I know, I know, I’m a little late on the whole setting goals and resolutions. The thing is I don’t like to do things half assed and therefore have been putting lots of thought into what I want to improve/achieve/spend my time on in 2012. I may have also been busy with two little ones under the age of two and a half. Whatever my reasons, its here now in a pretty list with picture reminders for me to reference all year long. Feel free to hold me to it and call me on any straying you may notice this year.
Number one is the absolute most important to me the rest are in random order…
#1: Date my Husband
That’s right I want to date Sugar Balls. I love SB so much and fondly remember our dates, trips, moments, naps, hugs, kisses that we have shared. Now that we are parents and absolutely positively head over heels in love with two other people we get less time together. I think it is important that we spend time together as a couple who are smitten, madly in love, can’t keep their hands off of each other, and I think we need to do that alone. So for 2012 I want to spend at least 3 hours of alone time with SB a month. I’m talking totally alone not just the alone time we get if we both manage to stay awake after the boys are asleep. I want to send the boys up the road to their favorite place (the grandparents) and escape with my husband. This can be a board game at home, dinner and a movie, cuddling during a nap. Anything we want to do at all as long as we do it together and it doesn’t have to do with everyday life such as running errands or cleaning house.
(Our wedding day)#2: Menu Planning
I’m no June Cleaver but I do get to stay at home with my boys so I think it is important that I put a yummy, warm meal on the table. I would like to plan ahead in efforts to save money and try new recipes.
#3: Try at Least 2 New Recipes a Month
I LOVE to cook and share my food with others. In an effort to eat better and expose my little ones to different tastes and textures I want to try some new things. I have a few websites that I really enjoy, maybe you will too.
I would also like to try freezing some extra food ahead of time. I always skip this step because I think fresh is better but a lot of people do it, so it might work. Right?
#4: Follow a Family Budget
With me staying home with the boys money is often tight. I know that there are many areas where I can cut back. I also know that I spend more than I should. I want to get better at this and show my husband how much I really do appreciate his hard work. If anyone has suggestions I’d would love the advice. One thing I’m going to start doing is write down the item I want (if it isn’t food/meds/heat) and keep it written down for at least 30 days before I buy it. Hopefully by the time 30 days is up I will no longer want it.
#5: Blog 2 Times a Week
#6: Exercise 4 or More Hours a Week
#7: Take More Pictures
This should be an easy one for me, I have two cameras and I LOVE taking pictures. Yet I the newest little Rascal has a significantly smaller stock pile of pictures than our first Rascal did. I REALLY need to work on this.
#8: Read a Book a Month
Again this should be easy as I love to read.
#9: Take Care of Laundry ASAP
So here is what happens every time I do the laundry. I fold as soon as the dryer goes off/ or as quickly as I can in an effort to avoid ironing. I don’t like to iron and I really don’t know how. However after I fold and or put the clothing on the hangers I tend to leave them in the laundry room for way to long. This needs to stop.
#10: Drink More Water
#10: Drink More Water
And add some lemon to it… Why? Because….
#11: Be under 200LBS by 2013
I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.
And lastly since it is 2012 and I like even numbers better than odd I’m gonna add a twelfth and very important goal for 2012.
#12: Believe in Myself
I may say “I can do this” but I still hear a voice inside that tells me it will never happen. I have now lost 34 pounds which I believe is as much weight as I’ve lost in the past only to go backwards and end up weighing more. I need to believe in myself and in this tool. I. Can. Do. This.