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Archive for 09/01/2010 - 10/01/2010

Fall....Where Are You?!?!?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I have been praying for days that it would finally start to feel like Fall.  I have so much that I want to do, but it has been so warm out that it just does not feel right.  I have boxes ( seriously ) of Fall Decor that I want to get down from the attic and start decorating with.  I love this time of year and the house always seems so warm and cozy.  The best thing is that I can decorate in September and leave it up until Thanksgiving.  That is what I call worth it!  As much as I love to decorate for Christmas it is so much work and is only up for such a short amount of time.

So, I have been thinking about this beauty. I am just not sure if it will fit between the door and the screen...but I just may try to make it anyway.

What do you think? Are you as ready for Fall as I am?

101 in 1001 Days

Thursday, September 16, 2010

So I started this journey earlier this year and thought it was about time for me to put it out there. I found this project on the "Day Zero Project" and thought it was a great alternative to the New Year's Resolution. By finally sharing this hopefully it will help me keep to my goals and complete all 101 tasks.

I started on June 1, 2010 and will complete this journey on February 27, 2013. I will keep you updated every so often on just how things are going. Hope this inspires you to create your own 101 list.

1. Go on a weekend getaway
2. Go skiing again
3. Get a passport
4. Get a stamp in my passport
5. Visit 5 local shops (2/5) Diva Furniture, Nelson Designs
6. Visit NYC
7. Visit England
8. Attend 3 concerts (0/3)
9. Visit Las Vegas
10. Go to New Orleans
11. Go kayaking
12. Visit Seattle

Things just for me
13. Pray more often
14. Start our stewardship plan
15. Write a will
16. Eat out less
17. Buy a designer handbag
18. Do ten nice things for people without telling them (2/10) Can’t share otherwise they would know
19. Take a nap in a hammock
20. Get a little black dress
21. Read 30 new books (3/30) Eat, Pray, Love, Soft Place to Land, The Lost Symbol
22. Listen to a live jazz band
23. Get a professional massage
24. Go a week without watching TV
25. Run for 30 minutes straight
26. Go a week without facebook (0/7)
27. Don’t swear for a whole week (0/7)
28. Floss every day for a month (0/30)
29. Go to the eye doctor
30. Don’t complain about anything for a week
31. Earn enough money in Premier to pay for a new car
32. Take a yoga class
33. Start a fitness routine and stick to it (started June 2010)
34. Reach goal weight
35. Learn a new language
36. Buy something from Etsy (6.30.10)
37. Learn to say “I love you” in 10 different languages (2/10)

Things just for my family & friends

38. Go on a date once a month with my husband (4/33)
39. Teach Riley to spell his name
40. Work with the kids on preschool prep
41. Make time to call friends on a weekly/monthly basis
42. Host my first Family Christmas Dinner
43. Have Family Photos Taken
44. Take dance lessons with Danny
45. Get to know my extended family
46. Enroll the kids in MyGym
47. Send out birthday cards on time
48. Do a monthly “treat” just for the kids (4/33)
49. Kiss Danny goodbye every morning
50. Go for a Sunday drive just because
51. Enjoy a girls wine night on the back patio
52. Find my bio dad (7.4.10)53. Read 40 new books to the kids (8/40)
54. Take family walks 3 nights a week for a month
55. Buy the kids a play set (8.1.10)
56. Let the kids play in the mud
57. Take the kids to the drive in

Things around the house
58. Finish decorating the house
59. Organize my closets and keep them organized
60. Sort through my clothes and donate what I don’t need
61. Try canning my own food
62. Paint the Office
63. Paint the Basement living room
64. Expand flowerbed in front of house
65. Create Hannah a new hair bow holder
66. Update family photos on walls
67. Clean ceiling fans once a month (4/33)
68. Get carpets professionally cleaned
69. Create artwork wall for kids
70. Take a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” type photo for office
71. Organize scrapbook paper into new sorter (9.14.10)
72. Finish kids playroom
73. Paint artwork for bedroom
74. Buy new bedroom furniture

