Playing with icicles from our roof
January was a mixed bag in terms of meeting goals. We went outside to play exactly once. The weather was pretty miserable for the entire month, but there were a couple of other days when we could have gone out. Emma doesn’t like getting dressed up to go out in the cold (surprise), and Johnny and Lily tend to follow her lead. And I give in, because I’m not that keen on spending an hour getting the kids all geared up for 2-15 minutes of play before they come back in.
I actually got a LOT of time outside, shoveling snow. Mike flew off to Italy (well, he got stuck in DC for a night before actually MAKING it to Italy…) right before our big overnight snowstorm, and I woke up to 18 inches (where it had drifted) of snow to shovel. After four hours of shoveling, and a wonderful random snow plow truck who finished off the end of our driveway for me, I was done! We had an electric snow thrower, but it chose that morning to catch fire! What is it with me and cold-related appliances catching fire?
Some things went really well in January. I found a fun gymnastics class that Emma and Johnny both enjoy, and they are signed up for that through June. We tried out a music class that I thought was pretty cool, but the kids were not impressed, so we’ll skip that one! In other class-related news, Johnny’s speech therapist had the brilliant idea to have him practice his words while completing an obstacle course, with phenomenal results! Hooray for speech therapists who think creatively!!!
I got thank you cards sent off, and even invitations for Emma’s fifth (!) birthday party this month! All three kids are back on target for bedtime, even with Mike out of town. Sometimes they even ask to go to bed. Sleeping through the night is another story, as is getting up at a reasonable time. I woke up last Thursday to find Lily sitting (silently) on my back, and Friday morning all three kids were up by 5:38am. We’ve made some progress on getting the kids involved in cleaning, but I still resort to doing it myself because that’s faster/easier more frequently than I should. One thing that has worked really well has been for me to choose one chore for myself (such as folding laundry) and one for the kids (picking up legos), and racing to see if they can beat me! I used to do the same chore, but then they race against each other while making sure that I still pick up the most!
Goals for February:
- Finish planning Emma’s birthday party – any suggestions of fun and simple indoor activities for five-year-olds and (perhaps more importantly) younger siblings? Target area: gratitude
- Do some fun things with the kids for Valentine’s Day (Emma’s favorite holiday) – again, I’d love suggestions/links to activities you enjoy! Target areas: gratitude, generosity, and education
- Try at least two new slow cooker recipes. We made coq au vin Saturday, and chicken in red sauce Sunday, and both were great! I borrowed this cookbook from the library, and several recipes in it look intriguing. I like the simplicity of five ingredients! And Johnny likes the cookbook as a bedtime story, which is a little unique – although I remember Emma reading cookbooks at his age, so it must run in the family… Target areas: peace, education, and health
- Take advantage of the Winkflash flat-rate photo book sale – 100 pages for the price of twenty! Target area: gratitude
- Continue to work on getting the kids involved in household chores. Target areas: peace, gratitude, and education