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I’m so fired…

I’m sad to admit it, but the end is here.

I’ve made the decision to end my blogging career (or whatever you want to call it).  This is a decision that has been very hard for me.  In fact, it has been a tortuous decision…agonizing at best.  But, it’s the best thing for me right now. 

I started this blog as a way to document our journey to our beautiful daughter, and I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it and doing just that.  I know this will be very special for her to read through as she gets older, and I am thankful that I have it all documented – all the ups, downs, and emotions that went along with our crazy international adoption ride.  I will continue to write for Lilly because I really want to document as much of her little life as I can, but for now, it won’t be on a blog. 

I’ve got several exciting projects (at least they’re exciting to me) that I need to focus my time on…including a little “project” I call Lilly.  Many of these projects center around my New Year’s goals, and I am so excited to see what this year brings.

I am SO thankful for all the wonderful bloggy friends I’ve made, and I hope that I can keep those friendships close to me even if I’m not a part of the blogging world.  There is NO WAY I could have gotten through the last two years without you guys…literally.  You are all amazing women and I am looking forward to following along on your journeys.

I know I will return to blogging one day…hopefully soon.  But until then, I wish everyone health, happiness, and many blessings.  I heart you guys.

xoxo,

Kristin

Simple

Sorry for the absence…Brett has been out of town for pretty much the last two weeks so I’ve been a “single” mom balancing work and mommyhood, and I haven’t had much computer time.  Hopefully, things will start to return to normal this week, and I can get back into a Daily Lilly groove.  Plus, I have to admit, I’ve had a really hard time getting back into the swing of things since we returned from our vacation.  We had a BLAST with my family – I totally gained 5 lbs, so you know I had fun.  Ughhh…damn you frozen yogurt bar!!!!!

I know I’m a little late, but I’ve been meaning to post about my New Year’s goals.  My main goal this year is to try and live simpler and more stress-free, and to place more importance on the priorities in my life – after I get them in order of course.  Naturally, this goal is forcing me to examine how I spend (or waste) each minute of the day and to really think about what’s important to me.  And here’s what I’ve decided:

I need to spend more time serving my community and my church.

I need to spend more time connecting with others in my community.

I need to spend more time completing projects that are important to me and my family.

I need to spend more time taking care of my health.

I need to spend more time being creative.

I need to spend more time learning.

Now, you may be wondering why I didn’t list anything about being a better wife or mother.  Obviously, my family is my top priority.  But, my hope is that working on these goals will help me to be a better wife and mother, and to be a better example for Lilly.  And most importantly, these goals will hopefully also help me to create more amazing memories with her…and isn’t that what it’s all about?

One other thing you’ll notice is that all of these things require MORE TIME, which I’m seemingly short on already, so some shifts in time management have to occur.  The first step is to get rid of the stupid cable box and DVR.  They have to go…and with them can go the pointless reality TV crap that’s so easy for me to get sucked in to for some weird reason (Real Housewives, anyone?  I haven’t seen an episode yet that I didn’t regret watching this season.  It’s time to GIVE IT UP already!  Plus, I’m not sure why they call this reality TV…I mean it’s not like any of these people are actually in touch with reality).  Another thing that has to happen is that I’ve got to scale down my time online.  Unfortunately,  that means I won’t be spending as much time reading blogs or mommy’s “news”.  I will be following along on many of your journeys…but you might find that my comments are fewer and probably a few days behind.  So, really no change there.  Ha!

I plan on elaborating a little more on each of my goals in the coming posts…In the meantime, enjoy this new Daily Lilly.  This is the face she makes when she is having mischievous thoughts.  Yes, she actually makes a face when she’s plotting.  And this is the reason she’ll never be good at poker or at being a teenager.

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Tagged

Last week, I was tagged by Jen and Jenn.  Thanks ladies…it’s just the thing I needed to get me going again after vacation. And, Jen it was GREAT to meet up with you and Morgan on Sunday morning for coffee and Cherrios! :)
Q: Five names you go by:
1.  Kristin
2.  Mama
3.  Captain Judy Nascar – Brett likes to call me this because I can be b*tchy like Judge Judy (especially with really bad and/or apathetic customer service reps or general injustices in the world) and I love Nascar.  I won’t tell you what the Captain part stands for…
4.  I don’t go by any other names.
5.  Honestly.
Q: Three things you are wearing right now:
1.  jeans
2.  Ben Danaher t-shirt
3.  socks 
Q: Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1.  To be with my husband
2.  To live closer to my parents
Q: Two things you did last night:
1.  Worked
2.  Watched Grey’s anatomy online…all caught up now!
Q: Two things you ate today:
1.  Dark chocolate..yum!
2.  Girl scout cookie…yes, it’s that time of the year again.  God help us all.  And I pose a practical question at this point…why on earth do the Girl Scouts insist on sabatoging everyone’s New Years resolutions???  I mean really, isn’t there a better time of the year to peddle your cookies, girls?  I restrained myself this year, and just bought one box of Thanks-A-Lot cookies.  Yeah, THANKS A LOT, girls. 
Q: Two people you last talked on the phone to:
1.  Brett
2.  My sister, Kelly…  See Kelly, I mentioned you on the blog!!! :)
Q: Two things you are doing tomorrow
1.  Taking Lilly to the dr. for her 15 month appt
2.  Giving Lilly Tylenol for the fever she’ll run after getting shots. 
Q: Two longest car rides:
1.  The drive from Little Rock to Dallas.  It’s not necessarily the longest…just the MOST boring drive ever.  Plus, it feels like it will never end at that makes it WAY worse.
2.  When I was younger, my family drove from Memphis to Seattle and back again.  Regular Griswolds we were.
Q: Two favorite beverages:
1.  Coke
2.  OJ
Regular posting will resume tomorrow! 

Vacay!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we’re headed to California tomorrow morning for a week long family vacation!  Yipeee!!  I’m still going to try to post the Daily Lilly, but I make no promises.  Although, it will be Lilly’s first time at the beach, so I’m sure I won’t be able to resist.

Have a great week everyone!!!

Daily Lilly: Little Lady

Here’s my girl with her purse.  As you can see she has all items necessary for the prepared lady.  She has her keys, her sunglasses, a mirror, the perfect shade of lipstick, a pink cell phone, and a Hello Kitty wallet (complete with a dollar bill and a credit card).  I’m so NOT looking forward to the day when that list of items includes tampons.

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Looks like Lilly has decided to go on the road with Brett.  She’ll make a great roadie!

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Daily Lilly: Pacifier

Note: I totally wrote this post last night before bedtime, but I guess I neglected to hit the publish button.  Ughhh…I guess I really needed to go to bed instead.

Yesterday, it was 80 degrees outside.  Naturally, we packed up and headed to the park for a picnic, where we ate a happy meal from McDonald’s and played and played.  Afterwards, we called Brett to tell him about our day and he tried to tell me that McDonald’s is not appropriate picnic food, and in fact, is not appropriate food in general.  Right…  Guess who has never spent 5 days alone with Lilly while their significant other is traveling on business?  Hint: It’s not me!

Here’s a picture of Lilly from our time on the playground.  Can you guess what Lilly is asking for in this picture?  She’s signing it…

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