Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It's 2008 already

OKAY!! I am getting tired of looking at the Christmas photos at the top of my blog, but I have not been inspired to write anything lately! Or maybe there has been too much going on, or not enough, I can't be sure. I have been doing a lot of reading. I finally got the last of the Christmas decos put away on January 26th. Three of the boys have had a flu-like bug that thankfully they are now over. We are finishing basketball season and have already started baseball practices. I backed up all my photos on disks that were stored on computer. This, that and the other....but it is time to break the silence!

When New Year's Day comes, I have never been one to officially make big resolutions. My theory being if you don't make them, you can't break them. It is all really very overwhelming to me. I do think about goals and in an unofficial sort of way I ponder and plan the things I would like to see in my life over the next year. You know the stuff....I would like to grow closer to God, I would like to be the a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, neighbor, community member, and friend this year than ever before, I would like to make out and stick to a budget, I would like to be on time, I would like to have birthday gifts ready at some point other than 5 minutes before the parties, I would like to make appointments for the dentist, dermatologist, and a haircut before next year, I would like to get a shower every day, I would like to have an organized home with clean and put away laundry, all beds made, no dishes in the sink, no dust bunnies, no clutter, and no mounds of various treasure that needs to be donated someplace, for everything to have it's place and dinner to be on the table every night, I would like to not forget something every single time I do the grocery shopping, I would like a tidy garage and car, I would like to have date nights on a regular basis, I would like to have lunch with friends, I'd like to see more of our extended families, I would like to volunteer more time at the boys' classes, I would like to take more families who need it a nice healthy and delicious hot dinner, I would like to watch more friends' kids while they do something they need to do, I would like to lose weight and get physically fit, I would love for my kids to generally behave perfectly and to not lose my cool when they don't, I'd like to have a consistent family devotional time, I would like to have my taxes prepared by the end of February, and the list goes on. WHEW!

So here is what I've been reading lately....I will keep you posted on how much progress I make.

  • One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No Regrets Life by Kerry and Chris Shook
  • Desperate Households: 10 Life Changing Family Management Makeovers by Kathy Peel
  • Scream-Free Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Runkel
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George (not sure where that one fits in...)

I hope your 2008 is off to a great start and you have not forgotten your "resolutions" already. It is never too late to take action. One step at a time!


Kathryn said...

Yay! You're back! I was wondering where you've been. :) I was smiling as I read your blog. I can totally relate to many of your "would like to" comments. I don't think I will ever be on time!

Lorren said...

Funny! Looks like you have a couple of goals you'd like to work on. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Let accomplish one of your goals.....lunch soon?

~april barcello

Stacie said...

ha! shower EVERY day...? ha! good luck with that one.

but i would love to borrow the scream-free parenting book and the desperate households book when you're done. (since i'm such a reader...)

angelasustala said...

I'm glad you're back!
Those are some lofty goals!

Star Molegraaf said...

So glad you are back- but please relax, sit back, drink coffee, lots of coffee and just stalk blogs all day!! Hee Hee! We can always get serious next year.

April said...


Email me. AHgen's team is playing Ryan's team this Saturday. I will not be there because I will be with Dalton and his team.

If someone else sees this-please tell her to email me!!!


stephanie said...

Hi April,

The email I have for you is no good anymore. It is

I assume maybe you're with comcast, so I will try. Or if you see this you can email me

I had your phone # stored in two places. One of which was my old dead cell phone. The other was an old school address book that I cannot find. I think I may have just remembered it, so I will try and call you.

Yes, I would love to meet for lunch. And "run into" one another more often now that we will be playing tournament ball this spring officially.

Exum Family said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one whose brain is about to explode with all of the things that I'd like to be doing...or doing better! One thing I love about your blog is your honesty. It's so encouraging and so refreshing.