Harper is at school, Huddy and Sol are both at MDO and Amon is taking a nap.  I’m sitting on our couch and the only sound I hear is a combination called dishwasher, washing machine and dryer…all going at once.  Today my 2013 goals are heavy on my mind.  I’m rocking some of them and others I’m a bit behind in and others I haven’t even began yet.  So is life.  I could use your advice on a few of my goals.  Take a look.

*Monthly running goals.  I like to run, but wasn’t interested in doing a big race this year, so I decided I would set monthly running goals for each month.  This month I’m suppose to log 55 miles.  Josh laughed when he asked how I came up with that number…my response…”I just picked it.”  Next month I’ll probably use a little more logic.  I’m a wee bit behind because of bronchitis the first week of January and major rain the last several days.  I need to catch up.

*Move.  We love our house.  It is the most perfect house in the whole wide world, but only because it’s ours.  It’s right around 1300 sq. feet…Harper has her own room and the boys all share a room.  My boys will always share a room.  Even if we lived in a mansion with 10 gazillion bedrooms, my boys would still share a room.  I just like it that way.  We’re looking for a house or land zoned for Harper’s school because we love her school.  It’s hard because we don’t want a giant house and I don’t know if builders out there would even build a small house, but we have some plans brewing in our hearts and we need just an extra bedroom…and a garage would be awesome.  So far we haven’t found anything on Realtracs, so do any of you locals know of some houses or land for sale by owner?  I would so appreciate any info you had…it would be amazingly helpful.

*Anniversary trip.  Josh and I have our 10 year anniversary this summer.  We decided to take a much needed “just us” trip.  This is a fun goal.  Any suggestions on a good vacay spot for 2?

*Intentional blessings.  I really want to bless others when I feel God prompting my heart.  It’s not always easy to move stuff aside or drop what you’re doing when God asks you to.  But this year, I really want to see the needs in others lives and listen when God says “Do!”  I want Him to stretch our family for the encouragement of others.

*Heart Walk.  Nashville has a big heart walk in October and last year we were in the hospital the day of the walk.  This year I want our family to represent.  I want to be apart of helping raise money for heart research and to parade Mr. Amon around for all to see what an amazing little heart he has.  He is totally our ace of hearts.

*Verse memorization.  I really want to do this and yet this is one of my goals I’ve yet to begin on.  I always notice how I have song lyrics engraved in my brain and then how craptastic my scripture memorization is.  It’s terrible.  You guys have any good advice here?  Bring it on.

*New tattoo.  Yes…I am the person that puts “getting a new tattoo” on their goal list.  I already know what I want…this goal is more about just making time for myself.  I have a gift card…yes, they make gift cards for tattoo parlors…and need to visit my dude James.  Ha.  I’m a such a dork.

*Meet new friends.  Are we in high school or middle school or college orientation?  Nope…just Laura’s 2013 goal list.  I have wonderful friends, but I would like to meet more friends…and some couple friends would be even more amazing.  Anyone want to go on a really awkward “friend” lunch with me?

*More professional photos.  Awwwwe, yeah.  I can say I have rocked this one so far and have several photo sessions already scheduled for our little Kelley family for 2013.  I want to have our family captured in this special way and not just once a year, but several times a year.  If you are looking for a photographer, let me go ahead and give my big, ginormous shout out to Cheyenne Ward of Shots by Cheyenne and Laci Wilson of Barefeet Photography.  Amazing ladies and amazing talent.

Those are just a few of my goals for this year.  I would love any advice you may have.  I’m pretty good about taking advice.  How are your goals going?  And did you enjoy all the random Amon pictures I posted through out?  He’s too dang cute not to share and makes for some good photo blog post filler 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Sickness…no bueno.

This post is totally random…along with random pictures…Laci of Barefeet Photography rocks my socks off.

I’m approaching my 3 week mark on being sick.  I will be making my way to yet another doctor tomorrow to try and figure this mess out.  I think I have pneumonia.  I’ve never had it before, but I’m going to go out on a limb.  Crossing my fingers I hit the jack pot with a new doctor tomorrow and “big money, big money…no whammies.”

I have all these big 2013 goals and yet, I feel completely stuck right now.  Today I did clean our house…and I mean cleaned, cleaned our house.  It needed to be done.  I may have almost passed out multiple times, but It.Got.Done.  And a clean house feels good.  Like sheets are changed, bedding is washed, floors are swept and everything Lysoled in general…and while I may have hacked a million germs all over everything that was being cleaned…it was at least clean for a bit.  That counts right?  Totally.

One of my goals for 2013 is monthly running miles.  The last 2 years I’ve done 1/2 marathons and this year I just wasn’t feeling it.  Nothing in me really “wants” to do a big race this year, but I thought setting mileage goals for each month would be fun.  I decided to go for a total of 55 miles for January.  Right now I have zero.  This way I can run my way to 55 miles over the course of a month.  If I could just kick this chest funk and actually breath easy.  My peeps are running tomorrow morning…texting all about it right now…and I want to weep.  Jami…Betsy…Barry…Brian…Bobby…any of you want to drag an O2 machine for me?  Anyone else want to join me?

I haven’t baked in like 3 weeks either.  It’s killing me.  When I get better I’m going to bake up a storm.  I have people to bless with the tastiness of sweet treats.  Top three things I want to try once I’m miraculously healed:

1)  Homemade Twinkie Cupcakes…like whoa right?

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2)  Sugar Cookie Squares.  I’m totally intrigued…they look amazing.

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and 3)  Buckeye Bark.  Yep.

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Baked goods can change the world.  Boom.

Oh and I am totally planning a little 2013 New Years giveaway.  I soooo appreciate each of you even reading my totally random, off the wall, tiny itty bitty piece of the internet.  I wanted to thank you for all the encouraging and praying and loving you did for our little Kelley family…and especially Amon…last year.  It will be a good giveaway.  I owe you a big thank you.

Being sick allows for lots of web surfing and dream shopping.  I would totally buy these FeedTwelve Toms.  Goodness me.  Love these.  And my mom was the youngest of 12.  Extra cool points.

Jon Contino is crazy amazing.  I could easily purchase any and all of his prints or canvases.  Typography at it’s finest.  I just need to figure out how to find this print and all will be right in the world.

Amon pretty much must have this Anchor Tattoo Sailor Jerry Onesie.  He would rock this so hard.

On Pinterst people are always pinning these inspirational words.  I saw this one and thought, “Yes.”

My craft room definitely needs this Make Do & Mend print.  My heart needs this lesson.  Maybe 2013 will be a year of “making mends”.

And how about I leave you with some art pieces I made for Christmas gifts and Christmas orders.  I waited to post them because I didn’t want the surprise to be ruined.

4×12 Dr. Who canvas.

More 4×12 M&S love.

16×16 2 Timothy 2:24-26

And that’s all I’ve got.  Hope your week has been good.  Hope your Thursday is grand.  Happy Wednesday.

Happy 2013!

It’s here and it’s full of possibility.  I’m anxious and hopeful for what this new year will hold.

Let the hope and comfort and joy and healing come.  God is making things new.

So happy 2013…from our crazy Kelley crew to yours.

PS:  I did in fact decide to dress up to bring in the new year.  Getting fancy.