I did pretty well, I think, on my goals for January. Family prayer needs a little working on, we only did it a handful of times, but hey, it is a work in progress. I really did try to wake up happier. I felt when I was happy, everyone was happy, and then I was even more happy! It is much easier being a good mom when everyone is happy! I also became aware of how little affection I was giving my children. I definitely need to hug them and kiss them more, especially Ella who eats that up. When I started focusing on this, I noticed everyone was starting to do the same. Lucy would go up to Ella and ask for a "huggie". Brynn asks for a hug from Ella before she goes to school, I just love it!
So, this month I will be focusing on my marriage. You'd think after 13 years of marriage, we'd have things down, well unfortunately we do not. Sometimes I wonder if any progress has even been made! A few things I would like to work on this month are:
Go out once a week
Be more affectionate
Do nice things for him (with a happy attitude)
Be more open, share my ideas and thoughts with him
Lighten-up, joke around and be silly with him
We will see how this goes. I find it easy to be grumpy with joe, don't judge, I just do okay. So hopefully I can get my act together and be a better wife and friend to him.
January will be focused on creating a Happy Home. I have been advised to "...labor diligently to create a home that will be a refuge from the turmoils of the world. Labor diligently to make it free from contention and disharmony....that your home may be filled with joy and peace and happiness, and overflowing with love..." I can see how important that advise is now that my children are getting older. I want them to want to be home. I want them to feel love and peace when they are home.
I love the counsel given by Dieter Uchtdorf "...Happiness does not spring from perfection, but from applying divine principles...Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities."
So with that excellent advise here are some things I will strive to do this month:
* Have family prayer each night.
* Be more light-hearted. Joke, laugh and smile a little more.
* Apologize when I am wrong and be quick to forgive.
* Sit down with the kids and play. Be actively engaged.
* Be more liberal in my affection to my children.
This month I am going to actually finish a room in my house, And the lucky room is...my bedroom, yahoo! I will post pictures when fully completed.
I have been reading a couple books. The happiness project by Gretchen Rubin. She basically takes 12 areas in her life that she wants to work on and assigns each month an area with specifics for each week. I am so going to do this. I mean I am pretty much perfect and all but I am sure I could come up with at least 12 things I could work on. At least. The other is 50 shades of grey, which I stopped 100 pages in. That book is absolutely horrible in every way. First off, it is pretty much twilight but with sex. The writing is awful and it is a too graphic and disturbing for my taste. Just wanted to throw that out there in case anyone was planning on reading it.
My sweet little Sadie started on solid foods the other day. Mmmm...nothing like some rice cereal. Lucy thought she wanted some, so I gave her a bite. Her face was priceless! She didn't want any more after that. Go figure.
I guess that is all for today...ciao!
We have had so much fun having a baby around, that we went ahead and got prego with another. AHHH. Let me tell you this was quite a shock! But we are very excited. I just don't want Lucy to get lost in the mix. We are all guessing it is a boy (except Ella). I have felt so different this time around. I guess we shall see. I am due the end of the summer!
On to other news...if you haven't heard yet we are doing Piper & Chloe again!!! I wasn't sure if I would be excited, but let me tell you my friends, we've have some a.m.a.z.i.n.g.l.y. awesome vendors sign up. Yahoo!!! I am thrilled to be doing it again! So head on over to our blog if you would like to apply. Ciao!