December Goals

One of my current goals is to simply write more.  I thought a good way to do this would be to include a monthly post of what we hope to accomplish each month.  Here is our list for December.

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December 2014 Goals
1. Get out and decorate our tree/house for Christmas (there have been years this didn’t happen)
2. Finish Christmas shopping by December 19th
3. Wrap all Christmas gifts before Christmas Eve 
4. Go snowshoeing or ice skating 
5. Run a 5K – December 20th – Reindeer Dash
6. Take George sledding
7. Drive around to look at Christmas lights
8. Build a snowman with George
9. Take George to see Santa
10. Send Christmas cards to our family& friends
11. Update my Christmas card address list
12. Bake Christmas Cookies (need to enjoy these before January bootcamp!)
13. Visit Starbucks for a Grande Carmel Apple Spice
14. Have a dinner date with Adam
15. Visit friends we don’t get to see often (any takers?!)
16. Be more active with blogging by writing at least 2 posts a week
17. Improve my photography skills &
18. Learn how to use Photoshop
19. Clean our pantry by either eating all remaining junk food or throwing out by Jan 1
20. Pass my Estate Planning Applications Exam (6 down, 3 to go for my Hawaii 2015 trip!)

Hoping to get in a lot of fun and family time this month!
What are you up to this month??
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A Long Week/Weekend in Review

Ahh how wonderful it is to have a 4 day weekend! I swear as I get older these weekends just fly by!  We definitely filled up our time with friends and family!  We were still in our 9 day gun season, grandpa shot a 10 pointer and Adam and I didn’t see anything the morning we went out.

 We went over to Adam’s cousin Becky’s house on Weds night and they were making Lefse – a Norwegian tradition.  Since George and Adam are both Norwegian it was fun getting to see them make it and trying it with cinnamon, butter and sugar!  Yum.  George tried it as well – I don’t think he knew what to think of it!

We spent Thanksgiving with both of our families.  We started at Adam’s parents and then finished at Dad’s cousin’s house.  Both of the hosts put on amazing meals. We were so blessed to get to spend time with both sides!

On Friday it was a pretty quiet day and George was being fussy.. So I decided to bring him outside and play in the sled our neighbor gave us.  George definitely did not know what to think!!  I think it was such an ordeal getting him all dressed, then mama dressed, that he was about done by the time we got out there.  It didn’t help that while he was waiting for me to get ready he tipped over!!
Judy and I went shopping for Small Business Saturday in Hudson, WI.  It was such a great way to spend our Saturday!  We went to so many little shops that had some great stuff!!  We went to Knokes and bought chocolates, caramels, jelly bellies, and Old Fashioned Ribbon Candy.  We also went to a few clothing shops, home shops, antique stores, and finished by having lunch at Postmark Grille.  It helped that the weather was absolutely amazing on Saturday!! 

And because we are having so much fun with little George crawling that I captured this little gem while he was navigating our basement.  Such a fun age where he’s able to move.  He’s truly coming into his own with his personality and it’s been just incredible watching him grow!

Hope you had a wonderful (long) week/weekend!!  And that you were able to spend time with friends and family during the holidays.   

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Weekend in Review – Deer Widow Weekend

It’s that time again!  Gun season opener.  While the boys headed off to Deer Camp, Grandma Judy, George and I spent our weekend out and about.  Next year George will be heading up to Deer Camp (at least in my mind he’s going) so we will have a girls only weekend 🙂

Judy and I took a half day on Friday and went up to Turtle Lake to check out a little antique place where I found the cutest little milk jugs and Christmas Plate Circa 1979…and of course while we were up that way we made a stop in the casino… Unfortunately we made a donation this time around.. maybe next time we will be winners!  Then we headed up to the cities, picked up George on the way. Visited my former teammate Kelly at the Cat Office.. she was so kind to George, gave him this sweet little puppy that plays music and has interactive learning sounds as well.  It was so wonderful seeing her!!

Next we went over to Mall of America… did a little shopping and then had dinner at Tucci Bennuch. So delicious!!  George was such a good little boy too!!  Grandma shared her Tomato Basil soup and little boy just gobbled it right up!  He’s such a good eater!

Saturday we headed down to Austin, MN for A Handmade Christmas – Indie Craft Market.  One of Greg’s high school friends Anna was involved in putting the whole thing together. She did such an amazing job!!  Bless her heart, this girl was also days from having her sweet baby and she was all over it.  We were so impressed with the craft show.  It was quaint but the offerings there were just awesome.  Plus we agreed that the caramel rolls made by the lovely ladies at St Edwards Church were worth the drive alone!  
George and I in his Bjorn – he LOVES being in here! 
Grandma with George
We truly enjoyed our time down in Austin and were able to pickup some GREAT goodies as well!!  I love both the candles I purchased and am still waiting to try my Strawberry Jam 🙂   We went back to the cities, stopped at Ikea and picked up some picture frames and other little odds and ends before coming home.  We were so busy and little boy was sooooooo tired from all of our fun activities!!
Sunday, Adam returned home and we spend the ENTIRE morning cleaning our basement.  See on Thursday night before Adam left, our septic backed up into our basement.    This meant renting an electric snake to remove the clog and then frantically trying to dry out the carpets, etc.  So on Sunday we cleaned carpets and entirely cleaned our basement.  Also put plastic on our (awfully drafty windows) to try and keep our home warm for the impending winter.   Also, George turned 10 months old!!  I know people tell you it goes fast, but it is so true!!!

This little turkey is moving and moving and moving all over our house!! I think after the first 10 minutes Adam was already done with the idea of him crawling. He is into everything.  It’s pretty fun watching him explore and see all of the new things he’s discovering.  I think we will be seeing more of this little butt scooting around our floors!!  He loves walking holding our hands and would much prefer it as he never wants to quit when we get tired!

It’s a short week in corporate America!!  So thankful for these weekends with family and getting to see old friends.  Have a wonderful week and Thanksgiving!!

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