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We had an absolutely lovely Christmas. We enjoyed a pajama party with family on Christmas Eve, a nice quiet Christmas morning at home, and more time with extended family on Christmas day. The kids were well behaved and gracious gift givers and receivers which is a huge accomplishment considering they didn’t even get naps on Christmas Day. We were all blessed to receive some really cool gifts. I’m even pretty excited about some of the toys the kids got. I’m sure I’ll be sharing about some of our favorite educational toys we received as we open them up.
Now that Christmas is over I am absolutely amazed at how fast this year went by. This has been a blessed and full year.
And those are just the bigger milestones. Everyday has its own special accomplishments. Squeaks is potty trained (woohoo!), Little Dude is sleeping better (mostly), I’ve lost nearly all my pregnancy weight, Josh is doing well in his career, and we have spent loads of time with our wonderful extended family. It has been a blessed year. These kids are growing so fast and I’m also growing as their mama.
With the start of a new year right around the corner I decided it would be fun to make a list of some things we would like to accomplish as a family. Really it’s a list of things Josh and I would like to accomplish, the kids are just happy to be along for the ride. Ok, maybe it’s just a list of things I would like to accomplish. Josh will go along with it because he’s a good man. 😉 So here it is.
Our family goals for 2018
1. Start family Bible time.
This has been on our list since before we were parents and I think our two oldest kids are getting to an age where we can reasonably expect them to sit, listen, and participate in conversation. Not only will it be beneficial to their spiritual growth but also to our growth as their parents.
2. Read more.
Extra time to sit with the kids and read stories during the day has greatly decreased since Flash arrived. Newborns require a lot of attention. We still do stories before bed, but reading during the day has become a challenge and frankly it’s become a habit to overlook it. I hate that. Now that Flash is going longer between nursing and taking semi-regular naps, I hope to increase our time reading together. I also have quite the stack of books for myself I’d like to get to.
3. Spend more time away from the kids.
This might sound like a strange one at first but Josh and I have really neglected our alone time lately. Parenting three under four is a full time gig and by the time all three are in bed a lot of the time we just want to sleep. Despite extended family offering to watch the kids, our daily rut has us stuck on a kid-centered loop. That needs to change. I want our kids to see mom and dad happily married and that requires some time away from them.
4. Spend one-on-one time with each child.
This seems contradictory to my last goal but I would still like to find a balance. We do plenty of things as a family and I think each child could benefit from some alone time with mom and dad. I’d love to have a day every now and then to do just girly stuff with Squeaks, or have a day with just Little Dude to give him some extra cuddles before he’s too big. Time to enjoy Flash’s baby-ness without the older two would be nice also. I think it would be great for Josh to get more one-on-one time with each kid too instead of just packing all daddy’s attention into nights and weekends.
5. Don’t rush the kids.
With the start of our homeschooling journey I can feel myself getting anxious to hit big milestones. I want to teach Squeaks to read and write. I want to figure out Little Dudes learning style and get him started on the basics. I want to do it all today!..I really don’t though. I want my kids to be kids as long as possible. So I guess this last goal is really just for me.