I love kids. But I’m also very very very happy with my choice to not be a parent. Without sharing too many details, Charlie and I decided to not have children — we are perfectly happy to be a family of two with two adorable cats. We both love and adore kids, but we also know children change lives. I’ve always been on the fence about having children because I know they are a huge huge huge responsibility. I see the joys of parenting, but I also see the reality of having kids. I’m just ecstatic that my two sisters brought children into my world so I could be the cool fun aunt.

Life as a single parent hasn’t been too hard, but I give a ton of credit to my sister who really made the whole experience as easy as possible. Not to mention, the kids have been great and can entertain themselves without any issues. Very few words have been exchanged during the morning before school just because we’re not morning people. Who’s the brilliant person who thought to schedule practice for Jazz Band at 6:45 in the freakin’ morning? Seriously?!? Luckily, the kids aren’t morning people either, and I’ve used the sound of amazing music to wake them up.

CLARA: Hmmmm. Something is going on. Not sure what' happening, but I don't think I like it.

CLARA: Hmmmm. Something is going on. Not sure what’s happening, but I don’t think I like it.

With my focus on moving from Wisconsin to Iowa, I completely forgot about my 2014 New Year’s resolution! I have a few ideas on what I want to accomplish, but I need to sort of map some stuff out. I want to keep my resolution simple but yet ambitious. While sorting through my hobby supplies during the move, new projects and hobbies continually popped into my mind and I had to shake all those new ideas out of my mind. I have enough hobbies as it is — sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, photo books, etc. I really don’t want to become a craft hoarder gathering supplies and thinking, “One day I’ll have time.”

I just want to be done with moving so I can completely focus on unpacking and organizing our new place. The kitchen is pretty much set up and ready to go — complete with dishwasher! The master bedroom is somewhat organized but not yet completed. Our previous place offered each of us our own workroom, which was nice, but each room had its drawbacks. Charlie’s old work room wasn’t insulated, which meant the room was super cold during the winter and super hot during the summer. And I shared my hobby room with the cats (read: litterboxes), which forced me to keep the boxes clean.

Riley finding new places to hang out while I pack up the apartment.

Riley finding new places to hang out while I pack up the apartment.

My hope is to focus on my projects once the new place is organized and pretty. I really miss working on my projects, and I’ve been tempted to drag out my sewing machine. But I stop myself and reason, “You’re just going to make a bigger mess, you idiot.” Although I love our new place, it’s a little smaller than our previous place buuuuut we have more amenities, i.e. dishwasher, washer/dryer hookups, garage. I’m really excited to have my own washer and dryer! No more laundromats! Even the laundromat was right around the corner from our previous place, I’m happy to have one in my place.

I just want February to be here because that means no more moving. No more weekend trips. I’m ready to be settled, and I can finally work on the billion of projects that have been floating around in my mind. Some of my ideas: perfect the art of creating quillows; make minor fixes to a few skirts and create new skirts; find new fabric to create new matching pillowcases; deplete my scrapbooking supplies during a major project; and fix old photo albums. I’m pretty sure I can find a New Year’s resolution somewhere, right? I just need February to be here so I have time to work on what I want.

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