Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's a Brand New Year (Almost)

I've never been big on resolutions. In fact, I can't really remember the last time I made any. They just always seemed like a surefire way to indicate to myself, yet again, how little self-discipline I have sometimes. But this year... it's going to be different. I swear. You believe me... right?

So here it is, for those three (maybe four) people who will read this and help hold me accountable.

Jessica's 2009 Resolutions:

1. Quit saying "no" to the kids so much. Now, please don't misunderstand this statement. I firmly believe in the necessary NO situations. Such as: "Jalyn, NO RUNNING!" or "Jaxen, NO! You can not pretend your sister is a Dark Force clone trooper/ droid/ padawha (whatever all those mean)." I am referring more to the day to day NO's that the kids hear. The ones that refer to markers on the couch, the jug of milk that's about to spilled everywhere, or pancakes at 7 in the morning on a Saturday. Because really, when you think about.. the couch already has marker lines on it anyway, milk can be cleaned up, and I really should jump out of bed to provide basic needs for my children.

2. Less cleaning. The reality of life with two young children is this-- you can clean and pick up and vacuum and do laundry and on and on and on until you are blue in the face. And it's still going to look the same way tomorrow. My goal is to get things a little more organized (or just buy more Rubbermaid bins to hide everything in) so that I can least present myself and my family with the facade of a clean home.

3. Spend more time doing fun things with the family. (See above number two and you will see where I'm going to get all this extra time.)

4. Blog more. I guess that should be pretty evident since it's been about a month since my last post. I like this resolution as well because my progess can be monitored. If you notice me slacking, please send me a friendly reminder of my resolution #4. Thanks in advance.

5. Read more. I already try to fit in as much reading as I possibly can, but honestly I believe there are some sacrifices that I could make so as to get in more booktime. Less Perez Hilton. More literature. A girl's gotta get her priorities in line.

6. Date nights. I almost said MORE date nights, but since I can't even remember the last time that Darrell and I had a date night, that wouldn't really be an accurate resolution. So I'm simply going to say have date nights in general.

I think I had better stop there so that I don't overwhelm myself with goals:) Wish me luck on my quest to have a more relaxed, more FUN 2009! Just remember... there's no day but today.


2 Kids 3 Martinis said...

Great to hear from you! I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas, but didn't have your email address! Hope it was a good one!

Nice ideas for the new year; I hope you will be successful with your endeavors. I hear ya on the Perez Hilton thing...

Happy New Year! Almost!

stargurrl13 said...


I prefer to call them "goals" and I try to set them in the MIDDLE of the year instead of at the beginning. It makes me feel as if I've got a shot at really reaching them!

I'll try to help you stay on track with these....I got your back, girlie!

Anonymous said...

Those are some mighty fine resolutions. I made a conscious effort to say "No" to the kids less last year, for the same reasons. It adds so much joy to having them around. Ironically, I was saying no avoid more cleaning. So, I did more meaningful cleaning and let some of the laundry and dishes sit for a day or two.

So, I'm in sync with you on these! I'll work on them this year, too. Because heaven knows I could be better at them.

Jessican said...

Aint' nothin wrong with a little perez hilton. : )

I say YES to Less Cleaning!