Many people like to make new years resolutions when the calendar turns. I don't. In the years that I did, I usually would forget the resolution in the course of the first week, thus making it pretty useless, laughable. So, instead of making personal resolutions, Amy and I decided to do a month by month of what we want to accomplish this year.
It is a bit more broad, but it gives the opportunity to get things done at our own pace while still achieving a bigger goal. Here is our month by month breakdown for the first 5 months of 2012:
January could also be known as updating the house month. The house is old, some parts are from the 1890s. Thus, it is not in perfect 2012 shape. For instance, the upstairs has no duct work that leads up to it, thus it is always a direct reflection of the temperature outside (right now it is around 40 degrees upstairs). This essentially renders 3 of our 5 bedrooms useless, but we need to start thinking about kids rooms up there in the next year. Thus, the heater guys are coming this week to update our whole house and make it heater/cooler friendly!! We will also get both kids rooms (1st floor) ready for business this month with new coats of paint. Custom shades are being installed in late January. This is a busy month for the inside of the our house
In February we will welcome our first son to our home and our lives will be consumed by trying to figure out how to balance a 3 year old and an infant. Wish us luck. The home/land will have to wait, although we will seed our 2.9 acres that was corn field last year and start it's conversion to pasture.
By May it will have been almost nine months since we added an animal to or lives. This will not sit well with Amy (who is our residence animal enthusiast!) We will order our first crop (batch?) of chicks. Amy has had the catalog literally since the day we moved in last April and is super excited to get going. All that has to be done for this to become a reality is really simple stuff...build a coop, fence in their area, ready the barn, all stuff that should be simple.
Gardens, raised beds and produce will also dominate the late part of the month. We will have a sweet set up for veges this year darn it!
These first five months look like a combination of fun and craziness, luckily we have figured out how to mix both of these concepts well and are excited for the challenges ahead.