Happy New Year!

New Years is one of my favorite days of the year. I love the promise and hope of a new year. So many possibilities! I guess it’s just fitting that New Years is also our wedding anniversary. Three years married on January 1st, 2012.

I also love making resolutions. I know I make overly ambitious lists, but that’s okay. I like to dream big. Daydreaming is one of my favorite activities. Granted, I don’t always keep the resolutions, but a lot can happen throughout the course of the year. Goals change.

With that in mind, here is my list for 2012:

~ Build my photography business and continue to improve my photography. There’s a lot that goes along with each of those.
~ Shoot daily. 365 project here I come (366 actually since 2012 is a leap year).
~ Also, once a week that daily photo should be a self portrait (52). That one makes me more nervous.
~ Organize my digital files. At least delete the ones I really, really won’t need ever. They can accumulate so fast and take up so much room, especially RAW photos.
~ Unsubscribe from emails from all the stores I thought I would want to keep up to date on the sales with but never ended up actually shopping at most of the last year.
~ Eat organic. This may have been on my list last year, and while I know I won’t be able to do it 100% with everything I eat, I think at least the food I cook should be.
~ Work on our new house. There’s still so much organizing and decorating to be done around here.
~ Blog more. That’s a big one. I lost my blogging mojo in 2011, and I need to get back some motivation, especially now that I have a new photography blog as well.
~ Take better care of myself. I get sick a lot more now that I have a kid, and I think it’s due mostly to the fact that I don’t have the best eating habits, need sleep, and need exercise.

We spent New Year’s at home just the three of us because Cady was really sick with RSV and under house arrest.

When she started feeling better, we took her for a walk in her pajamas to the playground for her first outing since the weather in Texas is surprising nice this time of year (often sunny with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s). She seems so sad and lonely here watching the big kids play, but she got really happy once she felt like she was playing, too.

Cady so happy to get out of the house for the first time since getting sick.

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Good News

I know it seems like I’ve forgotten all about this blog. The truth is I’ve been anxious to return and have missed blogging quite a bit. I’m going to take the next two months to try to really really take it easy and take care of myself, so that I’ll be able to come back in the new year– with a new blog design! I’ll be working with a blog designer, and I’m very excited about the changes that will be happening around here. Happy holidays!

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Keeping It Simple

I haven’t written a real post in a while. I haven’t been in the mood to blog. It was just one thing after another I guess. Carpal tunnel issues that haven’t been healed, falling too far “behind,” and not liking my layout design. I figured I’ll try keeping it simple. Just post what I want when I want and not worry about “catching up” or anything else because I’ve really wanted to start again. I do have some stories I want to document before I forget the details. As for the blog itself, I’m not sure what my plans are for it yet.

Cady in deep thought about my blog. No, not really. She is just serious sometimes when she’s eating.

Cady

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Boo Blogger

Everytime I go to a blog (even from my own dashboard or a comment on my blog), Google asks me to sign in, but no matter what, it says I’m not signed in. What gives? Anyone else having this problem? I really want to start blogging again, but it seems that Blogger and Flickr (for other reasons) are making it difficult for me.

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Splash Park Goodbye (For Now)

Cady
We loved going to the splash park last year. Sadly, they’re going to be closing it down this summer to do some construction. The new plans for it sound exciting, but I wish they had waited until summer was over to do the work. Maybe it will take a whole year before it can be ready for next summer.

We decided to go for one last hurrah even though it was a little cold, and Cady was one of the few kids who spent her time in the water. She loves playing in water!

Cady

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Bloggy Break

I know I haven’t fully gotten back into the swing of things around here. The carpal tunnel issues made me lose my momentum, and now I can’t get my mojo back. I’m going to take some time off. Just a week. I’ll catch up then.

Hopefully I can find my groove again eventually. I’d like to get back to where I was a couple months ago before I got blog burn out, but I’m not sure yet what I need for that to happen.

be back soon

P.S. I’ve now learned how to use ONE action that my husband installed onto PSE for me. This is “Sun Kissed” from the Coffeeshop Blog.

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7 Fun Facts

Thank you to Lili and Jesslyn Amber for the blog awards. Here (finally) are my 7 Fun Facts.

1. I graduated from a Baptist university where I received my B.A. in political science, joined a sorority, and got to ride in the locally televised homecoming parade wearing an evening gown for being one of the homecoming queen nominees as well as participate in other homecoming events.

Photobucket [ photo taken by the advisor of my sorority ]

2. I have somewhat of a curved spine, which wasn’t discovered until x-rays after a car accident (it wasn’t my fault) revealed them to a doctor. My husband said he couldn’t see the curve, but that he could feel it if he touched my back.

