A brief glimpse into the daily happenings of a 6-year-old, his new baby brother and his family.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Internet, it's time to get back in a routine. Not the old one where we woke up late, Ben and I snarled and fought to get ready to head out the door to only be 10 minutes late for school, but a new one. A new routine marked with earlier bedtimes, actual breakfasts, pleasant departures and drops-off (drop-offs?) at school. We will all be a little more sane because of it.

2009 has begun with some new challenges, a few of which I'm not handling as gracefully as I'd like, but tomorrow is another day. 2009 is promising, too... If for no other reason than to force myself to put a positive spin on the changes and challenges, I'll list a few here.

* Ben is increasingly independent. At some point over break, it was almost like having a roommate instead of a "pet." He takes care of his business, gets his own snacks, and even cleans up after himself. Now if we can just encourage him to stop asking us to "check his crack." Baby steps.

* In addition to his independence, Ben is a good friend. I've had the opportunity to watch him interact with kids he knows and kids he has just met and he is caring, thoughtful, and funny. There are many things I expect from Ben and want him to accomplish. Most of all, I want him to be a good person and a good friend. It's nice to see that we're on the right track.

* I am looking forward to training for my first full marathon--- Lincoln, Nebraska in May. After that, I'm going to tackle the KC Hospital Hill half marathon in June. I'll begin my racing season with the Groundhog Run in late-January.

* We're working hard to make healthier choices in 2009. Better food, consistent exercise, more sleep. We're even enlisting the pets. Abby is my new running companion and all 3 critters enjoy an early bedtime.

Here's hoping these changes make 2009 the best year yet.

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