Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christmas Re-Cap

Christmas was, as it typically is for us, abundant, lavish and simple at the same time. I tend to buy educational gifts for my son since I know Toys 'r' Us has delivered the entire contents of their store at my parents house.

This year we got him...

a globe...

a rock collection (seriously, he asked for "special rocks") with a nice magnifying glass...

a few educational games...

Santa pulled through with Bionicles, which Lawyer has been asking for the ENTIRE year. This face says it all, he opened the package a bit, and then looked up at me with this face in utter surprise...

Santa also brought REAL working tools in a toolbox and even left a bunch of wood with a note for Lawyer and Jason to build a workbench. They just finished it up last night so I'll have to get some pics soon.

All in all, we had a wonderful day spent with family! Another memorable Christmas for sure!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year and New Beginnings

What is it about a new year that spurs people to want to take on new ideas and new goals? I've got an endless supply of ideas and dreams that I always want to try out...I usually just begin them right then and there and am not one to wait for a specific date to come and go.

I've kept up with *most* of my New Year's Resolutions the past few years and I've VERY proud of how far I've come...I used to be the queen of procrastination and a failure with following through. But here are a few things that I've tackled over the past few years:

*Keep up with a blog - although, this particular blog has seen better days.

*Knit more - I can check this off...I've managed to whip up a few scarves in the past few weeks.

*Take more pictures - HAHAHA! If I had known what this goal would do for me, I would have done it sooner! Look at me now - I'm a picture-taking fiend with a photography business to boot!

*Cook at home more - Okay, confession...I've eaten out more than I care to admit, ESPECIALLY since I almost always complain about how my cooking is always way better than the crappy, expensive meal I just downed.

*Work out more - And yet another confession...I did amazingly well with my running regimen in the heat of the summer. I completed all 9 weeks of the Couch to 5K program and felt the best that I had ever felt in my entire life...and then I got lazy. Now I'm back to square one.

*Maintain a clean house - This is the biggest joke ever! I do have to say, that I LOVE the Fly Lady...she keeps me motivated and without feeling like a total loser. Her chores she assigns for each day are incredibly do-able. Thank you Fly Lady!

So, what are my New Year's Resolutions today? They are in no particular order but here they are:

*Complete a 5K in half hour...piece of cake, right?

*Cook at home at least 5 days a week - Right now, I'm doing MARATHON cooking. I've made so much delicious freezer food, we may need a second freezer (scratch that, THIRD freezer, since we have two fridge/freezers right now). I would like to have a few fresh meals mixed with a few freezer meals each week so I don't feel so guilty about the money we waste on crappy foods.

*Exercise AT LEAST 21 days a month (random number, eh?).

*Eat breakfast AND lunch at least 3 days a week (I've got to start small, people!).

*Complete my NEW 365 Project. I've never kept a daily photo diary where I actually have a single image every single day but I'm doing it! There will be a link at the top of my blog to my Flickr 365 Project hopefully by tonight.

*Knit a sweater! I've done quite a few wearable items this year but I'm ready to tackle the dreaded sweater! Now I just need to save up for the yarn!

I believe that is it but don't count on it. Will I fail at these resolutions? Probably. Am I going to beat myself up about my failures? Absolutely not. We'll find out soon enough though...I'll report my progress on each point!

And since a post is never any good without a picture, here is a picture of food...I can't remember the last time I posted a food picture and I do miss it so! Roasted Vegetable Salad with Fresh Mozzarella...leftovers from the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna I just assembled and put in the freezer for a future meal.

PS: I may be back later to post some Christmas Day pics...those are always fun!