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[ photo taken by Chris Wineinger

3. I love country music. I don’t know if that’s weird because I’m Asian or if people already expect it since I live in Texas, but I don’t really listen to much else (with the exception of baby/kids music). I love cowboy boots, small cities, rodeos, and dancehalls although I haven’t been in any of those since I got married minus the small city when we go back to my alma mater for homecoming.

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[ photo taken back in college at the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo ]

4. I’m Filipino-American, in case I haven’t mentioned it enough on here already. I love Filipino food and Filipino telenovelas. One of my second cousins who still lives in the Philippines (and is absolutely gorgeous) is an actress who has done a few telenovelas herself. Also, my mom’s late uncle was once a cardinal of the Catholic church in the Philippines.

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[ visiting the beaches of Boracay ]

5. I love Europe. I mean, what girl doesn’t? I first went with my parents in 11th grade and again my freshman year of college before going on my own to complete my language credits. I really enjoy the food, the shopping, and the beautiful cities. I wouldn’t mind living there when the kids are grown up.

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[ spring/Easter break in Rome with friends ]

6. When my husband and I first got married, we would hold hands in bed every night while we slept. He oftens still takes my hand at night, and it really helps me let go of any worries or anxious thoughts that might keep me from relaxing and going to sleep.

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7. Two words: Gabby Gazette. It was my pretend newspaper/magazine about current events in my life on a two column spread I wrote on our family computer when I was in fifth grade using a kids software program called Creative Writer (I had Fine Artist, too). It was a lot of fun, and I would have different sections (all written by me) including a poetry corner. I don’t think I ever printed it for anyone to read, but looking back, it was kind of like my first blog.

I don’t wanna be anything other than what I’ve been tryin’ to be lately,
All I have to do is think of me and have peace of mind,
I’m tired of looking ’round rooms wonder what I gotta do
Or who I’m supposed to be
I don’t wanna be anything other than meGavin DeGraw

Ni Hao Yall

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Life Lately…

Cady

At first I was having blogging withdrawals since my carpal tunnel issues, but I’m starting to get used to not posting and reading. Sorry I haven’t been a good bloggy friend and visiting your sites. The problems have slight improvements if I don’t spend time at my computer since I once spent a lot of time here and sat improperly. I’ve also realized that the way I sleep and do other activities is contributing to the problem. It’s been a major setback on all the things I wanted to accomplish this new year (like learn Photoshop, crochet, make more cakes), but today I’m feeling okay about that.

Quinn at Oyster Creek

We just did the usual types of activities, so nothing crazy happened while I wasn’t writing besides having a great time at the Barney Live, Birthday Bash Tour concert. We went to the library where a little girl kept bringing Tim toys and another little girl wanted to hug Cady with such enthusiasm that they both nearly fell over a few times had I not been cloes enough to catch them. I also went to an indoor play place where I met up with a couple of friends and their daughers. One of them kept thinking my legs were her mom’s and running up to hug them.

Sweet Shot Day

I’m planning on taking an online class for 12 weeks (with about a two week break halfway) at a local junior college, which I’ve read the syllabus for and find pretty interesting. I hope to start in February if we have the money, and if not, I’m sure we will by the time the March class starts. I really think I’ll learn a lot and enjoy it. I’ve also been reading some great books from the library and plan on starting the “assignments” in one book soon.

It’s funny because all throughout college, I was so certain of my major, and now I have no interest in the subject that I got my degree in and have totally different interests. Now I’m like, “why didn’t I study this in college?” Well I know why: because I wasn’t interested in the same things back then.

The “winter” is still bi-polar here. Yesterday it was 70 degrees, but they predict snow for the end of the week.

Tim's cake for Ian

My husband’s friend (who is his “big brother” from his fraternity but is actually younger than him) requested a cake, but he was the one who made it since my hands still need rest. I think he did a great job.

Tim's cake for Ian

Tim's cake for Ian

Tim's cake for Ian 

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Haven’t Been Here

My arm has been hurting from carpal tunnel-ish symptoms. My husband has been typing things for me. I can’t wait for it to get better.

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Meet Up

After the holidays a group of bloggers (me being one of them) met up at a restaurant where we ate, played games, and had a gift exchange. It was all thanks to Meredith from The Sweet T Family blog who planned and hosted the event. I even got to meet one of my favorite new bloggy friends, Lili from Swanky Chic Fete.

It’s funny because I was under the impression that we really had to squeeze together or we might not all fit in the picture. I thought I was even at risk of being cut off. Apparently, there was more room than I thought!

 { photo from Sweet T Family }

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