It's a shame that the year has to end with the most horrible month for me, especially when 2012 was a fantastic year otherwise. The kids turned another year older, and gradually, things got easier. We tried all kinds of new experiences and got a lot of important stuff done, too.
In our home, we:
- remodeled the kitchen
- painted some of our dark brown walls to a slate gray
- installed new flooring on the main level
- finished painting and carpeting our stairs
- got rid of a ton of stuff
As a family, we:
- took a fun trip to Chicago by train
- went on amusement park rides, both at Chicago's Navy Pier and the MN State Fair
- went Trick-or-Treating for the first time
- successfully potty-trained one child
- sent our oldest off to preschool
And personally, I:
- had physical therapy for plantar faciitis (it actually worked!)
- went to the dentist, after a long time, and had my cavities taken care of
- did volunteer work for three different organizations
- stopped drinking soda
- stopped eating wheat/gluten
- took my vitamins (almost) every day
- gave blood for the first time
- found time for reading for entertainment again
- found time to play piano
- listened to new music (I mean anything that's been released since 2008)
- started doing my Sunday crossword puzzle again
- got back into my Tuesday night "Girly Group"
- started paying bills and doing accounting/budgeting online
- kept up with this blog!
I love looking back at a year and seeing how many accomplishments I've made, even though a lot of time I felt like nothing new was going on. And I think a lot of what we were able to do was because we finally had kids at the ages where they could play with each other for longer periods of time. I know my days got easier, and I could sneak in some "me time" once in awhile, instead of giving everyone else 100% of my attention.
Looking ahead to the next year, I can't pin down just one New Year's Resolution, and I don't necessarily think everything has to start on January 1, either. But here are some of my goals for 2013. They are all realistic, and mostly things that I have already begun doing, so I shouldn't get too overwhelmed.
In our home
- replace our scratched-up Teflon cookware with stainless steel (actually, I'm almost done with this!)
- keep downsizing, with the goal of getting rid of more than we take in
- make our patio a better playing/relaxing space
- no expensive, time-consuming renovations this year (I'm most happy about this one)
- keep replacing conventional cleaning products with chemical-free ones
As a family
- no more diapers
- entertain more
- possibly send Boo to kindergarten this fall
- take a fun little trip
- find a better, more convenient, clinic than the one we've been going to
- either get the kids into swimming lessons, or take them swimming more frequently
- take more walks and bike rides
- get a handle on my anxiety- I actually have a concrete plan and I'll share more on this later
- more volunteering, because it's been really fun and rewarding
- spend time going to more cultural activities (museums, plays, concerts, readings, and pedicures-if I can read magazines there, it's cultural)
- keep doing all the things I love doing that make me feel like "me" again (like blogging!)
- get through my giant pile of papers to scan and save electronically
- enjoy time with my family, because things are starting to get really fun
Thanks so much to everyone who keeps reading. I've really enjoyed blogging as a hobby, and it somehow gives a little more purpose and direction to my life as a SAHM. It's always so encouraging to watch the page views go up and know that I've posted something interesting, that others can identify with.
I wish everyone much peace and happiness in the new year!