Sunday, January 3, 2010


I remember when I was a kid thinking that 2010 was the future. I mean, of course it was the future, but I mean The Future. Like we'd all be wearing silver jumpsuits and eating our meals in pill form and living in space. Fortunately none of those things have yet to be realized by the human race, unless you are on some crazy diet plan.

I don't make New Year's resolutions. I know that I can't keep resolutions, so I don't make them! Real disciplined of me, huh? But I do have some goals for myself and the kids this year, and here they are:

--more self-discipline. This one covers pretty much everything else in my life. But, specifically:
--get up before the kids. This is so hard for me, I love love love my sleep. But I think I need the time to wake up before they do so I can respond to their needs better in the morning.
--go to bed earlier. I'm a night owl. I love how quiet it is around here when everyone goes to sleep and I tend to binge on my quiet time to the detriment of the next day.
--be able to do three pull-ups. Steve got a pull-up bar for Christmas. I'm using it sporadically.

--prompt, cheerful obedience. We're in the thick of this. It is going to get harder before it gets easier, but he is showing promise.
--saying, "Yes, Mama" or "Yes, Dad" when he is asked to do something. He does say it now. He can say it. Sometimes he just doesn't want to say it.
--potty training. ugh.
--recognizing all of his numbers, letters, and shapes.
--memorizing the following: Psalm 23, the Lord's Prayer, 20 catechism questions, and the Apostles Creed. This probably seems like a lot, but he's already got some of Psalm 23 and a few catechism questions down (it is just a children's catechism, like "Who made you?" that sort of thing). I'm finding that little toddler brains are just ripe for memorization. I had a hard time believing i when I saw my friends posting YouTube videos of their kids reciting stuff at 2 and 3 years old, but here we are and it is amazing what they can absorb. And it is a whole year, after all.

The most important things are the first two on the list. All of the others (with maybe the exception of potty training) I'm okay with him not doing if he's not there yet.

--growing out of babyhood into toddlerhood. :'(
--not thwarting any of my plans with Ethan.
--sleeping through the whole night reliably. He is one finicky sleeper, this one.
--learning where he is and isn't allowed to go.
--learning how to play with his big brother.

I think that's it for us for 2010.

Happy New Year!


Vicki said...

Oh, I'm loving Matthew's goal to "not thwart any of my plans with Ethan."
Keep up the good work Jodi!! Any time it is wearisome and tedious, just remember it is so much worse when you delay the good training (or even worse, let bad habits develop and have to undo those!). and don't ask me how I know that...

I am still working on getting up before the kids. I was seeing some light until my 3rd decided he is a 6am riser. Now there's no hope. :)
Happy 2010!

Mystie said...

The training at this age is hard, tiring work (I found 3 harder than 2 with both my boys), but it really does pay off! Keep up the effort!


Hi Jodi

Congratultions! Your entry in the Hope Valley Quilt Giveaway has won first prize on my Blog.

You have won the Hope Valley Quilt!

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Kate said...

wow! jodi, congrats on the first prize quilt giveaway! how fun!
i am not doing very well on charlotte's cathedral window. in fact, i sent it to my handquilter friend to finish it for me. i just don't have the time nor patience anymore. i'll finish up doing all the windows aroundthe outside edges but she's going to finish the inside for me. its just so big! i think i would have much rather have done a small pillow or something like that in the cathedral window pattern. good luck with trying it. it sure is a beautiful pattern.