It’s the end of the month and time for a goal check!
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# Finish reading through the Bible (I started, but didn’t finish last year.)
Doing well–I finished I Samuel and started II Samuel
# Memorize the book of James
Need to start working on this daily, haven’t progressed at all.
# Have a daily Quiet TIme with the Lord
I started setting my alarm to wake up early 2 days ago. That should help!
# Become more Christ-like, especially more joyful, patient, kind and gentle
Well. . . I’m trying.
# Get back to pre-pregnancy weight
I lost a few pounds this month.
# Eat fast food only once a week
Only messed up one week in January.
I started riding my exercise bike last week. A good motivation is to read aloud while I’m exercising. I started reading "Five Little Peppers." But I’ll be moving the baby into that room next week, so I’ll have to figure out something else.
# Eat less desserts/sweets
Not doing too well here.
# Blog at least once a week
# Make stockings and Christmas tree skirt before next Christmas
I bought some fabric in early January on clearance. It’s sitting there waiting for me.
# Read the following books: Created to Be His Helpmeet, Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends, The Heart of Anger, Sense and Sensibility and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
I haven’t read any of these in January. Right now I’m reading the new Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
# Clean out/ organize and decorate the boys’ and girls’ rooms. Make curtains for their rooms and bathroom.
I bought fabric (also on clearance–7 yards for $23!) for the bathroom window curtain and shower curtain. I also went to look at paint colors for the boys’ room. My husband pulled off the ugly duck border which has been in their room for 6 years! Slowly, but surely we’ll get it done!
My oldest son has the phonogram chart almost completely memorized, my 4 yo has half of it memorized and my 3 yo knows almost all her letters and numbers. We’re moving steadily along in memorizing verses and the Old Testament books of the Bible. Our music classes are going well. I finally put things on our timeline! I’ve added some more chores (making sandwiches, loading the dishwasher and vacuuming). And the kids are doing well with sign language.
I would still like to spend more time reading aloud and with narration, progress quicker with handwritng so we can start copywork, do more with art, and implement the If-Then Chart. We also haven’t done any Spanish
Another goal we have is to go on a field trip every month. Today we went to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. We ended up buying a Family Membership Pass since it was barely more expensive than today’s single visit. So, we’ll be returning at least once more in the next year! I love the Shedd Aquarium!
We saw huge sea turtles, caimans, an anaconda, a baby beluga (with it’s mom), a huge komodo dragon, dolphins, sea otters, sharks, sting rays, etc. If you’re ever in Chicago, be sure to visit!