January 21, 2008

2008 Resolutions

Alright here it is...2008 New Years Resolutions!! A little late...i know. Every year, like the rest of the American population, I half heartily think up unrealistic new years resolutions with the easier said than done attitude and all along knowing that theres a very good chance that I wont go through with them. Not this year...This year, I have put a lot of thought into making realistic goals and I honestly have every intention of keeping every one of them. So here they are in no particular order:

1. Every morning and every time I feel stressed/anxieties I will stop and ask myself "What is really important to me?" Too often I let myself get caught up in things, ideas or situations that should not have priority in my life and in consequence, I let the things/people in my life that really do matter to me take second place. What is that saying?...Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

2. 6 am. I will now wake up every morning Monday through Friday at 6 am to workout. Now, since I do so much love my sleep and understand that this one is going to be a challenge some mornings...I will allow myself one freebie sleep in day during the work week if needed. However, if i choose to use a freebie, it must be made up on the upcoming weekend but does not need to be at 6 am because hey.. that would just be crazy.

3. Stress. I stress too much and I become unhealthy because of it. Its an ongoing challenge for me but its needs to be listed.

4. Outdoors! Every summer I plan to do spend a lot of time outdoors and every summer seems to come and go in the blink of an eye leaving me with the disappointed feeling of wishing I had done more. Not this summer. This summer will be spent backpacking, hiking, car camping, gardening, walking the dogs, going to the parks/dog parks, reading outside etc etc etc.

5. Increase water intake and decrease carbonation. I wont say that I will never drink carbonation again, that would be unrealistic. But I will drink it in better moderation.

6. I will spend more quality time with the pups. So many days, I find that I'm tired and exhausted after work and as a result I don't feel that I give them the time and attention that I would like to. They are the world to me and I couldn't picture coming home to house without them waiting at the door for me.

7. I love my weekends. I love my weekends so much that I tend to wish away my weekdays to get to them. Life is so short and I will work on appreciating every day that is in it.

8. I will make dinners more often. Too much of our money is spent on eating out. This will also help with eating healthier as we are more apt to make poor decisions when eating out vs cooking dinner at home.

9. Garden. This summer will be my 3rd year creating a garden and I will be the first to admit that in the past I have gotten all excited about planting a garden but became lazy when it came to up keeping it. This year I will put a lot more TLC into my garden

10. Emergency Kit. I have been talking about putting together an emergency kit and funds for over 2 yrs now and this year we are going to have one in the house and in the car.

January 07, 2008

Where To Start

Where to start... So much has happened since I last wrote. The kitties are gone now. They were so much fun while we had them as each one had its own personality and all 3 were so different from each other. MoMo was the boy. He was the most independent of them, he did everything first. Bella was the female with the most beautiful face, her and MoMo played constantly. She was a follower, very timid and shy. And then there was Chole.
Chloe had my heart from the beginning. She was the runt of the litter but LOVED people. If you were in the room she was at your feet. I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror in the morning and she would climb from the floor up to my shoulder and just sit there. Oh and ps..she was a cuddler :). Giving them away was hard for me as I had so much guilt for letting Abbie get pregnant in the first place. I felt like if these kittens got bad homes and had miserable lives it was all my fault. I know Im PATHETIC for sure lol. However, of the 15 or so calls we got the morning we put them on KSL.com, I feel really good about the homes they went to. My co-worker got MoMo and took the most adorable pic of her son and him.

Stella Stella Stella...where to begin. We got a third dog. Gabe is getting older now and doesn't like to rough around like he used to. Our hopes was to find a dog that Sam could go at
it all day with as he has so much energy. It worked... Sam and Stella were a perfect match, they played together nonstop. However, it came at a price. After we got Stella, Gabe began to withdrawl from us. We began to notice that if Stella wasn't around, Gabe was his old self but when she was, it was like she overwhelmed him and he withdrew.
That was the kicker that forced us the make the decision to give her back to her foster mom. If it weren't for the issue with Gabe,
we may have been able to deal with the fact that she chewed up everything, or that 3 dogs can be well ... honestly overwhelming. We had her for a month and a half, and if things were different,or maybe it was a different time in our lives...Stella would have made a great family member. I wish nothing but the best for her and pray that she finds a good home.

The holidays have come and gone since i last wrote. Believe it or not, we were able to keep the family drama to a minimal this year. Santa was very good to us...i got my hotub!!!

And let me tell you..i think that is the best investment santas ever made :). Matt got his big screen TV and his Xbox 360. And ps...our basements done!!! Mind you there are still some finishing touches such as 2 closets need shelves and some base boarding still needs to be done, but everyone deserves a break right lol. There are already projects lined up for the spring, so a break sounded like a good idea. Now we just need to get the dish hooked back up lol.