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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Resolutions

I've been a bit absent lately, having fun getting ready for Christmas, celebrating, and the past week recovering and enjoying some family time! Hopefully (if I remember) I'll do a nice little recap post in the near future.

For what is probably the first time ever, I think I actually succeeded in my New Years resolutions from last year.

They were not short term, they required me to change my habits, and I think the change is around to stay!

First, I wanted to spend a little more time than I was recording my kids childhood, so I could look back and remember the small things. That's how this blog came about really. I'd had it for a while, but if you check back prior to this year, it was mostly non-existent. And it really has become a habit now to post some of the fun things we do that I will want to remember. I'm looking forward to more blogging and picture taking in 2012.

My second resolution was to get back in shape after I had Elise, and I am proud to say that not only did I lose the baby weight, but 18 more pounds in addition to that! I weight less than I did the day I got married, ran a 5k (and a few longer training runs too), and even came in 1st for my age division (there wasn't much competition, but at least I wasn't last!) I made some changes in the way I eat without "dieting", and have gotten into the habit of exercising several times a week. I feel great, and have plans to run a half marathon next summer.

So fresh off the success of last year, I have some new resolutions this year, while still keeping up with the old.

1. Work out a family exercise plan. I did great last year, but sort of at the expense of everyone else! I know Anthony wants to get in better shape this year, so I want to make it work that we can both get things done (maybe even with the kids) without just not seeing each other every night lol

2. Get this house organized and keep it that way! We've been here 8 months, and there are still some things that I feel don't really have a permanent place. I want to find a place for EVERYTHING, and not just on the top of the fridge or on a shelf somewhere, and get rid of the stuff we don't use. And then PUT EVERYTHING WHERE IT GOES.

I am super organized in my head, but my execution is poor. This year I want to try and actually do it. I figure I have a whole year to work on it, and then it will be done for life. Right? ;)

Happy New Year to everyone! 2011 was such a great year for us. Elise was born, we moved into a bigger house, we found out we are going to have a new little niece or nephew. I'm looking forward to all of the great things I know 2012 will bring!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Santa

We went to see Santa today. Nathan has been talking about this day for MONTHS, he really loves Santa, and looks forward to the day (or days) once a year that he gets to visit with him for a few minutes.

Usually he is in such awe of the fact that he is actually sitting on Santa's lap that he forgets to smile and stares blankly at the camera. This year, he was ready.

He's been telling us for weeks that he wants a "(some word I can't pronounce) bridge" it sounded a little like a "bending" bridge, so that's what I've been calling it. I came to find out today that he has actually been saying a "suspension" bridge. How on earth does my 4 year old know what a suspension bridge is?

Anyway, he brought along a picture of his suspension bridge (and it really is a suspension bridge, not just some random bridge he is calling a suspension bridge), probably because he was worried that Santa wouldn't quite understand what he was trying to say either.

He climbed right up on his lap and told him he wanted his bridge, and then smiled for the picture. He couldn't have been happier.

Noah knows he gets a gift from Santa, he's not afraid, but a little overwhelmed by the whole experience. Everything just happens so fast, but he did squeak out that he wanted a toy for Christmas <3

And then there was Elise. This was our 5th year going to see Santa, and in 5 years we have never had a crying baby or child...until today.

The poor thing had to get shots this morning, then fell asleep in the car on the way to the mall. I'm sure she was sad and disoriented, and then we threw her on a strangers lap...and walked away from her!

It doesn't help that she is definitely right in that separation anxiety stage, she doesn't like when I am too far away, and definitely is not a fan of people she doesn't know. This was like her worst nightmare all rolled into one. Not to mention the helpers jingling bells in her face and flashing a camera.

It figures our most laid back and generally happy child would be the one to cry for the Santa picture. Noah, who cried at just about everything else always managed to pull it together come Santa picture time. I guess it was bound to happen eventually!
Can you tell where I am standing? Elise would not take her eyes off of me
We then let the boys ride the train, and walked around the mall together for a bit window shopping. Then we ended the trip with lunch. It was a great morning together!

Nathan just said...

Uncle Luke is over and we just finished eating pizza, animal crackers and chips. Nathan asked for a chocolate chip cookie too and I told him he had already eaten a cookie.

He questioned me and I pointed to the animal crackers telling him those were cookies too.

He looked me right in the eyes, scratched his chin and said "what makes you so sure?"

Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Mion's!


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Waiting

Those who know me know that I am NOT a patient person. I may appear patient at one time or another, but it takes a lot, and in no way comes to me naturally.

Advent is all about waiting, and being patient. Preparing yourself for Jesus. Not only in the manger, but when he comes again. 

Every year I have these great plans, all of the wonderful things I am going to do to prepare for Jesus during this special time...and then by about day 10 (if I'm lucky) distractions and my lack of patience get the better of me. By the time Christmas gets here I'm filled with regret over what I could have done, and how I wasted that special time.

It's not just a season though. Our longing for Christ doesn't end just because Christmas is here. We're still waiting, and we don't know how long our wait will be. It requires patience past December 25th.

There will be times that I am distracted, or pulled away from my goal, but what's important is that I keep coming back, keep working harder, keep my focus whenever possible on the goal. To be with God in heaven.

He knows my weaknesses, and my strengths. I'm pretty sure those days where I feel like my children are deaf, crazy animals are just times that God wants to help me work just a little bit harder on my patience. At least that is how I am going to try and view it this week.

Dear Lord, help me to be patient with my children, and in waiting for you.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Advent Calendar

I posted earlier today about the Advent calendar I was going to make for the kids...and about 6 hours later it's done!

Now those were 6 hours also filled with making dinner, putting kids down for naps, changing diapers, feeding babies and all the rest of that normal mom stuff. But still, it felt like it took WAY longer than I thought it would.

I think it turned out really cute!

I had plans to put it on a Melissa and Doug magnet board that the kids have, but it ended up being too big. So it's a refrigerator nativity instead.

Next year I'll get fancy and make number boxes or bags to put each piece in, this year I'm just glad that it's done, even if we are a few days late.

There are 25 pieces, so one for each day in December until Christmas. I'll put all but the first 3 away tonight, and bring out one for the boys to put up every day, but I had to get a picture of it all together first to share!

Thanks to my aunt who sent me some felt, I really only had to buy the white and blue. Including the glue gun and magnets I bought, I spent about $12 on the whole thing. If you already have a glue gun, even purchasing the felt you could probably make it for under $10.

I wish I could say I made some sort of pattern for each of the pieces so it could be replicated, but I really just freehanded the whole thing.


Advent

So I'm more than a little late, but luckily my kids have no idea what the numbers on a calendar mean yet, so I won't get much flack from them.

I've been searching for the perfect Advent calendar for months, yet I didn't find the one that was just right (thanks Lindsey!) or gather up the supplies needed to make it until just now.

So today's project when I get home from ballet later, will be putting this together. And while I'm in a crafty and Advent sort of mood, I might throw together a few of the other ideas I've been collecting as well and we'll start tomorrow.

At least if I do it late this year, I can promise it will all be ready to go on time for next year!

Hopefully I will be back with some pictures!