Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye, 2011!

It’s New Year’s Eve and the holiday season is officially drawing to a close. I’ve boxed the ornaments (the tree will be left up until tomorrow or Monday when I can bribe Tim to drag it back up into the attic. That’s right, we Fake Fir around here), taken down the stockings and put away all the Christmas presents. Tonight the girls will spend the evening with my parents while we head over to a high school friend’s party. And yes, I am totally overdressing for it, because where else will I get to wear my cute, festive things?

This past year was full of unexpectedly good things. My husband has found his niche in the education realm and is almost done with his master’s degree. We welcomed Miss Lily, also known as LilyKat or Baby Lala. Mary continued in preschool, Anna turned two and hasn’t stopped making the world aware she is a force to be reckoned with ever since.

And me? It was my first full year as a stay at home mom and I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of it. I had another birthday, the day after Lily was born. I’m comfortable in my own skin for the first time in, well, ever, I think. There’s a confidence that didn’t exist 10 years ago, that’s for sure. I’ll never claim to be a great wife or mother but you do what you can and hope for the best. The only real goals I have in 2012 are to finally run that 5k I’ve been working towards and actually keep up with this blog. I know, I know, don’t get too ambitious there, killer.

As I look forward to 2012, the shorter part of my family appears to be living in the moment entirely. Mary and Anna are exploring the rules of cause and effect, it would appear. Tim just got out of the shower, and from the other room, I hear this exchange:

Anna: Why Daddy take a bath?

Mary: Because he’s stinky!

Anna: Oh.

So there’s that. They’re realists if nothing else.

How about the rest of you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions?


  1. Not have my wife divorce me. Be a better parent and not get fired. Trade ya?

  2. hmmm new years resolutions. 1. drink more water. 2. cash and carry only. 3. get the hell out of Upstate NY.