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December 2012 archive

An homage to 2012…

Okay, okay… so I know I was pretty dang negative in my last post due to my less-than-happy week. But guess what? It’s a new week and just about the start of a new year! I’m happy to report that I am in a much better place and ready to kick off 2013 on the right foot.

But first, I must pay my respects to 2012. I know I’ve said that it wasn’t my year. After all, 2012 had some HUGE shoes to fill after 2008-2011…

2008 made the love of my life my husband.
2009 made me a mommy.
2010 made me a homeowner.
2011 made me the mommy of two.
and 2012?
I guess 2012 made me just a little bit wiser.

I’d like to pay my respects to 2012 while she’s still here. After all, maybe nothing notably super exciting happened in my life, but it was still a year full of memories and happiness.

My year in pics…

Leila, Jan. 2012. She’s grown up so much this year!
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Not to mention my little Lando…
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The project (Instagram Wall Initial) that brought my blog to Pinterest… 🙂
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Easter 2012
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We ventured into cloth diapering in 2012 & still love it!
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Landon went through helmet therapy this year…
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Our garden was out of control beautiful thanks to my hubby’s hard work!
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We attempted a family self-portrait. Ha!
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I “unplugged” a few times this past summer which felt SO good!
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We enjoyed many family fun outdoor activities in the summer sun…
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My baby girl turned THREE!
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We took a family vacay to Priest Lake
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Enjoyed some fall fair fun
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Family time at the pumpkin patch
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My boy turned ONE!
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Enjoyed a weekend getaway to Seattle
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Made the most of a wonderful winter & happy holiday season!
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Gosh, maybe 2012 wasn’t as pathetic as I thought! Reflecting back has really opened my eyes to how blessed I’ve been. I really couldn’t ask for more. In fact, I’m actually rather proud of myself for how much I did accomplish. Not only did I implement my monthly DIY projects which have gotten my creative juices a-flowing, but I also started exercising regularly (I can cross this off my Dreams To Do list! Yeah!) via The Bar Method, which I love! Two big things that I really wanted to focus on this past year and I DID. So, maybe 2012 wasn’t such a dud after all. 🙂

Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2013 bring us all joy beyond our wildest dreams.

2013 can’t get here fast enough!

To say I’ve had a terrible week would be an understatement. And considering it’s the week of Christmas, I’m sure I am one of few who is complaining. Let me just summarize the last few days for you – this should explain my lack of blogging and motivation…

  • I get the stomach flu on Christmas day, so Christmas for me is pretty much non-existent.
  • I have to go to work the day after Christmas, still feeling like crap.
  • Recovering from sickness, I’ve been going to bed early which is resulting in our house STILL looking like a disaster zone from the 15 people we hosted for Christmas Eve dinner. I’m serious!
  • Last night everything that could go wrong, did… Landon pooped in the bath and tried to eat it, I stubbed my toe, Leila peed a puddle on the living room floor for no reason, the toilet overflowed a TON in our bathroom which then leaked through the floor down onto a basket of freshly cleaned laundry. Oh, and then Andy spilled a glass of water on me in bed. It’s so bad it’s almost humorous. Almost.

Seems a little surreal, huh? No lie, when it rains it pours.

So, instead of my usual happy-end-of-the-year New Years resolutions post, I am just wanting 2013 to hurry up and get here already. Not gonna lie, I was less-than-impressed with 2012. I pretty much failed in the resolutions department and nothing spectacular happened.

Ok, end negativity.

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Yes, I am crazy. Never claimed that I wasn’t! 🙂

2013! My year for change and challenge! I plan on embracing 2013 with open arms and excitement. I love a new year because I really view it as a clean slate – a chance to start over fresh and make things happen. This year in lieu of resolutions (since I suck at them), I am planning on focusing on HAPPINESS. What makes me happy? What makes my family happy? What makes those around me happy? And hopefully I will accomplish a whole lotta dream doing, too. 🙂

Wishing you all a most wonderful and joyous New Year! Let’s party!

A very un-merry Christmas?

At this point, all I can do is laugh about my Christmas day. Woke up bright and early Christmas morning to a tummy ache and some nausea. I chose to ignore it and my little family and I had a wonderful morning of “Santa came!” joy and present unwrapping. The excitement in my kiddos eyes (yes, even little Lando’s!) was all that I hoped it would be and more and worth every second of work that went into making this Christmas magical for them.

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By 9am I wasn’t feeling too hot. Ended up puking and spending Christmas day curled up in a ball, clutching my stomach and drifting in and out of sleep. I was so sad that I didn’t get to spend the day with all of my family back home – it was the first Christmas in my life that I didn’t see my parents! But ya know what? This was a very humbling experience for me. As I moaned and groaned in pain I kept thinking of the more gut-wrenching pain that the families of those affected by the Newtown shooting were experiencing on this Christmas day. And I thought about people all around our planet who are missing loved ones and those people who don’t even know what the joy of Christmas is all about. So, while I was miserable, I know that there were people out there suffering much greater than I was. My heart hurt for them, too.

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Today I am counting my blessings. I am feeling much better (just very weak from not eating for 24 hours). I am so grateful for a hubby who stepped it up an extra notch to take care of me and our children yesterday. I’m grateful that my kiddos still had a wonderful Christmas and spent the day feeling happy and healthy. I am grateful that I got to enjoy Christmas morning and the days leading up to it. And most of all, I am grateful for getting to spend Christmas surrounded by my three favorite people in the whole wide world. Really, that’s all that matters.

And we were blessed with a very beautiful white Christmas!
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I truly hope that your Christmas was extra magical and special to make up for mine!

Santa, baby…

Um, if you didn’t know this yet, Christmas is in 4 days!!! $%&*#%$!!!! Craziness, I say! That combined with the fact that the world is ending today is just a little too much for my frazzled brain to handle. 😉

So, who wants to see our Santa pic from this year? Gotta love the annual Santa pic. Waiting in a line of fussy, fidgety kids for a $20 crappy photo and a candy cane. But ya know what? It is totally worth it. I love looking back at all of the pics. Here is ours from this year…

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Per the unintentional tradition in our family, Andy & I are also in the pic. Otherwise, Leila would not get anywhere near the bearded man. Poor thing told me that she really doesn’t like Santa Claus after taking this pic. Landon is just like, “WTF is going on?”

For fun, let’s take a look at last year’s Santa pic for a little comparison…

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Same Santa. Andy & I look just about the same. Leila is actually looking at the camera which is nice. Landon is just as cute and clueless as ever. Ha!

Well, one more day of work and then I’m off for four days of Christmas bliss. We will be baking and eating and singing and light-looking and loving. Oh, and I should probably start wrapping gifts, too. If I don’t get back on the blog before the 25th, I wish you and your family a holiday full of as much love and happiness as you can possibly handle!

 
M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S !

Reset.

When a tragedy shakes you to the core, it opens your eyes. It forces you to step outside your normal way of thinking and refocus on life – on what truly matters.

Life isn’t about stuff.
It isn’t about wants and it isn’t about what you do.
It’s about feelings and people and LOVE.
It’s about never taking a single moment for granted.

I’ve spent the last few days oozing sadness & empathy for Newtown and our nation, gratefulness for my life, and love for my family and friends. Minuscule things that drove me crazy just the other week are now meaningless nothings. Right now I’m not worrying about the future, my dreams, little stressers. Instead I’m worrying about NOW, about my children, about my husband, and I’m focusing on love and all that I have in this moment.

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It’s unfortunate, but sometimes it takes a tragedy to reset our lives – to put us back on course – to help us focus on what really matters.

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