Welcome 2015

So it’s 2015 and it seems pretty crazy another year is already here.  I kind of love the New Year…a restart, a clean slate.  I like the newness of it all.  Josh Kelley and I rang in the new year on our couch bouncing between Carson Dailey and Seacrest/McCarthy quality television while watching the best MLB outfielder spike throw videos on his phone.  There are some pretty good ones out there.

  Christmas and late nights really have worn us all down a bit.  Can you take a vacation after the holidays???  Finding Hudson asleep like this at Josh’s parent’s house accurately describes all of our tired posture.

Our house has suffered as well…similar to a tornado with all the holiday love.  I keep seeing all these posts and pins about all natural cleaning supplies.  Ummmm, kudos to all you rad people who make your own cleaning supplies.  Me, well, the lack of cleanliness in our house is pretty harsh so when I clean give me all those harsh chemicals that will strip the paint off the walls and the funk off our floors.  Comet…good.  Bleach…good.  Soft scrub…good.  It’s so funny because I associate all these cleaning supplies with my mother and unless they start giving us cancer I’ll probably use them for the rest of my life.  #oldhabitsdiehard

So the kids and I got after our house today.  Cleaning, laundry, trash collecting, organizing, throwing junk out.  You would not believe the amount of paper Harper tossed from her desk…insane.  I even vacuumed too.  Can I get a round of applause?!?!?!  And does anyone else vacuum others surfaces when they have their vacuum out…like the top of your stove or table top or the front of their kids shirts?!?!?!  Just me?!?!

Amon is of zero help while were all cleaning.  I mean, he did manage to bust his nose on a bench and then bleed all over a couch pillow and leave a trail of drippy blood while running through the house screaming for me.  This time though, I was all like, “Where’s my hydrogen peroxide?  Blood, you’ve got no chance.  Stain be gone.”

We also played a few games of checkers today and watched a movie while Amon napped.  I made my infamous square banana bread because I have severe trust issues with bread pans.  Hudson also made a one-man-band with recycling items.  My favorite quote of the day:

Hudson Kelley: Are chip hats real?  If they are I’m going to fill mine with salsa.

*drops mic*

And now I’m sitting here thinking about my goals for 2015.  Do you do goals or resolutions or nothing at all????  Do you have them all planned out already???  I’m still thinking through some.  I’ve got a couple already set like I want go back to Africa, get a bigger dresser for the boys room so I can move Amon’s clothes out of a basket that’s in our closet, get the drywall in our bedroom fixed and sketch everyday.  I have a wide range of goals from obscure to for realz 🙂

So what are your goals?  I’d love to hear them if you feel like sharing.

Here’s to a grand 2015 and an awesome Friday.

Happy Weekend.


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!