First and foremost, Happy New Year!!!  Hope it's going well so far.  It is here at our house.  Everyone loves the new puppy, Sunny, Sonni, Sunni, Sonny.  We are still a little indecisive on how to spell it.  Well, mostly just I'm indecisive on how to spell it because I'm the only one that's had to spell it when I put her cutie furball self on facebook.  The rest of my family doesn't really care because that's not the type of thing that keeps 5 and 7-year-olds up at night.  It's a female Australian Shepard so any knowledge of the correct spelling for a girl - would you please let me know?  Please?  Because I am for sure tired of spelling it a new way every time I write it.  Plus we have to fill out her papers and need to really decide like normal people, to which this wouldn't be a big deal.  Oh, the normal people. 

    Did you make any New Year's resolutions? I sorta did but knowing myself, I keep very low expectations as not to get disappointed.

    However, the one thing we are really doing is our yearly weight loss challenge.  Usually from January 2nd to Easter, there is a group of us that put money in a pot and diet.  You don't have to tell anyone what you weigh, but you have to pick a goal to loose that everyone thinks is fair.  Then if you loose it by Easter you get your money back.  Whoever doesn't get it, their money is split between the ones that do.  Well this year there are several of us dieting, but we aren't really organized at all this time.  And instead of putting up money, some friends want to do before and after swimsuit pictures, and if you don't reach your goal then your before is going on facebook.  For motivation.  Ummmm......no.  Not no, but not a chance in the world if the devil threw a community snowball fight just to be friendly.  No.  There will never.  Not ever.  Be a picture of me in a swimsuit on facebook for my dearest 700 friends to see.  You're welcome world.  You're welcome.  Never.

    But Aaron and I are trying to diet.  It's terrible.  We're starving.  And grouchy.  And a touch mean.  Well mostly I'm the only one mean - but whatever.  Shut up with your judgements.  Uhhhh, sorry.  See how that just happened?  I honestly can't control it when I haven't had chocolate in four days.  And I miss donuts already.  Plus I keep thinking about all the stuff I wish I would have eaten before we started that I didn't get a chance to, like good pizza, and the broccoli salad with the really delish fattening awful dressing and feta cheese, and cheese, and peanuts, and snickers, and little debbie cakes, and.................wait.  What was I talking about?  I don't know, but I feel light headed and emotional from hunger so I have to stop talking about the whole thing.

    Even though I have made no other hard core resolutions this year, I did compile a small list of things that I would like to do or do better this year:

1. Purge.  I cleaned out the kids closets and got out two huge boxes of clothes.  To put in the attic with the other 40 boxes of children's clothes.  It's ridiculous.  Plus I've compiled a large bag of give away stuff for our church and two bags of goodwill stuff, including Christmas decorations that I haven't used in years.  It's a small start, but it felt good and swimmy inside to watch junk leave the home.  I like swimmy so I plan to get rid of more on a slowly but surely basis.  On a side note, that's not entirely little at all - Aaron and I watched all our siblings with their babies over the holidays while our kids were off playing with the other big kids.  And it felt good, really, really good all of a sudden, to have the big easy kids.  Because if you know me at all then you know that part of me has seriously considered spawning one more because being a mama is what I do and babies make me feel swimmy inside.  But apparently this year Santa brought me contentment.  With a side of "ready to get rid of some baby clothes".  And I'm actually getting happy about it.  So I told you all that to tell you this - I think I'm ready to start selling my kids' clothes off because even if I do have another one by some pure accidental occurrence then I will just buy it all new stuff because I like to buy stuff.  But in the meantime I'm feeling ready to purge.  Sorry for all that.  I tend to ramble. 

2.  Be more together.  So far I am failing.  I am late paying the electric bill and I still have a tree in the den and I totally forgot about Turnanator's basketball practice Monday night because Aaron worked a half day and we met at Outback to use some gift cards.  Because that's what fat people do.  Put off their diet for an extra day for one more shot at a free battered and deep fried onion.  

3.  Be nicer.  I was reading the other night and the following verse was brought to my attention.  Wow.  Tell me that this doesn't make you feel bad about yourself sometimes.

         It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman. Proverbs 21:19

    I don't think he's talking about a spa in Phoenix people.  Not that kind of desert land.  So I'm gonna work one it.

Hungry and working on the quarrelsome,
Cassie
Sandra
1/7/2012 11:38:31 am

should be Sunni...or Sonni...I can see why you can't make up your mind ha! Also, there does come a time when you "just know" you are not going to have anymore kids. My time came when I was 4 months pregnant with K and K. That was b/f I knew there was two.

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Sandra Gordon
1/9/2012 12:44:44 pm

Just wanted to wish you good luck on your dieting. We are dieting as well and sometimes I get mean too! lol...I am assuming everyone that eats is happy and those that don't just get meaner. "Remember what you eat at home is what you wear in Public"...Wish I worked at home and never had to leave.lol

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