Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011..... Hello 2012!

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There were some parts of 2011 that weren't too bad. I am grateful for my health. I am grateful for healthy children.

2011 ended up being an expensive year for me. Both financially and emotionally. We had vehicle repairs of $1500. This led to more expenses to compensate for not having our vehicle for a time. We remained in Maryland, which I hate. We moved cities within Maryland. I emotionally took a blow during July - October that hit me so hard, I didn't know if I could ever recover from it. There was another incident in November that once again rocked me emotionally.

In 2011, my kids turned 1, 13, 9, 6 and 4. I came to the realization that my baby was no longer a baby. He was becoming an independent little boy. I came to the realization that my oldest child was no longer a child. She was becoming a young woman.

My husband switched jobs. This meant packing up and leaving Maryland -- for North Carolina. Not my precious Louisiana, but getting closer. Surprisingly, I find myself missing parts of Maryland. I miss some of the stores and such.

In 2011, I switched majors in college. I had been working towards an Associates degree in Accounting. The Spring 2011 semester is where I switched majors to pursue an Associates in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology. I fell in love with Psychology! My Fall 2011 semester resulted in straight A's and being named on the Dean's List.

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I'm trying to be optimistic that 2012 will be a fantastic year! I start out with so much optimism, which gradually diminishes.

I'm looking forward to some stability. Both financially as well as job. Previously, my husband's job was all over the radar. He never knew where he would end up. With this new job, we should be in the Charlotte area of North Carolina for an extended period of time. Although my ultimate goal is to get back to Louisiana. :)

On the school front, I have some big developments in the works. I am not announcing them until all my I's are dotted and T's crossed. But, it is a big thing for me! Of course, though, I am looking forward to many more A's and pulling my GPA up. I am ashamed to say that because of my lack of ability in Accounting, my GPA was bad. But, with Psychology I am pulling it up tremendously! My goal is to finish my degree with at least a 3.6 GPA.

In relation to the kids schooling, I just joined a home schooling group in my area. My group in Louisiana totally rocked! The downfall of that is that it's hard to find others that compare! The one I just joined seems like it's similar and I really hope so! Looking forward to field trips and other outings with them.

I also looked up the NBA schedule and my beloved New Orleans Hornets are coming to play Charlotte in April. I am really trying to go to this game. I have loved the Hornets since they were in Charlotte! Also, my New Orleans Saints play the Panthers in Charlotte once a season. That is also a goal for 2012 - to see my precious Saints live on the field again. The Miami Hurricanes football team is also coming to NC to play the Duke Blue Devils. Ready. To. Go.

I guess in a way, the above could be viewed as a "2012 Bucket List". They're not really resolutions, but things I want to see in 2012.

As for "true resolutions", I have a few. I always say I don't make them because I usually don't keep them. I really need to lose some weight. While people cannot believe I have 7 kids, I am not happy with my weight personally. It is something I want to work on for me. I currently have access to a treadmill 24/7. I should be on it everyday. I also have access to a free membership for a 24/7 gym. I should be in it.

I have never been much a snacker. In fact, 99.9% of snacks consumed by me are only when Chris is around for an extended period of time. In 2012, I need to eliminate all unhealthy snacking. I also need to stop drinking soda and make my meal portion sizes smaller.

In 2012, I need to keep my grades a priority.

How was your 2011? What are you looking forward to in 2012?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WWTKW: It's Time For A New Year!

I'm back to What We Want To Know Wednesday after a 4 month blog hiatus! The hosts for this blog party are the wonderful Mamarazzi, Queso and Crazymama.

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This week's questions come from the lovely Queso:


{1} What was the best part of 2011?
       2011 was a very rough year for me. Well, from July - October anyway. The best part of the year was probably me making straight A's this semester in college.

{2} What do you look forward to in 2012?
       Stability. And hopefully my first Saints game next season when they come to Carolina. Although since the schedule isn't out yet, that very well could be January 2013. Who knows....

{3} Do you actually keep your New Year resolutions?
      Nope. I even once said that my resolution was to not make any resolutions. Then I realized that I even broke that one just by making it....

{4} What are your top 3 resolutions for the new year?
       Well, since I have to make 3:
          * Lose weight and get healthy.
          * Organize things better.
          * Blog a little more frequently. (You know, a little more than once every 4 months....)

{5} Do you have any fun new years traditions or plans?
      Nope. Never any plans. I'll be lucky if I'm still awake at midnight.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Shopping for the Impossible!

It's December. Christmas-time. My kids hand me their yearly "What I Want" list. See, here we go by a rhyme. Each child gets "Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read". Connor is by far the easiest to shop for. We never had to buy all boy stuff before; the chance now is welcoming. The 2 sets of twins listed barbies and doll babies: Piece of Cake. The 9 year old is also easy: "Whatever you get me, Mama, is fine." Then I get to the 13 year old's list. Her "Something I Want" list contains one item:
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Uhhhh???? I tell her "Sorry, try again! Kidnapping is not on my agenda!" She comes back a few hours later with a revised list.

Something to wear:
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Something to read:
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We are in North Carolina so Denver jerseys aren't a big item here. So, off to online shopping I go. Jersey = $85! While Chris is sitting there saying, "If it's what she wants...", I have images of the 1990 NKOTB dancing through my head. They were my teenage crushes for oh about 9 months. I veto the jersey and instead find this shirt for $20 including shipping.
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Pair it with some jeans and her something to wear is done! Besides, she's getting $100 from family. If she wants to spend it all on a jersey herself, then more power to her. Then, I get the dreaded email - "Thank you for your purchase. However, your item is on BACKORDER. It will ship out as soon as possible." AGHHHHH!!!!!

Off in search of the book. Walmart - None. Target - None. Kmart - None. Pull up GPS and find a Barnes and Noble 10 minutes away. Walk in and we start looking. Not in Inspirational. Not in Sports. Not in Football. Finally find an employee and he takes us straight to a center aisle display. Now, why didn't I think to check those? Buy the book. Shew.... Found something.

But, we're still stuck trying to figure out what else to get her. So, we're watching TV last Saturday and they play a show called "Tim Tebow: Everything In Between".
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She's mesmerized. And it's available to buy. Back to Internet searching I go. Walmart - None. Walmart website - Backordered. Amazon - Backordered. Best Buy - Backordered. But, their site says I can order it and pick it up in store. Ok. Order it. Get an email back - None found at this store. Barnes and Noble - Backordered. Ughhhhh!!!!!!!

Then I remember he was on a NCAA Football Xbox game cover.
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We find a pre-owned copy at Game Stop. We pick that up.

And she's just gonna have to deal with it because she isn't the easiest to shop for!

** Side Notes: The shirt did ship out today and should arrive by Thursday. We are planning to get the DVD whenever we find it! **



Monday, December 19, 2011

Music Monday: Louisiana!

Guess who's back?!?! It's been a long while since I posted a blog. We have had A LOT going on. I will be updating in a later post. Right now, I am starting my weekly memes back up. My Music Monday is supposed to be a song that reminds me of somwhere.

Back in Summer 2009 when I returned to Louisiana, this song was ALWAYS on the radio. Now, every time I hear it, all I think of is Louisiana.


Adapted from the 30 Day Song Challenge