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So, what are your plans to make 2012 a great year in your best life-full of favorite things? No, I've not been reading too much OPRAH Magazine; I gave up my subscription quite awhile ago, actually. But it is a new year and so I naturally start to think of growth and change and, you know, all that feel-good Oprah stuff.

The problem is I have never been good at making New Year's resolutions. I don't remember ever making a list, let alone sticking to it. I don't even recall making one good solid resolution, keeping up with it for awhile, only to gradually fall off the wagon. I guess I'm just not a resolutions kind of gal. I have kids and at ages six and nine, they are old enough to know about New Year's resolutions and maybe even to make a few of their own. Perhaps it is time for me to step up to the plate and attempt to be a Good Example. In an effort to at least try, once more, this whole resolutions thing, I decided to pose the issue to Katherine and Robert a couple of days ago:

The setting: that sweet few moments before bedtime. Robert is rosy and clean after a shower, snug in his flannel jammies. I perch on the side of his bed with a cheery glint in my eye, "Robert, honey what do you know about New Year's Resolutions?" Puzzled, he asks, "What are new year's rego-lutions?" After a bit of explaining from me, Robert grasps that an example would be "To behave better," and decides that will be his resolution. I'll take that.

Next, I move down the hall to Katherine's room. She's absorbed in a "Royal Diaries" book and will barely meet my eyes. Eventually, I manage to engage her when I ask her what suggestions she might have for me. Interest piqued, she peers up at me from behind the cover of her book. "You should try being a vegetarian," she suggests. Ah, nothing like the zeal of the newly converted, one-month vegetarian daughter! Well, I do like that idea...the problem is I like meat, too. I hedge, "I don't eat meat that often!" but she is undeterred and continues, "My resolution is to not eat a single scrap of meat next year, not even at holidays, and to come in first on some of my runs."

I slink off to the bathroom to begin my own bedtime preparations. As I regard my reflection in the mirror I cannot escape the realization that my kids are already better people than I'll probably ever be. I guess there's only one possible resolution for me to make then: I resolve to (try) to be the best mom I can be; the mom they deserve. I think if we all make that choice we'll be headed in the right direction for 2012. Happy New Year, all, good night, and good luck!

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Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.