Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Two Girls

Here are some pictures for you. Our test slipcover, the girls wearing jammies from Aunt Emily and Uncle Travis (and opening other presents from them). "Crazy Hair day" and a wittle pony tail. Scroll to the bottom for a little bit about Jaide and Kiree.

Kiree- is very two. has 1/4th of her 2 year molars. is so like her big sister in many ways. is also very different from her big sister. has an entourage of toys she sleeps with every night. seems to have a perma-runny nose right now. has never had a haircut.

Jaide- really wants to do what's right. loves her sister and her friends. seems so big but is still a little girl. gets upset and embarrassed when she makes a mistake. has a big imagination.

Both of them are great helpers when they want to be. Both love to take several books to bed with them. Both love to constantly pull the cushions off the couch to play with them. Both of them like Dora and Scooby Doo.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Late January quotes

K: i'm a wittle baby

K: mommy, you're my BEST friend!

M: (to Jaide) ...she was following your example. K: yeah, i follow your sample.

K: a sticker? a sticker for ME?! i so happy!

J: (to Kiree) I'm going to move away from you" K: me too!

K: (crying after we dropped Jaide off at school one snow delayed day) i wanna go to school, wet me out!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Christmas Closing Ceremonies

On the 9th we had our second annual Christmas Closing Ceremonies. This is when we take down all of the Christmas stuff, put it all away, and drink hot cocoa. It's sort of like the Olympic Closing ceremonies except it seems to be mostly about the girls getting to play with the Christmas stuff. Jaide and Kiree played soccer with that silver jingle bell.

Midway through putting stuff away, we took a break to finish the girls' home depot projects from the previous week. I painted the calendars earlier that week and the girls finished them by putting on the stickers. The calendars are proudly displayed in the girls' room now.

See you the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas boxes.

Hey look, there's our attic!

Friday, January 15, 2010

January Quotes

K: "mama tomorrow you do some oga (yoga)"

K: "who your brodder mama? "it dada!"

J: (to Kiree) "You don't have to cry like an onion"

K: (to Bob) "your a big boy daddy"

M: (to Kiree) "Can you get the milk for me?" K: "its too strong for me."

Monday, January 11, 2010

Looking Ahead

Here is some of what I want to accomplish in 2010. Not all are as specific as last year's were (I went way more themey this year), but I plan to continue monthly accountability here on the blog.

Continue good habits established in 2009

Take care of and enjoy the things I already have.

- using craft and other project supplies I already have, making use of free things (like the library for example), taking full advantage of the memberships/passes that we've already paid for, taking care of our house (improvements/maintenance)

Ask myself each day if what I'm doing is going to help us get closer to our financial goals.

Take time each day to do fun things, even if it's just for a few minutes.

Get to the root of my bad eating habits. Learn the principles of good nutrition and apply them in my life.

-reading nutrition text book, reading other good information from the library and online, also continuing to exercise consistently

Find more opportunities to give service

-complete at least two blankets for Project Linus using yarn/fabric I already have, look for other service opportunities (especially ones I can involve the kids in)

Get our emergency preparations in place

-work on our year supply of food by getting enough grain to complete 1 year long-term food storage for one person (or 3 mo for our whole family, it's the same thing).

-make a will by the end of February

Projects we hope to complete in 2010

making slipcovers for our freecycle sectional couch
fixing/painting the lower kitchen cabinets
new kitchen countertop
new flooring on the main floor
improving the drainage and grading of our swamp backyard
exterior painting
some interior painting

Monday, January 4, 2010

Looking Back

Happy New Year!  Until now, I haven't blogged all year!  Ha Ha Ha.  

Here's a little recap of our 2009.  If you've been following along on the blog, this might be a little familiar :)

2009 was a year full of travel, family, milestones, and as you know if you know us- diy projects!

In 2009, one or all of us traveled to and/or through Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, California, Utah, and Texas.  These travels included spending time in such notable cities as Pittsburgh, Boston, SLC, DC, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Baltimore.  

Much of our travels were to visit extended family.  Bob and I became aunt and uncle for the first and second times this year (and the girls got two first cousins).  We got to visit our niece and our nephew who live in Boston and in Utah respectively.  We attended a family reunion and if it weren't for the aunt and uncle who live in Austria, we would have been the ones who came the farthest distance to be there.  Bob and Kiree went to his Grandma's funeral in October.  

We also had a couple of people visit us in 2009.  Both of Bob's parents came out for a visit and the girls loved playing with them.  Bob's Dad got to come a couple of times for work meetings in Baltimore.  Just before the new year, my dear friend and old roommate from college, Amber came out to visit.  The girls missed you after you left Amber!

We hit some of those annual milestones this year.  Jaide turned 5 in July and began kindergarten.  She really loves school and is getting better and better at reading.  Just the other day I spelled out a word to Bob so the girls wouldn't hear, but Jaide knew what it was!  Kiree started nursery at church in May and turned 2 in November.  She has been talking very well for several months now and is still working on potty training.  Bob and I celebrated our 7th anniversary in June.  Bob is still working at the same company and enjoys playing volleyball on a rec team and playing the wii (our combined present for our birthdays, anniversary, and Christmas this past year).  Meg still stays home with the girls and enjoys working out at the gym and with the wii.  Meg took an independent study class this year and got an A!  

We enjoy doing home improvement projects together (you do too, don't you Bob?)  and this year we did quite a few.  We did a whole lot of interior painting.  We will probably have painted every wall in this house at least once (and several more than that) by the time we sell it.  We got a new front door/screen door and a new HVAC system this year, but we let the pros do those projects.  Our biggest DIY project in 2009 was redoing the kitchen cabinets.  We painted all of our upper kitchen cabinets and added knobs to them.  The rest of the kitchen will be done in 2010.  We also put more insulation in the attic and built more area for storage in the attic as well.  We've also spent some time trying to maximize our storage elsewhere in our house and get ourselves more organized. 

2009 was a wonderful year.  We have been greatly blessed!  We're looking forward to a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year.