Saturday, December 31, 2011

My 2011 New Years Resolutions: A look Back

I have never been one to be huge on resolutions. but I like to think of them more as goals.  As I was getting ready for the new year I got to thinking about a post that I did last year on my goals for the New Year. I wanted to take a minute to reflect on these goals to see where I have come from then to now!  So here goes.  The Red is the goal from this year, just so you know where I am going with this post:)

This post is probably totally boring to you, but since this is my blog and my diary I want to do this for myself.  So if you make it through it leave me a comment and tell me what you think and if not Happy New Year and I hope you feel good about your 2011 goals if you made them:)

These goals are written in this post!

First I would like to get Kendall back on a normal sleeping schedule. She has (KNOCK ON WOOD) slept for at least 12 hours the past three nights, which has been amazing!! I would like to get her in bed by 8:30 during the week so that I can get some things done at night while she is asleep which leads me to my next goal,
I have to say that this goal was quite easy to achieve.  Kendall is such an easy sleeper. I literally lay her down in her bed for nap or at night and she goes right to sleep without any problems!  Now don't get me wrong we have our occasional bad nights, but our bad nights don't compare to some of the stories that I have heard.  I have to say that when Kendall was young I spent a few days getting her to go to sleep on her own.  Those few days were the best thing for us.  We don't fight sleep time and I think that is so important because I know how stressful bedtime is for some moms. I sure do hope that we have this same luck with our next child, because I sure do love my sleep!

Reorganize and restructure myself. Having a baby takes every organizational skill you have and throws it in the garbage! Or at least it did for me:) I need to start making my lists at home and work again, keeping bills and other important papers organized in our office at home, keep myself organized at work which has been extremely hard this year, and just organize a few other things in my life!! This goal could be a post in itself because there are so many strings attached to it that I could go on and on about places and things I want organized, so I will just tell you as it happens!
This is a hard goal to say I have completely accomplished. I have to say that where I am now doesn't even compare to where I was this time last year. I think one of the hardest parts of being a mom is the first year.  They need you the entire time they are awake.  Don't get me wrong Kendall still needs me 99% of the time that she is awake, but now she plays on her own at times, watches Mickey, or even helps me do laundry and other small tasks around the house.  Sure the tasks take me a little longer, but we get them done and that's what matters.

As silly as this may sound but the remodel of my kitchen was a huge time saver for me. You have no idea how long I spent in the kitchen cleaning and doing dishes especially since we had bottles and other baby items as well.  (If you don't have a dishwasher you totally know where I am coming from!)  Now I load the dish washer  start it and walk away.  Unloading the dish washer literally takes me five minutes!  This freed up time for me to get other parts of our house cleaned!

Another thing that has made this goal easier to achieve is Kendall now eats whatever we eat.  When I was having to make sure bottles were cleaned, nurse her, feed her baby food, or schedule things around her feeding times it was hard.  I am not going to sugar coat it, nursing was one of the hardest things I have ever made the decision to do.

 Not only did it affect what I did at home, but it also affected my job. I spent my break in a closet pumping and another time during the day had to be spent pumping. Therefore, I was always behind at work.

My first full year of teaching and being a mom was extremely difficult and I wanted to throw the towel in multiple times. At the end of last school year I started purging a lot in my classroom.  This was so helpful at the beginning of this school year. I had a place for everything and everything was in it's place.

I also made my students responsible for making sure things were in their place and no longer leave it to myself to get those things done at the end of the school day.

Another thing that has changed for me about school is I ask Chris to get Kendall from the sitters when I need to get something done at work.  Last year I tried to do this myself, and it wasn't always the best idea because then I was behind the next day.

 I could go on and on about things that have changed at work for me this year, but I have to say that I am in such a better place this year in my classroom than last year and that makes all the difference in my life!

