Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Goals for 2014 - UPDATED 10-1-14



As the New Year rolled in I set aside 5 basic things that I wanted to focus on for the year 2014. I promised monthly updates in hope that it will keep my focused on accomplishing these.  Here is the original post:  Goals for 2014 as posted on 1-4-14



1)  Replace Holy Mary Tree Topper:  Check
 

2) Create Heirloom Quality Christmas Stockings:
I know that I am running out of time.  Maybe someday I will not be this busy - ha ha - who am I kidding?




3) Improve Flexibility and Stamina:
 I started very late in the month but I did actually turn on the "exercise channel" on the Roku and tried out a stretching video.  I didn't even make in more than 5 minutes the first day (9-29).  It did feel good to stretch.  The plan is to start by just stretching the first week.  I hope I can keep it up. The next day I walked to a video on walking.  I was told I walked one mile and I was exhausted.  I hope I can keep it up.








4) Move Into a Home That Better Fits This Big Family Needs:
I still feel so stuck in this place.  I hate the house ugh.  I don't want to move local.  We are still moving forward with addressing all credit issues.  I had no idea that following Dave Ramsey's programs might negatively effect our credit as much as it did.  It does feel great to have little debt but I wonder if another approach might have been better for us.  We are trying to look into all possibilities with that as well.




5) Be Adventurous:
I feel very unadventurous right now. I am back to feeling overwhelmed with a desire to move but no able to make it happen. I want to travel but can't fit it in the budget or the calendar.  It is still hot and humid and the few days of relief just make we want to get the heck out of here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Goals for 2014 - UPDATED 9-1-14



As the New Year rolled in I set aside 5 basic things that I wanted to focus on for the year 2014. I promised monthly updates in hope that it will keep my focused on accomplishing these.  Here is the original post:  Goals for 2014 as posted on 1-4-14

I HATE THIS POST - Why did I set these up to just make me fail every month.  The only one I finished was the one that someone purchased for me.

1)  Replace Holy Mary Tree Topper:  Check
 

2) Create Heirloom Quality Christmas Stockings:
 I still have a stack of jeans and I have even collected more.  Maybe as the temperatures start to cool off I will feel more motivated.  with the start of this school year I just hope I can find the time.  Oh wait the temps never drop in Houston!  Crap.  Well I guess I will just disappoint the kids this Christmas by not having fun new stockings.  Actually they won't even notice, it is me that will be disappointed. 




3) Improve Flexibility and Stamina:
 I am moving more and more but not within any program.  For the first time ever I have noticed a little bit of a knee issue.  When I kneel for a long time my knee begins to ache.  So the opposite of my goal is happening.








4) Move Into a Home That Better Fits This Big Family Needs:
Still stuck  We have re-financed and are actively working on credit score and trying to tackle that aspect of things.  I still ache to move north and J is happy enough here.  Our neighborhood and area is so crowded and getting worse every day.  We have become even more committed to moving of some kind in the spring.  (I want north of the Mason- Dixon Line, Jason doesn't care but does want a newer neighborhood.) 


5) Be Adventurous:
I have been adventurous with our school year this year.  We have committed to a co-op.  Don't get too upset it is only for a few hours every other week.  I still teach the kids everything at home.  Meeting with friends who are kind of doing the same thing keeps me on track.  (At least that is the plan.) 

We are looking at next year and some travels.  I just hope we can pull our selves into being a little more organized and financially responsible so we can do a full family vacation maybe RV maybe not.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Crazy Time with Daddy

The kids got dad a crazy gift for his birthday. 
Sugar found it and knew that her nostalgic dad would love playing with it.  They got it out tonight and everyone played for awhile. 
 

Dad loves nothing more than having his crowd around him.






Saturday, August 2, 2014

BOL Young Ones Play Day

Days like this I feel so old!  Another "Seasoned" mom in Bread of Life Homeschool group who had her 7th child at 46 wanted to organize some play dates for her youngest (who happens to be six months older than the T-Family Twins.)  J agreed to go with me to the morning meet and greet of young ones on a Saturday morning.  The kids all played and had a great time.  The dads hid out inside near the food while the moms sat outside watching the kids and chatting. 
 
Twin Adorable - Twin Beautiful



Not the twins are not in the above picture but sitting at the feet of the crowd on the swing.
They are social at home but outside of the house they pair up and don't really interact much.  I look forward to see how this develops as they grow.  I just seeing how different twins are from singletons.


When it came time to head home dad scooped up his babies was headed out.  He just adores these two!

Friday, August 1, 2014

More Twin Sleeping Pictures

If you follow this blog at all you know how much I love sleeping pictures of these two babies.  I am finding it so fun that they still can be found touching when they sleep.  They need to be close. 



 I just love this hand holding!!!

Goals for 2014 - UPDATED 8-1-14



As the New Year rolled in I set aside 5 basic things that I wanted to focus on for the year 2014. I promised monthly updates in hope that it will keep my focused on accomplishing these.  Here is the original post:  Goals for 2014 as posted on 1-4-14



1)  Replace Holy Mary Tree Topper:  Check
 

2) Create Heirloom Quality Christmas Stockings:
 Have not even started.




3) Improve Flexibility and Stamina:
 I have been busy-busy-busy.  We have gone swimming and site seeing.  Nothing formal or official just still plugging away. 








4) Move Into a Home That Better Fits This Big Family Needs:
We refinanced the house this mouth.  We will save a little money.  It should help our credit rating in the long run.  It isn't a new house or a move yet, but I do feel we are moving in the right direction.





5) Be Adventurous:
When the older kids needed to go to St. Louis for a retreat, we knew that I would drive them.  That would mean a few days in St. Louis with my mom and time to visit a few friends.  In the end I felt that desire to share the adventure a little bit so Pickle came with us and stayed with me.  It was fun., I loved having one child to spend those adventures with.  I probably would have stayed at home a lot more but I wanted Pickle to have fun so we ventured all over town. 

BOL First Friday Park Time



It was summer day in Houston that wasn't as hot as usual so we had a few families that showed up for our Bread of Life First Friday park time.  Look at my Princess in the pink top, she can often be found hanging with the adults.  She is such a cutie.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Who did you say is in town?

My best friend from highschool came into town.  It was a surprise.  In the end Patti and I got the kids together at the pool for a fun swim.  We had a blast catching up.  I can't believe that in the end we didn't get a picture of the two of us.  The above one is from our 10 year of highschool reunion in 97.
 




















 
A fun day chatting about our families and the years since we were teenagers!  Love ya girl!