Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Phew. Time sure has flown. I'll have to come back and do some updates from December. Time just got away from me, and since I have to use the desktop now to have access to a keyboard (which is in our bedroom), it's not very convenient. I have a tablet now (yay!) to replace the old clunky laptop, but I haven't gotten the keyboard to go with it yet. Soon.

It's hard to believe that it's already 2013. The year that my boys turn 4 and 1. The year of our 5th anniversary. It's going to be a pretty low-key year, but we have lots of plans for it. Our biggest venture is working more diligently towards saving for a down payment on a new house. So, we worked a few hours on tweaking our budget and made some changes (cancelled cable, dropping Jony's cell since he has a work phone, etc), and I'm happy with how it looks. As of now, we should be completely ready to drop at least 10% in 2ish years.

Along with that, we're moving towards a more business-like approach with how we run the house. We've set yearly, monthly and weekly goals that we discuss in a weekly meeting. It's been working well to sit together and discuss the week's agenda and figure out what we can do during that week to accomplish our goals, both short and long term.

One of those goals is healthier eating- moving towards a more real/natural diet. This involves a lot more meal planning so that we don't have the urge to just go out to eat when we don't know what to make. We got a chest freezer for Christmas that we've been wanting, so I plan on filling that up with some pre-made meals, which should help.

We're also going to do some major work on our house this year since there will be no babies and no vacations. We're replacing our floors, potentially the ceilings and then doing a lot of organizing and decorating in between. January's goal is the garage, since we need that cleaned and organized to put all the junk that we'll take out of the actual house! I'm hoping to keep it all updated on here, but we'll see.

2012 was a fantastic year; it brought us Gavin and a lot of good times. I'm really looking forward to a relaxed and productive 2013, though.

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