Thursday, January 26, 2012

My first post of 2012

Hello 2012 - this is the first post of the year, although it's almost February.  Almost can that be?  The year just started, and the month is almost over.  Wow!  Well, anywho 2012 is already starting out so much better than 2011 was.  Last year there were way too many deaths not only within our family, but among family friends as well.  It was a year of sadness and loss on many levels, that is for sure.  It was also a year of financial strife - my husband got to play Mr. Mom for the summer, since the job market was bad.  It was a struggle, but we made it.  Hubby went back to get his personal training certification, and just as the class ended in October he injured his shoulder - as in torn rotater cuff injury!  Yikes!  So, off to the Dr, and meds, and internship to complete certification, and job were placed on hold.  Then...I injured my back.  Went to the Dr. thinking I had a kidney infection, only to find out I had compressed disks!  Yikes!  So...more meds, and rest, and medical expenses.  Haha! you can see 2011 will not be missed!

So far in 2012 - My hubby got his internship, and clearance from the Dr. on his shoulder.  Woohoo!  Looks as if there may be a job opening for him once the internship is complete.  Double Woohoo!  Kids are doing AWESOME in school!   My back is better.  Everyone in the family is healthy and well.  My dad went on a mission trip overseas, and got home safely.  We have already booked and scheduled our summer vacation - sooooo excited!  Last year was the beach...this year the mountains!  :)  Come on July...

So, now that 2012 is here, there are some things I wish to accomplish.  With my hubby becoming a personal trainer, I definitely need to get in shape myself...I need to lose about 20 lbs.  They are starting a Zumba class in my neighborhood...sounds fun, and it's only $5/session.  I think I can swing that!  So...wish me luck.

More time with the kiddos - I definitely need to do more with the kids...I need to be more creative with our time, and make it very special.  Being a busy working mom, sometimes I just want to go home and veg... but I have two very needy children wanting my attention.  I need to give them my all - they are growing up before my eyes, way too fast!  Stop, play, read...whatever - just do it!  One day they won't want me around so much, so I need to enjoy it while I can!

More time with hubby - sometimes in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I forget to give my hubby the attention he deserves.  I mean, I know the kids keep us busy, and life in general is non-stop...but we need to stop, and remember why we are here in the first place.  We married for love, have two beautiful children as a result, and we need to keep that in mind and don't take it all for granted. 

More time for friends - I have been lacking in this area lately, and it makes me feel horrible. For example, I have a dear friend that I could have sworn I saw two months ago...counting back it was before my FIL passed away, and that was in June!  7 did that happen?  I'm a horrible friend!  I seriously need to carve out a little more time to devote to doing more with my friends - even if it's just a night doing nothing but sitting on the porch and chatting (those are actually some of the best nights)!  I have about 5 local friends I need to contact ASAP and make dates with.  And many more that are long distance I just need to call! 

Finances - Oh...the endless cycle of paying bills.  I know this will never end, but hopefully this will be the year that hubby gets a good job, our debt goes a little lower, and we can (maybe) splurge on a few items we've been talking about but never have quite enough in the piggy bank to get, new car since mine is old, fence in the yard, new carpet - again icky old,  new flat screen tv since ours died (sob). 

Well...I know there are many more things I could add to my 2012 list - some will happen (kids, hubby, friends), some we will see (20 lbs, Zumba...), and some I'm probably just dreaming about (car, fence, tv, carpet...).  Anyway - I hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful 2012!  I'm going to try!  :)