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Happy 2012

1 Jan

So, we obviously failed Project 365. The catch-up after our move completely threw us off. It became cumbersome. The pictures were the same every single day. Remi and Luna are cute, but not that cute (kidding). So we did what any logical person would do – quit… even though we only had 82 days to go. Haha.

We apologize for the absence. We received some exciting news at the beginning of December. Temoc got into his top choice dental school! He also received his fourth interview call, but thankfully (for our bank account) he was able to decline the three remaining interviews.

2011 was a trying year. We went through a lot of emotional ups and downs, but they were just experiences that grew us closer together (I can’t imagine having to go through any of it without his patience, support, strength and love).

We have several goals that we have to accomplish in 2012. All of the goals are centered upon moving to a (real) city (these are not dreaded new year’s resolutions – we likely won’t have a choice and will have to make them happen):

Learn how to downsize. Before and after our move, we donated a bunch of unnecessary items. However, we only lost 200 square feet in this house (but gained some of that square footage in the garage). We’ll be lucky if we only lose an additional 1000 square feet in the next move. And we won’t have a garage. Needless to say, in the next six months, we will have to make many decisions on what we can and cannot live without (and still end up parting with some “necessities”).

Spend less and save more. We’re pretty frugal, but we’re about to go through a major transition. We have steadily become more financially stable, but Temoc will no longer have any income beginning this summer (student loans will likely be less than half of his current income). We thought we were poor when we had furloughs, but nothing will compare to the next three years (unless I have a very high paying job). We have to begin the painstaking process of putting ourselves on a tight budget, so we can plan for the tough times that are ahead!

Spend time “working” on the dogs. Luna is toy-aggressive. We can live with her hyper-ness, but she becomes aggressive when she’s playing fetch and a dog tries to take her toy (she is only aggressive with Remi if we’re playing with a ball). We won’t be able to deal with this behavior in a city if we ever want to go to a dog park.

Which leads us to Remi. He has about 4.5 friends (4 Boston Terriers and Lucy – after being around her for a few days). That’s all. He wants to attack any other animal that comes into view. It’s a serious issue. I think the Dog Whisperer would partially blame me because I can’t let my guard down on walks, I really don’t enjoy taking him places where we might see dogs, and I might be guilty of babying him… He’s such a sweet dog at home, but has the completely opposite personality as soon as we leave the house. We need to work on him in a very serious way. We also have to schedule his second surgery, which we hope won’t affect any progress that we hope to make with his behavioral issues.

Work through an emotional “down” that we experienced in 2011. I won’t go into any detail with this one, but I’ve learned that phrase “patience is a virtue” couldn’t be more accurate.

We hope you had a happy holiday season! Here’s a picture of our sweet doggies (taken several weeks ago)…

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Day 233: 500 days

19 Aug

Today we celebrated our 500th day anniversary. It’s not actually until Monday, but since I have school then we decided to celebrate it tonight.

We went to eat at the Waterboy. It was a nice place to eat, but it was a little too casual for our special occasion.

4th of July Recap

6 Jul

We had a low-key 4th of July. Joaquin is learning new words so quickly, and it’s fun to listen to him.

We copied Martha Stewart’s idea, but the cookies obviously didn’t look as nice (we didn’t use her recipes).

As soon as Joaquin saw the cookies, his face lit up.

Since it was a hot day and we don’t have a pool, we turned on the sprinklers.¬†Joaquin was able to talk Grammy into jumping over the sprinkler. As she was jumping over it, she said, “Oh, shut up,” in response to a comment about the possibilty of her falling. Joaquin heard her, and began yelling “aw sha” every time he ran through the sprinkler. We expect that he’ll learn his first bad word from Grammy… :)

After dinner and more dessert, we began setting off fireworks. Joaquin was a bit scared, but he tried to not show it.

We were done by 9:30, but our extremely considerate neighbors (haha) were done after 11:30. Temoc reminded me that it’s only one day a year… but he was sound asleep quickly after his head hit the pillow. ;)

 

 

Day 132: Goodbye, 27

10 May

Jen will be 28 tomorrow and Luna is 28 is dog years. They’ll be the same age. ;) Neither Luna nor Jen look a day over 22.

Happy Birthday Jen!

Day 129: Celebrations

7 May

As we mentioned yesterday, we celebrated my birthday and Mother’s Day today. I only got to open a few presents because Joaquin took his job as “present opener” very seriously. As the day progressed, he ended up finding surprise presents that Temoc planned to give me on my real birthday. Joaquin really wanted to open “more presents.” :)

Day 128: Presents

6 May

We are weird and tend to celebrate birthdays/holidays on Saturdays, so we don’t have to worry about being out too late on a Sunday. However, I think this is the first year we’re celebrating Mother’s Day on a Saturday. Oops.

Day 127: Card Making

5 May

I’m one of those people that go to a paper store and spend an entire hour (or longer) looking at everything in the store. I love crafting, even after making our wedding invitations (each one probably took about an hour to make!). Recently my mom made me feel guilty for never sending her cards. So, mix my love for shopping at paper stores, crafting and the guilt trip, and voila! Another attempt at making a card.

Unfortunately my mom reads this blog, so I can’t show a picture of it.

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