Holiday Break

Merry Christmas! It sure has been a busy couple of weeks, but fun. Our festivities begin the week before Christmas with the celebration of my son’s and my sister’s birthday. I was due on December 23rd but was thrilled beyond belief when Carlos made his appearance almost a week early on my sister’s birthday. That was 6 years ago. Everyone said the years would fly by once he was here, but I really wish they were wrong. As much as I wish he wouldn’t grow up so fast I have truly enjoyed every age. I can honestly say I’ve lived more in these past 6 years than in my entire 33 years before. Anyway enough of that before I begin to get all sentimental.

Pretend blowing out the candles

Getting ready


Can we get this party started?

Can we get this party started?

My favorite photo of the year - Mama's boy

My favorite photo of the year – Mama’s boy


Christmas flew by in a blink of an eye. It was different but enjoyable all the same. I spent the day with family which is all that matters. Orlando and I took it easy on gifts for Carlos. He got a handful of little things like art supplies, a couple of cars, slippers, shirts and of course a flashlight. The child loves flashlights. His main gift was the Wii Fit. We got him the Wii last year for Christmas. He had played the Fit at my friend’s house a while ago and recently mentioned how much he loved it. He was really surprised when he opened it because he never actually asked for it. We have been having a blast since. I really stink at the ski jump and I’m a nervous wreck on the tight rope! We both love the obstacle course especially when the big black ball knocks me into the water. There’s yoga and all kinds of sports along with the ability to weigh yourself and track your activity. It’s a great way to stay active during bad weather days or days when it is just too cold to spend a lot of time outdoors. I’m one of those moms that insists on Carlos spending time outdoor pretty much no matter what the weather for at least a half hour if not more, but it’s nice to have active activities to do inside the house.

With the New Year upon us I, like many others, have started to think about things I want to accomplish in 2013. I do not make resolutions because they simply do not work for me. Things have to be concrete for me which is probably why running races is a preferred goal. Once I sign up I then have to train for the race. So of course there will be races in the New Year. When, where and how far are details still up in the air. There is a big trip in the works and hopefully a few smaller getaways. It is likely that I will begin graduate school, but that’s not quite set in stone.

2012 was an incredible year for me. I did more in this one year that I feel great about than probably any year of my entire life. I stopped making excuses and started doing. The most important thing I will walk away from 2012 with is the knowledge that I truly can do anything I set my mind to. If I want it I can accomplish it.

I will ring in the New Year like I do every year…at work. It’s ok though because the holiday pay is a nice incentive. I’m most excited about how I will spend part of January 1st. I am running the Sawmill River 10K. It was actually mentioned in this month’s Runner’s World. It’s a small, no frills, local race. I have been working hard all month to PR in this race with high hopes for finally breaking the one hour mark for a 10K. This may seem slow to many, but when I look back to where I started the thought of this just blows me away.

Have a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve! Happy New Year!!

9 thoughts on “Holiday Break

  1. 2013 is going to be wonderful for you, beginning with hitting that big goal tomorrow — keep your head in the game and you’ve got it! One of my best friends was due the exact same day (and year) as you, but she didn’t have her daughter on the 23rd, and was scheduled to be induced on the 28th or 29th I think (she and her husband were determined to have that deduction), but instead, she went into labor naturally on the 25th and so their daughter is a Christmas baby, which kind of stinks from what I’ve heard from a couple other friends with Xmas bdays. Glad for you (and Carlos) that he came early, and especially since it’s a day he can share with his aunt. Glad you had a nice Christmas, even if it was different from your tradition, you were together and celebrating a special day and the end to a wonderful year, can’t get much better than that!

  2. Hi Aimee! I also love that picture–so perfect in that lovey way. You really have had such an amazing year. I’m glad I got to go along as a cheerleader.

    🙂 Marion

  3. Aimee…I can’t believe that Carlos is already SIX!!! I still remember starting off as a new nurse and I would occasionally work on S4 and work with you and I remember Carlos being a toddler! Time sure does fly, huh? I’m glad he had a good birthday and that you enjoyed your holiday. I , like you, will be working New Year’s Eve…the money will be nice, but I have to say, I enjoy when I have off too…I like to celebrate the New Year in (I’m a sucker for sappy stuff like that!). Now that it’s already Jan 1, I can at least say that I rang in the New Year without doing any *unmentionable* patient care, wink, wink, I’m sure you remember! I hope you did well on your race, but even if you don’t PR, you have done amazing this entire year and there is always another race! We have to try to schedule a date to have lunch…it would be fun!

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