New year, new ideas. Here are a couple of things I want to work on throughout the year:
1. Cleaning schedule. I have yet to figure this out with four kids. I found an interesting schedule online that just might work and make sure I know the last time the kitchen floor was scrubbed or the bathroom tiles washed down. Why I think this actually might work? I find that during the day I'm doing all that "morning" and "night" stuff, and never get to the chores listed under the weekly column. Specifically, The idea of taking out the trash at night, because that is something that never gets done until the garbage bag is breaking and the recycling is overflowing under the sink.
2. "Great to be Eight." At the end of this year, Colin will be getting baptized (something generally done at the age of 8 in our church.) But we want it to be a meaningful commitment, not just a rite of passage. So once a month for this year we are going to devote a Family Home Evening lesson to the meaning of baptism and the development of gospel understanding and testimony.
3. Playdates. I've been out of the loop socially for over a year now. Before my last pregnancy, we used to have playdates at least once a week, if not more often. Now that Benjamin isn't napping, we aren't even restricted to just mornings. While I get together often with one friend at a time, I liked the small gatherings of three or four. Plus, I find the kids do better when there are at least four children instead of just two.
4. Garage organization. Ugh. This is a big project I tackle once every year or two. But in the past it's generally just been a shifting around of what is there and one good van load of things to take to the dump. What I really want is a bunch of uniformed storage bins, all neatly labelled and easy to access. Plus somewhere to hang the bikes and my kayak. We have a nice long garage that we can't really get cars into (due to the workbench built before we bought the house) so there is no reason we couldn't have things tidy and organized in there.
5. Life Skills and chores. I talk about this one all the time, and yet we have yet to properly institute anything. But with Colin staring down at age eight, we really need to get on this wagon. I want James and I to take Colin to dinner, just the three of us, and talk about the goals we are setting for him, and some he wants to set for himself. I'm hoping that if Colin is in on the process of choosing what he wants to learn and thinking of someone who can teach it to him, then he'll be excited to start. I'm thinking I might make a little booklet sort of like Boy Scouts or Girl Guides so he can track his progress.
6. Writing. I'm not sure yet what. I have a couple of book ideas that I've started, and an idea for some musical composition also. Also in this area would be improvement on the flute and learning the violin. A focus on the arts and personal projects.