It is that time of year again; time to make resolutions that will never be completed. Before I jump into making mine for 2014, I wanted to have a quick recap of how the ones from 2013 worked out.
I am going to call this goal a partial success. While we did not actually spend more time together, I feel that the time that we are spending together is of a higher quality. Now that we know there is another minion coming to our family, each day with just the three of us seems even more precious. This is another goal that is going to roll into next year with one slight change (you can see the change when I post my 2014 resolutions/goals).
This goal frankly did not happen so much. With work being even busier than before, it was impossible for us to all sit down together for meals; even on the weekend it was a challenge. I am going to carry this resolution forward to this year. I think this is a goal that I will always have and always need to work on.
We actually did get better at this! While our kitchen is nowhere near spotless 95% of the time, we did hire someone to come and clean for us every other week. This cleaning has required us to have dishes done completely at least that often. Win!
We tried to take L to 10 new places this year, but we were not able to meet that goal. We did manage to visit 10 new places among the three of us, so I am going to count that as a goal completed.
1 – Happy Hollow Park and Zoo – L absolutely loved going here. There was a petting zoo where he got to feed the goats, a few different animal exhibits, and some small rides for young children. One ride had police cars and fire trucks going in a circle; there was a major tantrum when he had to get off of that ride.
2 – Gilroy Gardens – I took L here on a playdate while J was in Singapore this year. This park had more rides for kids that were slightly older, but they still had the fire trucks going in a circle ride (a must have for my child). I enjoyed getting to look at the gardens where J and I were married 8 years ago.
3 – Park with the Fire Truck – In our home town, there are a few different parks that we take L to. We try to change it up every few months by taking him to a park that he has never been to or we don’t visit very often. This year we took him to a park that is part of an elementary school which has a metal frame designed to look like a fire truck. (Can you see the theme in L’s interests?)
4 – Morgan Hill Community Park – We all went to this park to meet one of my mom friends from the BabyCenter forums. It was my first IRL meeting of someone from our group of moms who had kids in July 2011. L was pretty shy at first, but after a few minutes he warmed right up to the other little boy. They bonded over the steering wheels on the play structure.
5 – Sundial Bridge – This year we celebrated Christmas up in Northern California with some of J’s family. On Christmas Eve, after our traditional lunch at Sierra Nevada Brewery, we took L to the Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA. He had so much fun running across it with his cousins!
6 – Napa Valley – J and I had our first weekend getaway in the beginning of the year up to Napa. It was so nice and relaxing to spend some time reconnecting as a couple and wine tasting without children present. A big thank you to my parents for babysitting L while we were gone too!
7 – Pulau Ubin – When J went to Singapore this past year, they actually had some free time for touring. The group decided to take a bike tour of Pulau Ubin while they were there (next time J will remember to bring shoes for biking, flip flops don’t cut it).
8 – North Carolina – For work I traveled to North Carolina to visit one of our other plants for testing. It was fun to see the South again and all of the green, green trees covering the hills. I hope to travel there more in the future.
9 – UC Davis – Another trip that I took for work is to UC Davis for a workshop this past fall. They have a beautiful campus and a town that is extremely friendly to bicycles (the bicyclists are not very friendly to pedestrians though).
10 – Santa Cruz Boardwalk – While we did not get to do a full tour of the Boardwalk this year (it was closed for the winter), we did get to ride the Holiday Lights Train that departs from there. L loved riding the train, and while I did not think the scenery was the most beautiful, he enjoyed seeing the garbage trucks, cement trucks, and fire trucks that can be seen in the pseudo-industrial section of Santa Cruz.
This is a hard goal to measure in terms of success. We are now taking L to the Little Gym for classes every week, which expands his horizons quite a bit. It also gets us to interact with other parents. J is getting the garage set up for some home improvement projects that have been on his to-do list for years now. I am also reconnecting with my crafty self and trying to do more projects at home rather than buy things. I think that we all have worked on adding more to our lives outside of the work-play-sleep routine that we have been stuck in.
All in all, I could have done worse. I could have done a lot better too, but I think this was a decent level of achievement for my resolutions. Now, I have to make my list for this year. That is quite a daunting prospect when you think of how much we have already happening in 2014.