Thursday, January 26, 2012

Under the Sea Sensory Box

We have been working on less screen time at our house. Here is one activity that I have seen floating around Pinterest. Sensory boxes. Our box has an ocean theme. I will change it up. I am thinking about doing space, dinosaurs, car/truck, etc. The boys are so excited. Almost everything is from the $ Store. Hopefully, this will fill up some of our day:)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Goals

*Grow Closer to the Lord I really want to focus on joy this year. I have so much to be joyful about, but often times  I let my sin or circumstances rob me of joy. I look forward to growing in knowledge of God and His Will for my life. It really does amaze me that the Creator of the universe wants me to have a personal relationship with Him. Very basic, but AMAZING.

*Invest in my marriage I have been pregnant for about half of my marriage. Our kids have been the focus of our time and energy. In many ways, we have not put the time and the effort into our marriage that is necessary. Abe and I LOVE being together. He really is my best friend. I look forward to viewing him more in this light rather than my partner in parenting Smile We hope to go on a few more dates and we are working on weight loss and fitness together.

*Run a Half Marathon Abe and I hope to run our 3rd half marathon this April. We are looking forward to training together. My goal is to run it under 2 hours. I will be happy with 1:59:59!

*Potty train Parker Our goal is to have Parker potty trained around the time he turns 3 in July.

*Plant our first garden Abe and I want to do a garden this year. We are eating a lot more veggies, and it would be nice to gather them out of our own garden.

*Stick to a budget and save money We started using a Envelope Method App to track our spending. We started in October. It has been super helpful and we have been successful. I hope to continue with this and be more financially responsible.

*Meet new people and be more hospitable Meeting new people is somewhat nerve-wracking to me. Kind of silly, but I get a little embarrassed for some reason. I want to get over myself and be more outgoing. We also want to work on having more people into our home especially those that we have never had over.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Look Back at 2011 Resolutions/Goals

*Setting aside time to be in God’s Word and pray. I did better in this area this year. My day is always better when I begin the day praying and reading God’s Word.

*Keep our home clutter free and organized.  This was somewhat accomplished. However, it doesn’t feel like it after the influx of new toys from Christmas.

*Adjust to life with THREE kiddos. I think I have adjusted to life with 3 kids. It went smoothly the first few months, but I hit a bump in the road at about 3 months. It was ROUGH! Dealing with 3 kids is my new normal, and I can hardly remember what it was like before Maggie came along. I am now cooking, cleaning, exercising, running errands, along with many other normal activities just like before. I didn’t go easier on myself with giving myself time to adjust. Oh well!

*Enjoy my kids and this time of life. I did try to enjoy my family more this year. It still a tough job being a mommy and I have bad days. However, I am trying to keep in mind that it will not be this intense forever. My mantra this year has been “the days on long, but the years are short.”

*Start Chase’s educational journey. Chase started pre-K at a local charter school. God very clearly led us in making the decision to enroll him in school. We both have peace about our decision, and Chase is thriving. Praise the Lord!

*Getting Parker potty trained and in a big boy bed. We moved Parker into the bunkbed in October. It was rough at the beginning, but it has worked out nicely. We tried potty training, but he really didn’t want to do it after about 2 weeks. I gave up and we will attempt it this next year.

*Get back into pre-pregnancy shape. I am pretty much back into shape. I have a goal of losing some more weight, but I fit into my clothes. I got rid of my maternity clothes already, and I have a big bag of “fat” clothes to donate. It feels good to be “normal” again.