I'm a little late rolling this one out, but even though my blog is often ignored, I can't break from tradition. So, I put up resolutions last year, how did I do?
1. Regularly attend church - Ok, I did better this year then years previous, and I was actually doing pretty well at the beginning of the year. I fizzled out badly toward the middle of the year and then dropped out entirely when I discovered getting up to attend church at 9 was a little harder then I thought it would be. This year, I don't have to go until 11, so I will likely be shooting for this one again.
2. Get back into shape - I actually bounced back from having a baby pretty well. I wanted to get into better shape then I did, and I wanted to be able to continue to work out through a subsequent pregnancy. Having an infant that is dependent on you can make this task difficult.
2.5 Pass PT test first time out - Passed it, the run by the hair of my teeth, but I passed it.
3. Run at least 5 races - I ran two. Leadman and The Dirty Dash (though the latter wasn't quite a race, more like a fun run where at one point you were forced to just walk in a line)
4. Horse Events - I had plans for this, I ended up doing pattern racing once with Breezy, but getting on the old girl while somebody watched the baby was harder to do then expected. Would like to do more, but I won't make them a resolution.
5. Meal Planning - I had a couple of months where I successfully did this. Then Gus changed his schedule to swings and it is harder to meal plan when you are cooking for just yourself.
6. Breast feed at least 6 months - Yay! Smoked this one! We made it to a year!
7. Agility Training with Scooby - I no longer own Scooby. We need a dog that can come indoors, and that requires one that doesn't shed. I would like to get a dog, but I will wait to get approval from Gus for the next one.
8. Get a job that coincides with staying home with Baby - .Kind of sort of, but I'll tell you this. Staying at home with a baby is a full time job! Plus homesteading, which is what I'm trying to do, also makes it difficult to stay on top of everything. I have done some stuff with ebay and Craigslist, but it's an on and off kind of thing. We'll probably continue to do similar stuff this year. I don't see myself entering the workforce other than Army Reserves once a month.
9. Get an A in classes while sticking with school - I did take a couple of breaks, but when I am in class, I do get A's. I'm not the most reliable student however, and I have been struggling to get my homework in on time. I used to be able to hold off to the last minute and just wing it out, I have to manage my time better, but hey, I'm still getting As. If I don't take any breaks, I'll have my degree by June, however i know I will have to delay my last two classes on account of newborn, but that's ok, I should have my degree by the end of the year.
10. Work on baby Number 2 - We're a Go! She's due in May.
Ok, so I was 3.5 for 10, with 6 partially done resolutions and one flat out not done. Not bad, not bad. Could be better.
So, what does 2013 have in store for me? Well, only time will tell, but here's an idea of things I want to do...
1. Grow a garden - I had one this year, it was fun and a lot of work, but it wasn't as successful as I would have wanted. Having free range turkeys didn't help either, especially when they discover your lettuce. So, we'll be working on another garden this year, and it will be a bigger focus. Along with fertilizing and all of that jazz.
2. Do at least one meal a week by scratch - I'm on a goal to get self sufficient, we live on five acres, but with how busy one gets with life, sometimes its easier to just pop a ready made meal in the microwave, as well as those nasty burritos that taste oh so good. Those ready made meals are not the healthiest things to eat, and baking from scratch is often cheaper and healthier in the long run.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables - I guess my list is getting pretty traditional. The problem with this is it requires you to make multiple trips to the store to get fresh produce. Getting to the store sometimes can be a challenge. And i'll be toting around not one, but two little ones. So this will be a challenge.
4. Milk Cow Daily - This is going to be one test for the ages. I have a milk cow. Can you see a pattern here with my resolutions? Anyway, I've been milking my cow twice a day since I got her, and using the milk. So my goal is to get fresh milk for the year. I've got a lot of people willing to help me in this quest. She will be going dry for a couple months while she preps for her baby due in May.
4.1 Milk the Goat - I have a goat, I've had her for almost a year. I got her as a milking goat, but i never used her as one, so I have to get her prepared to let me milk her. So I want to get her into milk and use her as one. Fortunately, when the cow is dry is when I can start milking my goat. Good times.
4.2 - Learn to make my own Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, etc - yep, see a pattern? I'm trying my hand at homesteading. I might have to get some tools to accomplish this, but with my own milk cow, why not?
5. Attend church at least twice a month - I'm out once a month just because of Drill Weekends, but I really need to focus on my spiritual needs, and I am more fulfilled when I attend church regularly. This year, church is two hours later so it should be a little easier. I also want the munchkins to socialize with kids of like minded values, and I need friends with like minded values too. I see this as becoming more and more important for myself and my family, so we're going to make an extra effort to attend.
6. Do More Art - I am neglecting my art, and it is something I really do enjoy, but I never seem to find time for it. I think if I can find time, I will enjoy this. We'll settle to once a month, do a painting, or a drawing, something art related. Maybe get Kaia involved as she gets older.
7. Learn a new craft skill - I'm thinking knitting or crocheting, something like that. I finally learned how to use a sewing machine and have made several baby quilts for some family and friends.
7.1 Make more quilts - This is very enriching to complete a baby quilt. I have discovered I quite enjoy it. I made three last year, I know I'm going to make at least one for little Bean, but if I can make several, I can start making it a habit to give them out as gifts. I love recieving home made gifts, there is something about it, and I think a lot of people appreciate the thought and work put into something handmade.
8. Breastfeed through the new year - Baby Bean will come in May, I plan on strictly breastfeeding her for the first few months. The Army might get in the way of my plans, but I hope to continue to breast feed her through her first year. However, that extends past this resolutions list.
9. Graduate from College - I should complete my Bachelor's degree this year. I plan to do so, without any breaks I should have my degree completed by this summer, but I know I will be taking at least one.
10. Exercise more - Generalized, though I should get into specific goals and numbers, as they are easier to judge wether success was reached or not. Milking a cow does help, but I would really like to work out more even while I'm pregnant. Right now it's just things that are safe for pregnancy, but overall, just working out regularly, even if its a short walk or a round of yoga or whatever it is, could help with making me feel better.
10.1 Complete one full cycle of P90X - This will have to be later in the year, so it is later in the resolutions list. I have to wait until after the baby is born of course, and probably after the six week post partum period, but I think this will make me feel great if I can do it at least once.
11. Read one new book a month - I used to love to read, still do, but reading much more then this with everything on my plate might be difficult. Still, would like to try.
I think that should do it. Only a year will tell if I succeed or not.