January was a busy and peaceful month in our house. It was not entirely easy to get back into routine after December vacations, but we eventually found our groove. We did quite well in “time outside” part of my plan for 2011. The weather was beautiful, and we tried to spend some time outside every day. Anna is becoming quite a biker, and I hope that her training wheels will come off soon. I give myself solid A here.
It’s tempting to approach "organization” as one major spurt, but my husband and I decided to take more pragmatic approach this year. Every week we spend one evening on one organization project. It’s good to work together and discuss where things are going, what to keep and what to toss. It’s also exciting to see some free space on our shelves and in our minds. B+ grade, because maybe we could have done a bit more, and I still have a big mess on my desk.
We are still working on establishing traditions. Our daughter loves structure and knowing what to expect and she doesn’t react well when we have to reschedule things that were promised to her due to unexpected events or simply due to being tired. I definitely sense the need for more play that is directed by her, but I have also been thinking that she needs to learn to help more and to appreciate the fact that parents need some down time as well. B for effort :)
I started the year well with my exercise goals, but slipped in the second half of the month. I do have an excuse – I exercise in the living room, and my parents are using it now. I try to walk around more while talking on conference calls and to stretch. Also, my work coffee buddy and best friend at work has quit, so I cut down on my morning coffee runs from every day to about 2 times a week. One of these times I meet my former coffee buddy outside and go for a long walk with her. I lost one pound in January, so I give myself B-.
In February I want to focus more on free play and resurrect our “learning boxes”. I let them stagnate, and Anna lost interest in them. I want to continue spending time outside, plant a small vegetable garden and have happy times with my family. Let’s hope that we won’t have any unexpected curve balls that will throw these plans off.
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