Monthly Archives: January 2013

Goals for 2013

First let’s take a look at my goals for 2012.  It’s amazing how many changes can take place in one whole year.  Having goals for a whole year makes some sense, but there were so many changes that happened in 2012 that some of my goals changed or weren’t necessary anymore.

Here were my goals for 2012:

1. Find more clients so I can support our family.  This goal changed entirely.  The job I was trying to do part-time was not what was working for our family so around August this goal no longer existed.  My contract ended at my job so there would be no more looking for clients.  Instead, I started working on organizing and starting a MOPS program, where I am now the Group Discussion Coordinator/Helper of putting the meetings together! And I LOVE it!

2. Clean out each room as if we were moving and either throw away or donate things that I have not used or rarely used since we moved here over 4 years ago (unless it is an heirloom or something important).  This could possibly take me all year but I hope it only takes me a few months. This did take me most of the year.  I finally finished this sometime in October, but it is finished!  Now I’m on a roll and I am constantly trying to rid things from our house that we no longer use when I find them.

3. Add more recipes to my cookbook that I will actually cook.  Be realistic when choosing a new recipe and know what I can and will try. I accomplished this goal! But now I really want to cook more of those recipes.  I think I only tried a handful of the ones I saved.

4. Clean out cookbook from all the non-realistic recipes I saved through the years. I started doing this at the beginning of the year and realized how boring and time consuming this is.  I am not sure if I will attempt this again, but I really need to.

5. Steam clean the carpets. Ha! I really still need to do this!  I thought about this one almost every month.

6. Exercise every day, even if it is for 5 minutes.  (I started this in 2011 but slacked off in December)  I did so well with this smack dab in the middle of the year.  I sort of stopped working out around August-September and haven’t quite picked it back up.  I really do a lot better when I join classes.  This goal may have to wait until this summer when I will actually have some money to pay for some fun workout classes.

7. Have at least one evening a week where I read a book, drink tea (or some other relaxing drink), and just relax.  This may or may not include a bubble bath or a cozy blanket or chocolate.  This was surprisingly the hardest goal for me to do.  I don’t think I did it once, or maybe I did do it once, but that was all.  I’m carrying it over into this year.  I really do want to do this.

8. Have at least one evening a week that Chase and I make a date night.  This can be anything from renting a movie, playing a game, or actually having a friend watch baby J so we can go out.  We usually do this now but there are some weeks that this gets skipped.  Quality time is high for both of us on our love languages so we definitely have to make this a priority. We did a pretty good job with this goal.  The only weeks we couldn’t really have a date night in was when Chase was gone for his month rotations.

9. Continue to go out of the house on a date once a month, just me and Chase.  This worked well for 2011.  I want to make sure this continues!  We did so well with this goal!  There were a couple of months at the end of the year that we couldn’t go out on date night because either J got sick or the sitter got sick so we had to cancel a few times.

10. Crochet a case for my Kindle. (Using Erin’s phone case she made for me many years ago as inspiration) I did not do this.  I haven’t decided if I will or not.  I want to, but it would just be so much easier to buy a case…


Goals for 2013

1. Join a gym or workout group at some point this year and stick with it.

2. Have at least one evening a week where I read a book, drink tea (or some other relaxing drink), and just relax.  This may or may not include a bubble bath or a cozy blanket or chocolate.

3. Keeping date nights on the goals list just so I make them a priority!

4. I really should clean out the cookbook.

5. Print the amount of pictures per month as there are days in the month.  So for example, if there are 31 days in the month, I will only print 31 pictures from that month.  I have the opposite problem of most people, and I print WAY too many pictures, and then I have to put them all in photo albums or do something with them!  The thought is, I do want to do something with them, but then time gets away from me!

6. Simplify my stuff even more.  I did a good job last year of clearing out stuff from the house.  This year if I come across something I haven’t used since I went through everything last year, it needs to leave!  I have actually done this a couple of times this year already.

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Things I want to remember

J will turn 2 years old in less than 2 months!  There are a lot of cute things he does right now that I will miss once he grows out of this stage.

-J waving and saying “Bye” to people on the television like at the end of Curious George or Sesame Street.

-He pronounces an airplane a “bay-bay”

-He still calls me “nana” and I love it.

-He exclaims “Choo! Choo!” every time we hear a train whistle.

-He announces “Choo choo” every time we go over train tracks, and he knows exactly what they look like!

-When someone on Sesame Street or Curious George or Word World plays with a ball or a train or a plane, J has to get out his ball or train or plane.

-He calls a cookie a “key”

-I handed him a rubber duck the other day and he exclaimed, “a quack quack!”

-Lately J really likes it when we cover him with a blanket when it’s time for him to go to sleep.  The other night I noticed he got up to move around after I tucked him in so he tried his best to cover himself back up with his blanket.  He managed to get it over his body but missed his legs and feet.  So so sweet!

-Now that he understands a lot of what I am saying I asked him to close the refrigerator door for me because my hands were full and he went over and shut it with all his might.  What a helper!

-He has just started saying “see?” as in “I want to see.” or “Can I see?” Sometimes he shows me objects and says “see?” just to make sure I understand.

