Some things we're looking forward to this year include a family vacation to the beach in Alabama! Most of Eric's family will be going so it'll be nice to have an entire week to have lots of family fun and (hopefully) some relaxation. Of course our girls will be 4 and 23 months old so I don't know how relaxing it'll be for mom and dad! We're also looking forward to many more trips to the zoo (starting with a Mommy-Sadie trip to the zoo this Friday while Maddie's in school), plenty of time spent at the park and having friends over to play.
My personal goals for this year are to take better care of myself. As a mom, I often get pushed to the back burner. I neglect myself in order to put my kids and my husband first. This year I'm going to continue taking care of my family, but I have to put in the extra effort to worry about me. Eating healthier, exercising more, spending quality alone time are all part of the plan. I want to start reading more. I had tried to start reading when Eric first came home from Nigeria but I was stressing myself out trying to "make" myself read. I enjoy reading, I just didn't have the energy for it then. Now I feel like I'm slowly getting caught up on sleep so maybe a few nights a week I can curl up with a book and enoy it. Eric bought me a fire pit for Christmas so it'll be really nice to curl up outside for a relaxing evening of reading!
I'll end this post for now with pictures of the girls. The first and last pictures I took of them in 2011.
Here's the first picture I took of Maddie in 2011:
And the last picture I took of Maddie in 2011:
The first picture I took of Sadie in 2011:
And the last picture of Sadie in 2011: