My Aspirations – August – Part Two

Updates Continue…

WRITING: Blog – Well I really dropped the ball with this one.  For the past three weeks, I didn’t participate in the exercises.  I am dissapointed in myself, but I will continue to try to participate more.  I really want to make my blog the best it can be.

Genealogy –  I am going to enter the NGS Family History Writing Contest.  The award for this context is a paid trip to the following NGS Annual Conference.  Well I am going to enter for the 2013 NGS Annual Conference that will be held May, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Although I have plenty of time, I want to make sure that it is as perfect as it can be.  I want to make sure all my “t’s” are cossed and my “i’s” are dotted.  I was a bit intimidated with starting my draft.  As with any writer, it is always hard to write that first sentence on a project, but once I got going, I was on a roll!  I picked the family I wanted to write about and I used the BCG Genealogical Stanards Manual’s Compiled Genealogy Example as a guide (that was the only book I had available at the time).   My only intention was to prepare a very rough draft of an outline but I ended up completing the first generation and half of the second, and all from my memory!  I still need to finish the rest of the second generation and then on to the third and possibly fourth generation.  When I have finished with the rough draft, I still need to use Creating a Winning Family History, Including a Guide to the Family History Writing Contest book, which is published by NGS to make sure it is formatted the way NGS wants it to be. In all, it was a good start, and out of the 4-10K word limitation, I already have 2,100 done! 

OTHER:  Blog Site Change – Well, my decision was made and I decided to simplify my blog website a bit more and make it easier to read.  I changed the theme of the blog and deleted the clutter.  I am going to have a personalized header made but won’t be able to do it till the end of August or September.  So in the mean time, I picked my favorite picture from the list of default pictures available for this theme.  Please be patient while I am waiting to get the customized header.  One thing to note, at the bottom of my page, is now a link to my other blog, One Crafty Mom.  Its a craft blog that I also have.

On to my August Aspirations!!

Well August is going to be a very busy month for me.  I have my Sanchez Family Reunion on the 13th, my daughter will be on vacation with her dad for one of the first weeks of the month and her and I will be on vacation the week of August 22nd.  We plan on painting her room during out vacation, but also get out and do a few fun things including sneaking in a genealogy research trip here and there.  So I will be trying to keep things light this month.

RESEARCH:  Project Sanchez – continue working on it.  Luna – Spend one day during vacation and get a copy of the divorce records for my parents.  Spend another day and go to the FHL in Los Angeles and research my great-grandparents in Mexico (Teach my daughter how to prepare for a day of research at the same time (research log, items to take, ect…).

ORGANIZATION:  See Sanchez Family Reunion below.

EDUCATION – Not only work on my Genealogical Library list, but also work on my Genealogical Education list as well.

WRITING:  Blog – Continue participating in the 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog challenge and try to post as least twice a week if not more.  Genealogy – If there is any time left, work on the draft entry for the NGS Family History Writing Contest and try to get the next generation and a half done.

OTHER:  Sanchez Family Reunion – 1) Order the entre for the meal, 2) make three cakes for dessert (yellow cake/chocolate frosting; coconut cake; carrot cake) 3)organize folders for my family pictures that I will be scanning at the reunion and get my photos that I want to share in the proper folder, 4) prepare an evaluation form so that we have feedback for the next reunion, and help my daughter get her things together for her entertainment of the younger kids (crafts and toys).

Have a great Monday everyone!!!

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