It’s funny, really. I was just thinking about this year and the fact that it’s already August. Where the heck did the first 7 months go? Time is a very funny thing.
The night before Elly was born I bought a planner so I could record everything. We had no idea that we would be meeting her the next day so I stayed up late and wrote down important days, color coded everything with highlighters, and drew big elaborate pictures and designs around her due date – November 17. We all know how that ended. That’s okay, I am just happy she arrived happy and healthy.
Over the next several days I wrote down everything. Every feeding. Every diaper change. Every different expression she made. I even got color coded post-it notes to record milestones, questions, and make lists of things we needed. Basically the organization freak in me came out full force. I look back on it now and I am so thankful that I recorded every detail. As days and months passed I became less obsessive about writing every detail, some things slipped by, and eventually full days and weeks would pass with nothing written. This is important because my planner ends next month. It’s time to get a new one and I hope I can keep up with the same vigor I started with. We are less than 3 months away from Elly’s first birthday so new milestones will be developing – first steps, first actual words, etc. and I don’t ever want to forget those moments.
So, I’m making it a resolution – buy a new planner and record. No matter how small the detail seems, record it. One day I will be thankful I did.
Speaking of resolutions, I have not kept up with any of mine that I made in January. Everything else just got overwhelming. I have not been exercising regularly. I have not been eating healthy. I have not done a spectacular job of keeping up with the blog. I have not been reading. Overall, I failed. I’m okay with that. Not everyone is perfect, and that just means I have lots of room for improvement.
I’ve started working on improving myself. Brent and I have started exercising together with hopes of one day completing a half marathon together. With this we have been more careful about what we’re eating. With Elly getting older, we are now trying to be more cautious about the food we buy and the food we eat. Our philosophy is that we won’t eat it if we would not let Elly eat it. This has cut back on a lot of our processed food habits. Don’t get me wrong, we still eat most everything. If I want a cookie, then I’m going to eat a cookie.
I have also started reading. One of the things on my Christmas list will be a Kindle. I have wanted one for a long time, so I am really hoping I get one. I love to read and now that Elly is started to entertain herself a little more, I do have some spare time to sit and read. I just finished Water for Elephants and I absolutely loved it. The writing was fabulous and the story engulfed me. I cannot wait to see the movie!
The fact that I waited 8 months to start working on my New Year’s resolutions is a little disheartening, but that just gives me hope for next year. I am still deciding whether or not I will set resolutions, or just continue with little goals throughout the year. Life is always changing, so it’s hard to predict what you will actually be able to accomplish in 12 months. However, I will remain positive and happy and continue to work on improving myself for the remainder of 2011.
Lots of good things are coming our way and I feel like this is only going to push me in a more positive direction with myself and for the future of our family. Stay tuned for tomorrow. I have a big announcement!