Sunday, March 30, 2014

Goals Update

It has been a long time since I have updated and reviewed my goals.   I have decided I am not doing this to guilt or punish myself but to be totally honest with myself and motivate myself to keep trying.  Life and my bad habits always seem to get in the way.  I get distracted and let my goals fall to the wayside.  
So here is how it is going, honestly.
Read the Book of Mormon as a family.  Study and read the scriptures.
Not doing good,  we are back to reading only one verse with the kids a day if at all.  I need to do better about this.  I am doing pretty well in my personal study whether it is reading conference talks, watching them, reading scriptures, or meeting with my scripture study group twice a month.  This week we are meeting and talking about Gifts of the Spirit.  Which from my study so far I believe the greatest gifts we receive next to eternal life are faith, hope, and charity.
Get along with and love my family.  I am doing pretty well with this.  Brian and I are making it a point to try to go on a date at least once a week. Sometimes the best we can do is a date at home. 
Go to the temple once a month.  Not doing well with this.  I have only gone once this year.
Run a 5k.  Not even close.
Lose 35 pounds. I am down about 8 pounds since the beginning of the year.  
Invest in relationships with grandparents and great grandparents.  I need to do better with this.  Last weekend, we did celebrate my Grandpa's 80th birthday and spent time with family we do not see very often.  We have also been getting together with the Merkley side once a month for Family night and so this is a good time to catch up on each other's happenings in our lives.  April is a busy month and a joyous one.  Haley and Logan are getting married.  Amy and Sean are both graduating with their Bachelor's; Amy with her Nursing degree.  Next week is General Conference and Easter is the week after that so I am sure we will be getting in lots of family time this month. 
Pay off debt and have savings.  We are now and still are debt free.  And we have savings and are able to save quite a bit every month.  But right now a lot of that money is going towards paying off medical bills which hopefully, will be completely paid off by the end of June.
Trade in car for SUV/minivan. (WE will not be trading in our car if we do get rid of it we will sell it. But right now we are going to see if it might work to have two cars until we can sell the car and get Brian a truck.)  We have been talking for a long time about getting another vehicle that is better for the mountains and a better fit for our growing family. But right now serious conversation is on hold until we get the medical bills paid off.
work on goals with my kids and husband.  Now despite how far off I may feel from achieving my goals this year, I know I have my family by my side.   Whether it be heading off to work to clean, or helping me watch neighbor kids, or dreaming about our trip to Disneyland I know they are there for me.  We are a great team.  Most of all, I love seeing all the great improvements they are making with potty training, sleeping in their bunkbeds in their new bedroom, learning to add and to read and their colors.  My husband is my best friend, he has been out hunting for deer and elk antlers which at the end of May he will turn around and sell.  So far he has found four good sized horns and hopes to find enough to pay for our Disneyland tickets.  We are going sometime around Christmas because that is when Brian already have time off.  Brian and his little sister, Alyssa, are also running a half marathon together the weekend of our 7th wedding anniversary and then we are taking off to Midway for an overnighter at Zermatt and a swim in the crater.