Friday, January 2, 2015

NYE/2014 Reflection

I  had to work until 9pm this NYE so we didn't do anything this year to celebrate.  I wasn't going to do my annual reflection..but I think it will be nice to have in the future to look back on.  This is hard to do as I get older, the years go by so fast and I can't remember which year I did what.  Let's see how 2014 was.....  

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Started a beauty blog.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Last year's:
~Get back in great running shape, I'm finding that running is the easiest way for me to stay in shape.  I also want to lift more weights to tone up a bit. This did not happen.  I injured by back lifting weights.  I am in the worst shape I've ever been in my life. 
~Be more financially responsible and be ready for those unexpected expenses, i.e. a new transmission for one of the Volvos that's now in the shop.  UGH. Still working on this.  Life always brings something fun to the table financially.  

This year's goals: 
~Get back into running and get strong.  I just finished chiropractic treatment and my back feels so much better.  I'm slowly starting to lift again and I started running last week.  
~Have more patience.  Life is so busy and stressful and I let it get the best of me.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My Pancho.  :( I miss him so much.

5. What countries did you visit? None.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014? Energy.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 11/23/14, when Pancho passed away in my arms. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I got a promotion at work and ran a successful Jog-a-thon for Peyton's school.

9. What was your biggest failure? Getting way out of shape.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Back strain.

11. What was the best thing you bought? makes me happy.

12. Where did most of your money go? House mortgage, daycare/school tuition.

13. What did you get really excited about? Steph's wedding and Wickiup

14. What song will always remind you of 2014? Turn Down For What by Lil'John and Fancy by Iggy Azaela.  My kids and I have dance parties to those songs regularly.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Same

– thinner or fatter? Same weight, but unhealthier. 

– richer or poorer? Richer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Running, more quality time with the kids, more cleaning/organizing.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry/stressing...I had a lot on my plate this year.

18. How did you spend Christmas? With family.

19. What was your favorite TV program? Parenthood, I am currently in season 4 and LOVE it.  

20. What were your favorite books of the year? I'm finding I have less and less time devoted to reading.  My favorite was probably The Fault in my Stars.

21. What was your favorite music from this year? Beyonce!

22. What were your favorite films of the year? I honestly can't answer this question.  I didn't see anything that sticks out in my mind.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I worked. I turned 34.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Having my mom here, as always.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014? I don't have any sort of "concept," but I wore a lot of neutrals.   

26. What kept you sane? B.  He supports me in all I do.  

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014: The grief of losing someone never goes away, you just figure out a way to live without someone.  Or don't figure it out.  Our family will never be the same.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas at the Springer's 2014

Since I had to work Christmas Eve late, we celebrated Christmas with B's side of the family the weekend after Christmas.  We had a delicious prime rib dinner and they completely spoiled us with gifts! 
Tootsie came with us. She is awfully lonely without Pancho.  She's mellowed out a ton since he passed away.  :(

New books from Uncle A.. Peyt got a Beverly Cleary set..I loved those books as a kid!

Big boy Bruiser 

Watching Grammy open her gift


They gave us a Keurig! So spoiled..but I absolutely love it!

The kids got their own Nabi tablets.  Definitely their favorite gift!

Love him. 

Christmas w/the Prazeau's 2014

The afternoon of Christmas we headed over to my dad's house for a celebration with my side of the family.  It was chaos as per usual with dysfunction (doesn't every family have that?) but in the end it was a good time and the kids got so much great stuff from their huge family.  I really missed my mom this Christmas, it is pretty clear that we still very much need her. Miss you Mama..
The kids opening their stockings

Rissa's last year opening her stocking as a "kid" (Isn't she so gorgeous?!)

This year we had the kids open all their gifts at once separately to cut down on chaos (and so people could get pics).  Liv went first.

Oh Peyt

Then Austin opened.

Jennica, Liv, and Amy

Peyton is really into science, so he got some really cool kits.

And a couple art sets that he loves.

Lexa and Marissa...beauties

Brandon and Sully 

Liv  playing with Sully...and sporting her high heels.  

Peyt was all over the Wii, dancing the night away


Liv showing me her Anthropologie 'Olivia' ostrich she got from Jennica

This here is Hughy dancing to his favorite Nicki Minaj song.  Don't ask..

Sully is just the snuggliest, happy kid! Here he was giving everyone hugs.

Daddy loves

Mommy loves

Sully loves!

Just me being a weirdo as per youje (it was unopened)

Dad opening his loot.  

Christmas morning 2014

This year I had to work until 9pm on Christmas Eve so when I got off work it was a mad dash to get cookies/milk, etc out for Santa and get the kids to bed at a reasonable time.  Luckily B and I a night to ourselves a couple days before Christmas and got everything wrapped and ready this year, so even WE got to bed at a reasonable hour.  I was so excited I couldn't sleep though.  It's so fun watching the kids experience the magic of Christmas.
Cookies/Milk for Santa, Carrots/Spinach for the reindeer.

Santa came!

Opening stockings

Olivia is so not a morning person.  Peyt had to wake her up at about 8am (after being awake for who knows how long) and she just wanted to stay in bed.  

A table top foos ball table he wanted.

Bow and arrow for Liv

He asked Santa for a robe.  He got a special Batman one.

Daddy helping Liv put together her Lego trailer
The girl that goes with this lego is named Olivia.  Perfect. 

Peyton got a huge lego set from Santa.  It took him about 3 days to put it together.

I didn't get any pictures of B and I opening gifts this year.  He always gets me great stuff...he's smart and he peruses my pinterest for ideas. :)  I got some nice jeans, workout pants, makeup, a new purse, Starbucks mug, Starbucks gold tumbler from Peyt, Iggy Azaela cd from Olivia (ha) and some other small things as well.

I got B new boots, lots of clothes/workout clothes, a pair of the old school new balance tennies, the kids got him a leather/wood jump rope, and some other small things too! 

We had a great morning just hanging out together and playing with our new stuff.  Then I got busy making enough lasagna to feed 25 people for my dad's house that afternoon!  More on that in the next post...