It continually amazes me how taking a moment to sit back and think of what I might have done that was successful allows me to see some positives in what I would otherwise write off as ordinary weeks where nothing of significance appeared to have happened.
1. On Friday, I went around the basement with a paintbrush and a cup of paint touching up all the spots that were missed when I painted the other week. Minus the baseboards, I can say that the basement and Bryan's new (still incomplete) basement office are painted. I will work on those baseboards sometime soon. At least that's my story.
2. I took down the Christmas decorations (interior), reorganized the boxes in which I store the Christmas, Easter and Halloween decorations, and also set aside some decorations that we no longer need that can be donated. I also acted mildly patient and I did not harass my husband too much about putting away the big tree that we had in the family room. It officially came down on Monday night (or was it Tuesday?).
3. While I haven't made a New Year's resolution (nor do I really intend to), I have been doing a decent job of letting the kids help me. The success, of course, isn't that I'm allowing them to help, it's that I'm not criticizing or correcting what they're doing. Lately Ellie has been my official dryer of cookie sheets and other cooking items that I do not put in the dishwasher. Sure, sometimes there are a few drops of water left behind or a small puddle on the table but I can deal with that simply because I love seeing how proud she is of being my helper. It may not seem like much, but it certainly takes a degree of restraint on my part to not step in and "fix" what she has done. If something is still too wet, I simply put it away in such a way that it will air dry the rest of the way. Problem solved.
I will now refrain from telling you that I have dirty kitchen countertops, a pile of laundry that needs to be washed, hair and dust filling a garden tub that we never use, and a couple of stacks of things that either need to be donated to good will or packed away in the garage.