Sunday, January 29, 2012

A great weekend!

This week has been pretty stressful for me at work as well as at home with 3rd grade homework.  I bring a lot of stress on myself.  I worry about getting everything done, having enough time for my girls, getting things done at my house.  So this weekend, I told Mike I wanted to relax and not do much.  Friday night was pizza night with the girls and we really didn't do much at all.  It was so nice!

Saturday, our girls were able to play with a dear friend from out of town.  They played all day and got along great.  My favorite part of their playing was watching them play in a little creek in our neighborhood park.  They decided to make a dam using rocks, sticks, and leaves.  The water was so cold but they were all in it.  

Mike and I took a few minutes to look for a geocache close by.  The girls were too interested in their dam to play with us.  This was a micro cache within walking distance of our creek but we couldn't find it anywhere.  I hate being left with a puzzle I can't find!  That night, we enjoyed watching Beauty and the Beast with the girls.  I take for granted that my girls have seen all major Disney movies, but Elizabeth is three years younger than Katherine.  She has only grown up hearing about a lot of these movies.   K almost didn't watch it with us because she said she had outgrown it but she hung with us anyway and seemed to really enjoy it.

Today, we all went on another geocache adventure close to our house.  We had three on our list to search for and only got to 2.  And out of those two, only one could be found.  Both were micros and one was hidden in a very cool way.  The other was impossible to find.  Did I mention that I hate not being able to find these things?!  We had a great time anyway, and took a break halfway through for some delicious Icees.

I love this pic of my E on E.  :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mini Vacay....Yay!

So my husband has a large work kick-off meeting in his region the beginning of each year.  Luckily, the event is held at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi and I am able to go, too.  This is our second year getting to go and it is pretty fun for a work event.  Mike works the majority of the weekend but after work, we get to enjoy some nice food and, of course, the casino.  Our girls get to spend a few days with family so we can spend a few days without them.  It is kind of nice to have a mini vacay, though we do miss them while we are gone. 

One of my favorite things to do, besides a little gaming, is to enjoy the spa.  I usually spend the better half of one day in the spa getting a massage, having lunch, and just lounging around in the quiet facilities.  I rarely get massages so this was great!  And the staff at the spa is so accommodating.  If I need anything, I just ask and they handle it.  Refreshing!

I need to also mention the work event.  Mike's coworkers are always so nice to me and they really put on a great event.  I got to eat some wonderful food, too.  I really enjoyed hanging out with the other employees and their wives and have met some good folks.  I look forward to seeing them again next year!

After my relaxing few days, I picked my girls up and got to spend a day and a half enjoying them.  When we got home we enjoyed some Crazy Bread (a favorite from Mike and I were dating) and watched Star Wars Episode 1.  I promise this movie was picked out by my girls and they are super excited that it is coming back to the theater!  Monday was a holiday for all of us girls so we slept late and played/lazed all day before a nice dinner and quiet night.  I even heard the girls playing sweetly together....which is not a sound I hear all that often!  What a perfect weekend!  Now, back to the grind.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

Such a typical title for this first post of 2012 but also apropos.  The holiday season was so crazy.  We had several parties and celebrations to go to.  I celebrated a birthday (I say I "celebrated" but really I just let it happen.  I am too far gone to truly celebrate getting older!).  We also crammed several family activities with our girls in, like 2 Auburn basketball games with friends and a mini vacay to visit some friends who recently moved.  

Oh, and check out the super cute short haircuts on my girls!  Over their holidays, they both wanted more manageable hair.  They are cursed with the same hair I had when I was younger, which means they have stringy, tangly hair.  Now maybe they can have an easier time!  Plus they look adorable, of course!

Now on to the new year stuff.  I usually make half-hearted resolutions because I don't think they work. People just get excited for a month or two then fizzle out.  This is so evident at the gym.  I hate going to the gym in January.  Everyone who has resolved to lose weight or get healthier shows up in January and hogs all the treadmills.  Then, when February comes, you rarely see them again.  So frustrating to regulars!  

I have my usual stuff to plan for this year like being a better person, working out more, becoming healthier, losing weight, spending more time with my family, etc., but I hate to call them resolutions.  These are things I try to fix all the time.  Sometimes I do better than others, but it is a daily battle.  I think that is part of living your life.  I plan to run another big race this year, like another marathon, but need to find a location that is somewhat close but still has a great medal and active city.  Mike has suggested maybe just a race where the main distance is a half.  Maybe we should do a race that has obstacles or just a crazy theme?  I guess time will tell!  No matter what we choose to do, I am ready to start some training.  :)