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!

Christmas on the Coast

We spent this Christmas on the Oregon coast, and once again Match’s parents rented a house on the beach, so we were able to see both sets of families. I liked having the split between the two families-it gave Piglet and I a chance to get away when his baby cousin was napping, and it allowed us to break up the visiting between each family. I think this kept the trip relatively family drama free.

The beach house MIL rented was absolutely gorgeous. That view out the living room windows was something I daydream of waking up to every day. There was a King Tide on the coast, so the ocean was rough and wild, and the tide was really high. It meant we couldn’t really walk on the beach, but we had fun walking along the lookout.

Piglet had a blast hanging out with his older cousins at my parent’s house. We played twister and there was a point where a wrestling mania broke out. As usual, my parents cooked up a feast and there was food for days. I was so grateful that they were willing to host Match’s family for dinner as well.

Introducing our baby niece to my parent’s goats

Match and I had the chance to get out for a little date. We brought along the sister and brother in law, which was kind of a bummer. His sister wasn’t in the best mood because she was fighting a cold. But despite that, we had a lot of fun with my old friends from school. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I set up my first roommate in college with a good high school friend of mine. They ended up getting married, and moved back to my hometown, where they opened up their own cidery. They had us over and we got to do a cider tasting, play video games on his old school arcade, and reminisce with his dad about the good ol’ days.

Did I mention that Match and I decided to wear pajamas on our night out? We used to do that way back when we first started dating, and it was fun to be so silly again.

We came home on Christmas day, and had a mellow Christmas with just the three of us. Merry Christmas and I hope you all had a lovely holiday!

Staff Party, Christmas Cookies and a Zoo Lights Party

This past weekend was jam packed with fun! It started with Friday night’s IT department staff party. The dirty santa party was a hit, and this year the presents were pretty funny. I’m still sad someone stole the Bad Boss Voodoo doll from me!

Saturday Match and I were able to finally go on a long overdue date night. We haven’t had a date since September! I had a hair appointment first, so my hair was all done up. I went back to blonde, but I left the red undertones. It just feels more like me. We started the evening with dinner at our favorite restaurant, followed by a mead tasting at this local Mead hall. It was so random but also some fun people watching. We ended the night with drinks and dessert at a little Italian cafe.

Sunday Piglet and I made up a batch of Christmas cookies. He was so excited to make them with me. He kept telling me it was the best day ever. I love that the simplest acts, like spending time in the kitchen baking, can mean so much to him.

In the evening we met up with my cousin and her family to check out the zoo lights at the Oregon zoo. We lucked out and there was hardly anyone there! Last year the zoo lights were so crowded it felt claustrophobic. This year we felt like we’d rented out the zoo. The animals were super active too.

It was another wonderful weekend soaking up that Christmas magic. I cannot believe we only have a week left until Christmas!

Kicking off the Christmas Season

I don’t know what it is this year, but I’ve been more into the Christmas spirit then ever. I just love how into holidays Piglet gets. It makes me get even more excited, and makes me want to make everything as magical as possible. Even Match gets into it, and has been helping me decorate.

We surprised Piglet again with the Holiday Express to kick off the first weekend of December. This time Match was able to join us! I love that this has become one of our family traditions. His little face lit up when he saw Santa. Also, Piglet recently got glasses, and they are just about the cutest thing ever.

This year we got great seats, right at the front. I wish we could travel like this all the time. It was so relaxing!

We had such a fun day! After the train ride, we went to a nearby pub. They had a play area, a craft table, and they were even giving out free cupcakes. Don’t mind Match, he’s going full amish on me.

We topped the day off with a walk through George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. It is gorgeous! I love this park. I want to do family photos there someday.

Piglet and I spent Sunday working on more decorations for the house. We made the golden snitch from Harry Potter, to go with our Hedwig tree topper. I also made a Nimbus 2000 out of twigs, twist ties and hot glue.

Here are a few photos of the rest of the house. It feels extra magical this year. Match helped me make the winter tree for the corner, and we did more indoor lights than we’ve done in the past. I’d still like to do more, but time is my enemy these days, so this may do for this year.

We watched Elf with Piglet on Friday night. Then Sunday night Match and I watched the Holiday and snuggled up, and I remembered how the first time I watched this movie with him I knew I wanted to marry him. That happened to be the Christmas he proposed too. So far it’s been a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.