I'm mostly joking, but with how packed our calendar already is, I think this is a legitimate goal. Maybe I should edit it to say, "Survive with my sanity in tact."
2. Practice generosity.
I saw this phrase on our church bulletin recently and I like the way it sounds better than just saying, "be generous." I appreciate that the word "practice" is included, because being generous isn't always an easy or natural thing to do.
In the midst of the social functions, gift purchasing, and attempts to make the most of the holiday season, I want to make sure that I'm not making this time of year all about me (or even all about my family), but rather, that I'm thinking of others more and being generous with my resources and my time.
3. Do All The Christmas Things without stressing out about doing All The Christmas Things.
Keeping #1 and #2 in mind, I do want to help make this a special/memorable time of year for the twins (and Brian and myself, too), but I am hoping not to put too much pressure on myself to squeeze in too much or to do it all perfectly.
A few relatively-easy-to-accomplish items on the list: attend the Christmas Tree lighting in Sugar Land Town Square, visit Sugar Land Holiday Lights, drink excessive amounts of hot chocolate, watch "Elf" and "Love Actually" (without the kids), watch "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" (with the kids), and drive through Pecan Grove to see the decorations/lights.
4. Prepare for potty training.
The time has come, and we have a date on the calendar: New Year's weekend. We will both have 3 consecutive days off of work, so why not make our first resolution of the year be to rid our house of diapers?
The twins are definitely ready and just 2 days ago, Clara started asking if she could wear underwear. But also just 2 days ago, Colby and Clara both peed on the carpet right before getting into the bath. So it's safe to say we have our work cut out for us, and we'll be spending the rest of the month stocking up on rewards, drilling our friends and family for advice, and talking up the benefits of using the potty (both to convince the twins and ourselves that this is for the best).
So to summarize, please pray for us.
I should probably have simplified my list and gone with this instead: