That being said, I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Year. Broden and I rang in the New Year while simultaneously snoring with our heads on our pillows. Kyle, Kody and Vada spent the evening comparing apples to apples and other fun things at a friends house. I was having a tough time staying social after 9 p.m., and I couldn't stand even the thought of how monstrous Broden would be the next day if he stayed out until 1 a.m. Welcome to motherhood. I may stay up past midnight just about every day of the week, but I'm not forced to chit chat with 12 people at an hour when my brain has begun the shut down process. Beginning at approximately 9 p.m., my brain can only handle basic functions such as doing laundry, sweeping, washing dishes, and cleaning up dog pee. None of which require any conversation other than those with myself. And when you're the mother of a toddler, you are more than willing to sacrifice a couple hours of fun with friends just so you can get your child home, bathed, and in bed by their bedtime. That way the next day is much more pleasant. Not only for you, but for all of those that are forced to be around you and your child.
Out of curiosity, how many of you made a list entitled: New Year Resolutions of 2012? I have never been one to be too passionate about New Year resolutions. Though, I will admit, they are fun little lists to put together. Especially for someone who loves lists the way I do. So, naturally, I made one too.
I'll show you mine if you show me yours (wink).
Eh, I'll show you mine anyway (this thought process is what got me into trouble in high school...calm down, I'm only joking).
A Pie Lover's List of New Year Resolutions for 2012
This resolution was originally "read at least TWO books per month", but since I've already hammered out three books within the first two weeks of January, I bumped my expectations up to three books. If I can squeeze in more, then that's great, but since this is the first year that reading has been on my New Year Resolutions list I'm going to ease into it, like a good relationship. Why do I give this one the top spot? Because there are so many stories out there to be read, and it's my goal to read most of the good ones before I die. Since God has been procrastinating on letting me know when that may be, I better get a move on. The many benefits of reading is just an added bonus.
2. Get in shape.
Typically when I spew this out, I get comments along the lines of: "Why do you need to exercise?! You're so skinny already." I'm not saying this to rub my body type in your face. I'm saying this because although I know people are trying to be nice, I can't help rolling my eyes. No, I may not be overweight, but that certainly doesn't mean that I'm in shape. We, as a family, make a Tahoe bike ride, or two, every summer (I bailed on it two years ago because I had a little kidney bean setting up camp in my uterus), and there is one particular hill that laughs at me every time. Just when I think I might be able to make it, the nasty thing sends a burning through my calves and steals the air out of my lungs. Not this summer! I'm going to get myself ready for her. I will conquer! Know this though, I am NOT crazy enough to join a gym until March.
3. Post on my blog every Friday.
I already blew this one. Technically twice, because it's currently 1:17 on Saturday morning. But I'm going to forgive myself, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me too. It's never too late to start right? Or quit...depending on your situation. Sometimes, I may not have much to say, or the time to type more than "have a good weekend!", but I'm going to try. Mostly because I just enjoy writing. I love knowing that others read what I'm putting out there, but most of my enjoyment comes from simply putting my thoughts on the screen or paper.
I know this was on my list last year, and I have become a tad better, but I'm still not great at it. I am ALWAYS forgetting to put jewelry on. Especially when I know Kyle is sitting in the car with the kids, focusing all of his energy on NOT going back inside to snatch me up and put me in the car, ready or not, so we're not late to church...again. Maybe my resolution should instead be: To stop pressing snooze five times on my alarm clock before I actually crawl out of bed. Hmm? I'll have to think about that one.
5. Travel as much as time and money will allow.
As some of you know, maybe most of you, I cannot wait to move out of Nevada. Sure, Tahoe is beautiful, but that's just about the only beautiful part. I used to think the Arizona desert was ugly...and then I moved here. But the sage brush covered mountains aren't the only things about this place that I want to get away from. The casinos here make me feel dirty. The shopping is slim pickin's. City planners here are missing a few nuts and bolts. And other reasons I best believe be kept off this here blog (that pots been stirred enough already). Since moving is out of the question being that Kyle is working out the purchase of the company he is working for, divorce or frequent traveling are my only options. Since I want to continue staying home with my children, divorce is not an option. You can laugh. That was supposed to be funny. So far on my list of travel destinations: Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.
That's all I have for now. I know I'm supposed to have my list complete come January 1st, but I tend to continue adding to it throughout the year. That's probably breaking some sort of rule, but it wouldn't be the first one I've broken this year.
Here's wishing you the best with your resolutions for 2012!