Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Goals YO 2014

I had drafted a Goals blog and listed last years goals and how I did and then listed some more goals for this year. Then I deleted it. I decided that since I didn't really post my goals where I could see them often or really follow up on them on a regular basis I probably wouldn't do that again this year. In my health program, Take Shape for Life, there is a goal setting exercise we do called a Tension Chart. We list our goals and then break it down to the little things we can do to reach those goals. It actually has worked out for me pretty well on the health scheme of things so I am going to apply it to other parts of my life. I love lists but this year I want to just to focus on progressing further into what I am striving to be...HAPPY! I have found that I am happiest when I am progressing towards something, anything large or small. 

These last few weeks I was thinking about Roan, he is turning 2 on Sunday. I reflected on the last two years and how they have flown by which made me reflect on my entire life I have built, we, Lars & I, have built. I shared these feelings with Lars and he said, "We've come a long way in 10 years. Really it's kind of amazing all the stuff we've managed to accomplish and/or been blessed with. We've gone in debt above $10K twice and dug our way out of it both times. We've bought a house. We've gone on a 4 year adventure far away. We've had an amazing little boy added to our family. And uncountable memories were made along the way. It's pretty incredible." It is truly incredible and I know my life is not perfect, but I really am perfectly happy. True there are days I feel completely inadequate at everything I do and feel like I am nothing and then there are days where things are fine and that is all. All in all I am happy and blessed. I just need to see that more often. The Fall of 2013 was really dark for me. I was in a funk and couldn't get over it. But I did get over it. Through it I learned, as I relearn often when faced with adversity, that I am strong and I can be happy if I chose to be. Granted the happy scale will vary by degree I can still be happy. 

SO this year I am going to be happy even when things are crappy.  I am going to remember what I have been through this last year and use it to make my life easier when I am faced with crap so I move forward and not relearn some stuff, if I can help it. To do this I am going to remind myself that I AM AWESOME, A Daughter of God, silly, and beautiful. 

I am going to throw myself into my family more and cut out the distractions that keep me from fulfilling those duties. Less time on Facebook. People can call me if they want to talk to me, which I do enjoy very much.

 I want to throw myself into my faith, deepen, share, and live my testimony. I know I will not reach perfection in this life, but that doesn't mean I can't try to improve. "Be thou humble; and the Lord they God shall led thee by the hand." 

I am going to improve balancing my time and improve cutting myself some slack with my own crazy expectations. 

I am going to learn...how to cook Qunioa, make a slideshow without Smilebox, make freezer meals, and other fun projects from pinterest. I might try and do one each week. 

I am going to continue to stay healthy. I will run two 5Ks and fuel my body with delicious healthy food. 

I will progress this year into a healthy happy person. That is how I have liked me the best so far :) 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Roan Randoms

I have a whole bunch of pics of Roan that have been piling up. Enjoy
Little rebel loves to stand while we drive. 

After bath time he loves to walk around in his towel. 

This little guy is always singing and chanting and putting stuff on his head. 
He will also make a picnic anywhere. 

I love that he loves to spend time with me in the kitchen and cook. He seriously is the best helper. He will help me add ingredients, set the table, and put away the dishes. Plus he remembers where things go. 
I thought it was funny that I put his coat on over his booster chair. 
Lately he has been pulling up his own pants (such a big kid now I KNOW)
Often he will pull them up really high like an old man. So cute. 
I still love to cuddle after bath time and make faces in the mirror. 
He is a good little eater and getting better with utensils. 
 Again faces in the mirror is all the rage. That is what happens when ever room has a mirror closet. 

 This kid cracks me up with all the expressions and squeals that come out of him. 
Oh and he will play in the water for hours if you let him.  

 Again everything can be made into a hat. 
 I still love to take pictures of him sleeping. 
 One night he didn't want to do his bedtime routine. His logic was that if he refused to get his pajamas on, read a book, pray, or turn off the light he wouldn't have to sleep. He only tried that stunt once more before he learned that either way he will go to bed. Oh the mind of a child. It is pretty awesome to see him grow and watch him connect and figure out things as he explores. He is such a helpful and lovable guy. 
I fall in love with him more and more each day. :)

Holiday Shin Digs

I waited to long to blog about what we did over Christmas so I am going to smash it together with New Years. I didn't have to work on Christmas Eve so that meant a fun day with the this awesome little boy. 
We ran a few last minute shopping errands and then went to Arby's for lunch. 

This was the first time I got one of the car carts. Those things are huge, I felt like I was driving a bus and taking up all the space in the aisles, especially when turning. 
After Lars got home from work we thought it would be fun to go out and get ice cream. Nothing was opened except for Chinese restaurants so we ended up back at the grocery store to pick up some. After Roan went to bed Lars and I spent the next hour wrapping gifts. It was so much fun. Then we ate ice cream and watched a movie. We went to bed late but I was too excited to sleep. I couldn't wait to see Roans reactions to all the cool stuff we got him. Plus I couldn't wait to hang out with our families. 

Christmas morning we woke up and Roan was doing the running man in his crib. We took some pictures of him in front of the tree, we lost all these pics because the memory card on our camera died. Thank goodness for camera phones I guess. 
Lars and I decided to get each other silly gifts rather than spending a lot of money on each other. Unplanned we each got each other the same gift...shaving tools.  Great minds think alike. 
Roan got a lot of cool things. His favorite is a set of craftsman kid tools that make noise and light up. 
Lars Mom's family came over for our traditional Christmas breakfast. 
The food was really good and we had so much fun together. 
Roan found the chocolate stash. 

In the afternoon we went over to my parents house for dinner. My parents put on a little program where my Dad played the Ukulele, I took video but am having trouble posting it. We did a cousins gift exchange and the adults played a gift card exchange game. Something that is super fun and becoming a new tradition. 
My two nieces had each other for their gift exchange and they gave each other the exact same gift. 
SO funny. 

We were so pooped after Christmas. But we still had some fun in us for New Years Eve. We had our friends Dave and Andrea over. We made a lot of food and hung out while the kids ran around. 
As usual I wore my special New Years shirt. LOL 
The holidays were so fun. We had a blast eating and spending time with our families. Bring on the new year. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Tour of the House

I cleaned this weekend so here is a video tour of our wonderful newish home that we are so thankful for. 
Pop some popcorn and enjoy the show. It is 10 minutes long. 

Here is a link since blogger sucks as uploading videos lately. 


This is one of my favorite preggo pics.  

When we visited CA I wanted to return to this place to have a follow up pic. 

Things around the pond have changed and we are right there changing with it. :)