Celebrating Match’s 35th Birthday

It’s crazy to think that Match and I have celebrated 10 birthdays together. We met when we were just babies, only 24! I made a promise to myself on my last birthday that we’d always try to get out of town for each other’s birthdays, and I’ve kept that promise so far. For Match’s birthday the first weekend of this month, we went back to Bend, to the magical resort where we spent our Thanksgiving.

Once again, the resort was wonderful. This time we had a one bedroom, but it was still so spacious and had amazing views of the forest. We were all rocking colds, but I’d rather be sick with a cold at a resort with beautiful heated hot tubs than at home! We still managed to enjoy ourselves and all the amenities, though we did skip ice skating.

We decided to sweat it out at the on-site gym, and since it’s not a regulated gym, we snuck Piglet in with us. It was so cute watching him work out, and I love that we’re setting a good example for him. He loves to work on his muscles with us!

We made it into town this time, and enjoyed dinner at 10 Barrel Brewing. The only disappointing part about this trip was the lack of snow. Fortunately for us, we got a couple of snow days the following week. I can’t wait for our next trip to the resort. Maybe this summer so we can see what kind of fun summer activities there are to do in Bend.

My Month So Far in Photos

Physical Therapy: This bed, aka the torture chamber, has been where I’ve spent far too much time. I hurt my knee a few months ago, and I’m finally getting treatment. All I can say is, ow.

Piglet has been watching MasterChef Jr. and now he has the cooking bug. I love when he gets in the mood to help us cook. Our little sous chef!

Family nights. Now that Match is no longer working at the long distance job site, we finally have time together as a family on a regular basis. It has been SOOOOO nice having him back.

New Year’s Resolutions-2019

Today we did our tradition of cleaning house, and putting away all of our Christmas decorations. We went on a crisp winter walk while Piglet rode his bike. We talked about our resolutions for the new year and what we’d like to do this year .

Here are our resolutions from last year:

Piglet’s resolutions were:

  1. To visit someone on a trip
  2. To whine less
  3. To work on not interrupting

Match’s resolutions were:

  1. To swear less
  2. To work on his temper and to be happier

My resolutions were:

  1. To get back to my driver’s license weight
  2. To nag less
  3. To take a fun family trip

I have to say overall I think we did great. I did 2 out of 3 on my resolutions, (just did not get that weight off) Piglet did 2 out of 3 (he needs to work on his whining a little bit more, but otherwise, he’s been great!) and Match has had a way better attitude overall, and seems so much happier than years past, but he still swears quite a bit at work, but he’s gotten much better at home.

This year, we’ve made the following resolutions:

Piglet’s resolutions are:

  • Go to bed early (I love that he came up with this on his own! Ha!)
  • Learn to cook more
  • Whine less
  • Learn to play guitar

Match’s resolutions are:

  • Swear less
  • Drink less
  • Get top of class for 2nd year in a row

My resolutions are:

  • Get back to that driver’s license weight (I swear this is going to happen this year)
  • Sing a song with a band or at a gig
  • Write a children’s book for Piglet

New Year’s Eve-Kid’s Bash

This year we hosted a New Year’s Eve kid’s bash. It was a great time, and I hope we do it again next year! We did everything early, and Piglet was in bed by 8pm. It was awesome! We did a balloon drop, which I plan on making a yearly tradition. The kids loved it!

Happy New Year, my lovely readers. Here’s to going into my 11th year of blogging. I am grateful for you all, and for this little space of the internet to call my own. Here’s to a new year, and new adventures!

2018 Goals- The Results

2018 Goals/To Do List:

Financial:

  • Save up for a trip to Hawaii and set a date to go. While we didn’t do this, we are closer to that goal. We also went to Mexico instead of Hawaii, so I almost consider this one a win.
  • Pay down car loan. This one is slowly coming down, but I’d love to pay off a big chunk of it.
  • Start investing for Piglet. We’re started slowly investing for him, and his savings account is growing.

Personal Growth:

  • Take part in a 30 day fitness challenge
    • Goal is to get back to Driver’s License weight by the end of the new year. I failed miserably at this, and I’m the same weight I was when I wrote this. However, I’ve got a new plan, and I’ve got high hopes for this year.
  • Learn how to play at least one song on the keyboard
    • Ideally take a course someday to learn more, but I’ll be happy if I can just learn one for now. Um…I think I touched my keyboard once. To dust it. 🙁
  • Take a leadership training course I did this, and I’m grateful for the training.

Travel and Family Adventures:

  • Visit our California family/friends
  • Go on a trip to the snow We went to Bend for Thanksgiving, and we had snow! We’re also going on a trip in February where the snow will be more plentiful.
  • Go camping with friends We went on a lot of camping trips, but unfortunately, not with friends. Hopefully in 2019!
  • Visit the Gorge (someday we will finally do this) Yeah, this wasn’t that year. It’ll happen!
  • Go on a family train ride We went on the Christmas train, and it was lovely!
  • Take a trip to Hawaii I’m hopeful for 2019, but Match is leaning toward 2020, when Piglet is older. We’ll see if I can wear him down. 😉

Home DIY & Crafts:

  • Build built in dressers or storage in master
  • Build a printer cover
  • Night stand for guest room or filing cabinet cover
  • Paint the exterior of the house
  • Finish mixbook for 2017, update the 2018 book regularly.
  • I failed at most of these, but the painting of the house was a huge undertaking. I’m hopeful we’ll get the night stand, printer cover and built ins in 2019 .

To recap the big events in 2018:

  • We went to Mexico, and it was magical
  • We went on so many mini vacations: Bend, Newport, Bandon, Silver Falls, camping on the Oregon Coast, Northern California. We went on day trips to Portland and to the Oregon zoo. I’m so glad we’ve taken advantage of time and made the most of our weekends. Piglet also took swimming lessons all summer, and got a lot more comfortable in the water.
  • We painted the entire exterior of our house, replaced the back deck, and got new kitchen countertops.
  • We made an epic chicken coop for our little ladies. We watched our baby chicks grow into egg producing little machines, who occasionally still tolerate cuddles.
  • We watched Piglet go off to Kindergarten, starting his journey into elementary school.
  • Match finished his first year of his electrical apprenticeship at the top of his class. He’s now well into the second year, and excelling at work and school. This is the right fit for him, and it brings me joy to see him in the career he was meant to do.
  • I’ve been settling into my leadership role at work and this year has been less of proving myself, and more of fine tuning my skills and earning the trust of my team.
  • 2018 has been full of mini adventures, successes and happiness. We have been blessed with so much, and my heart is full. I am a little sad to see this year end, because it was one of our best yet. I look forward to the adventures that 2019 will bring!