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Monday, January 28, 2008

Weekly Goal #3 and Weekend Trip

Sorry I have been MIA. Justin, Lucy, and I spent a long weekend in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Lucy and I went with Justin for work. It was a nice weekend, but we are all glad to be home. A ski resort is a little difficult with a young child. After a while, we felt a little cooped up and I did not have internet access - this is really hard for me. Lucy was an ideal traveller. She really was amazing. She slept in bed with us and did great. She adjusted to the one hour time change with no trouble. She never fussed on the flights or the 3 hour drive to the resort. She started to get a little upset on the drive back to the airport today but just ended up falling asleep. She was a little restless at dinner last night, but that could only be expected after all of the time we had spent in our hotel room. She is probably a better traveller than me - I know Justin would say so! I get stressed while travelling. I totally sweat the small stuff and miss all of the conveniences of being at home with your own things. I am not the kind of person who was called to travel the world. I must say, I am a little jealous of those who are called to do that. There is so much to see and enjoy in this world. I just prefer to see most of it in pictures. Weird, I know. Maybe in my attempt to find a new calm in my life, I will become a better traveller.

Justin works with Kristin's husband, Brett. They are waiting for travel approval. Brett kept telling me that he was going to crack Lucy - meaning he was going to win her over. She is still extremely reserved with strangers and does not interact with people she doesn't know well. I didn't think he was going to do it, but Saturday night Brett held Lucy for a very long time (I think his arms were finally going to give out on him because any child gets really heavy after 30 minutes) and he almost got her to sleep. He held her while the opening band played. It was really loud (she had in ear plugs) and he still almost had her to sleep. The only reason she didn't go to sleep on his shoulder is because every time a song ended, she had to cheer with the rest of the crowd. Kristin, Brett is going to be such a wonderful dad!! Lillian is one lucky girl.

Before I get to the pictures from the weekend, let's get to my goal of the week. Most weeks I am going to set a goal to improve my character and a goal that is a project. My project of the week is to get my favorite pictures from the past and recently, uploaded to my Flickr account. It takes a lot of time to sort through which ones I actually want to upload. My personal improvement goal is a SUPER ambitious one and is not going to be easy. I am going to fail at times, but now that I have said it out loud, I am going to be so much more accountable. My goal is to stop complaining. I have nothing to complain about, but yet I still whine about silly stuff. There are so many bazillions of people who have real things to complain about, and I am not one of those people. I am going to be more thankful and less ungrateful. So there it is. NO MORE COMPLAINING out of this mouth.

Here are pictures from the weekend. We did take Lucy tubing, which she loved!





















28 comments:

Susan said...

That last photo is fantastic. Such a sweet, sweet moment captured forever. How nice for you all to spend some time together away. It is always good to come back home, though, isn't it?

Mom said...

Glad you 3 travelers are home safely! The pics are great--like postcards! How are Sissy and Bubba?
Love and kisses, Mom

ashleysteel said...

Kel, I love the pictures! That last one of Justin kissing Miss Lucy's cheek is adorable!

Love you all! --Ashley

Shawna said...

Look at that little dumpling! Kel, I'm quite impressed by your photography skills here of late. I think you've found yet another calling. Oh, go ahead and add me to you list of blogs...I'd love anyone who wants to share with me to be able to.

Mrs.B said...

GREAT PICTURES!! your photography is getting really good!! you can add us to your blog list if you would like....

dana said...

I love the pictures - Lucy is such a photogenic little lady. I am a reformed chronic complainer and have been wearing a special bracelet that helps remind me - you can check out the web site http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/
for more information.

Kristin said...

Complaining...that's a good one! I'm not sure I could do it. I'd have to start small..like no complaining about traffic, first. If that was successful, then I could graduate on to no complaining about my dirty house, and so on. I know you can do it!

Brett is STILL talking (actually bragging) about his time with Lucy. I just posted some of the pics he sent me from his cell phone. I was SO jealous! I really hope we can get together soon!

