Friday, December 30, 2011

My Resolutions for 2011.

I made these resolutions at the beginning of 2011. Let's see how well I did.

Let Norah play outside.
They still aren't playing outside, but Norah and Avril are getting more exercise this year, especially since we are visiting The Jump Zone at least once a week.

Read through the entire Bible.
Anytime I got behind, I caught up. I did it!

Hold Dwayne's hand
.
I took this one off the list a while ago.

Pray
.
I'm keeping this on the list for 2012. But I will probably focus more on being in God's presence, worshiping and then praying from that place. I find that my prayers are less selfish, more effective and more aligned with God's heart that way.

Read.
My goal was to read a book a month or twelve in one year. I started out strong, reading five books by March:
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Needless Casualties of War
Dumbing Us Down
Oliver Twist
But then I started (and still haven't finished) King's Cross. I'm sure it's a good book, but this just goes to show me that if a book doesn't really hold my attention after a few chapters, I need to just put it aside and go on to the another book without feeling guilty about it.

Eat fruit and vegetables
.
I eat more fruits and vegetables and serve more to my family now than I did a year ago, but I could do much better. Next year, I think I will focus on serving a fruit or vegetable for a snack and with at least two meals every single day. That's a more specific goal and with this goal, I think I need to be more specific.

No late night eating.
I've stopped doing this altogether. The trick will be to keep it up after I have this baby and I really could eat late again without getting sick or feeling bad like I do now that I am pregnant.

Be consistent in the garden.
I did well for a while, but pregnancy kept me inside for the last part of the year and the weeds took over at that point. The baby will be born in April and I don't foresee being able to nurse the baby and rest and care for the other kids and do everything else that's required of me and garden. Gardening will still be on the to-do list, but it will be at the bottom. I think that maybe Norah will be better at pulling weeds by then. Maybe I could pay her to do it. She's always asking for extra chores that will earn her money.

Stop talking in bed.
I do this so infrequently now, I can hardly believe I ever had to resolve to "change" in this way. I vaguely remember Dwayne asking me to stop talking in bed because I was keeping him up so late. I think it's cool that it seems like that was so long ago, but really, it has only been one year since Dwayne asked me.

Go to be early.
I am doing better with this, but I think I will try to be in bed by a certain time this coming year. This will really help Dwayne. He has a hard time going to sleep if I am not in bed, but he never stays up past me. So, if I go to sleep, he will and after ten years of marriage, I can tell that he really benefits from sleep. This will be something I do this coming year to help him like I stopped talking in bed last year to help him. "Early" needs to be defined, more specifically, as 10pm. I will try to be in bed by then, so Dwayne won't be far behind. If I was the one going to work in the morning, I know I'd appreciate the support.

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