Christmas Wrap Up and New Year’s Resolutions

Ross and I had a lovely first Christmas with Kale. There was a turkey and stuffing (Sage Cranberry Pecan and holy cow was it awesome), and an awful lot of eggnog consumed. We did our present unwrapping in shifts, because Kale needed a nap part way through. We all got spoiled, and Kale was especially delighted to have all that lovely crinkly wrapping paper. We did take pictures on Ross’ work camera, so we will have to wait another day or two to get them here on the blog.

In the meantime though, may I introduce you to the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man?

From Kale 3 to 6 months

This was a gift from my friend Shauna. I guess it didn’t fit Bonnie (although younger than Kale she is built much differently) and so she passed it on to us. This little suit is AWESOME. Do you see the ears? Oh yeah, baby. I love the ears.

This coming week will mark the end of Kale’s first Christmas. I’m not one to leave things like the tree and all the decorative goodies up for more than a week or so. In fact, it’s my personal thing that January 1st should be Christmas Crap Free, so that you start the new year off fresh and clean. So this week I will be boxing that stuff up. I had to make a note in my dayplanner, though. DO NOT BUY CHRISTMAS CARDS. I made the mistake last year of buying a bunch of cards on sale, and brought them home and congratulated myself on my frugality. Then I packed them up in the Christmas stuff and promptly forgot all about them. So when November rolled around this year, I bought more cards and then kicked myself when I unearthed the cards while decorating. So in my new dayplanner the first thing I wrote in it was on November 1st 2009: Don’t buy Christmas cards. Now the key will be to remember where I put them.

Every year I do a year in review post on my blog, but because this year I started a new blog part way through the year (and have deactivated and deleted the old one) I don’t really have much to refer to. My memory is hazy of this past year because it was such a roller coaster of emotions for the first half, and such a whirlwind for the last half. In 2008 I was able to strike Action Item # 2 off my To-Do-This-Life List. I had a baby boy. Having a baby has so completely rocked my world that everything pales in comparison.

I like to spend a few hours sitting and reflecting on my year. It helps me focus on what I absolutely rocked at and what I could really use some more practice at. When I sit and reflect this year, I think about a few things that I feel I triumphed over – for example, I organized another fabulous tradeshow for my employer, I went to a lot of hockey games and was much less of a hockey hooligan, and I made a point of trying to dress appropriate for my age and shape. These are all things I was hoping to do. I also wish I had been more patient, told my family I loved them more often, and kept my mouth shut more often when I had nothing nice to say.

In 2009, I really hope to accomplish a few things. These are half resolution and half goals, and some are serious and some just for fun. In no particular order:

  • I’d like to come up with a way to ensure I don’t have to go back to work. I have a lot of pokers in the fire of things I feel could make us a bit of money. I have a few crafty ideas up my sleeve I am hoping come to fruition, and I have a felt toy in the works as well that’s currently out there in test-ville (more on that in a future post). I also think I want to sign up to sell educational books and am in the process of checking that out and I have a few other things up my sleeve that I’d like to get my collective poop organized a bit more in the coming few months. I am loving being at home with Kale and I need to do everything in my power to try and stay at home.
  • I want to work on being a more demonstrative person. I’m not really a touchy feely huggy kissy type of gal. I rarely admit I love someone out loud. So this year, I want to try and tell people, either through actions or through words, that I care about them. Without being creepy.
  • I want to learn patience. More than ever, I struggle with being a patient person. I want – nay – NEED to learn to be more patient. There are going to be some patience-testing times in my life soon. I need to be ready to deal with that challenge.
  • I want to be the best mom and best wife I am capable of being.
  • I would like to take a pottery class. In fact, I am going to shoot to take 2 or 3 classes in something I have never done before. Lampworking sounds really interesting, and its offered locally and is reasonably priced.  I’d also like to take some sort of “get off my butt” classes in something active, and I am still hoping to buy a handheld GPS to start a family outing and take Kale hiking and geo-caching. I feel like I need to learn some stuff.
  • I will send a birthday card to as many of my loved ones as possible, on time.
  • Lastly, I want to break out my old SLR, and aim to shoot off 1 roll of real honest-to-goodness film every month. I sometimes forget what it feels like to open up that envelope after getting your film processed, and being excited to see the results.

What about you guys? Any resolutions you want to share?

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