December 31, 2013

Resolutions for 2014

Keeping (my own little) tradition, it's that time again, where I make some resolutions for myself for the upcoming new year. Last year I made 4 resolutions (stop caring what judgmental people think, losing the baby weight, losening the reigns on Noelle, and more date nights), that I'm proud to say were all accomplished. Resolutions for me are a big deal, because it's a promise that I make to myself and I tend to follow through. I just remember to be realistic about them and don't make a long list. The longer the list, the bigger the chore!

As we go into this new year with big changes (I am leaving my job after February, and having a new baby in March) I need to set some important goals for myself.

1. Get organized. I need to make a much larger effort to get our house organized. It may be the nesting instinct in me right now, but my house is driving me crazy. I want to be able to find everything I need, stop throwing things into endless piles, and just declutter! Our house is a hazard zone of piles; piles of laundry (dirty and clean), piles of bills and unopened mail, piles of unread magazines, piles of toys pushed aside, piles of books in each corner, piles of unfolded clothes shoved in drawers, etc. I'm suffocating in our own mess! Because this one goal, is in fact a major one, I needed to make mini goals within the larger goal (geesh).

  • De-hoard. Joey and I are hoarders. I can't let go of old Christmas and Birthday cards, Noelle's art projects, and home decor (we probably have 50 picture frames sitting in boxes). Joey can't let go of old clothes, CDs (who listens to CDs anymore), and his bachelor stuff from years ago. We need to prioritize our stuff and THROW STUFF AWAY!
  • Utilizing space and storage. I need to invest in some major storage. Everything needs a place of it's own. I need to figure out how to fit everything we have and need in the small space we have.

2.  Be smarter with money. This is a big one for us. As we begin this new year with my job ending, and a new child coming, we need to cut costs. We need to stop spending money on things we don't NEED, and being a smart shopper when it comes to the things we do need.

  • Get rid of cable.
  • Call credit card companies and ask for lower interest rates. Try to defer student loans.
  • Limiting spending money. (This includes eating out, night out with friends, etc.)
  • Possibly seek out a financial advisor, and get budgeting!

3. Meal planning and cooking. Another way for us to save money is by me cooking at home. I need to meal plan so I know what to purchase each week, and what to cook each night. I've never been a great cook, so this will be a stretch for me to find easy recipes and start using the kitchen more often! This will be not only cheaper but healthier as well!

Only 3 resolutions this year because I think these will be hard, especially at first! These are well worth it though and are things that will (hopefully) change and impact our lives. Happy New Year everyone, and may all your goals be reached!!

December 27, 2013

Christmas Morning at The Wagner's '13

Santa came to The Wagner's!!! Noelle was thrilled to see that Santa had stopped by to drop off her new train set! She came down the stairs and said "Oh Santa come!!" Then she said "Thank you Santa!" to the air. So cute and funny!

She started opening up presents from Grandma Tuyet and Grandpa Bau, and mama and daddy but had to stop and enjoy each present before moving onto the next!

Lesson learned? Less gifts and more rationing! Noelle would have been thrilled with one gift!

Hello Kitty hair binders, clips, and a comb for her vanity!

 "There's more?" She started getting tired. 

And more?! Our little Princess is rather spoiled...

 Eating breakfast, skyping, and playing with new toys all at once!

Oh! What's this!? DORA!



Don't forget the stocking gifts from Santa!

Pretty pearls!

More furniture for her Loving Family dollhouse!

Noelle LOVES to sing so she loves this real microphone that Santa brought her!

 Here Pooh, you sing.


Noelle LOVES her new vanity. Pretty princess likes to pamper and primp!

Noelle literally plays with this house for HOURS. 


It was a successful Christmas and Noelle got waaaay more than she needed! However, she loves everything and we don't regret seeing her smiling face.

Christmas at Grandma "Apple's" '13

On Christmas day we celebrated Christmas Round 2 at Grandma Ethel's (Apple's - as the kids call her, Joey's paternal grandmother's) house. It's always a nice gathering to see the other side of the family, which we don't see as often. 

Here we are trying to attempt a picture with Grandma after Noelle opened her gifts from her - some dance sweatpants and a Minnie Mouse play cell phone! So cute. Thanks Grandma!




Taking lottery ticket scratching very seriously.

Joey teaching all the girls how to play pool.







Look at that sass!!

Noelle, Alyssa and Samantha enjoying some dessert together!


These second cousins love each other!

Look at how much Noelle's grown since last year! Wowza!

Rocking her Michael Jackson hat. 

A Wagner Christmas '13

On Christmas Eve we celebrated our Christmas with Joey's mom, Don, and his siblings and Noelle's cousins at Heather's house. This was by far the most fun Christmas Joey and I have had, and it's all due to having a two year old! Noelle's at a perfect age now and understands Christmas. We have been listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas shows, and reading countless books on Christmas and Santa for about a month before Christmas so Noelle was excited for the holiday and presents! She also loved opening her presents, successfully ripping the paper off unlike last year. 

This is what it looks like when there's 12 adults and 10 kids in the family!


Noelle had pretty much everyone in the family take turns reading her Snow White. She's in love with Disney princesses right now!

Can't have enough desserts!

Playing Uno with her cousins!


Erin and Heather looking fab.

Cousins!


Opening her first present of the night!


Look at that concentration!


Love of my life.







Looking amazing on their new bench that Don made!


"Okay, thanks Cory, I'll take it from here." LOL. Noelle seriously tried to carry this box away.





Giving Vivi hugs for the art supplies! So sweet.



A little karaoke!




Nik, David and Cory busy trying to keep the piles of snow off the rink for the kids to skate!


Playing dress up with new Christmas toys!


Merry Christmas from The Wagners!

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