In case you forgot, our October Happiness Project Resolutions were:
Let's tackle these one by one...
- Catherine: The 6:00 a.m. routine worked a few times, but my exhaustion got the best of me most mornings. The combination of the "big kids" waking up at 5:30 most mornings and Harry needing at least one feeding in the middle of the night made for one tired mama. I'm switching my routine to gain some snooze time. My new routine: Tuesdays and Thursdays once I get home from dropping Jane off at preschool and Saturday mornings, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, level 1.
- Philip: My sweet hubby was so supportive trying to get everyone dressed and fed in the mornings that he put himself last most days. Unfortunately, he has a tough rotation on the docket for November, so we're still brainstorming ways that he can get his exercise in daily. For now, Philip's goal is to run or do the elliptical 2x per week.
- Harry has changed his feeding routine since his last pediatric visit. (Translation: He's low on the percentile chart and my pediatrician would like him to fatten up before his next weigh-in. This means he's eating longer and more frequently.) He's having his last feeding around 9/9:30. We start getting ready for bed immediately afterward, but we should get ready for bed before I start that feeding. We've been in bed most weeknights before 10, but we can work harder to reach that goal. Perhaps we could try to make Harry's feeding closer to 9, make it a goal to be in bed by 9:45, and lights out by 10:30.
- We have said 1 decade of the Rosary followed by bedtime prayers at the dinner table *almost* every night since making this resolution. We missed a few times because of Philip's work schedule, date nights, events with extended family that kept the kids up too late, etc., but the family Rosary is definitely a habit. On the rare nights that we missed it, the kids asked about it. Hooray for a regular family prayer routine that is sticking!
- Things that helped our family Rosary time be successful:
- Low lighting and candles (with the promise that each child can blow out a candle at the end if they do a good job praying)
- Rosaries with cord and plastic beads for the kiddos
- Picking battles and accepting baby steps toward reverence
- Family Prayer Binder (stored on top of the fridge) with all necessary materials
- Laminating & displaying an image of the mystery of the Rosary that we are praying on a stand (flanked by the lit candles)
|Our family prayer binder that holds our materials|
|Our prayer binder tabs & pockets with prayer materials|
|One of our laminated images we display while praying the Rosary|
- Here are few photos from our family Rosary time:
|Baby steps toward reverence... Saints in the making, right?|
So, overall, I'd say we're doing well. We can improve each area, but we are making strides in the right direction. Our Happiness Project is off to a great start, and we already have ideas for our November resolutions.
Do you have any suggestions for a future resolution? What's something you're doing to boost your own happiness & the happiness of others?