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2013 Goals

Early in 2012 I set a few personal goals for myself early in the year, kept them in my mind all year and succeeded in what I set out to do.  I credit most of my success to setting SMART goals.  (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound)

I've been thinking a lot about my goals for 2013, and  I've been tossing them around in my head.  It's time to put them to paper to keep my accountable for this year.

I've been trying to spend more time in my Bible, and my goal for the year is to read my daily devotional and passage, reflect and spend more time in prayer.  

I need to start working out regularly again.  I'm registered for an April 6, 5K, but my goal is to continue working out at least 3 days a week, and ideally running. 

I want to spend more time outside.  That's a tough goal to write on the coldest day we've had so far this winter with most of today being in the single digits; however, when the weather is nice, I want to spend more time outsi…


Elinore has played and laid in her pack-n-play regularly since she came home with us.  When she was just a few months old, she became very fascinated with the stars above where she laid.  Earlier this month she was finally tall enough and had long enough arms to reach them!  After all, each of the three stars has a tag on them, and she loves playing with chewing on tags of toys.  She now pulls a start down, finds that tags, and pops it in her mouth to chew!

2012 Fitness Review

About a year ago I summarized my 2011 year of running.  It was my highest mileage ever in a year, and I was going stong.

This year in summary, was not so successfull in terms of running in fitness.  I had a total of 54 workouts and 25 miles.  I know more of my workouts thoughout 2012 were non-running workouts.  And I took quite a bit of time off while pregnant and after having Elinore.  So I'd say considering the eventful year I've had, I did pretty well!

Last year, I wrote that I had a goal to run a 5K during 2012 after my baby arrived, and I ran a 5K in October

I'm happy with 2012, but I hope to increase my milage and fitness level in 2013.  I'm already signed up for my first race next year, a 5K in April.  The race started next door to my house, so how could I say no?


For a week or so, the boys were talking about a surprise for me, but they weren't so great at keeping it a surprise because they told me they wanted to make me breakfast one morning.  I thought it was sweet, but knew they were going to need help from Keith, and mornings, especially weekend mornings aren't his strong suit!

Much to my surprise, they talked him into helping and they ordered me to my room.  They tried to get me to sleep in, but with Elinore, that just isn't possible!  So Elinore and I stayed in my room while they prepared an Ego waffle, homemade pancakes, sausage and a tall glass of milk for me with a 3 Musketeer for dessert. 

It was served on a tray while I sat in the rocking chair in our bedroom. 

It was delicious.

It was so nice seeing the boys initiate something nice for me.


Peter 3:3-4

Santa in Motion

Children's Christmas Program

Boo at the Zoo


Caden is becoming quite the excellent photo bomber.
What our pictures first attempt looked like:

What they were supposed to look like:
Even our second attempts aren't great photos!

You Know

Caden has taken to saying "you know" rather frequently.  Which is fine except that he's using it at times that we don't know. 

Here's a few examples for you:
I forgot know, thing.Can you get me that, you know.Hey, you know, that thing! No buddy, we don't know, you'll have to elaborate more!

GPS Talk

A few times lately when I'm driving the boys somewhere they've decided to take on the role of GPS. 

I've noticed it mostly in the mornings on the way to the sitters house.  It's a short mile drive from our house to the sitters, but the boys have taken it upon themselves to give GPS directions.

I hear from the backseat: "your destination is the on left" or "please turn left, right, left" as we pull up their driveway. 

It always makes me smile, and that is a great way to start your day!

2012 Goals Reviewed

About a year ago I wrote down some of my personal goals for the year.

Sometime this summer I looked back at them and was happy to see the progress I'd made on them.

And now, the year is passed and I want to see how I did before choosing some smart goals for 2013.

Check! •Finish my second semester of graduate school, while pregnant, with my GPA still strong - My GPA wasn't as strong as I would have liked for it to be, but considering everything that happened that semester, I am happy with it. I was pregnant, my father-in-law passed away, Caleb had a hospital stay, a work trip and other little things, all of which took away from my school work.

Check! •Take some time off work to savor the the last time we're a family of 4 - After Memorial Day, Keith and I took a few days off to spend with the boys, and although I was feeling kind of uncomfortable at that point having a cold and all, we went to the Cleveland Zoo and did some other fun things.

Check! •Welcome baby into our f…

Elinore - 6 Month Review

Dear Elinore,

I can't believe it's been 6 months that you've been a part of our family!  You have been welcomed with open arms and showered with love. 

We've been busy with the holidays, and I haven't spent as much time documenting our lives, but that ends now with what I'm sure will be a lengthy post about your first 6 months!

It's probably been over a month ago now that we moved you into size 2 diapers.  In fact, it was right around the time I wrote your last update at 20 weeks.  You're 27 weeks old now!

You're slowly transitioning out of your 3 months clothing and into 3-6 and 6 month clothing.  You still have a few pieces of newborn/0-3 month things you wear too.  You still fit nearly all of the 3 month clothing though, and we're in no hurry, but the larger clothes don't look so incredibly big on your anymore.  It just means we have a wider selection to choose from when you get dressed.  (It also means mommy can put off doing laundry lo…

Elinore's 6 Month Check-up

Elinore went in today old for her check-up.  She's doing so well! 

She's 13 lbs. 2 oz, which is the 5th percentile.

She is 25.5 inches long, which is the 36th percentile.

Her head is 41 centimeters in circumferences, which is the 18.9th percentile. 

During the appointment, she behaved very well with lots of smiles, except for during her vaccinations.  She cried during her vaccinations, but calmed down shortly after it was over.  This is a first for her.  Her last few rounds of vaccinations have been terribly upsetting for her, and I nursed her to calm her down.  Today, she calmed down and was happy and smiling before I even had her pants back on her! 

She loved laying on the exam table and playing with the paper covering.  She grabbed it; she crinkled it; she chewed on it; she tore it into pieces.  She just loved playing with it and cried when I pulled her away from it.

Elinore - 6 Months Old

It's getting harder for her to sit still for a photo! Compare to 5 Months Old Compare to 4 Months Old Compare to 3 Months Old Compare to 2 Months Old Compare to 1 Months Old Compare to 9 Days Old


The first weekend or so in December, I took Caden and Caleb to see the Nutcracker for the first time. 

I had thoguht about taking them a couples times, but I didn't think they'd be interested in it.  Then Caden asked if we could see it, and I jumped at the opportunity! 

One of their freinds from ROCK Group at the church was dancing in the ballet and had got them interested. 

They asked Friday night, so I looked up when the performances were.  I'd seen signs around town, so I knew they were having it this year.  As I looked it up, I learned they only do a Nutcracker production on even numbered years, and it just so happens to be 2012!  I was hoping to get to the local showing as I knew it'd be cheaper and easier to manage with the baby at home. 

Wouldn't you know the performances were only that weekend?  So we made plans for the Sunday matinee performance.  After church and lunch, the boys and I were off to the show! 

Caden sat on the edge of his seat for most …