Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Best Update of the Year

As many of you are aware, Joseph and I have been trying to get pregnant. I’ve shared my struggles with this on the blog and reached the point of feeling completely hopeless. 

It is my sincere pleasure to share with you guys

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We are expecting!

We’ve had to keep this a secret and lie a little but with a week and a half until we’re out of the first trimester, and having heard a healthy heartbeat yesterday, we couldn’t wait any longer to share the big news.

While we both feel horrible about lying to everyone, I hope you understand the 1st trimester is a very nerve-wracking and uncertain time and we just weren’t ready to share yet.

I know that we’ve had a lot of people praying for us, and keeping us in their thoughts and for that I am beyond thankful. We are very excited to be expecting and as a special present to Joseph, I’m baking this kid to be ready right around his birthday. 

(Oh and no the rumor going around was still wrong. I didn’t leave work because I was pregnant. The decision was made before I knew I was pregnant)

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Menu Planning Monday

I’m going to share a little secret with you folks. That secret is that when it comes to the cooking dinner bit that I’m normally so good at, I’ve failed and failed spectacularly at it for a couple months now. Between Christmas & New Years, having vacation days to burn and crappy sinus infections, I’ve totally let planning dinner fall to the wayside.

However, this week, I menu planned with the help of my new menu planner (more details about that to come Wednesday), went grocery shopping and plan to actually cook a meal tonight that includes side dishes, and for most of the nights this week.

Monday: Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole with Tossed Salad & Grapes

Tuesday: Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake with Grapes

Wednesday: Ziti with Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread

Thursday: Pan Fried Chicken with Baked Potatoes and Broccoli

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Tacos with Spanish Rice

Sunday: Eating Out (Assuming we still go to the Falcon’s playoff game)

So, what does everyone else have on the menu for this week?

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Happy New Year!

Well, if you watch wife swap, than you know there was a specific group of people never expecting to see 2013… those crazy Mayan believers. Lucky for me, they were wrong and here we are at a brand new year that is fresh and clean. Nothing bad has happened yet, we’ve yet to do anything we might regret or break any promises to ourselves.

While now is a popular time to make resolutions, I know I never personally stick to them and right now my life is in such a state of limbo that it would seem pointless.

However, with that said… I like that fresh and pretty new year shine everything has on it as much as the next person and I do see the new year as a chance to focus on change.

Clearly I’ve made one large change already (although technically in December) and that was leaving my job.

That change, however, leads me to being able to make other changes and things to really focus on in the new year.

Writing. I want to focus on my writing in so many aspects; from my blog to a personal project I have in mind to my writing and putting it out there for others to read, critique and review.

Cleaning. I feel so domesticated feeling this way but there is this part of me that wants to feel like my house is put together. My mother can tell you horror stories of my room when I was younger and as an adult, I still struggle with keeping everything neat. Ideally I’d like to figure out a system and just get it together a little bit more. Joseph, to his credit, is a great help (more than I am, really) but there is this little part of me that just WANTS to get it together.

Crafts. I have so many things I want to try, learn and do. My pinterest is full of DIY stuff all over the place, I got a sewing machine for Christmas and there are a couple of things that I think would make my life easier if I take the time to put it together. This is something I enjoy doing but typically don’t make the time to do.

Reading. Any writer will tell you that reading is so important. It’s so easy to just want to unwind at night in front of the tv and I find myself getting sucked in to reruns of things I’ve seen. I’d really like to try and read more but also expand my bookshelf to cover more topics.

Food. This isn’t so much about eating right or losing weight as it is about eating more at home, less junk and more real food as well as well rounded meals. I have a project that I plan to do soon, and I’ll share if it is successful, that will hopefully help with this. But when it comes down to it, Joseph and I spend a ridiculous amount on eating out and I’d really like to eat in more and enjoy our time together instead of in a drive thru.

Volunteering. I feel like a very blessed person. It has really nothing to do with money or things but rather I see how much I have and am given compared to others and I want to give back in some aspect. I used to, on occasion, help put together lunches for homeless people and I enjoyed it a great deal but never made it a regular occurrence. This year I’d like to find some way to give back to others on a regular basis even if it isn’t always the same thing.

So, do you make any goals or resolutions for the new year? What are your goals, resolutions, or hopes for the new year?

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