We finally made our big announcement on our Facebook pages yesterday. Our original plan was to announce to people outside of our immediate family and friends (besides you guys, of course) at around 13 weeks but we kept putting it off for some reason. I guess it was because we told the people who were most important to us right away and then by the time 13 weeks rolled around the shout-it-from-the-rooftop excitement had died down a little I suppose. Anyway, we finally enlisted Big Brother Ayden to help us share our exciting news by making this video:
Today was a really great day. We were able to venture out of the house after two stay home days in a row (even if it was only to the grocery and a visit with my parents.) I think Ayden and I were both ready for a change of scenery. He took a great nap, he came with me to teach dance, and was in a great mood up until we said goodnight. We gave him kisses, turned off the light, left the room and didn't hear another peep. Good stuff.
I have a new ritual at night. David is working overtime on our house design so that we can break ground in March as planned so I have been taking care of all of the kitchen cleanup/general evening tidying. These are not my favorite chores and I really loved taking turns doing them. David tells me all the time that he feels bad that he's not helping out with them but it is not like I can trade him. I wouldn't even know where to start! Our agreement is that we are either both working or both relaxing and in this scenario we are both very much working. I am more than happy to take care of things on this end while he works on putting a roof over our head. Just because I understand and agree with our current arrangement, it doesn't make me magically like the chores though... I needed something to distract me and make the time pass faster. I have started watching "Call the Midwife" on Netflix while I do my evening cleanup routine and now I look forward to it!
David recently read a book on habits and he shared with me that it suggested that a person link a reward with an activity if you want it to become a habit. Something that will help you look forward to doing it. If you love smoothies, make one for yourself after every time you work out. If you like bubble baths, treat yourself to one every time you meet your grocery budget. If you hate doing the dishes for the 4th time in a day, start watching an entertaining show while you do them. Before you know it, you'll not only have good new habits but you'll look forward to them! Also make sure that is the only time you give yourself said reward. That way it is linked with the proper habit or chore you are doing. The show is actually an hour long and it only takes about half of the show to do my thing so the cherry on top is making myself a cup of tea and sitting down to relax while I watch the rest. Definitely a reward after a long day!
How do you find motivation to get the job done? Do you have any new habits that you want to form or chores that you want to like more?
Here's what we were up to one year ago today: "Trying New Things"
And two years ago today: "Snow Day"