Sunday, February 22, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
I've been down to my last match
Felt a hundred different deamons breathin' fire down my back
And I knew that if I stumbled I'd fall right into the trap
That they were layin'
But the good news is there's angels everywhere out on the street
Holdin' out a hand to pull you back up on your feet
The one's that you've been draggin' for so long
You're on your knees might as well be prayin'
Guess what I'm sayin'
If you're goin' through hell keep on going
Don't slow down if you're scared don't show it
You might get out before the devil even knows you're there
When you're goin' through hell keep on movin'
Face that fire walk right through it
You might get out before the devil even knows you're there
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
What better time to update my 2014 list than the last day of the year. Below is what I set out to accomplish this year, let's see where I stand.....I am a little scared
·Decorate the downstairs of house (paint, rugs, window treatments, hang pictures, etc.)
have pinned the hell out of pillows, rugs, and window treatments for the family
room, kitchen, and dining room. We have discussed a lot of ideas about how to
make the entryway more useful but when it comes down to it....we have completed
one item above: w e had our downstairs painted in September. I don’t know
why I have such a hard time pulling the trigger with decorating, I am just not
always confident in my choices. For Christmas I asked for $$ to buy said
pillows, rugs, and window treatments and I have asked my mom to help me pick
the items out so maybe by the end of January this will be marked off my list, I
am ready for my house to look like a home!
e had our downstairs painted in September. I don’t know why I have such a hard time pulling the trigger with decorating, I am just not always confident in my choices. For Christmas I asked for $$ to buy said pillows, rugs, and window treatments and I have asked my mom to help me pick the items out so maybe by the end of January this will be marked off my list, I am ready for my house to look like a home!
·Fix backyard (no more mud, all grass, maybe plants, garden, etc.)
We spent about $1200 on the backyard, to be completely honest I am not really sure what was done but I can tell you there is a lot more grass and a lot less mud, progress! We did not plant anything and we definitely are nowhere close to having a garden. We have a few patches if deadish grass and clovers that I would like to figure out how to "fix" and then maybe we can work on a natural area and teach the dogs to use it for the bathroom so the rest of the grass is not full of land mines! I am seeing a pattern here...2 out of 4 isn’t that bad, right?
·Get our finances under control (get a system that works, spend less than we make, put into savings, have fund for house projects)
Nope....ha! I am not going to even try to spin this in our favor, we have about $5000 on a credit card and that is our only debt (besides the mortgage) so we are not bad off BUT I would like to have no debt and actually be putting money into our savings account to get it to a level where investing it would be worthwhile for our future. We still spend more than we make most months, struggle weekly to not dip into savings, buy things we don't need and eat out when lazy.
Here are a few things we have done and are going to do....
1. Refinance our house, get rid of PMI and save $172/month (effective Jan 2015)
2. Use budgeting program (youneedabudget.com)
3. Get rid of cable and do netflix/amazon/hulu and hopefully save another $100 a month
4. Pay off CC (currently paying $400/month to this...car payment?!)
5. Get savings account to $$ worth investing (only need $5k more)
6. Put $3500 on FSA card for 2015 so when we get medical bills I am not scrambling to determine how to pay them or worrying about waiting one to two paychecks, all the $$ is already there (I think this will be a HUGE improvement for us!)
Currently, I handle all of our $$ and as you can see above I am not happy with the job I am doing. I think one key problem is Mark is not involved, I tell him "don’t use card anymore" or cringe every time we swipe at grocery store, etc. but I don’t think he really grasps where we are and how stressful it can be so now I am making it his problem too and maybe together we can work this out.
