Ringing in the 20’s!

Ringing in the 20’s!

Our friends decided to have a New Year’s Eve party…which morphed into a “fancy dress” party, which morphed into a roaring ’20s party!

Rachel hosted it at her house, and she’s a history teacher…so she ran with our historical theme. She did research on clothing and food, and she even had displays ready for our historically-accurate menu with things that were popular then, like shrimp cocktail and deviled eggs.


Tyler got stuck at work (he has to work patrol during school holidays), so Remi and I got to the party together. She stole my headpiece, and then wanted a dress to match me. It was precious to see her in her party clothes. I loved how excited she was for the “costume party”


Rachel’s house is PERFECT for sending the kids upstairs and the adults hanging downstairs together. We went in together for a babysitter to just keep an eye on the kids, and we enjoyed when they popped downstairs to see us.

I was a big fan of my ’20s makeup…maybe I’ll rock an exaggerated cupid’s bow on my lips more often.


Rachel made it so festive! Even the champagne glasses had sparkles!


Rebecca and Tara were ROCKING those looks.


And Chris and Heath got into the fun, too!  (Aaron came as a 2020’s man. ha!)  Tyler had an outfit all picked out, but he was too tired to get too festive by the time he finally got off work (he worked 13.5 hours!) and got to the party. He does love a costume party, much like I do, so I hated he didn’t feel up to all the festivities.


But I was SO glad when he finally showed up!  He had to be at work at 5 a.m. on the 1st, so we left around 10.  Even though we had two cars, I knew I would wake him up when I got home, and I just didn’t want to do that to him…to let him have such little sleep anyway, and then interrupt it.


But in the time we were there, we had a BLAST. Food, drinks, laughter, dancing, so much fun!


We danced to the music on the New Year’s Rocking Eve! Rachel and I had a blast.  I know there are videos on phones (that better stay there!)


The kids had fun playing. And we totally let them party, too!  Amelia and Remi are so fun together!


When we broke out the karaoke machine, we had to play Let it Go like 3 times! Our own little girl band.


At the end of the night, Remi was still hungry, so I just set her by the charcuterie board. She drank her water out of a champagne glass and WENT TO TOWN.


I say it alot, but I’m so grateful for these ladies. For our friendship, for our times together, for celebrating life together, that our kids are friends, that our husbands like each other….it’s just a blessing!


In the words of RENT, “It’s gonna be a happy new year!”

Goals for 2020

Goals for 2020

Well, it’s time again to make some goals.  I have a love/hate with goals.  I love setting them, but somehow fall short of them a lot. But, it’s always something to work towards, and even if you don’t get a 100% on them, at least we made some headway towards something good, right?

Let’s recap last year’s goals:

  • Save money.  Eh on this.  I was able to do some things with my money, like make monthly payments towards our cruise next June….but my savings isn’t where I want it.  Continuing on this for 2020.
  • Read through the Bible again. I made it into July….so I will finish that in 2020 as well. Hey- it’s not wasted to have spent time in God’s word this year!
  • Have monthly dates with Tyler. We probably did this 1/2 of the months, I think.  Summer got CRAZY when he worked a bunch of overtime and was on a different schedule.
  • Get to my “goal weight”. That’s laughable.  To be honest, I gained weight in 2019.  Looking to reverse the trend.  But I did hit some of my process goals:
    • Hit my 300th and 400th workouts at 9Round. Did both of those things.
    • Do a 3-month stretch on keto. I did a solid 2 months and got to a great weight before our cruise.
    • Run another 5k completely. I did a 5k this year, but it wasn’t an entire run.  To be honest, running just doesn’t feel natural to me (I discovered that years ago when I committed to 13 races in 2013).  I think I need another fitness goal to work towards.

