Well, another year has come and gone. The show’s over folks.

I am sitting here at my computer, looking around this house. I see wrapping paper, boxes, toys, suitcases, Christmas trees, bills… Who is going to clean all this up?!?

Oh wait, I think I might be the one in charge of the cleanup. Shoot.

I thought about making some New Year’s resolutions. I need to exercise and lose weight, buy the new Taylor Swift CD, be a better mom and wife, blah, blah, blah. Maybe I’ll just get a new smart phone that comes with a pedometer and Taylor Swift’s album on it. Close enough.

I’ve already had my most productive day of 2015. I fixed cereal for breakfast and I gave an itchy dog a bath (which she is ungrateful for, I might add). While I am still in my pajamas, I am thinking about washing my hair.

I hope this is not a sign of what is to come in the New Year.

I might as well be lazy while I can. Will (my husband) promised our kids a new puppy. We are about to head to the shelter to pick one out. I am already thinking about all the chewing and potty training that will be going on.

I will be forced to get all the mess cleaned up before the puppy gets here. We can’t have it swallowing Barbie’s shoe or chewing through a string of Christmas lights.

And then there will be all the messes I’ll be forced to clean up after it gets here…

Of course we’ll have to take it lots of places to get it socialized. I envision hikes and trips to PetSmart. I might just make my “get more exercise, lose weight” goals.

The kids are super excited. They have agreed to clean their rooms so it won’t get into any trouble. They are already talking about taking it to an obedience class. Taylor (my 4-year-old daughter) wants it to cuddle with her. Zeb (my 6-year-old son) wants it to run and chase him. I want it to cook and clean. Do you think they have any dogs like that at the shelter?

Maybe we could train it to feed the horses too. Yes. I am liking this idea more and more. We could get a really, really smart dog that cooks and cleans and feeds the horses. It could keep the kids entertained, without getting into trouble. I wonder if I could train it to sort the mail and pay bills?

I better not train it too good or they might get rid of me. I’ll have to still do bedtime tuck in and story time, maybe kiss a few boo boo’s. Of course the dog will still need me to walk it, since there are leash laws.

Suddenly 2015 is looking up. I feel energized. I think I’ll go buy a book on dog training. Oh yes, and we’ll have to be sure to pick out the perfect dog. I will let you know next month how it’s going.

Melissa Kinton is a stay-at-home mom. She is currently rearing one son, one daughter, one cat, two and a half dogs, two horses, and one husband. She may be reached at melissagkinton@gmail.com.

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