Thursday, July 31, 2014
Read the Book of Mormon as a family. Study and read the scriptures.
We need to be better at this most nights Brian is at work and by the time bedtime rolls around. I am spent. Why does the whole process of bedtime seem to take 2-3 hours some nights? I am continuing to study out of the scriptures and conference talks. I recently listened to all of April conference while doing my cleaning job and working out. I miss my scripture study group; but mainly miss my friends who have are now in Montana and France.
Get along with and love my family. I do love my husband and family. Do I sometimes lose my patience with my kids? Are they mostly cute and good kids? Yes. Do I sometimes vent and whine to my husband? Yes. Does he usually have patience with me and try to do everything to remedy the situation? Yes. We love each other and have fun. But we are not perfect but we are trying to forgive and be better everyday.
Go to the temple once a month. We are doing better at going to the temple. I love the peaceful feeling there. I loved being there with everyone when Logan and Haley were sealed in April. I love that we have almost all gone on missions and married wonderful people. My sister-in-laws are amazing. My brothers have chosen well.
Run a 5k. Not even close. No, I have not done this. I am working out on the elliptical at the Provo Rec Center. My goal is to do a 5k on the elliptical/treadmill and keep my heart rate between 121 and 14o and do it in under 38 minutes. Right now, I am doing a 14.5 min mile on the elliptical on the treadmill so I need to get my time down a couple more minutes.
Lose 35 pounds. I am down about 8 pounds since the beginning of the year. Why am I not losing weight? I know most of the reasons. I just wish it were easier.
Invest in relationships with grandparents and great grandparents. Yesterday we went to Great Grandma Sanders and played at the park. We pulled plastic and and hose over to the park and the kids made a waterslide down the the hill. Taylor even accidentally got Grandma wet. Then we went back to her house, had popsicles, and made chocolate chip cookies. Grandma Merkley has been at a friend's funeral in Nauvoo but we will get to spend more time with her next week when Jean, Elaine, and the cousins are in town.
Pay off debt and have savings. We are now and still are debt free. We are still saving just not as much as we were since we now have the expense of a second car. We were able to get all the medical bills paid off in May. Such a scary situation, we are so blessed to still have Ryan with us. I will do a post on him soon.
Trade in car for SUV/minivan. We bought a 2004 Izuzu Rodeo from Sean and Amy who will be moving to Pennsylvania in about 2 weeks. The kids call it the big car and love to ride with the windows down. It has already been broken in from Hannah peeing on the front seat (but we did professionally clean it) (: We also took a trip up to the mountains which is a yearly tradition in such a beautiful place. We still have the other car. And unless we feel like we can't afford it anymore we will continue to have two cars.
work on goals with my kids and husband. This year we have accomplished a lot despite how little I feel like I get done on a day to day basis. Yes, my house is a mess half the time. And there are a lot of days, the kids and I look less than presentable. But we are a work in progress and that is the important thing; we are working and actively working towards our goals everyday.