December 31, 2012


I usually don't make resolutions because I never keep them, or I think it's silly to make new goals at the beginning of a year, when one really should be striving for these goals all the time. However since I'm sitting here on NYE reflecting on my year, I guess I do have some resolutions that should be taken in effect sooner or later. Why not now? Here are my resolutions. I only made 4, because I need to be realistic. Anymore resolutions and none will be happening.

1. Stop caring what judgmental people think. I'm usually really good at this. I don't care what others think of my appearance (clearly), attitude, personality or style but I've come to realize that I do care when people judge me on my parenting. I take it personal and get defensive and I finally realized that instead of caring, I should just let it roll right off my shoulders. My mother intuition tells me how to raise my child and frankly, since Noelle is my daughter, I can do whatever I see fit. I shouldn't let judgmental people who criticize other parents be taken seriously, since I have bigger issues (like parenting) to deal with. And really, maybe they should mind their own business.

2. I really need to lose the baby weight. The kid is 14 months now. It's time to get back into the pre-baby jeans already. No excuses. Time to get serious.

3. Let Noelle go more. I'm attached to my daughter. Which is probably why she is attached to me. I know this. I know that I need to cut the umbilical cord already. It's hard. She's my first. She's my only. It's hard but I know that I need to let her go more. I need to get a babysitter more. I need to leave her with other people more. I need to let her go experience without me. I'm not going to always be there in the future and I need to prep her for that (a little bit) now. Sigh. This one is going to take a lot of effort.

4. More date nights. This is necessary. Joey and I can count on one hand how many dates we've had since Noelle was born and that just isn't right. We may be parents but we need to also be husband and wife. This is a big goal of mine this year.

I can do this, right? Dang. Tomorrow's already the 1st. Better get in my last donut...kidding, kidding. Kind of. 

Good night and Happy New Year!

NYE 2012

Goodbye 2012! There were some ups and some downs, but the ups were worth it. The Wagners are looking forward to a brand new year full of new memories, fun times, love, laughter and hopefully, tons and tons of ups! Excited for the new year!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!

December 28, 2012

Tots Get Crafty - Christmas Crafts

Evan and Noelle had fun making some more Christmas related crafts the last week before Christmas!

Noelle's Christmas 2012

Hi. Noelle here, reporting from Fort Wagner. We had an awesome Christmas this year. It started the Saturday before Christmas when mom and all my aunties got together to make cookies. They call it a "Cookie Swap." I call it "Give-Noelle-cookies-day."

Mom and Grandma making cake pops. Mmmm...those were yummy!

Voila! Hello heaven!

Ava and Gracie frosting some cookies for me.

This was my second, maybe third cookie. Mom wasn't pleased but I can't help it if everyone wants to give me cookies!

I also went to visit Great Grandma Libby, and her tree...I didn't find any presents under there with my name on them though. Must have been a mistake.

Look at that! Auntie Heather honored me at her Christmas party!

My family likes to sing. They all think they are going on American Idol or something. Here's Grandma Sue and Ellie singing "Call Me Maybe." (Real video footage below! Hehe. I'm sneaky.)

Watching the show with baby.

I love you baby.

With daddy, and another baby. I just love babies.

With mama under the tree. 

With Grandma Sue and all my cousins before opening presents!

"When is it my turn?"

"Yes! Tear it open mom!"

"Whoa...a Dora guitar!"

"You better watch out Taylor Swift."

With Uncle Nik. (Don't mind my mom in the background. However, if you ever wondered where I learned how to throw them back, here is exhibit A.)

Where is my shirt? I also love pigs.

With my new favorite pillow from Ava!

I got Cash a bone. It's inside that extremely creepy Michael Jackson dog bag.

Uncle Cory with his shorts. I don't know why everyone thought they were so funny. I like them. 

"I want to open one now!"

Uncle Cory can be a creeper.

Yes! Another one!

Here Ray is opening up his gift from me. 

I wrapped it myself. Yes. It's in a diaper.

Don't worry - it's chocolate but Ray didn't know that.

He was disgusted. Mission accomplished!

Money inside a diaper. Classic, if I do say so myself.

Cory opening up his gift from my mom and dad.

Grandma thought it was hilarious...

because it was.

Uncle Nik got dad some gas masks...

because daddy is always talking about the chem trails.

My first table and chairs! 

The frames we all made grandma.

My aunties rocking out!

The rink in the backyard! Uncle David did a great job!



Here are the American Idol audition videos:

Ellie & Grandma



That was my big Christmas Eve night over at my auntie Heathers. The next day, real Christmas I got to open up presents at home! I loved all my stuff! I got lots of baby dolls, books, and blocks. 
This was my big present from Santa; A Princess Castle!

All for me!

Opening presents while I Skype with my grandma and grandpa in Texas!

Playing with all my new toys!

Here I am getting ready to go over to my Great Grandma Ethel's on Christmas day for dinner.

A little Christmas wasted.

By the end of the long Christmas weekend, I was exhausted. But I had so much fun and there's still fun to be had! For New Year's my family is going on our very first family Wisconsin Dells! Then when we return we still have Christmas to celebrate at Grandpa Joe's! Santa comes to Grandpa's to deliver us one more special Christmas gift, so I'm excited for that! I'll let you guys know how that all goes after the Dells this weekend!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

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