Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013! New Year's Goals

Goals for Elena (in no particular order):

1.  Complete the Blue Ridge Marathon.  Elena and Vivian are already registered; they have until April 20th to log in 25.2 miles, and then they'll finish the last mile with the marathon runners!  We'll be keeping track of her progress, so stay tuned!

2.  Catch a frisbee.

3.  Put in her own earrings.  She needs to stand steady and tall so she can use both of her hands.

4.  Play mini golf by without help.

5.  Get ready for bed by herself, in 10 minutes.  Meaning, use the bathroom, wash hands, brush her teeth, get into bed, get her own covers on (it is difficult for her to get over her covers and then underneath them without help) and wait for me to tuck her in.  I think she can do this, but we've never tried it all at once and under a specific time frame.

6.  Leave the house, with her own backpack on, and get on the school bus while we watch.  Normally she is under close supervision, with us ready to catch her (we are in front of her, going backwards down the steps) and we are carrying her backpack.  I always worry with her going down the stone steps, but she has only fallen once (and managed to end up on the grass, not sure how that happened).  Obviously this will wait until the cold/icy weather has passed.

7.  Stretch with the Dynasplint 3x week.  We should be doing this more often, but realistically, we don't have that much time in a day to do everything.

8.  Do CME exercises, or similar type balance play on playgrounds, 3x/week.  Hopefully we can fit this in the schedule...


10.  Ride bikes!

11.  Sleep in a tent!

12.  Take the kids to the movies.  E doesn't like to sit still that long--it might depend on the type of movie.  I also worry a bit about the noise level, b/c it is so darn LOUD in a theater!

Elena's own goals:

1.  Climb the rock wall at PT by herself.  (It's new and it's awesome!)
2.  Take piano or voice lessons.
3.  Have an Easter Egg Hunt outside the house.
4.  Spend time in the snow--sledding and skiing.

Bonus Vivian goals:

1.  Roller skate
2.  Make her own toast
3.  Play frisbee with a dog (E likes the addition of a dog too)
4.  Write a letter (she can write her name)

And goals for me:

1.  Spend more time with grown-ups.  (Advice on where to fit this in?)
2.  Continue to do something after the kids go to bed.  I have been doing well at staying up to cook, clean, or hang out with Jason, etc.  This is a work in progress but it's going well.
3.  Run/bike some races around town.
4.  Paint the foyer of the house.  It's got E's handprints all over it from learning to walk over the years, and it's WAY overdue.
5.  Learn how to use my new sewing machine!  I've been doing all the girls' costumes, Scout badges, and clothes alterations by hand...it'll be a snap once I figure out the machine.
6.  Find a babysitter.  We LOVE our Fantastic Nanny Annette, but we need to find an alternate in the hope of having a date night every now and then.  It would be good to introduce the girls to a different caretaker if we are away.


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