Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

As you all are well aware ;) it's New Years Eve and another year is about to come to a close. The saying time flies is probably the biggest understatement ever told...I swear it was JUST January 2013! Our New Years Eve will be low key...pizza making with the kiddos, homemade cookies, games and I'm sure we'll all be asleep WAY before midnight which is fine by me! :) If you recall last New Years Eve was spent in the ER with Mia so low key is what I'm asking for!

Our year has been absolutely full of blessings and I couldn't be more grateful. Of course there have been down times (the top of that list would be hours cut at work, volume completely plummeting and your year to date diminish by +$15,000-not really a good thing when you add a mortgage and a new baby to the mix ;) BUT that's where faith, a reliance on God, and just trying to find the good comes into play, because even with that comes more proof that money CAN'T buy you happiness, and we're the happiest we've ever been! :) We'll make it through this valley and come out better and stronger than ever!

At the top of the list of amazing things that 2013 brought our family would certainly be God blessing us with baby #3, our ever adorable Maci Louise! :) She brings so much joy (and chaos ;) into our household and I can't imagine our lives without her. Speaking of household, another amazing thing that tops our list would be becoming homeowners! We had NO intentions of buying once our lease was up...but God laughed, and certainly had other plans for us! Our home brings me so much joy and I still look around and think, "How is this ours?!??!" Of course 2013 also brought Manuel turning 7 and starting 2nd grade. He continues to be our super sensitive, but increasingly more confident oldest child, our only boy. It also brought Mia turning 3, becoming a big sister and the sassiest almost 4 year old I've ever met ;). And (I know I shouldn't start a sentence with "and" forgive me ;)) it brought my hubby turning 33, getting a promotion at work and busting his hiney, day and night, to make our house a home. The Gomez's are blessed and I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!

This sums up my plans for 2014 (copied from my Facebook :))

As I look back on 2013 I can't help but think how TRULY blessed I am! I know I say that all the time but I mean it from the bottom of my heart! Life is not without trial or struggle but the joy certainly outweighs the bad! My goals for 2014 are simple...eat better/exercise more (lose 20 lbs), start recycling, be more patient with my children and husband, go "greener" (first step: make my own laundry detergent) and lastly, become a prayer warrior for those people that need me! I believe SO strongly in the power of prayer (and just this year have seen prayer change lives all around me!) Please know that when I say "I'm praying for you!" those aren't just words that everyone says, I mean it and I do pray! If you ever find yourself unable to pray, please reach out to me (you can send me a private message) and I promise I will pray and your business will be kept between you, me and God! Wishing you all a happy, safe, blessed 2014!!!

Happy New Years Friends! I pray that your year is filled with blessings beyond measure and a relationship with God if you don't have one! :)

 Christmas Day 2013
One of my most prized possessions from Red Letter Words

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Christmas

One week from today we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and enjoying time with friends and family! I'm not sure how much I'll be able to get on here between now and then, so I just wanted to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas! May the TRUE meaning of the holiday fill your heart with joy, even if finances are tight, you're not close to family, etc. I pray for peace, joy and happiness in your hearts!

Love and prayers from our family to yours! :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints

It's no secret that I LOVE taking pictures...of my children, my family, my home, my friends, well, you get the picture! ;) There is pretty much a running joke around my family and friends that whenever in doubt, ask Christina, she always has her camera! :) And I do because, although memories can exist, even if they aren't caught on "film" I love looking back at pictures and the flood of memories that they bring. The only thing is, many times I take all these pictures, post them on various social media outlets, and then they are forever stored on memory cards. There is NO way that I could ever print out all the pictures I take, I'd easily be broke in a matter of seconds! :) However, there are those super special shots that you get that you just have to print out in hard copy to display. One of my favorite ways to display the "perfect shot" is on canvas! Now that we are homeowners, I'd love to fill our walls with those special memories that can most beautifully be displayed on canvas.

One company that has amazing, beautiful canvases is Easy Canvas Prints. This company has many options for all of your canvasing needs and extremely reasonable pricing! Easy Canvas Prints also runs fun contests on their blog and Facebook page. Beginning December 15, 2013 fans can upload any photo that they would like printed on canvas as a gift to someone and the photos with the most votes will win prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Just for entering the contest you will get a 60% off and free shipping coupon code, so it's a win-win! Go check out their website for all the details!

I can't wait to share the picture of my canvas that I'm going to order of all 3 of the kiddos! It's perfect (well, as perfect as you can get with a 3 month old, an almost 4 and almost 8 year old! ;)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints

It's no secret that I LOVE taking pictures...of my children, my family, my home, my friends, well, you get the picture! ;) There is pretty much a running joke around my family and friends that whenever in doubt, ask Christina, she always has her camera! :) And I do because, although memories can exist, even if they aren't caught on "film" I love looking back at pictures and the flood of memories that they bring. The only thing is, many times I take all these pictures, post them on various social media outlets, and then they are forever stored on memory cards. There is NO way that I could ever print out all the pictures I take, I'd easily be broke in a matter of seconds! :) However, there are those super special shots that you get that you just have to print out in hard copy to display. One of my favorite ways to display the "perfect shot" is on canvas! Now that we are homeowners, I'd love to fill our walls with those special memories that can most beautifully be displayed on canvas.

One company that has amazing, beautiful canvases is Easy Canvas Prints. This company has many options for all of your canvasing needs and extremely reasonable pricing! Easy Canvas Prints also runs fun contests on their blog and Facebook page. Beginning December 15, 2013 fans can upload any photo that they would like printed on canvas as a gift to someone and the photos with the most votes will win prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Just for entering the contest you will get a 60% off and free shipping coupon code, so it's a win-win! Go check out their website for all the details!

I can't wait to share the picture of my canvas that I'm going to order of all 3 of the kiddos! It's perfect (well, as perfect as you can get with a 3 month old, an almost 4 and almost 8 year old! ;)