Monday, March 05, 2012

Milestones and Happiness

As I posted that last post about Dr. Seuss week, I realized that I haven't posted the boys' milestone pictures for age 4 and 3 months. I also realized that it is March 5 and I need to move forward with my happiness project. First up, pictures!




Jack is such a boy now. I feel like all of his baby characteristics are gone. Today when I dropped him off at preschool, he told me he wanted to walk in by himself like the big kids, and as I watched him walk in by himself, I couldn't help but think that he is a big kid! 

Reid is getting so big so fast that I can hardly stand it. He is definitely no longer a newborn and is full on Gerber baby. These photos were taken about three weeks ago, and I feel like Reid's changed a lot since then!

Happiness Project
Okay, so February was focusing on time. Here's the results. 

I definitely use my calendar pretty well. It helps me keep meals and activities organized. 

I do not use a to-do list very well. Even with the Reminders app synching between my phone, iPad, and computer, I just don't reference it, so I don't really use it. I depend too much on my memory (which means I'm not having a ton of success accomplishing to-dos). This still stresses me out. For instance, I have two stacks of thank you cards to get finished: one for Jack's birthday (from January!) and one for Reid's christening. I also have a stack of journalism contest entries to finish judging by next week. I know I have to do these things, but I end up doing laundry or napping instead. The to-do list is just not motivating enough. So you can see I also have not been great at "tackling the nagging task" either. I think I need to keep this one at the forefront as I move into my March goals. 

I am definitely finding it much easier to be reasonable about what I can actually accomplish now that I am a stay-at-home-mom/wife. About a week ago, I realized that I was stressing myself out trying to rush through things like I used to. I felt like I couldn't sit down and watch a television show because I had to get another load of laundry done or I had to go over my activity plans for Jack and Reid. Luckily, I have an amazing husband who helped me get some perspective and realize what I was doing. On Oscar Sunday, I told the boys that I wanted to, and was going to, watch the Oscars. And I did. We get the boys to bed, I sat on the couch and watched the Oscars to see how well I picked the winners (not very well, by the way). It was fun.

So now on to March. I think it's time I focused on Steve, so I am going to do a Remember Love focus for March. My goals are to go on a date night at least once a month (which we have been doing so far since January) and to show three proofs of love each day. Proofs of love are things like saying "I love you" and hugging. I could also do silly things to show that I'm thinking of him or to be affectionate. 

Since I am on the happiness project topic, I should probably follow my own resolutions. It's way past my bed time, and I know that sleep is important. My husband just got home, and I'd like to talk to him. And I'm going to try to go to Jazzercise in the morning.

Ahh, happiness!

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