Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012 and Word of 2013


I can't believe that it is really the end of 2012!
What a year!
Last year at this time I never would have thought I would be where I am today. 
That sweet baby Nora would be part of my life.
But now, I can't imagine my life without her.
She brings me so much joy.  More than I can even explain.


I'm looking forward to 2013.
So fun to have a whole new year ahead of us and to wonder where we will be at this time next year! 

Having super specific goals to try to accomplish over the entire year is pretty overwhelming to me so every year I like to make specific monthly goals.
I like to have a 30 day time period where I try to improve/finish/accomplish specific things.
I do, however, make broad goals for the whole year.
This year I have decided to pick a word.
One word that will be kind of a theme for my year.  One general thing that I want to really work on.

The word this year is going to be: 

FOCUS
.

I want to focus on what is really important to me and really enhance those areas of my life.
I want to focus on improving my health and fitness, I want to focus on enhancing/improving my relationships with others, and I want to focus on my faith.
I feel like over the last few months I have let myself get wrapped up in things that don't really matter, things that I could definitely do without.
So, this year, I am going to FOCUS.

My more specific January goals
  • 30 minutes/day building myself spiritually (prayer, scripture study, uplifting talks, ...) 
  • Run 105 miles by the end of the month 
  • No sweet treats One of my sisters and I are doing a bet to see who can do it for the whole month. Heaven help me.. I like my treats.  We do this every once in a while and usually someone caves.  But when I do actually make it to the end, my body always feels so much better. 
  • At least one hour of one-on-one time with each member of my little family every week ...via mama-son dates, play time one-on-one, cooking one-on-one, etc.  My children are always together and I am excited to focus more on having time with each of them on their own.  My boys are getting old enough now that I can really see how important this time alone is for them.. and for me.

Happy 2013!!!


Here are some random pictures from 2012.


Zip-lining in Costa Rica with my sweetie while on an amazing humanitarian trip with some of Davey's work associates.

Riding on a train with my boys.

Announcing our up-coming adoption. After Nora's birth mother told us she was placing her sweet baby with our family.

FSA adoption event.

4th of July balloons bright and early in the morning.

Meeting sweet Nora for the first time.

Leaving the hospital with our Nora. Telling my mom the news.


1 week old.

 In the mountains.

Halloween 2012.

So smiley.


Loves her brothers.

My boys.

My Family 2012.



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays



I hope you all are thoroughly enjoying the holidays.
Our Christmas was fabulous, I'll be posting pictures later.
We're loving this season with our 3 littles.  How lucky we are to have a new baby in our family this Christmas. 




Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy December! ...and potty training


I love December
But... I don't like the stress that the often comes with the season, so, this year I made a goal....
That I would be all done buying and making gifts before December started.
And I did it!
Presents are wrapped under our tree, packages are ready to be taken to the post office and sent to family far away and Christmas cards were all mailed.
Now, we're focusing on family.
And the more pressing matters at hand....


Jimmy is our stubborn one and hasn't had any interest so we've waited to potty train him.
And he was born super early so he has an excuse.
But, that excuse no longer stands when his baby sister starts wearing the same size diapers as him, that's where I draw the line.
Potty training time it is.
Have any tips for us?