Wow! How is it already the end of 2015. I feel like I was just writing my 2014 10 Top Blog Post a few months ago. In reality, it has been 12 months!!
Reflecting back to 2015, I want to take the time to thank all my readers for continuing to come around and read about my adventures with Little Z and Wes. I know I’m not always consistent with my updates, but I am so grateful for your patiences.
Here are this years Top 5 Post!
#5 Preschool Prodigies eBook And Bells Review : This was such an awesome experience for Z and I. We had the chance to review Mr Rob’s music program. Little Z and I received a set of musical desk bells and since then we have been learning music and having fun!
#4 New Years Goals/Bucket List : Well in my 2016 Bucket List Post, I confess that I did not do very well on this list in 2015. I managed to complete 8/52 challenges. However I have learned from my mistakes, and I have not given up. This year I have created a binder, which includes the list printed out, as well as charts to help me stay on track. 2016 is a whole new year and I plan on nailing it this year.
#3 Toddler Tula Vs Ergo Carrier. My Experience with My Favorite Baby Carriers. : This post is actually a late 2014 post, but it still made the 2015 list due to popularity. I love babywearing! Babywearing kept me sane for the first 3 years of Little Z’s life. It’s how I was able to run my daycare, host birthday parties, and get through the newborn/infant/toddler stage. Sadly this year Z has decided he no long wants to be worn. So that is a stage in our life that is over now. While I did sell the ergo, I have both the Cuddly Wrap and the Tula, no babies are planned in the near future, however I’m not ready to give them up.
#2 NACD With My Nine Year Old. Helping Your Child with Reading Comprehension. I wanted to cry the day my oldest said he “Hates reading.” As an avid reader, I could not comprehend how someone could actually hate to read. However, if you are not not understanding what you are reading, of course it is not going to be enjoyable. Currently we are on vacation from the NACD due to the awful Canadian dollar, however we still incorporate some of their programs into our day.
And my number 1 post of 2015 is:
#1 NACD Early Learning at 32 Months Old : This post received over two times the amount of views my #2 post received. I found the NACD really got me on the path to teaching my son in ways I had never thought of. While we are on vacation, I am still using a lot of strategies they have provided me. Rereading this post reminds me of a few others that I should be still working on. I am so excited to be able to get back on board with them again.
So looking back at my 2015 bucket list, I realize that I should have printed it out and had it available to look at. I did check off several items, but I did not get done nearly as much as I would have liked to.
That being said, 2016 is a brand new year. I grabbed my list of 52 things I’d like to get done from last year and and edited it for the up and coming year. This year the changes I will be making to be more successful are:
- Printing out my list and posting it somewhere I can constantly refer to it. In 2015 I did several of my listed tasks without realizing it, and failed at others because I simply forgot to do them. By having them printed and posted, I’m more likely to successed.
- Set reminders in my phone. I think having an alarm that goes off every day at 9pm will help me remember to complete my 365 pictures challenge. Or programming reminders in my phone to complete different tasks will help me plan for success.
- Create check list or logs for task that are being completed over a longer period. Create logs to show what books I have read, checklist for blog post I have completed, etc. I’m a visual person, the more I see things being checked off and completed, the more likely I’m going to work to continue to complete them.
1) Clean and organize my bedroom closet and drawers.
2) Clean front entry closet and Linen Closet
3) Clean and organize all the kitchen cupboards
4) Follow the 365 day declutter challenge. (allowing myself to complete 2 or more days in one day to catch up or get ahead. This will allow me to plan for life’s bumps in the road, sick kids, surprise guest, lazy mommy day, etc.) I will log this by checking off the premade calendars at http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/declutter.html
5) Clean and organize laundry room and basement bathroom.
6) Read 20 books. Children’s chapter books with my son does not count.
7) Clean out garage so we can park both cars in.
8) Donate 30 garbage bags or boxes worth of items to the Canadian Diabetes Clothesline or other places.(Check list required)
9) Sell stuff we are not using and make $1000 to put towards debt. Can be via Kijiji, Facebook groups, garage sales,etc. (Log required)
10) Organize all my bills and paperwork into binders
11) Read the Bible in a Year. (allowing myself to complete 2 or more days in one day to catch up or get ahead. This will allow me to plan for life’s bumps in the road, sick kids, surprise guest, lazy mommy day, etc.)
