Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another Year Older

Yesterday, I turned 28 years old and I had a wonderful birthday.

Last year, I was kind of bummed on my birthday. Things were going ok in life but I just wasn't on track with where I thought I should be at 27. During the past year, I've been through a lot of challenges and changes. Now as I turn the chapter and turn 28, I feel that I'm in a much better place and feeling more at peace with the direction my life is heading.

I've gone after the things I want and need. This is often a hard thing for women to do. We worry so much about pleasing others and lose ourselves in the process. This past year, I've done a much better job at speaking up for what is important to me and going after what I want and what I think I deserve. I hope this doesn't make me sound selfish or self centered but the main thing I've learned over the past year is that if you don't like have the ability to explore your options and take the steps to make those changes. 

You might look at your options and decide that where you're at is your best choice or you might discover something you never even considered and it's the perfect solution for you. I have been guilty of just wanting someone else to solve my problems or just waiting...waiting for it to just get better or even just get worse. Time to stop waiting and time to start acting.

Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really WantI often recommend this book to friends who are struggling with going after what they know they want and deserve...especially in the work place. A past boss once told me that my strongest asset was that I knew what I wanted and I wasn't afraid to take the steps to get there.

So there is my year's worth of words and wisdom. Obviously, I don't have much and maybe I'll work on gaining more wisdom and insight this year!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Day 2010

We did Christmas Day a little differently this year and I think we've finally hit on a schedule that works well for our family. In the past, we have done Santa at our home and then rushed to my parent's home for breakfast and presents. This year, we took it slow and spent the morning at our house. It was nice to leisurely open presents, play with the new toys and get dressed for the day.

Ethan got up at around 6:00 a.m. and rushed to his stocking first. Inside the stocking, he found a coloring book, crayons, toothbrush, dinosaur and a lollipop.

After looking through his stocking, he finally noticed that Santa had eaten his cookies and left behind a present. Ethan got just what he had been asking for and telling everyone about, Transformers.

I was actually worried that Ethan wouldn't like the Transformers since he had been asking for them because he knew his older cousin liked them but he never really was interested in them himself. However, after much talking up of the toys and streaming the 80's Transformers cartoon on Youtube for him, he was thoroughly excited by the time Christmas came around and Santa came with the requested toys.

Hidden behind the tree, Santa also left behind a small shovel that Ethan had been wishing for every time we went to Alco. It's amazing how Santa knows exactly what a little boy's heart desires.

After finishing up the Santa gifts, Ethan opened up his gifts from Mommy and Daddy. This year, the main gifts were a Lite Brite, toy computer, Wii game and Legos.

The boys playing with their new laptops.

After spending the morning playing with new toys, we finally got dressed and headed out to spend time with our families.

Our first stop was lunch at Aunt Janet's home. We enjoyed a light snack, as we were going to have a big Christmas dinner at my parent's home immediately following.

After visiting with Jim's family at Aunt Janet's home, we headed to my paren't home at about 3:00 p.m. We enjoyed a wonderful, early dinner of Beef Wellington and all the trimmings.

Soon it was time to open even more presents. Austin started with opening a gift from Ethan that he had made for specifically for him. Ethan says that it's a K-State Football'll have to use your imagination.

All in all, we had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We enjoyed spending time with our families and experiencing the amazement and magic of Christmas through a four year old's eyes.