We had a great Christmas and I am hoping to get some pictures up soon!
We celebrated a total of 5 times and 4 were at my house. In my house that is still a work in progress, but hey, it was still nice to not have to go anywhere!
I really enjoyed this Christmas. Christmas day we spent at home, just us. We hung out as a family, watched White Christmas, played with some toys and made a cute video (see previous post!).
This was one of those rare days where we are together, with no agenda, no preset plan, and no distractions. Our days are so full with school, errands, work, commitments that we leave little time to just be. So, it was nice to just be.
I don’t make resolutions for a new year, because honestly, I have commitment issues. Not sure why. I am sure if I delved deep enough, I could give you a reason! I am committed to people, but not so much a set of times, dates and places I have to be. It really makes me break out in hives. I like to be spur of the moment to have the opportunity to be spontaneous. So, that being said, I have a few goals for the new year.
One: a designated night, each week that is set aside and thus named the Stews Family Night O Fun. This will be an intentional night for us to be together as a family, focused on each other, making memories and having FUN. We will also focus on one virtue/character trait to discuss throughout our evening. Understand- this is hard for me. NOT being with my fam, because I love that, but planning something for each week and making it happen. I have felt like I have made a lot of promises to the girls lately, that I frankly, have not followed through on. It’s simple things like having a friend over, but to them it means so much.
Two: Commit to exercise 3 times a week. I like to exercise. I really do. I have just let it slide since the fall and want to make it more of a priority and less of the first thing that is dropped!
Three: Be intentional with relationships and building those.
Four: Go to Africa. Yep, you read it. Jason and I are going to Africa in February and while it is the trip we have felt led to go on for about 10 years, I am still scared to death. Not of death, in Africa, but of all the things that will shift in me, leaving my children for 10 days and stepping WAY out of my comfort zone.
So, what are your goals for 2009?