Hobbies & Interests

75. Take a class on wine
76. Visit a winery
77. Take a photography class
78. Make a digital scrapbook
79. Try 20 new wines (3/20) Marques de Casera,, Bloom,
80. Have fresh flowers every month for a year (0/12)
81. Update my blog and keep it current
82. Buy a digital SLR camera
83. Make Photo Rag Quilt
84. Take more pictures of the everyday things
85. Update kid’s scrapbook to current
86. Update family scrapbook to current
87. Make a year in pictures album
88. Learn how to utilize Photoshop better

Entertaining & Food

89. Make a custom recipe book
90. Host a proper dinner party
91. Grow a vegetable garden
92. Eat breakfast every day for a month (0/30)
93. Have a candle lit dinner
94. Host a Halloween party
95. Make homemade jam
96. Take a cake decorating class
97. Collect more white dishes
98. Host a 4th of July party
99. Make and stick to weekly meal plans
100. Make Hannah a rainbow cake
101. Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day for a month (0/30)

The Marriage Poem

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I am pretty sure this only applies to the men in the marriage. Just kidding! I read this and it really makes so much sense. Sometimes when we are arguing it truly is only about trying to prove who is right in the situation. It really doesn't matter when the day is done who was right and who was wrong. I know that I am much more likely to admit when I have done something wrong when I know that my partner is there for me and not there to say "I told you so."

Here is to making sure to own up to my faults and to let it go when I am right.

Just One of Those Days

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Have you ever had know the day that you had planned to get so much done and before you know it the day has pretty much gone by without even getting to that to do list. Well today is that day! I had so much planned that I wanted to get done and instead it seems that the day has just gotten away from me. Between the constant list of chores that is never ending to the kiddos who have decided that they only want to take 45 minute naps instead of 2 hours, I am surprised I have even been able to take a shower today!

On a brighter note the weather is absolutely beautiful. We have been outside playing all morning taking advantage of the great day. The kids received a play set for their birthdays and we have been putting it to good use the past few weeks. I am so excited for Fall to finally be here and the great weather that comes along with it. Of course we will be going to the Pumpkin Patch again as it has become a new family tradition of ours. I hope that the weather is as great as it has been in the past and we are able to get some quality time outdoors while we are there.

Hope that everyone is enjoying the day as much as we are!

Let's Try This Again!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

I really didn't think that it was going to be this long again before I was able to start juggling all the balls I had in the air. Now I can finally start making some time to catch up with friends and family again! Looking back at the blog it has been almost a year since I last posted anything. I am SURE no one is still reading this.....there has been nothing to read. =)

So, a very quick recap to get everyone caught up to speed.

Riley had a great 2nd birthday and still loves to sing "Happy Birthday" to anyone that will let him. He is very talkitive and is constantly into everything he shouldn't be. He is a great big brother and loves to make Hannah laugh. He is the center of attention most of the time, and cannot wait for you to pull out the camera so he can say "cheese"! He makes me laugh and cry all at the same time. He has grown so much and way too quickly for this mommy to like. The other night he had to show me how he can finish "reading" the words to the story. I know it is just because we have read Goodnight Moon a gazillion times, that he knows the words. But it did make me tear up to think about my little baby starting to read.

Hannah has grown into such a sweetheart! She celebrated her 1st Birthday in July and has been moving ever since. She officially started walking almost 2 weeks to the day after her birthday. She still prefers to hold onto something if it is around her, but she does not let that stop her from getting to where she wants to go. She loves to tease her brother and drive him crazy. She may still be a tiny girl but she is mighty fiesty. She is a typical girl.....when she wants something she wants it right now and is not afraid to tell you. She started off as our Hannah Banana, which was shortened to Hannah B, and now she is just B. Needless to say she celebrated her birthday in true "B" style with a honeybee themed party. I just love our Baby B so much, she is my true cuddler. Whenever I need some loving she is eager and ready to give it to me. I just love this about my sweet little girl.

Work has been busy for both Danny and I. We have been on many trips, lots of meetings, and continue to somehow keep the homelife going. We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this year. I still cannot believe that it has been that long. It truly seems like a year ago we were getting married and starting this crazy ride. I am so blessed to have such an amazing partner in life. In areas that I am weak he is strong, and vice versa. He is my true soul mate and I fall in love with him more everyday.

Here are just a few photos to enjoy.