Friday, January 14, 2011


I often think of January as fresh start, breath of fresh air, new.  I have a new look on life.  I want to start on this new crisp white piece of paper, I am ready to paint a beautiful picture.  I looked around my house, I looked at my family, I looked at myself and asked, what do I want to do this year?  How can I make things again? I thought that I would start with my house.  It was calling for help under loads of clutter.  I started to gather things here and there, and soon I had a mountain of things sitting in the middle of my floor.  I made up my mind that I would not be sad or angry with myself, but happy that I was bettering our house.  And by doing so, bettering me and my family.  We took loads to the Salvation Army and to the dump.  Ahhhhh! It was so refreshing.  I was surprised how much better I felt and I was only half done!

My newly organized closet. I still have a lot of cleaning out to do.

Next, I wanted a change..... I have wanted to get some crazy red highlights for a year now and have never been brave enough to just do it!  Well I did..... I {heart} them!!!
My new walker..... It is a whole new world for my little guy!  The problem that he has "run into" is that everything sharp and pointy is right at eye level!  He met our bedside table.(each day it seem to get more purple!)

New phone/data plan/book/ect  
Kurtis has been in love with some sort of hand held device since I met him.  He has entered into the Droid world, and he is more than loving it! We have yet to talk about his goal for the year. :)


Hannah has found a new love for Ballet. It is so fun to watch her learn a new thing and just run with it.  The other day we bought her NEW ballet shoes.....she calls them her "real" ballet shoes.  

Me: Hannah what is your goal this year?
Her: To be a singer on the radio and get rich.
What's yours mommy?
Me: To be always patient and organized.
Her: ..... that's a weird goal.

New Facial Expression.   
I know... this face... she is our clown!  She will often call someones name and you will turn around to look at her and she will be making this face.... I just can't help but laugh every time she does it!  You know you are laughing too.  :)

Newly discovered artist!  
Caleb's goal for this year is to become a better artist and to get a 3 on his report card for handwriting. 
Caleb really does not like coloring or putting in any effort into his hardwritting.  He reminds me so much of Kurtis, no time for the "girlish" stuff when there is so much to learn.  He loves math, reading, science and history.  Art is at the bottom of this list.  :) 
This picture blew me away.  He usually does not take the time to color every inch of his paper.   
I love it. 

Can you tell I’m still in the optimistic stage? I am and I’m excited… Excited for endless possibilities and thrilled (and yet secretly slightly disheartened) to know that the only thing that could frustrate my resolve is me.  But for right now I am doing all I can to at least start, thinking...doing.  I love this quote that I found on my friends blog and I thought that it explaned what I want this year. 

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day."
 Happy New Year!!


Derek and Christi said...

Your hair looks awesome and lovely! Poor Porter and his black eye! It so reminded me of Evelyn when she was learning to walk.

[BrookeO] said...

oh love, love, love, love

Melanie said...

Hot mama Jolene! Lovin that hair.