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Monday, January 3, 2011

Where Did the Time Go?

Talk about "taking a break", during the whole month of December I never got a single post uploaded onto my blog. There were a several drafts, but somewhere into my second or third paragraph I would get sidetracked and never get refocused enough to return and finish. ....Kinda like my kids and cleaning their rooms. :)

I won't do one of those lame, blow-by-blow, regurgitations on how life unfolded with each passing day through my lapse in blogging, but I will say that December was a whirlwind. A whirlwind of activities and parties for the kids, school plays and events, house guests for over two weeks solid, a house BURSTING at the seams on Christmas day, and a bazillion other things in between. It was wonderful, exhausting, and memorable all at the same time.

One of the biggest treats that we enjoyed over the Christmas break was the time that we got to spend with family. My sister-in-law, niece, and nephew drove in from Arizona and spent a few days with us. I've been estranged from my brother for a few years now, so being able to spend time with them was HUGE! The kids were all so excited to be together that they played and played for the duration of the visit with nothing but boisterous childhood silliness and countless hours of playing outside. We were sad to see them go, but feel so blessed to have had the quality time together!

Getting back into the swing of things today is going to be hard. After having two weeks to undo habits of getting to bed on time and waking up with the alarm clock, the kids will surely cross the threshold this afternoon cranky and near tears. I had intended to start easing them back into the routine a few days ago....but clearly THAT didn't happen! So we'll just make the best of it for the next couple of days and extend a little extra grace when fatigue and exhaustion get a little overwhelming.

I haven't really put much thought into any New Year's Resolutions for myself, other than the annual plight to get myself back in shape, and undo the last several months of no exercise and bad eating. Blah, blah, BLAH!! As a couple, Richard and I are really going to make a big push to finally get the last of our debt completely behind us this year. And just to clarify, the term "completely" means everything except the house and car. We got to this point last year and generally maintained our position, so we are ready to make the hard push to get it finished. Of course, this resolve is already being put to the test as we watch several of our friends/neighbors get new flooring, counter tops, and other "big ticket" home improvement purchases that we've longed to invest into our own home. Oh well....WE'VE GOTTA STAY FOCUSED!!

Wishing you a very VERY Happy New Year!


Amanda said...

Debt is my big thing this year too! I just finished college, and the student loans are scaring the willies out of me, but I'm determined to pay them off in half the time.

If that happens, then the only debt around here would be the bf and I's house!

Big Fat Gini said...

I'm so glad you got time with your brother! That made my little Grinchy heart swell with joy!

Debt will be a big part of our focus too. We're very much a "if we don't have the cash for it, we don't buy it" kind of family. Which is great, and I know that in the long run we'll be done paying off debt loooong before our family/friends. But, sometimes I think it sure would be nice to just go buy whatever we want...

Jennifer said...

debt-free would be AWESOME! Our car is almost paid off... the house will never be paid off while we live in it and we have a pretty hefty home equity loan too. Our goal is to just pay off the credit cards... and that is going to be tough, but hopefully a little more do-able with DJ deployed and not spending money and me less likely to spend money all by myself.