New Years Resolutions 2019

North Shore Oahu, HI Waimea Valley September 2018

Our new year’s resolutions really started to come to life around November. There is so much changing and happening within our small family unit right now that we are trying to get a jump start on 2019.

Our Buddy Boy Bash is enduring some ongoing medical evaluations regarding ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). We have at least 3 more evaluations to get through before summertime. Bash has been attending weekly speech therapy sessions since he was 18 months old and though he is still not using his words to communicate, we are definitely getting somewhere on the non-verbal communication front. But as every teacher and medical professional I have talked to states: early intervention, early intervention, early intervention.

Sebastian, December 2018

With winter upon us, Grant and I both acknowledge that I can’t keep holed up in the house like I want to. I’ve lovingly had it referred to as being a CAVE MOM. I’m coming to understand that a rowdy 2.5 year old with way too much energy isn’t really going to appreciate sipping warm tea and reading a book while watching the snow fall. He wants to be out in the snow or rain or mud ….we live in central Ohio so honestly it’s mostly rain and mud. And ice. So. Much. Ice.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some of our family resolutions for the New Year:

  • GET OUTSIDE! Whenever and however possible if it’s 30 minutes or a last minute camping getaway. I’ve enrolled Sebastian and myself into the Winter session of our local Tinkergarten classes to get us started on this resolution.
  • Solo Family Adventures: We haven’t done this yet. Even as a couple. Most of the time we’re driving or flying to see family or friends. [Editor’s Note: Our honeymoon should at least half count, although it was at a quicker pace than we’d have liked, a road trip across much of the PCH, camping on the coast, and cutting in through Portland towards Mount Rushmore before getting back home.]
Pictured: Silly hat adventures in Monterey, CA, July 2013
  • This is less of a resolution and more of a continuation of something we have been doing for a while : Be the BEST advocate for our son as we can be. Parenting is really freaking hard, and when you have a child with a looming diagnosis hanging over his head that will label him for the rest of his life, its even harder.
  • Self- Care: a lot of people see self care as being more geared towards females, but I believe no matter someones gender, people need to look after their own personal health. So, making sure that both Grant and I give each other time to pursue some activity or just have some alone time is hopefully going to bring some calm back into our lives.
  • Be the best husband/wife team we can be. Not just for our son but for ourselves as well. I feel like this ties into the previous two points. We can’t be our best selves and on top of our game if we are not on the same page. We can’t just stop working on our relationship now that a more complex one is in the forefront of our minds(IE: the kiddo)
  • And last but not least, the perpetual New Years resolution: lose some weight and get into better shape. We don’t need bikini ready magazine bods, just healthy ones.

Well, that’s the end of the list. From our family to yours we want to wish you a very Happy New Year!