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Twenty Eleven Resolutions

December 31, 2010  —  Written by Julia 

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In twenty-ten/two thousand and ten (tomato/tomahto), we became a family of three.  The addition of one cute little girl changed every thing.  Definitely the most life-changing thing I have experienced.  I have learned that I can do things that I never thought I could do.  I changed a diaper for the first time, I went for months on minimal sleep, we have learned how to love deeper than we ever have, not only in our marriage–but for our little girl.  This year was a lot about figuring things out–every thing from baby, to our personal home decor style, to getting around this town of ours, to blogging, to how to price match at Wal-Mart.  We tttooottallllyyyyy got that last one down.  
What we are resolving to make 2011 about:
1.  Family Dinner.   Greta is quickly getting over baby food, and I have been rushing to make her something to eat before Chris gets home from work.  Feed her, clean her up.  Chris gets about 20 minutes of time with her and then she takes a bath and is asleep before 6:30 pm.  And THEN Chris makes something for us if he has energy to do so, and I have energy to do dishes afterward.  We are changing that.  Greta will eat (for the most part) what we eat, and we’ll do it all together.  This may mean that I have to pinch hit as chef every once in awhile, but I can do that if it means family dinner.  And then after Greta goes to bed, our whole night WON’T feel like it is spent in the kitchen.   And these dinners will, of course, be healthy.  (Chris will continue blogging about those meals once a week. )
2.  Family Home Evening.  Sticking with the family thing, we want to establish this every Monday.  We are NOT good at having an official fhe.  But we WANT to, and we will.  It may not be hours filled with magazine reports, lessons, prophet report, or a music conductor like I had growing up, but it is gonna be perfect for our little family and we’ll be blessed. 
3.  Baby number 2.  We haven’t figured out everything “baby.”  Not even close.  But, we have fallen head over heels in love with our baby number one–we can’t help but want to add more to the mix.  We get excited just thinking about it.
4.  Money makeover.  Dave Ramsey style.  We listen to him on talk radio all the time and for Christmas, my parents ordered the whole Dave Ramsey set and let us borrow it for a little bit.  We have started watching the DVDs and reading The Total Money Makeover.  It has put a fire under us to get out of debt.  We may not be able to COMPLETELY pay off Chris’s student loans and our car this year–but we  are committed to sacrifice and put as much as we possibly can to pay those down.  
5.  Teach Greta to do laundry.  It’s about time, right?

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  1. Andi says:

    Baby #2!! More power to you! You’re such a strong woman Jules.

    Rory and I decided to do FHE back when we got married too, and even tho its always just the 2 of us. We still sing a song with the hymn book, and lately I even plug in his keyboard and we’ll sing 2 or 3, we plan the week, and switch back and forth who teaches a little lesson. And sometimes we just plan an activity that we normally wouldn’t go out and do on a Monday night and call it good! Doesn’t take much time for FHE to be a habit, and now are the time to make family habits right?

  2. YES to the last one!!!!! AND all I have to say about Greta starting table scraps, the earlier you start the better and easier it will be in the future. We’ve always had Brin eat parts of our dinner, as long as it isn’t too spicy. I’ve just noticed that some kids are SO picky, around age 3-5 so might as well start early on the…you eat what I eat at the dinner table!

    HOORAY for planning #2. Here’s to being pregs at the same time!!

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