Monday Moments – The First of 2014

I really planned to post this last night but then fell asleep watching the national championship game. Then I was going to post this at lunch today, but ended up skipping lunch because I was swamped at work. Now I’m working from home, but decided to take a few minutes to post this!

today: had a crazy day at work! I really just want to spend the rest of the night under a warm blanket doing nothing….but that won’t happen.

want to be: feeling better! ready for whatever 2014 throws our way.

blessings: making it to and from work safely. The roads are not the worst I’ve ever seen but definitely always happy when I make it to my destination safely.

thinking: seems like lately I’m always thinking of the 1,000,000 +1 things I have to do…

planning: my workouts for the week. excited to have a workout buddy for tomorrow after work!

writing: this post. nothing much else…thinking about getting a head start on my bucket list and sending some cards to friends just to say hi.

loving: the cold weather (kinda)! I always wanted to know what it would be like to live in alaska!

My 2014 Bucket List

1. Lose at least 50lbs
2. Complete 3 5K’s
3. Send more cards/letters to friends through snail mail
4. Try at least 1 new recipe from my collection of cook books each month
5. Plant new plants in the garden (I’m thinking carrots, potatoes, horse radish, more herbs and greens)
6. Keep my flower beds more weed free!
7. Keep a cleaner house
8. Write at least one blog post a week (52 posts for 2014…seems pretty do-able)
9. Complete the 52 Week Money Challenge (Image here)
10. Spend less on groceries
11. Redo the master bedroom
12. Put more heart into my job
13. Take more photos for fun!

Lucky number 13 is a good place to stop for my 2014 bucket list…at least for now! I’m sure I will keep adding to this as the year goes on, but I really think this is a good start. A mix of things to do, even if some are just little things. Here’s to a great 2014! If you have goals or a bucket list, link below in the comments…I would love to hear them!

The Country Wife

Monday Moments: End of 2013

This post is supposed to be done on Sundays as a way to stop and reflect of the past week. Like usual I never remember to do this until Monday. This week I’d like to think that because I was sick I forgot to do it…either way here is my Sunday Stills/Monday Moments.

today: slept a lot. took down the Christmas tree ( not because I’m a scrooge…we have a small living room! I wanted some space back! )

want to be: feeling better! ready for whatever 2014 throws our way.

blessings: family time. a wonderful christmas season.

thinking: all the things to come in 2014; the things we know are coming and the unknown.

planning: my nutrition and workouts for 2014. goals for 2014.

writing: my 2014 bucket list.

loving: my husband. long story short: I was sick yesterday and wasn’t sure if I would make it to the big Wensink Christmas, but my husband offered to drive 2 hours to take our presents and food. In the end I went, but just that offer made me love him even more! Not many guys are willing to drive 2 hours to spend the afternoon with his wifes family!!!

grateful: for a roof over our heads, a warm house and plenty of stuff…this time of year always make you think a little of the less fortunate.

picture:

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Kyles trophy for winning best dessert at Wensink Christmas!

The Country Wife

A Peaceful Place

This is a short and sweet midnight post…I was editing pictures tonight and decided to look at a few from Christmas eve at church. There are certain things in life that just bring a sense of calm into your heart and being at this church on Christmas Eve does just that! I’m certain that one day I will find a church in our area that brings this sense of peace to me, but for now I’m perfectly content with driving 2 hours to be here! Enjoy a few pictures of the church I went to growing up…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So after a few days of family time, presents and Christmas blessings I can’t believe that 2013 is coming to a close soon! With the new year comes new goals and New Years Resolutions….Did you know that on average only 8% of people actually keep and reach their resolutions each year?! That’s crazy to think about, but I am not shocked. Each year I make goals for the new year but its not often that I actually stick to them each year.

Thinking back to last year I’m sure I was like many people and vowed to lose weight and eat healthy. I probably said I was going to blog more too…yea, that was kind of a miss! But I am happy to report that I lost about 40lbs over the course of 2013! Its not much, but was a good start on my road to getting healthier. I can also say that this year will include more fitness and health goals, but instead of making specific resolutions I’m going to make a 2013 Bucket List! Cheesy? Maybe…Unique? Probably Not…What I think will help me have a great 2014?? ABSOLUTELY!

I have 6 days to come up with the start of my bucket list for 2014, but plan to continuously add to it as the year goes on. Right now I know things that will be included are:

1. Lose at least 50lbs
2. Complete 3 5K’s
3. Send more cards/letters to friends through snail mail
4. Try at least 1 new recipe from my collection of cook books each month
5. Plant new plants in the garden
6. Keep my flower beds more weed free!
7. Keep a cleaner house
8. Write at least one blog post a week (52 posts for 2014)

I’m sure I will be adding a lot more items to this, but I think its a great start! I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday season! I look forward to a great 2014!

The Country Wife

The Start of Year #2 & De-stressing!

Work today was a bear…or maybe more like an entire freakin’ circus!! My day started out crazy and just kept getting worse, and the whole time I’m thinking to myself “what will I do to relax when I get home?” Then I remember that its been a long time since I’ve sat down and written! So long, that many of you probably thought that I forgot about this blog…but I didn’t! I can pretty much sum up the past 6 weeks (almost 2 months) in just a few words:
-Gardening/Canning
-Editing Photos
-Weddings
-Laundry/Cleaning
– Work (can’t forget about that 40hr/week fun…)

Maybe its just me (although I doubt it), but summer has to be just about the busiest time for me! Its easy to say that this year was definitely our year for going to weddings, and most of them happened to fall in the summer months. Also we kicked up production in the garden this year (since we didn’t have a wedding to plan) and I was bound and determined to do something with all our harvested goodies. I did do great in preserving stuff this year and even got to make some different things, like jam, jelly and roasted tomatoes! I know it will be worth all the hard work this winter.

ALSO, since K and I celebrated our first anniversary this past weekend, I think its due time for a little revamping of the blog! First, I need to change my tag line since we are onto year number 2 and hopefully I will have much more to blog about ;). Be on the look out for more posts, more pictures and more me! After all, we did reach the unofficial end of summer, which means shorter days and the sooner I will end up on the couch blogging!!

The Country Wife

Making Plans

Where has the week gone! While the days at work seemed to drag on this week my evenings at home were busy. I’m glad its Friday, but I’m not really sure where the rest of the week went. For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, you know that the past three weekends I have traveled north to my parents for showers, weddings, parties, etc… Can I just tell you  how excited I am to get to stay home this weekend! All week I’ve really been looking forward to doing some much needed cleaning (CALL ME CRAZY).

During the week my housework is basically dishes when the sink is overflowing and laundry when I have no clean clothes; other than that I prefer to clean on the weekends. However, since I’ve been gone the past three weekends, not much has gotten done around the house – and it shows!

Tonight, K wants to have a date night so we are going to go out for dinner, probably either Texas Roadhouse or Mi Jalepeno; then its off to the drive-in! I had never experienced a drive-in theater until K and I started dating. They are quite enjoyable and if you’ve never been I highly recommend it! Like the grown adults we are, we will be watching Monsters University. Last time we went to the drive in we saw Despicable Me (another child friendly movie).

Tomorrow though, I will begin a thorough (hopefully) cleaning/laundry day. I also plan to make some pickles. This will be a new adventure for me, but according to the Ball Canning website, it should only take 15 minutes to process the jars, and I probably only have enough pickling cucumbers for two jars. I will post some picture/updates!

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Have a wonderful & cool night!

The Country Wife