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Newlywed Resolutions–LAST CHANCE!

In case you didn’t know, there are only 8 more Wednesdays before Christmas.

That means if you haven’t yet accomplished your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to do that.

Here’s a sneak peak back at our resolutions:

5. Write at least five things that are just for me. I can worry about what to use them for later, if anything.

6. Run more races. I’d love to do another half…maybe a full 26.2? I’m young now, and my knees and ankles and hips will only get worse, right? I only ran 1 or 2 in 2011, and they were fun, so I’m ready for more.

7. Finish reading 8 books that I ALREADY own and have squished into our bookshelf. I’m terrible about buying new books instead of reading ones I already own but haven’t read.

See? It’s full.

8. Use more coupons and take advantage of price matching. I also need to do a better job of keeping track of how much we spend and save.

I can tell you we have NOT accomplished everything on our list yet. Yikes. I’m still working on it. And trying to focus on making measurable progress so I’ll have some things to share with you in January when it comes time to make our resolutions for next year…

Here’s a fun game, which resolutions do you think I have or haven’t accomplished this year? I’d love to hear your guesses!

So what about you? Have you checked in our your resolutions recently? How are you feeling about that progress? Have any you totally gave up on? Let me know!

(Also, as a side note, progress is coming along on the new blog home. I can’t wait to reveal it to you guys, and start getting excited…word on the street* is that there will be a little *giveaway* to help celebrate the opening!)

*And by street, I mean the winding pathways of semi-crazy-semi-organized blog thoughts in my head. 🙂

 

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Resolution Update: Saving money

Yesterday, I didn’t get a chance to blog.

I was busy.

I got home from work, ran, took a walk with Hubs, made dinner, and then we went and played our first volleyball game in the rec league we signed up for with friends.

This is what my knee looks like after the game...worth it? Probably, because the volleyball bug has bitten me again.

We lost pretty badly but had fun, then wasted some time eating half-price appetizers and talking at Applebee’s.

Hubs and I live about 40 minutes away so we had a long drive home and it was a late night by the time we showered, packed our lunches, and got ready for the day.

Sometimes I feel like a little kid when I eat my lunch at work with my little baggy of pretzels and my wonder bread peanut butter sandwich, applesauce, and fresh veggies. Too cool for school? Not this girl.

Tonight, I’m also posting late.

It’s been so nice outside that my schedule is all out of whack.

Not that I’m complaining.

It’s fabulous outside!

This is what I saw when I dumped out my afternoon snack at work yesterday. The nice weather has gotten to me.

But none of that is what I wanted to say.

So…

Anyway…

Remember back in January when Hubs and I resolved? Well, one of them was to take advantage of opportunities to save money, track our results, and just do a better job overall of being good stewards of the money we’ve been given.

Tonight, during our weekly grocery run, we did some price matching and used a few coupons, as usual.

But this time, we saved close to fifteen percent of our total receipt.

Woot woot!

(That’s the nerdy, computer-talk way of showing how excited I am…)

Not because we have an extra $17.68 in our pockets.

(Although that’s super exciting…)

And not because we’re following through with a resolution.

(Although I’m proud of that, too.)

But because we have developed a routine of working together on this. We decide what we need and want, make the list, go through the ads, go through the coupons, and weave our way through the store. Then we load up the car, carry it all up the stairs, usually in one trip by lugging as many bags as we can in each hand, and put everything away.

Do either of us enjoy these tasks? Not really. Would we rather not worry about the coupons or sale prices? For sure! Will Hubs get made fun of for helping me with the grocery shopping? Maybe.

(Sorry Hubs.)

But for now, we’re going to settle into the last few minutes of our night, clean up all the clean, folded laundry scattered throughout the living room, and head to bed.

But first, we’re going to spend some time looking at house listings.

Because we’re still trying to do that as well.

Ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day to do everything you want to do after the things you have to do?

Of course you do, that’s life.

So, what’s your advice for making time for the “wants” with all the “needs”?

 

 

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STILL in the Christmas spirit…

Today, Hubs and I both have the day off work. What have we done so far? Well, we’ve  had breakfast, cuddled on the couch, and googled what else we wanted to do today.

We’ve found a restaurant we want to try tonight, as well as a fun afternoon and evening of stuff to do in this city. We’ve lived here for more than five months and we still haven’t done a lot of stuff in the city. I mentioned awhile ago that while I love our little apartment and I like living up here with Hubs, the city doesn’t really feel like our permanent home. It feels like we’re visiting or something.

So, I have a plan that if we explore more and find more places that we like to go, we’ll feel more at home.

That may not work, but it’s worth a try, right?

Anyway, now that I’ve rambled for awhile about something unrelated to the topic of this post, I’d like to begin talking about the reason I sat down to write in the first place.

How long is it okay to leave my Christmas tree up?

I still enjoy it, and I don’t want to put it away because I’m still hanging onto the last few shreds of Christmas spirit I can muster up. Why? Because it’s a fun time and I like how festive our apartment ended up looking. Also, I don’t want to have to focus on packing everything up and trying to find a place for it in our apartment. I think we’ve decided we’re going to store our decorations in my parents’ basement until we have more room someday. (Sorry, Mom, and thanks!)

We took down the outdoor lights while the weather was so nice a couple days ago, and we still have the lighted snowman in the window, but he’s on the inside, so we can take him down comfortably even if it’s freezing and snowing outside.

As for all the presents, we’ve done a pretty good job of “moving in” all our new goodies, but there’s still the bigger stuff that needs to find a home in our already-full apartment.

