Happy New Year!
Wow, I haven’t been blogging much, eh? I am not sure how much that will change with the new year. With all of the changes in 2014, my available time for writing has been cut to bare minimum levels.
Here are some photos to share that show how I’ve enjoyed this holiday season. Craig had time off from work at this time of year for the first time in all of our 15+ years of marriage. The kids, of course, were out of school. And I also had vacation scheduled. So we’ve had lots of time to hang out and do fun things as a family. We stayed home on Christmas Eve since I did have to work that day, but went to Mass together, came home and had some food and watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” before heading to bed.
|Sarah made some yummy treats!|
|My children dressed and ready for Christmas Eve Mass|
Christmas morning was fun. The kids got some cool presents. We went to their Grandma’s afterward to have lasagna and open presents there. After that, we went to Craig’s sister’s for more dessert and more presents.
|My girls and I got some Royals gear…|
During the week between Christmas and New Year’s we did things like go to the library, hang out and watch movies at home on our new TV, enjoy our new refrigerator (two items that were part of our family Christmas this year), watch football, play with the kids with their new toys, work out, sleep in and go to Dave & Buster’s for a family fun day. Much fun was had by all.
Every year, the proverbial New Year’s Resolutions posts make their rounds. I’m no exception. I like a blank page as much as anyone. As I thought about what 2015 might have in store, however, I realized that 2014 was a really good year in the realm of attained goals. I lost the weight I wanted to, I set and met fitness goals I wouldn’t have dreamed about before 2014. Financially, we made some sound decisions and look forward to the future doing the same. The kids all grew in numerous ways. If there was one place I can see major room for improvement (for me) it would be my spiritual life. The challenge Father posed in his homily at last night’s Vigil Mass hit home with me. It’s been a few years since I have set some spiritual growth goals for myself and I think it’s high time I set to work on that again. Even though I met many fitness and health goals during 2014, I still have room for improvement there as well.
I am nothing, if not goal-oriented. That’s been my mode of operation all of my life. So, I shall kick off 2015 by listing out some of my goals here. (Maybe if I actually redesign the look of my blog I can list them out in a sidebar or something to keep me motivated…)
Spiritual Growth Goal(s):
- Pray a morning offering upon rising each day. This is something I’ve been meaning to start doing for probably 10 years now and it’s high time I stop meaning to do it and just do it.
- One extra Mass each week. I think once a week, I could walk to the downtown Cathedral and make it to Mass over my lunch hour. We go each Sunday as a family. Back when Sarah and Dani were babies, I made it to daily Mass before work for several months, maybe even a year, but change in employment caused that to end. Maybe I can start making my way back to a daily Mass this way.
- Maintain my strong performance with regard to the 5 biometric standards they check each year (cholesterol, resting heart rate, blood pressure, glucose and BMI)
- Paleo way of life, 100% (no falling off the wagon after 30 days… )
- CrossFit at least 4 times per week (been doing this for over a year now, so just a maintenance thing)
- Improve my Triathlon time from last year
- Save enough by August to pre-pay pre-K tuition for Vincent. This will help the cash flow enormously come August.
- Achieve other financial savings goals (we have goals related to a new car purchase, housing updates, summer camps for kids and vacation/travel)
- Read one fiction book per month
- Make progress toward my life goal of working in a business partner role within Human Resources (this would be a change in direction in career that’s not 100% necessary, but something I’d really like to try)