Saturday, December 31, 2011

Project 52 wrap up

Making and executing 52 goals sounded pretty much impossible around this time last year. I am really glad that I made the goals and realized just having them written down helped me stay focused on accomplishing them. So here is what I got done with some thoughts...

  Project 52 Goals

1. Laundry every other Wednesday
I really enjoyed having a set day for laundry. When I got pregnant I got off schedule for a few months but really tried hard to keep it going. I think Aaron liked having it on a set day as well so he always knew when to add things to the hamper.

2. Complete 21 days on the Clean Program 
Done! This was a hard but an incredible experiment. I'm so glad I had a friend to do it with (Thanks Rachel) and friends that have done it to keep me going. You really do feel incredible while doing the program and the 12lb weight loss was nice too. After a very long time of trying to get pregnant I have to wonder if me getting pregnant a couple weeks after finishing the program was more than a coincidence.

3. Start and attend a spanish class taught by my husband- Not done.

4. Volunteer in the community once per quarter of the year (1/4)- Only got one done (we helped dig out the flood victims early this year). Getting pregnant made this a little harder- not an excuse though. I did however try to do more service for those around me.

5. Learn to play one of the nursery songs on the piano each month till all are learned.- I learned three. I still want to learn them all even though I'm not in primary any more.

6. Increase my workout schedule from 3 times per week to 4.-
I actually did this for a long time. I was at the gym 3x per week and then usually took substantial bike ride 1-2 times per week. Then morning sickness happened. I did keep up going to the gym 3x per week until about the time I was 32 week pregnant.

7. Take a bike ride with my husband at least 2x per week.
I'm going to count this one done. We rode at least 2x/week until we decided it was just to much and a little dangerous for me.

8. Learn how to shoot a gun: 
I guess you aren't supposed to do this while prego:( I'll try next year)

9. Go rock climbing
Did it on my birthday! I loved it.

10. Go on 2 hikes (2/2)
Done! My favorite one was with Karen and Rachel.

11. Plan 2 girls night out with Sister-in-Laws (2/2)
These were really fun. We went out for dinner one time and then got pedicures and dinner the other time. I hope to do more of these this coming year.

12. Learn 1 new duet with my husband
Thanks to a request from Dawn Cook to sing at a funeral we learned a new duet and I kid you not, sang it 4 times after that in various wards.

13. Start and finish my CAM finished 6/22
Done! It was easy (time consuming but easy) and now I'm a certified apartment manager.

14. Attend my brother's wedding
This was a big one but we saved our money and were able to go to Miami for my older brothers wedding to the cutest girl. My mom and sis went too so we had a blast!

15. Make a special gift for our 5 year anniversary
It was a picture with a special poem on it. Kind of mushy but Aaron was really sweet about it:-)


16. Complete all visiting teaching every month (12/12)
Thanks to an awesome VT partner we got this done! Even if it just meant a card in the mail.

17. Make and post on blog 52 goals
I actually haven't counted so I'm not sure.

18. Invite 2 new couples in the ward for dinner (2/2)
Done. We had fun inviting some new couples over for dinner. I would like to increase this goal for next year.

19. Vacuum on Saturdays
Nope. At least I got the laundry on a schedule. Maybe this one will happen in 2012

20. Go to the Temple 12 times (12/12)

Done! I almost didn't make it but with some help from my sweet husband I went for my 11th and 12th time on Jan. 29th & 30th. Talk about cutting it close! I do have to say that the last two times were really special experiences and I'm really glad that I did it.

21. Bear my testimony in Sacrament meeting
I'm kind of cheating with this one. I did bear my testimony but it was at the end of a talk. Next year I want it to be during testimony meeting.

22. Give a fast offering every month (12/12)
Done. This is a good habit that I'm glad we got into. Aaron helped me remember this one all year.

23. Run a 5k (this will probably be on a treadmill) This was done in Lakewood 5k not the tread mill. 32 min!
I can't believe I actually did this! In the nick-of-time too since I did it in March and got prego the end of April. Rachel, I couldn't have run the whole thing with out you!

24. Return music to Long Beach Stake
Not done and I'm mad about it. It is such an easy thing to do and I just keep forgetting.

25. Make 5 homemade gifts and give them (5/5)
Done. This was fun and I hope to do it again next year.

26. Get a hair cut
Done twice!

27. Take a diner to 3 people in need (3/3)
This was also a very rewarding goal that I'm glad I got to accomplish. Having it as a goal helped me be more outgoing with volunteering.

28. Take a bubble bath
I've been taking a lot of baths the last couple weeks and I'm loving them.

29. Take a Zumba class
It was a relief society activity and Amber taught it. So fun!

30. Write in my journal 52 times (8/52)
I used to write in my journal EVERY night. Why is it so hard now?

31. Send out Christmas news letter
Not done, but I will change this one to sending out a birth announcement in Jan.

32. Go to the Dentist
I'm embarrassed. Not done. I should have done it early in the year cause once I got pregnant I just didn't want to.

