Haley has no problem staying up!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Haley has no problem staying up!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Just ignore the blood part. It is hard to find a picture of a female vampire that is not really sexual, and since this is about Abi I thought blood was better then half naked!!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
- I would love it if we ate out only once a week or less as a family. With 6 people we waste so much money eating out, and really most of the time it is not good food anyway.
- Save $100 a month for our vacation fund.
- Grocery shop on a regular basis. This is the biggest reason that we eat out a lot, I never have food in the kitchen. If I go shopping every two weeks and get everything that we need for proper meals then I am less likely to say lets just eat out.
- Put $20 a month into the kids savings accounts. This should be an easy one. Their savings accounts are at different bank then we go to so I just need to go and do it.
- NOT to accumulate any debt.
- Teach Adam to do laundry. This one might be hard for me, but if I want to be a good mom then I need to teach him to do these things.
- Take one room a month and gut it and throw everything out that I no longer need/want. Also organize everything in the room. There is not a ton that needs to be done because we just moved to this house 4 months ago, but there is still a need for organization.
- Curtains, and home decor for the living spaces are in high demand.
- Teach the kids to change their own sheets and put new sheets on the RIGHT way.
- Organize into one space. Right now I work out of the kitchen but have a globble of stuff in an office that I "share" with my boss. ("Share" means that he has the office and I only use it when he is gone for the day to make phone calls. The kitchen is too loud to make calls so a lot of the time I make calls from my cell phone in the staff lounge.)
- Figure out how to stop working when I get home at night. I check emails, make menus, work on monthly reports at home at night. I am sure that it bothers my family, but mostly it bothers me. I need to stop "bringing work home with me".
- Make it run more smoothly in general. (This is generic but I know what it means.)
- Check homework every night that I am home. Check for reports and projects that are due in the near future.
- Read with the kids that are less able each afternoon/night that I am home.
- Go on two family trips this year. I am not saying spend a lot of money, I am just saying a trip with the family for family fun.
- One family activity a week; even if it is a movie, a game or bowling.
- Plan fun things during long breaks for the kids when we are out of school. This way we do not just sit around doing nothing.
- Read at least 2 books a month. (This is an easy one that I usually do already but sometimes I get busy and need to be reminded that reading helps your mind stay strong.)
- Go on at least 2 dates a month with Lewis.
- Be honest about how I feel. I do not mean freak out in the lounge at work, but be really honest about how I feel within myself. (Deep, huh?)
- Get in better shape, whatever that means.
Okay, that is it for now. I have to go and do some more laundry so that we can get to school on time tomorrow. Let me know what you think of my goals. Yes goals, not resolutions.
Wii bowling, Super Mario, dog sleeping, dress up, and peanut butter M&M's. Now that is what I call a hopping New Year's Eve!! (Well at least it is what the kid's call a hopping New Year's Eve.) Obviously we stayed home with the kids this year. They loved it and it was actually nice to have a down night with the kids for a change. Abi fell asleep at 11:30, but the rest of the kids stayed up until midnight. At midnight we (I) screamed, tried to kiss everyone while they ran away from me and then the kids went straight to bed. Oh yeah, so did Lewis. I watched TV with the dog and then went to bed at 2am.
Wait, is that Twenty Ten or Two Thousand Ten? You decide I am too tired!
So we decided to only do 1 gift per person this year from Lewis and myself. Santa only brought one gift per kid this year too. Christmas was very small this year but nobody seemed to notice at all. Everyone got the "big" thing that they asked for from either Lewis and me or from Santa. We were all done and cleaned up before 9. We made a great breakfast of German Pancakes and then played with our toys until it was time to get ready for the family lunch that we were hosting.
Merry Christmas everyone!
After we got home from my parent's house we had the kids open up their traditional Christmas pajamas (the parents got them too) and take the traditional Christmas Eve picture. Here are the best of the best. After that the kids set out cookies and milk for Santa and were sent straight to bed.
We went to my parents house on Christmas Eve this year. My parents had a bunch of activities set so that the evening would go smoothly and quickly for the kids:
*Alain made crepes and had a ton of fillings for us to choose to go inside (they were delicious as always, he is French you know!)
*Donna read one of her favorite Christmas stories to the grand kids
*Ti played 3 Christmas songs
*Haley signed Silent Night while everyone sang
*Alain told the Christmas story by asking the little kids to answer questions pertaining to the story (of course the one question that Abi new knew the answer to was answered by her cousin so she looked like she had never been told about Baby Jesus)
*Alain and Donna opened all of their gifts from the kids