Friday, December 31, 2010

The New Year - No resolutions, just intentions!

I was just reading another blog, and she talked about the word 'resolution'. I never really thought about it, considering every year we ALL make resolutions with the intentions to keep them and continue them, but how many of us have really stuck to a resolution we've sworn to uphold? I know I haven't. 45% of Americans make New Years Resolutions, and only 40% of those people keep their word for longer than 6 months. Losing weight, eating better, and to quit smoking, definitely the most popular of them all.

So I've decided that this year, no resolutions - just intentions. It takes too much pressure to resolve a "problem". But if I have the best of intentions to accomplish something this year, it makes it much more bearable. And if for some reason I fall off the wagon, so to speak, it's easy to get back to it the next day.

But, alas, I'm still the typical woman. My intention this year - to lose 66 pounds. I've been blessed enough that with both of my children, I've ended up smaller after giving birth than I was when I became pregnant. However, with Breleigh, I didn't take advantage and continue to lose weight. I'm glad that I'm still smaller overall than I was before I started having children, but for some reason now, that's just not enough anymore.

This is me before pregnancy.

This is me after Breleigh.

This is me now!

I'm hoping that you guys will help keep me accountable and ask how I'm doing! :) But I decided that it started today. Not tomorrow. I thought about it, and I wanted to end this year on as good of a note as I started the new one. So far so good! When Luke gets home, I will be going for a long walk. I don't want to overdo it before I get cleared by my obstetrician at my 6 week appointment. But something is certainly better than nothing!

I of course hope to do more than that this year. I want to get out in the sun more, take the kids to places they've never been, take a mini girls trip at some point, and make my house prettier! I hope everyone has the best of intentions for 2011, and gets to accomplish something they've been meaning to do. If you get stuck or sidetracked, just start over again! It's just that easy :) Goodbye 2010!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oh my heaven, it's almost 2011!

Well, the holidays flew by faster than I anticipated! With the addition of our son, being off of work, and Christmastime, I thought I would have a little time to enjoy the holidays, but they went by faster than before. Oh well! Everyone is happy and healthy, and that's really all I could ask for going into the new year.
What are some of your resolutions for the new year?
I leave you with pictures!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Introducing: Mason Steven

Our new little bundle of joy joined us on December 3rd, at 8:05pm. He was 7 pounds 14 ounces, and was exactly 20 inches long. I was in labor with Breleigh for a little over 17 hours, but active labor with Mason only took about 5 hours! He was in such a hurry, the midwife made it to the room from next door with about 10 seconds to spare. He's been deservingly nicknamed "Mister Handsome", and definitely fits the bill! He's beyond precious, and of course we love him just as we do our first born. Welcome to the world sweet boy!