We spent the morning doing some craft kits that the children were given for Christmas. This mainly involved Daddy hammering nails, Mummy wielding a hot glue gun and burning herself repeatedly, Aaron painting and Tabitha generally adding to the chaos. In the afternoon we decided to go for a nice peaceful walk and ignore the mountain of housework!
Tabitha was getting tired n the way home and we hadn’t taken a sling, so Colin popped her into his rucksack!
It wasn’t long before she fell asleep, so it must have been fairly comfortable!
I’m quite excited about 2013. Colin starts his new job tomorrow and I have some childminding work lined up, so things are looking up. These aren’t exactly resolutions, but I do have three goals for the next year.
Declutter and simplify!
The urge to simplify has hit me again recently. About 18 months ago I read “Simplicity Parenting” and had a huge toy clearout. I did do some decluttering of the rest of the house, but I’ve always struggled with sentimental attachment to things. I think I’ve managed to mostly overcome that now, so this time I want to get rid of as much “stuff” as possible (anyone want a juicer by the way?).
When I’m feeling overwhelmed at the task and not knowing where to begin, I find the Zen Habits blog really helpful. Another inspiration has been Miri from Here We Are Together. She has just started a new blog called Declutter To Happiness, which I’m really looking forward to following.
Make our home beautiful
Colin and I set up home together when we were students, and budget has always been the deciding factor when choosing household items. However, I’ve reached the point where I would rather save up longer for good-quality and ethically-made items that will last for years. From now on, when things need to be replaced I will choose the prettiest option rather than the cheapest. I also want to fill our home with lovely handmade items. So far all my crafting has been for the children or other people, but this year I will dedicate some time to making things for our home. It may seem like this is at odds with my first goal, but seeing cheerful, colourful things around the house makes me feel happy, especially in the winter.
Enjoy lots of family days out!
Now that Colin is working every day the children and I will be seeing a lot less of him, so we’ll need to be more intentional about spending quality time together as a family. I’m aiming to go out together at least two Saturdays out of every month. As I was looking through my photos to choose some favourites from 2012, I noticed that many of our happiest memories are from trips out and about, so it’s something I want to place more importance on.
Unlike last year, I don’t really have any plans as far as home education is concerned. I’m pretty relaxed and go-with-the-flow about it at the moment.
Do you have any goals for 2013?