Thursday, February 2, 2012

For Whom The Bell Goals

I've always despised goal-making. Goals are just made-up obligations. I have enough obligations. Why would I imagine more on myself?
Then I read Catherine Dabel's (@lainiegal) tweet about her sons setting a goal to NOT FIGHT FOR 100 DAYS and if they could do it, live peaceably amongst on another, their parents promised them a puppy. A real four legged animal that barks, bites and makes a home happy.
I read this to Chup and he loved it almost as much as I did. It made us think kids could be accountable for making their own dreams come true some day. Then I tweeted this to Catherine, how her sons were inspiring us, but she was too busy thinking of ways to make them fight.
I also have dreams, you know. I have lots of dreams. Last week I made a goal to make my bed and get myself dressed.  
(It's harder than it looks.)
This week I had three more goals.
One, to get my head massaged. I texted my super nieces and two of them said they'd come down to massage my head (the other two are dead to me).
Lindsay showed up on Monday, brushed and combed my hair and then braided it in fancy rows into a finality of fishtails. As she did so we talked about fellas, prom dresses and how her brother Van just left on a Lds mission to Chile. I love it when little sisters love their older brothers.

Then she held a pajama-clad Squishy.

Olivia came a couple days later massaged my entire head and neck then gave me a hipster bun. We talked about boys and hand-holding and a certain adorable boy who is my neighbor, oh gosh I hope I didn't just spill the beans.

Of course, I had to trade them for treats. But treats for dreams? That's a fair trade in my book.
Secondly, I said I was going to finish my book. I am still working on that dream.(Mercy!)
Thirdly, I wanted to take more walks to cool-off my over-heated brain. Nothing does it for me like pushing my legs up and down the fine hilly roads of my neighborhood. A brisk jaunt makes everything right with the world. Goal! Look at this, I even convinced my children to come with me. They only look kind of cold and sorta distraught.

(It's harder to put Ever's mittens on than it looks. And my children won't wear hats. I have cute hats for them, owls, cats, dog hats. Why are my children too good for hats?)
What are my goals for next week? Paint my toenails and get my children to wear hats.
(This is more fun than it looks.)
By-the-way Catherine's boys made it to 100 days, and look! Puppy love!


Catherine Dabels said...

They DID make it to day 100. And even more than that, in fact. I did egg them on to fight. Not often, but often enough. I did set them up at a game of Risk on occasion to see if I could get their bloods boiling against one another.

I didn't want the dog. I admit.

I did however want to see them succeed, even if it meant I had to pay a huge price. And puppy training is proving to be that huge price.

Their commitment to getting this dog was astounding to witness. I watched them overcome pride and anger to achieve their goal. They are only 9 and 12 years old.

The amount of pride I have in my two boys is tear inducing, for sure. They amazed me despite my surety that they simply could not do it. They have learned invaluable lessons.

I'm a proud mama.

Ali said...

So funny, so nice. You might have a tired brain from book writing, but your blog writing today is still sparkly and gorgeous.

Alison, Switzerland

Megan said...

Now I want a head massage. But I don't have any nieces. This is obviously my parents' fault.

Em said...

I want to learn how to do fancy hair like that to myself and max. Max is a she, if you were wondering, although Brennan had enough hair for me to practice on. I just like a spray bottle and a comb and the two min it offers me. But the fancy is so pretty to look at.

Kathleen said...

I wish I could make a hipster bun like that! That is neat that you spend time with the teens in your family! I bet they look up to you. And erin is a doll!! Happy groundhogs day!

Until such time... said...

You really do have beautiful children, Courtney.

Mrs Mason said...

100 days. That's committment. I am trying one month with no alcohol. No wine, no beer and no champagne and all this in the month of luurrvvee - with V day and my wedding anniversary. Going ok so far. Ok so it's only day 3 . . .

Beth Allen said...

Wow that would be a miracle. I'm not sure my kids could do it. I could picture it lasting for 100 minutes?

Megan said...

A good walk clear pretty much anything out of an overheated brain!

And nice hipster bun, I'm jealous!

Tami said...

what an inspiring post! it was funny, serious and picture filled in all the right places.

thank you for the conclusion, and the reminder that sometimes things do come to a close!