T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Resolutions 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?


Camie said...

I guess this is what we need to sit down and do tonight for family night, or maybe after the girls are in bed. Of course we need to work on our budget tonight, and then there is everything else that needs to be done. Maybe my #1 goal should be to find the time to set some goals :)


Katie said...

I LOVE your items 4 and 5. Stay in touch with people who want to stay in touch is huge. I am actually thinking about doing a serious "cleanse" in my facebook friends and making it just those whom I would or do visit (you are totally staying). Being more patient had been one of my goals for a while now. PJ on goat milk soap calls it remembering the space - the space between something happening and your reaction to it. I am doing my best to try reasoning with, explaining to or hugging Alex before the discipline/timeout. It's really hard at this age!

Jason and Claire said...

These are excellent goals. They're all obtainable. I never do easy goals and then I'm a failure within a month! You're going to have a great year! Happy 2011.;)

septembermom said...

I need to set down my goals. You have a terrific list here. I know that you'll soar in the coming year.

Congratulations on the winning contribution over at Write With Pictures for last week's Wednesdays Ten. I loved it! Here's the link:

JKMommy said...

I think you already commented on my resolutions so you know what they are... I feel strongly positive that they are likely to work out... I am going to try to focus this year and make them a priority. I was not at ALL satisfied with 2010 to be honest. I got a little lazy, and a little too distracted by "blogging" - I plan to have a bit more structure this year - for everybody's sanity! :)

Jenners said...

I think you have some good workable goals ... nothing sounds too outlandish or crazy so I bet you'll achieve them all.

Nina said...

I need to make a point to be more patient with Luke. Just wait the older they get the more impatient I find myself with him and I don't like it. I think it is because we think they are getting older and should no better and listen better and then when they don't, I snap.

I am so glad to know that I am not the only person on this planet that cooks the same stuff all the time. I laugh as I will try to add new things, find my kids wont eat them and then we are back to the same old stuff. I do have a new recipe for the chicken/corn taco's that I am excited to try because it gets away from the normal beef taco's we are always eating.

We have some friends that were always calling my husband and saying he we should get together and we always failed to follow through. They finally stopped calling about two years ago and it made me sad because I new it was our fault so when we made our Christmas goodies I made one for them. They live almost an hour away but we loaded up in the car and showed up unannounced and it was great to see them. Now we are going to their sons birthday part next Saturday. I don't think it is that people don't care, I think sometimes we just all get busy and don't stop and think about what is important.