Holiday recap and 2018 reflections

I hope everybody enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends.  Nathan starts school again next Tuesday.  I wrapped up my second fall term at UTPB and am happy to report that for the first time in my academic lifetime, I have a 3.0 GPA.  I've always been more of a C student but have been getting B's and even a few A's at UTPB.  Looking forward to starting classes again in a few weeks.

This Christmas was a little different than previous years because now that we're a one-income household, Christmas was a little lighter.  We had to be a little more selective about how we spent our money this Christmas.  For starters, we opted not to put up Christmas lights on the outside of our house.  Instead we used those funds on Christmas gifts.  The Christmas gifts we purchased were on sale or we used coupons in order to stretch our money a little further.  Once I finished school, my friend hired me to be her personal shopper to help her find, purchase and deliver presents to her clients.  It was so much fun and I would have totally done it for free because I just love doing that type of stuff for friends.  But she insisted on paying me.  I was able to use that money to buy a few things to put under the tree for J.  Beyond that, we planned on spending the majority of the present budget on Nathan.  I don't know if it's because he's getting older or if he realizes we don't have as much money this year but for the first time ever, he didn't have a list of Christmas presents for us.  J and I fretted about what to get him or that we didn't get him enough but on Christmas day, we were surprised and thankful that he was happy about the few presents that were under the tree.  He seemed more excited about getting markers over the Razor dune bug Santa brought him.  He hasn't even taken it outside for a spin.  #fail 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

If you follow me on Instagram, I shared that J bought me a pre-loved Louis Vuitton Twice.  Despite agreeing that our focus would be presents for Nathan this year, he had a few tricks up his sleeve.  J always has a trick or two up his sleeve.  Details on how he found this discontinued bag will be in another post.

While I do love my pre-loved pretty, the greatest gift J gave me this year has been the gift of time when he suggested I quit working back in May.  That decision meant I could focus on finishing school.  I've often joked that I was on the 20 year plan for getting my degree.  My 20 yenar reunion is quickly approaching and my goal was to either finish before my 20 year reunion (which I'm still not certain I'll attend) or before I turned 40.  I should be able to meet both deadlines by next December with a few years to spare.  Ha.  I have cherished this time off because now I can be here and be present for Nathan.  I feel like I am catching up on time lost.  I am able to visit him at school and volunteer more often.  I never had time to do either when I was working.  Nathan seemed angry and even resentful that I was spending so much time at work, at school or doing school work once I got home.   I wasn't ever able to spend any quality time with him and J.  We have seen a drastic improvement in his attitude.  He's not nearly as angry as he has been the past few years.  Not having to work has given me the time to heal.  The last few years have taken a toll on my health.  Working and school left me exhausted which often triggered migraines.  I had horrible eating and sleeping habits.  Overall, I didn't feel healthy.  Now that I'm home, I can catch up on much needed rest, exercise more and plan healthier meals for us.  Just as I have seen an improvement in Nathan's behavior, friends and family have noticed that I seem much more relaxed.  I don't feel nearly as foggy or scatterbrained as I have the past few years.  I am so grateful for J.  He truly is my best friend and I can't imagine where I'd be if he wasn't in my life.

As great of a husband and a friend as he is, there are just some things only the girls can understand.  These girls right here...
are like my sisters.  I have a hard time opening up to people and even more so in recent years after discovering I was adopted.  They have stood by me through the good, bad and my crazy that I'm pretty sure would have made other people run away.  Ha.

I have had a very gifted life and look forward to seeing what gifts 2019 has in store for us.  I hope that you are able to recognize the gifts in your life.  Here's to a fantabulous 2019!

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I'm a 36 year old full-time student, runner and shopaholic (not necessarily in that order) mom living in the burbs surrounding the beautiful city of Austin with my husband, our very active 9 year old and our rescue dog Buddy. This blog is my little space of the internet where I let my ADD run loose and I blog about...anything.



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