We had our friends over for dinner that night and watched a live stream of Phish's NYE run at Madison Square Garden. For NYE, we streamed the show again, but this time it was just the four of us and we had a blast having dance party in the living room. The boys ( Trey, Mike, Page and Fishman) pulled an incredible prank as they closed out the year with Steam and ushered in the New Year with one of my favorite songs, Down with Disease.
The rest of the weekend was spent catching up on sleep, watching movies, and just being generally lazy. We did hit Lowe's and the grocery store on Monday and Jacob took care of a few minor home repairs while I de- Christmased the house.
I am excited for the New Year, though. I have entered a new chapter of my life and want to do things that I have always wanted to do but never had the time because of a job. Instead of "resolutions", I have a list of goals and tasks that I would like to accomplish.
The first is to begin working on my requirements to become a childbirth educator. Since having Patrick, I have felt a need to help other women become knowledgeable about their choices. I have fulfilled a little of this need by volunteering for Atlanta Birth Center's Social Media Team. However, I want to do more, be more. I've considered becoming a doula, but I don't know if it would be feasible to actually attend any births with two small children. So I decided to work on the childbirth educator certification and if I decide in a few years to doula, then the transition should be easy.
The second is to become more physically active. My biggest excuse used to be that I didn't have time (and I didn't- up at 5:30am to get ready for work, home at 6pm then dinner, bath, bed). But now I have time. Bobby is at school 3 half days a week so hitting the park with Patrick tied up on my back should be something that I can accomplish. I also want to start practicing yoga again. I loved my pregnancy yoga class that I attended while pregnant with Patrick and the same studio offers an 8pm class pretty much every night of the week. Jacob has agreed that he will get home by 7pm at least one night a week so that I can go.
My third is to organize my house. This was on my list of things to do before Patrick arrived and only about a quarter of the things I wanted done were actually completed. First on my list is to clean out our office and convert it into a play area for the boys. I would like to have a dining room one day.
The fourth is to learn how to use my camera that my inlaws bought for us last Christmas. I'm thinking of taking a workshop or a continuing education class at Emory or GSU.
So there it is. My goals for 2012. I think that putting them out there (even though no one actually reads this) is the first step to insuring that they actually get done. What goals have you set for yourself this year?