Thursday, January 8, 2015

January Goals

One of my very fav bloggers, and a friend from high school, does a post at the start of every month where she lists out her goals. I've always enjoyed reading them so I have decided to shamelessly steal this concept and do it myself.

So, behold. My first installment!



Since I'm just kick-starting this whole "monthly goals thing" I wanted to keep it simple and attainable. My January goals are as follows:

  1. Finish reading Gone Girl. You guys, I seriously have been reading this for an embarrassingly long amount of time. I am thoroughly enjoying it but can never seem to carve out time to make serious headway. If I have down time I'd much rather relax on the couch under a cozy blanket and watch TV. So this goal is kind of twofold... finish the book and by proxy, read more.  
  2. Lose 5 lbs. Yes, I know it is totally cliche this time of year but I really need to do it this time. We have a family vacation planned in July to the beach and I really want to be in a good place by then. I'm starting with a lose 5 lbs a month goal and I'll probably tailor this a bit as I go. Eating healthier and regular exercise is how I intend to make this happen. Which brings me to goal #3...
  3. Exercise at least three times a week. We have a gym at work so I intend to do most of my workouts over my lunch breaks and already have one under my belt so far this week. I would have more but meetings popped up yesterday and again today so I'm going to have to get creative outside of the work hours to make sure I stay active and hit this goal.
What are your goals for the month?  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Two!

Sweet Girl,
Today is your 2nd birthday! I'm so excited to celebrate with you and I wanted to drop a line to share some of my thoughts on your past year.

Let me just start by saying I love you more than I could ever express. Your past year as a one year old was such a fun one! You hit the ground running (figuratively and literally). You are constantly on the move and your favorite mode is either running or jumping. Probably because it's how you keep up with your big brother!

Speaking of your big brother... This past year the two of you started to play together in a very engaging way. You really are each other's best friends and you get lost in your made up games and giggles. Your brother adores you and wants to comfort you when you are crying, help you down the stairs if you are struggling, and share with you when you have none. Even this morning he burst into his classroom at drop-off and announced proudly, "Today is my sister's birthday!" The teacher chuckled and replied back with a smile, "I know, that's all you could talk about yesterday." He cares for you so very much and we all know the feeling is mutual.

See for yourself...



You look up to him! Once again, figuratively and (as you can see by the pics) literally!

But I think what your Father and I have enjoyed the most about one-year-old-you, is to behold the truly amazing little being you've blossomed into. As a baby you were a silent observer barely making a peep. But now? Holy guacamole!!!! I've mentioned it here before, you are a true force. Fearless, eager, lovable, hilarious, head-strong, and quite the intellect. We only have to show something or explain something to you once and you've got the hang of it. You figure things out on your own in a very methodical and pragmatic way. We are constantly in awe of you and occasionally shaking our heads to your wild antics. We don't stifle said antics we just know it is who you are and you need to figure things out your own way. And in case you were wondering... "your own way" is usually the rough and tumble way!



You are tough as nails but girly and sweet at the same time. You've had a strong love of stuffed animals since you were a tiny baby and you turn to lamby and pink blankie for soothing. You could live off of yogurt and macaroni and cheese if we'd let you. And you are the most expressive little girl I know!




Oh, Marlow. ::happy sigh::

I'm beyond excited to see what's in store for you. If these past two years have taught me anything, it's that YOU will carve your own path, at your own pace, on your own terms. And my sweet girl, we'd have it no other way...


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Merry, Merry. Happy, Happy.

Merry Christmas!

I'm super late posting our Christmas recap. We've just been having so much fun! For the first time EVER in my working history, I took off from Christmas Eve to Jan 5th. It was such a treat to spend quality time with family and not feel rushed or run-down. I may have to make a habit of this!

Hubs and I have seriously relished the time spent with our kids. The magic of Christmas, quiet snow days at home, their first time sledding and a trip to the museum. It has been pure joy! Laughter and smiles were constant not only for them, but for the two of us as well. I am seriously going to miss those two come Monday morning when I'm back to reality. It's going to be rough!



I'm also going to miss Hubs. Last week the kids did go to school Mon-Wed and we were able to take care of some house stuff and relax like champs! We binge watched House of Cards and ate ice cream sundaes at 2pm. Sometimes being an adult has it's perks. ;)

I had a very ambitious list of things to accomplish on my time off and honestly only checked two things off that list. I am also not proud of the fact that I didn't workout once... but I'm also not ashamed. I needed this time to slow down and rejuvenate. But most importantly to focus on what really matters. My family is what I'm most proud of in my life and everything else is secondary. I soaked it all up this Holiday Season and now I'm ready to face 2015 head-on!

So, Happy New Year!

I saw a quote recently:

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.

This is going to be my motto for 2015. The past year was a doozy for us and not in a good way. We have been humbled greatly from the financial struggles we've faced. It hasn't been pretty and we can't wait to come out the other side of this. Each day is getting better but we still have a ways to go and we'll hopefully reach our goals by the first half of the year. Wish us luck!

But the message in that quote is an important one. Because while I've hated being where we are financially, I need to remember that what I have now... a beautiful family of my own, our health, and our very first house, are "things" I've always hoped for. I have everything I want and need and the rest will fall into place with planning and discipline. 

As far as resolutions go? I resolve to make none. I just want to work hard in 2015 personally and professionally. I want to be a better wife and mother and I know for me what that will entail. I want to enjoy the "now" more because it is fleeting. I also want to really work on losing weight but that seems far too cliche to even mention at the start of the year. Oh, well. Now that I think about it... didn't I just list resolutions after pretending I wasn't going to have any? Hey, it's my blog. I'll do what I want!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2015! Let's do this!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Time Hopping

Are you an app person? I have a small handful that I love but I'm just starting to dabble in some "new to me" apps.