Sometimes in the morning after we cuddle for a short time on the chair in the living room, he will turn around and face me and start telling me about something.  It’s hard to understand him, but it usually involves a choo choo, car, bus, or plane.  He gets really into it and uses his hands and arms to make gestures while he talks to me.  I love it! I can’t imagine anywhere else I would rather be first thing in the morning than cuddling with my little boy.

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


Terrific Twos

Even though we still have a little more than a month to go before J turns two, I think we are starting the time of “fun.”  You know, when your little toddler decides to assert his independence and make known his “needs” and wants with strong decisiveness, arguments, and tantrums.  I realize we are just at the beginning so I am in no way making this a complaint post!  I just want to write about what is going on right now so months from now I can look back and possibly have a good laugh.

The day started out with J asking for a cookie fairly soon after he woke up.  He didn’t want breakfast, he wanted a cookie.  “Do you want some cheerios?” He shakes his head no, “a key! a ke-key!” “How about some chex or kix?” “A Ke-Key!! Key! Ke-Key!!”  And no, he did not get a ke-key and he stayed stubborn and whined and complained for about 3 hours until he realized he was really hungry and finally ate some cheerios like he was starving.

J sometimes has arguments with his toys as well.  When he wants them to do certain things or stand up a certain way and they won’t do it right away he gets so mad.  If I try to help him it just upsets him more because he wants to do it himself.  At one point this morning I took the fold up chair away from him because he was getting so mad at it.  All I did was put it out of his reach, and he looked at me with this saddest face and laid his head in my lap and just cried until my lap was soaked.  Poor little guy. So sorry buddy.  Maybe next time you won’t throw a fit right away or get mad when mommy tries to help you.  Maybe…

He really likes eating with his spoon at dinner.  I tried to help him once because the spoon was tilted to the side and I knew the fried rice would fall off on the way to his mouth.  He got so mad at me for touching his spoon that he screamed and flung the rice all over the kitchen floor.  I should have just let him dump it in his lap.  But at least Suzy got some fried rice out of the deal.

Friday last week was a warm day.  It was in the 70s so I decided to put a short sleeve shirt on J.  Oh, but he wanted a long sleeve shirt.  He proceeded to pull his arms into his shirt so the sleeves touched his wrists and screamed and hollered and acted like it was just the worst thing in the world that his sleeves were short!  I let him win that battle.  What do I care if he wears long sleeves on a 70 degree day?  I was just trying to be the cool mom and let him wear short sleeves in the winter.  Long sleeves it is!

Hello 2-year-old world.  It’s going to be quite an adventure, and I am sure I will have lots of stories to tell!

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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized



I need to write about Christmas, and really the whole month of December, before time gets away from me even more. Chase was home the whole month of December, and we really enjoyed our time together as a family. We put up our Christmas tree on December 1st after J went to bed. The first thing he noticed when he woke up on Sunday was the Christmas tree! He looked at in wonder and checked out all the ornaments and lights. He also enjoyed looking at all the other decorations we put out. “Just look, don’t touch” became the saying of the month! At least he listened most of the time.

On December 12 we went to the Wonder Place with some good friends. It is a kid zone that has all kinds of play areas especially for children ages 2-8. J loved it! He loved the tubes that were pressurized with air. You could stuff balls or other things in them and they would shoot out. He loved the little play house, the market, the sand box, and his favorite area of all was the water. There was a water table with toys, and we spent most of our time there. We played for about 1 1/2 hours and it was time to go home! J and his friend were beat!





On December 18 we went out to see Christmas lights. J loved it! He kept “oohing and aahing” as we drove through the light display. His favorite display was the train of course!

For Christmas I made J a blankie and a burp cloth. He loves his blankies and burp cloths, and carries them around the house and everywhere we go. I found some material with trains, and I knew he would love it! We had him open a few gifts on Christmas Eve and this was one of them. He was so excited!

On Christmas Eve I made cookies for Santa. I tried to enlist J’s help but all he wanted to do was eat the cookies and icing. Here is a picture of just a few of the cookies.

We made some of the best memories this Christmas. J loved his slide from Santa and all of his presents. We put the big slide in the living room for Christmas day. He loved it! He would play with some of his toys and then decide to go down the slide a few more times. He did this all day. We decided to have him open a couple of presents at a time throughout the day so our Christmas lasted all day until bedtime. We learned from last year to make sure and wrap his gifts already out of the packaging and also to space out the present opening. He really enjoyed playing with each gift for awhile before he opened a new one. We played a LOT and danced and sang. I remember we were singing “Let it Snow” when evening came because it had been raining freezing rain and sleet all day and we were ready for the snow! We ate a wonderful Christmas ham dinner that included a spiral cut ham, green bean bundles, scalloped potatoes, and biscuits. It was just me and my two guys all day on Christmas. It was such a great day!

It was crazy that on Christmas Eve the high was almost 60 degrees outside. J and I were outside playing with no coats on! I say this because Santa brought some snow on Christmas! Christmas night it started snowing and when we woke up the next day we had a foot of snow to play in! White Christmas!!




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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized