Goals for 2012

I have never been big into making resolutions but I really want to go into this new year with focus and purpose. I know the next year is going to fly by (like they all do) so maybe if I have some specific goals set out I will do a better job of moving my life in the direction I want it to go, instead of just going along letting life move me...if that makes sense.

Anyway, here's my list....

1. Spend at least 15 minutes alone with God everyday. Praying/reading the Bible.
2. Develop friendships with other women/couples
3. Have a date night with the hubby once a month.
4. Run more miles, more often. - Run 3 races, one 10k or longer.
5. Commit to healthy eating/cooking. limit sugar and processed junk.
6. Be better organized. (toys, clothes, paperwork, schedules)
7. Limit casual internet time (fb mainly) to only during the girls naps/bedtime.
8. Create weekly meal plans and stick to them.
9. Stick to our budget to pay off car and student loans early.
10. Take a family vacation.

So there it the end of 2012 I hope I can look back on this and say I've accomplished all I set out to do :)

Happy New Year!


10 months, and counting

Kara is 10 months old, and finally a crawler!
She started crawling about 2 weeks ago and she is making her way around the house great now. Which also means she is getting into everything, and bugging her sister more by trying to take her toys. Kirsten has been really great with her so far, and shares pretty well. Sometimes her sharing means saying Kara is finished with whatever toy it is she wants, and trading her for something else. For now Kara just goes along with it, we'll see how long that lasts.

Kara loves to babble, she says mama, dada, baba, nana...all of those kinda sounds. She also loves to shake her head "No!" She says no when we notice her getting into something she shouldn't, when you ask her a question, and of course when she doesn't want anymore to eat.
She loves to sing "If you're happy and you know it" and actually claps her hands and stomps/moves her feet at the right times :) She even sings ""la, la, la, la" to the Elmo's world song!

She is really getting the hang of drinking from a sippy this past week too. I am hoping to wean her straight from breastfeeding to a sippy cup, and skip the whole bottle thing all together. She is fighting weaning hardcore though, so we shall see. She just hates formula!

I love my happy baby girl, it's so fun to watch her grow and learn new things but I'm also a little sad that she won't be a baby much longer.


I won!

Today I one a battle of wills with Kirsten!
After we got home from school I made us lunch: tuna salad sandwiches. Gross to some maybe, but we all actually like them, including Kirsten. But today she was not having it.
Now, you have to know that Kirsten is notorious for saying she is not hungry at meal times, and then asking for a snack minutes after getting up from the table. So when she says she is not hungry, instead of forcing her to eat we just tell her that she doesn't have to eat it right now, but that she will not get anything else until that food is gone. Most of the time that's enough to get her to change her mind and start eating.
But today that took 4 1/2 hours. She did not want to eat at lunch time, so I wrapped up her sandwich to save for after her nap. Of course she was disappointed when she woke up wanting a snack and I gave her the tuna sandwich :) She whined and complained so I sent her to her room. This happened probably 4 times before she finally relented and ate her sandwich.  And she was so proud  to show me she had finished! Yay! She's a stubborn girl, but I think maybe I'm just a bit more stubborn.