Sunday, January 15, 2012

new year

This is might be a long boring post but I didn't do it last year, and I liked it when I did it the year before so I'm doing it again. I put in some random pics in no particular order that didn't make the blog last year because of my lack of blogging I suppose.

Sage's blessing day, Dec 4, 2011.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

Held a calling for the shortest amount of time ever! I was the Primary President for about 3 weeks and then the ward boundaries got changed. I was so excited to do it, but am just as happy it didn't happen. Now I'm the 2nd councilor in the primary and I absolutely love it. I love being in primary with my kids. I never thought I'd say this, but I never want to leave primary! Unless they call me to cubs, then I will RUN away!

Also, I took a lot baths. Obviously I have taken baths before, but after I had Sage, I really stepped it up having a few baths a week. I could take one right now actually.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I'm not sure that I made any actual resolutions last year. I miscarried last January and before I could blink was preggo again so I just enjoyed my last year with 2 potty trained, talking children, who feed themselves and let me take naps!

This year I chose a 'theme word' like Christal does. I was reading the Ensign the other day and the word Courage jumped right in my face from President Monsons message. "Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one's coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve...Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day the says, 'I'll try again tomorrow."

So this year I have a plan to fit into my clothing by the spring. I want to run a marathon if my post c-section body agrees, but for sure a half marathon. I want to take more pictures. Finish decorating my house. Read the Book of Mormon with a purpose. Be diligent with family home evening and keeping the sabbath day.
Most of all, have the courage to act on those promptings no matter how big or small to be a better wife, mother, sister, and friend.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I suppose I'm close to myself. Also, Sage is going to have plenty of cousins and friends.

Calaway Park on a cold June day.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I really don't think I went to any funerals this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
Just the states a few times.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
This isn't really answering the question but I am happy that I worked enough last year so that I get a year of mat leave for most of this year. Not that I don't like my job and working, but it is a pretty sweet deal to be home for year!

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Oct. 14 when little Sage was born!
The day I found pinterest...
Jan 1, 2011 we moved into our house!

Pumpkin picking in October.

8. What are your favorite finds this year?
My favorite find was coke this year. I never realized how much I LOVE it! Too bad my love affair is over. I quit, see #2. farewell caffiene and carbonation...who am i kidding i'll probably see you agian by march!

9. What were your favorite new recipes?
I really liked my crockpot this year, put in some chicken and various ingredients with rice, but back to the preggo thing, this was not the year of too many new recipes. Even with pinterest, I just hate making supper.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Besides puking my guts out for 4 months, nothing to serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The wood for the headboard Derek made for our bed! I love it, now who will sew me some pillows!
I can't believe I never posted on Allis dance recital. She was a great dancer and an even better singer! She seriously sang the whole song. My and I were crying with silent laughter by the end it was so cute. And please blow up the second picture to check out her face and pose. Her dance career is over for this year and and I put her in figure skating instead.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Where oh where does the money go? Kids, new baby, house, and having fun too!

13. What did you get really excited about?
Obviously I was super excited about our baby. I was so glad I saved the gender to be a surprise. I honestly was split down the middle for if it was a boy or girl.
-a trip to vegas with the girls
-a trip to montana with just me and derek
-trips to the pool with the kids on HOT days

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
hmmmm, my kids got super obsessed with the chipmunks and justin bieber unfortunaly, but i love black eyed peas 'don't stop the party,' my new favo running song. Just listen to the words, it's my new mantra. also, i love adele. i was introduced to her a few years ago by melissa, but she got mainstream this year which is always nice because i don't keep up with music, it's just the radio or my old stuff.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
same Thinner or fatter? RUDE! Richer or poorer? richer, i'm not doing nothin here!

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I would have gone to the pearl jam concert with Derek for his birthday. That was just dumb of me to not go!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Less, sleeping in. It so hard to get up, like SO hard. I seriously love sleep to the extreme, I always have. I'm about to start listing it as a hobby. I've said it before so don't hate me, but my kids sleep in, so it makes it hard. But when I get up even at 7:30 I get so much more done in a day. I guess reality starts next school year when Alli starts grade 1.

Another of Sage on her blessing day. It was actually the first time we caught a smile on camera. She had smiled before a lot, but I never had the camera ready. Thanks to my dad we got one. I actually got James' first smile on camera on his blessing day too!

18. How did you spend Christmas?
see previous post...

19. What was your favorite TV program?
never really changes...modern family, snl, everything on hgtv....toddlers and tiaras!

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I don't think I've ever had a favorite book. They put me to sleep, you know my other hobby. Divine Signatures was a good one though.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
my running songs i don't want to admit to, and a new eddie vedder ukulele album.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I can't remember any movies right now...

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
the 30, Derek ran his marathon on my birthday, but my girls were more fun than him anyway!

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

What a terrible question,my year was great, not much could have made it better let alone immeasureably better! Although I wish I would have blogged more to show how immeasurably satisfying it was!

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
no concept, preggo...

26. What kept you sane?
being outside, running even when I was preg. in the moment it was awesome, the next day not so much, apparently baths kept me sane too...

Remembrance Day 2011

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

Time goes by too fast. Why is it that the days just go by the older you get? I have been learning to just enjoy my life where it is at. Just be with my kids and enjoy where they are at, not force anything else. Planning helps, even just planning little daily activities to spend time with my family and friends. If plans don't work out, carry on. I don't like to have regrets or dwell on hard things.


Susie said...

this makes me want to do it too, but I think I;m lame and it might not be so good, whatev. The last pic of your kids is so cute. Myabe I should start dressing Talia, I haven't pulled out anything, quite frankly I thought she'd stay small for a long time

Just Rhonda said...

Ah love it all and all the pictures!!!

Alysha said...

love this!! i just might have to copy you ;)

Christal said...

love this post and your kids are to cute!! love that last picture! and I love your word of the year I think we all need a little more of that! Great post I always love reading your blog... down to earth and honest like it is:)

Christy and Brett Bevans said...

I love posts like this because then I get little tidbits of your life that normal blog posts don't give.
I will run a marathon with you, after I have my baby though. I want to do another one. And after watching all those guys in NY I want to run that one.
Love that last B&W photo of your kids. Beautiful.

TinaLaRae said...

Good for you getting this post up! I love seeing someone else loves sleep as much as me. Love all the pics too! You have a beautiful family!

Em and Tom said...

Cute post!

Brooke said...

Loving James' cheesy smiles these days. You need to send me your crock pot recipes. I've been wanting to use it more, and don't tell you just throw this and that (those don't work for me). I join you for a late summer or fall marathon 2013.