Friday, December 31, 2010

How'd I do in 2010

Scroll down to the next post for Christmas pictures

This year I didn't do follow up posts on my goals, but I did still work on most of them ;)
I think my 2009 goals were a bit more specific and thus a little easier to work on. I think I've got some good starting points for 2011 goals.
Here's how I did

2010 goals:
Continue good habits established in 2009- I did pretty well, those things (for the most part) have pretty much become habit.

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)
I did work on this one. I tried very hard to use up our Christmas wrapping paper and other craft materials, for example. We went to the zoo a few times, we went to the amusement park several times. I did a lot of work on the house, but I did have to buy a lot of things in addition to what we already had.

Ask myself each day if what I'm doing is going to help us get closer to our financial goals.
I think what I had in mind here was really about evaluating how I was spending money and time. I don't know that I always did this, I tried to think about it often, but obviously I didn't go without any frivolous expenditures this past year.

Take time each day to do fun things, even if it's just for a few minutes.
I only did this a couple of times. This one was basically a fail. I bought art supplies and spent some time drawing a couple of times, but for the past several months all that has just sat in the closet and under the bed (it's not even all in one place anymore!) I think I need to lighten up some times. I put off having fun way too often.

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
I did really well with the learning and reading parts. I read the nutrition text book (I probably need to review it some more) and some other really good books from the library. I really recommend one called Mindless Eating, it was really interesting. I did great at putting things into practice until sometime during the summer. I just kind of backslid.

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)
I made one blanket but haven't donated it yet. I got involved with the PTA this school year. This Christmas we participated in some donation things above our usual getting rid of stuff donations to charities. I don't know that I really got the kids involved in service like I wanted to.

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).
yay! Finally one total success!

-make a will by the end of February
It didn't happen by the end of February, but it did eventually happen, although we still need to get it signed by witnesses so it's actually legal.

Projects we hope to complete in 2010

making slipcovers for our freecycle sectional couch that we did
fixing/painting the lower kitchen cabinets also done
new kitchen countertop that was done in June
new flooring on the main floor didn't do this one, but we did replace the flooring in the basement instead. We bought laminate flooring for the main floor though and we should be starting that project next month.
improving the drainage and grading of our swamp backyard We took some steps to help this out, we've got more to do back there though.
exterior painting done
some interior painting Don't know exactly to what this was referring but I definitely did some interior painting this year, and not just because the neighbor sent 6" bolts through our shared wall.


Christmas 2010 in pictures

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas to you!

We ended up taking 24 Christmas eve pajama-clad pictures, and this one was the best. I told Bob that was going to happen when he decided to pose upside down.

Or maybe this other one is the best. I don't know.
At least we had some laughs. Next year, I'm thinking I'll go with pjs that aren't XL and/or horizontal stripes.
I hope you had a very merry Christmas!

December kid-isms

K: (standing outside the baby gate I put up in the kitchen) "did you know that this is a gate that keeps little people out? M: yeah K: "did you know that it keeps me out?" M: yeah

K: (after being told everyone has a skeleton) "i DON'T WANT a skeleton!

J: "You shouldn't pull down somebody's pants unless they say so."

K:(after making a mess with finger paint) "i got art on my shirt"

J:(talking about Meg's birthday) "There's no theme! The theme should be, uh... happy birthday!

K: "i know an easy way to get dressed" B: What's that? K: "first you put your shirt on, then you put your pants and socks on."

K:(after I asked her if we should tell Grandma about her intestinal distress) "it's not time for potty talk."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Post Formerly Know as Decembering

My friend Jenny wrote a post titled Decembering the same day I originally started this one, crazy huh?

So this is December 22nd? And what have we done?
The month's almost over, and winter break hasn't begun.


Bob cut his own hair for my birthday, because I don't like to cut his hair, but I like his hair to be cut.

Bob and I went to his work party.
That face about sums it up.

There was a ward Christmas party- A night in Bethlehem.
The girls made a festive pair.

We listened to BYU win the New Mexico bowl and decorated sugar cookies.
Bob had enough BYU shirts to clothe our entire family, I'm sure he's not the only one.
The cookies kept breaking, so we used what we learned from the cakewrecks blog to make up for it.














I finally got around to entering in a little over three months worth of receipts.
I stuck a pencil in there for scale.

Today the first graders made gingerbread* houses. *they used graham crackers
Kiree and I came to join in the fun. I'm not sure how Jaide managed to get so much frosting all over her entire self. Jaide ate most of the candy (with some help from Kiree) when she got home this afternoon.

This evening we got the kids in their pjs and drove around to look at Christmas lights.
Tomorrow is the last day of school this year (finally!) and we're hoping to go see the lights at the temple.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A New Decade

I had another birthday this week. Bob and the girls made it a special day for me. Jaide made a banner. Bob put it up. Jaide and Kiree made me pages and pages of drawings and notes and wrapped them up in Christmas paper and every gift bag we had. Bob took us all out to eat at Outback Steak House and he made me brownies frosted with peanut butter and topped with cup up reese's peanut butter cups (my request after I saw it in an email I got from bhg). My present from Bob was a new phone. It is a fun little phone. It's an android. It is still my prepaid phone, but I can use the wireless internet at home on it. And it takes pictures! I've been using it to listen to Christmas songs on pandora and Bob put the scriptures on it today so I could use it at church.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What to do with broken gingerbread men cookies


Thanks cake wrecks! Now we know. The rest of the post is here