Every single year growing up, my dad would make us write down our resolutions. We wrote them on a new sheet of computer paper every year, folded them up and then stuffed them in the same envelope as we had the years before. Whenever we knew it was resolution-writing time, we would all kind of whine and hurry to get them done- Stop teasing my brothers, don't talk back, get all A's in school, etc. The normal stuff. More of a things-I'm-working-on list. After I was done writing, I would fold it up, stick it in the envelope and write my name, a heart, and the name of the boy I loved that year. Then I was done.
During my last couple married years, I have still written down my resolutions, because my husband makes me. But this year is special, because I have actually made resolutions by my own free will. And McKay wrote his, as he always does.
Here are our resolutions for 2013:
Give people the benefit of the doubt
I don't know how to explain this well, but I have an example.
A little while ago, Jax and I went to Fred Meyer. Grocery shopping is never easy with him, and when we got outside, it was pouring down rain. Like POURING bad. I stood under the covered area for a couple seconds, wondering what to do because I didn't have a raincoat for Jax or an umbrella- and we were parked kind of out there. All of the sudden, a small little old man walking pass me stopped, turned to me, glared and meanly grumble/yelled, "You don't have a hat for that baby!" And then walked away. So there I was- and I was feeling kind of stupid, really "young" and unprepared. I then decided to just stuff Jax under my sweatshirt and run to the car- during which he was fighting to get out, revealing to the entire parking lot that I was only wearing a bra and nothing else under my sweatshirt. I know. So then we got all situated and I started thinking things like What a grumpy man. He must be really unhappy in his life to be that mean to random strangers. Old people think they know everything (I know, that's a bad one.) etc. etc. etc.
But ever since then I have thought about that little experience and I really don't want to be like that. I don't want to have make rude assumptions about people to make myself feel better when I am offended. And it really doesn' make me feel better.
And maybe he really is a happy nice man, just disappointed that I was taking my baby into the pouring rain. MAYBE.
Read a lot more
Since Jax has been born, I don't know if I have finished an entire book. At the end of the day, I usually want my brain to just rest. So I usually do something mindless and then I go to bed feeling blah. I used to read a lot and I want to be like that again. Plus, I want my kids to see me reading and to love reading themselves.
With Pinterest, blogging, media and everything else, it's so easy for me to want more- something else- something different than what I have. That's a big thing that I want to work on this year. When I think about the people who I look up to the most, not one of them has the best house or the cutest clothes or the best (fill in the blank). They are happy because they are grateful for what they have and they are content and comfortable with that.
Learn to take good pictures
This might be the year (fingers crossed) that I get a good camera. Maybe maybe maybe I will get it...and then I want to practice practice practice.
Do more outside, find a sport to learn/like, firm up my flat bum, buy bikes for all of us
Get rid of my man boobs.
When I was younger I was always skinny. Then in high school after sports were over I got lazy and one of my friends said I was turning into a “skinny, fat kid.” Since then I have had more ups and downs than Oprah.
Read one book a month
I read a statistic a couple days ago that said 56% of all college graduates never read a book from cover to cover again. I first was happy because I have read one book, the Hunger Games. But then after I thought about it for a while I realized I listened to it on tape, and I still haven’t read a book for two years since I graduated.
Be a guest blogger for my wife’s famous blog
Whenever Ali tells me about her blog I feel happy because I feel like it is our blog, but I haven’t done anything for it. I hope someday she can see my writing talentz and gives me contribution privileges. It would be the best decision of her life.
Teach Jax how to moon walk, first teach myself how to
Just thought it would be a cool thing to see a one year old bust a move.
Become a computer nerd and code a software for world cup 2014
So, I really like soccer and I really envy computer nerds. So I want to become both of those things this year and get ready for the World Cup.
Build a gate for our backyard
When it gets warmer. My wife wants me to build her a gate for the backyard. I still have to fix our gopher problem though. That made me mad last year.