So, here is my list. I'm sure it will be added to throughout the year...
In 2011 I am going to...
(in no particular order)
- Take the children to London. I have never been to London with the children. I want to do this early-ish in the year if possible, but when the weather is starting to get a little milder.
- I'm determined to get a 'business' up and running, just enough to gain a little bit of pocket money. At the time of writing this, I have so many ideas buzzing around my little pea-sized brain. I've added needle felting to my list of crafting loves now, and I am thinking of making some 'educational' like items using my crafting skills and techniques. More to come on this at a later date.
- Do more with this blog - I'm thinking more reviews, giveaways, recommendations, project ideas, craft inspiration etc.
- Go camping with some home-edders!
- Develop my Classroom Free website. I get three or four emails a week from people saying that the site and this blog has been an inspiration to them. I need to appreciate that and continue to add to them both.
- Progress further with my photography skills.
- Keep in touch with friends better. I must start replying to phone calls, emails, comments, text messages etc quickly - I'm useless at that. I want to get organised and set aside a little time each day to reply to what is necessary.
- Organise my day better. Not so much time spent doing nothing important online, more time just playing games with the kids and crafting.
- Keep on with the financial budgeting and cook from scratch routine. I'm so proud of our achievements in 2010 regarding our money situation, healthier eating, cake making etc.
- Learn to make clothes - or at least learn how to sew a bit better :)
- Find someone who can teach me how to crochet. I think that is an impossible task, but I'm sure there is someone out there who likes a challenge and is brave enough to take it on...
- Raise the profile of Home-Education. I would love home-ed to be a "normal" choice - a well-known choice that doesn't receive raised-eyebrow responses when mentioned. I know that may be a tad unrealistic, but we've got to take those baby steps before giant leaps can be successful :) In 2011 I'm going to do all I can to provide positive exposure for the home-ed lifestyle.
- Work hard to ensure that each of my children know for sure that they are loved, respected, admired, and needed every single day - even on our not so good ones... (I've highlighted that as it's one I need to remember and reflect on).
- Spend at least an hour each day outside, whatever the weather (well, apart from in dangerous conditions - I don't fancy trying to keep 5 children and myself upright on a layer of ice. Would probably be entertaining to watch though...)
There are a few things I would like to do for our "home-ed" in 2011 too...
- Raise the caterpillars into butterflies again, but this time being super efficient with the camera and ensure DAILY photos and record keeping. I've ordered both a worm "farm" and an ant one too (cheap in the sale) - can you see a theme developing here...?
- Get out and about more, with friends as just as a family. Last year was heavily taken over by pregnancy and newborn baby - plus Lee's job situation. This year I'm focusing firmly on us being happy and enjoying our days :)
- Keep a nature journal, updated regularly throughout the year. A way for us to reflect on the seasons, review what we have seen, and really start to treasure all that is around us.
- Make full use of our new microscope. In fact, I really like to do more science stuff this year.
- Create Art, lots of deliciously mouth-watering art :)
must go and do dinner, will be back later after more thinking time...