Monday, January 3, 2011

Obligatory Resolution Post

Plus, happy 'blogoversary' to me! I totally spaced it and was reminded by Caroline today over at Church Sexy.

So, join me as I recap the year and fuss over my resolutions. It will probably be fun.

Have a productive garden

We started off with a bang, but then there was too much rain at the beginning which made a large portion of our garden bolt due to drowning. That was a bummer. We didn't use nearly as much produce as we wanted to. But we learned a few tips from last year, such as storing our Jerusalem artichokes in the ground and started our peas in January, which results in a longer crop. One thing that I did NOT learn was to pick my tomatoes before the fall rains begin, no matter how green they may be. I had a lot of mush this year. Oh well, there's always next season, right?

Start a Montessori program with my son

Yeah, not so much. But I'm finding out I don't really need to do this if I don't want to. Meaning, BuggaBoo's knowledge is growing and leaps and bounds just by living and interacting with us, the parents. I find it easier to follow his curiosity in the moment, and I hardly have time to sit down to do crafty stuff. So learning is happening, just not the Montessori way.

Stop caring so much what other people think

I think I deserve a gold medal for this. I've been working very hard on my personal growth and I've done very well. I'm learning to be more honest with my feelings, wants, needs, and expectations instead of getting mad all the time. I used to not share those things with people because I thought it would make them think poorly of me. I've also become a more patient mother because I think of how my children need to be parented, not how other people "need" me to parent my children.

Be out of debt by the end of the year

We were so close. We have $1,500 to pay off and then we'll be done. We paid $6,500 off in one year. Not bad! One of our major money setbacks was a surprise wedding. Not surprise in the way you're thinking, stop that. My sister-in-law met an amazing man earlier this year and they were married in December. Thing was, it was my family's turn for Christmas, so we weren't expecting on going down to California this year. We opted for renting a car, but the whole vacation took a big chunk of change.

The other money setback was The Hubby some C's this year in his courses. That's not bad at all, but his work won't reimburse school expenses unless he has B's or better. But I'm happy he passed his classes, no complaints from me.

We expect to have our debt paid off by April of this year.

Eat healthier

The last half of this year was in the toilets as far as healthy eating is concerned. Too much fast food, much too much. I let my kefir grains die. So, I'm cleaning up my act. The Hubby and I made a pact of no more fast food, but if we realllllly have to eat out (HAVE TO) we'll choose Taco Bell. Why Taco Bell? Well, they have filling cheap vegan food (Fresco Bean Burrito for $0.99), but they're pretty gross after a while so it'll hopefully cut down on our eating out.

On to happier things, Doozer can now drink out of a straw, so I'm going to start making green smoothies again and get her acclimated to them. And BuggaBoo has hit his Picky Threes, but we're learning that if we make eating a little more fun then mealtimes are more enjoyable for everyone. Today I told BuggaBoo that eating certain food would make him uncontrollably make sound effects. Sweet potatoes would make you honk, kale was "beep beep", onions were "auoooogah", noodles were "squeak!", and garlic was making raspberries with his tongue. Lotsa fun.

Sew more

I didn't do too bad with this one. I was able to finish my matron-of-honor dress...the day of the wedding. Still good! I finished Patternmaking for Fashion Design I and I'm starting PFD II on the 12th. Very fun!

Keep a blog

Well, it was kept. Not as often as I would like, and I still have so many pictures to share with you guys, but altogether a success.


So, how was your year in 2010? Any new resolutions? Any insights? I hope the year was great for you, it was (mostly) wonderful for me.



  1. Really? we have the same blogoversary? How fun! YES, if we ever make it to the northwest consider yourself the recipient of a big hug. :) Or you to central TX, of course.

    Congrats on the debt payoff!! that is amazing, even with some setbacks!!! really wonderful.

    I want to see the bridesmaid's dress.

    Oh teeth. Goose cut his first one at 8 months, and within 48 hours had 4. He wasn't a particularly miserable teether, but I can imagine if he had been .... The good thing is it is over quicker that way. He cut his molars one a week for three weeks. And then the fourth one like 2 months later. It was wild.

    We are hoping to garden some this year. We haven't gardened extensively since 2008 - after that we moved here and were in a rental for two years. So I'm hoping we can build some raised beds and do that this year. Completely different climate here than for you,though!!

    Happy 2011!

  2. I think you had a great year! You accomplished so much! You know, having a wonderful daughter, raising 2 great kids, finding yourself and learning something (or somethingS new) You're amazing sis :) I love you!

    As for me...i don't know what my resolutions are. Get my craft room organized, do better with our blogs and raise an amazing daughter. How about that?