Happy New Year!

Can you believe that 2013 is here? 

It’s amazing how much our lives have changed since this time last year… but a baby will do that to you! There’s no doubt that I’m more tired, more stressed, and not in great shape than the start of 2012. But I’m also more joyful, getting better at prioritizing, and more compassionate too. And I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!

Emily in her Christmas dress

Seriously, look at that face! Wouldn’t trade a minute!

I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I don’t tend to keep them. This year, though, I thought I’d try again. Because even if I break them, it’s still a few months that I’ll have worked on it. Some time is better than no time, right?

*Clean off the dining room table (at least every other day). I’m terrible about coming in and dropping my things on the table. It makes Logan crazy (though I don’t usually mind too much). It’s a little thing, but it’s something that will make him happier. And it will be nice not having to dig out a spot to eat dinner together!

*Eat healthier and get in better shape. Okay, I know that this is in the top 2 of New Year’s resolutions. But there’s a reason for that! I lost all the baby weight awhile ago, but my abs haven’t made their return yet. And since chocolate doesn’t actually solve my problems, perhaps now it’s time to find a new friend when I’m upset. Besides, I know that I need to start getting my body image in check now, because it needs to be a habit for me when Emily gets old enough to start repeating/understanding what it means. Whenever I watch What Not to Wear and it’s a mom with girls, Stacy and Clinton are constantly saying, “Would you let your girls talk about themselves this way?” So while I do have a weight loss goal, the bigger priority will be finding those muscles and using them again!

*Be present. I have a terrible habit of thinking about what’s next. To some extent it’s an okay habit, because I do get things done. But I need to slow down and really cherish the moment. Over my winter break, I’ve been doing that more with Emily, and I feel so much more joy about our time together. She’s at a point where I can do things alongside her (she’s playing with her toys and I’m looking through cookbooks), but when she wants to play with me, I’m dropping everything to be with her. That being said, I really need to work on this with Logan. When we’re both working, we come home, play with Emily, eat dinner, and veg out in front of the tv. We need to start taking more time to read Scripture together, talk, play games, do projects around the house, whatever. And I need to start initiating that more often.


*Connect with on of my friends at least once a week. I’m a homebody–but if you know me, that doesn’t come as a surprise at all! But I miss just talking and hanging out with people. I know it sounds a little rigid to say at least once a week, but I was reading an article in Good Housekeeping about quantifying your resolutions so you can decide if you make progress. So I did. However, I will cut myself some slack weeks when school is crazy (report card time, before breaks, etc). So… who wants to do coffee? Ice cream? Play date? The zoo (my mom got us a zoo membership for Christmas and I’m super excited about it!)?

*Read the Bible at least four times a week. I know I should be reading daily, but that hasn’t been happening. So we’ll start with four, and increase it from there. I guess I should clarify–read an adult Bible. Every night I read to Emily from her children’s Bible, but it’s time I start reading the full text (that being said, I feel like I’ve learned so much reading Scripture written for children!).

What are some of your resolutions?


In blog related news…

Word Press does a year in review summary. Here’s some of the awesome things about how wonderful you are…

*120 new posts
*Most popular post:  Make Your Own Binder Cover (thanks to All Free Sewing for featuring me!)
*Most popular post published in 2012:  Curtains on the Cheap 
*Most commented on post:  Toy Tool Belt Tutorial
*People from 126 countries visited (this is so amazing to me–I keep scrolling over the map)
*Pillowsalamode and Belle were the top commenters

Click here to see the complete report. (Seriously, check out the map, it’s pretty amazing).

Thanks for stopping by, staying, and sticking with me!
I love all your comments and likes–it’s really what keeps me writing! Thanks for taking the time to read, thanks for letting me show off Emily, and thanks for the reinforcement to write another post.


Sorry this is lots of words and not too many pictures!

And now… I’m off to do some Zumba Wii!

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