Saturday, December 31, 2016

My New Project

I mentioned a few posts ago that I have decided to try and journal every single day in 2017.  Even if it's just a sentence or tow, or even just a word or phrase, but I'm going to try and write something every single day.  The main reason is just because I thought it would be fun to go back and reread at the end of the year (I'm weird that way), and also I am hoping that it might keep me motivated with things like weight loss and time management.

I was hoping to find a journal that wasn't just a bunch of blank pages but maybe had some sayings/quotes or questions to think about, etc.  I also kind of wanted to go back to a paper planner and thought what I really wanted was a combination planner/journal.  I probably could find something like that online or even in a store if I looked hard enough, but I was at Michaels and found something close enough on sale so I went with it.

First, a simple journal, with cheesy quotes:  Sorry some of these pics are sideways.

Then, an 8-week nutrition/fitness journal

Finally, a binder to put them in, with room to add additional items (budget, travel, etc).  I didn't get any type of paper planner, but I really don't need one.  I just think they're fun, but I'm fine using my phone to track appointments and what-not.

I can't wait to get started and see how this goes.

2016 in Review

I was re-reading last year's Year in Review post and I mentioned how most years I think about penning a Christmas letter but never do, and that I didn't even get around to sending cards last year.  It was funny because I once again almost wrote a Christmas letter this year but didn't, and again did not even send cards.  But I didn't realize this was two years in a row without sending cards.  Oops.  I thought I had managed to get some photo cards made at the last minute last year but apparently not. 

So again, here is my would-have-been Christmas letter in blog and photo form.

The girls turned 8 in February and in lieu of a party decided they wanted to go to Great Wolf Lodge with just one friend.  Another friend was already going to be there because they always go during the mid-winter break which is right around the same time, so it made for a nice little mini-party.

Paul and I celebrated 10 years of marriage in May with a get-a-way to Victoria, B.C.

In July, we took our annual family vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!  The in-laws came too, and we all stayed in a penthouse at their timeshare.  We swam with dolphins and went on a dinner cruise and spent lots of time just hanging by the pool.  It was a blast.

The girls started 3rd grade at the brand new school just down the road from our house.  They played soccer until mid-November, Kayley started piano and Olivia continued with violin and gymnastics.

Kayley had a bike accident in August that knocked out a permanent tooth.  Since then, we have had umpteen appointments with her regular dentist, an endodontist and an orthodontist.  She currently has an expander and will eventually have a lower tooth transplanted into the space vacated by the knocked out tooth (that tooth was put back in and doing ok for now but it won't last).  It is going to be a years long process.

That was our year in a nutshell.  I'm ready to start 2017 and excited about our upcoming cruise and some fun projects I have planned.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Resolution Review

Let's review the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year and see how I did, shall we?
  •  Lose 20 pounds.  I want and need to lose more but a goal of 20 for the year is good.  I'm sure I lost more than 20 if you add up all the 3 and 4 pound losses, but my net loss for the year is right around 1, give or take. 
  • Read 16 books.  I'm just not one of those people who can read 4 or 5 or 20 books in a month, and lately I hardly read at all so I'm just hoping to get back into reading somewhat regularly.  I read 16 1/2, plus a couple of kid books!  At one point I thought I would get to at least 18 but then I just got really busy and didn't read much for a few months.
  • Train for another 5K.  I really want to get back into running but now that I'm working full-time and evenings are filled with kid stuff and next-day prep, it's SO hard to find time but I really hope to figure out how to squeeze it in.  I just need to commit to going right after work twice a week, even though that means I won't get home until 7 or so, and then once on the weekend.  Yeah, I didn't do this.  It's on my list again for 2017.
  • Drastically reduce my sugar intake.  I eat fairly healthy for most meals but I just eat way too much chocolate and candy.  And I want to start making my own salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, etc. (with what time I have NO idea...) because all the store-bought stuff has tons of added sugar.  I didn't do this either.  I mean, I had periods of very healthy eating with less sugar, but no where near what I was hoping for.  And I sure never made any homemade spaghetti sauce.
  • Improve home organization.  I created this little command center but that's about it.

