hello? hello? anyone out there??

hello poor neglected blog.

i've missed it.  i've missed you.

i am not even sure where to begin with catching up.  i have that overwhelming feeling of being so far behind i don't even know where to begin.  i'll just keep swimming and plugging away to catch up when i get time. 

i am hoping to be able to carve out some time each week to get some posts up.
so far 2012 has been kicking my rear.
our days are busy with school, errands, keeping up with the house, and kids stuff.
you know, the usual.

 in order to take control of 2012, i've started a new morning routine. i had gotten out of the habit of getting up at o'crack of dawn.  i was still getting up around 5:30 or 6:00 but by that time i was starting to run my to do list through my mind.  once my to do list gets going in my head, i go right to the list and don't get a workout in or have time before the kids get up to blog, read blogs, have quiet time etc...
so i've started getting up earlier than o'crack of dawn:
the thing about getting up this early is that i am about half way through my workout before i actually wake up. ha!
it has also given me time in the morning to have some quiet time, catch up on emails, etc... before its time to get the kids up to start school.
i am loving this time.
i am also needing to sneak a nap in about once a week and my bedtime has become as early as my children.

i am amazed at how just this little difference, getting up super early, has made a difference in our day.  our day runs much more smoothly when i have gotten a workout in and had some time to myself before we start our school day.  our mornings aren't rushed which means a more peaceful start to our day.

even though 2012 has kicked my rear a bit {but i am taking back the rest of 2012}, it's been for mostly good reasons that i've been mia.  here's a little look at what we've been up to for the past two months:

at the beginning of february, i flew to seattle with my friends kaylynn and kara.  
we were on a secret mission to surprise our friend janna.
we had been planning and keeping this a secret for 4 months.
more on this trip and the surprise coming soon. i promise!

two weeks later, i flew with morgan to spokane for a gymnastics meet in coeur d'alene.
it's always a favorite meet for the girls.
they look forward to this all year long.

i came back from coeur d'alene with a cold which turned into a sinus infection
after two and a half weeks of not being able to breathe, i finally got some meds.
so thankful for meds.  i felt better in just a few short days.

this cute boy turned 8.
i am sort of in denial that he is 8 and growing up far too fast.

we had a secret agent spy party for his 8th birthday
it was so fun
definitely a post with all the details coming soon!

i went with some girlfriends to the hunger games premiere
it was SOO good
so worth only getting 2 1/2 hours of sleep before morgan's state gymnastics meet
i think the lack of sleep helped me from getting too nervous

 gymnastics competition ended
basketball ended
now we are spending our evenings at the baseball field
this boy has improved so much from last year
he is playing so well
its so much fun!
this was our 6th easter in idaho
every year it is cold and windy or it rains
this year we had fantastic weather
it was sunny and warm
perfect day!

 we took our spring break around easter
one of the things the kids wanted to do was check out a new indoor play center
this indoor center had a high ropes course
the kids loved it
they are so much braver than i am
this mama is not a fan of heights
you can put me on a roller coaster and i will love every minute of it but don't even think about asking me to go on a ferris wheel. no way!

 i've been reading. 
lots and lots of books.
it makes my heart happy to have time to read. its one of my favorite things to do.
this book was a pleasant surprise.
i read the first book and thought it was pretty good. i would give it a 3 on a scale of 1-5.
the sequel, was a 5! so so good. it stinks i have to wait an entire year to read the 3rd book. not fair!

of course there have been plenty of play dates with friends
trips to the park
running through the sprinkler
bike rides

what have you been up to while i've been mia?


Jennie Lindstrom said...

Good to hear you guys are well!! I was getting a little worried about all of you! :) Sounds like your family is as busy as ours!! Miss you guys!

sylviamyoung said...

So funny that you posted today. I was checking in yesterday just to see if I had missed anything! Glad to see you are having some fun at least as 2012 kicks your but. While you have been MIA I have been growing a baby boy :)

Leah in Iowa said...

Good to see a post from you! I took a blogging break this winter, too. Glad to have you back! I'm impressed that you get up so early, Kristen. I could say I'd do that when I went to bed, but I'd be quick to talk myself out of it when the alarm went off. :) You have been busy with lots of things - traveling, girl trips, sports. Sounds like fun! Glad you're well!

Linda Z said...

Good to see you back. :) Love the Easter photo!! 4:45am.... I cannot fathom that. I just can't!! You are amazing!

Denise said...

i sleep through your work-out, and evidently through my work-out, too.

i actually started waking up this last week at 5 to write (not blog). it's been a good, over-due, necessary time with God.

{cuppakim} said...

you have been busy. and i miss your blogs! :)

glad you found a little time to play catch up :)