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December 29, 2011

Happy 100th Post!

Today is the blog’s 100th post! Yay! A lot has happened since that first post back in August!

Thanks for sticking with me! It’s been amazing!

I could look back all day long at the ride the last 4 months has taken us all on…but that’s a different post! Today, I want to share with you my goals for 2012!

I’ve been thinking a lot about this next year’s goals. I have to keep in mind my Age Bracket List  when thinking about this next year, because it is still all very real in my mind and they are goals I can’t wait to achieve, but I’ve got some 2012 goals in mind as well.

Specifically for 2012

  • Eat. A more whole-foods based diet. If it hasn’t grown out of the ground, hasn’t been killed by someone I know, or if it contains more than 5 ingredients on its label…I’d like to generally stay away from it.
  • Read. At least two books per month for myself, and at least one book per evening with the Bean.
  • Race. Myself that is. I’d like to break my 5K PR (no date set yet), 10K PR (May2012), and 1/2 marathon PR (June 2012).
  • Strengthen. Through yoga and resistance training. “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for one to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which their body is capable.” – Socrates
  • Express. There was an amazing moment in my life earlier this year, a moment of, “Oh, so that’s what it feels like!”  I would like to figure out how to process that moment for what is signified to me, and express it both verbally and in writing.
  • Plant. A fenced-in vegetable garden. Yum!
  • Edit. My Adoption Stories into a single article for a magazine, or for a speaking engagement, or…just so I have it.
  • Plan. A get-together each month of the year. This is a sure-fire way to get to see a handful of our friends on a monthly basis! We’ve got February and March planned already…looking for a January theme!

Add these to my Bucket List goals, and 2012 is going to be fun-packed from the start!

What are your goals for 2012?

Find your joy. Enjoy the journey.

Happy Friday Eve!

December 27, 2011

A (QUICK) Christmas Wrap-Up

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas holiday. We certainly did. I cannot even begin to describe the joy, laughter, tears, fun, food and drink that surrounded the last few days of our lives. It was incredible. I continually find myself absolutely blown away with the joy and blessings that my loved ones show me everyday.

Here are a couple of my favorite shots (although I took only a handful) from the last few days!

Christmas Eve. Everything is ready for Santa and his crew!


The Sweetheart told us the story of Santa Mouse, so the Bean was really  excited about putting cheese out for little Santa Mouse…and of course, goodies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer!


Christmas morning!

This is the Bean’s new bow and arrow! Love it!

Christmas Eve and Christmas were wonderful!

The day after Christmas I was greeted with this….

…the Sweetheart breakfast. Isn’t he…well…sweet?! I know!

This was the perfect beginning to a Monday of relaxation, and reflection on one of the most beautiful Christmas holidays I’ve ever been a part of.

I hope you enjoyed yours as well!

Tomorrow I’ve got a half-marathon training plan to show you that begins next week…and a very special introduction to my newest running partner!