Our family adventures...Nurse practitioner mom, system engineer dad, fourth grade son, second grade daughter, pre-school daughter, and active toddler. Trying to live happy healthy lives as simply as possible.
T Rex Family
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Here are our goals for 2011:
T Rex Mom: 1. Finish the projects I start. I have sewing projects that are cut and waiting to be sewn, books that have been started but never completed. Poor T Rex Dad asked me to alter some pants 4 months ago and I finally finished them this weekend. Thus, any project I start must be finished before the end of the year. Guess, it's a good thing I'm starting a big quilting project in January!
2. Health maintenance. This sounds like one of my diagnoses but it's a good description of what I am aiming for. That is to continue healthy eating and drinking habits (I tend to not get enough fluids in the day), regular workouts with emphasis in cardio (I was blessed with my dad's very slow heart rate so getting my heart rate into the 120s is actually really tough), taking my vitamins (ugh - not my favorite thing to do), and do all my annual physical and wellness appointments.
3. Add a few more meals to my cooking repertoire. I get in the habit of cooking about the same 5 things and every week it's the same thing.
4. Stay in touch with the friends who want to be in touch. Last year's resolution was to regularly connect with my friends for a lunch or outing. But then I felt more like a stalker than a friend because I was always asking them if they wanted to meet for sushi or take the kids to the park. Alas, my fire has gone out. Maybe I'm tired from school or the kids or both, but I didn't think it cultivated any better of friendships. So, my policy this year is I'll do my best to stay in touch and extend offers to get together. However, if those offers are not accepted or calls/emails are not returned, then I'm not going to feel hurt or disappointed (like I was in 2010). These days, folks are just really busy with their own lives. I need to accept that as a fact of life.
5. Be more patient, especially with the kids, especially with T Rex. I think this is just a standing resolution. And I think from where I was at this point last year, I did really good in 2010. I want to continue this trend. I think this will actually get easier since he is getting easier - listening more and spazing out less (yes, if you've ever had a toddler you know what I mean). I think it will be the little T Rex Princess who will try my patience in 2011. So far she doesn't get into trouble because she's so tiny and cute but soon she will have to learn that pushing her brother and tearing his glasses from his face is not acceptable behavior.
T Rex Dad
1. Get and stay organized. Also called GASO. This is a long standing goal for our household. It doesn't sound like much but it's probably tougher than all our other goals combined.
T Rex 1. Try new foods. As charming as it is to see him regularly refuse sweets it is not so charming to see him also turn away healthy foods. He's down to about 5 meals that he will happily eat making me a short order cook. SpongeBob Mac'nCheese is getting a little old. But I admit, it's pretty tasty. So, once a day a new food will be placed on his plate. If he eats it, he earns a surprise. We'll see how it goes. 2. Keep growing. 3. Take vitamin drops and allergy meds every day. 4. Brush teeth 2-3 times/day.
T Rex Princess 1. Drink her milk. She's still regularly nursing. While she was sick with this recent illness she refused nursing for 5 days straight. I thought we were done but I just kept pumping and giving her milk via cereal. She was refusing all foods so I was forcefeeding her. Not so much fun but if not, we were headed for the hospital. Then she magically started drinking again and with more interest than I've seen in several months. 2. Keep growing. She lost a little bit of weight with this recent bout of illness so that might explain her new found interest in nursing. She, unlike her brother, will eat just about anything you put on her tray so I think the weight will be made up in no time. 3. Take daily multivitamin.
Have you made your resolutions for the new year yet? How likely are they to come to pass?