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New Year’s Resolutions – Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!

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What are your new years resolutions? How did last year go for you? KISS and move forward!

What a year…2016.  I thought it was going to be defined by loss and grief but it ended with a bang!  And that got me pregnant.  😉 Overall, it was a year of 150+ hospital and nursing home visits and three funerals from January through September.  Goodbye to my Grandma and my Grandpa as well as my aunt, Irama.  Hope you three got my messages about the babies – the two my cousins successfully pushed out and the one in my oven.  Our family must really believe in that circle of life thing… Yet that sadness was balanced by growing closer to a few of my family, re-opening those doors to support, and spending more quality time at home and on vacations with friends. Our online business stayed about the same while our pet sitting business grew.  We also finally wrapped up the 2013 tax battle with the IRS – we indeed didn’t owe them $67,000…we owed them less than $100 and spent $6000 proving it.  Ugh. We had accepted that we may not be able to get pregnant quite as easily as we hoped since we had been trying for more than a year, but one ovulation test kit later, and now I’m 6 weeks prego. Let’s see how my … Read more

2016 New Year’s Resolutions – 11.5 Month Update (Nearly There!)

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It's time to do a year in review. Did you achieve your goals for 2016? Here's an update on how all of mine went, come share yours!

This has been a hell of a year.  Tons of ups and downs!!!  Let’s see how I’ve done on my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions… 1. See my parents and my grandparents at least once a month. DONE I was able to visit my grandparents a ton right up until they both passed away this year.  I was seeing them anywhere between 3-7 times a week.  It was sad but I wouldn’t change a thing…I cherish the last bits of time I was able to be with them in their right minds before the end stuff steals away what makes us who we are. I mentioned in my 3 month update that my dad broke his collar bone.  He’s 95% healed up and seems to be doing comparably well! My mom has had fibromyalgia for a while and this year, it’s kicking her butt.  But I still have been getting to see them pretty regularly.  I think we’re actually closer now than we’ve been in years. My in-laws are still doing well overall.  My father-in-law has ongoing pain problems that seem to attack an area and stay there for a while.  But he manages to do things anyway.  We’ve seen them about once a month.  They … Read more

2016 New Year’s Resolutions – 9.5 Month Update (It’s Been Rough)

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I haven’t checked in on my New Year’s resolutions in about 6 months because it’s been incredibly sad with spots of awesome.  But I am a fierce beyatch, so here’s how it’s going! 1. See my parents and my grandparents at least once a month. My grandma (July), then my aunt (August), and then my grandpa (September) died.  I did get to visit all of them, especially my grandparents, quite a bit though. In fact, I was visiting my grandparents so much that it has felt a bit empty without popping in at a hospital or nursing home every day.  Proof that you can get used to anything. I mentioned in my 3 month update that my dad broke his collar bone.  He’s 90% healed up but still gets stiff with all those aches and problems that broken bones leave behind.  My mom has had fibromyalgia for a while and this year, it’s kicking her butt.  But I have been getting to see them pretty regularly.  Yeah, yeah, hospitals and funerals are not the happiest places to meet, but it counts!  AND, we did hang out for my little sister’s 21st birthday lunch!  Woot! My in-laws are doing well.  At least they haven’t told me … Read more

2016 New Year’s Resolutions – 3 Month Happy Weight Loss Update!

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Wow, 1/4th of 2016 has zoomed by! Time to check in on my New Year’s resolutions just to see if I need to concentrate on any specifically. 1. See my parents and my grandparents at least once a month. My grandma isn’t doing very well and my grandpa is suffering from grief, exhaustion, and a touch of paranoia/general crazy.  But I am dang well seeing them!  About 3 times a week has become the norm since my grandma ended up in the hospital in mid-February.  Both her and my grandpa are in a skilled nursing facility now since he has to stay around her or all hell breaks loose.  It’s romantic and insanely difficult at the same time. My parents were doing well until yesterday.  I saw them in February at grandma’s hospital but only texted a lot in March – it’s been a little nuts. AND yesterday, my dad ended up in the hospital with a fractured/broken collar bone, 3-4 fractured ribs, and a probable concussion from a fall off a ladder.  🙁  He’s doing okay but holy hell. My in-laws are good.  My husband’s great uncle has made a full recovery from a brain aneurysm and his grandpa sailed through a knee replacement as well as humanly possible … Read more

2016 New Year’s Resolutions – Juicy 1 Month Update!

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Wow, already 1/12th of 2016 has zoomed by!  I figured I should check in on my New Year’s resolutions just to see if I need to concentrate on any specifically…and it’s been a hell of a month! 1. See my parents and my grandparents at least once a month. My grandparents are doing okay, but they do remind me to pay attention to my body now since it becomes a pain in the ass later. They are in their mid-80’s and my grandma’s legs are kicking her butt. She’s a strong woman but she makes it damn clear that growing old sucks and is just barely better than the alternative…still better though. I’m sort of glad that stubbornness seems to be an inherited trait. My parents are doing fine.  My in-laws are also doing well. Seem to be tackling retirement with gusto as well. Seeing all of our parents having the time to pursue what they enjoy really does push me to save now. They all remind me to live now too though. 2. Regular friend time. January was filled with friend time too. Dee, Mandy, and I are continuing the weekly Girls’ nights and they’ve been filled with good … Read more

New Year’s Resolutions – Goodbye 2015 and Hello 2016!

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Holy moly. I cannot believe how fast 2015 flew by. It was like I was standing still while a blur that was my life streaked past. I’m going to be 80 years old and wonder how the hell it happened… Anyway, I’m back from the craziest travel December of my life since my parents, sisters, and I moved from Holland to Argentina when I was turning 16 years old. In the last 30 days, I spent 16 total days traveling away from my home and 18+ nights away from my bed thanks to a few overnight pet sitting jobs. I cruised from December 13-20, took a road trip with friends to New Orleans from Dec 26-29, and attended our annual Lonestar Game Fest Board Gaming Convention from Dec 31-Jan 3. WOWZA! I had a blast but I will honestly state that I am SO happy to be home for a while. Yet I am planning our next getaway in April already… All of that said, it’s time to see how my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions turned out and get some new ones started for 2016! 2015 New Year’s Resolutions Wrap-Up 1. Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2015. That’s $11,000 … Read more

2015 New Year’s Resolutions – 6 Month Update!

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Half the year has just blown by!!!  Wowza! So of course it’s time to check in on my 2015 New Year’s resolutions… New Year’s Resolutions 2015 Update Since we still haven’t made hard and fast plans for our long-term future yet, our goals covered a lot of “if’s”: 1. I want to max out both Roth IRA’s for 2015. That’s $11,000 overall. We stole $5500 from our emergency fund in March to max out our contribution to one of our IRA’s, and we used our $13,500 tax refund in April to pay back our emergency fund and to fully fund our other Roth IRA. DONE! 2. Our 2007 Prius rolled past 130,000 miles in 2014. In case our car dies sooner than 2017 as planned for, and the interest rates can’t be locked in at less than 1% again, we want our car fund at $15,000 or more by the end of 2015. It was at $10,400 at the end of 2014. Our car fund is now at $11,870. Still have $3,130 to go… 3. Our rental home was built in 2004, so one or all of the big systems will break soon. We got the rental savings account to … Read more