It's nearly time to make goals for a new year, so I thought I'd do a final review of my goals for 2013.
1. Bible Reading - I always intend to stick with our read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan, but I inevitably end up getting behind and I have yet to successfully complete it. I plan to stick with it this year.
I'm still on track with this. I've gotten behind several times, but catching up has not been a problem. I plan to keep this as one of my goals for next year.
2. Have a Baby - this will happen one way or another! Only about 14 weeks left before Baby Boy #5 is due.
Check. :) He's a sweetie!
I'm in the final stages of editing our 2012 book. It's taken me all year, but it looks like I'll get it done. This will be another goal that I'll keep for next year. I'll probably start with the 2013 book, but since I wasn't a very good blogger this year I may try to squeeze 2011 in as well. We'll see.
4. Teach the Children Piano - I did fairly well with this goal at the end of 2012, and I really want to stick with it. Sometimes it is hard to get motivated because we're all pretty much ready for a break by the time we finish school. But, again, it is something that is important to us. I did not start piano until I was 10, and I think that there is some advantage to starting later, but I also think that there are advantages to starting earlier and the children enjoy it.
I've been sporadic with this. We did really well for awhile, then I broke my leg and then we moved and it all kind of fell to pieces. In the past month or so Abigail has really gotten interested in piano and has been mowing through things pretty quickly. Esther loves to play the piano, but she'd rather sit down and make up her own things (which she is pretty good at!) than practice what's on the page. I hope to incorporate piano back into our school schedule after Christmas. I plan to add Hannah to the mix. I hope I can keep up with it!
5. Exercise - before our Christmas break I was walking 3 to 4 mornings a week. I'd like to make it 4 to 5 mornings. I feel better, it's good for me and the baby, and it gives me more energy during the day.
I did pretty well with this before I broke my leg, but spent most of the summer on the couch. My leg is feeling really good for the most part and I'd love to get back into exercising regularly, but every time I take a walk my ankle swells up and I'm hobbling by the evening. I'm not sure what's going on there, but I certainly don't feel like I can start training for a 5K or anything like that.
6. Read - I'm not a real big reader. I'm very slow, and frankly, I don't have much time. I would like to read more though, and I'm going to shoot to read 10 books in 2013. We have made some minor changes to our schedule and have time set aside in the evenings before bed for reading. I hope that it works out. If I'm tired, then a book is a sure-fire way to put me to sleep! I'm working on putting together a book list and I plan to post that later.
I'm excited to report that I exceeded my expectations here. I did not keep track of everything that I read, but I definitely read a good many more than 10 books. I currently have 2 in process and hope to finish at least one of them before Christmas.
7. "Spring" Cleaning - there are areas in every room of our house that need to be organized, and that bugs me. This home is only temporary, though we are not exactly sure how long we'll be here. We do plan to move at some point though, and I would love to have things sorted through, consolidated, and pared down before we have to start packing. There are a million areas to cover...everything from sorting and storing childrens' clothes to cleaning out the kitchen cabinets. I plan to come up with "zones" and focus on one each month. I think I'll start with the master bedroom/closet/office.
I accomplished this before we moved, but now it needs to be done again. :) I've got lots of drawers and closets that need to be cleaned out and organized.
I've come up with a few goals for 2014 and I need to do a little more brainstorming over the next few weeks. I feel like we're getting school and the basics done, which is good of course, but I'd love to add a few interesting challenges in there as well.