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Project Life 2011: January 16-22


Sunday, January 16 ~ No picture today.  Jackson was getting over his sickness, so we tried to lay low and get some stuff done around the house.

Monday, January 17 ~ For Jayden's birthday we gave him a Leapster Explorer.  He loves it so much that we have quickly figured out the parenting art of limiting techy time.  Every now and then Jackson will pretend like he's playing too, but other times he'll sit and watch Jayden play (like in this picture).

Tuesday, January 18 ~ Still having a lot of fun with the glasses! :)

Wednesday, January 19 ~ One of my favorite things about where we live is seeing the deer and other wildlife!  So cute watching them run across the field!

Thursday, January 20 ~ Snow day!!  The lighting outside was PERFECT for some great pictures of the boys!!

Friday, January 21 ~ No pictures today.  We were too busy getting ready for our trip to Chicago to see Dipal's mom before she left on a trip to India.

Saturday, January 22 ~ After we got to Chicago the boys jumped around with Aashi to release some energy after being in the car for so long.  I caught Aashi in a midair jump in this pic!

You can check out other Project Life posts at The Mom Creative.

What Happens When a Cha Cha Boy Gets a Toy Story Shirt

Step 1: Remove whatever form of clothing currently being worn (In this case pajamas).

Step 2: Find some sort of opening.

Step 3: Try to remember what Mommy does.

Step 4: Try...

 Try...

And if you don't succeed...

 Try again.

 Step 5: And if all else fails, ask Mommy. :)

Bonus Points: Appease Mommy and sit for a thank you picture to Aunt Brittany.


We are so thankful for such thoughtful friends and family!! Truly blessed. :)

{Please excuse the quality of the photos.  The thought of putting this on the blog didn't enter my mind until after taking these on my phone.}





Project Life 2011: January 9-15



I've decided to make some changes to how I do Project Life.  I'm going to start these posts over here at our family blog rather than my personal blog because I would much rather share our pictures with family and close friends. I know a lot of you check out my personal blog too, but this way all personal/family posts will be together.  I'll no longer be participating in the public link-up, but I will always include the button above which will take you to Jessica Turner's blog where you can see others blogs who do participate in the public link-up. Now, on to the fun!

Sunday, January 9 ~ (Still in Tennessee) The boys loved watching movies with their Aunt Emmie!

Monday, January 10 ~ Snow day!  We got about 8 inches of snow which was fun for playing, snowball fights, sledding (or if you're my brother Nathan, flipping over), and watching Skittles (the family dog) jump around like a snow bunny!

Tuesday, January 11 ~ One of the things Jayden likes to do at my mom's house is pretend the fireplace is a drive-thru window with my sister Emmie. They order food for everyone then deliver it (and expect you to gobble it up). Jayden has a great imagination!

Wednesday, January 12 ~ Snapped a picture while on our way back to Illinois from Tennessee. The mountain was so pretty with all the snow and frozen water on the rocks.

Thursday, January 13 ~ We took the boys to see the Harlem Globetrotters tonight.  They both loved it, especially the mascot Globie. I loved this picture I took of Dipal and Jackson.

Friday, January 14 ~ Typical football playtime, only these days it includes helmets thanks to Santa and Uncle Nathan. :)

Saturday, January 15 ~ Tonight we went to a friend's birthday party, and despite Jackson getting sick, had a fun time.  We especially loved playing with the funny glasses we got in the favor bag!

Make sure to check out other Project Life posts at The Mom Creative.

Five Minute Friday: Photo Prompt


I remember being in one of my public relations classes in college when a favorite professor asked the question "Where do you see yourself in five years?"  Although I couldn't answer for sure, I envisioned myself in an exciting PR job, loving what I was doing despite the hard times that would surely come with starting my career.

Very quickly, it became evident that's not the direction my life was going to take.  Instead, on a random Thursday night just a few years later I was laughing with my favorite boys at a Harlem Globetrotters game.  I was sitting with guys that were not apart of the vision a few years ago, but now I couldn't possibly envision the future without.

And look at those smiles.  Those smiles make my heart flutter better than any job could ever hope.

*Check out other "Five Minute Friday" posts over at The Gypsy Mama.  (LOVE her idea to do this!!)


