Friday, December 31, 2010

goodbye 2010...hello 2011

Sounds kind of the like the Target commercial...hello, hello, hello, hellooooo! I know that you just sang the jingle in your head just like I did :)

Are you ready for the NEW YEAR?! Holy smokes, I know that the MN weather is really snowy and slushy, and it would be *really* nice to be somewhere warm and sunny with a cold iced drink w/ a little umbrella in it! Think warm thoughts! Only 3 (or so) more months of this uck and then yay! for spring weather! I'm already looking forward to painted toenails, tank tops and bermuda shorts!!!

As I look back and reflect on 2010:
***I am proud to be a mama to a very special little boy who warms my heart inside out and upside down
***surrounded by family & friends - your love and support is simply amazing
***I discovered that its OK to take a time out and slow down and enjoy the moment

Some (not all) of my personal goals for 2011 are:
Eat clean every.single.day
Watch less TV
Promote a contagious positive energy to others
Grow + donate my hair to locks of love (this will be a year+ goal and I'm ok w/that)
Make more time for me
Run a 1/2 marathon
Blog more

There, I did it - made them public! Whew. Glad that is over :)

Are you setting yourself some SMART goals this year? I've found that taking time to write down where I want to be and when I want to be there has really helped me provide a road map to guide me to get there. And...that knowledge is power!

Happy NYE, everyone! All the best in 2011!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

merry merry 2010!

What a Christmas! Parker loved opening his gifts. He piled them all up and after opening one would say..."hey Grammy, do you want to open one...or should I open one more?" So cute! He loved every minute of it!!!

Raffie puzzle for Auntie Kels!

A new robe + pausing for a photo w/ mama!

iPod docking station!
Baseball YO-YO!

New outfit from GK!
We're home, still putting things away, and getting BACK into the swing of things. What a great way to spend the season with family and those we love.
Cheers to you and yours for a fabulous 2011!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 days till christmas

Whoa...where did the time go? Parker kindly reminded me this morning "mommy, only 3 more days till Christmas". After I heard him say that I thought to myself, OH CRAP, have I crossed everything off my list? is all of my shopping done? what am I forgetting?

I missed the annual phone call from my dad this week where he says "hey Ab, I need you to go to such and such place and pick up such and such gift for such and such person". We actually got AHEAD of the game this year and did our shopping early! So, in the spirit of the season, I picked up the phone and called him this morning just to double check and make sure he really didn't need me to do any shopping for him :)

I was reminded in my conversation this morning w/ my dad that I am supported. loved. thankful. grounded.happy.healthy. I love that my dad is so laid back, easy going, and low-maintenance. I love that my mom is caring, full of love, and always has open arms for a hug. Through all of the "stuff" I've been through (and going through now) both of them just LISTEN. Love that about them!

We're gearing up for the trek to spend the holidays w/ family and couldn't be more excited to see GK+BB and Grammy + Papa!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

holly ball 2010

Had a blast at Holly Ball! And am SO proud of myself - not one glass of champagne, wine or beer! H20 was my friend :)

Oh - yes, and to fill you in: I've given up alcohol. All forms of it. :( Sad, but it's what I need to stay on track with my health/fitness goals! That and many other things I've sacrificed for this journey.

Enjoy the the pics!

The night was full of glitz and glam - thanks Julie for having me as your date :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

happy WINTER :)

Yes, I know its been ages since I've blogged. Sometimes...life just gets crazy and other more important things get in the way. Thanks for understanding (for those of you who check and still see that summer post up and NO update since then sorry!). With that said...I'm back!

Brrrr, it's cold outside! It's quite a change to have to bundle up mister man every morning. We're getting in to the "habit" of hats/gloves. Man, are all 5 year olds that stubborn or is it just mine?!

Anywho...been busy working on our Christmas card. Had the one below all ready to go (mind you - I spent a good 2 hours designing it), uploaded to Walgreens, went to pickup and come to find out they converted my file and it was REALLY poor quality. Thanks, Walgreens for stealing my thunder. Back to the drawing board. If you're fortunate to be on our list of recipients, look for yours to arrive sometime early next week :)

I'm going to Holly Ball this weekend with my girlfriend, Julie. I scored a cute LBD on clearence (love that!) at JCPennys last week that I'm looking forward to getting decked out in!

In other news, Parker's first report card came home & he is doing FABULOUS as a Kindergarten student! I'm so proud of him and his accomplishments. We need to work on listening/following directions + making good choices w/ freetime. Other than that, he had all "M's" (MASTERS) for the most part and is really excelling with his learning. Watch out next year, first grade!

One more thing, I've completely fallen in love with + adapted to a new healthier lifestyle. Tosca Reno is my hero. Stay tuned, I cannot WAIT to share my success with you!

We're very much looking forward to next week - well I am anyways! Santa has some wrapping to do...and a dolphin pillow pet to locate yet for a very special little boy.

Happy December!


Insider Clip

Parker's GAP video

San Fwancysco

The color quality isn't the greatest on this - but turn up the volume and listen to the excitement in Parker's voice about our trip next week!!!