February was a fun and busy month in our house, and I got through four out of five goals for February! The kids made stamped valentines (Johnny and Lily) and burlap heart valentines (Emma). Emma had a wonderful ninth birthday party, where our make a monster activity was a big hit! Anna and I did spend more time outside, including bike rides on our Taga bike. I didn’t wind up assigning kids to cook on a particular night, but all four kids helped cook at least one meal per week. It was easier to see who was available on a given night, since sometimes kids had unexpected homework or wanted to play with a sibling or friend. The one goal I didn’t get to was Emma’s thank you cards; that is our project for this weekend.
This wasn’t in my goals for last month, but I am very happy to report that Johnny is doing better in school now. We were able to make some new changes to his IEP that have gone a long ways towards lowering his stress levels so that he is both willing and able to complete all of his school assignments. The changes are fairly simple: his is now allowed to use a dictionary to look up how to spell words when he is writing sentences, he can complete writing assignments in pencil instead of pen, and he completes his writing assignments in a small group instead of in the main classroom. These changes are making a world of difference for him. It is a huge relief to see him happy to go to school and happy and relaxed in the afternoons after school.
Setting Goals for March 2015
Here are my goals for March:
- Make at least one softie for the Sew Mama Sew Spectacular Softies Contest.
- Spend lots of time with the kids outside.
- Fix my photography site (putting it here because it has been on my “to-do” list for a ridiculously long time now and these monthly goal posts are the only way I force myself to do things).
- Make lots of memories. My kids grow up way too fast.
What are your hoping to accomplish in March?