Resolution time!

Here we go again…

I was just looking at my resolutions from last year and realized that I did manage to accomplish some of them. Surprise! Wow. I mean, aren’t these things supposed to be a joke?

A quick recap:

#1, #2 and #3 are my immediate laugh-out-loud-that-never-happened resolutions. Sigh.

#4 and #5 DID get done. Ane is potty-trained (with Pull-Ups at night and naptime, but she’s usually dry through naps and nights are a 50/50 proposition), and she is sleeping in her own bed in her own room, but…

#6 did not get done. In fact, Ane’s closet is a disaster area. I did manage to get all the Christmas ornaments and most of the decor out of there, but all of the wrapping paper, gift boxes and gift bags, and a few never-been-unpacked-in-this-house boxes are hiding in there (to my deep shame).

#7 and #9, sadly, have been lost causes. The Webmaster and I did manage to get out on Friday, hiring Auntie to watch the kids, and go see Casino Royale (which was very, very, VERY cool), but the last time he and I saw a movie alone together was… December 2005. I’m trying to remember what we did for Valentine’s Day or our anniversary, though we have watched many episodes of Battlestar Galactica together. And if anything, my ability to get to bed at a decent hour has slid into the abyss and eaten by two children who demand my time when they are awake, forcing me to capitalize on any time I can get while they are asleep.

#8 saw some achievements. I did actually sew one dress (with great amounts of direction and help from my mother) for Ane, but now I really have to finish Head’s baby sampler before he turns three. And before a new baby arrives in the Friend and Doc family in July. Yeah. That might be a good idea.

I’m still struggling with #10, but the Webmaster says he sees improvement. I’ll take his word for it.

And now, my short list of resolutions for 2007:

1) Take advantage of good weather when it happens and get the kids outside to play. Fresh air never hurt anyone. They both have warm winter coats now and rain boots, so while I won’t be sending them out in a downpour, a slight rain or a cold day should not keep us inside. Santa brought the kids a Radio Flyer Pathfinder wagon for Christmas – the idea being that if Mommy takes them for a ride, perhaps she will burn a few calories in the process. Not a bad idea, huh?

2) Less TV, less Wikipedia, more reading. This is for both me and the kids (though Wikipedia doesn’t seem to be a problem for them). Eventual goal: take kids to local library and teach them to behave properly – not like wild and crazy banshees. Best part: our good friend C., who is a real bona fide librarian, will now be employed at a nearby library (though not the system we pay taxes to, it is the one my parents get books from and I grew up spending time in)! So perhaps we will go and bug her at work. 🙂

3) Not get pregnant. Ha! I will leave the babies to everyone else for another year. I will gladly baby-sit, though – especially for the newly born Wocket, who made his appearance on Christmas Eve, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches long! The Wocket is doing quite well after an uneventful pregnancy followed by a tremendously dramatic birth (rivaling Ane’s birth for fetal distress issues), and Carter’s Mom and Carter’s Dad are both doing well at home with their cute little guy. Carter the dog seems quite overwhelmed by what has happened, though. And the proud parents will now be known on this blog as CW Mom and CW Dad (CarterWocket), until something else strikes me as more appropriate.

4) Not take my family’s health for granted. Little Mo took her first steps in months on Christmas Day, but she doesn’t have enough strength to actually pull herself into a standing position. She has a feeding tube in her nose because her appetite is shot. And her parents are bracing for a big bad round of chemo in February. Little Mo will turn three in April (if I remember the date correctly). I compare Ane, with her long brown hair, reedy limbs, ruddy cheeks and sunny smile to Little Mo, who has the barest amount of peach fuzz after losing her hair to chemo, atrophied legs, pale complexion and fear of strangers, because all the strangers she encounters nowadays are doctors and nurses who poke and prod at her and make her take chemo, and I feel immediately chastised for my lack of appreciation for the simplest but greatest gift – good health. If we all have that in the coming year, we can handle anything. And compared to all that Little Mo is going through, so many of my own irritations and troubles seem small.

5) Be still and rest. Even if I’m behind on things, I need to give myself permission to take a break. I need to not take so much on. I need to learn to say “no” to people. I need some quiet time, and I’m going to find some in this coming year.

So, that’s what I’m resolving to do. If you’ve got a resolution, let’s hear it! And may you all have a healthy and blessed 2007.

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