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A Year in Review & Goals for 2018

Dear readers,

Thanks for being patient while I've been taking a break from blogging. I am going to try to be more consistent at posting, so feel free to stop in every once in a while and see if there's new content!

This past week we got to spend time with our loved ones in the motherland and had such a blast. It was physically taxing, but I'm just glad I got to fly in an airplane while being this pregnant instead of riding on a donkey like Mary did and that everyone had room for us. Also, grateful I don't have the task of raising the only perfect person who ever lived... talk about stressful. They're much better people than I am for sure, but right now I'm feeling pretty #blessed

Anyway, we had a great Christmas and enjoyed spending it with those that matter so much to us.

Here's the Christmas letter and card (designed by my cute friend Melinda from Sincerely Mel Designs) that we never sent, for your viewing enjoyment.

Happy Holidays, everyone! We’ve had an eventful year, with lots of fun, challenges, and blessings.

Spouse Unit completed the academic portion of his graduate program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in June, and has been making his way through residency rotations. He has two down, four to go! His first two rotations have been at the same clinic, and he has loved his time there. It has been a nice, easy bike ride from our apartment and he’s been able to fabricate braces and limbs and meet with patients. Up next he has a pediatric rotation. Spouse Unit has served in the Nursery this past year and now has a new calling at church: Primary Music Leader. The kids love him and he’s doing great!

Melissa has been keeping busy with babysitting, baking, blogging, and barfing--she’s pregnant with their third baby girl, who will be making her debut sooner than later! Her due date is February 10, but our girls like to come early, so we’re anxiously anticipating her arrival within the next month.Melissa was a young women leader at church for a few months, and now is in charge of Relief Society activities. She attended Time Out for Women this year and has had a fun time exploring Houston and making new friends.
Recent update: Melissa sold 22 inches of her hair (yes, like on Les Mis minus the prostitution and musical number) and now looks like the brother on Teen Witch. Top that.

I don't have the rights to this photo. Sorry. Wish I did because, well, look at it.

Miss Tina has had an exciting year and has been thriving! She turned 3 in August and started preschool with three of her friends. She’s compassionate, smart, and imaginative. Tina is currently in the stage of “why” and we’re amazed at her curiosity (albeit a little annoyed at times). She’s a wonderful big sis and takes such good care of all of us. She’s growing up fast! We can’t believe she gets to start Primary in a few weeks!

Miss Lil Spits has also had an exciting year. She celebrated her first birthday back in January and is ahead of the game developmentally. She is a climber and a talker and loves baby dolls, lucky for us. In July, she started nursery with her big sis Tina and it is easily her favorite part of Sunday. She is a social butterfly and is devastated that she doesn’t get to go to preschool too. These two girls are inseparable and it is so fun to watch them together (when they’re not fighting).

Trips we’ve been on this year: 4--Utah in May and December, and Sea World (San Antonio) in June and September. We also had a few people make trips to see us and it was so much fun!

Hurricanes we’ve survived: 1--Harvey. Thanks for all the phone calls and care sent our way! We were not affected thankfully, and we had many opportunities to serve those who were.

Trips to the ER: 1--Tina got in a fight with a picnic bench at the park right before Halloween and got 5 stitches above her eye. We’re grateful that it was a fitting time of year to have stitches on your face and that she’s a tough cookie. She wanted to go back to the park after we left the hospital!

This holiday season has brought to our remembrance how blessed we are to have such wonderful friends and family who have supported us, near and far! We are grateful for you all! We’re also grateful for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his selfless gift of life and love to all of us. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Peace & Blessings to all of you!

Love, The 'Paca

This year's goals are:

-Eat at least one serving of fruits and/or veggies at every meal
-64 oz of fluids daily-mostly water
-15 minutes of personal scripture reading every day
-15 minutes of scripture reading with Spouse Unit every day 
-Read 30 books for fun (I made it to 27 books last year and had so much fun doing it I thought I'd try again!)
-52 Family Home Evenings
-52 Date Nights
-Record all spending & budgeting in EveryDollar (not paid to endorse, we just really like it)
-Make Baby J's quilt
-Learn to play all the songs in the LDS Hymnbook and Children's Songbook
-Recommit to blogging and/or journaling once a week
-Do family history or make a trip to the temple once a month

This year's "reminders" (Spouse Unit said I couldn't call them goals because they're not specific and measurable enough. I told him I didn't ask for his critiques on my goals, but nonetheless here we are. PSA: We like to sass in our marriage. I'm fine. He's fine. Definitely fine. Anyway. Back to my "reminders"):

-Positive self talk every day!
-Look for service opportunities every day!
-Enjoy your life and your time with your children and husband who love you!

Read last year's goals here, if you want. I didn't meet all of my goals, I didn't expect to, but I felt like I really made some progress with baking, additional income, finding service opportunities, finding ways to b a little more active despite not "exercising", FaceTiming family, reading scriptures 10 minutes a day, etc. Anyway, go read the post.

Question time! Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Why or why not? If you do, what are some of yours?

Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, I'll see you on the flip flop.

Love, Melissa/The Mama Llama