Yesterday marked the end of 2013 and today we usher in 2014. I have many things to be thankful for – a great husband, 2 great kids, a roof over my head and a job I really love. I know not everyone is as fortunate so I’m trying to be more mindful about being thankful every day.
Looking forward to this year, I am hoping we can get Connor’s health issue better under control. We have a follow-up visit with the doctor on Monday so we’ll see what happens then. And speaking of health, my goal is to get healthier in general. Andrew took up running about a year ago and will be running a 1/2 marathon this year so, while running is not of interest to me, I am going to focus on eating better and getting more exercise.
I’m also trying to go paperless this year. I don’t use a ton of paper but I do take notes for work in a small notebook. Right before Christmas I set up an Evernote account and have started to document my notes there. It’s definitely going to take practice to turn into habit but I think it will be good.
Last but not least, Andrew and I are focusing on saving more money. We do a decent job right now and really don’t spend too much unnecessarily but there’s always room for improvement. Sticking to our established budget for more than a couple of weeks would be success.
So there you have it – things I’m going to work on in 2014. What’s on your list?
While we don’t pray before dinner every night, we do make an effort to do so on a regular basis. Connor is usually the one who reminds us to pray as he’s always eager to share what he’s thankful for. So last night Connor decided he wanted to start off by sharing what he was thankful for and, in traditional Connor style, he did not disappoint (this is the boy who, a few months ago, listed Wheat Thins and Ranch dressing as two of the things he was most thankful for). Here’s the list (in the order he rattled off):
He then closed with “Amen” while Andrew was trying to stifle his laughter and I sat with my jaw open at his list. What a character!!
In other news, I’ve been 100% successful with keeping Rudolph on the move every night (as compared to last year when I had to sneak downstairs several mornings before the boys got up as I forgot to move him the night before). So far, so good! And St. Nick delivered stockings full of goodies today, too! Let’s hope I can keep this streak going for the next 18 days. Wish me luck!
We’re off to a much better start this year with Elf on the Shelf, mostly thanks to Pinterest. Last year Rudolph, our elf, forgot to move several times so I was forced to distract the kids while I moved him from one shelf to another. Or I’d turn on the TV in the bedroom to distract them for a few minutes (don’t judge) while I snuck downstairs to move Rudolph. Not this year, though! I found a plethora of ideas on Pinterest that have really inspired me.
Rudolph showed up the day after Thanksgiving with 2 boxes and a note for the boys to clean out their toys to make room for the new ones Santa will bring…..IF they’re good. So far, so good.
Day 2, we found him swinging from the ceiling on an empty toilet paper roll AND sporting a new jersey with the number 00 on the back. At first the boys thought it was a new elf so I had to convince them that wasn’t the case.
Day 3 was a HUGE hit. Santa and Rudolph delivered mini donuts made to look like snowmen. I can’t stress what a huge hit it was because tonight, when we wrote letters to Santa, both boys started off their letters thanking Santa for the donuts.
Day 4 (today) was somewhat of a letdown. No donuts so that’s one strike against him. Instead we found Rudolph hanging upside down from the chain on the ceiling fan in the dinette. The boys were like “whatever.” So now I feel pressure to ramp up my elf game tomorrow. Stay tuned!
My son Connor is a very funny kid. His teacher told me the other day how much he cracks her up. Not surprising. He’s always saying funny things or making funny noises or doing funny things at home. But he’s also a good kid, a kind kid. He worries about others, especially his mom.
At church a couple of Sundays ago, I was on tap to give a reading about the stewardship campaign that’s underway. I had a script that the pastor gave me and then I also had to ad-lib a bit about why we chose to join that church. As I do public speaking on a regular basis, this was no problem for me at all. In the eyes of my 5-year-old, however, this was a big deal.
