Sunday, March 17, 2019

February 2019 Recap

February was one of those super fast/long months! It flew by in some ways, but since we were quite literally freezing, it also went by very slowly. 
I started off February taking a watercolor class with some of my dance mom friends! I am super not artistic, but it was a lot of fun and I learned some new things! 
We got a random warm day, and did hours of sledding with some friends! 
We hosted a super bowl party at our house. (The only pictures I have from this are the ones from when kids stole my phone and took pictures...)
We had movie night!
My husband & I left the kids with my in laws and went to Florida for a long weekend for a high school friend's wedding! 
I got to see my oldest friend and her new baby there. Uncle Tony got to spend lots of time with the baby, which as you can see, he clearly hated ;) 


And of course we celebrated the bride & groom like crazy. It was an incredibly beautiful weekend & the ceremony was amazing.


My biggest lost her 2nd top front tooth while we were gone!
I got to attend parent participation week at dance and it was SO much fun! 
My husband turned 31! We had a game night planned, but had to cancel due to a sick kid (who didn't end up being sick in the end......so sad.)
My oldest had an eye appointment and found out she just barely needs glasses to see distance. Since we homeschool, she won't need to wear them nearly as much as if she was at school every day trying to see the whiteboard. 
That was February! Lots of great memories made! 
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

January 2019

Well I'm not off to the best start with my 2019 recaps! I mentioned in my goals & plans for 2019 post that I wanted to try recapping each month after it happens, so that I can remember some of the smaller things. I have not been able to get my phone to connect to our computer to dump pictures, which has put me way behind with a lot of picture heavy blog posts, so that is part of the reason! So, here is January 2019! 

We started the month off with a visit from my mom. We had Christmas with her while she was here, and the kids had lots of fun playing with her for a few days. 

My oldest finally lost one of her top teeth, which had been wiggly for a very long time! I am honestly sad about this...I feel like when kids get their adult front top teeth in is when they really start to look grown up and I'm not ready for that, but she sure looks cute!
We had a few days of weather that was nice enough to go outside, which is unheard of for us in January (and we had no snow yet!)...
...then the snow hit. And it has not stopped since. We have been getting dumped on every few days, inch after inch. I actually love the snow, but it's just been way too much. We had a week where temps hit -50 degrees. Yes, negative, yes, Fahrenheit! It was rough. We are looking forward to spring! But we have had some fun in the snow!



We went sledding with some friends right before the polar vortex hit, and I think it was below zero with the wind chill, so it was just a little too cold to be super fun, but it was still somewhat enjoyable ;) and certainly fun to spend a Saturday together making memories.
We celebrated a couple of big boys turning 4! We had lots of birthday celebrations throughout the week, but on their actual birthday we went swimming, out to eat and then to the big indoor playscape that they love. I think they would say it was their ideal day.

The weekend after their birthday we had a small construction party at our house. We had breakfast and a couple activities, but mostly they just enjoyed playing with their friends.


Other than those highlights, January was mostly spent hunkering down, staying out of the cold, hoping classes & activities wouldn't be cancelled (they basically all were...)-lots of game nights, movie nights and a lot of time together as a family which was great! Tony & I had a few events also, but I have no pictures so you'll just have to take my word for it, ha! 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Goals & Plans

Some years I have set goals, some years I have done a word for the year, I've done resolutions and I've done nothing some years. It kind of just varies on where I'm at, and what I want to focus on that year. 
This year, I have a random mash up of things. I enjoy setting goals monthly, because I feel like it's a little more attainable for. I usually have no idea what my life is going to be like 8 months from now, so setting yearly goals sometimes feels unmanageable. But, I can usually look over the next 30 days and set some goals that I can actually accomplish. This year, that feels best for me. I think month to month my goals might change a little bit, but there are some things I'd generally like to be focusing on and will probably make goals for each month: 
  • Workout goals-I have aimed in the past for around 10 workouts per month. Not overwhelming or if I get sick or something, I can still meet the goal, and if I get more, great! We have a YMCA membership this year, so I may set goals for how many classes I want to make it to each month, or something similar.
  • Faith based-this might be memorizing a chunk of scripture, reading my bible a certain number of times, or something based on prayer. 
  • Books-I think this year I am going to generally aim to read one fiction and one non-fiction book per month, just to keep it simple.
  • Family- I will probably focus on things like family nights, date nights, one on one time with the kids, etc.
  • Financial- This will probably really vary month to month, but it could be anything from saving a certain amount that month, to not overspending in a certain category if I have been the previous months. 
  • Goodwill- Last year I really tried to have our family grow as givers, both physically giving things or money where there's a need, but also giving of our time and talents. I might try to set a goal with this just to make sure it doesn't fall by the wayside, but I may also just let it happen organically where there's a need. 
  • Personal- I am not great at taking care of myself, so this could be anything from styling a couple new outfits to taking care of my skin better that month to scheduling a night off to blog or read or just lounge.

