Sunday, January 24, 2010

20 Months (Oops!)

Oops! I never posted these. Figured I better, since Mara will be 21 months old later this week...

Here she is on December 29th! Notice that she really wanted nothing to do with posing for her picture this month. Oh well, she's an active kid, I can't really expect her to sit still and smile for me so much anymore I guess...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

2010 Goals

I mentioned setting some goals for the year earlier this month, but here is a list...hopefully by posting some of these, I'll hold myself a little more accountable! It will be a busy year for us, but I'm hopeful that I can keep up with most of these, and that it will keep our household running more smoothly....

--meal plan: I would like to plan out the week's meals at the beginning of the week. This will include shopping for those meals, and doing any prep-work that I can do ahead of time so that I'm not struggling after work to make dinner when everyone is already hungry. I'm hoping to make dinner at least 4 nights a week. The other nights will be leftovers or something on the fly, but I would like to have at least 4 meals planned out each week. It might not be a fancy meal (most likely not!) every time, but at least it will be a meal that we can all sit down and eat!

--become a better shopper: I would like to get better at shopping sales and at using coupons. This is mostly for grocery shopping, as I feel like I'm a pretty smart shopper for other things. I'd like to set a day of the week for groceries, and will plan meals based on things that are on sale or coupons that I have. I would love to spend less money on groceries, and really USE the items that we buy too!

--do the dishes: This maybe sounds silly, but we have a bad habit of letting the dishes pile up at our house. My goal is to tackle the dishes right away, every night, so it's not such a big job after letting them build up for several days.

--get organized: I'm always trying to figure out new ways to keep things organized. I need to organize our files better, figure out a good system for incoming mail and bills, organize my photos, etc. I always feel better when things are organized, so I hope to find a system that works, and stick with it!

--keep the house clean: I'd like to come up with a schedule/routine for keeping the house clean. Maybe certain rooms or chores are done on certain days, or one day is devoted to cleaning...I'm not exactly sure yet. Might take some trial and error to see what works best for us to keep things maintained. It's hard keeping the house clean with a busy kid running around, and I know it will only get worse with two. I don't expect to live in a perfectly clean house all the time, but everyone feels better when things are cleaned up, so we need to find a routine that works for us!

--scrapbooking/other crafts: I really enjoy doing crafty stuff and scrapbooking, but rarely take time for it lately. I'd like to devote some time each week to working on some sort of project. I have tons of photos to scrap for Mara's book, and I want to get started on a stocking for the new baby, as well as one for myself. Once the baby is born, I'll need to start a scrapbook for him/her too! So, plenty of projects, just need to set aside some time each week to work on it! I may have to set a more specific goal on this one, or I'm not sure it will happen, but I'll see how things go.

--date nights: Even if we can't actually get out of the house to do something, it would be nice to set up a 'date night' with Jay a couple times a month. Maybe just a nice dinner and movie at home, or playing a game or something that we do after Mara (and baby) are in bed. If we can get out of the house to do something, that would just be an added bonus!

After the baby is born, I'm sure I'll have some goals to try to get back into shape, but I'll wait until then to figure that out. For now, I think I have enough to focus on. I don't think any of these goals are difficult, it will just take some time to get into routines and form some new habits. In the end, sticking with it will benefit all of us, so I'm going to really give it a good try! Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sledding with Grandma and Grandpa

Mara and I went to my parents house this morning to play. It's finally a little nicer out (meaning, it's above zero!) so we wanted to take her out to play in the snow. I like to get her out of the house to do things while Jay's working or she tends to get bored!

The pictures make it look like Mara's having fun, but the sad truth was that she wasn't thrilled with the sledding (or the snow)! Poor kid! I was hoping she would enjoy it! The first time Grandpa pulled her and Grandma in the sled, she closed her eyes the whole time. The second time, she yelled and cried. Oops! Oh well...maybe next year?

She did enjoy playing inside with Grandpa and Grandma and their toys though! We stayed for lunch and past her normal naptime, so I wasn't sure if she would nap when we got home. She surprised me by falling asleep almost as soon as we got in the car to go home, and slept for 2+ hours once I got her into her home and in her crib! Must have been tired out from all that fresh air!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

This is the face...

...of a child that is up to no good.

But how you can resist it???

Mara was sick earlier this week, but she is back to her normal self now. It was just a quick 24 hour bug luckily.

Jay started back to school this week -- he's had clinicals all week and I think he's ready to be able to sleep in a little later than 5:20 tomorrow! (He has his only actual 'class' on Fridays, and he doesn't have to be there until 8).

It's Mara's first week of 5 days at daycare (although she missed a day and a half because she was sick). It will be odd bringing her tomorrow...I am used to being on my own on Friday mornings! I'm sure she will have fun though, she seems to enjoy her time at daycare!

That's my quick update for now!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy New Year!

Here we are, already a week into January! Where does the time go? We had a quiet New Year here...Jay and I managed to stay awake to see the ball drop on TV. Did I mention it was at 11pm though? We watched it drop on the East Coast and then went to sleep. That counts for something though, right?

After having some time off of work, I went back this week. I miss the free time, but it's nice to get back into a routine again. Jay goes back to school next week (well, it's mostly clinicals, not much classroom time), and Mara will start going to daycare five days a week instead of four days, which she's been doing since she started.

Since it's a new year, and a year of many changes for us, I'm trying to focus on some goals and getting myself organized. I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed and nervous thinking about bringing another baby into our family -- I'm hoping by getting some areas of our lives a little better organized, things will run a little smoother! We'll see how that all works out. It sounds great in theory though!

In baby news...I'm already 32 weeks pregnant! The baby is very active now. I have absolutely no clue or gut feeling as to whether the baby is a girl or a boy. I'm excited to find out! I just can't believe how quickly March is approaching!!

Happy New Year...hope the year will be a great one!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas Photos

Mara, checking out the tree and all the presents and stockings...

a lovely shot of a 'happy' child in front of the tree

checking out things in her stocking

a new baby and stroller (she doesn't care about the baby, but loves the stroller!)

we pretty much had to force her to open gifts, she wasn't too interested!

our family photo in our Christmas jammies!