Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 in Review

2010 was a huge year for my family! The whole year was truly about Isis. I woke up 9am New Years Day with my first real contraction, so she was the first thing I thought about in 2010 and I'm sure she will also be the last thing I think about this year. It's also the year I graduated college. It's the year Lewis and I both were stretched to the limits of our love, patience, understanding, humility and perseverance. I can say with all honesty that this was one of the best years of my life. I never knew I would hurt so bad, be so scared, cry so much, but ultimately love so deeply. The struggles have been incredibly challenging, but they have also been what have produced in me an honesty and sincerity about who I am and who I want to be. I am confident in my role as a mom and I'm proud of myself and my family for how far we have come! What wonderful memories I will carry with me now from 2010!

It was also the first year that I really took blogging seriously and made some great blog friends! I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from 2010!

January:
What's Been Surprising & I Thought of One More - Two posts where I shared the new discoveries and challenges after having my first child!

February:
We started Sleep Training! And then she Slept Through the Night!

March:
14  Steps to an Easy Baby - Everything that saved my life those first couple of months.
Ah, Sleep!!! - Isis finally started sleeping 12 hours at night!

April:
Baby Stuff I Can't Live Without - Love these items!!

May: 
I walked in my college graduation.
Let's Hear it For the Parents Who FEED Their Babies! & It's all About Perspective - My perspective as a mom started to mature and develop.

June:
This was a big month because it's when I got my new blog design!
Isis had her first Father's Day!
I revealed that we had Isis without maternity coverage & I gave some tips on how other people could manage that.
I started sharing my blog tips, like How to Efficiently Read Blogs and tips For the Newbie Bloggers!
Finally, I love this post where I shared how I'm a True, Authentic Mom.

July:
I shared some things about myself in a Blog Bash. Later in the Blog Bash, I shared about my BFF, Diana!
We started getting food from our CSA this month.
I started the 31 Days to a Better Blog challenge with the SITS girls!

August:
I kicked off my guest blogger birth stories with my revamped description of Isis' birth.
I had another guest blogger week with New Mom Tips!

September:
My blogging slowed in September because I started student teaching. Breastfeeding really changed for me at this point.

October:
Lewis and I had our 6th anniversary!
Isis turned 9 months!

November:
I had some deep thoughts this month.

December:
I've decided to simplify.
We got ready for Christmas & then we had a wonderful holiday!!




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Monday, December 27, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Oh, what a cheesy post title! But this Christmas was the best Christmas I've had in a long time! It was so relaxing and fun and everything was absolutely just a thousand times better having Isis there to enjoy it all! She is such a ham! She was just cheesing at everybody and then she'd giggle and laugh and wave and if people laughed at her, she just kicked it up a notch! I don't think we're going to have any trouble with being shy! Anywhere she goes, she's laughing and waving at everyone just like she did with family around the dinner table!

I got a Nook for Christmas from Lewis! I've been reading so much over the break. It was the perfect gift!! I also got Glee Season 1 and I've been watching it non-stop ever since then. Isis got some cute clothes, some bath toys and one of those tables she can stand and play with. It was a really great Christmas! Her favorite thing was ripping the bows off all the gifts. She also prefers the gifts that are in bags so she can pull all the tissue paper out and then crumple it up! I swear she got more gifts than anyone and her favorite thing to play with was the tissue paper!

My favorite thing was that Isis got to spend time with my grandfather and Lewis' grandmother. These years together will be so precious and I was happy that everyone was able to be together!

How were your Christmases this year??




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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas!!!

 Our first Christmas is just a good night's sleep away! I have loved this season so much! There's just something about watching your (almost) 1-year old play around on the floor next to a Christmas tree! It just really gets you in the Christmas spirit! Isis is at such a fun stage right now! I am loving that! She isn't quite walking yet. She just doesn't seem interested in trying it on her own. She'll get there. But she's so cute!

All our gifts are purchased & wrapped & under the tree! We bought a new Christmas tree this year because our Charlie Brown one from last year just wasn't going to cut it. You definitely don't want a tree that looks on the verge of toppling over with a baby in the room!

I'm excited about the next couple of days!! I look forward to sharing some Christmas pics!