MotherMotherOcean said...

Looks like a fun trip. I love Angel Fire. Ah, how I miss NM!

Nancy said...

Love, love, love that you and Lucy have matching hats! :) Looks like a great trip - the pics are so pretty!

Emily said...

ok, the pic of you two with matching hats KILLS ME! cutest thing i have ever seen.
your pics are looking awesome.
getting your pics to flickr is a great goal.
i love flickr b/c you can re-download pics to your computer. so once on flickr, i know i will have them forever. i really do not care abt my pics now, but know i will when lulu arrives.
xo

Liz said...

That looks like so much fun!! Those pictures are just too cute. As always, Lucy looks adorable. Speaking of traveling - I found and watched our Amazing Race video last night. You'd have been in big trouble if we'd have gotten on and you weren't a good traveler! I'd like the record to show that we were robbed on that one! Robbed!!

Liz

jayme said...

I love the pic of you and Lucy and the one of Justin at the end! Soo good! I like your goals too...that is a hard one but I know you can do it!

Meredith Woodruff said...

Kelly, these pictures are great! What a fun family trip! I'm glad you and Lucy were able to spend some time with Justin on the road. Good luck with the goals:)!

Stepping On Legos said...

Gorgeous pictures! isn't it so much more fun to take outdoor pics? You look like you all are actually having fun in the dreaded snow! Glad Lucy got some use out of all her coats and boots! Bwa haha. I LOVE the shadow and tree pic and the last pic best!

Great goals. I am a complainer too. Even when there are real things in my life to complain about, I still have no trouble finding little irrelevant things to whine about (like how tired I am sitting here right now, wishing I was still asleep!! haha). Its going to be a tough one! Are you allowed to complain if something bad happens?!

Rachel said...

Good luck with your goals..the pics and the no complaining. I'm not sure which one sounds harder! :) I've been going through my old pre-digital photos. What a pain!

Sounds like you guys had a great trip. Funny that you mentioned travel as I am just putting the finishing touches on a post about it. I would love to travel endlessly if I only had the resources!

Kate said...

What an adorable snow bunny! Looks like you all had a great time.

No complaining? Tough one. How else is a girl suppose to VENT??!! =)

Amber said...

What a fun weekend trip! I love the pictures and the matching hats!

megan said...

I love the pictures, Lucy's snow hat is to cute!!!
I complain way too much but I think I will wait until our adoption is complete to quit!!!

Jenny said...

Man, I am jealous you get to go places! And listen to music. I never get to listen except in the car. Or wiggles, or kindermusik dvd.

And the snow and lucy in it is soo cute.

if you are in raleigh/durham keep me posted. Or charlotte, we have frieds there.
-Jenny

StaceyF said...

Those are beautiful photos Kel! I am glad you guys had a great trip!

Jenna and Ed said...

Awww...that looks fun! I want to go sledding now! Love the pictures, as always!

Mia's Mommy said...

Lucy's look of bewilderment in a couple of the photos crack me up! I love the red snow suit! You may have been stressed but your family looks like you had a great time.

kate said...

kelly!!!!!!! the pictures are so awesome!!!!! i know exactlyyyyy what you mean about traveling!!!!! i am sooo grumpy right now about being in atlanta! :) i just looove the pics though..put a smile on my face! talk soon, kate

Carissa74 said...

Those are great pictures and great goals! I need the same goal of no complaining!

3continentfamily said...

Gorgeous photos!
I got your well wishes. Many thanks ;)

Jen said...

What a blast! I love New Mexico! It's so close to where we live--I cannot wait to take Morgan next year to play in the snow :)

Laurie said...

I LOVE Angel Fire, NM area. Looks like a beautiful time to be there! Love the outfits on Ms. Lucy.

LawMommy said...

Oh, I love the photo of your shadows in the snow!

Lucy looks adorable in the red snow suit.