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End of December

It’s pretty bad when you can’t even remember your password to write a post. Ahem. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Nick is now 5. Five. Wow. In a way it seems like he’s been 5 for a while, but in other ways, it can still sneak up on you. If he’s five, then Maggie is 7 1/2. Seven and a half is almost 8. I’m not sure I like where this is heading. I am trying to not worry about the teenage years until they are, you know, teenagers. (So my boy turns 5 and I’m talking about teenagers. I know… I know…)

Nick also is now tonsil and adenoid free. He’s breathing better, sleeping better, eating better and this week I can say for sure it was the right call. Actually as soon as the surgeon described the adenoids I knew it was the right call, but there’s that moment when your child wakes up from anesthesia that makes you wonder why you let these monsters touch your sweet baby, let alone carve part of their bodies out. He’s beyond all that, and was actually a pretty easy going patient. I could tell the day he felt better when he started messing with the cats again.

(P.S. for anyone who is having a tonsillectomy – 10 day recovery period. No lie. Ten days.)

And now we sit on the precipice of a new year – I’m a resolution maker. I am. Although I make resolutions just about every day, so it’s not really anything different for me. In late December, I usually write them down in a note on my phone and some years I look at the last year’s note and go with those. Other years, it’s a whole new list.

Some things I’m going to do this year (not resolutions, more goals):

take up knitting again, successfully this time.

launch a new website, with two redesigns on my current sites

pay off my super-duper new commercial embroidery machine (don’t worry, you’ll be hearing plenty about that soon.)

get back to more personal writing and documenting of our lives.

What about you? Do you make resolutions? Goals? Anything new you want to tackle in 2012?

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resolutions, part 38

I am one of those resolution people. I love them. I make them all year long. So without further ado, this year’s list:

1. Health. I am going to do a better job of taking care of me. Less junk in, more good stuff in, should make for a better me.

2. Exercise. Ha. Doesn’t everyone have this in some form on their list? Well, I’m here to tell you – this year it’s for real. I finally have the energy to exercise and in theory will have some time too. So now it’s just getting myself into a routine and making it a part of my life. Game on.

3. Parenting. I could go on forever about the ways I would like to be a better parent. But for brevity, let me just say I will continue to learn from my mistakes everyday.

4. Friends and Family. I have some very dear people in my life. This year I plan on letting them all know it.

5. Career. Hmmmm, many ideas brewing. Time for a little action.

6. Home. The tiniest bit of organization would seriously change my life. I will never be uber-organized, but a tiny bit? Surely I can do a tiny bit.

7. Continue learning. Things I would like to spend time learning: features of my computer, features of my camera, coding, publishing, editing, sewing.

8. Self. This one may sound strange, but I am going to make an effort to be in more photos. To not criticize myself in photos. I don’t want my children to look back in 20 years and not have any photos of their mom because I thought my double chin was unflattering. So I guess, this one is about accepting myself the way I am.

And because it bears repeating from last year:

Try to see the world through the eyes of a 5 1/2-year-old.

Try to see the world through the eyes of a 3-year-old.

Show my husband I value him as much as I value our children.

Make sure my parents understand how appreciated they are.

Give myself permission to make mistakes, fix them and get on with life.

Welcome to 2009

My shallow resolutions:

Hold in my abs more.

Cleaner house.  More organized house.

Get published. (this falls under shallow, because I would like to write something I truly love, but not need someone’s approval to make it “good.”)

When someone asks me what I do, respond “I’m a writer,” and not totally laugh at myself.

Figure out some of the computer things that totally baffle me.

One step deeper:

Less clutter on the outside.  Less clutter on the inside.

Remember in preparation for my high school reunion that most of us were idiots in high school.  People won’t remember most of the jackass things I did as a 16-year-old.  Or they will be wondering if I remember the jackass things they did.  It’s over.  It’s OK.

Write every day.  Write things that challenge me.  Write things out of my comfort zone.

Let go of the things in my life that are bogging me down.

Even deeper:

Honesty.  All the time.  With myself.  With others.  (except the Santa thing.  Still working on that one.)

Try to see the world through the eyes of a 4 1/2-year-old. 

Try to see the world through the eyes of a 2-year-old.

Head under water, it’s so deep:

Show my husband I value him as much as I value our children.

Make sure my parents understand how appreciated they are.

Give myself permission to make mistakes, fix them and get on with life.