I hope your holiday season is just wonderful & that you get to spend plenty of time with family & friends!

Merry Christmas!!



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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Simplify

I am officially finished with student teaching. I am so excited, it is unbelievable! I had the most incredible experience. While I don't think it would be appropriate to say too much on a blog about my specific experiences, I can tell you that I had the most wonderful group of 23 kids to join me in my journey this past semester. I was in a 4th grade classroom and I was nervous about it at first, but I ended up just loving it! I'm not sure now whether I love Kindergarten or 4th grade better!

I have also been given the opportunity to do a long term substitute position in a 5th grade classroom at my school. A teacher is going on maternity leave for 12 weeks and I will get to sub in her class for the duration of her leave. I am really excited about this as well! Not only will it be a great experience for me before I start my first year of actually teaching in my own classroom, but it will be so fun to get to know another group of students! Not to mention, the paycheck will be a wonderful addition to our bank account. It has been so hard not contributing a paycheck for the last year! Although I'm not one of those "let's go blow all our money when we have a lot" kind of people, one thing that I have cut back on over the last couple of years when I have been finishing school and then not working is dyeing my hair!! So below is the new look I'm going for in January. I'm having to cut bangs because my lovely post-pregnancy hair loss fiasco has now caused me to have little bangs because it's finally growing out! But I've got to cut my long bangs to match the short bangs because it just looks weird right now! I'm also doing the dark red/auburn color.


So here's what I've decided after my long and difficult semester: I need to SIMPLIFY!

As most of you can tell, I really dropped the ball on my blogging. I guess my big plans for being organized and prepared in advance were just a total bust. Sorry, Adriel! I had great tips on your blog for being a working mom & a blogger, but hey I'm human. It just didn't work out like that. I was struggling just to get the dishes done day to day. Thank goodness I have the most wonderful husband!! Lewis did so much for me this past semester!

Maybe my new obsession with watching Hoarders has also contributed to this, but we are clearing out a bunch of stuff from our house this weekend (despite the recent ice storm in our area - I literally cannot get my car out of our driveway). I'm also going through my Google Reader and unsubscribing from several blogs so that I can just really simplify my life. Most of my mom blogs are staying, but a bunch of the others are getting cut. I have so missed blogging and I need to really find a way to keep it up, but I can't keep up the pace I was doing last summer while I'm teaching. I think this semester, it just seemed so overwhelming to try to even come close to that, so I just did the bare minimum.

I have so many things to tell you all over the next few days!! 
I'm going to go into more detail on the blogs I'm cutting because I realized it drew up some more philosophical ideas on my part. LOL. 
Then I have to talk about the fact that Isis is almost ONE!! 
I need to recap my blog year. 
I met some new great moms at a group my church does & I want to share! (One is even a blogger!) 
And I have a few other tidbits that are brewing in my brain since reading through my Google Reader! 
Plus I just finished the most amazing books & I need to share.

See you soon!!!



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Thursday, December 2, 2010

BIRTHDAY!!

Where has the time gone??? Seriously Isis is 11 months old today!! I can't believe it!! I'm so excited, but at the same time, I was over at Dear Baby today (as I am everyday) and Melissa totally reminded me that Isis' birthday is in 1 month and I have completely dropped the ball on planning her party!! I know when it is and where it is and who I'm going to invite, but I have yet to purchase invitations or decide on what we're going to do!

It'll definitely be pretty low-key because it's really more for us than for her. I don't want her to get too over-stimulated, but I'm also just excited to spend some time with friends and family celebrating our sweet girl!!

I love Melissa's idea of using Good Frau for invitations. I love that you can customize them exactly how you want so that your invitations look just like what you want and don't look like anyone else's. I think that's great! (Seriously, she's the master at finding great Etsy stores!)

I also think she has fabulous gift ideas for Christmas. Since I've been student teaching & not working, we don't plan on having a big Christmas this year because we just don't have the resources, but our families have picked out some great things for Isis & I'm excited about those! Although I did think this idea of the IKEA crawl tunnel was pretty amazing - and only $19.99!! I may have to put that on our list!

What did you do for first birthday parties?
Any great themes or party ideas?



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