Sunday, January 6, 2019

2019 New Year's Resolutions

2019 Resolutions

I've said it before but I love the start of a new year.  I'm always excited for a fresh start and I have lots of motivation for new projects and weight loss.  If only it would last more than a few weeks.  Sigh.  Here are my resolutions for 2019:  
  •  Lose weight.  Always my #1 resolution, every year.  I don't care how much, I just want to start 2020 lighter than I am today (and then keep going from there).
  • Have more date nights.  Now that the girls are old enough to stay home alone for up to a few hours I figured we can do some earlier happy hour type stuff close to home instead of paying a babysitter for an evening out.  We will still do that occasionally, but being able to do something earlier in the evening and not have to get a sitter (if we're going to leave them alone we prefer it to be earlier in the day, not late at night) will be a great way to make more date nights feasible.
  • Spend more time with friends.  We had a few friends over for a game night recently and it was so much fun!  We all decided we are going to do that more often and alternate homes, so in a few weeks we are going to our friend's house for another game night, and we already have our next girls' night on the calendar.  My friends are all really spread out so it makes it kind of hard but I really enjoy it when we manage to get together.  Also, I hope to start hanging out more with some of the moms right here in my neighborhood.
That's pretty much it for resolutions, although I REALLY hope this is the year that we finally get around to painting the entire interior of our home, or at least the downstairs.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Week Between Christmas and New Year's

On the day after Christmas, Paul and the girls went to his parents house, spent the night and then went skiing the next day with his sister who was visiting from Colorado for the holidays.  I had the day after Christmas off but had to work Thursday and Friday, so I couldn't go (not that I would have necessarily wanted to anyway-rental ski boots are not kind to me).

Friday night we had a few friends over for a game night.  It was so fun.  We all had a great time and vowed to have more in the future, alternating houses.  We already have the next one scheduled a few weeks from now.

On Saturday we took the girls to Enchanted Park for their Christmas lights and rides.  It's a theme park with rides in one part and a water park in another, the water park obviously being closed this time of year.  In December they put up all kinds of cool light displays.  We lucked out because it had been raining pretty good all day so we weren't going to go even though it was the last day to use our tickets, but we went out to dinner and after that the rain had let up so we decided to just drive down there and take our chances and the rain stopped and we were able to go and have a great time and it wasn't crowded at all, probably because the earlier rain had scared people away.

They rode the big twisty-turny, loop-de-loop upside-down roller coaster!

On New Year's Eve we did our usual party at our friend's house down the street.  This was the 7th year we've done that.  This year she invited a few of our other friends that she met through me.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 in Review

2018 was a fun year.  It started off with the purchase of a new vehicle to replace our aging Toyota Highlander that needed all kinds of things done.  We bought a 2018 Toyota Highlander hybrid in a beautiful silver color.

The girls turned 10 in February and celebrated with dinner at the Melting Pot with a few friends and a small sleepover with a few other friends.

Olivia took hip hop and was also in dance troupe.  She performed in the spring recital including the production of the Little Mermaid.

Paul and I celebrated a dozen years of marriage in May and celebrated with dinner at Ray's Boathouse.

In late June we took our annual Nelson Family Vacation to Texas.  We stayed in New Braunfels, visited friends in Austin, the Alamo and SeaWorld in San Antonio, and my aunt and uncle in Kerrville.  Texas is awesome (but way too hot in the summer) and we had SO much fun!

We spent the 4th of July holiday weekend at Crescent Bar and went camping at Lake Cushman in late July.  We did our almost annual viewing of the Blue Angels from the I-90 bridge in August, and then the girls started 5th grade and their final year of elementary school.

1st day of 5th Grade

Olivia played soccer again, Kayley gave volleyball a try and they both took a dance class--ballet for Olivia and hip hop for Kayley.  Olivia's soccer team went undefeated except for one tie, and she scored the game-winning goal in their second-to-last game.  That was pretty cool.

It was a great year and now we are looking forward to some really fun things in 2019, including a visit to the happiest place on earth!  Can't wait!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas 2018

We spent Christmas Eve by ourselves, going to church and then out to dinner and then a quick drive looking at lights and then home to open one present (just the girls).  Then on Christmas morning the Olivia came in our room at 5:30 ready to open gifts.  They haven't been like that for years.  But we told her it was too early, but then we couldn't get back to sleep anyway so we got up around 6 and opened our stockings and gifts.  Their main gifts this year were a hoverboard for Olivia and Air pods for Kayley.

