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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

goals for 2016

I know it's already the end of January but this month I have been spending time thinking about my goals personally and for our family this year. I am so excited to see what 2016 has in store for us.

My personal goals are:

Eat healthier and be fit
Cameron and I both have this as a goal so that of course makes it helpful ;) I have signed up for the Barre3 January Challenge and absolutely love it! The workouts are all online and are categorized but time so I just chose what would work best in my schedule for that day. They are hard and I have been quite sore but the instructors are so motivating that I just really enjoy every workout. I also love the recipes they email out. Cameron is on a very strict diet right now and the recipes fit right in with him so that's been really nice and helpful. Also this lent I am going to try and go vegetarian again possibly even vegan. I have already cut dairy out of my diet (except for cheese...I love cheese). Last year I think with living with my parents and not really being in the right mindset just made the experience harder for me. This year I feel much more prepared and already eat a large portion of my meals vegetarian.  My goal with all of this, is not only to be healthier but to make it more of a lifestyle change.

Finish decorating the house to make it homier
When we moved in last year I went through every room and pretty much just quickly put it together...with exception of the kids rooms. Then I went back through and made changes but it still didn't feel right. There are a few rooms left in the house I really want to create a new space in. Almost the entire upstairs is done...the only room I have left to finish is Amelia's bathroom. Downstairs I have the guest bedroom, guest bathroom, updates in the homework room, a few updates in the kitchen, living room (I have a HUGE project for this room!), master bathroom and bedroom. I also want Cameron to build a barn door for our entryway that closes off the mudroom. I absolutely love our house and living here has been almost dream like but I want it to feel a little homier. That's one of the things I loved so much about the house on Windmill Cove. I have already started the guest room and master bathroom so look for posts on those room to come!

Spending more one on one time with the kids
This is actually a goal of Cameron and mine together. We have talked about doing monthly date days or evenings with the kids for years and have made time here and there for it, but this year we are going to make sure we do one each month (starting in Feb). The first month I am going to take Asher somewhere and Cameron is going to take Aiden and then we will switch back and forth. Cameron will also take Amelia somewhere special sometime. I don't necessarily need to since her and I go special places together all the time ;) I am so excited about this! I have already planned to take Asher ice skating in February because he has always wanted to go. I think Cameron might take Aiden to Top Golf because he is starting to show an interest in golf. These dates should be a lot of fun but most of all show our kids how important they are to us.

More dates for us grownups ;)
Since we are carving out time to take the kids on monthly dates we are also going to try and make sure we take 1 (maybe 2) dates a month. Last year life was just so crazy busy with the new house and playing select baseball. The months just flew by and before we knew it the year was over. This year we have less on our schedule (no more select baseball) so hopefully it will be easier to make time for each other. Cameron and I love spending time together and my parents love keeping the kids so there are no excuses!

Many many adventures!
This year I want to get out of the house and go on adventures! For the past 3 years Amelia has been our excuse not to do things. She wasn't the easiest baby in the world and traveling with her made things pretty stressful. Now that she is 3 and there are no more babies on the horizon I am so excited to get out and see the world with my family! On long weekends or school holidays, on spring break, summer break and fall break we are going to take advantage of time and do something! The boys and I already started this goal when they had Martin Luther King Jr day off. Yeah it would have been easy to stay home but I wanted more. So I packed them up and we drove up to Waco and went to the Cameron Park Zoo. We had the best time!
 It was sooooo cold! When we got there the temp in my car read 46!

 This girl adores her brothers. She calls them "my boys"

I can't even believe that I have lived in Georgetown for so long and never taken my kids to this zoo...it was so nice! 

After the zoo we went to lunch at a nearby Mexican food restaurant and then drove by the Magnolia Silos from one of my fav shows Fixer Upper.
I couldn't go in without Cameron (another weekend trip planned) but we drove by and took pics and then hit up a few antique shops in the area where I scored this cool old scale
for only $7!!! Quite the steal ;)

It was the best day that could have been missed by sitting at home and doing nothing. No more of that for this family! We are taking advantage of this time we have together. And I have to say...I am really really happy to be done with the baby phase ;)

my last goal is...

Give Liturgical Living a try
Now for this one we are going to take baby steps with. I picked up a calendar from church and the boys and I went through and for each month chose 1 or 2 or 3 saint's feast days that we are going to recognize in our home. We will do this by me cooking a special dinner and dessert and ready a story about that saint. Baby steps I said...;) We are also going to start celebrating their baptism day. This is something I have never really thought about doing until I started reading the blog Catholic All Year and this post. My kids already abstain from meat on Fridays in Lent and they all give something up so these are things we will just continue. Our last little jump into liturgical living is saying the rosary as a family once a week. I am excited about infusing our religious beliefs into our daily life.

 So there ya go! I mostly wrote this post for personal reasons as I need to be kept accountable and be able to remind myself if I need the push in a few months. So far 2016 is shaping out to be a good one for us! I hope you are feeling the same way :)

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