Sunday Confessions ~ 01/13

I’m linking up with Every Day is a New Adventure.

1. I totally let my daughter eat Pop Tarts for breakfast. Don’t judge.

2. Related: I have to force my child to eat. As in, I have to tell her every bite to take. She’d much rather be playing.

3. I haven’t read a book in a long, long time. I started one a couple of nights ago, so here’s to finishing it in a relatively short time frame.

4. We usually have the same meals every week because we love them. I try to be more creative, but it’s fun to eat what we like.

5. I nap every day when Lucy does, and I love it. It’s kind of the highlight of my day.

Week in Phone Pics ~ 2/52

Week in Phone Pics ~ 2/52
It was another fun week at our house!

We danced with Daddy and had a princess play date. We were amazed at the fact that it was warm enough to wear shorts, and we put lip gloss on Daddy.

There was stamping, “eating” with chopsticks and playing Chutes and Ladders. And, to end our week, we went to a birthday party for Lucy’s fiance and spent the day together, eventually enjoying dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Bahama Breeze.

I can’t wait to see what this week has in store for us!

I’m linking up with Living Like the Kings.

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

We’ve had a lazy few days, which is kind of nice. We’ve puttered around the house, done a good bit of snuggling and playing, and I’ve really been working on getting the house really cleaned and organized. I don’t know what it is about the new year this year, but I’ve been on such an organizing kick. My goal is to really get our closets in shape, since I always seem to just toss things in them. And, I’m not a big “cleaner” to begin with, so I’m hoping now I can really start straightening up on a daily basis to keep our house nice and neat.

Tomorrow, we have a play date with some of Lucy’s friends from Sabbath School. They’re coming over, and they will be the first kids we’ve had over since we’ve had the play room. I’m excited, and Lucy is even more excited than I am. She has their whole afternoon planned out – they’re going to dress up like princesses and then play princesses. Lol.

The one thing I’m NOT looking forward to, though, is not being able to take a nap. We have to be up pretty early to head to Rome for my ENT appointment, and then Lucy’s friends are coming a little after noon. When they leave, it will be time to run out the door to go to gymnastics. Whew! It will be a busy day, but a fun one. I have a feeling I may be in bed at the same time as Lucy tomorrow night!

2012: The Year that Was

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

I spent an entire year home with my daughter.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I honestly can’t remember what resolutions I made for this year, if any. If I did, I didn’t blog about them.

For next year, I want to continue blogging on a regular basis, really work on losing weight and spend as much time as possible with Lucy. I am blessed to be able to stay home with her, and I need to take advantage of every second I have here. Life goes by so quickly.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My sister-in-law and two good friends of ours.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My grandpa. I miss him every single day.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you didn’t have in 2012?

To be out of credit card debt and to be able to add onto our house.

7. What dates from 2012 will be etched upon your memory, and why?

March 11, when my grandpa died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Being a SAHM/WAHM for an entire year. This is not an easy job, people. I used to think it was. Boy, was I wrong.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not playing as much with Lucy as I know I should have and wish I had.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had sinus surgery, if that counts.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Honestly, we didn’t buy many “big” things this year, which is good. We’re trying to be more savers than spenders.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My husband. He is such an amazing Daddy.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Legislators who thought they had the right to tell women what to do with their bodies and who look out for themselves rather than their constituents.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Paying down credit cards.

15. What did you get really excited about?

Paying off a couple of credit cards and Lucy’s birthday. I always love throwing her a fabulous party.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Call Me Maybe. I don’t know why, but I really like that song. It’s pretty catchy.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?


18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Playing more with Lucy rather than having her do independent play, sticking to a budget.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Playing on my computer and phone.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

We spent with as we always do – with my family in Tennessee.

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?

I fell in love with my husband and daughter more every day.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Oh, man. The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Survivor, Big Brother, Top Chef, Next Iron Chef, How I Met Your Mother, Raising Hope – just to name a few!

23. What was the best book you read?

I didn’t read as much as I have in past years, but I did read some Janet Evanovich books that I loved.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?

This bluetooth speaker that we got from Best Buy to play music off our phones. It’s awesome!