Hubs gets frustrated at this easily, as he thinks we have too much stuff. I tell him to try and imagine what it will be like when we have a whole house to fill up and we have several empty rooms… (resolution number 4 will be both scary and exciting…)

This is a point of contention for us. I like things tidy and neat (despite the state of my closet and bedroom floor sometimes) and I don’t love having a lot of stuff sitting around cluttering up our counters and shelves. However, I also like having stuff on hand when I want it. For instance, I like to know that I have enough cups and dishes for a full dinner party…if the opportunity ever presents itself. Hubs would be fine if we just had 2 cups and 2 plates.

Ok, not really, because we did only have 2 plates for awhile and we both got a bit tired of washing them all the time.

Hubs just keeps reminding how “un fun” it’s going to be to carry all this great stuff out of here and into the next place we’ll live. I know he’s right, but we have plenty of friends and family that will help us with that, right?

Right?

Hey, where did everybody go?

 

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Resolutions…how we’re doing so far!

So, I know I posted my resolutions just yesterday for you guys. but I wanted to do a quick update to make sure you guys know we’re really working on them.

I had this brilliant idea on our way home last night from the party that Hubs and I should see how long into the new year we could go without spending money.

Spoiler alert: It didn’t last long.

So, we had the plan to save our money for as long as we could.

But our rent was due today.

And we needed to go to the grocery store tonight so we had the stuff to make this for dinner:

Our first meal in the new year. Taco salad nachos are a great way to eat Mexican at home! No messy taco shells!

And at the grocery store, we saved $4.90. Wyatt’s even going to make a spreadsheet to help us keep track of how much we save. (Resolution 8 is off to a pretty good start.)

And as for portion control, we both used the small plates and are sitting on the couch not at all miserable after a delicious dinner! Maybe not the absolute healthiest, but a very good meal. And I think we did a pretty good job of not stuffing ourselves. (Resolution 3 is starting off okay…)

Oh, and I’m looking into a half marathon in April! I’m super ready to get in running shape again…I think.  (Resolution 6 is even getting started already!)

P.S. I also resolve to keep blogging and “hanging out” with you guys! Here’s a little peak at what the last few months looked like, blogging-wise. If the last few months of blogging were all fireworks!

https://thenewlywedwife.wordpress.com/2011/annual-report/

What about you guys? What are you resolving for 2012? Anything you want to work on in your marriage or with your Hubby?

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We Resolve…Newlywed Style

As we’re laying in bed the other night, Hubs asks me, “So, what are your New Year’s resolutions?”

I don’t usually make resolutions because I don’t like to set myself up for failure and sometimes I think that resolutions are only made to be broken. Plus, when I want to make a change in my life, I don’t like to wait until New Years.

However, after reading Ali’s resolutions from 2011 in my favorite running blog, I realized I didn’t have to make life-changing goals that are vague and basically obsolete…I can make a bucket list of sorts, for the year, of individual goals and specific, tangible things I want to do or see. Sure, I can also have some more vague ideas of things I know I struggle with and need to work on, but as a rule, this year, since I’m going to be publishing this list to the world, I’d like to make sure they are things that are easily measured and recorded as whether or not we’ve accomplished them.

Also, since it’s the first full year Hubs and I will be spending together, I thought we should make our resolutions together. We are a team, after all, and most of our resolutions will involve each other anyway, right?

Ok, so here goes, our Newlywed Resolutions 2012:

1. Take a weekly walk together. Every week. Hubs hates to go on walks, so this will be tougher for him than me.

Our first annual New Year's Eve walk...and our first weekly walk! (In December, and yes, we're not wearing coats. In fact, Hubs is wearing shorts!)

2. Vacuum more. This should be easier with my new Oreck!

3. Work on portion control at meals, even when eating out and dishing up bowls of ice cream…we both need to work on this, as we both love to eat and can get carried away easily.

Yes, I love fried eggplant, but no, Hubs and I shouldn't have eaten this whole plate by ourselves...

4. Buy a house. I realize this is a tough one, but it’s top on Hubs’ list. Wish us luck!

5. Write at least five things that are just for me. I can worry about what to use them for later, if anything.

6. Run more races. I’d love to do another half…maybe a full 26.2? I’m young now, and my knees and ankles and hips will only get worse, right? I only ran 1 or 2 in 2011, and they were fun, so I’m ready for more.

7. Finish reading 8 books that I ALREADY own and have squished into our bookshelf. I’m terrible about buying new books instead of reading ones I already own but haven’t read.

See? It's full.

8. Use more coupons and take advantage of price matching. I also need to do a better job of keeping track of how much we spend and save.

9. Find a church home where we really feel connected to. I miss the fellowship I’ve been so used to my whole life. We need to be surrounded by people encouraging us in our walk.

Going to Myrtle Beach to do beach ministry with these people was an awesome time. I miss this family!

10. Go on another road trip. There’s something so special about traveling with the one you love, and we love the sense of exploring that comes with driving around on our own. Our honeymoon was some of the most fun we’ve ever had and we’re committed to doing this together again as often as we can.

Honeymoon road trip stop #4: Chicago!

I obviously could think of MANY other goals we have, things like being committed to saving money and being good stewards of our marriage. We also need to do things like find doctors up here in the city and making appointments and going to check ups. But I thought ten was a nice round number to focus specifically on for this year. We’ll keep doing all the other things we are currently working on as well. I’d also love to add, “Get a Career Job.” But I don’t want to rush God’s timing on that one. I’ll keep looking, but I don’t know the plans he has for me. (Good thing he does. *Jeremiah 29:11*)

And as a side note, I’d like to say how thankful I am that Hubs often does the dishes and cleans the kitchen for me. I love to cook and don’t mind doing dishes, but sometimes I get overwhelmed by how fast it gets messy again and it’s a huge blessing when he helps with that. I hope he resolves to keep doing that. (Just kidding. (Sorta.)

 

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