So have I improved things in my life to help me get reorganized and structured? Yes! Could I do more in 2012 to make it better? Absolutely:)

Lastly, I would like to get back to my pre baby weight before Kendall turns one! I think I can do it. I have three months to lose 15 pounds and there are NO excuses now. I am starting weight watchers tomorrow and I am going to start working out as often as possible! I am holding myself to it because I am tired of complaining to people about the way that I look and feel when I am the one that can control it! We will see how it goes:) I will keep you updated! I am going to try to take monthly pictures and maybe when I start seeing the difference I will post them on here haha!
I am very proud to say that I have totally achieved this goal! I did it, maybe not by Kendall's birthday, but before 2012 and so far I have kept most of it off:)  The key for getting this weight off of me was exercising!  Unfortunately I haven't been doing that as well as I was this summer, but don't worry I see that it is a 2012 goal of mine and I will achieve that!  I loved how it made me feel after I was working out and I love that I no longer dread getting in my closet to find something to wear and I refuse to let that change in 2012!!

I am very proud of where I have come since last year and I am so excited for a new year and all the great things that will happen to my family in this year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas 2011

We had a very, very busy Christmas Eve and Day!  We started Christmas Eve off hanging out at home, but quickly moved into our yearly routine.  We went to see Chris' mom around 4:00 because Christmas Eve is also her birthday. We were suppose to go to church at 5, but someone not my husband forgot that we weren't going to late mass and wasn't ready on time!  So, we headed to my mom and dad's for Christmas Eve dinner.  This year my grandparents who live in Florida were in town which was nice for Kendall!  

Kendall had a ball opening all of her presents at mom and dad's.  She got WAY too much, but mom and dad bought her gifts that will stay at their house for her to play with.  They got her all the Little People things including the house and the zoo so that she can play over there!  

Uncle Joe got her Elmo dance or whatever and she loves it!  We did bring that home and she dances away to it too funny!

Uncle Mike and Aunt Kristin got Kendall a Minnie and a Cupcake stuffed animal thingy that turns into a little girl.  It is so cute and we also brought all that home!!

After having dinner and opening up presents we headed home to get ready for church. I knew, mama's instinct that Kendall wasn't going to cooperate during mass.  Who was right?  I was and I missed all of mass.  I couldn't sit in the cry room because there were people in there watching mass and didn't' want to disrupt them so therefore I wondered around our church's school while Kendall whined.  Oh well we learned our lesson and someone, Chris, will be ready for mass at 5 next year:)
 Christmas Morning we woke up and brought Kendall down to see what Santa brought her. She got a big train table and she is loving it!  She played with it for a little while and her other gifts, dolls, strollers, puzzles, and other little things for a while.  Then we headed to my grandmas.

We opened presents at my grandmas and then headed to my great grandmas.  This year was bittersweet because my great grandma isn't doing all that well so we won't be having Christmas at her condo anymore. We probably shouldn't have this year, but my grandma wanted one more year which I can understand!

After leaving my Great Grandmas we headed to Chris's moms.  We did Christmas with his mom's family.  Her dad isn't doing to well and her mom is in the nursing home so it was a bit sad.  Teresa and I took her mom back to the nursing home and then came back to do presents with Kathleen, Kendall, Chris, Teresa, and myself!  Kendall was spoiled rotten there with all kinds of things for her bitty baby!

It was after midnight when we got home so we were all of sorts with Kendall's sleeping times!  But, we had a great two days!
 The day after Christmas Kendall loved playing with all of her new toys especially her train table!
 We did Christmas with Tripp this week because he was sick last week.  They had fun playing with all of their new gifts including a basketball goal, a tag junior, and other goodies!
 I have been working LIKE crazy on my Project Life and Decemeber Daily! I am so proud to say that I am completely finished with Project Life 2011 except the few pictures I sent to print out tonight!  I am extremely proud of how hard I worked on this project and how well it turned out! I will share a few pages of it with you this week and my process for next year!
I am almost finished with my December Daily as well.  Just sent the rest of those pictures to be printed as well and will share that with you as well!!

I am will be back soon with all of my great projects that I have worked on over my break!! Get Excited for 2012!!!

It's late and I didn't proofread this post so there are probably thousands of mistakes I am so sorry!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Renewed Scrapbooking Room! Simplifying My Scrap Stash

It seems that reorganizing my scrapbook/craft room has become a December tradition. You can see some of the processes and changes I made in this room here. Well, after this year I hope it is no longer a tradition and it is one that just stays!!  I am extremely happy with the before/after results of this project.   

