I am so ready for it to be 2012 and look, here we are! As Anne Shirley might say, "A whole new year, with no mistakes in it!" Yet.
I'm chipper. First off, the house is really coming along- all the organizing and restructuring. The garage has been cleaned and we have a large item pick-up scheduled for the 4th.
We had a quiet but familial Christmas holiday that wasn't just about ripping into the next gift. Dean and I decided that the fixing up of the house is our gift to one another, along with getting a new couch and saying goodbye to our old green one. Merry Christmas, Dogs! Sampson is king of the old-green-sofa now and k-m-a because I don't care how ghetto our yard looks becase the dogs are happy out there.
Santa did bring the girls some new Wii games like Just Dance 3- just in time for our old Wii the sputter to its dusty death. So, once again, I found myself entering the-place-I-refuse-to-go (ahem, WalMart) to pick up the Wii I bought online on sale. When I got in there, it turned out they were OUT of that model(it was the baby blue colored one which I actually thought was pretty cool) but they gave me a new one with Super Mario for the same price which means I got an extra special deal. Best part is that Dean has been going around talking in his fake-Italian 'Mario' accent since I brought it home. Fabulous!!
Margaret came up with Sammie and Evan and they have been staying with us since the 27th. I adore Evan because he is more horse crazy than any 11-16 year old girl I've ever met and he's graduating from high school this year(hopefully-it is a year early). Anyhow, I cannot believe that Margaret and I are family because we have such a great time together just talking and hanging out- same sense of humor. That almost never happens with family. So, I feel like I can just be me and that is just such a relief, you know? I wish they would move up here from So Cal. Right freaking now. They should just move in with us. The girls get along great. Evan and Dean get along. Evan and I get along-though- I think he can talk longer about horses than even I can!
And I have to say, since I just took a deep breath and said, "I'm going to do what I can, when I can" and let go, the house has come together in an amazing fashion. My friend Jeannine is using me as her guinea pig to decide if she really wants to get a business started doing home organization. I think what we've learned, both of us, is that it isn't as easy as it looks and is alot of work and requires a deep understanding of how a family lives their day-to-day life. Example: J put together a 'pet center' out in our garage but our kitty eats like 8 times per day so I don't want to be going out there 8 times a day for cat food... and so on and so forth. Organizing a home is a litte like designing a kitchen- you have to know what will work and what won't.
Anyhow, it has been a challenge to let go and not be all-or-nothing about the project, just doing things here and there and checking them off the list as my time, kids, life, body permits. That, in and of itself, is amazing- to feel the freedom of not having to do one thing and do it perfectly until it is done- not that I'm half-assing it, either. Anyhow, hopefully, you know what I mean.
Looking back over 2011, two things strike me: how quickly the year went and how much my girls, Dean and I have changed this year. 2011 was not a stellar year but I'm thinking 2012 is going to be fabulous!