December Mini Elephants Review

Well, here we are at the end of the year already! Last year, I decided that I would post my goals once a month as well as evaluate my progress. This has actually been such a good exercise for me that I am going to do it again. By no means have I finished everything on my list but I have definitely done a lot more this year than I would have otherwise. To keep it from being too long, I'm going to just focus on evaluating my past month then look at last year in another post and then share what I would like to work on next year in a third. So, how did December go?

1. Work on getting Ephesians down word perfect.
Aside from a few spots, I think I am almost there, so I'm going to give myself credit for this one! 

2. Go through Truth in the Tinsel (10 days of it) with Jonathan.

This was a wonderful study for Jonathan, just the right amount and very hands-on, which is right up his alley. This is the first year he was able to grasp the characters and story. This morning, he asked me how Jesus ended up being on a cross and up in heaven if he came at Christmas as a baby. I know what we're going to be focusing on next! 

3. Decorate the house for Christmas as a family and make a day out of it.

 We did decorate the house, but I didn't get to do anything special that day. I didn't quite make it that far.
4. Read Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham, Jr.

Wow, this book was amazing. I think I'd like to go through it somehow with our homeschool group or a group of moms. I also was able to read Queen of the Home, edited by Jennifer McBride and Decorating Dreams on a Budget by Emilie Barnes and Yoli Brogger. Oh, and for fun (for myself), I read the four Sherlock Holmes novels: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of Baskerville, and The Valley of Fear. Lots of reading this month! 

5. "Attend" the one-day online event for my Twelve scrapbook class (which I started and did not complete).
I did do this and even started on my scrapbook. I even did something special at 12:12 pm!
6. Read aloud again to my kids after dinner. We started tackling some Sherlock Holmes and hope to finish the book by the end of the month.

Completed! We read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Once we started, we were addicted!

7. Blog at least once a week. (I'm being realistic this month!)
Sometimes I even got in two posts! I did a 3-part Mondays with Mary and some recipes for Almond Bars, Cranberry Hootycreeks and Rolo Pretzel treats! 
8. Continue exercising, moving up to 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week by the end of the month.

Getting back into the exercise routine...except for Christmas day, I have been getting up by 5:30 or earlier and getting in at least half an hour in Tuesday through Saturday!

9. Set new goals for 2013 (!!!).

In another post!

10. Celebrate my husband's birthday as a family.
We had dinner together with breakfast for dinner and cinnamon rolls (his request). Then we went out to watch The Hobbit!
11. Go out for lunch with each of the kids individually.

Didn't get to this one. But as a sneak peek: next year, my goal is to go out with one of them each month, 3 times for each of them in the course of the year. 

12. Go out for one of our weekly dates. Maybe to watch The Hobbit?
Combined with #10! In the process, I learned how to use Fandango! =) 
Not bad for such a busy month! For some reason, this month, the button that crosses things off isn't working and is doing funky things. The only thing I couldn't cross off was #11. Thank You, Lord!