Connor decided that to make me feel less nervous, he would go up front with me when it was my time to speak. Sure enough, as I stood up to go up front, Connor got up as well and, clutching his favorite blue blanket, accompanied me up front and stood perfectly still next to me at the lecturn as I spoke for about 5 minutes. When I was done, he grabbed my hand and we walked back to our pew. What a sweet little guy!
After the church service, many members came up to me and commented on how cute it was that Connor stood up there with me. When I explained why he did it, several commented on how sweet that was. He truly does have a good, kind heart.
I was sitting in a chair yesterday when my 5-year-old climbed on my lap, put his hands on my face and leaned in to kiss me on the lips, his head turning from side to side. I pulled back, laughed, and said “What are you doing?” His response: “Trying to make you fall in love with me.” Awww…….
I said, “Is that what you do to make someone fall in love with you?” He said, “Yes, but there’s more” Read the rest of this entry »
Both boys are playing soccer this year which means we have 2 nights of practice each week and 2 games every Saturday. Connor is on a co-ed team coached by Andrew, and soccer really seems to be his sport. He apparently doesn’t listen to Coach Daddy very well during practice but he really is focused during the games! He is not afraid to get in the mix and doesn’t care how many times he falls down during the game (which is many!). He’s scored a few goals this season (including 2 for the opposing team a couple of weeks ago) and really seems to enjoy soccer which is great. He’s not as into sports as Joshua is, so it’s nice to see him excited about soccer. Read the rest of this entry »
Having a chat with Connor, who is 5, is always interesting. He is wise beyond his years and often uses words that surprise me. The other day he said, “Mom, I’m very frustrated right now.” LOL!
Anyway, we were going through his bedtime routine the other night and he was in the bathroom, sitting on the toilet. He said, Read the rest of this entry »
There has the past year gone? Connor and Joshua are back at the same school again and couldn’t be happier. It’s so wonderful to see Joshua being so concerned and protective of Connor, and it’s interesting to see how different they really are. For example, Joshua has never been interested in getting hot lunch at school mostly because it requires taking a tray up to the lunch lady and getting your food before sitting down with your friends. Joshua is pretty shy so he’s totally fine with bringing his lunch from home. Same thing with the snack at the after school program. It requires going up front and he doesn’t want to do that so he skips the snack. Read the rest of this entry »
Joshua started 5K last week, with Connor entering 4K. Over the summer and especially in the weeks leading up to the start of school, Joshua was very excited. For the past 5 years, he’s gone to the same day care center so he knew all the teachers and had lots of friends there. This was a new adventure – a new school and he didn’t know anyone. Joshua is big on routine and schedules so I completely understood his hesitancy as, for the first time, he didn’t know what he’d be doing every day. Read the rest of this entry »
I can’t believe my oldest son, Joshua, starts 4K tomorrow! He’s so excited to take his school supplies which consists of 2 notebooks, 2 folders, 1 scissors, 1 pencil box, 1 bottle of glue, 2 glue sticks, 1 box of markers and 1 box of crayons. In addition he needs to bring a favorite family recipe and something special for show & tell the first day. He’s excited but not too nervous as the 4K program is at the daycare center he’s been attending since he was 3 months old. And his teacher, Ms. Nikki, is one he had about a year ago. Some of his friends, though, have switched out of the daycare center and are going to parochial schools so he’s sad about that.
I’m really looking forward to what he learns this year, what homework entails and figuring out what he likes and dislikes about school. I never minded school but my husband does not have fond memories, especially of his early years. I’m hoping Joshua does not follow in his dad’s footsteps but instead loves school. Time will tell. In the meantime, it’s off to bed as we have a busy and exciting day tomorrow!
The Daily Krier is running commentary on what's happening in my life on a regular basis. I write about things that interest me -- my family, my hobbies, my career in marketing. The blog was born from my interest in writing, my need to become more involved in all things related to social media, and my desire to start on my personal brand. The blog title is a play on my last name. It's technically pronounced "kreer" but everyone pronounces it as "cry-er". The mis-pronounciation lends itself extremely well to the title, don't you think?