My resolution this year was to focus more acutely on the 5 things I set down as priorities for last year: Family, Work, Exercise, Cooking and Finances.
I also added a bonus topic: Play more cards.
This may seem a little too specific for a list that general but I love playing cards - I love everything about it - I love the camraderie, the competition, the math, the strategy, etc. I figured that by adding cards to the list I'd be spending time with my children, my husband and friends, while keeping all of us mentally stimulated.
As far as my goals go, this weekend was fantastic.
On Saturday morning we went to a rally at the Massachusetts State Capitol to support the Second Amendment. It was great to bring the kids to a political rally to teach them about the American political system. The people that we met that day were wonderful including a reenactor from the Massachusetts 54th regiment who answered all of my son's questions.
Afterwards we planned to head home but detoured through the Boston Museum of Science. It's an AMAZING museum and we all learn something every time we go. We have a membership and try to go several times a year.
Saturday evening we spent hours working on a puzzle that my son had asked for. He's almost 9 and is fantastic at puzzles. Then after they had gone to bed, my husband and I played 500 rummy.
We woke up late - 9 o'clock! - and dressed in running clothes. My husband and the boys and my baby (6) did sprints in our front yard. My 7yo daughter and I did sprints around "the block." It's a mile and we finished it in under 11 minutes. She was grabbing her side towards the end but she finished strong.
Then I went for a long run. (5.5 miles.) When I got back I made chili. I don't really care for chili but I think that every one should have a good chili recipe. This one was not that recipe. (It wasn't bad but it wasn't good either.)
Then my son and I went shopping to buy him a costume for his biography report - yes he has to dress up as the person he is reporting on - General Patton. We had lunch at Moe's and then shopped for movies at Frye's. (He was patient with me as I just kept asking, "Why would we buy this here when we have Amazon prime?)
Then we went home and we all played cards for a while until the football game came on.
When the Pats blew their shot I went upstairs to get ready for work. I flew to NYC today (Monday) and will fly home tomorrow.
I'm not going to lie - it was a LONG two days. I'm not sure I got to sit down or stop much but I had an amazing time spending one on one time with each of my children and my husband and doing the things I enjoy.
This weekend will hold memories for all of us - strong memories of the protest at the State House and fuzzier ones - of holding my 6yo in my lap while we cheered in our football jerseys.
It's easy to let the time pass - it's harder to make it count but so worthwhile.