What a big year next year is going to be.
Hunter is going to turn seven. Seven.
Wasn't he just, y'know, like two?
By the end of next year, this little crawling monster of mine is going to be an eighteen month old, talking-running-hopefully reading, full-fledge toddler.
There are also a lot of other changes coming up for our family next year, although I can't really discuss all of them on this blog. They will be big, though.
So here are a few little thoughts on things that I want to do and accomplish in this next year. (I might add to this more, later).
1. Start our running program as a family again
2. Build a new brachiation ladder (monkey bars) for Hunter's room
3. Blog regularly and increase readership with good, useful content
4. Read at least 10 "high level" novels aloud with the boys
5. Work with Hunter on improving his penmanship and composition
6. Teach Damien how to swim independently
7. Have Damien reading simple sentences and home-made books
8. Teach Damien (and Hunter) at least 1000 bits of intelligence (flash cards), (in: art, biology, general science, geography, history, human anatomy, languages, literature, mathematics, music, and scripture)
9. Potty train Damien
10. Build own website
11. Learn how to develop apps
12. Start online business - thousands of free downloads and a few material things to sell
13. Learn more about Montessori activities, specifically for infants and toddlers
14. Touch up on my Spanish - be able to hold a simple conversation again
15. Help Damien understand simple mathematics and numbers
16. Complete our studies of ancient history and move onto the middle ages
17. Read through the Bible with the boys at least once
18. Read through Proverbs with boys at least 10 times
19. Visit all museums in local city
20. Have Hunter ready to begin algebra and geometry by end of year (Math 8)
21. Have Hunter working at at least a fourth to fifth grade level in most subjects
22. Inventory, declutter, and simplify school supplies
23. Teach Hunter to play piano beyond beginners level
24. Take the boys to Yosmite
25. See the Grand Canyon with the boys
26. Resume "Word of the Day"
27. Go to bed every night with a clean kitchen
28. Keep a simple homeschooling journal for each boy
29. Touch up on Hunter's geography skills
30. Eat homemade dinners 6x a week - limit processed food and eating out
31. Wean Damien from pacifier (by 12 months)
32. Limit sugar to once a day - less regularly for the boys
33. Learn at least 200 words in American Sign Language and use regularly with Damien
34. Take pictures every day
35. Have Hunter baptized (he voluntarily asked if he could be last December)
36. Smile. Be patient. Enjoy each moment.
"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps."
Hunter is 6 years, 9 months old
Damien is 6 months, 3 weeks old