Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to new beginnings and a year full of adventures. Today is Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. We get to start fresh with a brand new calendar. It has yet to be cluttered up with scribbles and notes. Don’t you just love the crispness of a new calendar? It’s just like opening a new journal or pack of paper. Breaking a pen out of it’s packaging. The feeling we get with things that are new is just amazing. As we get older, there are still many new things but so much less than when we were young. I love looking at the wonder in my son’s eyes as he sees the world all big and bright and new. New experiences, new faces, new smells, and new feelings.
Today, on this first day of a brand new year, I ask that you look at the world through the eyes of a child. Take delight in the everyday wonders that life in our world has to offer. Happy New Year from my family to yours!
With the new year nearly here, it seems appropriate to dive into this topic and talk about the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. In the past I’ve had resolutions to loose weight, keep the house spotless, exercise every day, cut out sweets, and connect with family and friends more. Well, this past year I have lost a tremendous amount of weight so I think that one can stay off the list. I exercise pretty regularly by going on walks with my husband and little man so that one’s off the list. My current diet/eating style is very low sugar so I have that taken care of. What’s left? Keep the house spotless and connect with family and friends more. Well, I’ve been getting some great routines in place with the family that include housekeeping but it could still use work or focus so it’s on the list. For connect with family and friends more I am getting better at this too. I’ve kept up a family journal for 2 1/2 years now that my family has access to so they can see pictures and updates on little man, hubby and I. They get a monthly newsletter and it works out great. I do have to finish updating that before December’s newsletter gets sent out December 31st. For connecting with friends, it’s a work in progress certainly so it’s on the list. While I’m on Facebook and this blog, it still isn’t personal enough for true friendships. I really want to work on seeing friends and reaching out to them. It’s important to create and grow relationships. We all need people.
For the new year I’d like to add in focus on my son. Our library is about to launch a program called 1,000 Books B4K which challenges parents to read 1,000 books to their child before they enter kindergarten. I’d like to accept that challenge. By reading 4 books a week we would get there. But, by reading a bedtime story every night, we’ll get there in under 3 years. I think that reading is an important skill and it increases the bond between parent and child. It also helps children turn into great writers. When I was little, I was always reading. I still have my original library card signed when I was in third grade.
My other new resolution this year is directly related to this blog. It’s to write more! I want to continuously populate this blog and write not just about everyday life, but about various topics. I’ve already got my recipes going very well here so I just need to find out what other direction(s) I want to go. Though with my recipes, I’d like to eventually turn it into a cookbook. I love having all my recipes in one place and not having to look at which paper I wrote it out on while I made it up. It’s no fun trying to read through a splatter of dough and determine whether it’s 1/2 tsp or 1/2 Tbs.
So that’s it for the 2013 resolutions. 2012 was a great year and I’ll try to write a wrap up before it’s completely over. We’re almost out of time!