Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

On Monday night, we asked the children what they thought we should set as family goals for 2009. Here is what they suggested, on their own:

1. Have another baby (Beth says a girl)
2. Dad get a job
3. Stop fighting so much
4. Get to church earlier on Sunday so we get a soft bench instead of hard chairs

I would like to comment on each of these goals just a bit.

1. Have another baby I am not making any announcements (or promises to the family) here. It just warmed my heart that they would be willing to go through another "mom is sick and all she does is lay around and we do a lot more work" time in order to have another baby. I told them I am enjoying my second month of feeling good and having some energy since weaning Anna and am not ready to give that up. So Jacob said it would be okay if we wait until the beginning of 2010 to have another baby since we don't have any January or February birthdays anyway. Beth said she only wants another baby if it's a girl because boys annoy her.

2. Dad get a job I don't care about the job so much as getting some insurance. Then we can stop paying cash for things such as the $60 it cost to have the doctor re-check the baby's ear infection.

3. Stop fighting so much They set the goal to stop fighting and promptly began a fight. This is like setting a goal to eat less sugar and then pulling out the box of See's Candy!!

4. Get to church earlier Our ward is very crowded. Lately, we arrive for church right on time or a couple of minutes early. Since you can't squeeze 10 people in just anywhere, we end up on the very back row of the breeze-way on the hard chairs. If we could just shave 5 or 10 minutes off our leaving time, we could get there early enough to find a better spot. The big kids each agreed to find a specific little child's shoes on Saturday night, something that will certainly save us at least that much time. I like a goal that we can actually accomplish! So if anyone is reading this, will you please email me on Saturday sometime to remind me to remind the big kids to put out the shoes they were assigned? Then I think it will be a go!


Tamster said...

That's a fun idea having the kids tell you what they'd like to have happen this year. I'll try to remember to e-mail you on Saturday. ;-)

Does Rich not have a job? Or is this just a joke because he's home a lot with the job he has?

Where do you live now anyway?

Oh, thank you for your comment on my blog. As for the e-mail address, I sent you an e-mail the other day, assuming I have the right e-mail address for you, so hopefully you got it. Let me know if you didn't get it.

The breakdown was in Cedar City, UT--alternator, I believe. If I recall correctly, Rich knew it was having issues before we even left CA, so he was paying attention. We were all grateful it chose to die in Cedar City, rather than in the middle of nowhere, and that his dad was in town too.

Nice hearing from you! :-) Tami

liz said...

WOW! That is one way to make an announcement! I am sooooooo jealous. NO, not of being tired and sick. You are so brave, so full of faith, and SO patient. Happy Day! We love you! I want to talk to you on the phone!

liz said...

P.S. So who gets to decide on the new blog name when 9 comes?
And I loved the goals. We keep making fewer and fewer goals each year. This year I have 3.

Amy Beatty said...

Wow, you guys have been busy! You always look so happy. love the marker on the face, reminds me of a certain someone I know!

Our Family said...

Just in case I was unclear, this was not an announcement (thankfully) that we are having another baby. I just got a laugh out of the whole conversation and wanted to share it.

Jeanette said...

I love your goals! And I predict they're even going to get simpler over the years! :) Although, your family goals are perfect! Very fun! Can you send me a reminder email to send you an email to remind you to set aside the shoes?

Cindy said...

Hi, I just started blogging and found your blog through Allyson's. It is fun to see what your cute family has been doing.

Jeremy just walked in and wants to know what I am reading. When I say it's your blog, he says "Where's Daniel?" Will you tell him that we're still his fans?

nevadanista said...

Oh my gosh! Congratulations!!! Do you have any names picked out yet? Are you going to find out what you're having? Do you think all eleven of you are going to fit on the same pew?