After gifts we had a big breakfast, then Paul and I got the turkey all ready and in the oven.  His parents and sister came over at noon, we had wine and snacks and then opened gifts.  Paul's mom gave him, me, his sister and the girls all matching Grinch pjs and had us put them on a pose for a picture.  His mom took the picture and it's a little blurry, but I'm posting anyway because other than my fancy table I didn't take any other pictures.  I'm so bad about that.  I just get busy and don't think about it and when I do the girls won't cooperate anyway.  Sigh.

I got the cutest napkins from Bed, Bath and Beyond

I love getting to use my wedding china and my grandma's silver

The famous Christmas lights house in our neighborhood

Today we are just chilling and putting all our presents away and then later today Paul and the girls are going to go spend the night at his parents and go skiing tomorrow with Cheryl (his sister) and come home on Friday (Paul's off until January 2nd but I have to work tomorrow and Friday), then we will all go back down there on Sunday for Cheryl's birthday.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 23

Oops, I missed a few days but I'm back.

Since my last post I had 2 work Christmas parties--one for my team at a local brewery and one for the whole department during work hours at our Bellevue campus where I used to work before the move.

I finally finished my shopping yesterday.  We still haven't done our annual drive around the neighborhood to look at lights.  We were going to last night but Olivia didn't want to, so I think just Paul, Kayley and I will go tonight while Olivia is at a birthday party.  Or we will all go tomorrow.  She's the one who has been hounding us about it so it's weird she didn't want to go last night.

We did end up having a family game night, though.  We played Apples to Apples which was an early Christmas gift from my dad and stepmom.  And I made yummy eggnog martinis for Paul and I.

Today I am finishing my wrapping and making the dessert for Christmas dinner.  I am making that 4-layer delight with the cream cheese and chocolate pudding and Cool Whip.  Yum.  We are hosting Paul's parents and sister this year.  I am making a turkey dinner so tomorrow I will make the stuffing and then Paul's mom is going to do a sweet potato casserole and a green bean casserole.

We never made it to Snowflake Lane this year and we didn't watch many Christmas movies.  We didn't even watch Christmas Vacation or Elf.  We usually watch those every year.

I have to work tomorrow, Christmas Eve, but only until noon or so.  Then I will come home and make the stuffing and start getting all my linens and dishes ready, then we are going to church at 5:00 and out to dinner after that.  Then, if we haven't already, we will do our drive around the neighborhood looking at lights and then come home and let the kids open one or two presents.  I'm sad it's almost over, but I'm looking forward to making a fresh start and I have a few fun projects in mind for 2019.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 8

Yesterday was the annual Winter Bazaar at school.  Our last one (sniff).  They have a bunch of vendors selling handmade soaps, candles, jewelry, art, etc., a big raffle for several prizes and a silent auction for "teacher experiences" (pizza and movie party, gingerbread making, principal for a day, etc.).  I bought an ornament for the tree and some dog treats, and the girls each bought me something.

Today we went to a friend's house for a small, casual Christmas party.  It was an ugly sweater party actually, but I don't have one so I just wore a normal top and jeans.  They had these funny coaster-sized pictures of all different mouths that you clip to your nose so we had a fun time taking pictures of everybody wearing those.


Hoping to get out a get a few more gifts tomorrow and actually get a few more things wrapped.  Ugh, I'm getting behind...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 6

My work Christmas party is coming up and for some reason we do a theme every year (I wish we could just wear whatever we would normally wear to any Christmas party, and we can, but we're encouraged to dress for whatever the theme is that year--last year was plaid, the year before was Hawaiian, etc.).  This year's theme was going to be cowboy/cowgirl, but when some of us were looking on Amazon for funny cowboy attire, we somehow got onto a bunch of funny/inappropriate Christmas shirts and I mentioned maybe that could be our theme for next year (yes, it's a work function but it is after hours and off-site).  Some liked the idea enough to take a vote to see if we should change it from the cowboy theme this year and the majority were in favor so now that's our theme.  So we've all been looking on Amazon for funny shirts and here are some of my favorites.

Mike Tyson saying "Merry Chrithmith"  He he

REALLY inappropriate, but SO funny:

And here's the relatively tame one I got for Paul:

And me: