Wow, has it really been nearly a month since I last wrote?!? It seems like time is flying right now. There’s so much to do and I’m trying to do it all. I guess when you’re trying to do it all, some things are bound to slip through the cracks. Like remembering to update your blog.
The holiday season was a success for us here in New Zealand. While it was a strange change for us to celebrate during the warmer months, we were blessed with a chilly, overcast Christmas Day. It made this Colorado girl feel a little more at home 🙂
Ben was on holiday from work for 10 days over Christmas and New Years. We spent the time both lounging around and doing fun activities. We had friends over and even went on a playdate for Patrick. We celebrated our anniversary by hiring a babysitter for Patrick (a first in over 2 years), and staying up late watching “Brave” and celebrating as a family.
Now that we are a full week into the new year, this mommy is dedicating herself to getting things done. That means resolutions. So here they are:
- First and foremost, getting healthy. I have let the move to New Zealand be an excuse to stress eat and over eat. I have indulged in foods that I know aren’t good for me, for the sake of trying New Zealand foods and allowing myself a ‘treat’. Well, all of those bad choices mean that I have gained back all of the weight I’d previously lost. Not to worry though, I have a plan and I am determined. I remember how good I felt when I was eating healthy and working out. I genuinely liked being me more than I do when I make poor choices regarding my health. And the good news is that we are all going to be eating healthier and doing more exercise/physical activity.
- I want to get organized. Not just finish unpacking, but organized. I’ve started by buying some small plastic containers to separate Patrick’s toys and making sure that we clean them up and put them away (at least daily, if not right away). I also want to go thru all of my drawers, shelves, closets and make sure that the things we are keeping are not only useful, but stored in a way that makes them useful as well as efficient.
- I want to spend some time working on existing and developing some new hobbies. I love to read – but I get stuck reading some of the same books over and over. So I’m hoping I can branch out a little. Luckily, I can totally still use my Castle Rock library card to check out digital books for my Kindle ;). I also enjoy crocheting. I don’t have any big projects planned, but I’m hoping I can finish up a couple of existing projects that are partially done. I also want to learn how to sew and do calligraphy. I brought my brand new sewing machine with me, as well as some sewing supplies. Ideally, I’d love to learn to make a quilt/blanket out of old clothes. I have old shirts that I don’t want to wear, but that have memories associated with them. Ben has even more shirts than I do. And I’d love to turn some of Patrick’s baby clothes into a blanket I can give him one day. Calligraphy is just something I’ve always thought was extremely beautiful. While unpacking I found a craft set of lettering markers and practice sheets. So I’ll start there and see where it takes me. Maybe next Christmas I can hand write some beautiful calligraphy on everyone’s christmas cards.
So there you have it. My New Year’s resolutions/goals for 2019. Now that we are in New Zealand and have our Visas sorted, have Ben’s job going well, and have all of our belongings, it really does feel like a new beginning that we get to enjoy. And I intend to do just that. Happy New Year to you all! Until next time…