Thursday, May 16, 2013

Time for a summer bucket list

Are you a list maker? Making a list + checking it off = satisfaction

I am not always a list maker but when it comes to important things I know I've got a mental list going on. It's like that scene in the movie "How does she do it" and Sarah Jessica Parker is laying in bed with a list a mile long. Yup, that's how I feel some nights. Point is sometimes these lists help remind us what it is we wanted to get done.

Since we're already in April here goes my bucket list for Summer 2013

1. Continue working out (getting fit and healthy)
2. Do a canvas and cocktails outing (ALWAYS wanted to do this)
3. Karaoke night (hmm maybe for my birthday??)
4. Go hiking (location TBD)
5. A second 5K Run (Check this off this weekend)
6. Volunteer projects (already done one, will do a second event at the end of June)
7. Take kids to the Cheyenne Mtn Zoo again.
8. Take the kids to a pottery paint class.
9. Go to a concert (preferably a BSB one)
10. Train for a relay half marathon.


Errr that's all I have. I want more things with the kids but that's a given!

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

2013 the year of clean and organize

I started this year off a lot like everyone else with goals that I am going to make this year healthy, clean, and all that other good stuff. I am proud to say that I have done a great job keeping this up, uh minus giving up diet soda, mostly because I absolutely failed at that (I will keep trying though!) 

At the beginning of this year instead of worrying about tackling the WHOLE entire house at once I read up on re-organizing and tackled one room at a time. The problem being that since I work full time, have two children, and a life-ish, I could not devote every waking minute to this project. But with my husbands help every weekend since the new year began we went through each room and got things accomplished. 

We got the family room and living room re-done. I now have a better office space located right next to DH's office space. I know I have not done well in the whole "keeping up with my blog" but now with a desktop computer plus office space away from the kids I have no more excuses!

Of course as we moved on to the next room I SWEAR the last room we just cleaned got messed up again. *sigh* it's a never ending battle. Because we live in constant change. The kids are growing, our needs are changing, and of course the house doesn't grow, just the mess inside. I won't dwell on this not so positive side. Instead I will tell you our future plans. 

As it starts to get warmer but snowier (hey we live in Colorado, that's how it works here) we have picked out new light fixtures for the outside of our home, I have picked out the design for the re-do on our stairs, and today we are testing out a closet system for the kids. Last spring we focused on the back yard and got a patio umbrella etc, but somehow we neglected the front of our house. Again you can't change the whole house at once. We're realistic and focus our energy on one part at a time. However as amazing as Pinterest is (thanks to all the thousands of views to my blog because of it) sometimes it makes me think that I can change everything in my house in one day. Ah the first world problem, instant gratification

That my friends is for another blog day :) Happy projects everyone. We're tackling lunch, a nap for the kiddos, and then the closet re-do!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Holidays 2012

Happy Holidays, from the Tran Family 2012
 
 
Wishing you and your family the best this holiday season and for the most amazing 2013. We send our love and prayers to the families in Newport, CT. We can't imagine the pain and suffering they are going through. I hugged my family even tighter everyday thankful that I have them.
 
We attempted to visit Santa the other day. Ayden was estactic as normal but that little Chinese girl...forget it she screamed bloody murder. You'd think we were trying to ditch her at the north pole or something. She loves to wave "hi" to people but if you dare say it back she runs and hides. Very diva like if you ask me...I have no idea where she gets it from haha (yeah, yeah it's from me.)
 
Our family portraits came out better then ever and we got cards out in a flash. I say it every year but the year truly did go by in a heartbeat. Our lives are busy every day and I cherish every day I have with my family. Proud of my little sister Stephanie for graduating college and getting into her first choice of pharmacy school. Proud of my brother Jason for surviving his first semster of college. And proud of my kids for every single one of their milestones. They say enjoy this age and I do. Ayden's a chatter monkey and is pretty smart. Aria is picking up more Chinese and it's always fun when and where she chooses to use Chinese or Vietnamese. This is what happens when your kids are tri-lingual.
 
It's supposed to snow a ton tomorrow so here's to safe drive into work tomorrow.
 


Friday, November 30, 2012

One year later

It's truly disgracefull that I have neglected my blog for an entire year. And as cliche as it sounds, my how time flies. Motivated by some new blog followers (you know who you are!) I hope to update my blog more often.

This time last year new and exciting adventures waited for the Tran family. Our family has been through a lot this last year, so many milestones, lots of fun, and of course lots of things that helped us grow. I've learned a lot about MYSELF this last year as well. I've always been pretty motivated and goal oriented. That's my drive. I simply can't be less than par. Question was this year where is par. I don't do bare minimum, wasn't raised or taught that way. Probably part of the whole immigrant parents and first generation American heritage in me.

That was the boring stuff. Let's get to the good stuff.

I have not been able to be as crafty as I was in 2011 but some crafts still managed to get done.
Maybe a recap of some highlights of 2012....

+ Aria turned 1, learned to walk and talk (currently in her "parrot" phase) plus no more binky!
+ Ayden completly being potty trained, going on his first big boy vacation sans mom and dad
+ 5 year wedding anniversary
+ 10 year high school reunion
+ Another year older but celebrated with Magic Mike (<~yes that's a highlight)
+ Girls trip to Vegas (front row seats to Chippendales holla)
+ First 5k done (Color Me Rad Run)
+ Booking my BSB 2013 cruise
+ Starting personal training workout sessions
+ Made it to the 2 year mark at work
+ Lots of new friends
+ Least amount of family drama ever

Yup that's my year in a nutshell.

Will post pictures next time!
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