Goals for July

Challenge for Day 1! (On the evening of Day 3. Oops.)

Goals for the month:

  1. Start running/exercising again. The humidity was low by Houston standards last night (45% instead of 90%) and Jude wouldn’t go down at his normal bedtime. I took out the single jogger, popped him in (still in his jammies), and went for a wog … also known as the walk/jog. I will never be a fast runner, and I probably won’t even be a good one, but I enjoy it more than I thought I would. We did 2 miles last night, and I’m really looking forward to doing it again. I just need to remember to add in other exercise and stretching (yoga!) … in all that free time I have.
  2. Put down the phone/iPad/etc. and focus on being in the moment with my family. Capturing every cute moment on Instagram doesn’t do me any good if I’m not participating in it. I love being connected and taking all my pictures and I love my stupid little games on the phone, but I love real people more.
  3. Pray more. Informally, as people come to my mind, I need to pray more for them.
  4. Remember that while my job may be our primary income, it is not my primary priority. Look for ways to support my husband and be present more for my kids.
  5. Have fun. I feel like I’ve been so stressed and tightly wound for at least the last year … I want to just ENJOY MYSELF!

That one wasn’t too bad …

Notes to self: Nora’s 3rd birthday

Time to start thinking about Nora’s 3rd birthday … and all the fun that goes with it! Some of the random thoughts so far:

Party Themes:
Tinkerbell
Hello Kitty
Fairy dress-up (find cheap formals at Goodwill or fancy fabric at fabric stores)

Presents that she’s requested or we’ve thought about:
Pink Legos (her request)
Hello Kitty watch (already have this … mwa ha ha)
Dress-up clothes
Take her to Charming Charlie and watch her head explode let her pick out 1-2 things

Fashion by Nora: Spa

20130315-134734.jpgOne of the most fun things I’ve found about having a little girly-girl is painting her fingers and toes.

She’s been pretty well potty-trained since she turned 2 – we totally lucked out. She saw her big brother finally get it and decided to “get it”  herself. Doing the #2 in the potty, though, wasn’t happening. Her brother was bribe-able with promises of a Leapfrog Leaptop “computer.” We tried that with Nora, but she just didn’t get motivated. Then it suddenly occurred to me: paint the child’s toenails.

It worked so well that she’s now graduated to fingers and toes with some extra sparkle. She was so excited to pick these colors out herself and then get them after she was successful at the potty. Seeing her tiny little hands and feet with pink nails is just about one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

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