Saturday, December 31, 2011

My 2012 Resolutions

It's 9:14 here. Baby is in bed sleeping, Hubby is watching the Jazz game & im blogging. Yup, sounds like any other night here in our casa. But tonight isn't just any night, it is New Years Eve! Taking a look back [check earlier post for official look back] I can't believe its almost over.Just 2 hours and 46 minutes to be exact. This year started out so slow, then on January 24th our little man joined the world and then it's like life decided to go into "hyper-active-hyper-drive...and uhh astro-uh-turf" [sorry...I just couldn't help myself, also I hope someone besides me knows what im talking about ;)]. So like any other new years, I have some resolutions. But this year is different. I am actually planning them, writing them down, and am DETERMINED to follow through. Usually I just through out some random resolution when someone asks and it lasts all but a day, all this planning has to mean something this year right? With a house [hopefully...everyone is on vacation this last week or two and its been a pain and mess to get anything done...but if all goes well, mid January we can move in!] in the works, I really need to do some planning and goal making. You have to 'ink' it to think it, So with out further adieu my resolutions for 2012.

First off, and probably the most important is be the best momma to my son I can possibly be! Spend as much time as possible with him, teach him new things, make him laugh, and make sure he is extra loved and spoiled.

I want to get healthier. A life style change as one would put it. My major goal is to loose the baby weight. I want to be down to my wedding weight by our anniversary. Doing the math, that's about 6 pounds a month I would need to loose. I think this is doable & attainable. I want to stop with all soda, and majority of the juice I drink. Strictly water. I need to start exercising again & stretching every day. No gym membership, they don't motivate me. It actually has the opposite effect since I have no clue what I am doing. So just some simple routines at home, or borrowing the in laws elliptical.  I hope these mini goals will help me attain my main goal.

I need to get better at taking my camera with me. Don't get me wrong, I take lots of pictures but I miss out on some fun outings I wish I would have pictures of.

I want to floss EVERY DAY. I floss, just not every day like I tell my dentist I do ;)

I want to cut back on my TV/Internet time. As much as I love my blogs, FB, pinterest, etc I need to invest more time in real life [yes I realize I am blogging as I type this].

I WILL be more organized. I'm the farthest person from organization you have probable ever met. And OCD is something I actually WISH I had. For next year I already have plans for a family planner and Budget binder. 

I want to spend more time with my friends! This year has been a tough one on my friendships. Between having a baby and then moving into Tanners parents and working two jobs it has been hard. I plan to set aside time just for my ladies! And actually having a place of our own to invite friends over to will be a blessing.

We are going to start budgeting and following most of Dave Ramsey's money make over. We have been reading his books and I am super excited to start this one. It's going to be hard, and take discipline with our money, but we can do it!

I want to read atleast one book every month.

I need to take my dog on more walks.

I want to set aside special date nights for me and the Hubby. The year we had has been a tough one on our marriage, as it would any ones marriage. We need more time as a couple, just going out and enjoying being together.

ok, I think I got them all. Now that I have put this out there Im giving you all a special job. You are now going to be held responsible. If I ever mention giving up any of these please remind me of this post. It's ok to fall of your horse, as long as you get back on and keep riding!

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2012 brings you all kinds of joy and memories!

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 was a great year

2011 was the best ever year for our family!

It was full of anticipation & big bellies.
We finally welcomed our sweet baby boy on January 24th.

We spent most of this month getting to know our little guy.
We celebrated grandma Jamie's birthday with dinner on the 7th,
this was the first time we left Hudson with a sitter.
We also celebrated Hudson's first valentines day.

We celebrated Hudson's first St. Patrick's day.
Mommy went back to work :(
We moved from our apartment to the in-laws to save for a house.

Celebrated Hudson's first Easter.
Hudson Officially rolled over!
We went out to Famous Dave's to celebrate Grandpa's birthday.

Hudson ate his very first food, avocado.
Aunt Jade turned 10.
Celebrated my first mothers day.

We celebrated dads 22 birthday & his first fathers day.
Took Hudson to his first base ball game.
Hudson went swimming for the first time.
Hudson started full on crawling & pulling up to standing.

