Welcome to 2011!! I can't believe we are starting a new year. Last year was a good year, but hoping for a better year this year. I had a wonderful Christmas with my family. After staying up until 2:30 a.m. Christmas Eve we had a wonderful Christmas morning with the kids. My in-laws came in Christmas afternoon and stayed until Monday. Then Wednesday we headed to my parents' house and spent 3 days with them, my younger brother and my older brother, niece and nephew. I always cherish the time we get to spend with all the family. I feel blessed to have wonderful family that we get to spend time with on a regular basis. I do wish everybody was closer and we got to see them more often, but I know we see them much more often then many other families. My kids love spending time with their grandparents, uncles and cousins!! We are always sad when we have to part ways!! :(
I was quite spoiled this year. I received some wonderful gifts. Some of my favorite gifts are a Mini Compaq, Nook, Keurig, Rowenta Pressure Iron & Steamer, OttLite for my sewing room and Little Girls, big style. I have several books I received for my birthday from my in-laws, along with the book I just mentioned I plan to put to good use over the next few months!! I have been collecting blue/white porceline for years. I don't add much to it any more because I don't have the room, but my husband surprised me this year with some new plates for the empty plate display in our dining room. I LOVE the plates (thanks for giving hubby the idea Mom!!)!! They are in the display, but still need the tags removed.
I have lots of goals I plan to work towards. I refuse to call them resolutions because when I do I never follow through because I loose interest or get too busy with life. I hope to work on each of my goals and may some progress this year. The first of my goals is organization!! A friend of mine told me about flylady.net. I hope flylady will help me achieve my goal of organization. My Mom and I talked about following flylady together....hoping to keep us both accountable!! One of my first task to help with this goal is to find a dresser/cabinet to put in the garage entry way to hold all the kids art supplies. I need a something about 33" wide by 18" deep. Please let me know if you have any ideas....I'm not having much luck!! A couple other goals are to get to bed earlier (by midnight) on a regular basis so I can get up 30 minutes before the rest of the family and get a workout in each morning. With both the kids in school this year I cherish my morning time while my daughter is at preschool 3 days a week. I usually spend this time sewing (orders usually) or running errands. Morning is my favorite time to work out, but I need to do it when it isn't cutting into my kid free time. One more goal I'm willing to share at this time (I'll share several others at a later time) is getting the family back to church Sunday mornings. We made it to church a couple times in December and hope to continue making it to church 3 out of 4 Sundays a month. We have always had a hard time making it to church because we like to sleep in and catch up on our sleep on the weekends. I figure if I can regularly get 7 hours of sleep a night I shouldn't need to catch up. I feel it is important not only for the kids, but for us spiritually to go to church on a regular basis.
Tomorrow we will probably be sleeping in since we just got back in town tonight, but Monday will hopefully be the start of a new routine!! Wish me luck!!
Happy New Year to you all!!
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