Hello! Did you miss me? I’ve been busy the last few weeks. I intended to take a couple of weeks off, but it seems that it’s been longer than that. My kids went back to school Monday, and it was back to real life, of schedules, works, etc. I sure enjoyed having them home for two weeks for Christmas break. Sometimes I don’t really look forward to breaks from school because of all of the fighting that goes on, but my kids really were pretty good, and got along with one another, and we all just enjoyed spending time together as a family. We had several family Christmas parties and spent time with lots of close family, along with just spending time with our own little family. How was your Christmas and break? I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and New Year.
New Year’s the last few years has been a little bit of a rough holiday for me. My dad passed away on New Year’s Eve (5 years ago), so for the last few years, the memory of that has put a little bit of a damper on the day. This year, I decided to try my hardest and enjoy the day, I know that is what my dad would want me to do, so I planned some activities with my kids, and we enjoyed it. We did a little countdown to midnight. If you follow along with me on Instagram, you may have seen it. Anyway, my boys sure had fun with it, and I did too. I did have a few of those moments where I was trying not to cry, and I did cry a little bit, but I still enjoyed the day.
Along with all the fun stuff that comes with Christmas break, I decided to work on potty training my youngest. I think I’ve been putting it off as much as he has been, but now that we’ve been working on it for a week, I feel like he is doing really well with it. I also decided to join in on a health challenge that started at the beginning of this week. For the first time in my life I’m counting calories. I’m using the My Fitness Pal app, and it is working really well, but I just hope I’m getting the nutrients that I need, and I hope that I will start to feel more healthy the longer I’m doing this.
Anyway, I know a lot of people are sharing their One Little Word, and I’ve been planning on sharing mine. Last year, I made a little something to put in our house to remind me of my words, but this year I haven’t yet. I hope to though. Do you pick a word? I’d love to hear what your word is if you have one. Here is mine.
My goal is to listen to my boys better. I don’t want to constantly be saying “just a minute” or “I can’t right now” or make them wait to talk to me. I want to listen to my body better. I haven’t felt very healthy for the last couple of years, and I’m hoping to take care of myself better and get to be more healthy. One of the ways that I’m hoping to listen to my body better, is by not saying yes to everything that I am asked to do. I have a hard time saying no, and then I get stressed out and am a mess, so I know for me to be more healthy, I need to learn to say no. I’m also hoping to learn to listen to my heart a little more and not let other things get in the way of that. I want to be true to me! And that includes with this blog. I feel like I’ve always tried to only blog about things that I want to make for myself, because I want it in my home, but in the last year, there were a few things I blogged about that were more for others. I find that when I am blogging for others or doing projects for others, that I don’t enjoy the process of it (creating, staging, photographing, editing, writing, etc.) as much. When I create something that I really want to create, and I enjoy making it, I tend to enjoy blogging about it more so too. Anyway, whether or not you have one word that you have picked for the year, I hope that you had a wonderful 2013 and I hope 2014 is everything that you hope it will be. I’m looking forward to this year with a more positive attitude and I’m excited!
Also, stay tuned. I made a few Christmas gifts this year, and I’m hoping to share a few of them with you soon.