What are your 2011 Family Goals

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What are your 2011 Family Goals

Post by iamdrglass » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:36 am

Here is mine.

#1- Declutter, inventory, organize
#2- Get my garden into raised beds
#3- hike at least 100 gpsed miles over the next 12 months ( sounds easy, but will do it with 7,5,4,18month old boys)
#4-start and finish the military ROTC fitness program. ( Never been military so I want to try the physical training aspect) Hopefully I don't die from a heart attack lol.
#5- minimise procrastination ( but will work on that latter)

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by CoffeeGuy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:54 am

Great list! You've got me beat (I'm still working on last year's list). Getting the littlest one to go the whole 100 will really be a feet feat! (get great shoes constructed for his size not just the same materials cut to a smaller pattern - this will make or break the deal)

Refresh my CERT training
Get my General ticket (HAM license)
Seriously pare down the gonna-used-it-one-day items
Improve our food storage rotation techniques
Permanently drop another 20lbs

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Flakfanatic » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:49 am

Hope you guys don't mind a teen being here.

My plans are to:

Prepare for compulsory military training.
Make an attempt to get my family members to bond, especially with my sibling.
Find a girlfriend (that sounds retarded, but it is something)
To get my sibling to have a goal in life.
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by iamdrglass » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:27 am

I know getting 100 miles out of the littlest will be a challenge. I will have use a pack alto and a atv stroller if I can find one cheap.

If any one has ideas or personal experience on bug out/ camping hiking strollers please let me know.

Just cause they are little doesn't mean I want to leave them at home.
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Stercutus » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:18 pm

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- Finish various certifications
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Post by Chantrea » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:40 pm

Flakfanatic wrote:Hope you guys don't mind a teen being here.
Flak, please check your PMs. Thanks. :)

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Post by ODA 226 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:51 pm

1. Pay off as much debt as possible. Ultimate goal is being debt free.
2. Continue to grow food and water storage.
3. Stockpile more ammo especially for my M-1 Carbines.
4. Purchase solar generator.
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by SeerSavant » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:03 pm

Redesign the pantry to better organize food rotation and storage...

Stock up on ammo. (I have a bad habit of using it almost as fast as I buy it. The wife is worse :D )

Order up a decent supply of freeze dried/MREs.

Find a decent training course (pistol first, then rifle) to start breaking bad habits and developing good ones...

Almost redone our 4 FAKs, rotate out old with new, (put older stuff into medicine cabinet so we don't throw away aspirin and benedril and whatnot.)

Ditto on the BOBs, both vehicle ones and larger get outta dodge bags at the house.

Buy a decent seed bank...

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by CoffeeGuy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:45 pm

iamdrglass wrote:I know getting 100 miles out of the littlest will be a challenge. I will have use a pack alto and a atv stroller if I can find one cheap.

If any one has ideas or personal experience on bug out/ camping hiking strollers please let me know.

Just cause they are little doesn't mean I want to leave them at home.
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Is this the stroller you seek? image link

IMHO, the sooner you drop the stroller better off. We got rid of ours around the 16mo mark on our youngest and yes it does take a little longer to get around places... more stops... etc... but they are in better shape as a result.

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by iamdrglass » Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:16 am

That is a bad apple stroller lol. I don't think he has spent more than an hour or two in a stroller at this point in his life. I was thinking about getting one of the 3 wheeled jobs that you see joggers with. I just don't know how they would push on a trail. He will want to walk with the bros but I know he will get tired way before they do and will want to keep going.

Yeah he's the baby and we all tend to spoil just a little.
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by SteelWolf » Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:53 pm

Continue / expand preps
Fix my truck
Continue to apprectiate my great wife (I am an ASSHOLE sometimes)
Get a better job (yeah... right...)
(possibly) make baby (see above)
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by nyarlotep » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:43 pm

After hanging out here for the last year and making only small steps toward preparedness:

Finish setting up a BOB
de-clutter and streamline the house
expand food & water stores
moar guns! :)
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Chantrea » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:55 pm

My goals:

1. Organize/declutter in general (unfortunately, while it's not horrible, sometimes my mindset of "save and store" with actual survival things spills out to other areas of my life--I've made a committment to do some major purges, esp. with hobby/crafty stuff I think I "should" do but I don't and won't.)

2. I now have all the components for a really nice storage area for food and water preps that is in a safe, accessible location no matter what happens to the house (except fire). I would like to build/install this and my stuffs in it by March.

