The egg nog and Toblerone are gone, the Christmas playlist is off the ipod, and I’ve gotten almost all my Christmas cards sent out. We had fun; I just wish it wouldn’t have gone by so fast.
And now 2013 is upon us. I publicly shun resolutions, but secretly I have all sorts of things to improve on in the new year. Most of my resolutions are actually for others, like for the kids to improve their manners and be more positive. They love that. My only aim for this year is to take a picture every day with my new birthday iPhone and post it on Instagram. I believe you can access it without a smart phone: check out http://instagram.com/ellenkornelsen/ if you want. No pressure.
My brother Dan has also taken up the challenge, which is both good and bad. Good because it’s much more fun to do this with someone else and it will keep me more committed. Bad in that his pictures are going to make mine look like something a toddler took with her plastic Fisher Price camera. His pictures are here: http://instagram.com/truenorth44/
Speaking of cameras, we gave Neve a Barbie camera for Christmas. It’s literally a Barbie that’s a camera.
It’s hilarious and it actually works quite well. Even though Neve asked for this for the last two years (I couldn’t find it last year), she didn’t seem delighted when she opened it and she’s hardly played with it at all. I’m getting her socks next year.
After days of hibernation, we finally left the house yesterday. We took our pasty-faced selves to the hill by the creek and spent a couple of happy hours sledding. Chloe would have been a bit happier if there hadn’t been some boys from her school there. She was suddenly very self-conscious and wished she wasn’t wearing ski pants. Apparently there is nothing more mortifying than wearing snow pants in front of boys she claims she doesn’t even like. We came back all rosy-cheeked and clear-headed and rewarded ourselves with a chocolate fondue. As if one excursion wasn’t enough, we then proceeded to go on a second one! On the same day! However, we didn’t actually have to leave our van; we did the Winter Wonderland drive-through lights show. It was fine, but it feels sort of wrong to do Christmas things after Boxing Day.
|Some kind people were handing out free hot chocolate at the bottom of the hill. Their motives were unclear, but we took our chances and survived.|
Today I burst out of relaxation mode and painted the main floor bathroom. It was brown before, now it’s a light gray that I copied from my friend Kristin’s walls. I’ve only done one coat so far, which took a lot longer than I thought such a small room would take. But I like it so far – it feels fresh and bright. We want to put up some shelves, etc., so I’ll post some pictures in a year or two when we finish that up.
Spencer’s been spending a very large part of his days playing Minecraft on the new computer. I encouraged him to invite a friend over today so he could do something different, but that backfired. Turns out the friend likes Minecraft even more than Spencer does and I didn’t want to be the mean mom and ban them from the computer. I did chase them outside for a while, but they basically just stood right outside the door and talked about Minecraft. Once school starts again, I’ll be more strict about screen time limits, but for now, it lets me paint in peace.