My latest love is Timehop. Do you have that one? I know, I know... you've probably been using it forever at this point but you see, I'm habitually late to the trending apps party. And most all things technology for that matter.

Anyways, I love Timehop because of all the great memories it triggers. Special family moments, funny anecdotes, a flashback to a painful day at work, but mostly a reminder of how my now preschooler and almost two year old were just babies yesterday.

Recently I've received these gems:

Thanksgiving 2013: 11 month old Baby Donut, 2 1/2 year old Little C
Look at that grip!




Zoo Lights December 2013: Watch out Elsa and Anna! Look who's frozen now!
It was frightfully chilly that night. Makes me cold just looking at it. 




I was reminded of a post I had written for Mile High Mamas 
exactly a year ago today about a tender moment with Little C:




And lastly...
December 9, 2011
I give you my 8 month old son



Oh, my heart! Oh, my overies! So maybe I don't love Timehop as much as a thought... 








Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up

This post was supposed to be filled with photos of me in my cocktail dress, sexy black high heels, and Holiday red lipstick while on the arm of my man-candy Hubs in downtown Denver. But alas, that did not happen. My dress never made it off the hanger and we never made it to the company Holiday Party.

On Saturday while we were out running errands I started to feel nauseous and at first I chalked it up to being hungry, tired, and run-down (NOT pregnant - for the record). But it never let up and the feeling was only getting worse. I did start on a new medication last week and I don't think it is agreeing with me. Has that ever happened to you? Anyway, the very thought of getting up and getting dressed made me want to puke, so we threw in the towel on the shindig.

I was super bummed! We had arranged for the kids to have a sleep over at the Grands which they still did so at least I could wallow in my nausea without having to run after two "live wires!" It was a pretty peaceful and quiet Saturday night at our house. Although the highlight was watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Have you seen it?!? Seriously a great movie! It's a funny, Sci-fi, action packed, pulls on the heart strings, kind of flick. I highly recommend it!

Sunday was lazy and perfect. The kids came home from the Grands early that morning and it was cold and snowy outside. We played hide-and-seek, baked cookies, and put up the train set. I was still not feeling 100% so once the kids went down for naps I took full advantage of the down time. Hubs even insisted that I go rest on the couch while he did all the dinner prep! ::swoon:: What a guy!


Now it's Monday and I'm still not feeling top-notch and I'm hoping it passes soon. Mondays are rough enough as it is without feeling poorly on top of it!

How was your weekend? I hope you have a great week! 


Friday, December 12, 2014

T.G.I.F.

It's Friday!

(credit)
Today at work there is a Christmas Cookie and Ugly Sweater Holiday Party. I baked zero cookies and am not wearing a sweater of any kind. I just couldn't pull it all together and honestly, didn't have the gumption to pull it all together. I love me some Christmas festivities and upon seeing everyone else's awesomeness, I felt I should at least do a little something. So, with the help of a co-worker's left over sweater decor, we fashioned this gem...


#baller

Tomorrow is the company's Holiday Party and the Hubs and I are going to get all fancied up and have a real grown-up night out. I'll be wearing a cocktail dress AND we'll be downtown! I'm super excited! However, I am having mild anxiety about what to do with my hair. I see some Pintrest surfing in my near future.

Hope everyone has a great day! Do you hear that??? It's the weekend calling. :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hi.


How the heck are you? I miss this space so very much. I just couldn't let one more day go by without at least popping in for a "life update" of sorts.

Things have been busy as ever in Kendraland. The job is going well and keeping me very busy which I'm enjoying. The biggest challenge in our lives right now is a great deal of stress related to our finances. It is something that we are getting through one day at a time but man-oh-man is it a challenge! I never anticipated our first year of home ownership to be like this but then again, I suppose I really didn't know what it would be like. The whole unemployment phase of this year certainly didn't help matters.

Those who I've shared our situation with have all said they've been in our shoes before and their stories of rising out of the hardship is inspiring to hear. It's nice to know we aren't alone and we also know our current state is temporary. If there is anything this blip of time in our lives has taught us it's how thankful we are to both be employed and to have our children go to bed with full bellies, in a warm house every night. On our most challenging days it is important for us to remember that we really are doing okay, we have each other, we have our health, and we have everything we truly need.

Honestly? I didn't know how much of this to really share here. Of course it is very personal but I at least wanted to document a little bit of it so I can look back one day and see how far we've come! People don't often talk about their finances and why should they? I just wanted to touch on it because it really is all consuming and very overwhelming for me at this time. If anyone else has been through something similar or is currently there, then you can relate. There is nothing fun about it but as the saying goes, "what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger." Yes?

But enough of that... now for the good stuff! Kids update!

Little C's thoughtful mind continues to amaze and challenge us. The way he mentally works through situations and then is able to verbally express his feelings, is such a gift. Sometimes we can't believe he's only 3.5 years old! He pushes his boundaries constantly and argues and barters over everything. Year three with our boy has by far been the most challenging. He is an old soul with a tender heart, he talks all the damn time, and he loves to snuggle but has very recently started to wipe off my kisses. #sadface

Little Miss Mayhem continues to live up to her name. She loves to jump, climb, slide and swing. She keeps up with her big brother pretty well and loves him intensely. She can be adorable and sweet one minute, then a bossy sassafras the next. Homegirl wants what she wants and if she isn't going to get it, you better watch out! She is quite the little comic and I can not believe we will be celebrating her 2nd birthday next month!



This time of year has been so much fun with the both of them. There is magic around every corner and I'm going to be so sad when all of the Holiday wonder is over.

What have you been up to lately? Are you enjoying the Holiday season with your little one(s)?