Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

Today is my Monday.  Jacob is back to work and I am home with the boys.  It was nice having him home for four days without any real agenda.  We celebrated his birthday on Friday with a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.  Apparently, it is free admission for Georgia residents on their birthday.  Simply show your state issued ID or birth certificate at the will call window.  It was the first time we had been since Bobby was small.  And it was crowded.  And Bobby had no interest in any of the tanks.  He liked the play zone and the Dippin' Dots.  Oh yeah, and the little thing that you drop coins into that makes them spin down the chute.  We played that for a while.  Sigh.  Maybe in another couple years, we will be able to go and actually look at the fish. I also forgot to put my SD card back in my camera, so I couldn't even get any pictures. 

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?


  1. Dana! This is the best post evah! I have so much to say. First, I am now nostalgically listening to "Down with Disease" and remembering when my dad bought the album for me for Christmas when we were 14, and he gave it to me at the x-mas eve eve party. We immediately ran to my room and jammed to it. Good times!
    Secondly, OMG. Childbirth education? Yoga? Organization love? We might be the same person. I ADORE your goals. Let's do them together! I basically have the same goals as you. If I had to add one or two, it would be to make more of an effort to plan activities with my girlfriends and to reduce our spending, both because our budget is small and because I enjoy living frugally.
    Anywhos, thanks for this fantastic post. I feel a much-needed phone chat coming between us...that is, if I can overcome my phone phobia. :)

  2. Haha! I'm not surprised we are so similar considering how much time we spent together as kids. I would love to do our goals together! I need to be held accountable! I have phone phobia, too. Plus a toddler that decides as soon as the phone is to my ear that he *needs* his airplane that is like StarStream RIGHT NOW because he can't play right without it. Can I help him find it?? Please!?! Please!?! Oh and can I help him build a house out of all these baskets (that used to hold art supplies)?

  3. You will be an excellent childbirth educator, especially with your vastly different experiences. Here's to your goals, momma!

  4. Well somebody is reading it. You have comments! I think it's a good idea to write your goals down. Makes you more accountable. Happy New Year, sweet pea!


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