I only partially achieved my October goals. We didn’t get out to enjoy the Autumn weather nearly as much as I would have liked, due to a combination of laziness on my part, inclement weather, a daughter who thinks she should wear summer attire in freezing weather, and sickness. I worked out a fantastic toy storage solution, but didn’t organize much else. Halloween costumes were thrown together at the last minute thanks to Emma hand-me-downs for Johnny and Lily and the gift of a princess dress-up chest for Emma combined with unseasonably warm weather for a single day that allowed me to NOT fight with her over dressing warmly for one day. Mike’s aunt and cousin moved their invitation to Thanksgiving, so we’ll be seeing them this month instead. We had a fantastic visit with my brother B, and we are still enjoying a visit from Gramma. There are plenty of blog switchover issues to take care of, but I made a blog button. I also uploaded my patterns and templates as PDFs for easier downloading (see my navigation bar for links).
On to annual goals:
- Find places to keep all those odds and ends that get stashed in random places: My house feels still cluttered, and I’ll be making specific goals in this area for November
- Potty training: No longer a goal for this year, but bound to reappear in 2010.
- Get Johnny to eat more solid food: Some success and some failure, largely due to illness.
- Be more patient with cooking/baking that involves a rolling pin: Ignored. I didn’t even make my planned sugar cookies, due to illness the week they were planned for.
- Take the kids outdoors more: Some success, some failure. Emma and Johnny enjoyed a fantastic off-road strollering adventure with Mike and Uncle B. Turns out my double stroller stood true to some intense tests. Lily and I stayed indoors and missed out.
- Get the kids to sleep through the night better: Emma was doing great until she got sick, but I don’t think she’s slid back too far. Johnny is doing miserably at this since getting sick. Lily was great but then got sick. She still does well for a not-quite-three-month-old, though.
November will be a busy month – we have family visiting for about half the month, Thanksgiving dinner to plan, and we are getting ready for a BIG trip across the Atlantic to visit my parents in Vienna, Austria at the beginning of December thanks to an amazing deal on airline tickets! I’m very excited, particularly as this means a return to the city I lived in and loved for all four years of high school (a long time for me to live in one place as a child). My two youngest siblings (12 and 15 years younger than me) are students at my old high school, and I will get to see them perform in their winter concert. I had some fantastic high school teachers, many of whom now teach my brother and sister, so it will be fun to see them as well. We’re kicking off the month with a short three-day road trip to the Massachusetts Cape thanks to the very generous gift of a timeshare from Mike’s aunt and uncle. This blog is going on vacation too, so you won’t hear from me for a couple days.
- Go through the kids’ toys, donate several and toss a few that are worn out.
- Go through hand-me-down toys from friends sitting in the garage. Choose some to give to our kids for Christmas (yes, we give secondhand gifts to our children) and donate the rest (with our friends’ blessing).
- Remove all clutter from the kitchen and bookshelves – and keep it from reappearing.
- Plan out our “25 Days of Giving” for December – if you have suggestions, particularly of things that can be done by young children on a plane and in a foreign country, please let me know?
- Make some sort of gratitude-themed countdown for Thanksgiving.
- Create some activities to keep our three young children busy on their plane rides across the Atlantic. I’m hoping to make at least one quiet book, and will be visiting this blog for inspiration!
- Get Emma to dress warmly WITHOUT a daily mother-daughter showdown. Step one: pack ONLY long sleeves and long pants for our road trip. Step two: surreptitiously remove ALL summer attire from her wardrobe and hide it in the attic.
- Figure out Thanksgiving dinner.
- BONUS goal: fix the remaining blog switchover issues and start on handmade Christmas gifts.
What are your November goals?