I love goals. They make me feel so focused, and like I’m ready to take on the world. Here is a reality check on our goals this year….
We had an fhe on goals. We broke out our trusty goal books that we haven’t used in over a year, but some of those old goals brought back some memories.
Yes that does say, “Wipe and flush every time”. Someone may have failed that subject in preschool…
This year we had each of the kids make a mental, spiritual and physical goal.
Physical: to paddle into a wave. Practice by using the indo board and swimming with Dad once a week on Saturday.
Mental: To get better at multiplication and division
Spiritual: to read two verses of scripture every night before bed.
That last one is near and dear to my heart. I am not the best at praying – but I feel close to Heavenly Father when I read the scriptures and I hope my kids learn to love them as much as me.
Physical: To do a back walk over. Practice by doing back bends for 5 minutes a day and getting stronger.
Mental: To read a chapter book. She is already almost done with this one. She picked a random book from the library and started plugging away at it. I thought she was just pretending, but she could tell me what was going on in the story. She’s making slow but sure progress, determined little chica.
Spiritual: To help everyone around me however I can and read the Book of Mormon every night. – (whoops I just read that one in her goal book – we haven’t done it once yet….) — let me rephrase… she helps a lot of people…. Book of Mormon one we haven’t done yet.
Her sweetness pulls at my heart strings.
To learn letters. The whole goal thing was a little over his head and he mostly drew lines in his notebook and asked, “What letter is that mom?” hence the goal. I practiced with him for the first time yesterday and he’s not got the letters “o” and “m” down and he is so dang proud of himself.
Physical: To give up sweets for at least January. I have to detox from all that sugar. Justin’s goals of crazy healthy eating help me in that area.
Mental: To write 5 times a week. Writing calms me, helps me process things… So I’ll write here, and in my personal journal and letters… as long as Max keeps napping we are good.
Spiritual: To read the Book of Mormon twice. I am in the process of reading it fast like a novel for the overarching stories – sadly I haven’t read this amazing book straight through in about ten years. Then I want to go back through more slowly, more ponderingly and read it again. I’m still working on a consistent time to read though. Max still taking naps means he wakes up crazy early….
Justin also set goals I’m not sure he’d love me sharing here. But the main one is to eat really healthy (he is doing the paleo diet) after about 8 months of research into it – and just take better care of himself physically. I am grateful for this goal in a number of ways. 1.) It has gotten me eating healthier. So many veggies around all the time – and reading labels – so much crap in all of our food. I have tried to eat healthier before but it’s so much easier when my partner in crime is right there with me – he’s more passionate and strong willed than I am so when he really makes up his mind to do something (which honestly can take forever for him to make up his flippin mind sometimes) it happens. 2.) He has had so much energy! It is awesome we’ve already built garage shelves and started organizing the garage this year instead of dying in front of the T.V. at night.
He’s also getting closer to his goal of riding a 40ft wave (no I am not in support of this goal – nor am I in support of him passing this goal on to Josh when he thinks he’s too old.)
As a family we set two goals:
- Be prepared: Meaning set your clothes out for school the day before and whatever else you might need. Work on emergency preparedness and of course always remain spiritually prepared. So I made the kids morning and evening job sheets. Yes…. The day has finally come… my kids now do the dinner dishes. Some of my best memories growing up are doing the dishes with my sisters at night, so I’m excited about this on so many levels… and it ties into our second goal of…
- The kids really really want to fly on an airplane. So we made it a family goal to take a family vacation to Sayulitas Mexico. Justin and I are saving up for a car and to put in a backyard. So the kids committed to put in $5/month and …..if they fill up their job sheets every month Justin and I will put $10 in the jar too. We will also contribute whatever random money comes our way. I sold some stuff on ebay and that money went into the jar. I have to say it adds up quick. We already have over $500 in there. I am excited because I have wanted to go on a trip with my kids for a long time and because they are now so invested in it, they will love it even more… I hope.
The only problem is… training kids to do jobs takes a long long time. This is what my house looked like at 9:30 am yesterday (I had gotten up at 5:30 ). – Making the pictures black and white makes it look more classy and not quite so messy.
All the kids rooms were spotless though and practicing was done… and Max doesn’t yell, “I can’t don’t you know I got hit by a truck” anymore. So eventually it will be worth it right?
I do have one final goal….to have Max look like this…..
More than this…..