Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
As Heroine Worshipper so tactfully pointed out in his comment on my post, um. . .<cough, cough> 5 months ago, the blogging thing hasn't been working out so good.
I love the story about Sis. Hinckley's personal scripture study project. She reported to her daughter: “I have a new project to read one chapter a day from each of the standard works. I’ve been on it four days and I’m only three days behind.” Gosh, it helps to know I'm in good company. :)
But rest assured, I have not given up! Never, never, never!
I want to share with you just how progress on my goals has gone through this mad, wonderful year so far. You will leave my blog greatly encouraged, I hope.
(Plus, I spent a lot of time on that gorgeous graphic to the left, and darn it, I want it to get USED!)
What can I say? My charity never faileth. :)
This is perhaps the ONLY goal going well. And, oh crumb, I just realized I haven't done it yet today. . . arg.
~ Develop my romance with DC – ENJOY :)
Hmmmm. . . . things are going better than a year ago. It is awesome to have Exacto old enough to babysit--we've started going on REAL dates again! Still plenty of room for improvement. DC has a funny quote: "We interrupt this marriage for the raising of children." It's not THAT bad, but I think we are at the peak of our family's parenting demands right now. Any suggestions for how to stay close when you're both up to your eyeballs in real life?
~ Consistency in time with Exacto, Fluffy, and Hummer – ENJOY
Super Kid dates, piano lessons, one-on-one time after school (stations), reading books together, paydays, etc.
Doing pretty well here, too. My friend Suzanne asked about how we do the "stations." After school is normally insanity here. If any of you have more than one child in school you know exactly what I'm talking about. Why is life such that dinner must be made at the same time as a toddler's natural fussiness which is also the same time that one must go through reams of paper daily, signing, deciding where to put, checking calendar, etc. etc. plus deal with homework, practicing, etc.? It is the bewitching hour. ('Cuz I get be-witched! Get it? :)
Anyway, we have a little system that has helped. It's a little OCD, but the boys seem to enjoy it, and I definitely do. They rotate through stations, and we set the timer for 10 minutes per station.
Station 1 = chocolate milk and rest (IF you finished your chores before school)
Station 2 = show Mom your papers and tell her about your day (this is awesome because it's one-on-one and I can really look at what they've been doing)
Station 3 = play with Rosebud (this is the most brilliant part - fun for both of them and frees my attention)
Any homework needs to be done before or after this time. Practicing starts at 4:30pm, and finishing that is your ticket to dinner. (We follow Suzuki's credo that you don't need to practice everyday, just on the days you eat).
~ Spend some time “with” Benjamin once a week, either visiting his grave or working on one of his scrapbooks
Ouch. Ever since our church meetings switched to 9-12, we are STARVING after church and Rosebud is near exhaustion, so the cemetery tradition has fallen by the wayside. I do try to head back out there in the afternoon while she's asleep. No scrapbook progress. Zero. It feels okay, though. I'm not worrying about it, just a little wistful.
~ ENJOY Rosebud – Help her get on a sleep/daytime routine. Start reading to her and singing to her regularly.
Woohoo! I am happy to report that after a ludicrous amount of time (months, literally!) studying and preparing using Sheyne Rowley's Dream Baby Guide book, I implemented the system in March, and it worked like magic. I could kiss Sheyne Rowley, and I fully intend to if I ever meet her. Rosebud went from 5-6 wakings per night and sometimes no more than 20 minutes of napping for a whole day, to 12 hours solid sleep at night, and a nearly 3-hour nap like clockwork every single day. The reading and the singing are part of the routine now.
I plan to do a whole post on this (don't snort! I will! You just see!). The book changed my life, changed my parenting for the better--I wish I could have read it when Exacto was a babe.
~ Consistent exercise program / Reduce waist measurement by 8”
I have a specific plan for this (complete with rewards!) that I will share soon. . . .
Oh my goodness. I am ashamed and humiliated to admit publicly that this goal happened for all of about 2 weeks. And the worst part is that my "specific plan" included built-in fancy rewards every 4 months. Like flying to UT for the Carl Bloch exhibit and a couple of family events. I was to hold myself STRICTLY to 90% success rate, or no go. And guess what?
I went anyway. Naughty spanky me.
Is it even possible to take off 8" by the end of the year now. . . .?
It really is necessary to make progress on this. Heart trouble and high blood pressure are knocking at my door, due to some strong genetics, and my waist just keeps increasing!
~ Personal history / writing / blog
Write daily in journal, write weekly family letters
Journal and family letters, yes. Blog routine, nein. Much to my sorrow! To my credit, the sleep thing with Rosebud cleared up in March, but only a few days after that, I pulled Hummer out of public school to homeschool. Any regular time to myself that I had just gained went out the window immediately. It was wonderful and worth it. Just not good for any serious writing.
~ House – Declutter, Organize, Decorate as if to sell
One area per month – have notebook, make wish list, use budget
Jan: Downstairs closets,½ bath ~
Feb: Rosebud’s rm, closet ~
Mar: Boys’ rm, closet ~
Apr: Master br, bath, closet ~
May: Living rm ~
June: vacation :) ~
Oh, this one is classic. Want to know which month's project I'm on? Yep, January! Aren't you wishing you had joined me in my motivational house project schedule?
And yet, I am undaunted! Onward and upward!
Just for fun, though, I hope to show you soon the progress on January's. (I'm ridiculously proud of my little powder room makeover:). Almost done, having worked on it sporadically for the past 6 months. . . stay tuned!
Rosebud, 18 months old last week