Wednesday, January 30, 2013

13 in 13 update and new goals added!

13 in 13 End of Month Check In

Goal 1 -start back to Zumba - going well for the most part and even did Zumba at home one night when I couldn't get out to class. Yeah me!

Goal 2 - Join Weight Watchers - still going strong even though I fell behind on the journaling this past week. As a friend says - it's ok, it was my birthday weekend LOL Back on track as of today...

Goal 3 - Scrap More - Hit five days last week - woot woot! Going strong on four this week.

Goal 4 - More Kindness - doing some little things and still need to post it ;)

Goal 5 - Read 30 Books - I got a NOOK HD for my birthday so this is going to be even more fun ;) I have now read 6 books so far.

Goal 6 - Finish 2012 Project Life - I started Project Life last year on my birthday. I fell WAYYY behind for many reasons... too busy... no printer for pictures... too disorganized to get this done... not enough scrapping time (see Goal 3). I almost decided just to stop and get rid of everything so I wouldn't be stressing about it. BUT Aaron loves the book and it really is awesome to see all the little details I wouldn't normally scrap anyway so I decided to finish it. I have pictures almost ready to order, they are uploaded for the most part. I am working on week 47 with only the sample pictures. I cannot wait to finish and order the pictures and get the pictures and put them in.... as you can see, this is not a quick goal either. But I am on my way.

Goal 7 - Reduce and possibly eliminate artificial sugar in my life
Ok diet soda drinkers - you know what I am talking about. WW people, you do too. Diet stuff is tasty (to me) and less points BUT I've been reading so much about it for the past six months. How bad it is for your health, how there is no 'real' sugar substitute, how it promotes fat gain and - ugh - the dreaded belly fat! Sooooo I am on my way to reducing it. Got rid of all the pretty pink packets from my house and office and haven't had a diet soda since. Baby steps...

Goal 8 - Get at least 6 hours of sleep every night (may bump up to 7 later)
This is so not an easy task for me. But if I get to bed by 11:30 every night I can do it. Just started this Tuesday and I've done it one night LOL but it is still getting me to bed earlier than normal....... In an effort to make it tonight - I better finish this post!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

So glad we're actually having a winter this year. Don't get me wrong, I hate being cold. By the time winter is over I will be ever so thankful for spring. But for now we try to enjoy what we've been given. Even if we're given below zero temperatures there is still beauty and fun to be found. Beautiful blue skies, warmer (above zero) temperatures, and brothers having fun together. Life is good.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I just love this man. It's not always easy and it's not always wine and roses. But it IS always OURS! I couldn't do this without you Babe!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pinterest - Pin It or Pass On It

Ok Pinteresters - you know who you are... How many things have you pinned and have yet to check out. No, don't go count them, we don't want to waste our day ;) but if you're anything like me you have pinned a couple things. Well I have decided to actually, don't faint' TRY the things I pin. Not all at once but every now and then. I will either keep it Pinned or delete it. Thus my post - Pinterest - Pin It or Pass On It.

Today's pin was  - cleaning with lemons.
Scrub your tub faucet with a lemon and it will shine like new! This and other natural cleaning wonders.

So I gave it a shot - by the way, do NOT do this if you have a cracked fingertip! OUCH! It works, smells good, so does the cleaner I usually use. Ok, well this actually smelled better. So, although I'm not sure I will do it often, it does work and will stay pinned. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My this week is flying by. Yes, you can blame me for the latest snowstorm if you read my last post. Kids are looking forward to more family sledding fun Sunday and Monday. If you know us and want to come over give us a ring.... But that's not what today's post is about - it's about...

13 in 13 Mid-Month Check In!

Goal 1 - Start back to Zumba - I have started back two days a week. Going strong and feeling the effects!

Goal 2 - Join Weight Watchers - joined and tracking daily. Didn't do great with my points week 1 but did so much better than I would have without it.

Goal 3 - Scrap More - Trying to hit five days a week - Last week I got three days in - the first week I had four days in. It's not five but it's more than if I didn't have this goal.

Goal 4 - MORE KINDNESS - I have decided to track my RAK's on here weekly - that will be another post....

Goal 5 - Read 30 books. I am making TONS of progress COLLECTING ebooks. Put in a birthday wish list of a Nook HD, not that I can't read on my ITouch but still... Reading one book now and hoping to finish this weekend.

