Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Good Bye 2013!

Welcome back! Hope you all had a great holiday! I went offline for the holidays and focused on the family. It was a nice break, many days not even turning my phone on!

Now for a quick recap to finalize the year!

We chose to spend the holidays out of town this year to further promote peace and family.

We packed up the kids, the dog, Grandpa, suitcases, all our outdoor gear, Christmas gifts, baking, food and cheer, a home oxygen machine and a wheel chair to boot and shoved them all in to our van.

I know a number of you got a kick out of this photo from Facebook. Was not the most comfortable drive! We were all squished!
A little ski condo in a beautiful location, offering us a winter play land (and hot tub!) was where we spent Christmas.

We enjoyed treks in the snow, hunting the elusive 'Christmas Tree'.

Dan, Koda and the kids with Aunty Kato. The tree has been chosen!
We didn't exactly have a tree permit, so we let the children cut it down! Ha!

Mister and Z hitch a ride back to the van.
We also enjoyed Cross Country Skiing, of which I only have a video to show for. It's a comical video, as I had just turned on my iphone to video my brother in law. It was his first time, and he had fallen. The snow was so deep which made it really difficult to get back up. I was laughing at him so hard that I ended falling myself and twisted my ankle. We make quite the comedy act. lol.

Zahra's first time decorating a real tree! Hanging Kenyan Angels and Grandpa looks on.

A Micheal Jackson Tree Topper Moment as Daddy holds Zahra over the stair railing.
In their Christmas PJ's. Cookies and Carrots set out for Santa. 

In the morning, I woke first and quickly snapped a photo of the gifts that Santa left, started a fire and put the coffee on. (Baileys was standing by!)

It was a great Christmas spent with family.

Back home, we welcomed the Gibson family, who stayed for a few days with us. (The Gibsons adopted from Kenya the same time we did.)

Unfortunately, I was only able to get a couple photos as I became quite ill with the death flu. Now that Baraka is a bit older, they are able to communicate and interact with one another better, which meant they played quite well. They had a lot of fun, running around the house after one another, giggling up a storm.

I brought in the New Year in a horizontal position from the couch. I was glued there for 4 days straight. I guess it saved me a lot of calories I would have otherwise ingested, but it also gave me a lot of time to think.

2012 & 2013 we spent with a primary focus on the adoption. It feels good to have that past us, and often surreal when we look at her. It's hard to imagine what we did to get here. Unbelievable really.

2014 I am going to make a better effort to focus on myself now. Anyone who knows me, knows that Dan and I rarely do anything for ourselves. I get my hair cut every 8 months if that, my nails and skin look after themselves. No massages, pedicures or yoga classes. Not that I'm about to start to do all that either, but I am taking myself off the back burner.

I'm taking baby steps to a healthier me... mind, body and spirit.

I've started a 30 day juicing challenge. Good and easy, they even provide the weekly shopping list!

I've promised myself to start to maintain my nails. I think nail stickers is a realistic avenue for me.

I've finally (thanks to the help of a good friend), invested a little time and money into a green makeup line. I ordered a couple pencils and some sample powders. I am so impressed with these products, and the price point is fantastic, so you should check it out! ($6 shipping to Canada!) Lucy Minerals.

I've started doing brain exercises to coax my brain out of the fog. Lumosity, a phone app, check it out, I really enjoy it.

I spent a little money and purchased a set of Cross Country Skis. We hope to get the kids outfitted soon, but at least Dan and I can sneak off now and again. (Crazy it took this long, considering the trail is right behind our house!)

I've decided to focus less on relationships/people that are not a positive influence on my psyche and more on those who are, in addition to seek out more and make time for others.

And finally, I have decided that 2014 will be the year of this man...

The most giving, generous, kind, man I know, who is constantly at the beck and call of others. Constantly giving selflessly to all those who know him or not... and yet the man cannot catch a break. He has done more for others than anyone I know, never expecting anything in return. His happiness lies in the happiness of others. Yet, he has suffered a great deal in the last couple years, often at the hands of others. I'm starting to believe the expression, 'No good deed goes unpunished', was invented for him.

It's time this was turned around. Karma needs to realign itself. I am putting this out to the universe. Please stop dumping on my man. Open those storm clouds and let the sun shine down on him. Stop knocking him down. Help me pick him up, shed his stress and let him become the man he once was, carefree and happy.


Björk said...

Beautiful post :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful Christmas! I think those are great New Year's Resolutions too, I want to focus more on positive relationships myself. I am going to check out that makeup line now, thanks for sharing!!

Sue said...

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year. You have a beautiful family.

Eileen said...

Great post Jolene, beautiful and such great photos. Love your intentions for 2014! Glad your holidays were so wonderful, love the photo of Z with Grandpa and all the rest.