I must say that I owe a lot of thanks to Becky Higgins for creating Project Life.  I know that ya'll have heard me mention a special little thing called Project Life.  It has changed not only how I memory keep for my family, but it has changed the way I think of things in my life.  One of the biggest changes that Project life has given me is an urge to simplify so many things in my life.

 I have been reorganizing and purging our house for over a year and we have gotten rid of so many unnecessary things in our house.  You may think how in the world did a thing called Project Life give me this urge.  Well, let me tell ya!

In my opinion, the focus of project life is just that: simple! Of course I can't explain it like Becky does, but when I think of Project Life I think of taking pictures and recording/documenting what they mean to our family today.  That's simple don't you think?  Yes, it is and of course everyones process is extremely different, and my process will be a little different next year as well.  But, no matter how I change my process each year it's still simple: take pictures and document/record our everyday simple life:)

So, all of that being said, I knew that there were lots and lots of scrappy things NOT being used in this room, and it was a stash that I no longer needed or wanted.  I knew what I needed to do and that was get rid of it and give it to someone that could use it!

I have been a scrapbooker since I was 10 years old!  That's 17 years of a stash that I have built and built and built!  I can't even begin to tell you the amount of stickers, paper, embellishments, stamps, albums, and ribbon I had in this room!  So, here is my process:
I am so embarrassed that I am even sharing this with you but hey we are friends right!?  So this is where it all began. I was getting more and more frustrated with the fact that I just couldn't cut something out quickly with my Cricut or just do a simple and quick craft on the nice table that Chris had made for me a few years ago!
So, this is what I started doing:  I made three piles, a school, donate, and Kendall pile!  Do you see those four plastic folders?  They were completely full, almost couldn't be shut full, of stickers!  I got rid of all, but a few stickers.  That little stack was as big as Kendall's stack got and it was just a few stickers that I knew she would enjoy playing with:)
I am a bit obsessed with containers! I think that's OK, but they all didn't have a purpose in here.  So, a few went back with our Christmas decorations so I will remember to use them next year, a few were donated, and a few will go to school!  That simple:)
And the ribbon! Oh the ribbon!  When I found out I was having a girl I went a little crazy on ribbon! I love making Kendall hair bows, but the problem is she only needs one or two bows of the same ribbon and then I would have lots left. It started to just become a mess. I got the ribbon organizer for Christmas last year and it wasn't enough to hold all of my ribbons. I decided that it needed to be enough, so I used the red bucket to place all the ribbon that was no longer of use for me.  I will take it to school for the girls that have baby girls and can use it to make them hair bows!
And the end!  AHHH I love it.  I just walk in here to see how nice it is!  I am thrilled with how easy it was for me to simplify this room!  And I know it's boring and there is nothing interesting about this space in my house, but I love it and it makes me happy and it makes my husband happy and when we are happy Kendall is happy!

And do you see my new Project Life binder and core kit up there!  Yes, it has it's own spot and in case you were wondering I went with Clementine this year and I can't wait to begin using it for the New Year!  And I can't wait to share with you all of my new ideas for my Project Life 2012
And here is all of the donations I will be making.  There is a container under that big bag and it might not look like it, but there are lots and lots of goodies here to give away:)

My kids at school will have fun with all of their new goodies for the writing center!

My sister in law works in the NICU at Kosair so I gave her all the stickers and scrappy things to take to the NICU to be used when they are decorating for different seasons!  I hope they can put them to good use!

And for me?  I think I have to say my word for 2012 will be SIMPLIFY what do you think? You like it?

