Monday, January 4, 2010

Need an excuse to smile today???

Having a bad day??  Need a reason to smile?  Or maybe an excuse to laugh??  Check out my SUPER cute nephew Ian!  You just have to smile when you look at his sweet face!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 The year I achieve these goals!

I've already written a blog about some of my goals, but I was browsing through blogs and saw several that posted pictures.  I decided to really be concise and post more in detail.  I'm going to make myself a 2010 board with these goals.  I know the concept that we unconsciously complete our goals when we have stated them and make them more tangible.  This is my tangible list!

List of 2010 goals:

Sell our house!  This is a picture of our house after Ike!  This is actually after much of the clean up, with much left to do!  Ike put the brakes on any idea of selling in Sept 08 with the housing market crash happening in Oct 08!  Now the market has rebounded somewhat and in the area our home is, we can now sell it and still get plenty of our equity from it!  Ike left a laundry list of things that must be done before we can sell it and this spring all those details will be taken care of!  YEA!

Once the house is sold a new addition will be added to the family!  Please meet Lola!

I'm a car girl!  Love 'em.  Love muscle cars!  Is was born in '69 and some day I will own a '69 Camaro!  It will sit in the garage with my 2011 model camaro.  I've been waiting since GM first starting talking about this and finally it's here.  She's gorg!  

Goal number 3 is about working out.  I began dancing at a young age!  I love to dance and I've always been very in shape.  So......the fibromyalgia diagnosis several years ago was devastating!  I'm not one to be held down or back, but my body sure did do it!  I can no longer exercise.  Even if I go shopping I can't walk too long.  I'm so limited by my pain!  I will be starting a work out program.  The mayo clinic recommends tai chi as a gentle effective exercise for people with fibro and I'm going to try it!

With our house sold the door will be open to purchase a new home here in our new town!  Right now I'd like for this to be my new home!

I have posted the pics of this house inside and out...I look forward to making it my own!

Another goal I have is to get back into my college studies!  I am not sure that I have the strength or energy any longer to complete a nursing degree, but I have all the prereqs I need to complete any bachelor's of science degree.  I never got back to school after the big move here in June 2007, this is the year!  I've only got four semesters left!  I can do it!!!! 

Last, but not least; in fact, this is the most important thing on my list is getting back into in depth Bible study.  Again, something that I haven't gotten back into since I moved.  I used to go to a Tuesday Bible study class that had five days of homework.  Usually about 30 to 45 minutes a day.  However, the homework usually led to a curiosity to know more.  So studying and learning were hand in hand with prayer and a closer walk with my Lord.  My walk with Him is much more important than anything that this earth holds and I have been lazy.  I'm ashamed of myself.  This year my passion as a student of the King will take first place!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Outdoor pictures

I promised to post pictures of the backyard and here they are...

Here we are looking out the back door.  I really am having a hard time getting used to seeing a house when I look outside, but we don't live in a rural area anymore!

Poinsettas in my backyard!  How cool is that??  Very cool to me!

Looking toward the back door

A peek inside the workout room

And the lime tree!

That is all! :)

Happy New Year!!

I'm not sure if I can adequately express my jubilation at seeing 2009 wave bye-bye!  This year, full of its ups and downs, was done!  Just wrung out and overwrought!  I'm happy happy to welcome the warm embrace of a new year.  Fresh, clean...full of promise, just as every new year is.  I'm pleased as punch every year to see the next one marching in.  Obviously this year is no exception!

I don't make resolutions, it seems like its just something to look back at with regret if it doesn't happen.  I have things I'd like to do and accomplish, goals if you will.  None of these things will have to be done and completed before the next new year begins.  2010 will continue my march toward health and peace.  This year we plan to sell our home in Houston and buy a home here in our new city.  Put down roots, roots that run deep and strong. I'm going to find a place to take ti-chi lessons.  I'm not sure if that's how its spelled, but I need gentle exercise that works, and from what I understand that's a great place to start.

We got the keys to our new rent house, and it's a house that I can see us buying.  It's big enough, but not too big.  With a soon to be empty nest, it's enough room with out being too much room.  It needs my attention.  Every single metal color you can think of is there, styles all mish-moshed and dingy white walls waiting for me to change!  The two houses we've lived in here are both homes that we knew we would not want to live in long term and for me, not having roots is disorienting!  I feel almost like I have mental vertigo.  I feel unbalanced, off kilter, my stomach isn't settled and I just plain feel sick!  It sounds silly, but I just need MY space.  MY families space...our home.  I know that our home is where we are and when i'm with my husband and children, I'm home, but I like having a place to call home, a place our compass always points too, that draws the kids back and waits to comfort us after a long hard day.  So, having this goal in sight is like taking the yolk from my shoulders and taking a water break!

Pictures of our diamond in the rough so my parents can see it!  (Hi Mom and Dad)

Welcome!  Come on in!

This is the little niche right inside the front door

the formal dining room is directly to the left of the front door

Looking from the other side of the living room into the kitchen and toward the door

Breakfast area...maybe

I'm so happy to have a window in my laundry area!

All the chairs I brought over so people helping me clean can have a place to rest!  a sneek peak into the only color in the house!

The closed in back porch

guest room/my craft room

And the colorful room to be repainted next week!

the master

master bath

Well that's enough of that...I'll show the backyard and the workout/jacuzzi room tomorrow!