You know the drill. On the 19 September 2010 I started a Day Zero list: a place to record goals, discover new challenges, and gain motivation to achieve them. I made a list of 100 things I want to do over 1001 days. The list is due to be competed by 16 June 2013. In the last couple of weeks I have
5. Read at least one book every month for 12 months
It’s taken downloading the Kindle app on my iPad Mini to finally get back into reading. That probably sounds a little bit silly but I don’t feel like reading after a day with the children. It’s normally as much as I can do to flick through a magazine but I’m enjoying reading on my iPad. I’ve just finished Caitlin Moran’s Moranthology and I’m now reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.
21. Bake and decorate Christmas cupcakes
*cough* Did you see my festive cupcake wreath??
45. Read a biography
Does Moranthology count?
51. Book a babysitter for the first time
I’m never going to persuade myself I trust anyone to look after my children except close family. My sister visited a few weeks ago and I persuaded her to look after my terrible two and enjoyed a trip to the cinema with my husband. My husband and I also popped out to the pub while we visited my mum last week. That will have to do.
I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown. It’s been a bit of a struggle at times. It’s hard to believe I’m a mum to a 1 and 2 year old. As much as I love them both, excuse me for stating the obvious, but they are hard work! They are at the stage where they seem to love and hate each other in equal measures. I think I’m going to be reading lots of parenting books over the coming months.
We’ve done some brilliant things as a family: had a great holiday in Teignmouth and a week glamping; met Paula Radcliffe; saw the Olympic Torch and went to an Olympic event; took the children to see Peppa Pig Live! which they both adored; tested the iCandy Strawberry; finally got the children christened; took the toddler on a Day out with Thomas; had fun at Legoland and attended a lovely party for the 30th birthday of Dear Zoo.
I’ve also managed a few things on my own – my husband allowed me time off for good behaviour and I attended a ridiculous 4 blogging conferences; I won a years’ supply of milk, a washing machine, coffee machine and a place on a creative writing course; I passed my driving test, saw Keane play live at Brixton and got picked as a Morphy Richards Innovator.
On the 19 September 2010 I started a Day Zero list: a place to record your goals, discover new challenges, and gain motivation to achieve them. I have a list of 100 things I want to do over 1001 days. The list is due to be competed by 16 June 2013.
Over the last two months we’ve been so busy. It feels like I’ve ticked off a lot of my goals and my progress is slowing down. I’ve managed the following:
20. Get the children christened
We had a lovely weekend on the Isle of Wight with all the family and the children were christened in the church we were married in.
56. Go to an Olympic event in London in 2012
We scored tickets to Synchronised Swimming and it was amazing. Unfortunately we haven’t managed to get tickets to any Paralympic events so we’ll be watching from the comfort of the sofa.
78. Make a paper-pieced quilt
I made a paper-pieced comforter for Little Sis which she loves. Now I’m planning something slightly bigger for her first birthday.
As well as focusing on my Day Zero actions I thought I would write down any other notable events (minus the nappy changes and wiping of runny noses). Over the last two months I’ve also won a year’s supply of milk and a rather fantastic P&G goody bag, reviewed back to school shoes with Clarks and taken part in the BritMums TKMaxx challenge, had a makeover thanks to the P&G Salon at the Wella studio, taken the toddler on a Day out with Thomas, been to Legoland, visited a rainbow coloured sand pit and crossed the Thames by cable car! Most importantly I survived the summer holidays!
I’m quite pleased we seem to be surviving the school holidays <touch wood>. The weather hasn’t been too bad and we’ve had lots to do. We had a great Day out with Thomas, the Christening, trip to Legoland and I’m trying to keep the toddler busy with some structured activities and lots of free time to play. As well as our usual baking, crafts and trips to the local park, he’s spent hours playing with trains, Lego, the sand pit and water table.
We’ve signed up to some music classes which start next week. It’s an activity which both children can enjoy so I’m really hoping they do. I’m always worrying that only one is happy as it’s difficult to make sure they’re both busy and happy at the same time. Fortunately they seem to enjoy playing with the same toys, who would have thought a 7 month old would be ready for Lego, or a toddler would like to stack rings?! This will be the first activity for Little Sis but I think she’s the perfect age to start appreciating music, anything has to be better than me singing nursery rhymes to her
We’ve also got our day out at the Olympics which we’re all looking forward to, as well as a couple of trips to see family and friends. Nanny is looking after Little Sis as I really couldn’t imagine carrying her in a sling. I’ve also found out there is a buggy park so at least the toddler will be able to have a rest if he needs too.
Before you know it we’ll be getting ready for the toddler to go back to school. Although he won’t be needing school uniform just yet I will have to buy him some new clothes as he’s having a growth spurt. I don’t even want to think about him being in a uniform after all the struggles my mum had with my sister who used to customise hers. She would leave the house looking respectable and change at the end of the road, which fooled my parents for years until I told them! Happy times.
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