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Project Life 2011: January 1-8



So, needless to say... My Project Life posts were seriously lacking towards the end of 2010.  Ahem.  As were all my posts...  But it's a new year, so what better time to jump back on board?!  I love the idea of Project Life and if I really get my act together, am even thinking about making these pictures into a tangible scrapbook.  I love the convenience of pictures online/on the computer, but there is something nice about being able to hold something in your hands and take it in.


Saturday, January 1 ~ Happy New Year from the boys and me!!  For the last few years we've hosted New Year's Eve at our home and these were some of the leftover party accessories that the boys (and I) were playing with the next morning.

Sunday, January 2 ~ The boys, especially my oldest, are really into Toy Story.  They also are outgrowing all their pajamas, so for Christmas GiGi and G-Man (My mom and stepdad) helped us stock up on none other than Toy Story pajamas (You can also see a pair in the photo above).  My poor Jayden has his "sick eyes" in this picture as he was in the beginning of a cold, but they were pretty ecstatic to have these pajamas!

Monday, January 3 ~ Today the boys and I spent our entire day finishing up Christmas (See 2011 goals, #11) and after-Christmas clearance shopping.  They were such troopers (A new Toy Story book and some cookies helped)!

Tuesday, January 4 ~ Since committing to do Project Life for 2011 wasn't something I had thought through until the last couple of days, you get to see my messy kitchen on January 4.  The original point of this picture was to do a before and after organizing post... but that didn't happen.  Granted the severity of my cluttery mess is intensified due to the holidays, we'll just use this picture to say this is why #3 is on the 2011 goal list.

Wednesday, January 5 ~ There are a couple of things Jackson has started doing lately that I think are very cute, like going off on his own to build towers with his wooden blocks and this other little face he's making in the top right picture.  I also thought it was sweet how the boys like to sit at the bottom of the stairs while their daddy was working from home upstairs in his office.  I can just hear Jackson saying "Cheeeeeeeeeeese!!" for this picture. 

Thursday, January 6 ~ The boys and I left for Tennessee today to go visit with family while the hubs traveled on 2 back-to-back work trips.  This is one of the pictures I sent him on our drive down.  I try to send him a ton of picture updates when we're apart because he misses the boys (and hopefully me) like crazy!  Yes, we miss him too. :)

Friday, January 7 ~ Today was a fun day at GiGi and G-Man's house!  G-Man wanted to take the boys to McDonald's to play and have some lunch, and in true G-Man style he jumped right in and played with them.  Jackson loves pretending he's driving, which is what he was trying to tell G-Man in the picture.  Jayden loved climbing and playing in the playplace.  After lunch the boys came home and opened some Christmas presents from family who had sent them from WV.  Jayden especially loved his sleeping bag equipped with a flashlight. (The kid loves flashlights!)  Speaking of love, Jackson loves the Veggie Tales movie Jonah, which is what he, G-Man, and my sister Emmie are watching in the bottom left picture.  We completed the day with a story read by GiGi (by request of Jackson).

Saturday, January 8 ~ We started out Saturday with pancakes made by G-Man (He spoiled us with these almost every single day we were in Tennessee) and then drove up to visit my grandfather who we call "Pops."  We met my dad, stepmom, brother, and sister there and spent some time playing outside.  I forgot to pack any gloves for the boys, so my Aunt Robyn brought some over that she had of my cousin's - Mork and Mindy circa 1980!

To see more Project Life photos you can go visit The Mom Creative!

Looking forward to continuing the rest of the year with our pictures!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!
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Project Life: January 1-8



So, needless to say... My Project Life posts were seriously lacking towards the end of 2010.  Ahem.  As were all my posts...  But it's a new year, so what better time to jump back on board?!  I love the idea of Project Life and if I really get my act together, am even thinking about making these pictures into a tangible scrapbook.  I love the convenience of pictures online/on the computer, but there is something nice about being able to hold something in your hands and take it in.


Saturday, January 1 ~ Happy New Year from the boys and me!!  For the last few years we've hosted New Year's Eve at our home and these were some of the leftover party accessories that the boys (and I) were playing with the next morning.

Sunday, January 2 ~ The boys, especially my oldest, are really into Toy Story.  They also are outgrowing all their pajamas, so for Christmas GiGi and G-Man (My mom and stepdad) helped us stock up on none other than Toy Story pajamas (You can also see a pair in the photo above).  My poor Jayden has his "sick eyes" in this picture as he was in the beginning of a cold, but they were pretty ecstatic to have these pajamas!