The word that I keep thinking of when I think about this year and all that is to come is pursue. I want to be intentional in my pursuit of certain things this year. I want to really be pursuing the relationships I have. Building into them, and not just taking them for granted. I want to love my people well this year. 
I also want to be pursuing wisdom, Christ & truth more. 

The verse I am focusing on right now, and want to continue building my life around this year is: 


This is partially where my pursuit for wisdom, Christ & truth comes from. I want to really be letting the word dwell in me, not just reading it and forgetting about it and moving on with my day. Rather, I want it to permeate my soul, overflowing out of me in my character and actions. When I teach or admonish others, whether it be my children, friends, whoever, I would want it to be done only in wisdom, based on truth. This is something I really want to focus on and work on this year, especially with my kids. It's easy to just quickly correct them and move on, but how much would we all grow if I base it in wisdom and truth and let those be the reasons for my correction? And finally, I want to worship God more this year. I want to sing to Him and about Him when I'm alone, when I'm in the car, when I'm with my family. I want to praise Him and glorify Him through my voice, my actions, my heart, and my life. Of course, continue in thankfulness to Him. This is something I focused a lot on in the last year or so, and it has really changed my prayer life. 

As far as my blog, I have set goals for it in the past. A few years ago, I had a goal to blog once a week and I really enjoyed that. It was do-able without feeling like too much, and it allowed me to sit down each week and have this as a creative outlet and kind of a stress reliever sometimes, which was nice. This year, one thing I want to try is doing a monthly recap. I usually do some recaps in the summer because we have so much going on, and it's always really fun to look back at them and see what we did those summers. I also really enjoy doing a recap at the end of the year, but sometimes it's really hard to remember everything that happened that year, so I was thinking that if I do a quick recap at the end of every month, it would give me the ability to look back and see the little things that happened here and there that may not deserve a blog post of their own, without being stressful to try to remember what we did. 
I'm sure I will blog about other things as well, but I am going to try to keep up on those recaps each month this year! 

So that's pretty much it for 2019! I am expectant for another full, wonderful year!  
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

2018 Recap

2018 was a great year! It was the first year that we've been settled into our family dynamic of 6. Ever since we got married 10 years ago, our family has been changing. Either trying to grow it, being pregnant, having a new baby, doing foster care, or waiting on adoption. Every year, we never knew what our family would look like by the end of the year. 2018 was the first year that we knew (Lord willing) that we'd start and end the year with the 6 of us. It was really nice to just rest in that this past year and grow together as a family after the long foster and adoption process. I used to do recaps every year, but it's been several years now since I've done one. I thought it would be fun to look back at the past year, and to look at some goals and plans for the year ahead (that post is coming soon)! 

January
The biggest thing that happened this month was that we moved! We closed on our new home January 2 and moved the following weekend. We spent most of that month hunkered down, getting unpacked and settled into the new house, and getting the old house cleared out and ready for the new owner. 

My sons turned 3 in January so we celebrated with a family party! 

We said our final goodbye to our old house, where our family grew from 4-6. Lots of sweet and hard memories in those walls. 

February
We hosted a super bowl party at our new house and had so much fun being able to host a gathering again (the first of many in 2018!!) something we had missed so much at our previous house.

The girls went on their annual daddy daughter date night near Valentine's Day-one of their favorite things each year! 

My husband turned 30 and was in like a pre mid life crisis about it, so I don't think we did a whole lot (by his choosing). 

March
This one is super random, but we finally got our custom made table and the only reason I'm including this is because 1) it was the first area in the house that I got completely finished (but we needed the table for the electrician to hang the light and to know where we should hang the clock, so we were waiting on it!) and 2) it was so nice to have a table that actually fit our whole family again, PLUS a place we could host and gather with other people and we just did so much life around this table over the past year! 

My dad came to visit for my middle's birthday and we had a fun long weekend.

My girl turned FIVE which is still hard to believe! We celebrated with a birthday breakfast with the grandparents, and pedicures for the girls. She had a party the following weekend!




My mom came to visit, and we all went out to brunch for Gramps' birthday.

April
We celebrated Easter! 

We went to the circus!

We finally enjoyed some nice weather and could actually be outside (it was a loooooong winter!) 

The girls started field games, which was so much fun for them. 

