Wednesday, January 11, 2012

  1. Pinterest is addicting.  It also makes me think that I am crafty and we all know that I am a wannabedomesticwoman because let's face it, I'm not that good in the crafts department.
  2. Speaking of Pinterest, I've pinned quite a few crafts I want to attempt to make for Valentine's Day.  
  3. To celebrate Valentine's Day, I want to make a yummy dinner for my three boys with this for dessert: 
  4. I didn't know I would ever enjoy cooking as much as I do.  I'm not the best cook (yet), nor am I the healthiest cook (I try), but I want to make sure my sweet family has something good to eat every night.
  5. I am in the mood to organize.  I'd really excel in an organization business.  I think. 
  6. Lofty goals are kind of my forte.  I've realized that for me, it's better to not make super specific goals like "work out 4 times each week" because that makes me feel too much pressure.  Yes, I know the "experts" tell you to make specific goals, but for me, mentally noting to exercise is good enough.
  7. I've been pleased with myself on the running front lately.  I'd like to log 500 miles this year.  (And I can thank KT for helping me be realistic on this one!)  I've run 4 miles or more 3 times in the last week.  I'm proud of myself.
  8. When it rains, it pours.  My poor aunt has been sick for over a month now.  Today, my other aunt had to have the same exact procedure first aunt had.  Luckily, she's healthy.
  9. This year, I'm attempting to read through the Bible.  So far, I'm on track.  I feel like my eyes glaze over all the lineage information.  I know it's important, but I can't pronounce half of the names and I'm not doing very well keeping everyone straight.
  10. I really like that KT and I read a devotion together and say a prayer at night.  It's great to know that the person you love prays for you and your relationship/future, but it's even greater to hear it.
  11. Prayers with the boys are so special.  I know I've mentioned that before, but it's just so precious to hear them pray and thank God for their blessings.  I hope we will always be good models for them on prayer.
  12. Last note on prayer.  I saw a neat idea on another blog: You take popsicle sticks and write down the names of friends/family/whatever else you want, and each day, pick one out of a bucket and pray for that.  I think it's a great idea.  I have specific things I pray everyday for KT, the boys, family, friends, work and all, but sometimes I don't feel like I have them time to include everything.
  13. Speaking of time, our society really isn't conducive to being healthy or having a great home life.  KT and I have talked about this several times recently and I think it's so true.  We all typically work 8:30-5 (if you're like me) which only leaves a couple of hours each night to spend with your family, exercise, do normal household things, and get ready for the next day.  I've found that the easiest thing for me to do is to try to plan ahead.  Last week, I planned a menu and it really helped.  I didn't feel rushed at night and it eliminated all of the "what should we have for supper tonight" decisions that we're not exactly the best at making.  :) I want to continue to do better at this.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

A lazy weekend

I'm usually not too good at being lazy, but this weekend was different.  I was "lazy" and relaxed all day.  It was nice.  We're usually on the go and have things we want to get done (which I absolutely love because if there's anything I dislike more than being lazy, it's being bored) so having a day with nothing planned was different, but fun.  

We spent most of the day Saturday lounging around inside and out playing with the boys. I think they enjoyed it, too.  We built Lincoln Log houses, tracks for our trains, played in the sandbox, and walked in the woods.  After a full day of fun, we went to eat Mexican and finished the night watching Cars.  I finally know what the cars are all about!  It was such a cute movie!  

Yesterday, we took a ride in the Gator to the "river."  KT caught some crawfish for the boys.  They love them!  Growing up with a sister and girl cousins, I haven't had much experience with bugs.  Sure, I loved to play outside and my cousin and I fished in the ditch for leaves, but you wouldn't ever find me catching anything other than butterflies and the occasional mini frog (that's what we dubbed the small tree frogs we'd find at my grandma's house).  Fast forward to the present and I not only touch bugs, but actually caught a lizard. Yes, I am the same person who has always been terrified of those slick little green things, but there's something that changes when you have two big blue and two big brown eyes looking up at you with smiles on their faces asking you to "catch that lizard!"  

Life is good even if it's buggier than I imagined!  :)  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Welcomed Year

It's the first day of 2012 and I am filled with HOPE! 2011 was a year in which I learned many things, chiefly that God is with me in good and bad and that He leads us where we are to be in His timing. When I think back on the past year, I see how far I've come. What started off as a rough year ended beautifully. I learned to be still and to listen.

The biggest blessing of 2011 came in the form of KT and two adorable boys. I think I was made just like I was just for this. And by "this" I mean life with my KT, K.C., and Kaden. I am so blessed and can't imagine life being any sweeter!

In this year, I want to be better. I want to keep up the newfound freedom in doing things because I want to and not because I feel obligated. I want to be more like Jesus. God has blessed me immeasurably. I am HOPEFUL for His blessings on my family this year. I've learned the importance of not taking people and things for granted. I want to show KT, the boys, and our families just how thankful I am for them everyday. My biggest prayer for this year is that I will be more like Him and share His love with those I love in the way I act, the things I say, and the things I do. I want my family to radiate God's love.

I feel so much excitement for the year ahead!

Jeremiah 29:11