Friday, January 24, 2014

Already Planning!

As most of you know I am kind of obsessed with birthday parties for my little man and yes I have already started planning for his 4th birthday party in March! I seriously cannot believe his birthday is actually so close but I'm super excited to have the best birthday party yet!

This year our theme is construction and its a huge mix of things! We'll have "mighty machines" as Nathan calls them to play with in the sandbox (a steam roller, excavator, and dump truck), we'll be building birdhouses with the older kids, we'll be mixing "cement" which is actually make your own sidewalk chalk, and I've bought two workbenches so far!

I have the party favors for the older kids done/picked out already:

I am thinking fun sand toys for the littler people prob 2 and under category.

I have gotten some ideas off pinterest but I do prefer using google overall lol or just staring at something and hoping an idea pops into my head! But these are a few of the ideas I have in mind of his party not entirely sure yet still working out the details :)

I just adored this idea of having multiple work benches and I'm too cheap to buy them brand new so I've been keeping my eye on craigslist and the local for sale pages and have two so far for a reasonable price :)

I am thinking a birthday cake similar to this would be fun :) I already bought the "mighty machines" from the dollar store!

I'm still working on food. I think we're going to do brown sack lunches with sandwiches, chips, and a juice box like they're taking lunch to "work" since we plan on having a pretend workday. We shall see how it all plays out in March though :) I can't wait to set everything up and share the results!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year everyone! My boys didn't make it the whole night and are both snoozing in bed, but that is to be expected from my early birds :) I am definitely the night owl of the family and I really need to change that! I rang in the new year watching Storage Wars because I'm just cool like that! LOL I'm not much for going out and partying anymore though. I feel too old for it to be honest. Plus I don't really see the new year as a holiday tomorrow is going to be like any other day. The same problems, the same good things, pretty much nothing changes but the date which happens every new day anyhow.

We're not ones to do new year resolutions so we're not going to do that. Plus who really follows through with those anyhow? We have been discussing goals in our lives though. Especially with buying the new house, thinking about my hubby's retirement which is less than 10 years away and in reality that isn't too far off, me going to school and what to do afterwards, etc. We need to figure out where we want to live later in life and just where we want to see our lives go. And the new year is just a nice fresh start for all our goals. I like round easy ways to keep track of things and this will help us achieve our goals!

My goals for the new year are to financially fit. I want to get ourselves out of debt completely and start looking for our retirement home (which I think we know where we want to retire!) and to make sure we have a retirement plan in place which is hard to do when you're in debt! I want to have a solid budget in place with what we're making now so that anything that comes to us in the future will just go straight into savings and/or retirement fund.

I would like to finish school with my bachelors in the next year, it might take just over a year but the idea is to stay focus and be done soon. And decide if I'm going to find work once I'm done or just worry about a graduate degree (which I want to work on regardless if I get a job or not but it will depend on how much time I have devoted to it)

I want to get our home organized. To have everything its in place, no more boxes and anything of excess just to get rid of it. I'd like to have a good cleaning schedule down, know what needs to be paid when, and a fence up in our yard so we can garden. I want a nice garden going so we can buy less produce and to have a good meal plan down as well. I just want our home to run smoothly and stay that way.

My last goal is for myself. I want to be a better me. I talk about it all the time but never fully commit. I think my hubby is ready for it as well. I've gained so much weight and I'm definitely a stress eater and I need to replace that with the most healthy yummy things I can find. I'm not going to give up good tasting just to be healthy because why be miserable? I do want to make sure that its a life change and not a diet and something we can do as a family. I want to get more active and just have fun. I want to do things with my little man like geocaching and hiking because its fun and healthy. I just want a healthier and more fit lifestyle like we had before I got out of the Air Force. I mostly want to be healthy for my little man, he deserves a mommy who can run around with him and play sports! I would eventually like to start running again and get a half marathon in before we leave Florida! I'm hoping to get in shape this year so I can do that :) Big goals I know but achievable ones that don't necessarily have to be all done this year, but I will definitely get there! I am hoping my hubby will hold me accountable as well and ya'll can too!

My hubby has goals as well but those are his to share not mine but we have started a list so that can both look at it and see what we each want to achieve. I think it will help us be more accountable and we can help and encourage each other along the way.

So these are my current life goals not just for this year but to continue on with. If you do make a resolution I wish you the best as well as with any goals you may have and may you have the best 2014 possible!