It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…..

Category : Family

Like Michael Buble?  You should.  It’s good stuff.

Anywho, as most of you know we’re in the new year of 2011!  Crazy.  We were just talking about when Y2K was all the rage and here we are 11 years after that.  Enough about stock piling pantries and watching our computers blow up.

It’s been a great year for the Tidd’s!  We celebrated Izzy’s first birthday and are ready for her next one in a few weeks.  2?!  How can she turn 2 already?  She’s turning into quite the little stinker now that she can talk in sentences.  Such as “I like food”, “That’s my baby!”,  “It’s dinner time!” and “I lub you, too.”  Anna turned the big 3 in October but prior to that she was fully potty trained, got her first hair cut and gave her pipe (paci, nook, plug, whatever else you Michigan people call it) to the pipe fairy.  She’s such a big girl and good little tattle tail.  Oye.  These 2 are quite the pair, a lovely sister bond in a constant more love than dislike relationship.  Gary and I made this year our get healthy year with a purging of all things junk and put fruits and veggies in their place.  Ok, so we weren’t perfect but we managed to lose 15 and 22 pounds respectively.  Along with that we hit up the gym, took work out classes and ran our first 5k runs.  The holiday’s cramped our gusto so with this new year, we’re back to the gym again.

Our Christmas break was great, crazy busy, but great!  We got to see our family in Chicago along with all the grandparents and some aunts and uncles but mostly we got to see old dear friends.  Who once all inhabited SoHo and Lansing now are at the literal ends of the earth, one being in Smithers British Columbia (think way north of Vancouver) and the other on Prince Edward Island (think another time zone over from NYC).  We all gathered at Melissa’s house in Lansing, 12 kids under 5 and 8 adults for a wonderful lunch and crazy big play date.  It truly feels like home when we’re all together even though we’re all in our 30’s (not me of course, I have a glorious 8 months left), in careers and parenthood, homeowners and bill payers.  These people know the heart of you and your story as we have such a deep history.  I love all the friends I’ve made up here in Michigan but these dear friends will always be with me to the core.  I miss them terribly but love them more when we gather together again each year or 2.  The best part is, the husbands seem to really enjoy each other’s company too and would probably have boys nights out if we lived close.  Love it.

This year is the year of renewal of past goals.  I don’t really make resolutions but goals for the year.  There is usually one over all goal and smaller goals falling underneath.  I think I started it the year we moved into our house.  The first being a declutter goal, I can’t find my 2009 goals but they included surviving with 2 kids under 2 and last year was getting healthy.  This year we’re going to continue to declutter (get rid of things that are just taking up space, that aren’t functional, that don’t mean anything to us), stay healthy (keep up with working out and throw in taking the girls swimming, train for the Riverbank Run in May, lose another 22+ pounds, getting better at our dinners, eat more fruits and veggies), getting connected to each other as a couple as we tend to run ourselves ragged till bed with stuff for others, the house, the girls, etc. and finally pay off our last debt, my student loans!  We’re big Dave Ramsey fans but we decided to deviate from the plan a little in the next couple years.  We’ll have no debt but the house and our large emergency fund stock piled, but we’re wanting to make our house feel like home again.  We did the painting and a little decorating, but we’re looking to do new flooring (the waves in the carpet are not very cool), a corner fireplace, moving of appliances, painting.  So in other words, a little bit of investing.  It’ll be all good, promise!  We’ll stay on the straight and narrow debt free path, fo sho.

So with all that said, Happy New Year folks!  I’m back.  You know why?  My little pouting (read here to see why) paid off as I have a new little black cherry, 17.4″ monitor, Windows 7 friend.  :)