Apr 18, 2014

Next Week's Goals {Wk 3}


------ Goals for the week of 04.20.14 ------

An Evening to Myself
I need to recharge, relax, relate, and release. Sometime next week I intend to get off work and do something nice, fun and relaxing, just for me. I need it desperately.

Budget
We've gotten off track in regards to our budge recently. We need to sit down, take a look at where we’ve gone off course and correct it immediately. Our future is depending on it :)!

Less Facebook
I'm no longer a huge fan of FB at this point in my life but I keep it for Fan Page purposes.  I recently read {this} amazing post about cleaning up your newsfeed and it really resonated with me. So, this week I plan to go through and simply unfollow (not to be confused with unfriending) a few folks, just so that they no longer appear in my news feed.

Bible Study
Last night my family (Mario, Maddie and I) had family Bible study at home for the first time. Not just reading the Bible as usual with Madison or around Madison, but actual study with each other (as Husband and Wife) in the presence of our child. This is not meant to take the place of going to Bible study held by the church. Besides, one can never have enough of Jesus. This is meant to strengthen us as a family and allow us to continually pour our faith into Madison as she soaks in the world, and everything in it.

Deuteronomy 11:19 states, 
"Teach them [His words] to your children, 
talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, 
when you lie down and when you get up." 

This week I want to research ways to ensure that our study is effective…for all us!

P.S. I STILL haven't cleaned out that refrigerator!
    Be Happy,

    Apr 16, 2014

    Maddie Lately

    Maddie turned two back in February. I took the day off from work and made sure that she felt loved and special all day. But, I never got around to talking about how she's growing and changing. Nor did I get a chance to leave a few sweet words to my girl for when she gets around to reading this little ol’ blog of mine.

    So this post is for you, Madison, my daughter, my treasure…

    You’re so sweet, so kind, so loving, so smart and you’re testing your limits with me…just me…already! I allow that sweet face of yours to win me over more often than I should. Sometimes in the middle of being disciplined you’ll act rather silly and I can’t even contain my laughter. Dad says I’m ruining you, but you’ll find that he only knows what he’s talking about half of the time :) so no worries!

    As of late I feel like all you’ll eat is brown rice, fries, nuggets, fruit and bread and I can’t help but feel like I’m stifling your brain because I just can’t get you to like anything else. Dad says it’s just a phase and that we just have to keep pushing the good, wholesome foods on you, and you’ll eat them in time. I hope this is one of those things he’s right about ;)!

    Your love for music warms my heart! You know so many songs now, so we’re always singing and laughing about something no matter where we are, and I catch you singing to yourself ALL the time. You allow me to be silly, fun and carefree, and I enjoy every bit of our goofy moments together.

    You can almost count to twenty now and can spot a few of the numbers when you see them. It’s the same with the alphabet too! We’ve got all of your shapes down but we’re still working on colors, and pretty soon you’ll be able to sing a song that spells out your name, you’ve almost got it already, you sponge you!!!

    On the weekends, you say “wake up, Mommy, wake up”, and it’s the most annoyingly, cute thing I’ve ever heard first thing in the morning! At night, you squeeze me tight and say “I Bove you, Mommy”, and it’s the most precious, heartwarming experience I’ve ever had! Ever!

    If I could hug and kiss you all day I would. Seriously. Some days I want you to stay small forever yet at the same time I look forward to all the different things we’ll get to do together as you grow.

    You make my days brighter, my life fuller, my faith stronger, and I love you beyond words!

    YOU make me happy,
     

    Apr 14, 2014

    600 Bucks!


    It's April! Which means it's Janee's birth month so she, a few gals, a guy, along with myself, of course, got together to bring you an amazing giveaway...600 smackaroos!!!

    April is also the month of my blogiversary! It'll be two years come the 25th and I can't believe it! 
    So keep your eyes peeled for something special...maybe...we'll see :)!!

    Now go win yourself some money and say hello to the contributors while you're at it!

    Apr 10, 2014

    Next Week's Goals (Wk 2)

    I'm posting the weekly goals a day early since I'm hoping to join in and share a #SheSharesTruth post tomorrow...we'll see!  Last week was my first week of announcing what goals I would like to achieve for the following week and I must say that so far I've done quite well, and I still have a few more days to go!


    ------ Goals for the week of 04.14.14 ------

    • Teach Maddie a song about her name
      • Maddie loves music.  A lot. And she sings.  A lot...just out of the blue and it's too cute.  It takes her about 2-3 weeks to learn a new song and sing it on her own.  Since she knows the Mickey Mouse theme song, including the part where he spells his name, I figured I could make up a song for her name.  So I did, and I'm planning to teach it to her over the next couple of weeks and I'll record and post it once she's learned it!  
                                                                 It sounds like a cheer, so clap your hands as you read this:
        • M-A....D-I...S-O-N, my first name is Madison!
    Simple, clean, easy! She'll have it in a week or two, no doubt ;)!!!

    • Niagara Falls
      • For some reason Niagara Falls has been on my mind recently.  I think it's because I want to do things with my children that I wanted to do but never did.  Like travel abroad, see Mount Rushmore, visit Disneyland/world, etc.  So I just want to look into Niagara Falls so that I can plan a trip for it in the distant (lol) future.

    • Workout 3-4 times this week:
      • Typically I try to workout 2-3 times per week.  Sometimes, I can be really slack and only workout once.  With that said, I want to push my self to workout a bit more, especially with the summer fast approaching!

    • Clean out our refrigerator:
      • This was a goal from last week and even though I have a few more days in this week I'm going to keep it on this weeks goal, simply because I know me, I need an extra week :)!
      Be Happy,

      Apr 8, 2014

      Little Red Wagon

      Last week I talked about weekly goals that I am hoping to complete this week. Over the weekend I achieved goal #1; Buy a little red wagon for Maddie! Yayyyyy!

      Maddie and I stopped by Target on Friday, after I picked her up from daycare, and found a cute little wagon for her.  She was so excited as I struggled to load it into the cart!

      She just had to wear my hat on her journey to the park!

      The next day, the hubs and I put it together and took the girl for a “spin" to the community park.  The park is about half a mile from the house, so the hubs figured we could do a slight jog to (AND FROM) the park, since she was securely strapped into the wagon.  In those moments, I realized that this wagon thing might be the worst decision I've ever made :) (j/k)!


      The girl seems to LOVE it though so I'm happy to have it, and hopefully these April showers we're starting to experience will be few and far between so we can really take advantage of the wagon before it becomes scorching hot here!

      Oh, and look at her transitioning to the big kid swing at the park! She'll forever be called, "baby", though!




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