Thursday, January 7, 2010


For the last few years, I have had basically the same resolutions. This year, they are slightly different and so I am going to post them.

1. Take better care of myself. I now run at least three times a week, which is much better than I have done in the past, so this is more on the sleep, eat and drink more water vein.

2. Consistently have a clean house. I'm really good about doing a major clean every few weeks and then slowly letting it get bad again. Daily, I need to have everything to good better order.

3. Make dinner more, eat out less. My kids are really at the age, where we need to be sitting at home, around the dinner table talking about the day, reading a scripture verse and just being together as a family. And, I have to quit the regular "lunch" date for myself, where I grab a yummy bite somewhere and then I am too full to enjoy dinner with my family.

4. Less time on-line. It is easy for me to collapse in front of the computer at the end of the night and not interact with my husband and not finish up projects started during the day.

5. Give my kids more individual time. We regularly have family game night, and family movie night but I need to focus more individual attention on each child.

6. Quit doing $25 Amazon purchases. :)

7. Reach out to others more. I tend to isolate myself (which I am really fine with) in the bubble of my family. This is great for "us" but not so great for my kids. I need to make an effort to have other families with kids my kids ages over to our house or invite people to do things with us. While others seem to have great get-togethers where families all bond, we tend to just go off as a family by ourselves (which is how my husband and I both are). I think my kids need more than what we are offering. I think. (Still struggling with this one, if anyone has any good thoughts on this, let me know.)

And, with my husband, we are continuing our plan of going somewhere every time off we have available. This past year, we did local things--like Wendover, and downtown Salt Lake and even more far off places like St. George, California, Bear Lake and Colorado. Most were three day vacations but we did do a few longer ones. We budgeted for it, spent less on other things and every trip was well worth it. The memories we have created and family bonding time we created was well worth every penny.


Jane Anne said...

Regarding # 7

I have so much to say about this. ha ha. There are so many phases families go through regarding hunkering down or spreading out a little. Sometimes you need to stay in your bubble and sometimes you don' seems to me if you are feeling you need to spread your wings a little it's probably something you should do. Call me if you want other unprofessional opinionated thoughts:)

jennie said...

Good going Janice!!

Mindy said...

Thanks for the Ideas! I think this year I will try to streach as a person socially and spiritually. We'll have to see what I can come up with. Good Luck!

Paige said...

But it's free shipping.

Tess said...

Quit Amazon? Yikes! My heart pounds at just the thought of it...

But, seriously, all good thoughts here. The time with little ones goes too fast. You are wise to focus on time with them while it's here.

Britt said...

These are all so good. I just might print out this post and hang it on my fridge. You're a good person, Janice.

Amy E. said...

Janice, thanks for sharing. It was so nice to see that someone else is working on some of the same things I need to work on too. I particularly resonated with the doing things with other families. What you said there so reminded me of myself and my family. Too bad we aren't closer and could work on this together!