You're probably wondering about the daughter Isabella loves to clean-she comes by it honestly. I am a shameless clean freak. One morning I was working away in the kitchen while she had the mop I'd left out overnight to dry. And I look over to check on her and my then-7-month-old son, and say the five words I never thought I'd say as a parent, "Isabella, don't mop your brother!" He didn't mind, and she just wanted to make sure he was sparkly. So welcome to my world!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January Goals Update/February Goals

January has come and gone (so quickly?). Time to see how I did on my goals for the month:

Personal Goals:
1. Read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read Swamplandia! instead, which was on my list for F. I wasn't impressed with it.
2. Make Blackened Catfish Po'Boys, Roasted Carrots and Potatoes, and Mini Maple Pancake Muffins.
3. Memorize I Cor. 15:58, Gal, 6:9-10, and Phil. 1:6.
4. Prep Letter of the Week curriculum for Little Man, letters A and B.

Health Goals:
1. Exercise five days a week. I've given this up until we can get the XBox Kinect workout game. And even then, it might get kicked off my list...again.
2. Get eight hours of sleep six out of nine days. My husband works six on and three off, and when he's home, I sit up to spend time with him. However, my days of staying up til 2:00 am are over (mostly because we're caught up on Mad Men).

Marriage Goals:
1. Have an 11:30 study time with my hubby. We'll either read a book or study the Bible together. I'm shooting for 4 days a week. I still remain hopeful on this one.
2. Monthly date night theme: puzzle night. Cancelled due to him having to work.

Mothering Goals:
1. Do school with Isabella each week.
2. Read a chapter book to Bella (we're going to the library tomorrow). We did a few chapters of an American Girl book, but I wasn't diligent enough to stick with it.
3. Go outside every day with ideas from this book. We were out 13 days. I have this great app that keeps track of my goals of fruits, veggies, water, and time outside.
4. Make Playdough, Snowflake Tortillas, and Paper bag puppets.

Financial Goals:
1. Only use cash. I did use the debit card a few times.
2. Save $20 per paycheck for splurging (I've got my eye on a perfume).
3. Pay down-not off, yet-one credit card (our goal is to wipe out two credit card bills this year).

Relationship Goals:
1.Write a note of encouragement to a friend. 

February Goals

Personal Goals:
1. Read Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs and three stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
2. Make Pasta Carbonara with Leeks and Lemon, Spiced Lemony Brussels Sprouts, and Cream Scones.
3. Memorize Ephesians 2:10 and Colossians 1:15-17.
4. Prep Letter of the Week curriculum for Little Man, letters Cand D.

Health Goals:
1. This is more of a "mental health" goal. My goal is to spend time on ME each week in the form of spa stuff either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. I know that spending those few minutes with a mask on, or doing my hands or feet will make me a much happier mommy.

Marriage Goals:
1. Do at least three cute Valentine's Day ideas (we don't normally make a big whoop out of it).
2. Monthly date night theme: Bella Notte.

Mothering Goals:
1. Do school with Isabella each week. (We went to a meeting for her kindergarten in the fall and it's fired me up to get her as ready as possible.)
2. Go outside at least three days a week with ideas from this book.
4. Make valentines, tissue paper stained glass, and soap crayons.

Financial Goals:
1. Only use cash for personal purchases.
2. Continue to save $20 per paycheck for splurging; I just scored some tall size end-of-the-season clothes from Eddie Bauer, so that takes $40 from my perfume fund!
3. Pay off one credit card.

Relationship Goals:
1. Go for cupcakes with my girlfriend-woohoo!

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