Hollyhand House

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goodbye 2011--Hello 2012!

2011 was a pretty great year for us!!  We found out that our family would be growing in February and welcomed our sweet Ava Kate in October!  Anna Riley is growing so fast and really amazes us each day with the new things she is learning!  God has really blessed me with two beautiful, healthy little girls and a wonderful husband and I could not be more thankful!! 

I, like most, have goals for 2012.  My goals are really things that I was already doing but just really need to work on doing them better and being more consistent.  Since Ava Kate, I feel like we have been just on survive mode.  But now, things are getting better there so I can focus on these things as well. 

--Of course, I want to be healthy.  No diets here...just a healthy lifestyle...healthy eating and exercising.  We are for the most part pretty heath conscious anyways but lets just say the holidays throws everything out of whack so we definitely need to get back to this!  Of course, my hopes are to loose weight, but being healthy is so much more than loosing weight to me!  Also, I have never been a "runner"  but I started jogging today! Yay! I was very proud!
--Being organized and staying organized.  I love to organize...I really do!  BUT...its so hard to keep it organized when you have two small kids!  My goal is to try my best to stay on top of it so I don't have to spend a long time organizing!  Cleaning out closets and decluttering definitely needs to be done soon! 
--Reading in my bible more.  This is a big one that I really have to work on!  I guess right now, I am exhausted so when I sit to read, I get so sleepy!  But I really have to make it a priority! 
--Being a better wife and mother
--And this is one that Riley insists that I make a goal:  Being able to say no to things and not feel like we have to do it all!  I often run myself to death just trying to make sure we do all these activities that honestly Anna Riley would probably not even care about and not even remember.  I just don't want my kids to miss out on anything and so its hard to say no.  This year the holidays exhausted me because I never even took time to recover from having Ava Kate...I was taking Anna Riley places the next week and never even took time to rest so by Christmas, I was exhausted!   SO...I will work on this! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the year!!


Ashley said...

I'll jog with you! I did a 1/2 marathon a few years ago and
Vowed I would NEVER do another one, but am up to doing a 5k or two. Happy 2012!

Kyler, Jennifer, and Olivia Clark said...

Your last resolution is a great one! I can so relate :) Around the time Olivia turned 2 I had to force myself to slow down. I was putting so much pressure on myself to be the "perfect stay at home mom" I was exhausting myself. I felt like we had to have a clean house all the time, fancy meals every night, be perfectly dressed when we went out, and be social butterflys and attend tons of playdates. Once I realized my idea of what I was supposed to be was basically impossible and slowed down things got alot easier for me.

Happy New Years! Loved all the Christmas posts :)