Monday, January 16, 2012


(warning:  no pictures of Judith in this blog!)
The third week of January may be a little late to talk about New Year's Resolutions.  I'm getting around that faux pax by calling them "Goals for the Year".  And I'm blogging about it so that I will be completely honest with myself a month from now, six months from now, and in December. 

Although some of these have a specific end, most of these goals are about building better habits.  So, 10 goals for 2012:
  1. I will reach and maintain my weight loss goal.
  2. I will plan more healthy meals for myself and my family (not just meals that aren't high in calories) including salads with most dinners.
  3. I will study my Bible more regularly and more passionately.
  4. I will make time (and arrange child care) for more dates with Lance.
  5. I will research and create a plan for homeschooling Judith.
  6. I will invite guests for dinner at least once every two months.
  7. I will more closely follow our grocery budget, curbing splurge impulses.
  8. I will not go to bed without cleaning up the kitchen.
  9. I will care for my houseplants so that they thrive instead of being just barely kept alive.
  10. I will blog at least once per week.
Theme for the year:  Health



I am frequently blown away by the power of Judith's imagination.  I imagine that's true for most mothers.  Here are some of her recent playtime imaginings.

Picnic on the White Planet
We recently watched an early episode of Wallace & Gromit (British claymation show by Aardman) in which they decide to take a trip to the moon because it must be made of cheese.  A few days after watching it, Judith noticed the sheets off our bed (laundry day) and decided she need to play there.  She explained that she was on the white planet and that it was made of cheese.
the white planet

During her picnic, as I was taking pictures, she held up this bracelet to her eye.  "I look like Professor Z!" she said.  It took me a minute to remember that the Professor is a character from Cars2 - he wears a monocle.
"I look like Professor Z"

The Proper Way to Eat
Judith's favorite snack food is Cheerios mixed with Annie's Whole Wheat Bunnies.  Frequently she has them for breakfast or for a snack throughout the day.  The other day I walked into the living room to discover Cheerios and Bunnies lined up at right angles on the tea table.  When I asked what she was doing, she said that she had to eat them this way - that the Cheerios were waiting for the bunnies.  Then she demonstrated proper eating technique:  pick up a Cheerio with the bunny's foot and then eat them together.
"the cheerios are ready for the bunnies"
 We'll have to write to Heloise to tell her the right way to eat this snack mix.
"see...this is how you eat them"