For Christmas this year I wanted to do something different...kids are getting older- we were spending differently this year- and of course, there's Pinterest, so I had different ideas. This is one of my faves! Being avid watchers (I can't say "fans") of The Bachelor, I have some good knowledge of Date Cards, so that's the format I took with this gift- straight up printed off of Pinterest links.
I used two different sets, then did a mix and match so that each month we had a date with a different kid. January- Beth and Mom, Matt and Dad, and switch.
That is what led Beth and I to HomeTown Buffet on a glorious Wed night. Deeelish. (not really) Those commercials really intrigued her. And she's a Souplantation fan, so she was in.
The boys went to The Cube to see the Indiana Jones Exhibit. They had fun.
I loved it. The kids loved it. We had good conversation (the girls) and laughs (the boys). They were excited to open up February's Date cards! I will be shopping and cooking with Matt, and Drew will be woodworking with Beth.
These would make great Valentine's gifts too....don't you think? XOXOX
the day started out crabby. i try to 'zen' myself on workdays from 6 to 6:30. no zen today. technology at work wasn't working and i am technology spoiled in my teaching. pissy. went to recess. phone went swimming. said lots of bad words (not in classroom- in my mind) called drew and told him to google fixes and no i don't have any rice in my classroom! put phone in car to 'bake' it till i could get home (silly recommendation, but i was stuck with no other options so might as well have).
after i was home- emailed two friends who i text almost daily but don't even know their numbers to call. there are more than those two....shite. oh well, hopefully i will have a phone before the others text me. got this response from friend A:
Oh no what happened? Back pocket, rebound into the bowl?
I laughed so hard I couldn't even read it aloud to drew.
the bowl was pre-pee, by the way- just to keep it real. I can't even re- read it here without half busting a gut. thank god for laughter!
New blog- You Are My Wild made me think of this pic- and a few others from this exact set of 5 minutes- which when I saw said "these are my kids" to me.....Beth, drink in hand- it was a shake, there was NO WAY she was letting it go till every drop was gone. Even though she's lactose intolerant and will have to poop like 5 times in a row after drinking it......Matt, book in hand. Everywhere he goes, usually a book in hand AND a lego guy/bionacle/skylander figure. Something to DO- cuz you gotta DO something, right?
Legs for days- sun shining off blonde hair. Somebody standing too close and risking getting wet after I probably warned against it 400 times. These are my kids.
seems so silly, right? but for me- for reals- I was debating this purchase....between a couple of styles and actually a couple of different websites. I chose this one from Lisa Leonard. I love it because it will be personalized with "choose" on the front, and "2013" on the back. Also the little heart. My main goal is to live a wholehearted life, and I am making choices as a means to that end (not that that goal is really an "end" since it'll be a lifelong process- but you get my drift), so that little heart reminds me of the true purpose of my one little word.
Anyway- yay, me! Side note- I notice that when I barrage myself with too much information, it impedes my choice making. I need less to feel more decisive. I have to remember that because I looooove being a researcher! I think less stimulation in general is a bonus to my happiness...but that's a whole other Oprah.....
I did a huge post this morning and lost it all. Aggravating. I wanted to reflect on what I did this year and what worked or didn't work, with photos. I am going to ditch the photo idea and make a list, hope it doesn't fail this time.
App- project365pro. Worked! I took a pic every day this year. A PDF from January should attach to this post. Pretty cool, I have one for each month! Also LOVE Instagram, probably my favorite place to visit online.
Site- Ohlife.com. I wrote a blurb daily this year- love it! What I don't live is that I have to transcribe it into my ten year journal. That's not my favorite part.
Scrapboking- project life on shutterfly.
Totally works for me. Ten minutes or so each weekend to catch me up. Two books, 12 X 12.
Monthly family pics. Love that. My favorite thing, actually. Ensures that I am in at least one pic a month ;)
I will continue those things. Also- my goal for this year was to meal plan and work on my health. Drew and I both improved our health significantly. The meal planning made a huge difference, and we will be continuing that.
I am also planning to learn to grow more plants in 2013. I was most successful with cherry tomatoes this year, but I am hoping to go further. That is my "learn something new" skill for the year.
Also planning to incorporate more crafting into my life again next year. I have missed it so much.
My "word" for 2013 is "choose". My family is going to join me in using that word as a talisman to guide us. Drew and I have some choices to make this year and making them without vacillating will make our life so much easier. I want to make and embrace my choices more easily. I am also making some personal choices to help myself live more wholeheartedly. I am hoping to have a better focus this year with a guiding word. Looking at years past, some I have chosen words and some I have not- I was most focused on a theme when I have named one for myself by choosing a word. This year I choose. I choose "choose".
I have been incredibly blessed in 2012, and incredibly challenged. I read a quote that stated to be "grateful for everything that happened in the past year, for it has brought you where you are today" (or something like that). I am grateful for both the blessings and challenges of 2012- because today I am exactly where I want to be- on this journey with my husband and family.
Can't wait for 2013- BRING IT ON!