moments was getting picked for the front seats at Festival of the Lion King. I was chosen to do the warthog sound and Lincoln got to go up with some of the other kids (something he’s always wanted to do) and walk around with the performers during the last song.

We also had such a great time at both our sit down restaurants ‘Ohana’s and Chef Mickeys. The food was great and the characters were so much fun.

We got up right next to a giraffe on our safari ride and and an iPad ostrich followed behind us for a while as well. There were so many more great moments. We never get to do all we hope to, but with us there is always a next trip already planned so that always helps when it comes to leaving day.

So February was a success and I am working towards my March and April goals this month of finishing another book and getting an app finished and ready for the App Store. It’s been and going to continue to be a busy March!

2018 Resolutions

I think I thought up a few items last year, but they didn’t last past February, so this year I wanted to take another swing at them and do them in a different way. So I am setting a goal for each month. Some will be easy and other will take work every month before their goal month to accomplish. Anyways here they are:

January

Use my iPad more

I love my 10.5in iPad Pro  it amazing, but since I got the iPhone X, it’s been sitting in its sleeve. So this month I’ve been getting it out more and more to read, browse and also to write this blog post with. I’ve also been trying to use it more as a second display on my MacBook Pro from time to time. I’m still hoping that one day I can easily develop apps on this device I love its portability and the battery life and would love to be able to use it less as a consumption device and more for creating things.


February

Enjoy Disney w/ family

Excited to go back to Disney mid February. We joined DVC last year. So we are going to be staying at the Polynesian resort for part of our stay. We may attempt driving this time. Plane tickets for the days we need are pretty outrageous and having a car down there this time would be beneficial. Also Hudson is not an easy flyer, even though he loves planes. So even though it’s just a week in February and an easy task. I just want to make sure I fully enjoy trip.

March

Have read 2 books

Last year I think I read a total of 2 books (outside of bible reading). I wanna improve that this year by reading at least 4. Currently I’m about finished with Lessons of a Third Grade Dropout and partially into the Jony Ive book, so those will most likely be the first I finish this year. I’m also reading comics as well 🤓. Mainly just D.C. ones and for free thanks to Hoopla.

April

1st personal app in the store

I have at least 5 app ideas I want to eventually make. None are big money makers, but just apps that I personally want to have so goal is to finish and polish up my Disney app first and get that out by April and then work on another one for the rest of the year. I haven’t had my own app in the store since 2012. So looking forward to getting something out there again.

May

TBall season

Both boys will be in TBall this year, so in May I wanna focus on spending more time with them practicing and having fun outside.

June

Be better at balancing work/life

To go along with May, I want to get a better balance with work and family life this year. I have the privilege of working from home most of the week, but it can make things rough at times, so I am hoping to figure out a better schedule to make sure I am done working and ready for family when they are ready for me.

July

Be Healthier then ever before.

Most of my goals are being worked on outside of there goal months this one more then the others. Back before Hudson was born I had gotten down to the lowest weight I have ever been as an adult (which was 100lbs lost from my heaviest 😬). I want to not only get back to that, but also continue it. Being a nerd I’m obviously using tech to help my on that path. So far the apps/devices I am using to obtain that are the Apple WatchLoseIt  HealthMate  Nokia(Withings) ScaleStreaksZero, and WaterMinder.

August

Have read a total of 4 books

Not sure what other books I’ll read this year I have a bunch I’ve bought. Thinking Becoming Steve Jobs will be one of them.

September

Learn to draw

To go along with using my iPad more, I also want to draw more. I’ve never considered myself as artistic/creative. Even though I have created my own apps and done video projects in the past. In my mind I’ve always linked the word creative with drawling. I know it’s so much more than that, but that’s how my brain sees it. And I would love to learn how draw better. And the iPad and Apple Pencil are great for that.

October

Enjoy Disney with my Wife

Another Disney trip, this one without my kids. As many of you know I love taking the family to Disney, but it’s also nice to get away as adults and go to Disney. It’s just freeing to go there and not have to worry about all the things needed for the kids and doing all the things to keep them happy. So in October we are going without the kids and I can’t wait.

November

2nd Personal App in store

The first app I have planned this year is fairly easy it’s mostly done. This one hasn’t even been started, nor have I decided which of my other ideas this one will be just yet. So I’ll have a lot to figure out and soon to be able to make this one a reality by November.

December

Have all the Christmas stuff done before the 15th

Christmas is way to stressful, wanna try to fix that in 2018 and help out my wife more and plan out better for myself as well.

The Disney Dining Plan

After spending 10 straight days in Disney World. I am finally back home, back to work and back to hopefully losing more weight.

I went into this vacation thinking that I could continue on with my weight loss process, but then came the dining plan…

The way it works is you get 2 meals and 1 snack each day. By the sounds of that it doesn’t sound like much, but each meal is quite large and comes with a drink and a desert itself. So it ends up being a ton of food. Yes, I could have made good choices and gotten grapes or a banana for deserts/snakes, but why would I do that when I could get a cookies and cream chocolate cookie sandwich.

Anyways that all being said when you see the weight gain I post tomorrow now you know why.