Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eli's Face

Eli has a friend in his "church class" named Eli as well. Here is what our Eli had to say about it: "Did you know that there is another Eli in the world? The weird thing is his face looks nothing like mine."

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Though I hate to take myself too seriously, as we reflect on the start of the year and decade I think it would be beneficial to set some goals and verbalize some lessons that I have learned over the past year that I don't care to "learn" again. So as a reminder to myself, here are some personal goals for the next year and beyond.

1a. Read the Bible, re-establish a "quite time," and improve spiritual health. I haven't been great at this since Eli and Isaac were born. A well established discipline flew out the window with the birth of our two kiddos. If there was ever a time in my life that the word of God needs to be the first thought in my mind it is now when we are teaching two young ones the walk. This must be priority one.

1b. Be more Christ-like. Being more Christ-like will make me a better wife, mom, and friend. By default I will pay more attention to those around me and will be in tune with the directions God has for my life. I will prioritize appropriately because his "will" will be my priority. Providing Godly instruction to my kids will come naturally. I am 100% certain that achieving this goal will reach past this decade.

2. Continue to exercise and improve physical health. If you look at my exercise log this certainly appears to be priority one of 2009. Though successful, I can rightly say that 2009's priorities were off. I woke up 5-6 mornings each week at 5:30 AM to exercise. In fact when I don't exercise I can be quite crabby. I increased my mileage from 1.5 miles/session to 3.0 miles. I ran about 500 miles this last year and lost/kept off 16 pounds. I do want to continue this disciple and loose 10 more pounds, just don't want to obsess over it.

3. Leave work at work. I really stink at this one, particularly since 12 of my 32 hours I work from home. Until about September work was my driving force. While I think the chest pains and ulcers were justified (some really crazy things happened this year) they certainly weren't worth it, nor healthy. After all, it is just work. So that is my goal - work is work, nothing more. I will work like I am working for God and not for man, but it will not be the center of my universe - my family deserves better.

4. Save money. I am trying this whole coupon, meal planning, saving money thing. I am not good at it. I am very much a mood eater and don't think I will function well having my entire week of meals planned out for each day. So I am trying a pick 7 meals plan and having the ingredients for all seven on hand. Than gives me seven options for the week and a variety of foods to choose from, and less waste. With Isaac's allergies nearly everything has to be made from scratch and that has seriously limited my cooking this year. I have been less creative and relied to tightly on a few staples. But with planning I think I can get better at this, and in actuality improve the overall health of the family.

So these are the biggies. Probably the top of everyone's list right?
Here's to 2010 and beyond.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wood chips

The beginning of a new year always brings to mind ways we can improve our life and do things differently in the new year. One of my goals is to reduce our grocery bill by planning better and not wasting. So, today I made banana muffins with some dying bananas. On my quest to improve the family's overall health I made the muffins with half bran. Innocently, Isaac asked why I put "wood chips" (bran flakes) on top of the muffins. I guess he's got a point...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Torture Spears

While we were cleaning the closet the other day the boys found a bag of craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks). I gave them to the boys to play with thinking this would occupy their creative minds for a bit. John, being obviously the more aware parent of the moment, asked me what I gave the boys to play with, and if I didn't have any broken glass to make the game "safer". Evidently the craft bag that I gave them had 45 torture spears inside as well. Thankfully the boys still have both eyes. I disposed of the daggers.

On a more positive, and impressive parenting note... Here is Isaac eating an orange and Eli making orange juice.


The boys have been asking, no, begging to get out of the house. It seems that being out of our routine is difficult for everyone! We took the boys out for a surprise yesterday to BounceU - they loved it! Here are some shots!