I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a monthly re-cap in regards to the progress of my new year’s to-do list, but since I did it last year I figured I may as well keep the tradition alive.
So… January! What a great month, right? Not so fast, chief. January means a sunny, warm day followed by three days of freezing temperatures and ice (at least, this is what it means in Texas). January means minimal sunny days, actually. I’m not saying that I felt overly depressed this month, but there were two weeks where we didn’t go anywhere and it kind of got me down. I felt a bit under the weather for about a week — there wasn’t anything pointedly wrong with me — so the kids and I lounged around in our pajamas for a week, watching TV like it was our job. Then, the next week Avery got sick, actually sick (upper respiratory infection caused by a virus- according to her pediatrician), so we spent another week indoors. She would appear to be feeling better, so I would try to coax her into going to the park or the mall or something, anything, that was outside of the house; she wasn’t interested. We are all better now except for Jacob — he appears to have contracted something that makes him all snotty. It’s pretty gross and I’m doing my best to avoid him which is a challenge since we sleep just a few inches from each other.
ANYWAY, new year’s to-do list… Let’s do this:
1. Get my family to the dentist. Not yet! I totally forgot about this one (way to go, Lauren!) so I guess I’ll need to make it my goal for February instead. Do babies need to go to the dentist?
2. Complete C25k training program (Couch to 5k) and participate in the Big D Texas Marathon 5k race on Sunday, April 14, 2013. I just completed Week 3, Day 3 of Couch to 5k. I can’t say enough good things about this program! My workout routine is pretty simple- I put Henry to bed by 11pm and then I drive the 1/10th mile to my gym (I walked there a few times but even in my safe neighborhood, I still felt weird so I started driving there instead) and spend about 90 minutes in there. The training program takes about 30 minutes, and then I pedal on the recumbent bicycle for an hour while reading on my Nook or watching TV. So far, I am on track to meet my goal and to have a successful race. I still need to register for it- I kept putting it off due to a lack of funds, but the longer I delay signing up, the more expensive it will be and it will sell out at some point. I’ll sign up tomorrow.
3. Complete 5k-to-10k training program and participate in the Hottest Half & 10k TBD – I have to complete #2 first.
4. Train for and run a half marathon by the end of the year. TBD.
5. Eliminate processed foods from my family’s diet as well as cut out gluten as much as possible. We did pretty well last month, but it is hard to break free of junk and conveneience foods. Our meals consist of whole foods except for bread. Since we are trying to spend less, I have had to cut back on what I buy at the grocery store. I am no longer buying organic items unless it happens to cost the same or less than its non-organic counterpart. At this time, we simply cannot afford it, and I’m not going to allow myself to feel bad about what I’m feeding my family. We eat healthy, balanced meals. End of story. Oh, except for pizza night. Then it’s ZOMG CHEEEEEEEEEEEESE. No regrets.
6. Spend more quality time with Avery. I have been working hard on this one and I hope that it’s making a difference with her. Most days, we do some school work which involves a lesson about a letter and a number, and we usually do some sort of art project or craft. I get ideas from Pinterest, but for the most part I’m just winging it. Sometimes, I will ask her what she wants to do, and that’s what we do. Child-led learning, right? I have no specific goals for her education since she’s not even four yet. The girl knows her letters and numbers, she can spell her name and a couple of other words that she memorized, and she has continued to show interest in learning how to read. That’s more than I could ask for out of her.
7. Have a more structured routine during the week. YES! I put together a schedule and we tried it out for an entire week to see if it worked for us as well as what adjustments needed to be made. We now use a more loose schedule since that seems to work better for us. I don’t worry about how long something is going to take- we just do whatever the scheduled item is, and if it takes up a lot of time, so be it. It’s not like a long breakfast is going to ruin school time or push everything else back, leading to a total breakdown of structure and civilization. Basically, we get up around 9am, have breakfast, get dressed, go to the park or for a walk, come back and do school work, have lunch, go on an outing (the mall play area, Chick-Fil-A play area, another park, etc.), come home and take a nap, get ready for dinner, eat, have family time, then it’s time to get ready for bed. This all occurs betweent 9am and 9pm. It is a full day, even if it seems like we don’t really do much. Avery also has plenty of time to play during the day. It is really a very loose schedule. We just kind of go with the flow. The important thing for us is to do things in a certain order.