Sunday, December 29, 2013

See Ya Later, 2013!

Our time with family has been incredible.  I miss Ohio terribly.  And I miss my nieces and nephews about as much as my heart can miss someone.  I won't spend time this evening dreaming of a day when I could have Aunt 'Cole sleepovers with forts made of sheets, homemade cookies, and staying up late watching movies.  I wish for that so much, though.

Our visit has also been spent with sick kids.  Coughs that keep people awake, sniffles that won't go away, and countless snotty tissues.  The icing on the cake, however, has been an ER visit today with the middle guy and his horrendous ear infection.  He's spent all evening on the couch, skipping dinner, and crying when the medication wears off.  It's been a rough few weeks for my kiddos.

Sad little kid.

So, the beginning of a whole new year is upon us.  A time for reflection of the year that has passed and the one beginning.  I still make New Year's resolutions and flake on nearly all of them.  I still wish to be in better shape, the house to be cleaner, money to be better managed, and school to be the best it's ever been.  I'll keep my personal goals to myself, mostly because I haven't decided on all of them, yet, but I'm hoping to share some new goals regarding our soon as I narrow them down.

We didn't have enough field trips or do enough fun science.  We didn't read enough books or practice enough handwriting.  We followed the curriculum too closely or not enough.  We made plans and bailed on them or simply didn't make any.

How will this year be better?  Maybe it's not a New Year's resolution at all, but a desire to constantly be improving, or merely trying to do so.  Even when things are going well, I don't want to be still and let something amazing pass by.  More importantly, when things aren't going well, I want to take notice and react.  When Adisson couldn't get over his hurdles in math, I found something else that worked.  When Zander got bored with his reading, we tried something new.  But there's more improvement needed in other important areas.

Whether I call them goals or resolutions makes no difference, it still means I want to see some changes.  It's exciting to be offered a new, clean slate.  A new year filled with promise of 365 new days.  This week, I'm going to really focus on what I can do to ensure I'm providing my sons with the best education I can.  So if we need writing homework help, I'm ready to find it.  Over the last month, I've made a point of finding fun science activities for us to do together and I know they want that to continue.  My next blog post will outline the changes I'm hoping to see in our upcoming year.  Until next year...

My guys in their new creeper hoodies!
Happy New Year!


  1. AWWWW... So, sorry to hear that your little one's our ill. We have been battling sickness in our home as well since October. Yes! I said October! Seems like it has been a constant in our home, over the past few months.
    One gets well and another take their turn. October was a horrible 3 week cough and congestion, November was stomach related and December has been Strep, which I am currently taking my turn :(
    Hopefully, the new year, will bring better health for both of our family's :)

  2. Yuck! So sorry your kiddos were so sick! :( Hope your 2014 started out better. :)



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