Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome 2012!!!


Oh my friends how are you?!?!?! It has been so weird to go from posting almost every day for the last 3 months, to nothing the past three weeks, but we had a WONDERFUL Christmas break together as a family and I hope you enjoyed your holiday as well!!!

The Mr. started his FIRST day of Classes for the LAST semester today and so we're finally getting back into the routine of having a routine. Oh how I love my structure! :) It's nice to be able to do nothing for awhile and not feel guilty for going to bed early, spending a whole night watching movies, keeping the kids up WAY too late hopped up on nothing but sugar, buuuut I have to say by the time the "vacay's" over I am SO ready to get back to my nice, organized, OCD life! :)

Sooooo, I've spent the last week trying to get ready for the next 5 months. Organizing, goal setting, new years resolutions...just kinda all of that. I'm not a 'resolution' kinda gal per-say, but when I feel like my life is about to spin out of control because there is SO much going on, so many un-knowns, so many changes a comin', I do whatever I can to keep that spin in a hand-reaching radius because I'm a big fan of being in control. (I'm getting better :) ) And what I CAN do-amidst all the spinning-is prioritize, make lists, make more lists, and balance-super important while spinning and kind of the key to NOT falling :).

My 'Goals for 2012' list consisted of six things. Some are things I just want to accomplish by the end of the year, some are things that will need to be done weekly and some are things that I need to do everyday. A couple of them are for my own personal growth, a couple of them are specific to my kids, but most of them include things that will benefit my whole family and our relationships.

I realized after I had made my very short list, that if I truly wanted to achieve these goals balance was going to be the key. So THEN I took my 7 day week, a list of all the things I need to do in a week to be working through my goals, and a calendar and planned out what "goal" per-say, I'll be working on each night. I guess I'm telling you all this mumbo-jumbo so you kinda know what to expect this coming year here on Love Sweet Love.

If things work out *perfectly* :) week to week I'll have posts coming up on Tuesdays and Fridays. Maybe if I find a little extra time here and there I'll post randomly another day during the week or if some weeks are weird the days will shift a little, but the goal is for my craft blog to have new projects posted on those days!

I know that's not very much, and I hope you're not disappointed or think I'm a slacker, TRUST me I wish I could craft and blog every day-ha ha, but I really want to focus on my kids this year and make sure I'm doing absolutely EVERYTHING I can be doing to help them grow and learn and have FUN!

My little boy will be turning FIVE years old next month which means I only have 7 months with him before he goes to Kindergarten!! I don't want to look back once he's in school and think..."when did he grow up?!" I want to think..."I was there for all of it, I watched him grow up!" So during their 'quiet time' during the day (they don't nap anymore so they have quiet time in their rooms) I would usually blog, but I'll be using that time this year to be doing some one-on-one learning activities and projects with them so I will only be crafting/blogging at nights now, and even then there are a few other things I need to be doing with my nights to achieve my balance and get some of my goals checked off so I won't be blogging as much as I was at the end of last year. I hope you understand and will still come back every week to see what's going on!!

Aaaaand believe it or not I am already all decorated for Valentines day :) so I have lots of mushy, gushy, PINK love headed your way the next couple of weeks!!! I have all of January's posts and most of February's planned out so start gettin' excited and get those hearts of yours ready for some serious LOVE!!!

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Happy Shopping! Thanks so much for stopping by on my first day back in the new year, talk to ya soon!!


✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Angela,

Welcome back! It sounds like you and your family had the perfect Christmas break. :-)

I look forward to your Valentine’s Day posts.


Bec@littlelucylu said...

Love your plan, Ang!
My goal is three days a week ...but undoubtedly, there will be weeks that doesn't happen!
I LOVE the goal to spend more time with the kiddos though -- I'm already dreading 2 1/2 years from now when Lucy will be going to Kindergarten! (even though she'll be coming to school WITH ME and be IN my class!) I just don't want to think about her being "school-aged", you know!? :-/ Where did my BABY go!?

Glad to have you back ... and glad you had a great Christmas "break"!
Bec :-)

Jessica :) said...

Hello! I've been missing your posts. I was actually just thinking today that I needed to send you a "hello, how ya doin" message to let you know I was thinking about you. :) I'm glad to see you back.
I think your goals sound awesome! I would really love to spend more quality time with my little girl. But she isn't quite old enough to really do anything much. Coloring is the only activity she really enjoys (that we can do together) and her "coloring" consists of pulling all the colored pencils out of the box, putting them back and repeating. :) But anyway, I know what you mean about spending quality time with your children so that you can say you remember their childhood. I think that's important. I'd love to hear of any activities or projects you do with your kids. I'm always looking for ideas (you know, for when the little one moves beyond pulling out and putting away pencils).

Jessica :) said...

PS - this is totally random, but I finally figured out why I thought you had changed your blog background. It loads differently on my phone than the computer. Don't know why I hadn't thought of that before since all blogs do that on my phone. Anyway. Some randomness for your day. :D

Just Jaime said...

Good to have you back and good for you for knowing your limits!! Good luck with your goals!

Jaime Lyn said...

Missed you my friend!!!! I am glad you are back and that you guys enjoyed your vacation and time away from the blog! :o) Can't wait to see what you are up to in the new year!!!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Welcome back and glad to hear you enjoyed your break! Since it sounds like you are on top of everything can you now head over to my place and organize me for the next few months?! Pretty please:)

Ash said...

Five?! What?! No way?! So glad you are still alive. I've missed your posts, they always make me giggle! Can't wait to see the craftiness you've cooked up!