Jan 4, 2011
I know everybody is at it at this time of year, but I’m going to be another one to jump on the New Year bandwagon. I may be a little late with this, but our New Year was kind of dominated by third birthday celebrations, so we didn’t really get too much time to think about the dawning of a new year (or decade, as some people think of it).
I started writing down a few basic goals, but inspired by Tiddlyompompom‘s Day Zero posts and Pumpkin and Piglet’s recent post but here are some of my personal goals for 2011. Some are bigger than others!
1. Teach Lilly to read - or make a start, at least! I’ve already started helping her learn letters and showing her the odd word. She is really good with all this and seems to pick it up quickly. I was reading well by the time I started school, thanks to my mum teaching me, and I want the same for Lilly. I’ve got to make sure this year that I put in the time and effort to make this happen. By the way, can anyone out there recommend me children’s reading books? I’m looking for the modern day equivalent of Peter and Jane? Also any tips from mums who’ve done it would be MOST welcome!
2. Book another holiday for us – Either Center Parcs or (preferably) foreign sun. Either March/April or December/January. We have our holiday to France with extended family, but want to get away, just the four of us. Problem is, I’m fussy and want a) sunshine b) somewhere to stay with a separate bedroom / living area (so the kids can sleep while we stay up supping wine!) c) some basic cooking facilities to make baby food and store milk in the fridge whilst also staying somewhere with d) half board, at least, so that I don’t have to cook for us all while we’re away. Gran Canaria or the Canaries probably. I’ve had some suggestions on twitter, please feel free to send any more!
3. Tidy up all my recipes and update my recipe database – I am a geek and love collecting recipes from magazines, putting them in folders, and making lists on my computer of the recipes I have, so that I can meal plan. I haven’t tidied up my recipes for about six months, so I have a lot of magazines and pieces of paper hanging around that need sorting, and a shiny new folder, waiting to be filled!
4. Meal plan and create weekly plans I can go back to to save time - I do do this, but I still think I could be more efficient.
5. Be superorganised to help the transition back to work – Military precision is going to be involved. Everything that can humanly be done the night before, is going to have to be done the night before. How on earth am I going to leave the house by 7am everyday????
6. Remind myself of some first aid – I did a course at school, but my memory is terrible. Every so often I look at my first aid book to try and remind myself of things. It would be great to do a refresher course, to help it all finally sink in. In the meantime, I pray I won’t need it…
7. Keep the kitchen table clear of clutter – It has become a dumping ground. It is a victim of Small House Syndrome. But a clear kitchen table just makes so many more things possible – eating together, cooking with Lilly, painting, arts and crafts, blah blah blah. I aim to tidy things off it each day.
8. Swim a bit more - this will be a hard one as it’s a case of finding time. Ideally I’d like to take the girls swimming more, and also go by myself too. This was one of my goals for maternity leave – Lilly and I went once in that whole time, not including our holiday in Center Parcs. So, we will see if I can manage this one while working five days a week…
9. Lose weight – Sure I am not alone in this one. I have very little will power. But I MUST try…
10. Use my Wii Fit more – In relation to the above
11. Get ready to move house – Our house is too small. We need to move. But we probably can’t do it this year, for a multitude of reasons. So, with the aim of moving in 2012, we need to carry out some decorating and maintenance – e.g. new facias, decorate our bedroom, fix our bathroom shower and extractor fan. What fun.
12. Keep my job – I work for a local authority, so in this current climate, nothing is assured. When I return to work next week I intend to do my job as well as I possibly can, to make myself as indispensible as I possibly can.
13. Brush up my French – We are going on a holiday with extended family to France in August. Between now and then I want to brush up my (very) rusty language skills so I can at least understand SOME of what is said and written.
14. Make the most of my afternoons off – My new working hours mean I will have two afternoons a week off with the girls. I want to make sure I fill this with ‘quality time’, not just additional time to do housework. I’m thinking trips out, cooking, painting, playing. All the good stuff.
15. Spend more time with hubby (alone!) – We have willing Grandparents living a short walk away. We don’t take advantage of them often enough! I would like hubby and I to have one night out at least every six weeks, even if we only go to the local pub for a few hours. The ultimate would be to have a weekend away, although not sure if we’ll do that this year while Isla is still so small. We have talked about going to York together for a night to mark our 10th anniversary of meeting in March, and I’d love us to do that.
16. Use my new camera and learn something about photography – I got a new camera for Christmas and I am slowly working my way around all the settings. I love taking photos, I love looking at photos. Maybe I’ll even join in The Gallery this year…
17. Cook lots with Lilly – I love cooking, and I want my girls to grow up eating healthily and enjoying cooking too. Lilly and I already do a bit of baking together, which we enjoy. I bought her a children’s cookbook for Christmas, and I want us to try making some more adventurous things together. Cass at Frugal Family has just started a regular Cooking with Kids challenge on her blog, perhaps we will join in with that this year.
18. Shop by App – I love my Iphone. And one of the best things about it is that you can shop online now, for food and clothes, via the comfort of an app. I did 90% of my Christmas shopping on the (brilliant) Amazon.com app. My back to work wardrobe was mainly purchased via the Debenhams, Very and Next January Sales on their apps. Instead of shopping lists, I’ve started using the Tesco app to add items to my basket as and when I think about it, saving a lot of time when it comes to doing my online shopping. So basically, retailers, if you want my custom in 2011: Get an app!
19. Go on more family days out – and blog about them. Go back to our favourite places and discover new ones. Make the most of our weekends.
20. Weaning Isla – Yes, I know I haven’t got much choice on this one! But it’s still a big project for 2011. I love cooking meals for the girls, and am armed with my trusty Annabel Karmel books, so hopefully it will be fun for both of us.
21. Help nurture a good relationship between my girls – Like any parent, I want my children to get on and have a good relationship. They’re fairly close in age, so hopefully they can grow up as good friends. I am also realistic, I know there will be times when they will fight, but I am hoping I can encourage them to be thoughtful and kind to each other, and help their relationship along the right lines… how I’ll do this, I’m not sure!
22. Keep our family photo albums up to date – A job I love, but a time consuming one. I’m not doing to bad, I’m up to date to the end of September. So just a few months to catch up with, and then try and keep on top of it.
23. Be a better blogger - I’ve really developed this blog over the last year, and I love writing it. My aim is to create a record of our family life that I can look back on, and the girls can look back on when they’re older. The fact that people read it is a bonus, but it’s nice to know what I’m writing is interesting and hopefully well written. So, in the interests of ego, I’d like more people to read my blog, and more people to comment. I must not neglect my blog when I go back to work. I won’t have as much time but I want to make sure I carry on reading other people’s blogs, and comment more. I also want to remember to date my posts, so that when I archive them one day I’ll know when I wrote them.
Oh, and if anyone can tell me how to add a badge to my wordpress blog / change the picture above to one of my own, I’d be grateful!
24. Revisit my goals regularly to see how I’m doing – Perhaps, like Tiddlyompompom, I could come back to this list every month or so, and see how I’m getting on. That might help me achieve more of these goals.
So, that’s it for now. Better get on with it….
Read Full Post »