Happy New Year friends! 2013 is here and we are going to rock it! No, seriously, I have big plans, BIG, HUGE! Did you know that the day the world was supposed to end, December 21st, was actually a really important day of rebirth for the Mayans? They didn’t think the world was going to end, they thought it was a giant opportunity for everyone to assess their lives, figure out new paths for themselves, and be reborn as a better self. Phoenixstyle baby! Out of the ashes of 2012, let us be reborn into the awesomeness that we will embody in 2013. We can’t let the Mayans down, right?
Interestingly enough, my mom’s birthday was December 21st. My siblings and I decided to throw her a surprise party. We were so sneaky; we invited her friends, family, and her coworkers. We figured out a totally, non-suspicious way to get her to the party site. We all jump out and say “SURPRISE!”. Guess what the woman does? Pulls out FAVORS that she’s brought for all the partiers. Apparently my mom was
reborn on the 21st as a telepathic, surprise-party ruiner. It sucks having a mind-reader for a mother; you can’t get away with anything!
But back to you and me. We are reborn too, onto new horizons and all that. Okay, so what does that entail?
Making lists, right? You know I love a good list (reference blog 1 and blog 2)! So, without further ado, 2013 rebirth list of awesomeness:
1. Create Routines That Bring Order To My Crazy
I feel out of control. I do. A lot of the time, I make lists to try to counteract that feeling. But in the end there’s just a pile of lists and not much control. So here’s my deal for this year. Stop making the damn lists and start actually doing things to bring order to my life. No, really, this is the year it’s happening. You know why? Because big changes are afoot in my little household. My husband is taking a leave of absence from his paid job to student teach full time until May. My youngest has joined her older sister in pre-school (sob!). And I have hopes of career growth of my own.
We are incredibly psyched about all of this, but it does mean a bunch of changes for us: 1) A greatly reduced budget for one! I think I’m going to have to start (gasp!) couponing! 2) A new weekday schedule for our family (school for the girls, husband working different hours, me working different hours). 3) Expanding my income opportunities (yikes!). 4) Dear God, I’m making a list, you see, I just can’t help myself!
Here’s my real plan, I need to create routines for myself and my family that can help us get through this time of change and feel comforted by order amidst our chaos. I just found thisamazingly helpful little blog post from Alissa at the Creative with Kids blog. She makes creating routines feel do-able. I am inspired. If you, like me, need help jumpstarting this process, check her out.
Ok, enough boring stuff, onto awesomeness rebirth item number two:
2. Go Out On Dates With The Husband
Seriously, we have been together for nearly 13 years. That’s kind of a long time. Well, not to the Mayans, but to us. Since having kids, we have been horrendous about taking time for our relationship. And that’s not fair. It’s not fair to us and it’s not fair to our kids. I love this dude so much, he’s hysterical and sweet and generous and loving and I really like spending time with him. Just him. So how come we haven’t made time for each other in this way? Because it’s really flipping hard, right? Our kids don’t sleep, babysitters are hard to come by, it costs money; the excuses go on for days. Not in awesome year 2013. This year we are going on a date every month. That’s right, 12 whole dates! Woot woot!
During the past lame-o year of 2012, I squirreled away gift cards, bought cheapo deals on Groupon, Limelight, and other deal sites, and wrote down any good date idea I came across. I put them in twelve envelopes and gave them to the husband for Christmas. We will open each envelope the first of the month and go on our prepaid date. Now we just need to find the babysitters and we’ll be set. If I have your number, watch out, you’ll probably get a babysitting exchange request from me soon!
You know what? There are only two items on my rebirth list. But they’re kind of big ones, so I’m going to leave it at that and tell my list making alter ego to simmer down for now. So friends, share with me! What are your awesomeness rebirth plans for 2013? Any tips for creating routines ∕order in our lives? How about hot
dates? I’ll take ideas for those too! Until we have reached our truly awesome selves, I wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful, and calm 2013!
And just for fun, here are gratuitous pictures of my adorable girls on the first day of pre-school this week.
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