I do love a challenge - I mean Goal!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I may be turning 48 in a few weeks, but I am NOT too old to go out and have some fun in the snow. Made it all the more fun, just last week, for all of us to just be there together. Too bad I don't have pictures of me winning the snowball battle or throwing my kids down in the snow. Hey, I can't take photos AND be the winner ;) Looking forward to the next batch of white fun.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I was visiting my homepage blog tonight and saw this 13 in 13 Challenge.

        Now if you know me you know I have a hard time resisting a challenge so of course I'm in like Flynn! The purpose - to set and achieve Thirteen Goals in 2013. I LOVE challenges, but I HATE goal setting, or so I tell myself. So I start writing this post and think of Goal 1. As I'm typing I think of Goal 2 which is actually my first goal of the year so I rewrite. Then... yep you guessed it, I remembered another goal and another goal. Holy smokes, I am now up to five to start with. Guess I don't hate setting goals after all! More goals to come as the year goes by.....

Goal 1 - Start back to Zumba 
        Anyone who Zumbas can tell you what this means to us. 2012 was a VERY stressful year for me and 2013 is going to be as well. But I am more prepared to start this year than I was 2012. Zumba IS my stress relief. I religiously went to Zumba twice a week until I got sick and had surgery. Then it was all downhill. I felt it too. My energy level went down and my stress level went up. So I am rededicating myself to twice a week as often as I can.

Goal 2 - Join Weight Watchers
         Years ago I lost 32 pounds on Weight Watchers. Yes, 32 much needed pounds. It worked for me. I think I decided to 'take the summer off' and that was how I found my parotid tumor and had surgery and..... well, that was the end of that for years. I've been thinking of joining again for a couple months. I guess you could say spontaneity is not a trait of mine. A couple weeks ago I get a flyer in the mail about rejoining Weight Watchers. As I type this I hear an ad on the TV in the other room advertising - can you guess - yep, WW online! Is that a sign??? Hmmmmm....... get ready to achieve Goal 2!

Goal 3 - I'll tell you what Goal 3 is NOT - it is not a set amount of pounds or inches that I want to lose in 2013. I don't care if I only lose five pounds. I want to do the above for the reasons listed above. I am NOT good with a scale and I will not let that defeat me! 

Goal 3 - To Scrap More
        I know I talk about scrapping, a lot. I say I'm going to be scrapping, but other 'stuff' happens and I don't do it. If I do it's not much. Zumba is my stress relief; Scrapping is my therapy. (Ok funny friends, no smart comments about me needing therapy!) I am going to try to do something scrapping related five nights a week. It could be sorting, organizing, reading about it, looking for motivation, editing pictures (which we know I love - NOT), or actually creating. I will not count shopping LOL

Goal 4 - MORE
        Goal 4 has to do with my One Little Word of 2013 - MORE. For this goal I am choosing MORE KINDNESS. Little Random Acts of Kindness (RAK's) to spread more kindness and hope it brightens someone's day and maybe, just maybe, they will pay it forward.

Goal 5 - Read 30 Books
        Why 30 you ask? I have no idea, it's just the number that popped into my head. I'm curious to see how I do with this one. I do love reading, I just usually don't make the time for it.

So there you go, the first 5 of 13 goals.... I will check back in monthly to update and maybe add another. It's in writing now, no hiding!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Martian Hat

Anyone remember the Martian from Bugs Bunny. I loved that little guy. There are still times when you might hear me talking like him too. I just couldn't resist getting this hat for myself. Mom hates it but I love it!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

SNOW much fun around here - now you can see why we love it when it snows!

Friday, January 4, 2013

My family was rocking some Christmas socks Christmas Eve!! Socks are cool, the legs are another story LOL!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

And my 'One Little Word' for 2013 is........


A greater or additional amount or degree: "I poured myself more coffee"; "tell me more".
Comparative of much forming the comparative of adjectives and adverbs, esp. those of more than one syllable.
still - yet - else - further - again - rather

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hmmmm, seems to me I always start this in January and fizzle out by mid to late March. Well, since I do this basically just for me, let's give it another try. Like those who make resolutions, try and try again....

Can you guess what my word for 2013 is???