December 27, 2012
2012 was, for us, a year of hard work. Rob worked hard to earn his promotion to become the manager his own salon for a hairdresser he really admires. We worked hard to find a new house and move into it before our second child is born. We worked hard to earn our drivers licenses and buy a brand new car. We worked hard to acquire some of the nicer 'things' that make life a little easier and that maybe other families who spend years together before having children already have. We worked hard to try to come together as a team as Violet moves into toddlerhood and parenting becomes more than just fulfilling physical needs (we're still working on this one). I worked hard to keep our 1930s built house clean (an impossible task as it needed so much renovation work).
We spent whole days running errands that would have taken a couple of hours with a car. We worked hard to get through some health issues in my family. Rob worked overtime at every opportunity and I kept our house and cooked our food pretty much solo (he helped when he could). We ate dinner at 10pm every night. I went to all our house inspections on foot. Rob forgot how to relax. Even when we would sit down on the couch he would get out his iPad and start researching the safest car seats for Violet, or the best suburb to live in that was closest to his work. We worked hard to get through my breastfeeding hormones, implanon hormones and then my pregnancy hormones (i cried A LOT with all possible emotions). We worked hard to move house and sort through our accumulated junk at the same time, to really only take what we needed and get rid of the excess.
We would like 2013 to be a year of enjoying the fruits of those labours. Of learning to relax. Of spending time at home doing enjoyable activities, not just cleaning. Of reconnecting with the friends we didn't have time to see much of. Of exploring and giving Violet and her sibling wonderful experiences. Of taking up hobbies or at least remembering to take enjoyment in the things we have to do, like cooking. Of going to bed earlier and not waking up so exhausted. Because when Rob gets home from work all I want to do is eat with him and watch tv but when he leaves in the morning my heart aches to talk to him and laugh with him. Because we haven't been on a date in months. Because our lives really are very blessed and sometimes I think we don't spend enough time being thankful for how lucky we are. If I sit back and really think about what we've achieved and how much good has come our way it kind of makes the room spin.
We've already started, this isn't a resolution that will fall by the way side. I can already feel the changes in us. The bottom line is that those two in that picture up there make my heart beat and we all deserve the best of each other. We've done the hard work now, the rest is just maintenance and obstacles that come up along the way. 2013 is going to be the best year yet.
Apologies to future Violet for buying you that hat. It's just that you throw out all your pretty and expensive hats. They've gone out the side of the pram and into the rubbish bin unnoticed until it's too late. I was being cheap with this number. I'm very sorry. It's pretty funny though.