Friday, May 1, 2009

The Year Ahead...May

The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.
- Edwin Way Teale

April got away from me. I know many of you Mom's understand that your brain wants to shut down and go into denial when your baby turns three. It is completely hard to imagine that 1095 days have gone by and this baby is now turning into a BOY. And the BOY suddenly doesn't need a nap and wakes up at the crack of dawn and can escape from his cage crib.

The good news is that SPRING is always a time of renewal for me. The snow melts away and I expose my super white feet to the sun and I realize I desperately need a pedicure and some new sandals! May brings hope and promise and planting of flowers and seeds! It brings fresh vegetables, grilled food and children playing in the sprinklers!

This is going to be a great summer! I can already tell. There is a big family vacation to Wisconsin planned. We have the kids signed up for Parent/Child swimming lessons, I bought a summer pass to the Union Station Museum which includes free admission to a nature center and a Dinosaur Park. I have started leafing through all of my books and torn out magazine pages looking for fun crafts and ideas for lazy summer days.

Melissa at The Inspired Room has inspired me to work on my goals again and it all started with her list of 20 Little Happy Things. Here are mine....

1. Cold Brewed Coffee
2. The Kid's playing and laughing together
3 When the UPS man brings me packages
4. Magazines in the Mail
5. Tweets from Martha Stewart
6. A fresh Subway Sandwich
7. Snuggling up with my husband to watch TV
8. Dining with a friend that makes me laugh
9. Sipping Red Wine
10. Laughing with my sister
11. Shopping for adorable clothes and shoes for my daughter
12. Getting Comments on my blogs (yes...I have 4 now)
13. When my husband is inspired...he's working on a new project
14. The first tulips of the season
15. Driving my new truck...thanks Big Poppa
16. Sitting in the Sun
17. Pour Some Sugar On Me...just heard it Wednesday night
18. Curling up on the couch with a great book...Jen Lancaster is my favorite!
19. Dessert!
20. Thinking about the future with my husband and children....The Best Is Yet To Come!

My goals for this month are going to be pretty simple....I'm trying not to have two many balls in the air because when I do this I tend to drop all of them and they roll under the couch and it takes me a couple weeks to find them all.

Weight....I started a new blog to help me really focus on the task at hand. I feel like it is helping me make the changes that I need to make. I would really like to lose 10 pounds by the end of May when the swimming lessons start. I have a lot of work to do....

Cooking...I joined the Daring Bakers and Daring Cooks! I'm so excited to complete these challenges and learn more. I also bought a couple new cookbooks and I'm anxious to go through them and find new recipes.

Garden...Me and the kids have already started our Recession Garden and it will be in full swing once we get back from Denver next weekend!

The Kids...Now that summer is approaching I am making big plans! My goal is to see our friends for playdates a couple times a month, go to story time at the library, do crafts, go hiking and find all kinds of fun things for us to do.

Big Poppa...I have some plans in the works...can't really discuss them here since he occasionally reads the blog once in a while but I am getting some great ideas from Love Actually! Cher's blog is devoted to creative ideas for Romance on a budget. I have already gotten so many great ideas from her and the one that started it...send a sexy text to your hubby! I won't tell you what happened after I did this....I'll just saw it was GOOD!

Me Time...I am still struggling to make myself a priority. I feel guilty when I ask for time away from the house alone. Even though I NEED this time and everyone is in a better mood when we get this break. I must make time to exercise. I must have some alone time to regroup.

I'm looking forward to a great month! Head on over to The Inspired Room...she has a giveaway!


  1. Hi Connie!
    What a great list. I love to get things from the UPS guy too. I can't wait for it to get warmer. I love the warm summer nights here.

    Good plans for the month. I will have to check out that romance blog. It sounds great.

    Have a wonderful weekend. This is the weekend of your walk, right? It turned out that I am going out to visit my sister next weekend because Jeff had a business trip this weekend. Good luck!


  2. TMI on the romance with Calvin!

    Make sure you use one of the sitters I found for you to help out this summer.

  3. I love your list! So many things on there are things that make me happy, too! I hope to visit your blog more often!

  4. That's a great list!

    And 3 is too old for taking naps? Don't tell that to my 5 yr. old and almost-7-yr. old!

    Actually, I think I'm going to have to finally let naptime go for my little guy who will be in 1st grade, but you can bet the younger 2 will be "resting" EVERYDAY!

  5. Hey! May is awesome, isn't it? So much to look forward to. I love your list. And I need to lose weight ASAP too. Otherwise I am not taking my boys swimming and that is so not fair to them! I'm on WW right now, doing it online. Not working too well but I have lost 2 pounds so far this week. It's something, I guess. I will go check out your weight loss blog now!

  6. I love May, it's a great month.

    I'm glad you've found some fun things to do with the kids. My son would live at the dino park if I let him.

    Don't feel guilty about getting out of the house. You should check out Weber Pathway's hiking group. It's a great group of ladies and there are now three hikes each week to accommodate schedules. Let me know if you want more info.

  7. Another blog! How do you do it?

    I suggest you find someone to meet early in the morning for a brisk walk, jog, bike ride, or gym visit. It helps me get up early when I know someone else is doing it and counting on me.

    I need to get back to you about Saturday - the 23rd-ish. I think I'm good, if you still are. :-)

  8. I will have to check out the romance blog after our baby "hiatus" is over!
    Good luck on your goals... you can do it. Take the time for yourself, easier said than done I know!

  9. I read your blog through beginning with the connie diaries.. They are amazing.. and I love reading out you and your kids.

    I am trying to get more into blogging but its hard when I don't have any followers except 1. lol

    Since I tagged you on my blog with the 20 things I thought I would leave you a comment to you let you know. :)

    ps. Your kids are beautiful!

  10. Great list! I love the recession garden. I'm going to check out the sites you linked to.

    I have an award for you. Please come by and pick it up when you can.

  11. hehehe...that made me laugh. the sexy text message that started it all...oh la la! funny! Love your list...I need to put together a list of my own, thanks for the inspiration!


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