• 2010 Reading List

    What I've read this year:

    "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory (Rating: C)

    "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies (Rating: A)

    "Mistress of the Sun" by Sandra Gulland (Rating: A)

New year, new goals

Like so many other people, we view the beginning of the new year as a time to reevaluate. As 2009 was coming to a close, we were finding ourselves feeling bogged down by so many things. We were unintentionally focusing on things other than ourselves, our family, and the things that matter the most to us. So, with the opportunity at a clean slate right around the corner, we began crafting our 2010 goals. I have never been one to set “resolutions.”

How many of those live to see a day in February or beyond? Most fizzle out and die before the end of January. We want these goals to be things that will make us a stronger family, increase our contentment day-to-day, and help keep us focused on the values we really want to be teaching our son. I’m sure many of these will see ups and downs throughout the year. Very few of these will be scratched off and marked as complete. The majority are not things to accomplish, but rather mindsets and long-term goals. So, to help with accountability, here they are!

2010 Family Goals:

  • Eat minimum of one vegetarian meal per week
  • No cable/satellite for one year
  • Make 3 monetary donations to a charity (We’ve made our first donation to CARE, helping educate a girl for a year. For more info, go to   https://my.care.org/site/Donation2?df_id=4183&4183.donation=form1)
  • Take a beach vacation with our extended family
  • Plan and/or make ahead meals – plan our weekly/monthly menu
  • Take a family vacation to a National Park, Historical Site, etc.
  • Resume weekly game/craft/reading nights
  • Stick to daily cleaning (We have one thing that we are supposed to do each day to help avoid Saturdays turning into a day of work.)
  • Freeze/preserve Farmer’s Market produce during the appropriate seasons
  • Add allowance options to the Peanut’s responsibility chart
  • Plan budget for the year, using the “envelope system” to reduce wasteful spending
  • Build vegetable garden on back hill
  • Make a conscious effort to love eachother the way we to be loved
  • Organize the garage (this is the only one that I’m not looking forward to…)
  • Plant one or two additional trees in yard
  • Take 2 or 3 day weekend trip as a couple
  • Write our wills
  • Focus on buying used rather than new
  • Sit down together at the beginning of the month to review last month’s spending

I think that we’ve been realistic about our goals, and we are feeling really positive about the things we’ve decided to emphasize this year. One more thing that we’ve decided to do is to have a “Thought of the Week.” These will be things that help us maintain our focus on the truly important things, and add a little more appreciation to our daily life. I’m posting the thoughts in the kitchen, where we spend the majority of our time, so that I can glean a little wisdom while washing dishes, making lunches, etc. I’m going to try and remember to share these thoughts with you in the coming weeks and months. That being said, here is the thought for the week…

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