25. What did you want and get?

To begin getting out of credit card debt.

26. What did you want and not get?

To be able to add onto the house and try to get pregnant again.

27. What was your favorite film of 2012?

Argo. Fantastic movie.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32. We had our traditional breakfast at a local place where they painted my name on the truck and then went out to dinner.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Being able to expand our house and family.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2012?

“Mom” clothes – I wear jeans and t-shirts a lot.

31. What kept you sane?

My husband and friends.

32. What political issue stirred you the most?

See #13

33. Who did you miss?

My sister and grandpa.

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

Life goes by quickly.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

Christmas Decorations – A Bit Late

I know it’s late, but since a lot of people in the blogosphere posted pictures of their Christmas decorations, I wanted to share mine as well. Our living room is fairly small and, since I don’t really know yet how to decorate the other rooms, I just decorated the living room. Enjoy!

This year, we didn’t get a real tree because we just didn’t have time to go get one. We picked up a pre-light fake tree at Big Lots for 50% off and, when we took it down tonight, we talked about how much easier it was. I still prefer real trees, but this will do if we can’t or don’t feel like cutting one down. And, though it wasn’t as full as I like, it was still pretty.

Every year, we get an ornament that represents something about our family from the year.

These I made last year with my mom’s group. I love them!

And, that was our decorated house this year. I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Christmas 2012

Warning: This will be a long post. But, it’s full of pictures of an adorable little girl, so it’s well worth the read!

Our Christmases are always “messed up.” We spend Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, which is when my family has traditionally opened presents, so, rather than dragging all of our presents for Lucy to Tennessee, we modified our celebration and open our gifts here on Christmas Eve morning.

This year, we opened stockings on Dec. 23. I picked up a bunch of little stocking stuffers at Party City for no more than $1 each and a couple of little princess toys, and they were a HUGE hit! We also got Lucy a Hello Kitty digital clock off Amazon for her stocking but, after a couple of minutes, it stopped working. We’ll be calling them to get a refund.

Lucy was SUPER excited to open her presents the next morning. She did really well this year by not disrupting them as they sat under the tree. She really didn’t go near them as well. I was one of those kids who sat by the tree, shaking presents and trying to guess what was inside the wrapping, so I was pretty impressed with my girl. She got some awesome things – an Ariel doll, a train set, a shopping cart, some Strawberry Shortcake DVDs, play food, a Barbie karaoke machine and a personalized Minnie Mouse blanket. Her “big” gift was a train table, which she loves. Yep. That’s my girl – princesses and trains.

A few hours later, we headed to my parents’ house. Although it fell on a Monday, we chose not to go up on Friday because we didn’t want to ask someone to come check on our cats.

When we arrived, we hung out and Lucy made cookies with my mom for Santa. It was quiet since my brother and his family weren’t there, but Lucy loved getting all the attention. After our traditional dinner of Chow Mein, we headed to the living room to open presents. Lucy was SO excited to give everyone our gifts (she had been trying to ever since we walked through the door). And, of course, she was excited to open her own gifts!

After all the presents were opened, Joe, my brother and I headed out to see a movie (The Guilt Trip. It was pretty funny.) When we returned, my dad read Lucy her 24th book, “The Night Before Christmas.” I feel like I should have had Joe take the picture. He says he’s their adopted son.

And, Lucy put out her cookies for Santa and went to bed.

On Christmas morning, Lucy was SUPER excited to see what Santa had left for her. She waited fairly patiently for almost an hour until we knew my parents were awake and could go over to their house. She was not disappointed! Santa brought her a princess mp3 player that play music and the princess stories, a Cinderella doll, and a box with a bunch of princess dress up clothes and accessories!

She and Daddy also read her note from Santa (thanks, Uncle Randy, since Mommy and Daddy forgot to write one!)

And, Snow White joined us for the rest of the day.

Joe’s parents came up for lunch, as they do every year, and we had a great time. I love that our families get along so well and spend the respective holidays together.

I cannot wait until next Christmas. Seeing the magic through my daughter’s eyes makes it so much more fun.