Sunday, January 24, 2016

Moms New Year Resolution

I begin every year the same way as many of you do with a New Year's resolution. This year I think I want to be a little more realistic. I'll starting with baby steps. So here are my goals: workout more, read books I can hold, make a 2016 family photo album, do some great cooking and tend to my roses. Doesn't seem realistic? Here are a couple of tools to help me out achieve these goals.

Madeleine and I going for a run
Working out, this one I am sure is on every one's list. I am not going to put the pressure on myself a have a rock star body. I am working my way up to being more toned. The first tool I have is asking a friend with similar goals to work out once a week. I say this because if we do too much together we can both burn ourselves out at the same time. At this point we may think that Starbucks coffee sound better then a run. You can try different classes to stay motivated. I am making it a priority to go straight for a run at least once a week after dropping off my daughters at school. Another thing on my list to help me stay focused is to take Madeleine on a  run with me while Abbey is in art class on the weekend. Madeleine can be quite a cheerleader. Sometimes hearing her voice saying, "lets do the big hill," helps me get in the mood to show her mommy can do it.  

A couple of books on my list

Book Club:
Reading a book. I do really enjoy reading, but have gotten away from it with just my everyday to do's. So this year I want to hold a book in my hand and enjoy it. Yes the Kindle works great too, but there is nothing like curling up with a book. I already have a couple of books on my mind. So, when I heard my friend talking about a book she was reading for her book club, I jumped on board. There is nothing that motivates you more then a moms night out to talk about a book you have read. If I only read a couple of books this year I will be happy.

Making their own salad dressing

Top Chef:
Top chef here I come. Now that the girls are getting older I want to start making meals that I think they may like and I have been meaning to try. Before kids, my husband and I loved watching Top Chef. We challenged each other on who could make a better meal and then judged each others meals based on taste, creativity and effort. They love to make meals with us, but now I want to take it a strep further. I want to get the girls involved by teaming them up with one of us parents and setting a challenge for each one of us. My goal is to have some bonding time with one child at a time and having them learn how to make some great meal. Most important for us is to really get creative with our meal and having the children try new things. 

Just a couple photo books on our bookshelf

Photo Books:
I take way too many pictures and need to do something with them. My goal is to start putting them into a book. First step is downloading the images onto a program such as Shutterfly monthly of just my top images. As the year goes on I can eliminate images. What is great about online photo companies is that you don't have to be creative. You pick your images and have them drop them into a book of your choice. If you are creative you can take it a step further by editing and change the pages up. The girls love looking through old photo books and running through memory lane. I thank my friends Brenda and Melissa for being my inspiration on this one. As Melissa said if it's not in the book it didn't happen.

I love my garden, especially my roses. This year I want to tend to them more. What I think will help is that my girls are older now and love having flower arrangements in their bathroom and room. I now have someone to share my love of roses. Auntie Lucy had been a major inspiration on my garden. The girls love to pick veggies and herbs of her garden and just eat away like bunnies. So, I let them plant their own herb garden. Perfect for a quick spice run when cooking my meals. Even better is that the girls will now have something to tend too. We didn't get crazy just some basic things to begin with such as Tyme, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary and Italian Parsley. If this works there will be more to come.

The pile of books that have been growing over the year

Like many New Years resolutions, they won't make it to the end,  but I am ok with that. We don't have to put pressure on ourselves and we just to keep it fun. Maybe put a little note up on a mirror to remind myself of some of these personal goals. Maybe pick some realistic ones and some challenging ones. What are your goals? You may surprise yourself on what you can do, when you get creative.

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