Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Resolutions

Happy New Year, Friends!!

2011 was a fun year. We loved watching Bryson grow and change, we spent lots of time with family and friends, went to Mexico wth the Zellners, took our first family trip to the Beach, and so many other things. It was a fun, busy year.

As we inch into 2012, I know this year is going to be a great year, too! We have some big things planned already and some high expectations of just enjoying our family time to the max. I'm starting a parenting class at our church that I am really excited about! We're taking a family trip to Belize in February and going scuba diving in one of the top 5 dive spots in the world. SOO excited about that!! 

So, starting off the year right with a few new goals and resolutions in no particular order:

Have more people over to the house. At least once a month
I'm such a homebody, that sometimes I just never think to have people over. We love hanging out with our friends and going to their houses, I just want to be better about having people over and building relationships.

Get back in shape. Work out and eat better. (along with 99% of the US)
Being back at pre-pregnancy weight in NO way means I am healthy. Oh my gosh, I am SO out of shape and I hate it. The week before I found out I was pregnant, I completed my 2nd half mararthon (one of the toughest in TX). Last week, I jogged down the street with Bryson (he is SOOO into "wunning yike Daddy" because Michael is always going running) and I kid you not when I say I could barely make it 7 houses down the street. UGH.

Read Bryson's toddler Bible to him every night.
I almost always read him books before bed and I always want at least one of them to be a story out of his Toddler Bible.

Send Birthday cards in the mail.
I actually stole this one from my friend, thanks Kaylan ;) It's just always so nice to get a real old fashion letter in the mail, especially on your birthday. I already have a working list of birthdays, I still need a few addresses though.

To Not waste food.
Not the "eat all the food on your plate, young man" type wasting. But the "throw away tons of leftovers".
 There's a commercial right now that says on average, Americans waste over $500 dollars a year in thrown out food. I would totally agree with that, at least in our house. There are so many times that I'll make dinner and never eat te left overs and throw them out. Or buy groceries and the week gets busy and then have to throw out the herbs or veggies or something. This year, we're making a valient effort to meal plan, plan to eat left overs, plan to make our next meal with left over ingredients (i.e. green onions-I ALWAYS end up throwing 90% of those away every time) and not eat out if there is good food in the fridge. I think this one will be one of the toughest.

Learn to use my camera better.
I have this amazing awesome camera that I have definitely not learned how to use. I feel like I know just enough about it to get a decent shot if I try, but not nearly enough as I would like. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all the settings and stuff on the camera that I just end up shooting in Program. SO pathetic. So, if anyone has any SLR camera tips, comments, helpful ideas, I would listen for hours!!

I think that's a good start. Some of these are a little harder than others, but that's the excitement of a new year and reevaluating life. :) So hold me accountable, friends!


  1. Great goals. We too, can be homebodies. I had that as a resolution a few years ago and I think I'll try to have people over more too!

    What toddler Bible do you have for Bryson? I need to get one for Pearson.

    I totally agree with the pre-pregnancy weight not equalling healthy. My body feels so different post pregnancy and I'm ready for it to be tight....err semi tight again!!

  2. I definitely sense a very fun and exciting year ahead. I too need to work on several of the same resolutions from working out and getting into shape, not wasting so much food, and for me not being so lazy. I hate that I am so tired and really have just gotten so complacent lately. So this lady needs to get a pep in my step and start making some changes:)

  3. So jealous about your upcoming trip!!! You have a great list of resolutions. If you need any help your camera, let me know. I will tell you, I never read my camera's manual. Instead, I went straight to youtube and learned a lot of what I know. Good luck!

  4. Great goals and great idea to write them down and post in your house. I need to do the same. I actually want to blog about my goals as well. It definitely holds you more accountable and it helps to have them all in one place.

    I tend to throw food away all the time. I do eat leftovers, but I buy veggies and they go bad before I get the chance to use them. I hate it and it's definitely a waste. I need to work on this!

    Good luck with your goals and here's to an awesome 2012!