HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Note: I've inserted a variety of pictures from 2013 throughout this post.
I know, a little late, but I'm just now catching by breath after the marathon of the holidays. In fact, this is my third attempt today to get this post published! There's no slowing down. We move next week... Yes, in exactly a week!
So, of course my head is swimming with new habits to build, projects to do, and books to read, on top of all that comes with moving. And instead of copying and pasting my lists on here for you (because, honestly, it would probably bore you), I'm just going to say how I want to improve in the areas I always share with you. Plus, share some blogging thoughts for the year as a bonus. :)
heart & soul :: The biggest thing I want to work on this year is being more disciplined. When I actually follow my routines and plans for the days, things are so much smoother and I'm so much calmer. Of course, I can't control things coming up, but I've learned how much I can get done in a day with diaper changes, squabble breaks up, etc built in. And if I don't get everything done, but it wasn't because I wasted time, I'm okay with that. Along with this is working on not being lazy. As in, if something needs to be done, that is quick or important, to just. do. it. (And, yes, that phrase still makes me think of Nike unfortunately!) Oh, and to do it without whining or groaning.
mothering :: In this area, I want to work on being more aware and alert. Even if I'm away from the computer, I find myself absorbed in whatever task I'm doing, and sometimes ignore my children for a moment (until they've said something for the 10th time!) and then get frustrated that they are now yelling and I've been interrupted. It's not that I'm totally unaware; it's just that it's hard for me to shift my whole focus quickly enough. And I think that's because I don't choose to. I just want to get what I'm working on done, and then I can focus on my kids. Nuh-uh... how often does that really happen? I want to be available, aware, and alert no matter what I'm doing.
home & kitchen :: I want to get proficient with sourdough, dabble in some cheese making, and do some extra meal freezing. Obviously, I'll be doing a lot of work in the home unpacking, organizing, fixing up, and decorating.
rhythm :: My hope is to further incorporate the Church Year into our lives by going to the services and talking about the feast days in the home. I'd also like to incorporate little traditions associated with them, when it's practical. ~ I want to start doing a Morning Time with both kids. This year I just did Circle Time with Mia at nap time. Now that Michael is older, he isn't so demanding for attention and might even participate some. At least he'll be hearing it. At nap time I'll do "school" with Mia for 15 or 20 minutes, just working on simple goals. I want to incorporate some art time each week or a few times a week.
learning & growing :: For the first time since I can remember (and maybe ever!), I have a book list. I really want to read more books this year. Since we won't have the internet (at least for the time being), I hope to make more time for real books! ~ I want to learn about gardening and start one in the spring. I plan to help my parents with maple syrup production this year, so I have some learning to do with that. Also, I want to learn about raising chickens because that might come sooner than later!
blogging :: There's so much I want to do on here! I'll just share a few ideas that are the most likely to happen. First, I want to preview my month for you, and then review it at the end. I have a new system of planning that I've been using for a few months, and I want to share that with you, then show you how it works for me each month. Second, I want to share with you each week the progress I make unpacking and decorating our new home. This is really more for me, than for you. I need to be able to look back and see how much I've gotten done instead of how much more I want to do. There's more beyond that, but I'm not sure how much I can handle, so I don't want to promise too much. :) I hope to do a lot of research about blogging as well as learn some writing skills.
looking forward to... moving, obviously! Also coming up this year...
January: My brother and his wife will visit from Boston.
February: My in-laws and sister-in-law and family will be coming to visit.
May: We hope to go to Boston for my brother's graduation from seminary.
June: Both of my husband's sisters and their kids will come out for a visit.
July: My husband will be coaching a high school travel baseball team. They will play at tournaments for seven weekends straight. I know it might be hard, but I'm so excited about this opportunity for him! And we hope to travel with them some, which I think will be fun. :)
August: Annual Vazquez Family Vacation!