Happy New Year!

One of my favorite things is New Years Resolutions. I love lists, and a list for the whole year always helps me commit. I usually see changes come from my New Years Resolutions lists. And I’m ready for some serious change! I’ve been thinking a lot the past month about what’s important for me to accomplish, and what I want to change about myself. I found a great article that included many of the ideas that have been circling around in my head. You can link to it here http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marcia-sirota/new-years-resolutions_b_1166042.html. The whole list is great, but certain ones I want to stop..

Avoidance – Come take a little gander through my house. Unfinished projects everywhere. And while I have gotten much better at finishing what I start, I am not going to start anymore projects until all my unfinished, or broken projects are complete.

Having a Bad Attitude – It may just be that I’m three months pregnant, but I need to focus everyday on having a good attitude, and appreciating the moment.

Complaining – Kinda the same thing. But I’m healthy, I have a great family, my husband is a hottie, we have a home, a great neighborhood and family.. what do I really have to complain about?

Gossiping – I’ve already been trying to stop, but I have to admit.. The other night I really wanted to tell a friend something that had happened earlier that day. It was a story about an acquaintance, and it wouldn’t be a story I’d really want shared about me. It wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t untrue, but it wasn’t nice. That’s one of the first times I’ve really felt myself talking myself out of it questioning myself what good it would do. I really did feel proud to stop myself, and maybe a little more grown up.

Co-Dependency – I have been thinking a lot about if I could provide for three kids if something were ever to happen to Jesse. I don’t work, and I never finished college.. Time to step up and make sure I could take care of my family if needed. That’s my biggest goal this year. Plus.. I would love to be able to buy Jess surprises without him knowing I spent the money first.

Those are some of the ideas from the article.. Here are some of my personal thoughts..

Be a better mom – Have more fun with the things that already should be done.. Have my kids help cook.. Do more art projects with my kids.. take them new places.. take more pictures.. Be patient.. my kids are pretty sweet and they’re growing quick. Blog more about them.

Be a better cook – Jess has me beat on this one.. I know it’s in my genes (from Grandma Shirley.. not Donna), I just need to give it the effort.

Get better at the things I love – Photography, Writing, Painting, and singing. I want to improve all these things in the next year.

Get Organized – I’m going to start by throwing stuff out.

Budget – Waste less, Save more.

Jess & Me- Go out more.. but different restaurants and different things than movies. I love my date nights.

And of course, Blog more of what I’m up to. I’m really going to try.

Curious.. am I the only one who loves New Years Resolutions?

Happy Halloween!

Yikes that’s a bird-tastic crew. My little Bauer has never willingly dressed up for Halloween (he’s only three.. but still). In September, I started asking him about what he would like to be. I gave him all kinds of suggestions that I thought would appeal to him including cars, trains, spongebob, etc. He turned me down to all of them. Out of nowhere a few days later, he said to me “Mom. I know what I want to be. A big, red angry bird.” I laughed thinking how funny it was for him to come up with that. Somehow, one turned into four (plus two other misc costumes I had already made) and boom. Look at Aunt Sharon as mad a bird as could be.

congrats to my brother!!

My brother, Colter and his cute girlfriend of five years (through high school and the mission), Camille, decided to tie the knot yesterday! I have been so busy with everything for the wedding dinner that I haven’t had time to post anything. Here’s a cute wedding dance photo.. There will definately be more to come!

True to her vintage style, Camille wanted old fashioned-y portraits to be there when you first walk into the reception center. Here’s what we got…


congrats! love you guys!!