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Let's Talk Hair: My Hair

So, I am sure this post will be SO interesting to all of you, but I was getting ready yesterday morning before my hair appointment and thought I am going to take some before and after pictures of my hair and it turned quite hilarious quite fast:)

I have very coarse, dry, frizzy hair and I also have the BEST hair dresser.  If it weren't for her I probably wouldn't have much hair left:)  

Anyways yesterday I went in to get a Keratin treatment.  This is the second time that she has done this to my hair.  I love getting it done because it smooths my hair out, but I hate the process.  For three days I can't put my hair in a pony, tuck it behind my ears, or wash it. Now the washing part doesn't bother me because I don't have to wash my hair often.  Like I said it's coarse, dry, and frizzy.   I just put a little baby powder on my roots and tada! 
 So, here are the funny before pictures I took yesterday morning. I couldn't figure out how in the world to take these pictures.  My roots were looking a bit yucky.  It's harder to keep them hidden in the winter time than summer.
 This was before I was walking out the door just wanted to share my cute scarf!
 Kendall insisted on brushing her teeth while I was taking these pictures!!  You can totally see my roots in this picture.  WOW they are bad!
 And one more bad root picture!!
 And here is the last and the last day for three days that I can tuck behind my ears:(
 And here is the after.  I almost didn't share these because my bangs look SO funky, but I decided heck with it ! Not to mention I have no makeup on and my eyebrows are a little red!  Haha the real me you see! I can't spray them down so they are wild. We are trying to train my hair to this side and when I can't spray it's extremely hard.
 Roots look much better!!  My hair looks a little oily haha and I am not use to that!  It feels so heavy right now with that stuff in it and I can't wait to wash it and have nice new hair!  I have enough hair that you and I and another friend could share my hair. Real Life: I lose a head of hair after every shower and after having Kendall I never knew I could lose that much hair!
 And the back look how smooth!!  I'll post a picture Friday of the real after once I can wash it and style it the way that I would like!

Hope everyone is enjoying their week before Christmas.  I have a few more things to get and then I am FINISHED!! One year I will be finished with shopping before my Christmas Break.  Yeah right who am I kidding:)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kendall's First Cards Game

A few weeks ago we took Kendall to her first Louisville Basketball game.  We took her to the UL vs. Bellarmine game!  She did alright but we didn't make too far into the game:)
Sitting with daddy watching the game!  She was interested in everything going on around us and I mean everything:)   Which was why we couldn't stay very long!  And here is the other reason:

Our new stadium is very nice, but our seats aren't the greatest and the bad thing about the stadium is the seats go up instead of back so we literally look at their heads and to be quite honest I was extremely nervous having Kendall up that high as busy as she is.  It was also nerve racking walking up and down with her.

We made it to half time, but then quickly decided that it was time to go!  So, we headed on home!
Can't say that this big girl didn't enjoy her short experience in the YUM Center!  Maybe in a few years her and Daddy can go enjoy the games together:)  But, until then I think she will enjoy her time with Mamaw and Papaw while mommy and daddy go to the games:)
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Snowman Poop and "cute" Plates

Nice title for a post huh?  Haha!  Around our house Snowman Poop is a must this time of year.  We make it several times and it makes so much!  I have already made three batches of it this season! I know it's terrible we can't keep our hands out of it.  I have to say that the first batch we split with Jen and the second batch we took to a party and used for presents, and todays batch is ALL ours:)

I have been making this for as long as I can remember.  Most people call it muddy buddies, but we like to call it snowman poop around here!  

Trust me this is the easiest thing you can make, and you can't mess it up I promise!
 All you need:  Chex mix (I like plain Jen uses chocolate!), 1 cup of semisweet chocolate morsels, powder sugar, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, a teaspoon of vanilla,
 and I almost forgot the butter!  Again everyone makes this different and I know a lot of people don't add the butter, but we like butter around here so I add it!
 First, you pour 9 cups of Chex mix into a bowl and then set it aside.  Easy as can be:)
 Next, you measure out a cup of the chocolate morsels;
 and a 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and your 1/4 of a cup of butter.
 Then, you will mix all of this together and microwave for 1 minute.  Once you microwave it for 1 minute, mix it, then put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.  Continue this until it is smooth and easy to stir.
 Lastly, add in a teaspoon of vanilla.  Again another ingredient that I know many people leave out. I am telling you if you google muddy buddies or maybe even snowman poop you will find so many different varieties for how people make this.  I think it all pretty much tastes the same, but that is my opinion

