Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Year Goals ~ January Review

February is now upon us and January is history. We made a lot memories and a great 1st month of the year.

I would like to keep track of how well I am coming along with my New Years goals at the end of each month. Hopefully it will keep me motivated.

So lets see how well my first month went! Don't mind me just thinking out loud here...

~We are going to start keeping track of every penny we spend. Ive got my little red wallet from Dave Ramsey and I'm prepared to use it! ;)
We have been keeping track of what we spend with receipts but I have not done as great as I hoped. I need to start using only cash instead of my debit card.

~Move closer to work. This will save on money along with time. An hour drive is a bit much. A two hour winter drive is even worse.
Unfortunately no. We are still looking.

~Follow our budget to the T!
So far, so good. We have our budget written out and have actually done pretty well at sticking to it.

~Eat out less. A lot less. Like never.
We ate out 6 times this month. Oops.

~Freeze meals to warm up on days that I would normally order out.
Truthfully, I believe I forgot about this goal. I am headed to the grocery on Friday so I'm going to make this happen!

~Find a church to attend and become a part of ASAP.
We are still looking. I found one online that we are going to try this Sunday and I feel really good about it!

~Memorize scripture. I'm not sure how I am going to do this yet. I might just learn them along with the kids for school. I don't have a specific goal yet.
I have been memorizing right along with the kids. I still want to do some on my own but haven't started yet.
~Read my bible and have prayer time in the morning before the kids wake up.

~Start Polished Cornerstones and Plants Grown Up character training with the kids.
Nope. I am starting to see a trend here. Ha!

Being Mrs. Brian Hupp aka Babe
~I want, want, WANT to get up with Brian in the morning and make him breakfast before he goes to work. We are still trying to work out the details because he gets up at 4:45am, I wake up with Taylor a lot at night and I am a night owl.
I got up 7 times! YAY! Ok so I would have loved to have gotten up EVERY day but this is a wonderful start.

~Plan a date night (at home because that is just where we are in our life right now and that's ok. At home can be pretty creative...he he) at least once a month. Oh how I would love for it to be more but I am shooting for once right now.
This did actually happen this month! We made wings and watched Courageous. It was a good time!

~Pray with Brian every night before bed.
Unfortunately, no. This is nice in theory but he goes to bed a lot sooner than I do because of his work hours. I told him that I wanted to start this every night so hopefully soon.

Being Momma
~Be soft. I have found myself becoming kind of harsh at times with the kids. I don't want that to be their memory of me.
This is so important to me and I have been very conscious of how I speak and react to the kids at all times.

~Play more. I seem to have gotten pretty caught up in getting everything done that sometimes I forget to PLAY!
Gotta love some play time. We have been playing games almost every night. I have incorporated more hands on activities into our school day too.

~Plan school sooner than the day before. LOL! I need to be more prepared.
Most days I have been planned out ahead of time. I have tried to set time aside on Saturday or Sunday to plan for the week. This is working great because Brian hangs with the kids so I can have peace and quiet. I need to make sure every evening I set out everything that is needed for the next day so I'm not scrambling to find everything right before we start our day.

~Add more field trips to help school come alive for the kids.
We have only taken trips to the library. Which the kids say that doesn't count. :)

Self Sufficiency
~Have a big garden and plant something new. I am thinking potatoes! Brian is thinking watermelon. Both sound good to me!
Obviously, this has to wait til spring but over the next day or two I am going to start planning. I love planning my garden!

~Bake bread from scratch. I want to do this more but not yet for all our bread. I just don't have time to do that!
I have made 4 loaves of apple bread. Zero regular bread.

~Get meat chickens
Not yet. We have to figure out the moving situation first.

~3 deer in the freezer by the end of hunting season. Come on baby. You can do it! :)
Brian has not made it out to hunt very much. He has been so busy around the house so I'm not complaining.

The biggest thing that I want to make sure happens in February, find a church and attend every single Sunday. Maybe even Wednesdays.

For everything else, Im just going to keep chugging along.

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