Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Goals Recap

I didn't write about it, but I did make some goals for 2015. Not as concrete as I've done in the past with a print-out on our fridge, but I did track a few goals each day throughout the year.


  1. Fundraise $2,300 for the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure by April. Thanks so incredible donors and a wonderful matching gift, I hit my goal with time to spare!! I've made a similar goal for 2016 except I've given myself until July to raise $4,600 because I'm walking in 2 events! (hint hint, you can donate here!) 
  2. Walk most days.  My goal for the past several years was to walk most days. For me, this means walking shoes on, outside, intentional walking. Some days I only went 1 mile, but most days I went 4-6 miles. I did really well with this goal and of the 365 days in 2015, I walked 357 of them. 
  3. Have one no-TV day per month. We don't watch a whole lot of TV around here, but we do turn it on for 10 minutes in the mornings or before bed and occasionally Wesley will watch a show while Eloise takes a nap. I LOVE our no-TV days so at the beginning of the year, I planned to take 1 no-TV day a month. We made every Saturday in Lent no-TV days, so that helped us get to 13 for the year, surpassing our goal! I'm still disappointed that this was even a goal, because that means we watch WAY too much TV, but I'm thankful we were able to meet this goal without any trouble. Maybe I'll up the goal to once per week for 2016!
I didn't come up with a word for the year. I think at the beginning of the year I hoped to just be present and survive! Jarrod was taking all the classes and I was adjusting to my new job and being home with the kids more. In that time the kids switched schools, which really changed my schedule. I've been present, but know that in 2016 I'll want to do more. 


What are some of your 2016 goals?
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

A little catch up

It's been a long while (much longer than I anticipated!) since I've written a real post about our lives. Things are going very well - we are busy but have found our groove. The kids are loving school and I love having them down the hall from me. I switched positions at work and am enjoying the challenge of the new job and am looking forward to catching my breath someday soon!
Jarrod is done with his coursework and will just have his internship next semester before graduating in May. On one hand I cannot believe he's almost done. On the other hand, it has been for.ev.er. He's working hard at work and we've learned to balance family time, school, his job, my job, and the kids.
Christmas was especially beautiful. We attempted to keep things simple, but thanks to incredibly generous family and friends, our kids got everything. Dolls, all the trucks, puzzles, games, and clothes filled our home on Christmas morning. We've had fun exploring new toys over the past few days. The weather was beautiful on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we spent a lot of time outside.
On Christmas Eve we were given a special treat - we went to church together as a family. We all sat together through the entire service. No one had to rush out with a screaming baby or to calm a chaotic child. It was not peaceful - the service was geared towards children with a nativity in the middle, but it was perfect.
The new year will be here before too long. I'm already thinking of a few more posts to share and hope to write more frequently in 2016. A few things bouncing around my head that you can expect -

  • Posts about our Whole 30 experience. Jarrod and I will begin that journey on January 1. I hope to share our experiences, recipes and what we think. I'm especially interested in reintroducing foods in February!
  • Why I'm walking 2 3-day events in 2016. I'm excited to share more about my decision to walk in Michigan in August and Dallas in November. (I'm nervous about raising $4,600! If you want to help, click here!)  
  • My new love and appreciation for StitchFix. I had a TERRIBLE box recently and want to share that experience and how I've come to love StitchFix even more in spite of the bad experience. 
  • Our 2016 goals and word for the year. We took 2015 off from formal goals, but I'm really pushing Jarrod to come up with a word and goals for 2016! Even if he doesn't have any, I'm planning to share mine! 
 Merry Christmas!
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas!!


Merry Christmas!!! These are our Christmas cards this year. I designed them myself, my sister took the photos, and I had them printed at VistaPrint with a 60% off coupon. I got the matte, textured paper and LOVE them.

We hope you have a fantastic Christmas season and a Happy New Year!!
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