Ah, Happy New Year everyone! Time to reflect and make some changes. Or at the very least, time to think about change, and then let enough time pass that nothing happens.
In our neck of the woods, change is evident in some of the trees. It is finally fall here. There are a scattering of deciduous trees in our neighborhood, a couple in my own backyard. We changed the kid unfriendly landscaping (visualize Ian patting a prickly pear cactus with his bare hands, OUCH!) this last October, and purposely planted some Chinese Pistache. Now our kids can see some lovely red leaves to prove there is a change in season.
Change, something I'm not afraid of. In the last four years, my life has undergone major change. A divorce, life in the single lane, true love found, marriage, new house, two babies, quit being an elementary school teacher to be a stay at home mom, yes, some seriously major changes. Whew, I am exhausted, but also, I am grateful for each new experience that has helped me grow as a person.
Tradition dictates that with a New Year, we make a New Year's resolution. The Babylonians celebrated this tradition, typically returning borrowed farm equipment. Hmmm, I don't think I've borrowed any farm equipment this year, despite the landscaping project. I guess I need to think of another resolution. Think, think, think. It would be nice to choose something that I'm motivated in and will actually achieve.
One area I'm sorely lacking in, is exercise. This doesn't mean I'm heading to the gym any time soon. Blah, boring. I just need to get out of the house and move this languid body. The kids need to get out more too. We're something of homebodies, not good in my opinion. Fresh air, new sights and sounds would do us all a world of good, especially after being cooped up sick the last week (I'm healthy, just both kids and Paul are sick) . Going to the park, the zoo, a museum, yes, yes that's it! I'm excited!
Ok, I've found my New Year's resolution: everyday, we will get out of the house. Going to a park, the zoo, a museum, counts. Going to the store or mall, doesn't. Playing in the backyard counts, after all, we did redo the landscaping and have a humongous sandpit to dig up, and grassy area to run around in, we should utilize it. The point is to get out, get moving, and have fun!