1) As we cleaned up our old house to prepare to sell it I realized that there were some areas that were falling through the cracks with regards to cleaning. The day-to-day and weekly cleaning was getting done, but various "deep cleaning" items were not ever getting done. I want to make a schedule of "special" cleaning projects to do one per week so that, for example, the refrigerator gets cleaned out from top to bottom, inside and out, once a month or so rather than once in two years.
Obligatory New House Family Photo
2) In my last coffee date post I wrote about how I was trying to be more mindful, but I have completely lost focus on that the past several weeks. It's time to recommit to being present. The biggest challenges for me are multi-tasking, thinking about what I'm doing to do next instead of focusing on the task at hand, and "checking out" with random internet scrolling. Swede has been a really challenging the past couple weeks and while it's tempting to blame it on the "threenager" phase I think my recent distraction is also a contributing factor.
3) I want to do better at meal planning. We always have a plan for dinner but I want to starting planning ideas for breakfast and lunch rather than snacking on this and that throughout the day. I want to make sure I have options for the kids if the grown-up meal doesn't work. [This is usually because it's too spicy.] I want to try a couple new recipes every week. Also, I want to make an effort to have family dinner be (slightly) more formal and leisurely, by which I mean we'll use place mats and try to have a conversation.
Dates & Peanut Butter are a better snack choice than leftover Halloween candy.
4) I've been working at home for almost three years, and I've found that the key to success is to maintain "separation of church and state," aka HOME and WORK. I find that my satisfaction in both areas is decreased when they overlap too much. I've let this slide recently while I was dealing with various issues related to moving, but I need to focus on work during work hours, and home during home hours. No checking email when I'm with the kids in the afternoon and early evening. No folding the laundry during work hours (although it is super convenient to be able to switch it into the dryer as needed throughout the day).
5) I want to start parenting more intentionally. I feel like I've had a very haphazard approach to parenting these past three years but I'd like to spend some time thinking about qualities that I want to teach/encourage/develop in the kids (such as: patience, kindness, generosity, persistence, respect) and strategies how to get there. Jonathan and I have discussed that we want to sit down and create some family rules (and then consistently reinforce them forever after).
Just because he's so cute.
I'm linking up with See You in a Porridge and Gretch Runs for What's New With You today, and with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five 2.0 tomorrow!