I'm excited about this new year. More so than any year up until now. Well, maybe I was a little more excited last new year because I knew I would be having Layla and I knew I would be staying home with my girls and not going back to work. I think that trumps my excitement for this year but that doesn't mean that I'm not extremely excited about what God has planned for me and my family this year!
I don't really have any new year's resolutions because I feel like I never follow through on things like that. For me to make real changes in my life, I have to reach a point where I want the change and it's not just a new year's decision. It has to be fueled my a strong desire to change something in my life.
For quite some time I have felt this way about my weight but I have been getting really frustrated with finding time to work out. It just doesn't seem to be working for me. But then again, if it's something I really want to do I will find the time. My brother has offered me his recumbent, stationary bike to use here at my house so I'm going to try to get it over here this week. That would make it much easier for me to workout. I could do it at night after the girls go to bed, during nap time or early in the mornings after my quiet time. I'm excited to get it over here and start using it. Right now, going for walks outside just doesn't work for exercise. Brooklyn doesn't like riding in the stroller and Layla gets pretty tired of it quickly too. So 10 minutes in, and both girls are screaming and unhappy and it's hard to keep walking when your children and screaming loud enough to bring people out from their homes! Hopefully the bike will solve my work out woes (all except the lazy one...that ones is all me!)
I have started a new job. Yes, I know, I was SO excited about being a stay at home mom and never teaching again, yet here I am, teaching again. But it's different this time. I will go into more details about the school and how it all came about, but just know that it really was God's hand moving in my life to bring this job to me. It is going to be perfect for my personal needs and for our family's financial needs. I only work Mondays and Fridays so I still get lots of time home with my girls! Couldn't be more perfect.
I'm starting a new study with my Good Morning Girls group. We will be starting the book of Ephesians and I'm very excited about starting back up again. I can tell a huge difference in my attitude and frame of mind since I haven't been having my study time in the mornings when our I John study ended in November. Even better is the fact that my husband will be joining me in going through the study! I am excited to be sharing this with him.
We are also reading through the Bible in a year together. Our church gave everyone a One Year Bible as a gift for the New Year so Waylon and I decided to read through it together, aloud, each night. Our goal is to actually finish it early (a challenge from our pastor, my dad) so we are trying to read more than one day at a time when we can. It has been such a good way to set the tone of our evenings once he gets home. We have made the commitment to not turn the TV on or do anything else "frivolous" until we have had our reading time together. I feel like this is going to make a big difference in our relationship with each other and with God. I highly recommend it!
I will be potty training Brooklyn soon. I tried it a while back and didn't stick with it. I HAVE to do it now. She is ready and I'm tired of paying for diapers!
Layla will one in just 3 1/2 months! I can't believe it! She is almost crawling. She gets on all fours, rocks back and forth and can crawl backwards REALLY well! She has cut two teeth and is going through a rough patch right now (I attribute it to her cutting more teeth in the near future). She is doing better at night and I'm not giving in to her and letting her come to our bed. She doesn't like it but is getting more used to it. Brooklyn still gets out of her toddler bed at nights and ends up in our room. I'm going to deal with one sleep issue at a time though. Baby steps!
I will have some changes coming to my blog too! I won't go into details now but it's going to be great and I'm so excited about it! It's going to make it easier for me to post more frequently. Because of everything that is going into it, I most likely will continue to not post much until this summer when the changes should be "launching". Hopefully, you won't have to do anything different to follow me since my domain name won't be changing. I will keep you posted!
There are a lot more things I could write about but I think I've got enough here for now! I do love the beginning of a new year because it just feels like a fresh start and a chance to do things right again. We are looking forward to the blessings God has for us this year!