33. Paint and decorate spare bedroom
This turned out so cute. It is amazing how much a little paint will do for a room. I will be doing a post with pictures soon.

34. Go to Palm Springs
We did this for our 5 year anniversary in February and had a great time.

35. Go to Disney and stay the whole day: not going to do this anymore, I just wont make it all day.
I didn't do this but instead sent Aaron with our neighbor (who's wife is also very pregnant) Lars to spend the whole day there. They had so much fun. Probably more fun then he would have had with me since I can't do startours without having a panic attack.

36. Say morning prayers
Aaron was also a big help with this one. We got in the habit of reading our scriptures and praying together every morning.

37. Learn all the words to this year's primary song
Done! Then I was released :(

38. Hand out 5 pass-along cards (0/5)
I should have just kept them in my purse. I kept forgetting. Maybe I can run to the store tonight and hand them out to 5 random people?

39. Build up savings
Kind of done. Not by a lot.

40. Be gluten free for entire year
Thank goodness I figured out that I'm gluten intolerant. I have completed 1.5 years of being gluten free!

41. Take vitamins everyday

Can't get around this one when you are pregnant. I do have to admit though that I am sick of taking them.

42. Drink 4 glasses of water every day
I drank at least 4 glasses.

43. Add three months (each) of food storage
Not done. Our budget was to tight for this one this year.

44. Fill water storage
Done. We have one of those big blue water storage things on our back patio and it is filled.

45. Throw one baby shower
Done! I helped through Shawna's baby shower and had so much fun doing it. I'm excited to help with another one early in January.

46. Clean off my chair in my bedroom 1x per week
I really tried.

47. Have a conversation with someone in Spanish
I did this on the phone with the person that cleans the apartments for my company. He only speaks spanish and I usually have Aaron call for me. I had Aaron sitting next to me just in case I needed help.

48. Take 6 dance classes (0/6): Not going to happen
Got pregnant, tired, poor, and didn't want to try to get into a leotard.

49. Read each book club book. (5/12)
I started off the year strong and then lost motivation. Usually b/c it was a pain to get the book.

50. Sing in church (solo)
Done. I can't remember what I sang though.

51. Make a skirt and wear it to church
Half done. I made a skirt but it was to ugly to wear anywhere.

52. Purchase a gun
This will have to be next year too as long as the budget allows. 

2011 was a great year. I feel like I have accomplished a lot. But the biggest goal that was accomplished was getting pregnant and carrying that baby to full term and I am so excited that we were able to do this. I didn't add it to the 52 list because it was a personal goal but it has been the most incredible thing I have experienced.




I hope you all have a great 2012 and I can't wait to see your goals for  next year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

37 weeks. A full term baby!




Yay! We officially have a full term baby boy! Still 3 more weeks till he is due but it is nice to know that he could come any day and be okay.

New for this week:

  • Dane has "dropped". I woke up on Monday and looked completely different then the day before. I also waddle more and need to know where the restroom is at all times
  • Started the weekly doctors appointments. Everything looks good.
  • Purchased a breast pump. One sided and manual. Will I really need this?
  • My hospital bag is ready to go.
  • Things I still need: a boppy pillow, swing or bouncy chair(?).
  • I'm excited and getting ready for my friend Stephanie's baby shower. She is my neighbor, in the same ward, and due 5 days after me with a little baby boy that will be named Roan. Cool ha?
  • Car seat is installed.


You can really tell in this picture that he has dropped...


Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas to me!



This may be my favorite Christmas gift. Thank you Aaron!

Enjoy...

...the "Hoodie-Footie"

I know you want your own!

I kind of want to get one of these for all my girl friends so we can have a Hoodie-Footie party

I know, I know, way sexy ;-)

Seriously though, they are so comfortable. Aaron may regret getting these for me.


With other news, we went on a bike ride today and it was wonderful.

I got several funny looks but it felt so nice to be riding again.


Oh, and I think I might have "dropped". I have a Dr. appointment tomorrow and I'll ask him but my belly looks way different today then yesterday. It's getting close! I'll post a pic tomorrow.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

35 Weeks

35 Weeks! Crazy!


(30 weeks)
Update:
  • Feeling good!
  • The nursery is ready
  • I'm having a lot of braxton hicks contractions
  • Weight gain has slowed down.
  • Starting every week dr. appointments next week
  • Pulled out a bag to start packing it for the hospital. Any suggestions with this?
  • Christmas decorations are up!
  • Dane is very active. I think I'm going to miss feeling all his wiggles.
  • I waddle.
  • Birth plan written up
Seems like everyone I talk to tells me about how I am in the worst part of pregnancy and how it will be the worst month of my life. I almost feel guilty that I still feel relatively good and that I am really enjoying being pregnant. Sure I have a lot of the aches and pains and sleepless nights and the ever expanding body but I just think that being pregnant is the coolest experience ever. I am so grateful to be able to carry our little Dane.

We are very excited to meet him!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

We got a new camera...

and this is my favorite picture so far...



I couldn't stop laughing. Needless to say, the shutter speed is very fast :-)

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