A New Year's Goal

December 29, 2014

  I'm not much for New Year's resolutions any more.  I used to throw myself into them- I'd make big plans to change every year and then be disappointed in myself by March when I hadn't managed to work out every day, change all my eating habits, and become an all-around better person. 
  The theme for this round of the Mommy Reality Challenge is to share a bad habit that you'd like to break in 2015.  I was pretty surprised when I really had to do some thinking on this one to pick a bad habit- I'm not perfect by any measure but I'm feeling pretty happy with myself these days so I don't have a lot of drive (or the energy!) to change much in my life. 
  I think the one thing I'd like to do differently in the new year is to change how D and I spend our evenings after the kids go to bed.  Before we got real (not dial-up) internet in our home in March (not kidding, there was no residential high speed internet on Kwaj until 2014!), we would watch some TV shows or movies in the evenings after the kids were in bed but those night would be interspersed with ones spent talking out on the porch, playing cards or scrabble, or working on little projects.  Now that we have internet we have Netflix, which means that so much more TV is accessible to us and we're spending a lot more nights camped on the couch.  We're sitting next to each other but not connecting like we used to.

 
 
In 2015, I'd like to have more of this:
 
 
 
 
And less of this:
 



 
 
How about you?  Do you New Year's Resolutions?  Anything you'd like to change in your life in the new year?  Share in the comments below or link up at:
 
 

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6 comments

  1. Sometimes it feels like technology can take away the simple moments that matter. I think your goal is fabulous! I was in a room with my family the other night and I realized we were all sitting there using technology individually and not interacting. Sheesh, I made everyone turn things off and we sat and played a card game. They actually had fun :) Happy New Year my friend!

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    1. D and I have saw that when we were in the states and it shocked us! We were at a restaurant and there was a family with older kids at another table and everyone was on their own device. Since we don't have cell service or internet like that here, that doesn't really happen here so it shocked us. I hope if we ever move back to the real world that we can manage to stay actually connected, not just technologically connected.
      Cheers to you for turning it all off and just spending time together!
      Happy New Year to you too!

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  2. Great idea! It's so easy to get sucked into the easy entertainment of TV. It feels like our kids never go to bed now that they're older, so savor these hours you have to yourselves in the evenings! ;) #mommyrealitychallenge

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    1. Don't scare me by saying I'm going to lose my grown-up time! :) And yes, there are times when don't even really want to watch TV and I still turn it on because watching is easier than finding something else to do.

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  3. Aww, this is sweet and I really love this. I'm a huge fan of board games... I need to incorporate that back into my family routines, as well. We're also guilty of being together, but not interacting.

    Happy new Year!

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    1. D's not a big board game fan but he does love one called "The Laser Game". You arrange your pieces to try to reflect a laser at your opponents "king". We haven't played that in ages....
      Happy New Year to you too!

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