So there you have it.  By all grading scales, I failed this year by not meeting any of them completely (except for hitting 400 workouts at 9Round)….but I don’t see it that way.  I learned a lot and took steps to better things in 2019.  Now here’s what I want for 2020:

  • Finish reading through the Bible. Self-explanatory, but finish my plan.
  • Read 4 books. This may sound like a tiny goal, but I don’t make enough time to read. I like to read, and I like to learn, and as a writer, reading is essential to building my skill set.
  • Monthly dates with Tyler. It’s a good goal. Let’s go for that again.
  • Complete 3 months on my plan from the dietitian. I’ve been working with someone and have just started his plan.  I’d like to carry it through March, at least.  Consistency is key!
  • Complete Morning Meltdown 100.  I am 4 workouts into MM100, and I want to finish the program.  It will take me longer than 100 days, but I’d like to finish it by my birthday (that’s 157 days away).
  • Lofty goal: Hit 500 workouts at 9Round by July 4.  That’s an average of 4 workouts per week. I know I’ll hit 500 this year easily, but I’d like to do it by then.

So it looks like I need some goals for the end of the year, since I should finish most of these in the front part of the year! ha! I think that’s plenty to focus on for 2020. I’m excited to see where the year takes us!

I’ll finish with my verse for the year: 1 Timothy 6:6-7

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.



2019 Recap

2019 Recap

In years past, I’ve spent lots of time recapping the previous year. Posting a highlight from each month.  I haven’t done that since 2016.  Guess I haven’t had time since Remi came along! ha!

But I liked what the Instagram app Top 9 did in summarizing our year with my most popular photos….so here’s that:



Our year was full of family time, loving on our silly, smart, wonderful girl….a hair cut and some self-confidence for me, and a couple of fun family trips. It was a bit of a hard year for me, personally, struggling with some anxiety/depression at times and working through that both with medication and a counselor. But I’m hopeful in overcoming that.

I feel good momentum going into 2020.  I think it’s gonna be a great year!  Happy New Year, friends!

Long New Years Weekend

Long New Years Weekend

I had four days off work for the New Year’s weekend (well, I naturally had Saturday and Sunday, I took Monday off and Tuesday was New Years Day, so we were off work).  We packed a lot into those 4 days.

We decided to take Remi to her first movie! A local spot was showing Frozen (and it was pretty cheap!) so we thought we would try.  She made it a little over an hour (might have been more if she had more popcorn!) but then started moving around, wanting to potty/get up and being loud, so we left. But it was a fun experiment!

They had Elsa there to take pictures before the movie, and our girl jumped right in and loved on Elsa.  Elsa also came out and sang Let It Go before the movie!


Sunday, it was COLD, so we wore our matching red coats to church. She was pretty excited to match momma.

That afternoon, she FINALLY put on all of her princess stuff from her birthday. She’s played with pieces of it, but she finally wanted the dress all the way on and then she fully accessorized.


Monday, we spent the afternoon working on her room so we can (hopefully) transition to a toddler bed soon.  We needed to anchor the furniture and work on a few toddler-proofing things, and we got it all done!


We also decided to hit up the park since it was in the 50s. We took her doll stroller and she LOVED pushing her babies around. ALLLLLL her babies. I think there are 5 things in that stroller.


Monday evening after the park, we met up with some of our family for Mexican food and an early New Year’s Eve. Remi LOVES playing with Kelsey and Brad and Uncle White (Uncle Dwight…but he has white hair, so he gets called Uncle White). She shared their food and drinks and laughed a lot at their antics. We love family time!

Tyler and I were boring on NYE. We watched some Netflix and went to bed before midnight. He had to be up at 3:30 to go to work, so no crazy partying for us!

On Tuesday, she and I played at home while daddy worked. Then we went to my friend Brandy’s dance fitness class with my mom. I thought Remi would sit in her stroller like she does at 9Round. NOPE. She wasn’t sitting still for dancing.

She wanted OUT and she quickly got her confidence and danced around the room. To be honest, I was nervous because I didn’t want her to get hurt (we move around a lot) or inhibit someone else from fully working out, but the ladies were so nice.

She even helped Brandy at the front for a bit!


It’s a bit strange to be back into normal routine after two weeks of holidays….but it’s back to real life (for a month at least, until our vacation!).