12) 52 week money challenge. (Log Required)
13) Banana island for one week.
14) Pay off $5000 on my line of credit
15) Get back on the Dave Ramsey Budget (Log Required)
16) Take my kids camping or to a cabin
17) Potty Train Z
18) Pay off and cancel my Sears Mastercard.
19) Crazy glue the tracks to the train table downstairs in my daycare area to an elaborate town.
20) Clear all the NAET autism kit for both boys.
21) Exercise 160 time in 2015 for 20-30mins. (Log Required)
22) Lose 20lbs (Log Required)
23) Read 500 regular kids books with Little Z. (Log Required)
24) Create 100 Homemade Glenn Doman Inspired Books for Z. (Check List Required)
25) Create 15 Learning Binders.
26) Read 20 Chapter books WITH Wesley. (Log Required)
27) Organize and decorate Little Z’s room.
28) Blog 52 times in 2016 (Check List Required)
29) Give up fast food for 6 months. (Checklist required)
30) Instagram 1 photo a day challenge. (Set timer in phone)
31) Get Wesley back on the allowance system and teach him how to handle money.
32) Make it out to Hawaii to visit my Online Bestie.
33) Learn to cook 20 new dishes. (Log Required)
34) Finish my ebook.
35) Organize and clean out the laundry room.
36) Make my mom a scrapbook.(either digital or homemade)
37) Make my Auntie Doris a scrapbook (either digital or homemade)
38)Take the kids Strawberry Picking
39) Take a ride on the Steam Train at Assiniboine Park
40) Attend the local homeschooling convention this year.
41) Take the kids to the Snake Pits
42) Take the kids to Kids City
43) Take the kids bowling
44) Visit the Farmers Market at Birds Hill
45) Set up the window bird box
46) Donate Blood
47) Help the kids create Christmas Shoeboxes for the needy
48) Get a Family Photo taken
49) Take Wes to Skyzone
50) Take Wes to do Archery
51) Take an overnight trip as a couple without the kids.
52) Visit the International Peace Garden
What is on your 2015 bucket list?
Watch for blog updates on how I’m doing!
So I love to read. I don’t read as much fiction as I did before I had Z, but I still make time to read non-fiction. I especially love reading to my kids. Its an excuse to read more of the old classic series I use to read as a child. I feel being a parent is the perfect excuse to keep reading all the awesome series designed for children, without anyone batting an eyelash. I’m also the person who left the movie theater in an uproar after each Harry Potter movie.
My 10 year old on the other hand, he’s not an avid reader. He would much rather watch the movie and skip the book. This drives me BONKERS! I just can’t wrap my mind around this one. I refuse to watch the movie, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” because I know it will ruin the warm fuzzy feelings I have about the book. That is what happened when I watch the movie “Where the Heart Is”. How can he not like cuddling up with a book and getting lost in another world.
Where did I go wrong? When I was a kid my personal library was on the thin side. I mean I know that in retrospect, it wasn’t thin in the eyes of a lot of people. But for a little book worm, it was not enough to feed my hunger. We were living on a single income and my mom did buy me the books that were on sale in the scholastic flyers, but a lot of the time they were not to my taste. I did what I could to get my hands on books, I reread books, saved allowance money, borrowed from friends and the library. Now the problem came when summer came around. We lived in a small town, and the only libraries I had access to were in the schools. That meant they were shut down during summer. I’m embarrassed to admit, I even went as far to steal books during the year from the library to have things to read. Sometimes I returned them… sometimes I didn’t *blush*. (Note to self, make a donation to my old high school library.) I later discovered that I could order books from a mail service library. I’m telling you, back then this BLEW MY MIND. The first thing I did when I moved to the city was get a library card.
So as a mother, who when as far as stealing books to read, how come my child, who has a library I would have KILLED for couldn’t care less to pick up a book.
Well that was until I realized I hadn’t found the right materials yet to bait him. Also his reading comprehension issues affected things too.
Looking back there are a few mistakes I made with Wes which I think may have stunted his love for reading. I’m trying my best to not make the same mistakes with Little Z. (… anyone else feel bad for their first child. I often feel like he was my practice child. I made my mistakes with him and try to avoid them with Z. Especially when my boys are almost 7 years apart. *sigh*)