  • Have more date nights.  Now that I'm working full-time and we can afford to a) go out and b) get a babysitter.  We maybe had a few more, not nearly enough, though.
  • Go to more movies.  Nope.
  • Get more massages.  Again, now that I can afford it.  I did this!  I think I got 3!
  • Take more pictures.  I swear I take less and less every year.
  • Blog more.  I maybe managed this.  I know I was going like gangbusters at the beginning of the year but dropped off, especially in the fall when school started.
All in all, a pretty poor performance.

Other things I wanted to do this year:
  • Go to one of those painting places.  I think that would be a really fun girls' night.  I went for a work function, but still want to go for either a girl's or date night.
  • Move the girls into separate bedrooms.  Kayley always stays up way later than Olivia reading or just not able to sleep so I think it would be good to separate them.  As of today they want separate rooms anyway but every time I ask I get a different answer.  If they do end up staying in the same room we are going to get bunk beds.  The only reason we don't have them already is because we got their current beds for free from a friend of Paul's parents.  We did this!
  • Paint the living and dining rooms.  Not yet.  And now because of all the money we're spending on Kayley's teeth, it will be awhile.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Eve Eve

So much for blogging every day, or even almost every day, for the rest of December.  Actually, I have blogged most days I just haven't finished any of my posts!

Anyway, Paul has been off this whole week doing all kinds of fun things with the girls.  His sister is in town from Colorado (staying at their parents'place) so they went down there on Tuesday and stayed the night.  I was so excited to have the house to myself for a night so I could hopefully work on one of my projects that I never have time for, but I ended up spending the whole evening wrapping gifts and doing other pre-Christmas stuff.  Sigh.  Today they went skiing so I once again had some alone time this evening but I had to make a dessert and stuffing for Sunday, wrap a few more gifts, iron napkins and placemats, and work on getting the house in order.  I can't do any of it tomorrow because we will be gone all day.  It is our year to spend Christmas with my side, and they do Christmas Eve every other year on the years we are there so we will be heading up to MV for the day.  The festivities don't start until 5:00 but the Seahawks play at 1:25 so we want to get up there early enough to catch that and we have to squeeze in a visit with my mom while we're up there.
On Christmas Day Paul's parents and sister will come to our house, thus the need to make stuffing and a dessert ahead tonight as that is the only chance I will have.  They still come to our place on the years that are technically my side because of course they want to see the girls on Christmas, which is fine.  But I'm thinking that next time I'm not making a whole big meal, we can just have apps and dessert and maybe leftovers from the night before.

So it's been busy and I'm kind of ready for it to be over, but I'm very excited to use our new dining table!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Concerts

On Saturday our church had a free concert featuring former season 11 American Idol contestants Jessica Sanchez and Jeremy Rosado.  Since Paul and I were fans of the show and remembered Jessica (didn't remember Jeremy at first but did later) we thought it would be a fun family outing so we went.  They both were awesome and did a beautiful duet at the end.

On Sunday, Paul's mom's singing group had a performance and the girls got to be in it.  They wore pajamas and pretended to be listening their grandma reading T'was the Night Before Christmas.  They had a real dog on stage, too, which the girls LOVED!



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Every Day for the Rest of December

I've been horrible about blogging lately.  Ever since school started.  But I've decided just for fun to try and blog every day for the rest of December.  I got the idea on the 2nd, started a post but didn't finish it, then a day or two later I had a vague memory of doing something similar last year so I checked and sure enough, I did.  Or rather, I meant to but didn't really keep up with it.  So anyway, I'm going to try again this year.  It could be anything.  A "normal" post or just something small and random.

So here is my randomness for today to get caught up:

I am probably about 80% done with my Christmas shopping which is an absolute miracle.  And, I even have a few things wrapped!  This sounded so much better a week ago, though, when it was only the 2nd/3rd.  I haven't made any progress since then.  I hope to wrap it up this weekend but probably won't happen.

We had our first snowfall last Sunday and Monday and again yesterday.  We decided last night would be the perfect night to do our annual drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights since it's extra pretty with snow on the ground (I feel bad for people who live in places like Florida or Arizona that never (or very rarely) get snow.  I just can't image 80 degrees at Christmastime).  The girls put their pajamas on (well, Kayley mostly just sleeps in T-shirts and leggings anymore--don't ask me why--so she wore that), gathered some stuffed animals and blankets and off we went.

A few months ago Olivia decided she wanted a new bed after all, so we got this cool loft bed.

Then, we finally got desks for both girls.  Now we just need some finishing touches like curtains, shelves and wall art and their rooms will finally be done.