I don’t tend to ever make resolutions. I do have a stubborn streak where I am so determined that I work hard for the end goal of something because I do like a good challenge. Then I also have a lazy streak too. I say I want to do something but sometimes it just doesn’t happen, not because I don’t try to, but because I see that realistically, it can’t be done (I make some crazy goals for myself sometimes).
I figured this year I would make 5 practical and good goals to work towards. If I make it, that would be great. If I don’t, I hope that I at least got much done towards it.
1. Go on Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch dates once a month with my sons
Now that my husband has a new better paying job, I might be able to afford to take the boys out to a diner or something every once in a while. In my childhood, my mom would take me to the local diner regularly maybe one Saturday a month for a cheese omelette, home fries, and chocolate milk (my mom would get the same food but with a tea or water). It was always nice to talk to her and hear what she had to say too while we’d sit and eat. I really treasure that. She didn’t have much money, but she always made time to do this. I would love my sons to share such memories with me as they grow.
2. Make a quilt for each of my family members (our family, in-laws, siblings, and nieces)
I just started to learn how to quilt and can already see that this goal can work out. I even hope that I can make many more throughout the year if I finish this goal. This means I will have to make 10 quilts (I am making one per couple to cuddle under together). I already have 2 that will be completed hopefully within the week and have another two that I am working hard on at the moment. That will be our family taken care of and then another.
3. Have a Weekend Camp-Out
The only time we went camping as a family (actually with our youth group at that time), Micah was too young to remember it. Then again, I don’t think Leto remembers it either. I used to go camping every single year in the summer for several weeks at a time and have longed to do so again. I think Rob is tired of hearing me every year beg him to do this. Now that he has every Saturday off, I think it would be great to have a Saturday into Sunday camping weekend to just hang out in the wilderness together and praise and worship God as a family outside. Not sure where we’d do it or how much it would cost, but hopefully we can do this. We have the tent and sleeping bags! If it comes down to it, we might just invade someone’s backyard to do it like Rob and I did on our honeymoon one night (so watch your yards).
4. Pay off a loan
Rob’s school loan has taken chunks of money from us for years. He went to a technical mechanic school the month after we were married (I was 20, he was 21) so we paid for it all ourselves. We have most all of it paid off and have two small portions left. I am hoping that we can pay one if not both off this year! That would be amazing and take a load off of us that we’ve had for over 10 years now.
5. Go On Walks or Bike Rides
Rob is protective of me going out on walks definitely alone, and even with the boys at times, simply because I get cat-called and have had cars stop and follow me over the years, so I barely ever go on walks. I used to go on walks constantly (even in the winter) with my brothers and mom (mainly individually with each of them, never as a group). Once I became a teenager I would take my dog on walks because my mom didn’t like me going off alone. I used to ride a bike to one of my jobs our first couple years of marriage. I loved it. I would walk in sweating heavily only to sweat even more with working with an oven all day. I’m in my early thirties now, so it is good for me to maintain some sort of exercise, and I get none. That worries me. Now that Rob has his Saturdays off, I want to go on walks as a family together or bike rides (Rob and I don’t own bikes though). My best memories with my brothers as a child involve walking adventures, so I suppose it holds a special place in my heart. I’d rather bike or walk than drive.