Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year's Resolutions (Some Which I Probably Won't Keep)

New Year’s Resolutions!  It’s a few days before 2015, so I suppose it’s time to make some.  I’m not very good at keeping them but here are a few I’d like to try for this year.  
Buy White Socks Only
It would make sense to buy all white socks that are exactly the same.  This would make my life so much easier.  And, I’m sure I would have fewer ‘stray’ socks and fewer times when I wear mismatched socks to drop my daughter off at school to bed.   But no, I won’t do this because I’ll go shopping and see the cute patterned socks that would look so cute with this or that.  Then, I’ll pick up some Valentine’s Day socks in the Target dollar bin for the kids.  Not practical at all, but fun!
Go to Sleep Earlier
Honestly, this is hard for me.  I always stay up later than I should.  However, lately, I have been passing out from exhaustion falling asleep a few days a week at the same time that my kids go to bed.   Part of me thinks I need to go get a physical because I can't stay up as late as I used to. And, part of me is scared because I wonder if it’s just because I’m getting older.  
I Will Keep My Cool
When the kids drop cereal all over the ground and then step in it, I will keep my cool.  When my kids start fighting over an Elsa doll, I won’t run over to them like a mad woman and demand they stop arguing.  When my son refuses to get into his car seat,  I will not drown my stress in a pint of Ben and Jerrys.  I will be a more relaxed mom in 2015.  Really.
Exercise More
I exercise.  However, with the low So Cal temperatures lately (yes to me 50 degrees is cold, please don’t throw virtual snowballs at me), I haven’t been getting out to run as often.  Instead, I’ve been going on my treadmill and walking at speed 3.0, sometimes 3.5, while I watch some show on Netflix. In my defense, I try to walk for at least an hour.  I guess that still counts as exercise.  Still, I really need to pick up the pace if I want to do that mud run in April.
I Will Savor the Moments More
But, if I’m being serious, this year, I want to relish the moments.  When my daughter helps my son put on his new Batman robe or his socks and shoes, I will admire her kindness.  When my son snuggles next to me during bedtime stories, I will remember how blessed I am.  I will hug my kids tighter and longer.  I will tuck their laughter into a special place in my heart.  I will try to remember that they are not perfect, and neither am I.  

And then there's this: Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. …….This is one I know I can keep because it's easy to love my kids.
It’s a New Year!  I’m going to try to be better, but I also realize, I’ve already got it pretty good.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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