Thursday, December 29, 2011

Annual New Years Resolution post

I think that the years go by too quickly now (I'm getting old. I'll insert a rant about teenagers these days later to reinforce this sentiment). Seems like I just did this and well it's been a year!!!

2011 was a wonderful, wonderful year! We welcomed another sweet girl (and our very last baby...or she better be!!!) into our family. Amelia was not in our "plan" for 2011. We never imagined that we'd ever get pregnant and we finally did. Years of practice finally paid off haha. It was truly the best surprise ever. I even have a funny story about taking my pregnancy test. She's 2 1/2 months old now and it's gone by too quickly. She full of smiles and laughs and LOVES her mama so much that she'd probably still be in my womb if she could. She's also spoiled so rotten she stinks, but I love her anyway. She looks a little like me, a little like her daddy and a lot like herself. She's beautiful....tonight she smiled at me while she was nursing and reached up and touched my face. If my heart could melt it would have.

Alyssa's grown bigger, taller, leaner and meaner. Every day is a joy, although some days are a challenge. She's halfway finished with her pre-k year and she loves school. She also loves her teacher. She constantly is having class and pretending to be her. She sounds just like her too it's hysterical. Mrs. Burroughs even agrees. She's just such a good kid. She's a awesome big sister, she's never ever jealous. I thought this would be an issues because she loves her mama as well, but it hasn't been at all. She climbs trees, sings constantly (and verybadly, bless her I don't see being a rockstar in her future...), dances all around the house and draws beautiful pictures. I love this kid. She's so much like me that some days I feel bad for my mother. She's beautiful as well and has such a big heart. We talk a lot about when she was a baby and what she's going to do when she grows up. I hope she's a hair dresser cause lord knows she does like to cut her hair. I think she's out to beat some kind of hair cutting record in her childhood. I need to hide the scissors better....

So now on to my resolutions: drum roll...ok they aren't really all that exciting.

1. I would put my usual resolution to lose weight, but since that's probably been number 1 every year for the past oh 15 years and I'm still fat I'll just skip that this year.

2. I'm going to learn something new this year. Last year I learned to can jam and veggies and all. The year before I learned to sew. Very domestic I know, but hey I'm domestic. This year I want to learn to crochet I think, but I keep it pretty vague cause I learn something new everyday. I learned to dance to the tutti ta song here recently. It was...well something. Thank goodness my only witnesses were a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 month old....If you don't know about tutti ta here's a link. Everyone should know about it...seriously it's a lot of fun.

3. I'm going to work on my relationships. Making them stronger, weeding out the ones that bring me down, nourishing the ones that bring me up. I think we all need to occasionally work on doing this.
4. I'm going to get more organized. I currently have a organizational system that lacks a system. It needs a system.

5. I'm going to think before I speak. I have a hot temper and sometimes I say things that I don't mean. I'm going to work on my filter this year. It's never been good, it slips at the most inappropriate times sometimes.

6. I'm going to complain less. This resolution might be a hard one. I am a complainer. I'm going to work on this. It sorta goes along with 5 and my filter. Gold star to my husband for enduring almost 9 years of marital bliss :)

7. Savings. Jamey's switching to the reserves in about a year and a half and we are moving HOME. I'm very excited most days about this. He'll start his master degree and we'd love to see him graduate with no student loan debt. We managed to accomplish this with our undergraduate degrees working pretty low paying jobs so I want to do this with his masters.

8. Gasp here it comes....I'm going to spend less time on the computer. Yep I said it. I need more time to crochet, sew, can and all....hehe. I'm just on the computer too much. I fuss at my child spending to much time on the leapster and I'm always on the computer.

9. Alyssa and I read every night at bedtime, but I want us to read more together. I'm going to work on us reading more than just at bedtime. She really only likes to read right now because it prolongs the bedtime routine. I want her to enjoy reading more.

10. I'm going to "pass it on." Let's just say that I've been very lucky. I have so many people who love me and who I love and I've been very fortunate. I'm going to pass a little kindness on. Very vague I know, but passing it on should be pretty vague.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Family photos

I'm probably the worse ever about having our family photos "made." I never ever get them done, I never ever get pictures of Alyssa "made" either. That being said I do take TONS and TONS of pictures of my girls. I just never take them and have them posed at the photo studio and have them done "professionally." Why? I don't like that style picture. I think that it's because I see my little munchkin as this ball full of nonstop energy and her sitting still having her photo made with cute little bows in her hair doesn't add up to the fiesty, uneven haired (she cuts it on a regular basis herself...ok I should probably figure out to stop this problem, but I just figure when she's 15 and wants to know why she has such a stupid looking hair cut from age 2 to 10 that I'll be able to let her know she was her own stylist), smiling, laughing little child that I have the true joy of watching grow everyday. Picture day at her school this year was a disaster. I attempted to send her to school in a really cute dress my mother in law made for her and to fix her hair all up. She completely refused the outfit I picked out, grabbed her rattiest (and favorite) sundress, ankle boots with the scuffed toes and looked at the bow like I asked her to smear poop in her hair, and headed out the door to school. There went my idea of a adorable photo right there.

With all that being said I like my house being filled with photos that I take of my little monsters and their doting, serious, quiet papa. The disadvantage of my desire to document every smile, and fit that happens in our lives...I drive my husband and children absolutely crazy. Currently Alyssa gets irritated anytime she sees me with the camera and I imagine that will get worse. The other disadvantage is that it's been said that I don't have any "real" pictures of the girls either. But does it get any more real than this photo?

If we went to have our pictures made they would never have gotten this picture of my husband. He would have a really stupid look on his face and wouldn't look near this happy. I'm thrilled to be a 'snapshot' photographer and I'm happy to display these snapshots of our lives in our home. Meet my newest snapshot. I'm hanging up as soon as it gets here :)