Friday, February 1, 2013
Well, February isn't my favorite header ever (January actually did turn out to be a favorite), but it'll do. I usually make my February theme ubber Valentine's Day-ish. I couldn't find anything I liked and just wasn't feeling it this year. So...more flags! I do like the greenish aqua and red together, though. And I had to incorporate an MLK quote in honor of Black History Month. I was excited to find one I liked on love since that was my initial plan (again, Valentine's Day).
January was a GREAT month; the perfect amount of activity. I'm thinking February could potentially deliver the same thing...
- Annie has a little Valentine's party at school which will be fun. They also have a week break in February, which Carrie just reminded me of.
- I have my normal two Junior League meetings. I also have one more shift at Bargain Boutique and I'll be done with my volunteer hours for the year! I also, of course, have my regular circle meeting. So not too many meetings this month.
- There's a couple of fun consignment sales coming up and I'm excited about that. Peyton and I put ourselves on a pretty strict budget this year (I'll probably blog more about this later) and so I know I won't be buying as much. I'm sure consignment sales will be the absolute hardest part of the budget slash for me ;)
- I'm hoping we can make a trip down to Granny's this month and also just spend time with those close to us. I want to make sure that I really prioritize our friendships this year.
- Since it is Black History Month, I'm hoping to find AP some books relating. Maybe a picture book on MLK and I want to let her listen to one of his speeches, too. We actually already checked out some books on diversity from the library. I'll do a post soon about them!
Onto my goals! Here are last month's:
1. (The lone carry-over) Complete my closet changeover. Almost done. SO absurd. I'm such a procrastinator. I will say this: I've culled and pruned my wardrobe this year in a way I never have and I'm proud of that!
2. Carve out small and big chunks of hours and days to spend in conversation with my beloved. I think we did pretty good, but there's always room for improvement.
3. Find and begin an excellent new read-aloud book that's slightly above Annie's level. Did it! We're reading Charlotte's Web. I found a big read aloud version at the library and we read about four pages before rest time and four pages in the evenings. I'm planning to do a big post on it. It's been so special.
4. Related, daily attempt to read with Graves. I'm not going to say I did this every day. Because I didn't. But we were a lot more intentional. Some days I read him four or five books. Some days I read him one. Some days it got skipped. But we made it a priority and he really did enjoy it more than I anticipated. It's also fun because Annie now has a few of his little board books memorized and she's started "reading" to him herself. Precious.
Here are this month's:
1. Cook at the very minimum three times a week. Because of the budgeting stuff, we aren't going out to eat near as much. Last year we probably averaged one eat out night a week. If I cook three times a week and add in beans night that still has us eating leftovers/cereal/sandwiches/B4D/ect. three nights a week. Any more than that seems absurd and unfair to my family. This is so hard for me to commit to because I kind of loath cooking. I'm not trying to overstate. Only in the sense that I loath things like changing extremely foul diapers or scrubbing baseboards with a toothbrush. No wait. More than that. That said, when I do it regularly and when I allow myself enough time and space, I get a sense of pride from it and I don't hate it like I think I will. I think it comes with practice. So practice I will!
2. Organize kids' outgrown clothes. I have several bags of things I've purged from their closets plus things people have borrowed and returned. I need to sort it, box it, and return it to the attic. I try to be super organized with the kids' clothes for a couple of reasons. One, it just makes me feel better. Two, I have a boy mom friend and a girl mom friend (or sister in law) who I send most of their stuff to. It blesses me so much to be able to do that. I want to keep stuff they haven't gotten to yet organized so it's easier when the time comes and I want the stuff they've sent back organized for whenever someone else might use it. For example: Alaina Howie seems to be in the market for some red Sun Sans in a size two. I know once I get a chance to hop up in the attic, I can put my hands on them in about three seconds. If I'm going to buy things at the rediculous rate I sometimes do, we're going to operate like a well oiled retail store.
3. Polish up the NYC blog and start posting over there somewhat regularly. [I actually privated it because I started the construction today!]
Here's to February. A month to celebrate love. May we love each other well and meet one another with abundant grace when we fail to.