We celebrated Hudson's first 4th & 24th of July.
Hudson LoVeD the fireworks.
Hudson was blessed on mommy & daddy's anniversary.
We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in Park City.
We lost your great Nana Sandi :( & miss her very much.
You turned 1/2 a year old!

We celebrated mom's 22 birthday.
Hudson skipped standing on his own, and took his first steps.
We got family pictures done with the Higley side.
We got to spend lots of time with aunt Jade wile she was on summer break.

We started the process to buy our first home.
Its official, Hudson loves Jamba!
Hudson started to climb out of/into/onto anything he can!

 We celebrated Halloween with our lil' cowboy.
We went to the pumpkin patch.
Finger painted our pumpkins.
Took our lil man trick or treating :D

Took Hudson & Ella to the Childrens museum
Celebrated Hudson's first Thanksgiving.
Ella turned 2 and they had a party!
Took our first family photos as our family of 3.

We took Hudson to see Santa.
Had lots of parties with family for the holidays.
Went to zoo lights.
Celebrated our first Christmas and got spoiled.

2011 was amazing and just flew by!
I can not wait for 2012 and all it has in store for our family [hopefully our house!].

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Christmas

*please bare with me, Some of these many pictures did not upload in order & I don't feel like doing it again so it may be a little out of order. Also this is my babies first Christmas so I am documenting everything & this will be long. You have been warned*

 We started of Christmas eve at Tanners grand parents, or mor mor and far far as they are known to the great grandchildren. They are sweedish. technically "mor mor" and "far far" are not completely correct terms but I think its fun and it differentiates the grandparents from the greats. I love them to pieces. On Christmas eve they make a big dinner of Lutefisk. It tastes just like it sounds ;] actually, I love seafood and it isn't too bad. Pretty mild actually. Its a type of fish from the Sweden region.

 Hudson helping Far Far find some music.
 This is a tradition Tanners grandpa would do as a boy, and Tanner did as a boy as well. After dinner you would go outside and dance around the trees and in the streets to celebrate the day and welcome Santa. Normally they would have a women playing an accordion. We settled for a boom box and an old tape.It was a surprisingly warm Christmas for Utah.

 This was mine and tanners presents from his grandparents. He got a t-shirt and I got a windmill.

 Hudsons very first Christmas present! A stuffed Lion. 

After we headed to my parents house to open our Christmas Eve presents and put out some milk/cookies for Santa.
 Isn't our little elf adorable? His hat says "my very first Christmas"
 He got to open a present from his great aunt Shantel. He got a toy truck and a froggy hooded blanket.

 My little sister was so excited to open her one present. She opened clothes! HAHA she was a little disappointed and I had to laugh.

So Christmas day I had to work [blah...] So we had to plan our day.
We woke up bright and Early to go to my moms for presents and breakfast.

 This was Hudsons corner of presents. The car was such a hit!

 My sister jade opening some presents.

 He sat in that car forever!

 My daddy opening his gift! We got him a braves baseball cap.
 I love my mommy
 My sister is about to open her big gift for the day...
 she was so excited....
 The lucky little lady got a.....[oh and that vacuum? yup thats ours. Our first real vacuum im stoked!]

So from my parents Hudson got his cozy coup car, a mini baseball t-ball, an abc/123 musical dog, a toy that you put the different shapes into, a big toy dump truck, shoes, swim suit with floaties and shoes, and tons of clothes!! Aunt Jade got Hudson this adorable Rain forest musical play thingee. Hudson loves to make the monkey dance. Me and the Hubby got our new vacuum, a new comforter for our bed, some cool games for our new backyard!!! some work clothes and shoes for me, byu [booo!!] shirts and hoody for Tanner, A whole bunch of different teas and the cutest owl tea pot!  Im sure im missing some, but thank you so much mom and dad! and auntie jade! you made Christmas so awesome.

After my moms we headed to Tanners moms for another breakfast and presents. These pics are some that uploaded weird and our at the bottom of my post. so I will tell more about that in a few.

We then opened our presents. I got the hubster a new shaver/beard trimmer, some cologne, a new shirt, Sunny with a chance DVD, some new pjs & candy :D

And he was just amazing and got me EXACTLY what I wanted.
A sewing machine! YAY!
Now it's nothing fancy, but its perfect for a beginner and from what I can see does a lot of different stitches. In our family my husband sews. Yup thats right. He can sew pretty much anything. He mad our car seat cover, a comforter for our bed and more. So he will be teaching me. I have lots of ideas planned!!
[are you a sewer? do you have any tips for a beginner like myself? I would love any and all help!]
& Hudson got me a bunch of sewing accessories. It was perfect and I was legitimately surprised.