Monday, January 3 ~ Today the boys and I spent our entire day finishing up Christmas (See 2011 goals, #11) and after-Christmas clearance shopping.  They were such troopers (A new Toy Story book and some cookies helped)!

Tuesday, January 4 ~ Since committing to do Project Life for 2011 wasn't something I had thought through until the last couple of days, you get to see my messy kitchen on January 4.  The original point of this picture was to do a before and after organizing post... but that didn't happen.  Granted the severity of my cluttery mess is intensified due to the holidays, we'll just use this picture to say this is why #3 is on the 2011 goal list.

Wednesday, January 5 ~ There are a couple of things Jackson has started doing lately that I think are very cute, like going off on his own to build towers with his wooden blocks and this other little face he's making in the top right picture.  I also thought it was sweet how the boys like to sit at the bottom of the stairs while their daddy was working from home upstairs in his office.  I can just hear Jackson saying "Cheeeeeeeeeeese!!" for this picture. 

Thursday, January 6 ~ The boys and I left for Tennessee today to go visit with family while the hubs traveled on 2 back-to-back work trips.  This is one of the pictures I sent him on our drive down.  I try to send him a ton of picture updates when we're apart because he misses the boys (and hopefully me) like crazy!  Yes, we miss him too. :)

Friday, January 7 ~ Today was a fun day at GiGi and G-Man's house!  G-Man wanted to take the boys to McDonald's to play and have some lunch, and in true G-Man style he jumped right in and played with them.  Jackson loves pretending he's driving, which is what he was trying to tell G-Man in the picture.  Jayden loved climbing and playing in the playplace.  After lunch the boys came home and opened some Christmas presents from family who had sent them from WV.  Jayden especially loved his sleeping bag equipped with a flashlight. (The kid loves flashlights!)  Speaking of love, Jackson loves the Veggie Tales movie Jonah, which is what he, G-Man, and my sister Emmie are watching in the bottom left picture.  We completed the day with a story read by GiGi (by request of Jackson).

Saturday, January 8 ~ We started out Saturday with pancakes made by G-Man (He spoiled us with these almost every single day we were in Tennessee) and then drove up to visit my grandfather who we call "Pops."  We met my dad, stepmom, brother, and sister there and spent some time playing outside.  I forgot to pack any gloves for the boys, so my Aunt Robyn brought some over that she had of my cousin's - Mork and Mindy circa 1980!

To see more Project Life photos you can go visit The Mom Creative!

Looking forward to continuing the rest of the year with our pictures!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!
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Slowly but Surely Attacking Goals



It's day 10 of 2011 -- How are you doing on your goals/resolutions?  I actually haven't fully started attacking my goals yet, which I'm happy about.  Doing too much too early would only be a recipe for burnout.

One thing I have started on is goal #1 - to read the entire Bible.  In fact, I'm doing something a little crazy -- trying to read it in 90 days!  A few days ago on Twitter I saw a link to a group planning on reading the Bible in 90 days together and I thought 'what a way to accomplish my goal!'  Yes, a bit intimidating, especially with 2 kiddos, but exciting.

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The site joining this community of Bible readers together is Mom's Toolbox, a blog that's purpose is to provide "Tools for real moms growing in Christ."  They have close to 1000 people taking part in this challenge!  I would encourage others to join in, however if you haven't started reading yet it might be hard to catch up as the group is on day 9 today.  In fact, I'm still trying to catch up to the rest of the group since I didn't start my reading until day 3.

As for the rest of my goals, I'm mostly just trying to set myself up with a plan to accomplish them for when we return home.  My husband had 2 back-to-back work trips to go on, so the boys and I traveled down to Tennessee to visit with family instead of staying home by ourselves.  It's been a great trip topped off with the beautiful snow today!

Now, off to go catch up on some reading!! :)

Hope you all have a great day!

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My 11 for 2011

I'm usually not one to make New Year's resolutions.  Resolutions are known for being broken and I just feel like I would be setting myself up for disaster.  But over the last couple of months I kept having things come to mind that I would like to work on and get better at, so I told myself that this would be a year of accomplishing goals, or as we call them this time of year, resolutions.  If I summed up everything I would like to resolve to do into one sentence it would probably be "To get my act together, " but what fun would it be if I left it at that?  Not fun at all and definitely not setting myself up for success - I need specifics!

