Earlier this year I posted about my five goals for 2010 and seeing as how 2011 is right around the corner, it's time to talk about how I did!
Goal 1- Continue on my path to being healthier (including exercising and eating healthy).
Goal 2- Spend/save money more wisely.
Big fat check on this goal. Even with some big bumps in the road, we've been able to save quite a bit of money, I've increased my 401k contribution (when I changed jobs) and we've been really good about curbing the excess spending.
Goal 3- Pay off the Mr.'s car.
Not so much. Again. About halfway through 2010 we sat down and had a big talk about future plans and we ended up changing our plan of attack on this. Originally we were going to pay it off quickly (and be consumer debt free), but we decided that increasing savings and paying down our mortgage were more important. With our current plan, the car will be paid off around March though!
Goal 4- Take a big vacation.
Another check here. So we didn't go to Europe or Hawaii like we thought, but we lounged in luxury and had a blast in Provo. You can see those recap posts here, here, here, here and here.
Goal 5- Get knocked up.
Our original plan for baby making wasn't put into motion until the second half of the year, so we were limiting our time to begin with. We actually did conceive, but I miscarried after about seven weeks and we haven't had a chance to try again. I guess you could say we're still working on it :)
It's amazing to me how much time, energy and excitement goes into preparing for Christmas, and then poof! It's done. I go to bed with so much anticipation and wake up raring to go! About thirty minutes after we start with the dog's stockings, we're done opening all our presents. I remember Christmas growing up and it was an all morning extravaganza. Stockings before church, then the remainder of the presents after. With four kids, it took some time :) I look forward to those days. Well, not the four kids part. ::shudder::
When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure. Then Mrs.Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where. Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Not a lot of people know this.