Goal Setting - 2017 Edition

Happy New Year friends!

Well, we made it to 2017. While lots complained that 2016 was a bust, 2016 was a pretty great year for me and mine, and I'm looking forward to seeing what 2017 is bringing to the table. Some items already in the queue include Wesson turning 1, Ryan turning 30, our 5 year wedding anniversary, and my sister-in-law's wedding!

It's that time of year again, where people make resolutions to do things a little differently with the start of a fresh year. While I've given it a little thought in years past, I've never really stuck with any of my goals, so this year I started writing goals down for 2017. I think this could be a good platform to hold myself accountable with them. Let's take a peek! (These are in no particular order either).

1 // Achieve and Maintain Goal Weight
While this may seem like a superficial goal, I'd really like to get back on track here. I am happy to say that I am back to pre-pregnancy weight, but I wasn't particularly happy with my weight before I got pregnant, so there's that. Maintaining a positive body image is something I've battled with since middle school, probably, and though my goal does have a specific number in mind, I more than that crave to have a positive body image when I look in the mirror. This will take as much mental combat as it will sweat and healthy choices. :)

2 // Daily Quiet Time
I constantly say I'd like to make this a goal, and LORD willing if there's one goal I'm going to accomplish this year, it's going to be this one. My bible study today was diving deeply into where you put your time, efforts, treasure, there your heart will be also, and that the things you invest in most are what you start to mirror. Personally, I'd like to become more like Christ with every breath I've got left. (FYI, I did get my quiet time in today, too! && it was awesome!)

3 // Love my Husband & Son Well
Y'all, marriage is hard. Granted, no one ever said it was going to be easy. Either way, between bills, life, EMT school, Wesson, and daily demands there's always room to improve in our marriage. I want to love Ryan well and support him in every way.

Likewise, I want to be a great mother to Wesson. I know I will fall short, but I want to be all in when we're together and not distracted by everything that tries to steal our time.

4 // Work out 4-5 times per week
Healthy life, y'all! Besides, working out makes me feel good and happy. Endorphins for the win!

5 // Cook at least 4 times per week
It's so easy to get tired and lazy and go for easy. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, and it's much easier to choose healthy options when you're preparing food for yourself. I think this could be a fun adventure, and also give us some staple meals. We need some good ones. Feel free to share your favorites with me!

6 // Tithe
This is something I've been convicted about for many months now. Despite medical bills from Wesson's birth and other life bills, I feel it's so important to do this. It's the Lord's money after all.

7 // Strive to be kind and patient
It's easy to get frustrated with either my kiddos at school, or with Ryan or Wesson after I get home from a long day, but my goal is to strive to have patience and be kind as a first response.

8 // Keep a Clean Home
I've pinned home cleaning guides on Pinterest numerous times and just haven't used them. A clean home makes my heart feel at peace and I want to feel calm and content in my own home. Additionally, I would love to not feel embarrassed about this or that being out of place if someone stops by for any reason unexpectedly or otherwise. This also means purging our home of the things we don't need that are cluttering our home. Less is more, or it can be, right?

Check out my pinned January Purge list here!
Check out my pinned Clean House Guide here!

9 // Be Bold with Hand Lettering
Hand lettering is often my escape, my happy place. For some time now I've waffled with the idea of opening an Etsy shop, but have always been afraid people wouldn't be happy with what they received, etc. This year I hope to be bold in how I share my joy of hand lettering, to be bold with my fonts and try new ones, and to be bold enough to potentially open an Etsy store and see how that can spread joy to others. Check out my Instagram for my latest chalk art.

10 // Be More Intentional with Small Group
I think this one speaks for itself, but I really like the couples in our small group and want to spend more time with them.

11 // Run a Marathon
I've done 3 1/2 Marathons and a Half Ironman, but never a full marathon. I've started training many times and have quickly abandoned the training plan because the long miles seem so daunting. I also don't want training to cut into my time being a good wife and mom. That may sound silly to some, but it is important to me.

12 // Be on Time or Early Places
Ryan has challenged me in this area of my life. I have been better, I think, in the past year, but if I could do this consistently I think my husband, and others, would greatly appreciate it!

What are your 2017 goals? I'd love to help you stay accountable and would love your accountability with mine. :)

Cheers to the New Year!

{Teacher Tuesday: Back to the Basics}

School is officially back in session for most teachers, which means the countdown for summer vacation currently sits at 289 days away. Thanksgiving Break is only 94 days away, and Christmas Break is only 128 days away, but who's counting? It's not like I have an adorable son to hang out with at home... oh wait!

For you non-teachers, the week before school starts is filled with teachers learning in professional development sessions (or trying not to fall asleep since it's hours and hours long - amIright?), setting up classrooms, creating lesson plans, prepping for the Meet the Teacher Night and the first day of school, running enough copies to take out a whole forest, goal setting, aligning teams, throwing piles of junk away, gawking over who is in your class and asking their previous teachers about them, trying to create rigorous lessons that challenge everyone at their own level (trust me, this is super easy --- I wish you could sense my sarcasm while reading this), taking things out of the junk pile you're afraid you might need at one point in your year despite NEVER touching it previously, and trying to cross items off an ever-growing checklist.

The beginning of the school year is like the life cycle starting over. Everything is fresh and shiny (unless you're using last year's paper on your bulletin boards). While it is refreshing to have a blank slate, I actually like the 2nd week of school better. Everything settles into routines and all the clunkiness of getting the wheels going again sort of dissipates.

With Wesson now in the picture, and wanting to spend every minute possible with him when I'm not at school, time management is going to be a big goal for me this year. I want to make every minute I'm at school count so when I leave my priority can shift from school to Wesson, Ryan, and our sweet border collies. (In previous years, I would stay at school anywhere from 1 to 3 hours after kids were dismissed prepping, planning, grading, socializing, cleaning, etc.,) Additionally, I'm part of a tripod now which means I see 3 classes per day. I am in for a butt whipping until I settle into this new routine, y'all. Send warm fuzzies my way. :)

As for you, sweet kiddos of classes 2B, 2C, and 2D I hope you're dusting your learning pants off and are ready to go to work. If the planning of our switching classes schedule is indicative of our time this year (it took us an hour to figure that bad boy out) we are in for a busy and fun ride. Your co-teachers and I are excited to embark on this adventure with you.

And to you, my fellow teachers, may the coffee be readily available and strong, the copier always in good working condition, your parent volunteers plentiful, your lesson planning brief, the printer fully stocked with ink, your students well behaved, and ... who am I kidding? Let's begin again... May the coffee always be readily available and strong, and may your year be blessed. Here we go!

{Oh Hey Friday - Mom Edition}

Happy Friday, y'all! I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and Sept. Farm today for Oh Hey Friday! This week I'm talking about my five favorite things about being a Mom! It seems only fitting given that's what I've been doing for the last 14 weeks.
ONE // Baby Smiles
There is seriosly nothing better than looking at your baby and having him smile back at you. Wesson started doing this a while ago, and now it's rare if it doesn't happen when he sees someone. I love knowing he realizes I'm his Mama, that it brings him joy, and he has to smile about it.

He also LOVES looking at himself in the mirror and smiling. Cue the "I love myself" song!

TWO // Baby Noises
This is basically a tie with baby smiles. It is awesome seeing this cute boy learn and develop. He's cooing and talking like crazy. I love when he looks at himself in the mirror and talks, and even more when I'm holding him and he talks to me and smiles. Melt my heart.

THREE // Mom Friends
Motherhood has given me a whole new friend group. I loved my Square One group this summer. [Square One is a first time Mom's group at Watermark Church that connects you with other first time moms and gives you a place to discuss new trials and joys that comes along with the territory. They connect you with small groups of women that are in the same zip code too, so you have insta-close-friends! You don't have to be a member of Watermark Church to attend, either.]

It is awesome to have people that understand exactly what I'm going through. Over the 7 weeks of getting to know our Square One group, I found myself easily sharing, nodding along to the struggles and joys of being a new mom, and seeking council from the group. There is no guilt in being late, or skipping an outing, or having to go home to feed the baby or because your sweet baby had a blowout (aka poopsplosion) because everyone is in the same boat.

These women are some of the nicest I have encountered; understanding, patience, and kindness exude from them. When we had a poopsplosion at one of our Square One meetings a mom offered Wesson a onesie to wear since I had forgotten. Today, we had a photoshoot for one of the mom's sister-in-law's baby item business and fellowshipped before, during, and after. [Check out Luna Lullaby - their stuff is awesome! Maybe you'll see Wesson on the website at some point!]

Wesson snuggling with Adelyn.

At the end of the photoshoot today.

It is just awesome because not only do I get to hang out with awesome ladies, I also get to bring my main squeeze with me and vice versa with their littles. :) This is another reason why I am bummed to be heading back to work. We're totally going to miss weekday playdates! I fully plan to arrange for weekend playdates too, though. :) Wesson needs his buddies and I need my mama friends!

FOUR // Bath Time
Our kid LOVES bath time. Love is an understatement really. If there's anything that will fix Wesson's mood immediately, it's bath time. He is definitely his Mama's kiddo. [I am currently blogging during bath time. :) TMI? Sorry!] I think he's starting to recognize the sound of the water running, too, because last night he went from groggy after napping to W I D E A W A K E! He definitely likes warm water, and enjoys splashing in it by kicking his little feet. Ryan thinks he's going to love the hot tub. He doesn't even seem to mind when he accidentally splashes it in his face. Sweet babe.

FIVE // New Normal
I loved our little life before, but somehow now I love the shift that has occurred with Wesson's arrival even more. Weekends used to be for sleeping in, and I was pretty sure the early factor was going to kill me, but now the 6 am wakeup call doesn't even really phase me. Most of the time he goes back to sleep after eating fairly quickly, or I get something done briefly or tummy time with him for an hour, and then we snuggle and snooze on the couch together for another hour or two (if I'm lucky!). He is seriously the best snuggle buddy. I don't even mind when he nudges me with his feet in his sleep.

I love the way our border collies have adjusted to life with Wesson. Oakley Mae thinks she's his Mama and licks him incessantly. She's convinced it will make him stop crying too, but we have yet to see that happen. She is always eager to be by his side, and is excellent at tummy time. I've tried to lay Wesson against her and snap a picture, but for some reason she's not too keen on that. Some mommy she is. Kidding, Oakley Mae.

Jetta loves on him in her own way. She's not much for snuggling anyway, but she is definitely loyal and always goes to his room with me. Last night she helped me put him to bed from bottle (eating time) to crib (sleeping time). She even sticks her nose between the bars trying to see him. I think she'll really enjoy when he's walking and she can retrieve things he will likely throw for her. Oh, little athletapuppy.

Finally, I love that Ryan and I are content just to be with our sweet boy. Ryan said once early on in our relationship that one of the greatest things we could do with our time on earth was to raise a wonderful, God fearing family. Boy, was he right! Everything is just better with Wesson. Does it make things more complicated at times and are there times when Ryan and I are frustrated? You bet, but it's definitely worth it.

GAH. I could talk about my sweet babe forever on end. He completes me. Cheesy, so sue me. Happy Friday!
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