Gratitude and Goals
My Gratitude last month:
- My overall goals for August were to focus more on doing activities with my son and simplify some things my life to make whatever I can easier on me. I got my house cleaned by someone else and celebrated that it wasn’t me! It was so amazing to delegate that chore out, so I hope to continue to find room in my budget to do this from time to time. While the lady was cleaning upstairs I was feeding my son lunch, then when she was done in his room I put him down for a nap and caught up on some of my to-do list items while she worked on the downstairs. With that and getting my groceries delivered using Shipt, I feel like a lot of weight has been lifted and has given me a chance to focus on other things. I also took an ecourse on Freezer Meals and learned some tips and ideas for when hubby returns so I can start meal planning better.
- The first Friday of August was our town’s celebration, fireworks and all. So we went with the neighbors and let our kids run around the splash pad. It was H’s first time so he was unsure about it at first, and then he jumped right in and had so much fun getting splashed and running around. Of course, then he started doing his own running off thing so we got all muddy and had some tantrum time during the fireworks because splash pad time was over. This is the life of a toddler mom.
- Mid-month my husband went on a 4-day pass and flew home to visit. We’re really trying to make this visit happen once a month when we can make the timing work. This was his first visit home since the washing machine flooding incident, so he finally got to see my rug-covered damaged ripped up floors. Oh well, it is livable, and replacing the whole living room/dining room/entry/etc floor [since it is all one connected floor!] is going to be a big hassle, and can wait until he returns. July was a tough month for me and August was so much better. Even though the airlines tried to conspire against us with canceling his flight and then putting him on a different flight that got him in at 3 am, he got home and we got to spend time together. When H woke that following morning and saw his Dada he cried and cried and had so many emotions, but then they had a great weekend together and I was so happy to see them interacting a lot. I’m not the only one who misses him.
- We made a day trip to San Antonio to go to Fort Sam cause hubby needed some stuff, and while we were on the base we got H his first haircut! He hated every minute of it, but the ‘fro had to go, and he looked adorable. His hair is growing so fast, though!
- We also went to the Children’s museum and let H run around and have some fun after a delicious brunch at a bagel place. We totally live it up when Dada visits!
- We had two sushi dinners with two different sets of friends while hubby was visiting, and you know I love me some sushi! I rarely eat out unless he’s visiting or we travel somewhere. It was really a great visit and helped take a lot of stress off me just having him home for a few days. I had him catch up on his honey-do list, including anchoring a bookshelf in H’s room so he maybe can be left in it unattended for some periods.
- I’ve lost track of how many things Mr. Murphy has broken during this year, but another thing was the fridge. But, OK, it is 9 years old so it was about time for something to go wrong with it. I had it repaired on a recent weekend and the technician was awesome and really explained what was going on and made me feel very comfortable. While he was working, I came up with some very simple activities to keep H from climbing into the fridge. I felt like I really met my goals that weekend with intentional time with my son while getting other things taken care of too.
- I didn’t go to any book club meetings in August, but that is OK too. It felt good not to be overcommitted this month.
- We did go to a 2-year-old’s birthday party and that was cool. It was a former coworker’s kid and they live like a mile away yet we never see each other, so it was nice to reconnect. H had a blast and impressed me with good behavior. They had an outdoor party with several inflatable baby pools, and he played so hard that he passed out as soon as I put him in the car and napped for a good while when we got home. Then they invited us back over that evening for dinner so we had a really great day.
- I have written a few guest posts, contributions, and interviews this past month on other blogs so I’m looking forward to seeing if those help me grow.
- Finally, as this is getting published I’m about to spend a wonderful vacation week with my parents. Next month’s update will be all about that.
My Goals for the upcoming month (and an update from last month):
- Continue my progress with the Nutrisystem diet. 35 pounds down!!! I have been up and down these last couple of pounds – gaining with every trip and hubby’s visit, and then I lose it, and then back again.
- Walking several times a week. Again, weather permitting, but we do go for a walk most nights. The toddler demands it. Some days I’m not even allowed to eat dinner when I come home, but we absolutely have to go outside right now.
- Continue to drink a gallon of water a day. I do pretty well with this most of the time when I’m at work but not as good on weekends.
- Keep working on my blog content calendar. I have a list of post ideas, but my content calendar is not organized or consistent. Oh well, it’s a go with the flow kind of blogging time right now.
- Stop biting my nails! Just, stop! I have too much anxiety.
- Go to bed before midnight! Sometimes I win this one. Sometimes, it’s like 11:58 when I lie down.
- Read, physically, not just audiobooks. I did better on this in July but not as well in August. I have tried to read a little before bed when I’m not going to bed at midnight. See bullet above.
- Continue to work with Baby H on his fits and be consistent in correcting him. We’ll just keep this on the list forever. His will is stronger than mine.
- Be more intentional with my time with Baby H. Yes! I have really been focusing on simple activities with my boy.
What are you thankful for this month? What are your goals for the month ahead? Share your posts with us!
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