Sunday, December 31, 2006

Breathe In, Breath Out ...

It's that time of year for reflecting and resolving. The blogosphere and the "regular" media will be loaded with "the year in review" and "how to stick with your resolutions" stories. I think any time folks look at where they've been and how they can be better is a good thing and what better time than at the cusp of a new year. So, even though in a few days we will be sick of the phrase, "New Year's Resolution" and "Best of 2006" stories, all of this year end stuff is probably good therapy. Vicki could answer that question better than me.

Having said that, I don't make many resolutions. "Not procrastinating" would be a good one, but I always seem to put off making that one.

Weight loss doesn't apply ... still at my high school weight.

Make more money ... nope, can't do that and teach kids.

Quit smoking ... never started, so that's out.

I think I'll stick with these four:

Be nicer.

See Mom and Dad more.

Walk more.

Get organized.

Lists should be short and do-able, don't 'cha think?

Now for the sappy "looking back" part of a New Year's Post ...

This year, Katie started college, but one so close she can commute. I won't be so lucky in the coming year and I know that 2006 was the last year all my kids lived at home. Tomorrow will start the year that they began to leave the nest. Sometime this summer, Emma will pack her car for the dorms at the University of South Florida and at that moment, things will never be quite the same. At the same time, Katie and her pal will be ready to move from community college to UF and I think they are planning to live on campus. Sigh ...

If you've read this blog for awhile, you know that's going to ... uhm ... have an effect on me. Some of you have already been there and for some of you it's a day in the distant future.

I thought about the approaching changes this Christmas ... ALOT, and I tried to savor those
little moments just a little longer, a little deeper. I posted a few of these moments above.
We take that top photo every year on Christmas morning before the first package is opened. It is the latest in a long progression of kids on the couch desperate to open their stockings photos.
The bottom picture is later Christmas day at my parent's house. That's my big brother in the background. This year, he gave them helicopter rides, last year it was parasailing ... it's good to have a doting uncle.
Tonight, we'll have our food and fireworks New Year's Eve party and when the time comes, we'll gather around to watch the Times Square broadcast and toast 2007 with sparkling cider in plastic champagne glasses.
This time when the ball drops, a chapter will end, a new one will start and I will
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Deb said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, FC! By the way, I like that couch.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting my tard picture up here. Always looking out for me haha.

By the way...don't think you're getting rid of me that fast. Love you.

swamp4me said...

Don't worry, FC. Sure, it's weird when they start to leave the nest and even weirder when the last one flies off but the good news is they come back for visits. And when they do, they are happy to see you and you are happy to see them and you realize you did your job as a parent. You produced functioning, well-balanced adults with a sense of family and of self.
Happy New Year!

swamp4me said...

Oh, and if you figure out that "Get organized" thing please share!

Hurricane Teen said...

I feel your pain. All three of my brothers and sisters are gone out of the house (and now completely finished with school :-0) It's especially tough on days like Christmas, when all of the old traditions will fade away to new things. For a little cracker boy like me, change is tough.

robin andrea said...

Happy new year to you and yours, FC. Hold them all tight and then kiss and let them go. As you say: breathe in, breathe out, move on. Great resolutions.

kathy a said...

i think both mine will leave the nest in the next year. daughter will be off to college, someplace away from here. son is working and saving for a place -- he is not really here very much, and we are at a stage in the relationship where we get along fine with a little distance.

they both got "fly away, be safe" presents for christmas. we're almost ready, but it sure will get quiet around here. breathing sounds like a good plan.

Alan said...

New Years Resolutions?

The only one that I've ever successfully kept was the one some years ago where I resolved never to make any more New Years resolutions! {laughing}

I don't want to think about my girls moving out when they grow up. I don't think I'll handle it well. Fortunately the oldest is still but seven so I can put it off for a while yet.


Laura said...

Happy New years, FC and family. I haven't posted my New Years resolutions cause I'm not in the mood for making any. yet.

well ok, my first one will be to organize the garage.
wait, no... that's HUBS resolution, I'm going to make it for him. that, and to finish up all these projects around here!

All kidding aside, next year will have big changes for both our families as our kids head off to college. Talk about milestones.

Best wishes to all of you and I look forward to your next 365 posts! (g)

Floridacracker said...

It's a well loved couch ... some spots are softer than others! Seems to always have a kid sleeping on it!

Anonymous Katie,
You knucklehead!

If you say so :).
Organization ... it's good to have lofty goals.

Nothing is constant but change, huh? Hang in there!

I will :)

Kathy A,
I can relate. Lots of adapting going on around here.

A day in the future for you, but I don't have to tell ya how fast it flies.

Welcome back! You're right, we are hitting this milestone at the same time. I'm going to have to become a USF fan!
Project slacking here, I have so many unfinished remodeling tasks ... the punch list is too long.

Thunder Dave said...

My resolution is to spend less time in the hospital this year!

Hey man, once they leave home you really don't lose them you only start a different chapter. It's been really fun watching ours turn into full blown adults, and how our relationship has evolved!