Santa brought Hudson an awesome wooden rocking moose, some really cool monster accessories for his new bathroom & some Christmas books. He also got a steering wheel dashboard thingee that lights up and makes noise and a pop up tent with a tunnel.
as you can see he got spoiled!
 [the rocking moose I forgot to bring down and wasn't in the picture :( but there is one a little later]

 Little man with all his toys!

 Can not believe my baby is sooo big!

 Hudson loves to give loves to everything! This is his awesome guitar Aunt Ash, Uncle Bri, and Cousin Ella got him.

 He seriously has to carry EVERYTHING!

 This was Hudson tryin to say "ho ho ho" Cousin Ella would walk around saying it, and he would follow saying "oh ho ho ohhh"

 His lion he got from mor mor and far far

So after my moms we went to Tanners parents....yea its time to back track now.
We had such a good time with everyone and seeing the littles open their presents.
Tanners parents got all the boys a new GPS. Tanner is in love I think. He used it to go to Ikea, which I am pretty sure I could drive there in my sleep. But he had to "check how well it worked". Whatever, he is happy. All the girls got a brand new kindle!!! I am so beyond excited for this you have no idea. I just can't decide what book to get first!! any suggestions?! I would love some.
We also pick names with all the kids for who gets who a present that year. Tanners brother got me a sweet pair of shoe slippers. I love them. And Tanner got a ukulele from his brother Brian. He has been addicted to it. It's fun, but sometimes I already wanna hit him over the head with it.
Our little niece Ella and Hudson got spoiled by everyone! Ella got a brand new dolly fully equipped with horsey, stroller & crib. A recordable story book that her papa read to her [hudson got one too! I love it] and a new pink trike from grama and papa. Hudson got her some play dough, and we got her some cute clothes.
Now uncle Jason and Aunt Jamie got Hudson and Ella them same thing, but a boy version and a girl version. They got them pop up tents. It was HILARIOUS when they opened them. Ella opened hers a littler faster and was so excited for the princesses, then Hudson got his open and it was toy story. Needless to say Ella was a little more excited over buzz then her princesses. Ah Kids!
Hudson got some blocks, a remote control police car, and a new high chair from his papa and grama. And Ash, Bri, And Ella got him his awesome guitar [see about photos] and a new guitar shirt he is wearing below.
 We had fun with Hudson's new blocks!

 Showing everyone his new rocking moose!
 The car dashboard thing I mentioned earlier.
 The two best little cousins! I love them.

 We even got to go outside to enjoy our new toys! Of course they want to play with each others toys more.

Now this was actually the weekend before Christmas, but I didn't take my camera [again! this needs to be a new years resolution for me!] so I only managed to steel 2 pics of us! But This is the Woods family party. It is SO much fun. We have dinner then play this awesome Christmas present game. Simply put there are hundreds of presents. Usually dinky stuff under a dollar [candy, erasers, dollar store toys, etc] and one grand prize 25 dollar gift card. You start by passing around dice [we use quite a few sets of dice] and whenever yo roll a double you go pick out a present from the middle. Then once all the presents are gone you start round two. In this round you have to have all your presents in front of you and we time for 3 minutes and whenever you roll doubles you get to steel a present from whoever you want. At the end of the 3 minutes you get to open your presents. We got lots of candy, holiday socks, and a puzzle. Hudson got a pretty sweet toy truck.

Overall we had a fantastic Christmas and got so spoiled by our loved ones! I was so happy to have my little man and our little family this year! It was so fun that he was so big for his first Christmas so he could get a little more into it. He wasn't the biggest fan of opening them though. He would rip of a little strip of paper then either wave it in the air or try to eat it. So momma ended up opening most of them. He loves all his new gifts, and I wish I could know what he was thinking when they just kept coming!

If you actually read this whole thing, WOW. Sorry it was so long. But it's my babies first, I just couldn't miss one single detail!

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas filled with love and family.