It's official: in Iowa this weekend I got one of the worst Pirate Game gifts evah! (I'm not complaining, though. That's the beauty of the Pirate Game/Dirty Santa gift exchange--you don't expect anything, it's a complete bonus gift because it's a game.) You may recall last year I ended up with a glorious Pepto Bismo pink snuggie and some fantastic fuzzy socks. This year I ended up with a pocket screwdriver set and an authentic Budweiser Holiday Beer Stein. Actually, the screwdriver set isn't too awful, but the stein? Everyone agreed that it took the cake for worst gift--compared to steaks and bottles of liquor and an Iowa Hawkeyes sweatshirt (among other prizes). I don't imagine anyone will be surprised to open that Budweiser stein for years to come...
We're done with Christmas now, returned from the Iowa cornfields, children back to school and laundry mid-cycle. I'm resolving to do less for my children in the coming year. I'm going to make more of an effort to stand back and let them be more accountable, take on more responsibility, solve more of their own problems. This won't be easy (since I'm kind of a Type A control freak with a low tolerance for messes and clutter), but I think we'll all be better off in the long run. The boys will be more responsible and able to take care of themselves, I'll become less of a nag and by not being the one responsible for every inch of their lives, not be the one at fault so often when things don't go well. Granted, I'll also get less credit for things that go well, but that's a small price to pay. Oh, I'll still make the little buggers snacks after school and do laundry, but I won't dig around for their dirty clothes if they fail to bring them to the hamper. They're perfectly capable of more than I allow them to do, and it's time for me to make a conscious effort to STEP BACK. This may be the most difficult resolution I've ever made.
In other news, Holly over at ohbutno gets a few goodies worth keeping. Holly won December's FABULOUS: a trio of homemade jam, good-for-you granola and wool hand mitts. Congratulations, Holly!
Spill it, reader. What's your toughest resolution?