The other purpose of a monthly review is to record the best moments of each month, focus on the positive as much as possible, remember Emma's favourite things, funny phrases and sayings and include my favourite photos. I hope there will mostly be highlights, but I may write about some of the low points, too.
Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day) was on January 6th and they brought Emma a couple of very nice Peppa-related presents (Mexican children get presents from both Santa and the Three Kings, lucky things!). We also cut the traditional Rosca De Reyes, a sweet bread in the form of a ring with crystallised fruit on top, and ate it of course.
I took up the #YogaRevolution 31 days of yoga challenge, although I started on January 2nd instead of the 1st, with the aim of doing some yoga everyday for the whole month. Each session is approximately half an hour, so it's not a huge chunk of time out of each day. While I was still on holiday, it was easy to keep up the challenge, as it was the first thing I did every morning. Once I went back to school on Jan 9th (nice long holiday we had this Christmas!) it was a bit more complicated as I had to find time in the evenings. I did miss a few days, but at the end of the month I had reached day 23, so only missed eight days in the whole month, which I think isn't bad at all considering I used to only manage one or two sessions per month! Anyway, I intend to repeat the whole thing when I finish and keep practising and improving.
We had a really lovely day out one Sunday at the Granja De Don Pollo, a little farm especially for family and school visits. It was fun getting close to the animals, being able to feed and pet them, and Emma really loved it. So did I, actually! Her favourite was the rabbits. I'll probably write a post about our farm visit at some point.
At the end of December I finally got round to buying my own domain name and one of my first goals for January was to transfer the new name to my blog. I'm quite proud that I managed to do this all by myself! So now, instead of having .blogspot.com at the end of my name, I'm just www.mummyandthemexicans.com, which sounds much better. Of course, my DA plummeted down to 1, unsurprisingly, but rock bottom is a good solid foundation to build upon!
I also wanted to sign up to Amazon Affiliates since my ultimate goal is to monetise my blog and eventually earn something (anything!) from it. In hindsight, maybe it was too soon to do this and it would have been more logical to work on increasing traffic first, but I didn't really think about that at the time and did it anyway. So now I seriously have to work on getting my visitor numbers up.
I'd planned to write four or five posts in January, but struggled with getting enough time to write. Weekdays are almost impossible; in the mornings I'm at work and get home around four; afternoons and evenings I'm with Emma and cooking, washing up, having dinner, etc. By the time I'm free it's usually quite late and I'm too tired to think. My main blogging time is at the weekend in the mornings before anybody else is up. At the beginning of the month I published a food/recipe post, Things to do in Mexico when you're hungry #10 - Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) and a post on goal setting and achieving, How not to fail at reaching your goals and at the end of the month I wrote a book review of one of the books Emma got for Christmas, We Love Books! #6 - Oi Dog! but didn't publish it till the beginning of February. I need to do better this month and publish at least one post a week.
I enrolled on the Project Productivity course by Aby of You Baby Me Mummy and have been, admittedly very slowly, working my way through it. I've now divided up my goals for the year, sharing them out over the four quarters, which I found quite difficult at first as I wanted to try to do everything as soon as possible - not very realistic!
...A lot! She can be quite a chatterbox when she wants and often surprises me with the things she comes out with.
Favourite phrases: "I NEVER gonna....!"
"...and up and up and all way to moon!"
"This is the best ... ever!"
(I suspect Peppa is mostly to blame for these phrases!)
Funniest saying: She was sitting on the toilet and said, "The mummy is the pee-pee, the baby is the pun (fart!) and the daddy is the poo-poo!" I was in stitches on the bathroom floor!
She chatters away in both English and Spanish, now separating the two languages most of the time. She occasionally comes out with a mixed-up Spanglish phrase, but that's not so common these days. She knows who to use each language with and translates like it's the most natural thing in the world. She can say something to her grandmother in Spanish, then turn to me and translate it into English, or vice versa. Of course, at almost three she's not always intelligible in either language and can be babbling away and we haven't got a clue what she's talking about - or even which language she's speaking!
- Most importantly; send off all the documents for Emma's passport application. I finally have everything together, about a year later than planned, and have done the online application, so that's my top priority.
- Publish at least one blog post a week, realistically I should be able to manage this.
- Start scheduling social media - I have already started doing this just this week to try it out, now I need to make it part of my routine.
- Design a new header and logo - I've been meaning to do this for the past two years! The parrot was only meant to be temporary.
- Get a haircut! My hair is a mess at the moment.