Our New Year's Eve was quite uneventful thanks to Cullen and Presley. Not in a bad way...we just stuck to our usual routine for the evening. We decided to hang around the house this year and I'd venture to say that everyone was in bed by 10 pm. Corey's immediate family was arriving in town that evening for our Christmas celebration and a surprise for Perk the following day.
We spent our New Year's Day with family celebrating Perk! All of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces/nephews came to Magnolia to surprise her. They came from Hong Kong, Atlanta, Idaho, New Mexico...ALL over! It was such a special celebration! Boy did we surprise her!
The whole gang.
Our silly group picture!
Perk with all of her "greats"!
Now we are not really a New Year's Resolution kind of house. I am not particularly fond of them because I feel as if every year people are prone to setting the same resolutions that they are unable to keep. I do know a few people that have kept theirs all year and for some this works out wonderfully but for the most part it isn't my thing.
Something that Corey and I are working towards this year, especially since I have "retired" from teaching, is to be more financially responsible. We'd like to move SOMEDAY (among other goals) and in order to do that we need to be more thoughtful with how we spend our money. Therefore we are trying a new budget or rather going to start following our original budget and hope for the best.
I have also taken up running again. This happened before the "New Year" so it is not a New Year's Resolution. I am going to run a 1/2 Marathon in March (in College Station) and have been training for about a month now. This is something I've always wanted to do...in theory. It is hard to remember when I'm running and would rather be at home or just quit. I have never been the person to follow through with my workout goals or put taking care of myself at the top of my priority list. I always feel like I need to take care of my home or my husband or my children and I tend to put taking care of myself last. I'm going to do my best to change that. So ask me how the running is going....not because I want to brag. Because I need accountability.
I have also forgotten to post about my biopsy test results. The nodules are benign...thank the Lord. The bummer news is that I have Hoshimoto's disease. This disease can lead to hypothyroidism and in my case it has. I was told by the doctor doing the biopsy that they would possibly figure out what was causing my thyroid to be underactive and low and behold he did. I will begin seeing a specialist soon. Here is the description I found on the Mayo Clinic website.
"In Hashimoto's disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. The resulting inflammation often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)."
I'll leave you all with a few pictures of the babies in their New Year outfits!