Friday, December 31, 2010

Catching up...

Yikes, I knew I was behind in my blogging but didn't realize I was this behind! Time to catch up!

August began with Elizabeth getting her vaccinations for high school which she wasn't looking forward to at all (don't blame her). However she was pleasantly surprised that they weren't as bad as she had imagined.

August 7th I went off sugar and started my 90 day weight loss challenge with Lifetime Fitness (more on that later).

August 9th was the first day of high school for Elizabeth- yikes! And then Skyler joined her the next day for the first day back to school.

Then on the 28th we celebrated Elizabeth's 14th birthday! Hard to believe! My youngest is in High School now!

Elizabeth and Skyler went to their first convention, Laughing Moon. It was held at the high school and put on my their English teacher who is a published author of Laughing Moon, a fantasy book.

September ended with Super Saturday where I traditionally take advantage and make Christmas gifts for my family.

October was a fun filled month that deserves it's own post. We went to Disneyworld! I will be posting on that next!

On Halloween morning the Primary had their Primary program. I am the primary chorister and received this calling a year ago just missing the last program, so this was my first program to prepare. I decided from the beginning I wasn't going to stress about it. That regardless the kids will do great in the end so there really is no need to. And that's exactly what happened. The kids sounded like angels and did a great job on their program. Now I just have to remember to tell myself not to stress about things more often!

As you know, Halloween was on a Sunday this year so we went to Trunk or Treat the night before. Elizabeth dressed up like a glow stick man, it was soooo awesome! Skyler was a scary dude. Even though Halloween was on Sunday, our yard is always decked out with Halloween decorations (for my yearly Halloween piano festival) so we get quite a few trick or treaters. Well, I couldn't risk getting "tricked" this year so Elizabeth, Skyler and I took turns to pass out some candy.

November 4th was my weigh in day for the 90 day weight loss challenge of which I met my goal dead on losing 20lbs. I did this by going of sugar (except breads), doing lots of Zumba classes each week and just most recently started boxing. (more below) Since then I have lost an additional 5lbs. I also started a new blog: to journal my no sugar progress. Now onto my next 25lbs...

In November I also joined another gym, LA Fitness in addition to being a member at Lifetime. Yes, you may say why on earth would any sane person do this? Well, my answer is simple. I wanted to box, not just kickbox where it's all cardio, but join a boxing class where I can actually hit something. And while Lifetime did have something I could sign up for that would satisfy my desire, it would have cost triple+ the amount extra then to just join a gym that already had that class included. So there you go, perfectly sane after all.

This month Skyler and Elizabeth had a youth conference the stake put on. They seemed to enjoy it.

Thanksgiving was at my parent's house this year. Rick's parents went to Ethan's family for Thanksgiving. We gathered together with all my siblings and their spouses and kids.

December started off with Elizabeth's dance concert. This year for one of her HS electives, Elizabeth took dance. She did a wonderful job of course!

The rest of this month was the stake nativity, temple lights with the YM/YW, Skyler volunteering for 8 years at Desert Industries, Music at the Mall with my students, breakfasts and lunch with friends, helping and supporting friends, making Swedish nuts for friends, and celebrating the most important time of year with family, Christmas. This also deserves a separate post.

Well, I think I got everything caught up now. So on to some posts that deserve their own spotlight. 2010 has been a blessing for our family, we are looking forward to what 2011 will bring. Happy New Year!