2012: a look back

I realized as I looked at my past posts that it’s been nearly a month since I last posted. December wasn’t necessarily that crazy busy for us, but I think you know how life works sometime.

I thought a good re-entrance into blogland would be a quick review of 2012. Where did we start and where did we end?

We started the year driving out of Wisconsin headed home. Doctor Destructo was 7 months old and not quite crawling (mere army crawl). We have ended the year at home, going to bed only a little later than usual. Doctor Destructo is 19 months now, and can walk and run with the best of the toddlers.

In between, we celebrated Doctor D’s first birthday, then my birthday, then Hubby’s birthday, we celebrated that Hubby didn’t have any comp exams this summer, traveled to Wisconsin and back again, got Hubby through prospectus defense, and through all of it, learned a bit more about ourselves and deepened the relationships we have.

The best thing that happened in 2012 was this was my first full year as a full time stay at home mom. I’d been dreaming of this for years and years and years, and when I became a sahm in May 2011, I felt like I’d arrived. At the same time, the adjustment to being a sahm has been far more difficult than I ever imagined it would be. I love it, yes, I just have little confidence doing it! I like having a carefully crafted job description with specific standards and objects I’m trying to reach. Though this is very much a job (and work) I don’t have those details I desire. I know I can create them, but its taken me time to figure out what is reasonable and what isn’t. I think I’m finally at the point where I could start writing that job description and create those objects and standards. (They will take the form of yearly/monthly/weekly goals, I think.)

I could go on about the challenges and successes of 2012, but they will all rotate around being a sahm, Doctor Destructo, and diapers. So, instead…. a year of pictures!

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Taking the plunge

I’m doing it.

I, Rachael, take the Seamless pledge for 2012. I will abstain from buying any new clothes until the end of my pledge. I will find ways to be fashionable without breaking the bank and without contributing to the cycle of fast fashion consuming the high street. I will trawl through charity shops, I will attend clothes swaps, I will look for second-hand items on eBay and I will craft my own clothes with my own two hands.

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THE RULES

  1. No buying new clothes for the duration of your pledge. That is new mass-manufactured clothes (under clothing excluded).
  2. I will buy second-hand manufactured clothes.
  3. Vintage clothing is a-ok! (Not that I wear vintage, this would be new for me)
  4. I hope to make most of what I need!
  5. Does this mean I now have to be “fashionable”?

Finally, making a few resolutions

So, here it is, January 4, and I’m finally figuring out what I want to accomplish in January.

I have good reasons for the lateness. We were driving on Jan 1 and 2, and Jan 3 was about unpacking, settling in and loving on Hank (who was all lonesome for 12 days! — someone did stop in every other day to feed and water him, but it wasn’t us).

For January —

1. Do a Weekly Home Blessing once a week (create the habit)
2. Make a pair of pants for myself
3. Expand the diaper stash with some new, slightly larger diapers
4. stitch up the inserts (micro-fiber terry cloth, very absorbent stuff, but frays like crazy)
5. Start spring seedlings

Last Minute Goals

So, here it is, New Year’s Eve, and I have given little to no thought to 2012 goals and such. Well, I have some — if you remember the “make your own clothes” resolution — that was some thought. So, here I am, on New Year’s Eve, scrambling to consider 2012 goals/resolutions. Well, I guess I don’t have to scramble if I don’t want to. But alas, I am just like that.

First things first. How did I do with 2011 goals?

2011 goals started here — http://youngernews.blogspot.com/2010/12/to-resolute-or-not-to-resolute.html

If you follow the “goals” tag, you’ll notice that I did really well at thinking about and following up on goals until…. April. Those who have looked at this blog (or know me) know that little Peanut (who is getting an official new nickname sometime soon — ideas floating around) was born mid-May. And he completely threw my goal keeping for a loop. Ah, well, he is worth it.

And then he, Peanut, interrupted this blog post with the biggest poo-splotion we’ve had in several months.  Ah, well, he is worth it. (Yes, this happened just now. Hubby felt the need to announce it, as he assisted in the clean up.)