Saturday, January 3, 2015

Birthday Resolutions

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The New Year always brings changes. And with it, a desire for a fresh start. I've felt that really strongly this year. Especially, I think, because I just turned 30 a couple weeks ago.

My resolutions, they're more like birthday resolutions. Because it was shortly after I turned 30 that I started to put them into practice.

If I had to list out my resolutions nicely, I'd say that they were: to be more grateful and to be more thoughtful.

But, in my head, I have a long list:
  • be a better housekeeper
  • wake up earlier
  • go to bed earlier
  • read through the bible
  • spend my time wisely
  • spend money wisely too
  • be a more supportive and respectful wife
  • find my emotional validity
  • be a more balanced mommy
  • spend less time on my phone
  • remember to have (yummy) dinners ready for the family to eat together
  • connect with my friends
  • blog more
  • not feel guilty when I don't blog on special days
  • document our lives
  • run a 5K (or several 5Ks)
  • etc etc etc

Well, so, that's all a little overwhelming.

I've started utilizing the Peaceful Mom's weekly planning method. Every Sunday night, in my journal, I write out some goals for five categories: personal, people, passion, purpose, and projects. You can read more on her blog, but it really helps me think about my week in the bigger picture. I think that will be much more helpful, in the long run, that year-long resolutions.

I've also decided to try (again) keeping a planner. For a technology addict, I sure love putting pen to paper. I got one from the Sugar Paper for Target line of super cute agendas. I started using it on the 29th of December (the first day in the planner) and I'm a fan so far. I'm hoping this will help me with quite a few items on my list.


I made up this graphic on New Year's Day. It's good quote to remember. Do you sometimes feel like giving up on your goals (say, one like, be a better housekeeper) because you've made too many mistakes? I do! And hopefully, I'll put this quote in a place where it can remind me that tomorrow is a new day. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 14 of 2014
















Yep, this guest post had more than twice the hits that Jojo's birth story had! And for a good reason. Emily is an excellent storyteller. So click that link and then click through to her blog. Especially if you're a mom. If you're pregnant, go through the archives to the beginning of the blog. It's definitely something you'll be able to relate to! :)

I really enjoyed making this list because it was fun to look through the archives. It made my heart ache for my itty bitty baby Jojo, though! It has been a year full of blessings! And today he is one year old. Oh my goodness. My heart is so full!

Well, happy new year's eve! I hope 2014 has been good to you all and that 2015 will be even better!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Authentic

So, I'm doing this breakout session on Clickin Moms called "The Art of Authenticity." It's about capturing "authentic, honest moments." This resonated with me because I'm trying to get better about documenting our life and I want these photos to be REAL.

Tie that in with the fact that I want more photos of me with Joseph (more than just iPhone selfies!) and I have found myself inspired to take self portraits. 

So, one morning were listening to Christmas music and a song came on--I don't remember which one--but I just had to dance around. Joseph actually likes it when we dance around. He snuggles and makes happy noises. It was mid-song when I thought, "Hey! This is the kind of photo I would love to have of me and my mom! I'm making this happen!" I grabbed my camera, put it on the bar and angled it using the lens cap. Set the timer and, there you have it. :)

After this, it was nearing nap time and we always always read books before bed. Another self portrait opportunity. 

These photos are not perfect. They're not posed or lit particularly well, but they are memories. And I'm so glad I have these two photos.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

early morning reading

Joseph loves to pull all the books off his shelf. The really cute thing about it, though, is he likes to sit among the books and find ones to flip through. Brown Bear has always been a particular favorite.





Monday, December 1, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!





For the past few years, I've been putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. This year, I decided to dedicate November to doing 30 days of thankfulness and so, Christmas was saved for December. As today is December 1st, we pulled all the decorations out of the attic.

We pushed some furniture aside to put the tree in front of the front window. I think a window is the perfect place to put a tree, don't you? It makes the front of the house look so happy!

Joseph was happy to explore all the boxes and various plastic ornaments. He went down for his nap before the Christmas tree was done. When he woke up, I sat him down in front of the tree. He didn't know quite what to think of it! He reached out to touch a branch a few times, and then quickly drew his hand back. It didn't take him too long to warm up to the tree though!

I love having the Christmas tree up! It put me in such a great mood today and I'm really looking forward to Jojo's first Christmas. :)

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