Is it terrible of me to say that I am thankful that Christmas has been boxed back up and safely tucked away for the year?   By the time Christmas Day comes, I’m resolved to have all the decorations down and put away as soon as possible.


A little boy with Down syndrome playing on his slide.


I truly do love the holidays.  But, boy, do they take it out of a Momma sometimes.  I adore my decorated house, but there comes a time when I just need things to be back to normal.  The older I get the more minimal I become.   I actually like that about myself.


Parker loves his Step 2 slide

I spent some time setting  a few goals for myself.  The main one is to get healthy.  I’m an over the top mess health wise and it is time to take care of me.  Both Reed and I are going to work on losing weight together.  It helps to have a partner.   I’ve got to get my blood pressure under control.  I’m really struggling with that.  People in my family tend to drop dead of heart attacks.  Seriously. One minute you are talking to them, the next they are dead before they even hit the ground.

I’m thinking 2013 would be a good year to avoid that.

A little boy with Down syndrome.

So it’s back to Weight Watchers I go.  WW works well for me……until something like a right heart cath comes up and I totally lose my marbles.   And, yes, 2013 will find Parker in the cath lab.  Again.

You guys will be here to get us through it again, won’t you?  (Pretty please?)

I’m resolved to get healthier.  I’m resolved to make it to physical therapy to build up my body so that I can get back out and run.  Okay, walk.  But I walk really fast.  Faster than  a lot of people run.

I’m resolved to keep Parker healthy.  Even if it means being stuck in the house for the next several months.  Today I’m working on all kinds of fun things to bring the world to this beautiful little boy of mine.

We discovered Parker is much brighter than we were giving him credit for last month when he mastered three times as many new sight words as usual.  (ahem)  It’s time for me to quit handling him with the idea that we won’t have him for long, and start realizing that only God knows the number of my Brave Hero’s days, and it’s my job to make the most of each and every one of them.   This kid of mine LOVES to learn.  He loves to go into his school room and work until he has mastered each task set before him.

A big sister giving her little brother with Down syndrome a hug.

I’m resolved to keep living simply.  Simple, clean meals.  Less stuff.  More focus on what is really important. My heart continues to yearn for this.

I have a feeling that this is going to be a truly great year.

What are you resolved to do in 2013?



About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. The Mom says:

    Love it!!!

    My resolutions involve exercise, more time with my kids (quality and quantity ;), less time with my computer friend ;) more time on my relationship with my savior, Jesus Christ, more time with my honey, and more time at the school to make positive changes there for Brady :)

    Love your resolutions and WTG Parky on his school work!!!!

  2. You’re not the only one who stashed the Christmas decorations. I couldn’t wait to get the tree down this year! We didn’t put most of our ornaments up this year, I think I’m on the start of a simplicity plan. I want to gut my house and make things as easy as possible so that I can spend more time working with Matt and as a family.

  3. Chris says:

    You know I support you in that! I find that if you concentrate on one day at a time, each day being a fresh start, that helps more than setting big goals that set you up for failure (ie I’ll eat this and that from WW TODAY as opposed to I’ll lose 50 pounds and have normal BP this year). One step at a time wins the race.
    And WooHoo on Parker’s reading- that’s terrific!

  4. My resolutions for this year are to make me happier and healthier.. My Dr keeps telling me that I need to look after myself more for my sons sake… Blood pressure and major stomach issues are slowly killing me… I need to be there for my son…. Because I am the only one… I will be there for you!!!!

  5. I think that’s a fantastic resolution, just take care of you!

  6. I agree. KISS- Keep It Simple Sister! I’m in the same boat working on saying NO more and only doing things that make me happy and satisfied. Life can just be overwhelming at times, and the next thing you know it’s a few years later. Good luck to you on your journey.

  7. Great resolutions – it’s so important to take care of yourself too.

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