2014 Here I Come! *Linky Party

Happy New Year! This past year has been incredible. It was in this year that I married my wonderful hunnybun and that my beautiful niece Olivia was born. These two huge milestones for our family have been so exciting and made 2013 a special year for us.

Olivia was born in mid-September and she is my favorite person. 
We’re so excited to start trying to have one of our own in 2014.

The hunnybun and I got married on October 5 and it was such a beautiful day full of our families and friends. 
We went on a honeymoon to London and Rome and walked down Abbey Road, 

attended mass in St. Peter’s Square and saw the Pope,

and I walked up the tiny narrow stairs to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica! Incredible days.
Of course, some crummy stuff happened too in 2013. Not too crummy; just a little crummy. I gained, like, ten pounds, my brother and sister-in-law (and favorite person Olivia) moved to another city in Texas – it was a great opportunity for them, but I miss them a lot, the hunnybun has had some tummy trouble, I was told I had a heart murmer – and then told nevermind (yay) and I had my wisdom teeth out. If you haven’t seen the video, you should click over and check it out. Worth the five minutes, I’ve been told.
So 2014 has a lot to live up to. I’ve got some big plans (I say this as God laughs, so they say) and we’re hittin crunch time when it comes to familyville. So here’s the plan for 2014, courtesy of Second Grade Nest Linky Party!
My first personal goal was to make a baby. That might sound silly, and you may be thinking that’s not something I should share with the world haha. But too late. I already did. I’m an open book, people, and 2014 is the year of baby. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

Be nicer. 
So when I recently went to the doctor, he told me my hormones were weird. Like, he showed me a little graph and he said, “We like to see a difference of no greater than 3:1.” And I’m good enough at math to know the ratio was more like 4.5 :1. And so I said, “Ummm….could that explain the bouts of crying over commercials and my wont to snap at my husband when he says things like, “Can you do me a favor?” and he said….yes. So yeah, I’ve been a bit snippy around the house with the hunnybun and I should be nicer. I go from Mary Poppins to Sweet Dee Reynolds in twenty second. So I’ll work on that.
This year, I’m starting a book study for my teachers K-5. We’re reading Igniting a Passion for Reading by Stephen Layne and our first meeting is January 7! I’m excited to start this book study because it’s completely voluntary and I believe that’s when staff development works the best. So my goal is to have a successful book study with my teachers to help us all grow in our reading instruction and grow our students in their independent reading habits.
I also want to set up a little library full of multiple copies of books so students can check out books to read in pairs or groups. I think it’s a great way to motivate our readers who are reluctant and also to engage our very able readers! 

I want to learn more about promoting my blog and my TPT store, and making it more like a business. I love blogging and working on products, but I feel like there’s more meat to it and I want to learn about making this more of a priority!
Baby? hahahahaha. 

I want to walk three times a week at least. I like to walk once I’m outside, but when I’m in my cozy toasty house, it’s tough to pry myself off the couch, out from under my laptop and drag myself out the door. Also, once I get there, I’m supposed to walk faster that I usually do. Because strolling don’t do nothin for my hips. 
So check out Second Grade Nest and get inspired to work on your own goals!

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