In order to move forward, I'd like to take a look back at the past year and reflect, cheesy but hey, I
2011 was quite a year, and I probably say this every year, but it was the best year of my life....yet. The obvious main reason, was the birth of our wonderful son Griffin back in April.
With the birth of Griffin, our lives changed in so many ways, and it has made for a new, better way of life. Becoming parents has been so special for Nate and me, and it is a blessing we do not take lightly. Parenthood has brought us closer together, forced better communication between us, allowed us to spend more time with our family, caused us to ask for help from friends and family and has prompted us to be more intentional about spending time together as a couple. In fact, we even got to plan a few vacation weekends (Chicago and Cali) without Griffin to reminisce what it was like to just be a married couple again.
This year has also brought a lot of change for me in how I spend my days. The obvious change is that I have a baby around 24 hours a day (thankfully he sleeps through 12 of them at night!), but I am for the first time in my entire life, not at school this year (learning or teaching). While I deeply miss the connections I made with students, my friendships with my co-workers, and the opportunity to shape a year of education for my students, I am so thankful to have a new job title this year at home. Being home with Griffin has been such a blessing and I have loved watching him grow and reach new milestones.
While I am not teaching 7th and 8th grade students, I take everyday as opportunity to try to teach Griffin something new. We do stay very busy with playdates with friends of mine (and his), other kids groups (neighborhood playgroup, MOPS, BSF, church nursery), taking walks (luckily the weather has allowed us to walk in December and January), and lots and lots of playtime with toys and Cooper.
This change has brought me closer to a different set of friends, my friends that have young children-and I am so thankful to get together with them and share our parenting ups and downs. Spending more time at home has also prompted me to tap into my DIY side and continue trying to make our house more our home, and I have attempted to become more crafty (here, here, here and here).
That being said, I have big plans for 2012....and with out sounding too new-year's-resolution-y.....In 2012 I will....
Travel with Griffin on an airplane. We have taken a few road trips to lake houses with Griffin, and spent countless overnights at my parents', but we have yet to take a real trip with Griffin.
Host more dinners. Griffin is just getting to the age where our dinner plans with friends are getting a little more tricky. We can still go out later at about 7, feed him and put him to bed in his car seat, but soon he will out grow his infant seat and we will become much more limited. Hence, the resolution. If we want to keep spending time with our friends, we'll just have to cook for them!
Continue to stay busy. I would get really bored staying home everyday. I need to continue to make plans for Griffin and me, even as his schedule changes, we need to adapt and continue to stay busy for
Continue my quest in becoming a Jill of all trades. I want to learn how to do so many things and continue to improve my DIY skills....my DIY list (and I love lists) is the longest of them all:) but that's for another day.
Implement the daily/hourly/minutely round-up as adapted from mon petit amour and my father (and his father before him) who has many catch phrases to live by; such as, "If a job is once begun, do not leave it 'til it's done, whether it be big or small, do it well or not at all," and "a clean _____ is a happy _____," and finally, "clean as you go." My round-up includes: toys away, dishes clean/put away, coffee table and dining room table clear of mail/clutter. It is a constant process, but it makes the day better.
Cut my hair. I'm not a big hair style person, but I do like to grow it out then chop it off and give it to Locks of Love. 2012 is going to be a year of the chop....not sure when, but sometime this year. There, I said it.
Start a new family tradition. I'm not sure what it will be (or maybe more than one), but I would like to start some traditions for our own family, like the countless traditions we have blended together from Nate and my family.
Doesn't sound too daunting, just some regular stuff and continuing to live our lives with an always changing, challenging and exciting little boy (did you hear that? I just called him a little boy and not a baby....whoa...he IS turning 1 in just 3 months....). 2012....here we come.