My mom came into town again and we went to one of the pottery painting places! 

We went on a girl's afternoon to see Pippi Longstocking, the play. 

We also went to see my mom's play, Tom Sawyer!

We took our giant bicycle train out for the first time of the year ;) 

My biggest girl cut TONS of hair off and got the cutest little spunky cut that fit her personality perfectly!

May
My oldest had her first "school" music performance (for the classes she attends once per week) and it was the cutest. 

We took a family trip out East. We hit Atlanta and saw the Georgia Aquarium, and spent the rest of our trip on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. 


We celebrated Mother's Day with a lowkey day with my favorites.

The boys finished up their first year of preschool.


We finished up our homeschooling year.


My husband bought a motorcycle (again) that he is very proud of & the kids are very excited about sitting on. 


We went to visit some of our favorite friends over Memorial Day weekend. 8 kids, 4 adults, 2 dogs & 2 guinea pigs in one house for the weekend-it was a party! Lots of fun was had! 

June
Those same friends came and stayed with us a few weeks later while they were in town for a wedding, so we got to enjoy some more time together!

CJ had her first big spring dance recital! She danced to "Tomorrow" from Annie, and was the cutest dancer ever.

The girls took a Swamp Slime class at a nature center. They fished for tad poles, got to hold a frog and snake, and made slime! 


The girls started a several week long painting class and came home with lots of fun creations! 

Both boys came down with (separate) cases of cellulitis, so we spent some time in doctor's offices getting that figured out and taken care of. 

We celebrated our favorite guy on Father's Day! 

We traveled to Omaha to meet up with my family for a long weekend! 

July
The girls did a one day slumber party dance camp that they loved! 

We went out of town for a weekend with some friends for our annual "adult sleepovers" trip! 

The girls took and crushed swim lessons. 

 My Texas family came to visit!

I turned 31! 

The girls & I did a week of VBS. 

August
My oldest was baptized!!!

We started our homeschool year in early August. Kindergarten & 1st grade this year! 


Probably this biggest change for our family this year was changing churches after 12 years at our previous church. A very hard decision that we had been praying on for about a year. August (and really the rest of the year) was a huge month of change because of this. It has been a hard, but really good change.

We ventured on our final trip of the year and spent the last day of the month in Indianapolis! 

September
We spent the rest of Labor Day weekend on our trip to Indiana, Ohio & Kentucky. We saw the Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Indianapolis Children's Museum and downtown Cincinnati. 

The boys started a new year of preschool!

I had gum surgery after putting it off for at least 6 months. It was rough.

The girls started their weekly homeschool class up again. 

We celebrated 1 year as an official family of 6! 

We had some other dear friends come visit from Oklahoma and spend a long weekend with us! 

My oldest turned 7, and she opted instead of a party this year to spend a day at the amusement park. It was a blast! 


We went bowling (among other things) on her actual birthday. 

My dad came to visit again! 

October
We went on a field trip with the homeschool group to the pumpkin patch! 

My husband went to a men's retreat with our new church, and we survived the weekend without him (I'm still traumatized from when he used to travel, so this was a big deal). 

My oldest started back with gymnastics. 

We did lots of fun halloween events. 

November
We flew to Texas (the boys first time on an airplane!) for Thanksgiving. 

We spent a couple of days in Galveston and then headed back to Houston. 

My husband & I got to sneak away for a night while the kids stayed with their grandparents & auntie. Much needed! 

My oldest was stung (bit??) by an asp caterpillar which was TERRIFYING. It doesn't look so bad in this picture but it was so, so scary. 
December 
Went to see John Crist with friends!

Went to a trivia night for foster care with some other friends!

Went on a field trip to a local dairy.

Hosted a Christmas movie night for my connection group girls. 

Went to a Christmas party at Daddy's work. 

Went on a field trip to the library.

Had our annual drive to see the synchronized light show in pj's w/ hot cocoa! 

Made a gingerbread train with Daddy (this is not a mommy activity lol)

My middle love got her very first haircut!! 

She also had her winter dance recital and danced as a nutcracker mouse! 

Both girls sang at Barnes and Noble with their homeschool group.

Did some Christmas baking for neighbors and coworkers. 

Celebrated 10 wonderful years of marriage! 

Celebrated Christmas Eve with family!

Slept by the fire on Christmas Eve :)

Had such a fun Christmas with the kids! 


Celebrate New Year's Eve with friends!
(holy cow, December was busy!) 

In 2018 we checked 7 more states off of our list! 38 states to go & about 11 more years! 
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Texas
We are looking forward to another full and wonderful year ahead! What is your favorite memory from 2018? 



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