Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I love a fresh start

I just love new beginnings.  As a teacher, I get two new starts each year - one in August and one in January.  They are chances to dream big; to hope and plan for better; to make changes and start over.  Every January me (and 3 million of my closest friends here in the United States) decide to make a change in health.  This year is no different in my home.  We are eating right and making healthy changes to our lifestyle. 

Today is day 1 of said health regiment, and I'm feeling good.  Ate exactly what I was supossed to eat today and am in my PJs at 8:30 blogging and working (in no particular order). 

Aside from the health changes, I have high hopes for other areas of my life I want to work on - hubs and I need to sit down this weekend and hammer out our family goals for the year, but my individual ones are:
  • drink 60 ozs of water each day
  • give up pop {I can hardly believe I just typed that}
  • learn to cook and bake
  • grow in my faith {actually pay attention in church rather than watching the cute babies in front of me}
  • try my hand at running and complete one road race
  • spend more time at home - not running here, there, and everywhere
  • do all busy-work at school outside of student-time {I'm always checking email or jotting down a lesson I want to teach next week, or putting mail in student mail boxes, etc}  If it's something I can do without students there, I want to do it then.
That's quite the list - but managable I think.  :)

What are your resolutions for 2012?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

8 months... a long time without a post.  This is really pathetic.  But here's the deal, I was locked out of my own blog.  It was tied to an email address I no longer use and had frankly been too lazy to change and/or back up like blogger recommends.  Add that to the time dilemma that occurs in my life - and that'd be how and why 8 months has passed since my last post. 

So, after much research, I figured out how to get back into my blog and exported it to a new blogger log-in.  While I was going through all the trouble, I figured a name-change and face lift couldn't hurt, and wah-la!  Here we are, back in business.

In an effort to get caught up, here is a very incomplete list of what our family has been up to the last 8 months:
  • I got a new job - still teaching 5th grade, but in a new school district and a brand new school (I'll share the adventures of that soon!)
  • Kaitlyn entered 5th grade and is at a Middle School
  • Kevin has put many hours into getting his studio in order and has only some finishing touches left.
  • Riley (our 6-year-old boxer) continues to be dumb.
  • We took a 10 day trip to Yellowstone with my parents, sister, and her family - perhaps that will be the topic of another post?
  • We celebrated the following holidays: Mothers Day, our 1st wedding anniversary, Fathers Day, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years (essentially ALL of the US Holidays are listed here since it's been so long - oopsie daisy!)
  • I continue to work on organizing our home and purging the unnecessary items we seem to attract around here - I plan to do a little weekly project and post some updates in the new year
  • Kevin bought me his business a new Nikon camera that I like to fiddle around with - when he lets me, of course.  ((sigh))
  • Platinum (the high school dance team I coach with my sister) won the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Competition for the 3rd straight year in jazz and for the first time ever in pom - SO amazing!
  • Platinum also was awarded the American School Spirit Award by Universal Dance Association - to see the announcement, go here!  We will be featured on ESPN in February from Orlando, FL at Nationals!
  • We have spent the past 6 months seeing a fertility specialist - without success.  (I plan to blog more about this soon - I know I have benefited SO much from hearing other women's stories, and pray my story will help someone too)
  • I did not accomplish even 1/2 of my 2011 goals - perhaps I'll just recycle those to 2012?
I think that's about it - plenty of excitement has been had and there is still plenty to come!  I hope the 3 people who read this blog are happy about my return!

I will post more tomorrow - after all, it is one of my resolutions from 2011 :)