Monday, January 30, 2012

OLW - Check in for January

I've never done this One Little Word thing before, but like all things I do at the beginning of the new year, I always start to slip up some time around Spring. I don't know what it is about Spring that makes me lose my mind. I think it's the warm weather, but I digress... I decided that since I want to keep this going the whole year that I should have some sort of tally at the end of each month to see what I accomplished the month before.

It was my intention of posting individual posts about "Enjoying" my time and "Organizing" my life, but that same life got away from me this month. I could have sworn that just yesterday was Elijah's birthday party... but I have gotten some things done this month.

I have been enjoying my time with my family.

We even kind of implemented "Family fun night" (a post about this will hopefully appear in the next week), where we spend the evening together doing something fun. Hence the name. Right now it's any random night we happen to have time, but I hope to start having it on a certain night of the week and scheduling things around it, instead of the other way around.

We also just do things together. We play with Elijah more, instead of watching TV and at night, instead of shutting Elijah in his room to fall asleep and me having some "me" time, I hang out with Elijah for about a half an hour. We chat, we sing, we read... just to chill out and I think Elijah really likes this time together, as do I.

This past month we also went down my in-laws to remember Joe's grandfather who just passed away in November. It would have been his birthday, so we had his favorite meal and remembered some funny and touching times that were had. There was some sad, but overall it was a happy time of game playing (Smart Ass and Dominoes) and story telling. That is the way he would have wanted it.

(Picture borrowed from my Mother-in-law's blog)

Along with those fun times we also did a little bit of organizing. We are trying to get into the whole "eating dinner at home most nights" thing, so I am proud to say that this past week we stuck to it every night. Thanks for Joe who started most of the dinners before I got home from work and one night we used the crock pot. I hope to be able to keep it up.

We also organized baby clothes. Caleb was busting out of his 6 month stuff, so we went through all the storage bins and organized them by size.

Now when he decides he ready to go into 12 month clothes, we'll be ready.

The last thing I did, this month, was organize my pictures.

I really want to start scrapbooking again this year and with the pictures grouped, I feel like it will be easier to get a page going. I'm even thinking about putting "Quick Pages" or sketches in the folders, as I get time, so when I get the urge to scrapbook it'll be easy to throw some stuff together. I guess we'll see how that goes.

Lastly, my goal this year is to organize my entire house, room by room, to be the way I want it. If I work really hard and some people (mainly Joe) help me, I should be able to get it done by the end of the year. I also hope to get my second bedroom in some sort of order so I might be able to participate in the "Where Bloggers Create" this summer, if they are going to do it.

I have no official plans for this coming month. That's the way I seem to roll these days, but there are always things that jump out at me to do, so I'm sure there will be no lack of things to be organized or things to enjoy.

How is your resolution, One Little Word or plan for this year panning out?


thefamilymath said...

Well, you saw how my resolutions are going! But I really want to be more organized, too, and it seems like baby stuff is taking over the house. I'm not sure how you manage with two!

I love your little red-headed babies. We still aren't quite sure what Noah's going to be, but his hair is looking pretty blond for now!

marie said...

Sounds like you've had a very busy month...very productive too! I'm so glad that "family time" was at the top of your list. You have a wonderful family to spend time with. The "family fun night" sounds like fun and I'm sure Elijah really loves his extra mommy time.

Love all the organizing you've gotten done too!!

Scrap for Joy said...

You have relly accomplished a lot this month Jo. Now, could you come to my house and help me deal with the disaster that is clled my crafting studio?
How did we ever exist before plastic bins...really?