·Have one date night each month
If this said have one date night a year I would be good....sad! Mark and I have had a few dates this year and some stand out- anniversary dinner in Cashiers, Paint your Pet, and dinner and movie (first non-family babysitter) all of which were great! This is something we really need to focus more on and will in 2015. I will say that now that Mark works basically a m-f 7-4 gig we sit down at the table every night and have dinner together so I am going to count that as something :)
·Workout 4 times a week
I have not been able to do this every week of the year but I do consistently workout 3-4 times a week and have lost 12 pounds since January 2014, I know that is not a lot but for me (someone who loses weight 1000 times slower than others due to metabolic syndrome that is a HUGE accomplishment.) I can also tell a big difference in my clothes and feel stronger. Always a work in progress but I plan to continue with 9 Rounds.
·Eat gluten free (most of the time)
Nope...not even for a little bit. I have done some research on IIFYM and I think this is something I can do and I think this is something that is doable/maintainable/family friendly but it takes some time to get started, and I have been lazy and putting it off. This is on my list of things to get to in 2015.
·Have a BMI of under 26
No idea what my BMI is but I am sure it is not 26, work in progress!
That wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be, I am actually OK with the progress I have made, I know there are things that were not listed here that I did (or at least I am going to pretend like there is!) Sometimes...ok all the time I wish I had someone who could do these things for me- tell me what to eat and when...I can make the food, do the shopping, pay for it and go to the gym, someone to look at my design ideas, tell me they look good/make changes or give suggestions and go to store with me--again I will buy items I just need the push. Oh and the $ thing, I wish someone else would help me with this, I am at a loss and hope and pray our 2015 plan works because I cannot keep living paycheck to paycheck with the stress. Sounds like it all comes back to me wanting a life coach when really I just need to grow up and be an adult....don't you hate when you realize all your problems are your "fault" and you are the only one who can help you?
Bring it on 2015....let's rumble!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It is a social media website designed to get neighbors connected, I had heard of it about 6 months ago and recieved a postcard in the mail about 3 weeks ago inviting me to join from a neighbor (every house in hood received one) so I joined.
It is basically Facebook for neighbors but without the pictures of what you are eating, contant updates on where you are and what you are doing and game requests...you have a profile that tells people about you (and your family), you can choose items of interest (cooking, church, sports, reading), services/skills you could offer to neighbors (tutoring, lawn service), how long you have lived there, what you like about your neighborhood. You can create posts to sell items, alert neighbors of things going on.
I posted a week ago asking if people were interested in social events and have received 5 responses so I think after the new year I will reach out to those who responded and get something planned.
I will update once I have something to share :)
Pictures of puppies, babies, all things cute (not cats) that fill up my news feed and remind me that the world is not all bad
Reeses Christmas Trees (really all holiday Reeses)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
In 1.5 hours she took over 300 pictues. They are of S by himself, Emma by herself, S and Emma together, the Kelly family (Me, Mark and Sawyer), the Adams family (Kel, Mike and Emma), babies and grandparents, Kelly family and grandparents, Adams and grandparents, grandparents, the whole group, Dries kids, Dries kids plus spouses, all the girls, and on and on.
I just got the pictures in yesterday and they are AMAZING, these were some she posted on FB that we LOVED.
There have been so many ups, downs, lefts, rights, etc I dont even know how to describe it. I finally feel like we are at a point in our house where things are really working, everyone knows their role/job and we are working together and things are happening smoothly...did I just jinx myself?
We had a wonderful weekend celebration and S even had some visitors from NJ and GA. Aunt Kelly, Uncle Mike and cousin Emma came from Hoboken and my aunt, uncle and cousin came, also from NJ and one cousin from ATL too.
The party was at our house on Saturday the 5th and we kept it just family (that was 16 adults, 1 8 year old and 2 babies), more than enough! I decided on a whale theme and did some simple decor around the house, thanks for Party City and the Dollar Store. Aunt Kelly made a cupcake cake (x2), my MIL made her yummy cole slaw and green beans to go with the BBQ Mark and I made. We had a great afternoon just hanging out, catching up and watching the kids play. S now has 4 cars...I think he needs his own garage!
Above are some of my favorite shots from the Party!