Giving thanks.

Last week Dan, Max and I had a quiet little Thanksgiving at in our apartment, just the three of us. After all of the wedding chaos we really weren’t up for heading out anywhere so we just relaxed all day! Dan got up at 5  and threw a boneless turkey breast and veggies I prepped the night before into the slow cooker and it was ready to eat by lunch time! We had a pretty simple meal- the turkey and veggies, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (made the night before, easy peasy- recipe here), cornbread stuffing and biscuits. Mmm! We hung out in our pajamas all day and listened to classic Christmas music. Perfect day!


I’m working on redoing all of the features on my blog…so no more 3 songs I love, but I’ll still post songs I’m digging here and there! I was listening to this album a whole lot after I moved in with Dan in 2008 and I rediscovered it this week and can’t get enough. I really love every song on this album but here is one of my favorites.

New Year goals a little bit early.

I mentioned last week that I was going to abandon my ’25 Before 25′ feature because it was just a little too much for me with wedding planning and day to day family stuff with a toddler. A very busy toddler. Phew! It’s not exactly 2012 yet (but not too far away, right?) so I think I’ll make my new and improved and more doable goal list right here and now. Why not?

Doula certification.

I registered with Childbirth International in the Spring. The assignments are really not that difficult. I think the most difficult assignment is probably the physiology exam but I need to know all of that so it’s something I want and need to do anyway. I think the most challenging part in all of this isn’t going to even be the exam though, or the reading (that really is probably the easiest part) or the book reviews, none of that. It’s finding clients and making my personal life fit with an on-call job that is going to be a challenge. Motherhood is totally an on-call job. You’re needed all of the time but sometimes you are needed in extra ways, too and you never know when those moments will arise. But it’s different being a doula because you’re going elsewhere and with small children I’m not sure how that will fit just yet. We have a big plan that will probably make this much more possible but haven’t begun to put any of it in place yet and it will take time to make it work. But we will! So my first goal here is to finish that reading! It really isn’t much and I do enjoy and love learning as much about pregnancy and birth and the postpartum period as I can! I want to have the reading done by the end of February. That’s really more than enough time if I do what I’m supposed to! I’d like to follow that with having the book reviews done by the end of March. Then Max’s birth story by the end of April. Physiology exam but the end of June. After that I can focus on finding the clients I need for certification and then it’ll be onto working! Yes! Can I do this? I hope so!

Learn to knit.

This is really just something I want to do for fun. I love looking at knitting projects, books, blogs, etc. I think it’s amazing that functional and beautiful things can be made with such little materials and I really want to learn! I haven’t had the energy or motivation to dive into this but I feel like once I get into it, it could be a great creative outlet and relaxation type of thing for me. I would love for Max to get into this in a few years so I hope I can be a good example!

The weight thing.

Yeah, that. I mean really. I pay for a gym membership every month. It’s just silly not to. I’m heading there and I’m going to make this happen. I will feel better and that’s important! My long term goal is a 35 lb weight loss. Short term goal is 5 lb increments. No particular time frame. I just want to work at each increment and celebrate that work along the way. I think each small amount will really motivate me to keep going. We do want to expand our family in the future and with my pregnancy with Max I had extremely painful back and hip problems and I learned that I have hip dysplasia ans scoliosis which causes all of that, plus all kinds of other problems. I want to try to eliminate that as much as possible in the future. Next time I want to start off with a clean, healthy slate and stay as healthy and fit throughout as possible. I feel like it would help labor and it would help lessen the chances and severity of postpartum depression and would help me get back to a good place physically and mentally if I am already in a healthy lifestyle mindset. I think if I can get passed the self conscious-ness of running in front of people then I can go for stress-relieving runs in addition to the gym and that could be really good for me. I’m on the verge of convincing Dan to get a gym membership, too so we can go together. We just need a babysitter often for small amounts of time during the week in the evenings to make this happen (ahem, grandparents….).   🙂

Move and organize our family space.

This one goes along with our “big plan” that I mentioned above about the doula thing. We are planning to stay in RI. We’d go to MA if it wasn’t too far and was the perfect situation. Not going to delve to much into this yet, but it’s a goal for the end of next year to start looking at a more permanent situation. There are a lot of factors, of course, but things can be worked out! I am already dreaming about setting up our own bedroom and another one for Max. I have so many decorating ideas and they just won’t all fit in our current space! One thing I am really going to be excited for when it can happen is getting rid of our giant weird couch and finding the perfect vintage one to put in its place. I see them all of the time but we just don’t NEED it right now so it can wait! Pinterest has been giving me so many ideas! Eeeep!

Discover a new band.

Because finding new feel-good music is a good thing!

The budget thing.

Stay on top of bills, have specific bill-paying days each month, plan well, etc. So many factors here but its essential and it can happen!

Get to know my sewing machine better.

This should happen. All it requires is time. Which I have. Oh wait, and patience. Which I can work on. Right?

Make a scrapbook for Max.

Or of Max, our family, etc. After Christmas this is going to be my fun crafty project to get into. Stress-free and I can do as much as I want, whenever.

That’s a good amount, I think. Now I just have to actually start them!

I’m here!

I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth! Promise! We are married! We did it! Our wedding was Sunday and it was amazing! What a crazy, beautiful day! We are anxiously awaiting photos (buuuut I think it’ll be awhile til we see them!). Max had his first sleepover experience this week, too- 4 nights at his Grammy’s! We don’t like to ease into things around here, clearly. Not our style. I’m more of a jump right in, consequences be damned type of person when it comes to big life decisions. But smaller decisions- forget it, I can never make up my mind. Anyway. So much going on! Being Thanksgiving week and with all of the coziness going on around here we are feeling really grateful and lucky and blessed by the universe in all ways. I am super excited for the holidays this year, I think more than I have been in years! I am planning out a little stocking for Max and we picked out a gift to give ourselves together (instead of giving to each other, because it’s something we both want and can have for our place!). I have lots more to post about in a more organized way….so much wedding stuff I want to dive into but I don’t even know where to start! In the next couple of weeks I am going to permanently abandon my 25 before 25 list because that was a total bust. I’ll start a new goal list that is smaller and more manageable and go from there. Lots to do! I really love to plan things but often my plans don’t translate into real life…they just usually don’t make it past the planning stage. A new year is approaching and good things are coming! I can tell!