Hey, all! It’s been a slow start to 2014 thanks to a round of colds in the family (well, mostly me), holiday madness, snowstorms, and a lot of work projects all hitting me at the same time. There have been fun things, too. My son was super into Christmas this year, which was a riot. I could write a whole post about our Elf on the Shelf experience but I’ll have to save that until next year. Also, during last week’s snowstorm my darling little girl took her first steps, and Mr. JC and I are so grateful for the snow day – otherwise she would have walked at daycare and we would have missed it. She also turned 15 months this past weekend and her vocabulary exploded over the holiday break. I’m keeping track of her new words and she’s up to more than 30 already! She’s an early talker just like her big brother.
I’ve missed this little blog and also all the blog-reading that I like to do when I have time, so I’m jumping on the New Year’s bandwagon with some goals for this year, but with a twist. Miss Sunshine, I am not, so just for kicks I’m taking a more “negative” approach to my 2014 resolutions:
What I Won’t Do in 2014
- I won’t let toys conquer my living room. A few months ago I shared our toy conundrum, and over the holiday break we finally made a little progress: I organized the media cabinet to make more storage for kids’ games, packed up all the baby toys (sniffle), and weeded out our boy’s toys (they are stashed in the garage for now until he forgets about them entirely).
- I won’t leave projects unfinished. I have this terrible habit of starting and stopping projects when something easier or more interesting comes my way. So, this year I will try to avoid this nasty habit and finally finish projects like a frame for my bathroom mirror that’s painted but needs to be attached, two of our four kitchen chairs that need refinishing, and numerous un-hung framed photos.
- I won’t allow my Silhouette Cameo to continue to gather dust. I mean really – I’ve had that darn machine for like two years and only made one feeble attempt to use it. It will be used in the first half of 2014 or sold.
- I won’t hang on to stuff (ahem, baby items) that we don’t need. Instead, I will keep one box per child of sentimental clothes and toys, donate a lot, share with friends who are expecting, and sell bigger-ticket items to fund big-kid clothes, toys, and room re-dos.
Four is enough items on my list. At least #1 is already in progress! A new console is on the way from Overstock and once it arrives the toy nook in our living room will really take shape. I’ll share more on that later.
Are you resolving to do – or not do – anything in 2014? Anyone else finally parting with baby clothes? It’s emotional to think about it and when I actually start sorting through things I’m sure there will be tears.