February in our home opened and ended with sickness, so I’m hoping to bid goodbye to cold/flu season as the snow (slowly) melts from our lawn. I’m ignoring the fact that they’ve forecast snow for tomorrow…
As for goals, February was interesting. I didn’t maintain a constant five-dinner list as originally planned. I’m really glad I made the goal, though, because I had enough dinners available to make something every night without going into brain lock. I did keep a list of five activities, but found that my kids kept choosing the same thing over and over anyhow. The big hits this month were play dough and legos. Valentine’s Day was spent looking after sick children, so we did not make it to the nursing home. Hopefully next year! And Mike was the sole source of our science projects, so I still have plenty of inspiration from this post. Emma’s birthday party was a lot of fun for the entire family, and a bright point during the month. And, I got some adorable pictures of Lily on her half-birthday – including the one at the top of this post of Lily immensely pleased at having grabbed the camera strap, this eating sequence, and this very cute pose. And, I even got Emma’s approval on my dinosaur chart:
Goals for March:
- Try structuring our days a little more. This is actually a goal I made for March last year, but in the end I decided to focus on habits rather than structure. That has worked for the past year, and now I want to give a slightly more organized approach a try, and I want to engage Emma in the planning process. The end result might be a list of things we want to do that we plan out the afternoon before or a (very rough) timetable for the day – or we may return to the habits approach. It’s an experiment, and I’ll let you know how it goes. If anyone reading this has blogged about a similar attempt, please link up to your post in the comments as I’d love to hear how it goes. Target areas: peace and education.
- Create a home management binder. This is an idea I’ve seen on several blogs recently, and I think it could help organize our house. Here is a good description of the general idea. I’m using a three-ring binder. We’ll start with sections for meal planning, activity idea lists for the kids, a calendar, and our various structure experiments throughout the month. I’d love to hear if anyone reading this has created one of these! Target areas: health, peace, and education.
- Send out thank you cards for Emma’s birthday party. ASAP, as they are already overdue. Target area: gratitude.
- Make and send cards to a few family members. Target area: charity (meaning: loving, caring, and giving to others).
What are your goals for March? Have any advice on how I should approach mine? Please let me know!