So, in an effort to help gather my thoughts and prepare myself for a successful year, here they are...

My 11 "Resolutions" for 2011:

1. Read the entire Bible.  I've been wanting to accomplish this task for years and years and this is going to be the year I do it.  There are so many different reading plans available to help that I really don't have an excuse not to - The only thing holding me back is my own discipline.  I think it's wild that I've grown up with my faith in Christ, but have never completely read the book that I believe to be the inerrant word of God.

2. Lose the last of that baby weight. (Yeah, I know it's typical resolution material.)  It's time to get back to the exercise routine, say goodbye to the sodas I started drinking over the holidays, and get back to a weight I feel good about once and for all. No. More. Excuses.


3. Stick to my routine.  I'm not a fan of cleaning (Just ask my hubby or even my roommates from college), so the only way I'll get it done is if I do it in small doses.  When I follow my routine the house looks better, I feel better, and I know it makes the hubby happy.  I would even venture to say our kiddos act better when the house is in order and not chaotic.  Peace of mind for all is a definite plus.


4. Decorate our home.  On the note of taking care of our home, I really would like to do a better job of decorating our space.  I love decorating, but it's not something that comes naturally to me, so it will take a bit of work.  I want our home to be a happy and comfortable place for us as well as a place to gather with family and friends in a pleasant atmosphere.


5. Take better care of myself and our family.  I guess this kinda goes hand-in-hand with #2, but when I thought of this I was thinking more along the lines of finding a good family doctor and keeping up with necessary check-ups and appointments to keep our family in the best health possible.  When someone gets sick I want to have a professional close by that I trust to help us out.


6. Blog more.  Oh yeah, it's on here.  Have you seen the last time I posted?  And let's just be honest, that was only for the free Christmas cards.  By looking at the quantity of posts I have you wouldn't be able to tell how much I really love doing it, but I promise I do, which is why I keep trying to find a way to make it work for me.  More than that, I feel like it's something I'm suppose to be doing.  The best is yet to come.


7. Keep in touch with friends and family more.  I am one of the world's worst at keeping in touch with people.  I'm sure of it.  I'm positive if it weren't for Facebook I wouldn't keep in contact with 80% of the family and friends I do now, and even with Facebook I don't do it nearly as much as I should.  I want to make the time to call family, friends, and people who have impacted my life on a regular basis.


8. Potty train our 3 yr. old.  I think I've been dealing with guilt about this everyday for the last 6 months.  I just can't stay consistent.  Everyone always seems so anxious to potty train, but you know what I realized?  Diapers are so much easier!  My little man is more than capable of throwing out the diapers for good, he just needs his mama to get on her A-game. (Or would it be P-game?) ;)


9. Have our family participate in more charity type events.  I want to start teaching our boys while they're young to appreciate the blessings in their life and to be giving and loving to those that might not be so fortunate.  I think so much maturity and responsibility can be gained from seeing the world through the eyes of others and learning there is more to life than your own little comfortable bubble of life.

10. Help the family budget.  Dave Ramsey would be so proud.  We've been making major milestones along our journey to being debt free.  However, I still see places where I feel like we (mostly I) could improve - like spending less money on groceries/going out to eat.  I've tried the coupon thing before, and to be honest, it drove me a little nuts, but I've been having the itch to give it one more go.  I even bought a paper on Sunday. We shall see.


11. Be better prepared for events like holidays, birthdays, etc.  It's January 4th and I still have a Christmas gift I haven't bought yet, you know, for the holiday that was 2 weeks ago.  It's not for lack of trying, but that doesn't mean it isn't eating me alive.  I really, really want to be more proactive about buying birthday gifts/cards, planning birthday parties (or any other parties for that matter), and yes,  buying Christmas gifts.  Doing some things at the last minute can be beneficial and fun sometimes.  Doing 98% of it at the last minute causes stress.

Whew!  I've got a lot to keep me busy in 2011, but I'm excited!

If you're not into the resolution thing, but would rather sum up your plan for the year in one word then check out Alece over at Grit and Glory.  Any other year I would have loved to jump on board, but since the point is to not make a list of goals, I don't really fit the criteria.  However, if I did sum everything up in one word it would be Gumption.  With a little initiative and drive my goals will be in progress in no time.

Happy New Year!!  Here's to a fabulous 2011!!
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