So it has been a few weeks since my Sunday reflections. I had no intentions of making it a regular thing but I did think that I should look back and see whether I actually achieved anything I set out to. It is important to achieve goals, we all need them. If we didn’t have goals what the hell else would you do? I am sure there are many weeks where my goals revolve around simply getting all the washing done and seeing if I can sort the plastics cupboard out. I have other goals and as I have mentioned before in my earlier post Reflecting Over a Glass of Wine I do have Sunday reflections often. Usually when the kids and husband have gone to bed and often they are goals based around me and my week.
How did I Go?
So this week we have made a conscious effort to be off our phones and be more engaged. More engaged with our kids and each other. It’s easy after a day at work to come home and just browse through the endless social media accounts we have as our “time out” and to check in on all the super exciting things we have and our friends have done that day. Yes, I know I posted a photo of me in my ugg boots at work, but that’s about as exciting as it gets in my office. We do feel it cuts in on us engaging with our kids. I feel guilty that when they are in the bath I do tend to browse and not really pay attention to the cute little games they are playing. I only realise when they are squirting each other in the eye with those stupid bath fish that I notice. I admit it, I am a terrible bath watcher. But we don’t need to check our phones every time we are sitting doing nothing and we are trying to change that. The time I have in the afternoon with my kids is important and far more important that other stuff. Not saying my friends aren’t important) but it would nice to catch up with friends and actually not know what they ate for dinner last night and not know the car broke down and that the 1 year old is finally sleeping through the night.
We could go back to proper conversations again. I am trying and did make progress this week, but I do think this will be an ongoing thing that will be like when I gave up smoking about 20 years ago.
Breaking the habits
So I’ll have one more negative before I can then shine radiant beams of light on myself for at least one thing I did do well at. The patience thing. This week wasn’t so great. I was pretty crap at it and the kids were certainly not helping. They are partly responsible for my lack of patience. Sometimes with my little girl, and I know she is still little, I try so hard to explain things and talk to her and she just cries and cries and screams at me and won’t listen and then my patience wears thin. So the kids did a lot of fighting, we did a fair bit of yelling, the ipad got banned for the weekend, dollies got put in high places for half an hour and patience was pretty much thrown out the window. I will work on this and I know that my son is slightly impatient because of me so I am probably majorly sucking in that parenting/role model/don’t show them your faults stuff.
I will try harder
So, now is when the big lights shine down on me cause I cooked dinner and no one is dead! Yay me! I actually did a really nice Mediterranean Fish Dish which you can find the recipe here for if you are interested in being as awesome as me. I decided that although my husband is an awesome cook and I do lots of stuff while he is cooking and preparing, it probably would be nice to do it for him for a change and for him to swap duties with me. Things like putting all the clothes away, sorting out uniforms and clothes for the following down, chasing up ballet bags, library bags, swimming bags and all the damn bags that need to be organised. I also made the banana bread earlier that week and will attempt this week to make some muesli bars for the kids. I have decided that Friday nights I can bake. I would prefer to make some things for their lunch boxes, so this is my new thing. This was kind of a me goal as I would like to invest more time in and it actually was fun.
How is the house looking? Well no prizes for guessing what happened there.
New week. New Focus.
My new focus for my Sunday reflections is getting my running mojo back. I have found a real lack of wanting to run the last few weeks. I don’t know why but I am just probably lazy, but trying to work out new running tracks and maybe changing it up a bit. I asked hubby for a treadmill but he said no. Probably was a bit of a stretch given we are embarking on building a rather big project in another country. And family time. Lots of cuddles and family time. What more could anyone want really? Do you have Sunday reflections or another day you reflect on your goals?