Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

We haven't done a ton yet this year seeing that it has just started, but we did institute a new family practice.  We are going to start reading at the dinner table.  Our kids take forever to finish their meals.  Peter reads a bible story and then I read a story.  I read some of the Jungle Book this evening.  I will continue reading this until it is done.  I haven't made an entire list for the year for family reading, but I have started making a list for myself.  I have started Animal, Vegetable, Miracle for now.  This year I am starting out small.  I want to complete 20 books.  Stating this for all to see I hope will help me to keep to it.  I need to do make a goal for family reading.  I want it to be reasonable so I don't get discouraged.  I guess 10 books would be reasonable.  Now I just need to figure out what all they should be.  Both Peter and I like the idea of reading classics.  And I would like to add some poetry into the mix.  

I am bravely going to take on reading The Closing of the American Mind, but I have been warned that it may take more than a year to complete.  I also would love to read some more C.S. Lewis, and not the fiction.  I also want to finish Celebration of Discipline.  That's about as far as I have gotten.  I should put some real thought into this.

I suppose I have just made a resolution, it seems more hopeful, not as much like a sentence as resolutions tend to be.  If anybody has any ideas I would love to hear them.  


Montay said...

Love the reading idea!! Cole likes the idea as well.

gary & kimber said...

We try to read in the evening as a family, but it's more hit and miss than I'd like. I think we'll try to start the Chronicles of Narnia this year, but I'm not sure if the littler ones will be interested. We read "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" a couple of months ago and all the kids liked it. We also read "The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks" (a favorite of mine from childhood) a while back and that was a hit with all ages, too. Let me know if you hit on something good because my 4 are about the same age as your 4. :-)