Busy Mama: Time to make good on 2014 resolutions

lpemberton@theolympian.comJanuary 5, 2014 

I like New Year’s resolutions.

In fact, I usually make them every Labor Day, too, when I vow that this will be a school year of early bedtimes, zero tardies, and nutritious but inexpensive lunches that are packed the night before.

The make-ahead lunch thing usually lasts about a week, but I’m proud to say that tardy levels are the lowest they’ve ever been in our family. It helps to have kids who are old enough to get dressed on their own, appreciate good attendance records and no longer throw temper tantrums in the driveway — at least on most days.

I’m not nearly as sleep-deprived as I was when my kids were younger, too, and that’s probably the biggest factor.

This year, I only have two resolutions, but I think they sound pretty realistic. (Unlike my past attempts at things such as “save money by making coffee at home and not buying a latte from an espresso stand.” What was I thinking? Not only did I feel tired, but I also felt very deprived and grouchy. For the sake of my family, I have resolved to never make that resolution again.)

The first one is to be more active outdoors. I love to hike, and I’m hoping to hit more trails this year with the family.

The second isn’t nearly as fun or exciting, but I also want to get our house more organized.

We still haven’t unpacked some boxes in our garage from when we moved into our house six years ago. So far, I’ve taken the first step: I stayed up really late one night searching through Pinterest.com. I’ve “pinned” a lot of chore lists and storage ideas. Now I just need to get inspired by a marathon of “Hoarders” and get to work.

Here are some activities that might help you and your family keep your resolutions:

If your resolution is to try something new, check out the Olympia Area Square Dancers’ lessons. Cost is $50 for adults, $30 for youths and $130 for families for a 10-week set of lessons.

The next free introduction (open to anyone 10 and older) will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46th Ave. NE, Olympia. The lessons will begin Jan. 13. For more information, call Ed Murrey at 360-352-2662 or go to olympiasquaredance.com.

If your resolution is to save money on family activities, consider attending the free Recess Monkey concert at 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The event is part of the Parenting Tools series.

For more information, call 360-596-5293 or go to recessmonkeytown.com.

If your resolution is to get more exercise, try ice skating at Chaplin’s Bellevue Subaru Ice Arena at Bellevue Downtown Park, a block south of Bellevue Square at Northeast First Street and 102nd Avenue Northeast, Bellevue.

The 6,900-square-foot, open-air rink is in a tent so it’s open rain or shine through Jan. 12. Hours vary. Admission is $9 with your own skates and $12 with skate rental. Children 6 and younger skate for $8, including rental.

For more information, call 425-453-3110 or go to magicseason.com.

Closer to home, the indoor Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway offers daily ice skating sessions. Admission ranges from $5.25 to $7.25 per person, and skate rental is $2.75. Cheapskate sessions, which include skate rentals, are $6.25 a person.

For more information, call 253-798-4000, or go to co.pierce.wa.us and look under “Parks and Recreation.”

Staff writer Lisa Pemberton is one busy mama with three young children. Reach her at 360-754-5433 or lpemberton@theolympian.com.

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