Saturday, February 23, 2013

It's a New Car!!!

Well Minivan actually :)

We just got this on Thursday, a 2009 Kia Sedona.  We traded in The King's pretty banged up  '03 Chevy Cavalier.  We're pretty excited to have a more reliable family car, that is spacious enough for that brood of little Kings we want ;)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Winter Wonderland

I'll admit I'm very ready for spring to get here, along with some warmer weather, but I'll admit days like yesterday make me want to savor winter's beauty for just a little while longer.  A few of my favorites from our snowy day here in The County :)

My backyard yesterday morning 

My BFF's backyard :)

These ones the lighting was starting to get too dim, but i wanted to get this pretty pic before I lost my chance!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Surprise! A birthday party.

Let me tell you a little about my BFF. We've been friends since we were in the 7th grade.  That was 17 years ago.  Today was her 30th birthday.  Her husband, mother and I got together and planned a big 30th birthday surprise for her.  Her hubby rented a limo and took her out for a couple hours, while her mom and I got a room at the school ready for a party.  I wish I had thought to get some before pictures of the room decorations, but it was beautiful.  I put together a slideshow of all the pictures I could get my hands on, some of us in high school, college and recent ones with our kiddos.  We had such a great time. Unfortunately we've had a very snowy day today so many people couldn't make it because the roads were bad, but we had a good time anyway.  Here's a few photos from our day!

As the BFF and her husband waited for their limo we decided to take some beautiful snowy day pictures:

 Our friend Darick and his company's brand new Chrysler 300 limo they just unveiled today, lucky BFF got the first ride in it! :)
 Bye! Have Fun!!


Some old-school slideshow favorites:
NHS Induction - Senior Year ~ January 2002

Senior Prom - May 2002
High School... maybe Junior year?

~Best Friends~
Glamour Shots -2001

Happy birthday!! Here's to 30 more years of fun exciting times :) 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Updates from The Kings

I honestly do not know where the time has gone! It's been two weeks or more since I posted last, so much for keeping up with this blog!

Looking back, starting with New Years Resolutions, I've lost about 10 lbs, gained back a couple, and keep fluctuating those 2 or 3 lbs.  I've decreased my goal calories per day in order to try to lose more, which doesn't seem to be that difficult for me, as I felt like at my earlier goal I was still able to eat too much junk and still come in under my calorie count for the day.  I've also made an effort the last few weeks to get in 2 workouts a week, which is twice as many as I ever did before resolving to lose weight.  On Tuesday nights I do Zumba, and on Friday nights I do Yoga.  I love that on Tuesdays The Kid gets to spend the night with a grammy (either My mom or The King's mom, depending on who's available) and I get to work off some stress from work right before my day off on Wednesday, then on Friday I get to take an hour to stretch, bend, work on flexibility and strength, and relaxation. Especially relaxation, on a Friday, right before the weekend, Perfect!  The best part is that Yoga is offered for free through the Rec Department I work(ed) for, so it's not an extra thing to spend money on and worry about.
So far with our finances we've been able to catch up on a few bills, we still haven't had a chance to test out the seven accounts idea I blogged about here.  We are waiting on our income tax refund to pay off a good sized portion of our debt and be able to make some necessary improvements on our home.  

The Kid is doing really well, her vocabulary expands every single day! I am truly amazed by how much she learns so quickly.  She's very blessed to have so many family members so close to help out all the time.  When The King and I work she spends her time between her 2 closest (by location) grandparent's houses.  We're very thankful we don't have daycare costs, and that she's with people who we know love her like we do.  Also, while there, she's learning some very important life skills, picking up after herself, and doing housework.  Currently sweeping, and throwing things in the trash are her two favorite pastimes.  We even made her her very own kid-sized swiffer (by taking out a couple of the 'links') She is infatuated.  (Sorry for the crappy cell phone quality... she moves faster than the camera can focus!) 

I hope the last few weeks have been good to you!  Hopefully I can re-arrange my schedule to be able to post more often!