This weekend we took down the tree and the decorations and the house feels clean and ready for a fresh new year. I’d say it feels uncluttered and fresh, but that’s never happening at our house. Whenever we put the decorations away and are wrapping up the ornaments I can’t help but wonder what my life will be like the next time I unwrap them. It will be a whole year away-the kids will be older and who knows what our lives will be like? Hopefully Paul will be at a job he likes, hopefully we’ll all be happy and healthy. Of course, I read a lot of sad novels so I couldn’t help but think “oh my God what if next year when we unwrap these there will have been a terrible tragedy and our family can hardly bear to celebrate Christmas you just never know what the future holds”-a thought so frightening I had to squash it immediately!!
Call them resolutions, goals, or simply a to-do list, here are things I’d like to happen this year:
- Learn to crochet
- Start running again (and keep it up!)
- Lose weight (yeah, I know everyone always says that but this has got to be the year since I spent literally all of 2012 unhappy with my size)
- Put my photo notecards in my etsy shop
- Get a new drivers license (this has been on my to-do list since my purse was stolen and I’m supposed to finally do it today. I put it on my list here so I can feel good about getting something done!)
- Do a better job of sitting down with Tabby and helping her with her letters, writing, and learning to read this year
- Be a good wife and mother-loving, supportive, kind, fun, and not so shouty or cross
Here are some things I’d love to happen but I doubt they will, so they go on a separate list:
- Put up some window treatments.
- Redo the family room: take down the horrible ceiling, remove the paneling and get it drywalled, get new carpet
- Pare down our toy collection
- Donate, throw out, consign any baby things or other things we no longer use or need to keep
- Make the basement room have some room for playing since it’s a nice storage room but when kids are over they always go in it and play
- From #4 and #5 make our basement and garage not look like we are hoarders
Now, let me take a peek at last year’s goals and see if I achieved any of them:
Wow! I actually did a great job last year, except for the running goal. And I see that the family room ceiling was also on the list. But I did preserve fresh produce, do a craft fair, and organize my recipes.
Here’s to a great 2013!