Tuesday, December 27, 2011

So What are Your New Years Resolutions?

My New Years Resolutions
It seems to be that time of year in which we look back over our year and reflect on the things we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year and what we actually accomplished by the end of the year. Looking back Month by Month:

January: In January I just wanted to make it through packing and preparing for the move to our new home. I wanted to have a safe birth and missed my hubby fiercely.

February: I fell down after tripping on uneven sidewalk bringing my son to school. The baby was fine but I went into false labor 4 times after that. The house is ready for the baby, because I am too determined not too.

March: Gave Birth to our beautiful healthy baby boy. My hubby was able to come home and spend time with us on paternity leave.

April: Started preparing for our Summer Vacation to Washington D.C. and Connecticut. I also started scheming up a new idea for a blog and began losing time to scrap memories. Graduated with my Bachelors Degree.

May: Successfully saved up for the summer trip and spent the last bit making sure my big boy stayed focused in school.

June: Started my New Blog The Many Adventures of Bran. Went on Vacation and had a blast. Purchased over 90,000 vintage buttons to sell.

July: Life became busy over the summer with both boys home.

August: My Big Boy turned 8 and school started again for both my big boy and I.

September: I turned 30 and life just flies by from here on out, a big huge blur really.

October: Handmade both boys costumes.

November: Enjoyed my Hubby's return and had a wonderful Turkey Day.

December: Had a Beautiful Christmas and became calm for the first time since June.

With 2011 over it was a good year, but an extremely overwhelming. Just chalking it up to being a military wife and a first time learning experience at juggling 2 kids alone. I am proud of where we have come and I plan to do better this year with all aspects of my life. I am challenging myself to sew at least 1 thing a month for myself, being active in all things I take on. Now that We have finally got back into a routine everything is in balance until hubby leaves again, giving me a chance to fine tune my resolutions for next year. What ever you chose to do for your resolutions I hope that this New Year will be bright for all of you. I love that you have stayed with me here so far and I promise to make it even more interesting next year. Now to create my blogging plan and ideas for next year.

Cheers!
Bran

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve to those who celebrate and Have a beautiful Christmas tomorrow!

courtesy of "The Graphics Fairy"

As many of you are joining me in this busy holiday season, I have fine-tuned and finished my gifts just in time for tomorrow. Now to get my house straightened and wait for my big boy to come home on the 26th from his fathers.

There is nothing more magical to me than to watch the joy of the season in my children's eyes the wonderment of my tiny baby who at 9 months old is loving the lights. I am so truly blessed to have a wonderful family to spend the holidays with. As many of you know I spent all of our first holidays without my hubby as he was serving and the solitude of him being away made it a challenging Christmas last year, but on the eve in which Santa would come on his sleigh and the light of the North Star shining brightly reminded me of the reason for the season, a tiny babe who was born who would be the king of kings that Christmas morn. I am blessed with the joy from the light of that star which somehow touches and sparkles in the eyes of my children reminding me that all will be well and the stresses and challenges of the year before would soon pass and while may linger in the corners of the New Year, they would be trivial and only bloom out of control if I gave it energy.

So here is to new beginnings, goals, and ideas for the New Year.
From my family to yours!
Bran

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holly Jolly Holiday to you all!

So I am currently up to my eyeballs in Christmas crafts finalizing all the fantastic things for family. So this means I have a lot to share with you as soon as time finds a break for me lol. So from my family to yours Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Here are pictures from the first round of photos of the boys. One that says it all and two more that show the true blessings I have been given in life.

Wait until you see what I am doing with this picture so endearing to my heart my children are my life!
It really says how this first photoshoot went lol

Melting my heart one day at a time, such a joy and character!

So long for now!
Cheers!
Bran