Kind of a hokey title but the only other ones I could come up with were “Winter Wrapup” (bleh) & “New Year’s Organizational Massacre” (a bit dramatic, I admit. I was referring to my cleaning annihilation yesterday but was afraid the violence would overshadow my tips)
First off, how was your Christmas? It was really nice here. This is the first year we’ve spent it without any extended family. The first 30 years of my life I spent Christmas morning in Florida with my family. Last year we stayed home but had my in-laws come stay with us. This year however we were completely solo. I was kind of worried I’d find it depressing but to be honest, it was actually kind of awesome. Just the four of us, doing whatever the heck we felt like doing. No one to play host to & no traveling during the holidays. Just us. And Christmas. It was nice.
Sam & I made pumpkin bread. I resolved that even if it’s messier or takes longer or comes out crooked I’m going to let her help more. What fun is it to help your mom bake if all you’re allowed to do is stir for a few seconds?
There were snowflake peanut butter sandwiches. I need to warn you however, once you start making pb & j’s with a cookie cutter it’s hard to get them to go back to plan old squares. (thanks Nana)Christmas Eve we made the new tradition of going out to a lovely mexican restaurant called “Rosa Mexicana” on the National Harbor. Unexpected bonus? Humongous Christmas tree with a light show every 30 minutes!Then of course there’s Christmas morning…For New Year’s Eve we had a date with our couch, a bottle of champagne, 2 little nutcases in footie pajamas & a table full of quick & easy appetizer type dishes for us to snack on all evening long.There was tuna & avocado salad, brown sugar baked brie with apples, shrimp cocktail (tip- place shrimp in a bowl over a larger bowl filled with ice water. It will keep them chilled without getting soggy), fish sticks, mini pizzas, baby quiches & my own little brainstorm (although I’m sure I’m not the first to think of it I’m still quite proud) of smoked salmon on onion crackers with a smudge of cream cheese & sprinkle of scallions. It’s basically the appetizer version of P’s favorite breakfast dish, bagels & lox. (not rocket science, I know…but still)
Almost everything was pre-made with the exception of the salad & lox concoction. Easy peasy no stress, my favorite.
And yesterday, sighh, yesterday I’m quite proud of my friends. I don’t know why or how but I somehow got the New Year’s Day decluttering bug in a major way. I’m talking on the verge of possessed. At one point P asked me if I was pregnant & was nesting. (Bite your tongue!)It was one of those things where I hate the clutter but didn’t have the time or energy to clean it so the junk drawers just grew & eventually got to that infuriating point of not even opening. Yesterday I had enough. If you were a tupperware without a lid in my house than you were my bitch.
Today 6 bags worth of randomness made their way to Salvation Army & IT FELT AMAZING.
Speaking of starting the new year off with a clean start (literally) let’s talk resolutions. What you got? I’m all about setting goals for myself that I can most likely meet. I’ve found that resolutions which are too vague or far-fetched are just setting myself up for failure. For the whole resolution equation to work you need to make it specific, attainable & to the point. Don’t just say “get in shape”, say “walk 3 times a week”. Or if it’s to “be a better dad” than how about think of a few ways you can specifically attain that goal. A change you can get going on immediately is best.
*plan a date with my husband at least once a month
*find physical activities with Sam that we can do a few times a week (if left to her own that kid is happy doing puzzles, tv, drawing or any other stationary activity 24/7. I need to find a way to get her active while being fun. Sophie on the other could stand a little downtime)
*Get back to running. Start with elliptical once a week & build up from there while it’s cold out with a goal of running outside at least bi-weekly once spring hits.
*Blog, blog, blog. I love Little Pink Monster & I want to nurture & grow her as well a new blog I’m starting for my husband’s show. It makes me happy.
So that’s it, out there for the whole world to see! Don’t leave me here all alone in the boat…what are you going to do in 2012??