Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 Goals - January in Review

At the beginning of the month, I blogged about my goals for the year.  They are not hard-and-fast, pass-or-fail rules, because knowing myself, that just sets me up for failure.  They are, however, targets to shoot for this year, things I want to keep in mind in my day to day life.  Accountability is a good thing, so here I am revisiting how I did on my goals, the first month I set them.

1.  Focus on Scott
Can you believe it, we went on two dates this month?  If you count a political function, we went on three dates (and, let's face it, any meal we get to sit down at, together, without the kids, counts as a date)!  I've also been very intentional in praying for him.  Sometimes (often) I forget that my big, strong man needs my backup prayer support.  I've tried to develop the habit of praying for him on my morning walks, as well as when I'm doing mindless household tasks.  On this goal, I give myself an:

2.   Focus on the Kids
I've been pretty consistent with homeschool this month.  We have done about an hour and a half a day, four days a week for the past few weeks.  Sophie can now make change with pennies and nickels.  She knows about 7 sight words (from the Dolch sight word list), and her fluency / confidence in reading has improved. Xander can now pick up a pair of scissors and hold the properly on his own, and can cut along a line (although he has trouble staying on it).  His one-to-one correspondence (counting) is improving, but he gets confused after number 13.  He can also now dress himself.
I've added many chores to their list (thanks to the handy schedule I made), and am happy to report that cleaning has become part of our morning routine.  They clean with me, and I'm starting to feel like we're a team.  It's a good feeling.  I have my friend Althea to thank for that (you can read the guest post that inspired me about her homeschooling experiences with her kids on my other blog).  They now:  vacuum their rooms and the living room.  Wipe down the toilets and bathroom sinks with Lysol wipes.  Wipe the surfaces in the living room and TV room.  Keep their toys organized.  Set the table.  Keep their rooms clean.  Pick up the living room and TV room.  Empty the bathroom trashes.
We've been diligent this month, so I give myself an:

3.  Focus on the House
No remodeling yet, but a project to put in french doors in the living room is underway, budgeted for, and scheduled to happen the last week of February.  I have, however, done a good job keeping up with my housework.  Again, thanks to the schedule.  The hour by hour schedule may seem over the top, but I've learned that I really don't do well without structure in my life.  There have been mornings when I just don't feel like doing anything.  I'm not sick, or particularly pregnant, just unmotivated.  These are the mornings when my schedule really helps me.  I can just go to it, and take one task at a time.  Before I know it, a few hours have passed and the house is clean.
In addition to maintaining a clean home, I:  organized the study this month.  I've also kept the pile of clothes that seems to reside continually in the laundry room folded and put away.  I cleaned out the fridge.  Go me.

4.  Focus on the Whole
I've done moderately well with my exercise this month, walking about 2/3 of the times that I plan to.  That bed is just so darn comfortable at 5:00 in the morning!  If I do get up, I then have time for my morning devotions, so I'd say I did those about 2/3 of the times I intended to, as well.  Pilates has gone out the window, I do not have the energy during nap time.  I nap during nap time.  I did really well with my eating for the first half of the month, but the past two weeks, I have started craving sweets big time.  Since I only cave in about half the time to the cravings, I consider myself a success on my goal to eat well.  Apparently I have entered the biggest growth (and eating) phase of my pregnancy.  So considering I'm 24 weeks pregnant, I feel that I've been a very good girl on this goal, and kindly give myself an:

How about you?  How have you done on your New Year's Resolutions / Goals this month?  Was it an easy month, like it has been for me?  I expect my motivation to take a nose dive in a month or so.

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