At the beginning of January, I shared our goals for 2012 and promised you all a monthly update so you could check in on the progress we are making.
1. Go to the cottage at least twice. This is not going to happen until summer time.
2. Enroll Elliott in at least one social activity. Swimming will start in the summer and we are waiting until the end of this year to enroll him in skating.
3. Take more family photos. We took lots of photos in May.
4. Do more crafts and cooking with Elliott. We did more colouring and crafts with Elliott, but his interest in helping with cooking has diminished. He only helped me in the kitchen a few times.
5. Do more active family activities. We’ve been going on more walks and it feels great to finally be active again!
6. Include Buddy (our dog) in more family activities. We took Buddy on most of our family walks.
7. Plan first Christmas at home. We won’t be worrying about this goal until mid-late 2012.
1. Have “date night” at least once every month. Nope.
2. Go away for Valentines Day (last outing before new baby arrives). This was technically part of our February date night. We went away for the night and saw the Harlem Globetrotters, ate cupcakes from an over-priced bakery and slept in the next morning. It was awesome!
3. Schedule alone time once every month, where the other spouse takes care of cooking, cleaning, kids, etc. Instead of an entire day to ourselves, we took turns letting each other work.
4. Plan anniversary event. I don’t think that we will be worrying about this one for at least a few more months (our anniversary is late August).
1. Put all extra income into house fund. Our house fund got another hefty deposit in May. We have now saved right around 60%!
2. Create & stick to a budget for Valentine’s Day & anniversary celebrations. We doubled our Valentine’s Day budget.. but it was worth it.
3. Create & stick to a yearly expenses budget for 2012. So far, so good!
4. Put maximum amount allowed into both of our TFSAs (this will be part of our house fund). Done!
5. Investigate and understand the Home Buyer’s Plan (HBP). I’m pretty sure we understand this now!
6. Create a will. I had no idea how hard it is to find a decent lawyer for this. After finding one we liked, we have been going back and forth with him about some details, including setting up a time to get together and sign the documents. It shouldn’t be long now.
7. Set up RESP for new baby. Done!
8. Rebalance RESP asset allocation for Elliott. Done!
9. Allocate money to charities. We made a donation to Sick Kids this month.
1. Drink at least 6 glasses of water every day. Done!
2. Make healthy meals at least 5 days per week. Done!
3. Read at least 1 book every month. I read 2 books in April. 50 Shades of Grey and Steve Jobs. Both were excellent.
4. Stay active. Yes!
Did you set any goals for 2012? I’d love it if you shared your progress in the comments.