Friday, December 31, 2010

Another year is coming to a close. It’s been a good year for our little family. We were blessed with the most important gifts of health, love and time together. We didn’t have any financial setbacks and enjoyed watching our daughter grow from a tentative toddler into a fairly confident and energetic preschooler. Still, as I look back at my Top 10 for 2010 post, I realize that I didn’t do as well in some of the goals as I hoped I would. Perhaps some of the goals were a bit ambitious, but the sad truth is that I didn’t check my progress against them as often as I should have. This will be useful to remember as I set out to plan for 2011. For once, I will limit my goals to four instead of ten, and hopefully this will allow me to focus on them better.
Health. This includes the same goal of exercising twice a week, eating better (more fresh produce and fish) and getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
Organization. This includes both organizing time and organizing space. We still have a lot of “mini-projects” floating around the house. This year I would really like to see them completed.
Traditions. There are a few things that we want to try to implement this year – a game night once a week, a “reading time” on the weekend where all of us read for an hour in the same room and special family trips/activities at least once a month.
Time outside. This actually ties in with the first and the third goal, but I would really like to spend more time outside. We have a pretty active and safe “playborhood”, and I would like to see Anna spend more time playing with peers rather than spending her time in adults’ company. I also hope to take up gardening together once the weather turns to spring.
I am looking forward to 2011 and wish everyone a healthy and peaceful year!


Christy said...

This is weird, but you and I have the same exact goals for the next year. It has been nice getting to know you better in 2010. Happy New Year!

Ticia said...

It's so hard to establish good new habits. I'm trying to work out what our goals are, but haven't quite figured it out yet.

Debbie said...

That is why I don't do resolutions, I never get back to checking to see if I am making any progress, and end up dismissing most of them. I hope the next year holds many exciting things for the three of you and I look forward to a continued friendship! Happy New Year!

littlewondersdays said...

Great list of goals for the new year. Have a happy New Year!

MaryAnne said...

I really like your goals for 2011. Good luck accomplishing them!

I really like this picture of you, too!

Elise said...

This book sounds delightful.

Upon relfecting on 2010, I have also made some goals. I am with you as far as sleep goes - I need to stop sacrificing sleep to get things done. Here's to more shut eye for both of us in 2011! Exercies is another big one for me too. I figure if I sleep more I won't feel so tired in the afternoon when I could (and should) be out going for a walk.

Anna's resolutions are very sweet. Her knitted jacket is beautiful. What a precious gift to have and enjoy.

Elise said...

I also meant to wish you all the best for 2011 in my previous comment.

I hope that you, your husband and Anaa have a wonderful 2011 and that it is filled with good health, peace, love and joy.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Your goals are great. I've often thought about doing a games night. Although now that our son has given up naps, the night is very short. "...the most important gifts of health, love and time together" - so true! I just posted about goals. It's my first year I've ever resolved anything.

Infant Bibliophile said...

By the way, after reading about your resolutions from Anna, I explained what a resolution is to my son, and he said "I will go to bed with no fussing!" and later he said, "I will not call 'Mama come!' in the night and only will say it in the morning." Of course, I think it was quickly forgotten by bedtime. Then I asked him later, "is there anything you want to learn in the next year?" and he quickly said, "I want to learn about Russia and the North Pole and jaguars!"

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Your resolutions are wonderful Natalie! I read this post a couple weeks ago--what happened to the picture of you that was originally in it? It was such a GOOD picture!

I haven't really made any concrete resolutions myself, but I really want to go to bed a bit earlier at night, be more consistent with running--I've gotten a bit slack the last few months, and I have a couple spiritual goals for myself and for our family as a whole.

I hope this year is such a healthy and happy one for your family. You deserve it Natalie, and so does your sweet family!