Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year, New Decade, New Goals...

Well, not to be left out, I too making some resolutions, well, more like a list of goals for the "new year" and the new decade! So here's my list of goals, now where's yours? Toni at The Happy Housewife will be hosting a goal-posting thread stating tomorrow, so go ahead & make a list of goals & join in here!!

Personal Goals:

-Exercise atleast 3-4 times a week (atleast using Your Shape on the Wii)
-Lose weight (ideally, I'd like to get back down to less than I was before I got married...that was 3 years & 2 babies ago!) Notice I'm not putting a specific number down!
-Have atleast one "date night" a month ( I know this doesn't sound like it's very often, but next semester we will be lucky to get that one night a month. Of course, this doesn't mean we won't spend time with each other, but for this goal, I want atleast one specific night set aside to be child-free & spent together outside of our house!)
-Find an organizer/planner & actually use it!

Financial Goals:

-Pay off Kenney's car *We are so close to having this paid off!! Soon, we will be putting what we would normally pay into savings every month so we can by this time next year hopefully get a new to us car/van!*
-Pay off all our credit cards.
-Commit to trackig ALL expenses during the month of January.
-Create a budget, using the Crown Materials & our expense tracking in the month of Jan., and stick to it!

Home Goals:

-Reorganize coupon binder & go through them weekly to discard expireds & put up new ones.
-Meal Plan weekly & stick to menu atleast 75% of the time.
-Have one "prep" night set aside to do all baking & other prep work for the week's menu.
-Do atleast one tub of laundry each day.
-Mop kitchen floor weekly instead of monthly.

Family Goals:

-Finish Braydon's "book-it" lists before the 15th of every month
-Create a chore's chart & allowance for Braydon.
-Begin potty training Makenna.
-Have a "parents meeting" weekly to discuss weekly events

Bloggy Goals:

-Blog consistently, atleast 3 or 4 times a week to start.
-Participate in atleast one meme a week.
-Update the layout & name of the blog. *I've already got a new name & theme for the blog, now just have to learn how to redo the cool bloggy look!!

Lofty, I know, but I've gotta start some where! I will update you on my progress, and will hopefully have the new look up soon!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A day late & a dollar short

My little princess is TWO. I never in a million years would have thought that I would be talking about my daugher as a princess, as you may remember (refer to these posts for a refresher: #1 and #2 ) but now, it's the only fitting name for you! I love how "girlie" you really are! You love to dress up, play with your baby dolls, have tea parties, etc. I love dressing you in pink & purple, because PINK IS YOUR COLOR! You just look adorable in it! You love to help pick out your clothes in the morning with Mama & will definately let me know if I've made a mistake with my suggestions!

You love shoes of all kinds-Daddy's shoes are just way too big, but they're oh so fun to put on, especially since they can be found all over downstairs & on the stairs! Your favorite pair though are your precious pink crocs! Even when you were admitted to the hospital, you insisted on sporting your pretty pink crocs with your hospital gown! You definately know how let your style shine through on any outfit!

Your hair is as curly as can be, and it's getting really long! You love to accesorize with hairbows & headbands on EVERY outfit! And I must admit, your piggy tails just are way off the adorable chart!

Your smile melts my heart, and your giggle is contagious! You light up every room you walk into! You are now 24 lbs and 31 3/4 inches tall, my little petite potato, but you are built "tonka tough" *as you have to be when you have an older brother who likes to wrestle!*

Miss Makenna Rae, you have melted my heart and stolen it forever. Each day with you is better than the one before, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for my beautiful little girl. Never forget that you were created in His image, and that you are His workmanship! "We will love you forever, we'll like you for always. As long as we're living our baby you'll be!"

For Makenna's birth story, you can revisit it here and here for her 1 year old post.

Monday, December 28, 2009

I'm baaaaccckk!!

Okay, I've decided that it's time to come back to blogging....Now that life is beginning to come back to "normal", errrr, as normal as they can get, that is, I thought I need to get back in the habit of blogging. Plus I wanted to get a "jump start" on the New Year's resolutions. So, here's a quick recap of the past 5 months...I'm sure I will be posting about these in time...

-Kenney was hired @ a competitor log cabin company for a few months, but then again was laid off due to lack of work (not many people were buying log cabin homes in this economy). He decided to go back to school in August to begin working on his computer networking degree.

-Braydon started Kindergarten and is doing wonderfully. His developmental pedi is so impressed and we're so excited about his progress.

-Jordan Riley Kenneth made his debut on November 16th, 2009! He weighed 7lbs 8 oz and was 20 inches long! He is doing well, aside from some pretty serious jaundice problems in the first few weeks.

-Kenney is starting back to work for the company that laid him off in August in the beginning of January, as well as going to school at night. He will be very busy, and very tired, but it's only for a short period of time!

Anyways, I look forward to posting more shortly...