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!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 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:)
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!
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
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:
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?
Linking up at Metamorphosis Monday
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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!
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
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:
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:)
Sunday, December 18, 2011
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!
OK moving along....
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:)
Linking up tonight with Met Monday
Saturday, December 17, 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:)
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