Friday, January 30, 2015

New Year Goals update

It is almost the end of January...this month has had its ups and downs, especially with sickies in  the house.  Nick, Sam and Scott are just getting over their colds and hoping that February will be a more healthy month for all.
This year I made some goals and at the end of each month, I will be giving updates on those goals.  Here is January's:

Read Scriptures on a daily basis - I have done pretty good with this one.  There were a couple of days that I didn't read due to being too tired, up with sick kids, etc.  I will try to do better next month.

Keep a journal for the year - I have been writing in a journal, just not on a daily basis.  This goal is one that I have, in the past, not been able to keep up with.  So far, so good.

Work on stress and anxiety - This time of year at work is a bit stressful.  Working on the Town Warrant, placing warrant articles in the correct order, working with new software to input the budget and default budget, generating W2's and 1099's, minutes and the everyday office work all in one week.  To say that I worked on decreasing my stress would not be accurate.  Next month shouldn't bee too bad.

I didn't put anytime aside to learn to crochet or on any of my interests.

Blog more - I did pretty good this month.  Sometimes it was difficult to come up with a subject to write about and on days that I didn't feel like blogging...hey, that's ok.

Goals for the Family:

Better eating habits - we tried.  That is all I can say.  I did make it a point to purchase healthy snacks this month but with the sickies, nothing tasted good and appetites were out of wack.

More outdoor activities - no outside activities this month.  Again, sickies and very cold outside.

Read Scriptures together - Each of us (Nick, Sam, and myself) read individually but not as a family.  This is a goal that hasn't even been worked on.  Will try better for February.

Working together to keep the house clean - A daily list is given to the kids on what they need to do.  Scott and I do our part.  We all can do better with this one.

Finishing the house - Nothing was done this month and I don't expect anything to really start up until spring.

So looking back on January, I did pretty good with my goals and the family did better than I expected.

Have you set any goals for 2015? 

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Our house project that started in 2008.  This picture is of one of the bathrooms that will hopefully be finished this year. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day

Today, a big snow storm hit the New England coast and inland.  The coastal areas received quite a bit of snow and the inland...well, we got some, not sure how much due to the wind, around 12" if that.
The office I work in closed down for the day and so our snow day consisted of...

Regular lesson day for the kids
Spent some quality time with Nick and Sam
Took care of Scott (nasty cold)
Took care of the chickens
Made some ginger snaps
Watched a lot of NCIS (love the DVD's)

Back to work tomorrow...

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Tonight, we had some visitors over.  They have actually been to our home a few times.  Our visitors are Elder Gassant and Elder Platt.  These missionaries are serving in our ward and are doing a great job.  It has been an adjustment from having the Sister's over.  The visits are going very well and the kids are having fun.
Tonight's lesson was about the 10 Commandments.  The kids ended up teaching the lesson :)  Thank you Elders for thinking of us and visiting us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's That Time of Year...

...Town political season.  Being an employee of my town, I don't post a lot about what I do nor do I get involved in the politics.  However, I do have to say a few things...

~ I do NOT like this season.  It is the least favorite part of my job.
~ Time-lines are too short.  Especially when you only have about a 5 day window to get everything pulled together.
~ It brings out the worst in people.  Tensions and emotions are running high.
~ Sleepless nights wondering if I filled out all the forms correctly.  This increases my anxiety to levels that I do not like to be in.
~ I stay neutral in all aspects that involve the town.  This is something I do year round.  I have to in order to protect myself and my job.  I am surprised that I do not have a hole in my tongue. 

All I can do is pray that this season passes smoothly without a lot of incidents.  One can only hope.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Last night, the kids and I had dinner and FHE with Bishop Jones and his family.  We all visited for a while, ate a great healthy dinner and then had FHE.

What is FHE?  Family Home Evening.  Every Monday, most families in the LDS church have a FHE.  It is a way for the family to come together to learn more about our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.  FHE starts with a song, then opening prayer.  A lesson is given and then a game is usually played. Ending FHE is with a good dessert. 

Last night's FHE was about judging/pre-judging people.  We read from the book of Matthew, played 'Family Charades and had brownies for dessert.  I think the kids liked the game the best.  Actually the game was incorporated into the lesson.  Fun all around.

When we left, I asked the kids if they had a great time.  They both said yes until we had to leave.

Glad to know that we are making some good friends and memories with our ward :)