Friday, February 29, 2008

February Wrap Up

My plan is to report on my 2008 goals at the end of each month to keep me from forgetting what they were. So:

1) Exercise: It was an ok month until I took my little shopping trip. As much as I had hoped shopping 8 hours a day for 3 days would count as exercise, I'm afraid it didn't (I did buy new running shoes, so that should count for something, right?). I came home and felt like I was starting from square one again.

Of the 25 possible exercise days in February, I worked out 19.

2) Pick Up After Myself: I focused on picking up my clothes instead of leaving them in a heap; I made improvements in this area. My room is looking better. Now I am trying to form the habit of cleaning Pedro's highchair up as soon as he's done eating, instead of what I normally do which is to clean it up right before his next meal (all the while cursing myself for having left it).

3) Execute New Laundry Strategy: It's going ok-I have to get better about doing the laundry in the morning and not leaving it for the afternoon which quickly turns into me doing it after the kids are in bed. Not fun.

4) Hug My Kids More: Going well. Lots of hugging here.

5) Learn Excel: Humph. I bought a book in Houston. I haven't looked at it yet.

6) Portuguese: I didn't start my lessons back up when the kids went back to school. We started receiving a local newspaper everyday and I was reading it with my dictionary in hand every night. It was helping-and then they must have figured out we didn't order it because it stopped coming. :(

7) Primary Songs: This month I learned Tell Me the Stories of Jesus, If the Savior Stood Besides Me, and I Love to See the Temple. I played in Primary last week-a lot less stressful than sacrament meeting, but still slightly nerve-wracking. Sunday, to introduce the kids to "If the Savior Stood Besides Me" I am playing and Margarita is going to sing a solo! That should be fun.


nikko said...

I have a pick-up-after-myself problem, too. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has the habit of leaving the high chair tray messy until the next meal.

I love this year's Primary songs, too. I'm excited about If the Savior Stood Beside Me. It's so pretty. My boys are already asking to sing it at FHE and our music leader hasn't even introduced it in Primary yet.

Good luck with the excel. I leave that to hubby. ;o)

marina said...

Gabs, I was wondering if you speak in spainsh if the ptotuguese people understand you?

I was wondering when you came to the states if you ate a good old fashion cheesebuger? or apple pie? something american that you can't get over there?
If the savior stood be side me sounds nice" what are the worlds to the song if I can ask ?

hope to hear form you.marina

Maine Mom said...

It looks like you are working on all your goals in some way, which is very impressive!

Thanks for adding me to your list of online friends. :-)

marina said...

Gab,I too just now noitce my name to your on line list thank you!! marina

Anonymous said...

Do you think that some of the songs for primary this year are hard for the kids? I can't get into them.

Nettie said...

That is a great idea to hold yourself accountable on your blog! It sounds like you are doing well on them. I totally think that shopping should count. Walking is exercise, at least for people like me. And I have the very same high chair problem. Why is that one such a hard one to learn?!?

And, no, Cyrus isn't sleeping through the night yet, either. :(

Kari said...

Wow, your goals are awesome. Good for you on exercising! And playing the piano while somebody, ANYBODY sings--takes some practice and courage. VERY cool.

momofalltrades said...

I heart, I pink sparkely glittery heart you. Anyone who will admit to leaving her clothes in heaps and not cleaning the baby's high chair after every meal? My kind of girl. You know my babies' high chairs were so bad I had to resort to spraying them off, with a hose, on the front lawn. Classy huh?