A trend in the making.

January 16, 2012 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 11:30 AM
Michael has this thing he does with my gifts. He likes to make me work for em. He has done this 2 of our 3 Christmases together, and he videotapes it.

Christmas 2009: I knew I was getting my bow ring from Zales, but I opened a couple other things and still it was nowhere, I figured it was in my stocking. Nope. Then Michael whips out the camera and points to the tree. He tells me I'm so close...



Christmas 2011: I had found this wonderful bag at the Coach store when in STL, so of course I sent a picture of it to Michael. It was WAY too much, but I figured if we waited we'd find it online for less. Now, this would be my ONLY gift if I were to get it. And Michael asked me multiple times if I wanted just the bag or other things. I said that we shouldn't spend the money and he said he sensed the disappointment in my voice. But I could wait, so we were good.

It came time to celebrate our Christmas together and I had 4 gifts under the tree. Opened my first gift.... empty box. Michael opens his super cool Penn State golf towel. I open my second gift...sex stuff, condoms. No thank you. (at this point I'm getting mad, saying things like "this Christmas blows" and "I'm taking your stuff back") Michael opens his super cool sweater, I open my second empty box. Michael proceeds to open his third and fourth gifts. He whips out the video camera. This is what happened....


I really didn't think he got the bag - he usually listens to me when I tell him things. :) I could get used to this. Looks like I'll have to!

We resolve.

January 7, 2012 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 4:01 PM
Happy 2012 everyone! In addition to letting you know our new years resolutions, and thus making cyber-space keep us accountable... we are going to let you know how we have failed in resolutions this past year.

FAIL #1: I failed at my “1 book a month” resolution. By 1. ugh. (This is counting the books on tape I listened to on road trips.) This was NOT one of Michael's personal resolutions.

FAIL #2: One of our other resolutions last year was to work out. And... if I may be frank. I'm not the slight little lady I used to be. (even if you cant see it, or you say “Emily, no!” You would be wrong.) There are jiggles and shakes and areas that shouldn’t be hangin' around. 

FAIL #3: We wanted to eat healthier. (Reference FAIL #2) We ate out. All. The. Time.

Now, after our fails, and in the spirit of the New year... there is hope for the Leary’s.

Our New Years Resolutions for 2012:

1. Read 1 book a month (I did it in 2010, lets keep at this one)
2. New recipe every 2 weeks. This I did for about 2-4 months, and this was a good one! This will tie in also to EAT OUT LESS, (we are limiting ourselves to 2x a week) and of course EAT HEALTHIER.
3. Exercise. I signed up via Groupon for a mix of weekly classes, with a friend so this will help me. Michael jogs already, he resolves to do this on a more reg basis.
4. No drinking soda. #canyoureallylose15pounds?
5. Craft more. Thank you for the invention of Pinterest. I can now feel even more crafty, and I have ideas out to wazoo. #craftlovepinboard
6. Shop more at consignment / resale shops / discount shops / & garage sales for certain items.
7. Tithe and give more to charity.
8. Be more in prayer for others, and in our quiet time more.
9. Save money wherever we can.
10.Take another beach vacation. #justpackyourswimsuit
11. Write our family mission statement. #Pinterest has great ideas on how to display.
12. Organize and purge everything. This will be my fave thing... throwing things out.
13. Deepen relationships.

What are YOUR resolutions? :)

-Queen&King Lear