this year...many things to improve on but here are the few that i've thought about over the last few days.
> sing more - ben doesn't know the words to ANY songs because i make up songs all day. i rarely sing the same song twice. this is unhelpful to children. ben got a microphone for christmas and a few times, he's said, "i don't know any songs, mommy." oh dear. i think the trick for me here is to jot down some names of possible songs to sing because i can never think of them off the top of my head. this week, we've been singing, My God is So Big, I've Got the Joy, and Noah and the Arky.
> read the Children's Bible every evening with the kids - we've been feeling the need to be more intentional in our discussions about our faith. already, this children's Bible that we bought the kids for Chrismtas has led to many discussions...mostly ones that i feel at a total loss of how to explain God to a three year old. haha. "God made everything." "Did God make these curtains?" "umm, no. Grandma made those curtains." but hopefully, more good will come of this than confusion. ;)
> walk - why not walk after the kids are in bed? that's not hard to do. i made devised a 2.5km loop around my well-lit neighbourhood and last night, i did my first walk of the year. 6km according to mapmywalk.com. my legs are sore this morning which is totally ridiculous and a sign that i'm even more out of shape than i'd thought. maybe "walk" will morph into something more at some point in 2013 but at this point, i just want to pick something that i can easily do, i don't have to wear special clothes, and i don't have to drive anywhere to do it. now, i just need a new playlist.
> instagram daily - i figured out how to print my instagrams cheap at costco this month and when i started adding them throughout my album, they are a cool addition. one reason that i've been so sporadic at instagram is because my phone is so slow and the camera on my phone isn't awesome. this past week, i added instagram to tim's iphone4s and that has been awesome. we are never without tim's phone when we're together and the camera is great so it's a nice option. so far, i'm doing well on this one.
so far, that's what i've got. you might have been hoping that i'd resolve to blog more but the blog may continue to be on the back-burner. i'm starting to teach two new classes in jan/feb for school and am hoping to spend some of my evening computer time, keeping up with my logs so it's not so much work at report card time. i don't want to say that i'm taking a break from the blog but it will definitely continue to be sporadic for awhile. follow me (becshulba) on instagram for more regular updates on our lives and if you're not a big instagram on the phone person, try ink361.com - you can follow along from your computer more easily (though you have to have an instagram account at least)!
happy new year!