Monday, January 4, 2016

Life Lately - January

I'm back! I can't believe how fast December came and went. While I loved celebrating Christmas, December was such a busy month. I hadn't originally planned on taking time off from blogging but by month's end, I was tapped out on energy so I decided last minute, I'd take last week off. And can I say that it was the best blog decision I've made in a long time? The week "unplugged" was exactly what this Momma needed. To ease myself back into the blogging world, I'm kicking the week and 2016 off with a "Life Lately" post. These are a twist on my "Currently" posts and will be a once a month occurrence starting this year.

Christmas and New Years were perfect. We spent the Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas Day was spent at home. We ate too much, were spoiled beyond our needs and rung in 2016 with a family trip to Cincinnati. We visited the aquarium, the children's museum and train center. It was just want our family needed, too. A handful of days with no one to meet here or there and no deadlines to meet. I'm bummed that next holiday that James gets off isn't until May. Lame, corporate America, lame. We do have plans for 2 family vacations - April and September - so that's something to look forward to!

Twenty fifteen was a strange year for me. While overall it was a "good" year for my family and myself, I didn't get as much accomplished as I wanted to. That's not going to happen in 2016. I have achievable goals and solid plans in place. On the radio this weekend, I heard someone say "treat 2016 like the tortoise and the hare". Can I tell you how much I love this thought? I usually try to be the hare but end up failing. So this year, I'm going to be more like the tortoise. Let's see how that works with all the goals I want to achieve.

Our family has big plans for 2016. I know many do this time of year but we long terms goals we want to meet this year. Want isn't the right word; we NEED to meet their goals. Our major focus is working on finances and moving in the next 18-24 months. Connor will start Kindergarten in 2018 and we want to be moved and in a school district that offers great education and opportunities for C. We currently live in a crappy school district and the options are either send him there (not happening!) or send him to private school (so expensive!). So moving is a must. So big things are going to happen in the next 2 years and I'm really excited about them.

I've shared before that Connor has horrible allergies. He is currently on 2 medications to help keep them manageable. We are currently dealing with the last bit of a cold/virus with a horrid cough. We have an appointment this Spring (the first available) with an childrens allergist. While I hope we get some answers on what he is allergic to, I don't want to put him through the dreaded poke test they use when testing for allergies. So prayer warriors: pray for C and our family, that we get through winter and to test time and that regardless of what kind of testing is required, we get some solid answers on what is causing Connor to suffer year round.

With the holidays behind us our schedules are more open and that means I get to spend some times with my favorite girls. Starting this week, I'm going to be joining a monthly Bunco night and I am so pumped. First up, I am not one to play games but this one is so easy and you talk more than anything else so I'm in. But secondly, it gets me out of the house a bit each month for good company, food and time for just me. I also started a book club up in our area and we will be meeting later this month. Nothing says good time (to me, anyway. Remember I'm old ;)) like books talk and girlfriends.

2016 has started out with tons of promise and plans for a fantastic New Year. While I missed catching up with my favorites via their blogs, it was nice to have some downtime, away from blogging. But I'm back and have some great ideas and posts in the works. I am truly excited to take 2016 by storm.

Happy Monday! 

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