For 2012, I would like to:
- Establish a regular prayer time and routine - Nothing elaborate, but I need to find a few minutes each day. Most days this past year, I think my prayers consisted of counting how many Hail Mary's it took for Elizabeth to go to sleep or praying, "Please God, let her sleep until morning now."
- Finish projects - I have a great fear of actually finishing things, especially for myself, because they never turn out exactly as I build them up in my mind. I want to do some new things, birthday and Easter dresses for Elizabeth, something for the boys, etc. but blue sweater, grey sweater, and coat, you're on notice!
- Create a home for our family - I have come to the realization over the last few months, that what I need to do is not "decorate" precisely, but create a home where my kids and husband feel comfortable and where they feel good about having friends come visit. Yes, this means I need to put some paint on the walls, but I also need pictures of us and preschool art masterpieces. Not every closet must be organized within an inch of its life, but things must have a place and go there regularly. The house will never be spotless and glossy like a magazine, but it must be reasonably clean most of the time.
- Parent more consistently - I need to stop giving a warning, walking away, coming back, giving another warning, moving the wash, giving another warning, etc. I need to get to one warning and then consequences. I also need to be consistent with expectations regarding help around the house - toys will be picked up EVERY night, not just when they make me so crazy I can't stand it any longer.
Well, that's as much deep thinking as I've done in a while. Hopefully some of these things will actually happen! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Day. Don't forget your pork and sauerkraut or you'll be left hopelessly in 2011.