OK moving along....
 Add your mixture to the cereal.  I add a little mix, add a little more, and mix until it's all been added.
 And all of it is pretty well mixed.  I think I could have used a little more chocolate in this batch, but it still works the same!
 Here comes the fun and oh so messy part:)  Pour your mixture into a garbage bag.  A clean one of course!
 Then pour your powder sugar over top of your cereal.  This is the ONLY ingredient I don't measure out. I just pour what I think will be enough.  We LOVE powder sugar around here so you can never use too much!
 Once you have it all in there mix the bag up really good.  Shake it and get all of the cereal covered with powder sugar!
 And as Kendall would say TaDa!! You have your very own Snowman Poop
 Or Muddy Buddies whatever you prefer to call it!
 And real life here:  The recipe is totally on the back of the Chex Cereal Box.  Not even gonna tell you that I made this recipe up because I used the exact same one that is on the back of this box!  Easy as pie:)
 I found these last night and completely forgot that we had them. I was thinking I wish I had a few cute (as Kendall would call them) Christmas plates.  Then I got to thinking and I was like shoot I do have a few cute Christmas plates but where in the world are they.
Luckily for me my memory was working last night and I remembered where they were and I was able to get them out all by myself! That's the best part.  And aren't they cute?

Hope ya'll have a wonderful Monday!  I am relaxing tonight and this week because I am now on Winter Vacation and loving every minute of it:)

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Home Christmas Tour 2011

I am a little late getting this post up, but that's alright better late than never!  Yesterday was our last day of school for 16 whole days and I was pretty excited about that!! I am ready for a much needed break!  

Now on to our decor.  I didn't do a whole lot of decorating this year.  Our house probably looks pretty dull compared to the hundreds of other blog posts out there, but I did what I could to keep my sanity and still keep my house some what straightened!  I am sure I left out a few things, and if I find that I will share them in another post:)

 I love that I have moved my baker's rack out into the Great Room.  It gives me another place to decorate for the Holidays! I didn't take a big picture of my baker's rack but this is the top and the bottom!  I love looking at our December Daily album during the Holidays. I have been working on my this year's and I know we will love looking at it next Christmas!  I also LOVE my Willow Tree Nativity!  It's one of my absolute favorite pieces!
 Those glass bowls from my sister in laws wedding have become quite handy!  I love filling them for each holiday!  And this is my Louisville Christmas Platter!
 We are no longer dreaming of going to a bowl game, because we will be there!!  We are going to the Belk Bowl and we can't wait to watch it!
 The wreath on my front door that I still want painted black:)
 On the inside of our front door!
 This is a new decor this year!  I put this on Kendall's door and I thought it was cute. I could definitely do something a little more creative on it, but I just wanted to get it hung!
 I didn't get a picture of the inside of Kendall's room but she has her tree and a pink Santa and Snowman siting on her shelf! I will take a picture one day this week!
 Kendall loves playing with her Little People Nativity set!! She has fun lining the pieces up and putting the Baby on top of the stable!
 Another favorite of Kendall's she loves to dance to this little guy!
 Real life: There is nothing on my candle holders. I haven't found the perfect thing for them just yet. I'll let you know when or if I do!  I haven't found the right place for my cards just yet. so they are hanging out on the mantle for now.
 Totally didn't realize that my stocking was backwards until just now. Mine is slightly different than Chris' it has stripes on it! I love our new stockings.  Mine being backwards is totally fitting because when I ordered them they sent mine wrong. They sent me a stocking with a reindeer on it and we had to send it back. I highly recommend Pottery Barn Kids! They had the best costumer service and were quick to pick up the wrong stocking and send a new one!
 Our upstairs tree. It's decorated with our special ornaments. I love all the ornaments on this tree.  They all have some kinds of meaning to them!
 This is also new. I have become a little obsessed with deco mesh!! It's so fun and cute to work with! i added it to my banister at the top of the stairs,
 as well as the banister going down the stairs!  So stinkin' cute!!
 This is our downstairs tree.  It is covered with jingle buddies. In college I was obsessed with these things and we have all the sets that we could find from Wizard of Oz to The Grinch. This year we even added an Elf on the Shelf jingle buddy!
And a few decorations sitting on the table in our other Great Room.  I love this picture of Kendall from last Christmas.  It makes me oh so sad at the same time, because she was so little last year and she is getting so big!

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