It has been so incredibly long since I last wrote here. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I just cannot believe how quickly it flew by! I just can't believe it just came and went faster than I could blink. I had Kahle home this year and we took full advantage of that by just staying home and enjoying each other's company. Yes, the kids still argued a little, but I am so thankful and blessed that us 4 just stayed home and had a great time. I have so many wonderful family members that I enjoy seeing for the Holidays and any other time we get together, but as I get older, all I really want for Christmas is to spend my time with my kids and enjoying their excitement as they open their gifts. It really warms my heart.
We started a new tradition this year. It's one that I've seen many other people do. We got the kids new pajamas, a movie, throw blankets and snacks for Christmas Eve. I've always let them open one present that night, but this year we turned it into a movie night. They loved it!! On Christmas morning, I made French Toast Souffle, it was a bust. :( The kids ate hardly anything and Tim didn't like the crunchy bread on top. I guess I will still to traditional french toast from now on. Then again, it might have been the anxiousness of present opening that made the kids not want to eat! We opened presents and the kids were of course thrilled with everything! Then at noon, Mom, Alli, Jake and Vada (my neice-dog) came by for more gifts! It was so nice to just have all my favorite people in my house. I am hoping that next year we can plan a little better and do lunch all together. I had made plenty of snacks the night before but a meal would have been great. Regardless, it was still perfect!
Do you all have any exciting plans for New Year's? We are invited to a party at a Co-worker's of Tim's but I don't think we are going to go. It's in another town and we don't want to have to do any driving. We already have a babysitter lined up, so we might just wander around our little town instead. I'm ok with just staying in too.
I'm for sure ready for a new year though. We've had so many bumps in the road this year and I'm ready for a fresh start. No more drama for me!! I never make resolutions, not sure why, but I just don't care to. There are a few things I would like to make as goals though.
1. Save up money!!
We just do so bad with our money. We have enough to cover everything, usually, but I only get paid once a month, so around the middle of the month, it gets a little tight. I would like to save some money for a rainy day. We had our garage door cable snap a few months ago and now have practically replaced everything and it's still not fixed. I think we need some new cables, AGAIN, and we should be good to go. We've already replaced them twice and the motor. When we went to Menards to pick up new cables, wouldn't you know it, they were out of the size we needed. Just my luck!
2. Get healthy!!
Tim and I both need to work on this. We need less junk around the house and more good stuff. I just want to be a good example to my kids. I also need to work out. I tried but I just hate it. Starting at the new year, I'm really going to crack down on myself and try to get some sort of exercise in. Even if I don't do an aggressive workout, just anything is better than nothing! And I know if I start working out more, Tim will do. He really wants to get back in the cage, and he needs to work on his body more.
3. Have more patience.
I use to be pretty easy going but not so much anymore. I get so annoyed at everything it seems and it's just not good for me or anyone in my house. My kids fighting drives me crazy but I don't need to bite their heads off all the time. I also need to spend more 1 on 1 time with them. I'm sure that would cut down on their fighting. Which reminds me....
4. Make more family time together.
We always talk about this and never do it. We need to just do more together. Not just be in the same room but actually interacting together. We all need to put down our electronics and just be a family. We have lots of issues in this house that I know could be fixed if we spent more time together.
5. Get my house into shape.
There is so much I want to do to this house. And by saving money, hopefully we can accomplish some of that. But also, my house needs some organization. The kids' rooms need painted, new carpets and organized. There is so much and it needs done. I'm tired of it.
6. Avoid drama and protect my family.
I do not want my kids to be around negative people and there seems to be a lot around us lately. People I thought were friends have proven they are not, family that I keep hoping will grow up have proven they can't and my kids have to be witness to all this and just end up getting hurt. I've got a pretty thick skin and if you can't provide me with friendship or love, I can do without you. It doesn't hurt my feelings. I don't have a lot of friends, and I'm ok with that. But when it affects my kids, then you really have to be out of the picture.
7. Blog more and take more photos.
Why have a blog if I never post? And I have a new camera, why not use it? Time flies by so fast, and I need to document every second before the kids are out of the house.
I suppose those could be considered resolutions but I really prefer the word goal! It just sounds more attainable and less easily broken.
That's all I got for now. Hopefully I will be back soon! Everyone have a good New Year's!!!