I took a few days offline to recoup from the holidays and get my family back into the swing of things. I know you can all relate- it’s been nonstop since October. From school parties and events to extracurricular activities, and then throw in every childhood virus that can pass through your home- it’s been quite crazy.
My kids are growing up before my eyes and I’m still not sure how to process this next stage as we move from the baby stage with our last baby to being a child. We fall into this routine, which I’ve always been terrified of, and now that we are looking into preschools for my third child this is getting more real than I’d like. I’m caught between having a few hours of child-free responsibilities, to mourning the stage I’d always dreamed of being in when I was a kid. I mean, this means I’m getting older, right?
On the other hand, life is getting just a little bit easier. It’s getting easier to leave the house with three kids, travel with three kids, and even day to day cooking and cleaning, as they are more independent. Maybe I’ll even consider going back to teaching. Maybe.
So, as my first post of 2018, I’d like to start off with the typical resolutions of things I promise to myself as this is a big year of change for my family.
1- We will finally take that trip to Greece this year. We’ve been saying this for 12 years, but there was always a reason we couldn’t go. This will be the year we take our kids to visit family and the beautiful country where our roots started.
2- I will take my health back. The everyday pain I’ve been experiencing with my back started when I was pregnant with my first, but after my 3rd it stayed for good. It interferes with everything I do, and I’ve canceled many events because I simply couldn’t walk. This is also my best-kept secret, as I try not to appear to be limited in any way. This is the year I will make the necessary appointments and keep them.
3- I’ll cook more variety of meals. We all fall into the crispy-chicken & burgers rut because that’s pretty much all the kids eat. I’m fortunate my kids are good eaters, we just need to expand their palettes.
4- I’ll be more organized. (I made this resolution 7 years ago, so I wouldn’t bet on it.) Although I feel I have mastered the art of not accumulating clutter. That’s a start!
5- I will take more videos to share with my online community. Who doesn’t love YouTube!?
I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, so starting with 5 resolutions to myself is a start.