Before venturing into December, I wanted to take a look at what I’ve accomplished in November. Below are the goals that I set for myself. The ones that are crossed out are finished, and the rest I will place into my December goal list.
Memorize 4 scripture verses (1 per week)
This goal was actually easier for me to accomplish than I thought it would be. My mind isn’t the best for memorization, but God’s word seems to be no problem at all to remember as long as I make it a priority. These specific scriptures came in handy this month, especially Philippians 4:6-7. Things came up during November that normally would have rattled me into a panic attack, but having that scripture in my heart changed my thought process. I would really encourage everyone to do this! You won’t have any regrets, and if I can memorize these verses, so can you! So I am going to continue to make this a monthly goal, and I hope to increase the number of verses in the coming months.
Keep to a daily/weekly/monthly routine for chores
So far I’ve been able to follow this schedule. It helps that my weekly chores can be completed if I do one of them a day. I know that some of these things will go out the window when we throw a new baby into the mix in April. But for now, it really works. Another thing I like about this schedule is that I know what needs to be done and when. That way I can set times during my day where I do chores, and then the rest of the time I can focus on playing with my daughter. I’ve been trying to be more present as a parent, which can be difficult at times when your child is very independent. For example, there are times when I would love to read some books to her, but she doesn’t want me to because she wants to read them herself. I have noticed her willingness to help out around the house, and have been trying to involve her in my chores as much as possible. So far she is able to throw laundry down the laundry shoot, dust our TV stand, put her socks in the sock drawer, and “sweep” the floors.
Come up with 4 art projects for the month of November to do with E, and try one of them per week
This month’s art activities included: coloring with markers, stamping shapes with pumpkins, play dough, and drawing with chalk. I don’t like to use paint with E, because it’s so messy and she thinks the paint is mustard and ketchup (which she loves). So I’ll still do painting with her, but prepare for a lot of clean-up at the end. Her favorite activity was play dough. I’m hoping to continue this next month because she really enjoyed it.
Take E to the Conservatory once this month
My mother brought E to the Conservatory so that I could get some things done at home. This worked out perfect, because my mom loves one-on-one time with her granddaughter.
Take E to parks and hiking trails as often as the weather will let us
We were only able to enjoy one or two days of fall in November, and the rest of the month it’s been raining or snowing. I’ve been taking E to the Zoo once a week to get us all out of the house, which has been wonderful. We just purchased some winter boots and mittens for her, so now we can go sledding and build snowmen in the snow.
Spend a day clearing out the guest room to make way for E’s new room
We are not finished decorating and arranging, but this is the progress we’ve made so far. E is still sleeping in her old room because we are waiting for her baby video camera to come in the mail. We are also still searching for a bed frame for E, and a bookshelf for the baby. I haven’t decided what to put on E’s walls yet, but I’m thinking of something in her book corner for hanging her artwork as well as some cute frames with quotes from her favorite books. The nursery decorations are coming along. I did purchase a fur pillow that you’ll see on the nursery rocking chair on the left. I love it because it ties in with my Narnia theme. Overall, I am very happy with the results of the move, and am grateful for all the help that we received that day from family.
After learning the gender, create 2 decorations for the nursery
I have finished a beautiful garland (check it out here) as well as all the frames that we’ll be putting on the walls in the nursery.
Be ready for future Narnia nursery posts to see how I decorated our baby boy’s room. That’s right, It’s a boy! He’s healthy and handsome with a cute little button nose to match E’s.
Go on 2 dates with Isaac this month
Isaac and I did manage to squeeze two dates in this month. The first date was after the ultrasound in mid November. We went shopping for little boy’s clothes and then stopped at Chick-Fil-A on the way home. Our second date was the end of the month. We dropped our daughter at her grandparent’s house.
Isaac put up the Christmas lights. Then we had dinner at our house, watched the 2nd Hobbit movie (in preparation for the 3rd movie), and then picked up some ice cream for dessert.
Make a felt board and a felt Christmas tree for E
Whoops! Didn’t get around to this yet. I’ll be moving it to next month’s list. The felt has been purchased and the plans drawn up. I would love to get this done in the beginning of December so that E has plenty of time to play with it before we take it down after Christmas.
Purchase Christmas presents
Done! I’m not telling what I purchased, but I’m so glad that I finished this task before November came to a close. That’s a huge accomplishment.
- Make a felt Christmas tree for E
- Memorize 4 new scripture verses
- Go on 2 dates with Isaac
- Continue doing 4 art projects with E, one per week
- Find a bookshelf for the nursery, and a bed frame for E’s bed
- Start putting decorations on walls in E’s room and the nursery
- Spend some high quality family time enjoying the fun activities of Christmas and winter snow
- Continue going to the gym twice a week
- Get a family photo of the four of us for Christmas
- Bake Christmas cookies with E
- Make way for the new dishwasher
- Take E to the zoo as much as possible