3. Re-evaluate with a *realistic* eye my garden plan. I tend to overthink the garden (my plans are bigger than what I am actually capable of), as well as overestimate my ability to store/preserve the produce. (I mean, I CAN har har do all of it, but what I CAN do and what I have time for in life as I know it now are two different things). So. Now that I know I have a nice garden patch with room for expansion, I need to learn how to manage my REAL time better in it. Also, I need to get the kids more involved. They do help with some things, but I think I need to give them ownership of a section and let them do all the work and not worry about it. :)

4. Get out, set up, and test all durable equipment and repair/replace as necessary. Last summer I repaired a small damaged portion of the tent. We did have some damage to our garden shed so it's possible that there are other things like that that need to be taken care of. This is probably a spring project.

5. Kids are back in swimming lessons (I have one strong swimmer, one okay, one realistically not) and I am going to take some self-defense classes. I upgraded us to a family membership at the Y, so I'm going to invite hubby to come and work out with me/swim with me and might be able too talk him into a raquetball date too! :)

6. Hand over dinner prep/cooking to the kids (with supervision) 2 x monthly--one can be whatever, the other one should be a pantry meal.

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Jungfrau » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:08 pm

My goals I would like to accomplish:
1. Organize our gear room. Repack all the gear and purge what is not being used. We have many duplicates and triplicates so a little too redundant for my liking. Hand in hand with that would be to repack my gear bags and insure that everyone is up to date and fits, etc.

2. Acquire more ammo and train more often. I have a decent supply but it is just that, decent. I also do not make it to the range often enough and need to sight in a new rifle/scope combo. In conjunction with that I would like to get the wife out more and her skills increased with the possibility of getting her own firearm (she is a lefty).

3. Purchase a new vehicle. We were given an older car that is having serious problems and I am not very handy when it comes to vehicles. We need a second dependable car or more likely SUV to get around with and something that will accommodate our hobbies better. While I am not going to rush the process I would like to have it by mid summer at the latest.

4. Finish various certifications including EMT in the summer. My gear area is fairly well stocked but I would like to increase my skill set, it is not bad by any stretch of the imagination but it can always improve.

5. Lastly I would like to spent more quality time with Mrs. Jungfrau. With both of us having fast paced lives we often overlook our personal time which in turn does not help our relationship grow. I can also improve as a husband and would like to be there more for her. In fact this is my #1 priority of 2011.

My list is in no particular order with my last point be #1 and all others coming along as time permits with some having specific date (ie training).

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Big B » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:31 pm

Our major goals for 2011:

-Get a garden going. We have started composting and reading up on gardening. We wanted to do a garden in 2010, but life was crazy.

-Re-do our BOBs. This has been a project of mine now for some time, but I took a break from it durring the Holidays. Time to get back to it.

-Upgrade our food storage. It struck me when my wife's family was staying with us during the holidays...... our food stores will not last nearly as long for 8 people compared to when it's just my wife and I. What normally might feed the two of us for a month would only probably last a week when all our guest were here. :shock: Even though it's normally just the two of us, I want to be prepared for when we have guests. :wink:
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by younggun85 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:45 pm

-Complete my BOB
-Create a girlfriend BOB and a doggy BOB
-Make a garden and possibly raise some chickens
-Increase food stores
-Get a decent used hand pump for my old well

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Folly » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:12 pm

Goals for 2011:

Increase food storage- more than three weeks
Finally buy my SHTF rifle
Cut the fat- ie everything that doesn't serve a useful or meaningful purpose must go
Cancel my Facebook account, oh wait, just did that today. I hate Facebook :evil: See previous.
Get my family a little more prep-minded.
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by iamdrglass » Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:57 pm

Great response everyone keep them coming.

Update on my goals. I did not hike this weekend but we did camp out in the backyard. I will post pics in a new thread with a write up within the next couple of days. I registered for the ROTC fitness class it starts on Wednesday. I cleaned the pantry. Now it is back to work and the real kid wrangler will return. Even though it is tough being laid off I do enjoy being Daddy Day Care.

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by bugoutvehicles.net » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:18 am

1.try to get out of all debt except for the wifes car and the house (just not possible otherwise)
2.set up a seperate electrical sytem in the house that is offgrid... solar, battery backup, some LED lights and 12v accesory outlets for computer,radios,travel coolers, coffee marker, ect.
3. Convert the gas logs in the living room to propane and get a grill out back running on the same tank.... dual propane/natural gas would be awesome
4. convert a military semi trailer to a self-sufficent camper with solar/wind generator, water filtration, heat... nothing special but i already have the 6x6 semi
5. Add to the food preps
6. get another small diesel tractor (15-20 HP) with PTO tiller
7. start a seed rotation system with a small greenhouse or cold-frame system
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Narc1911 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:14 am

1. Get in home preps set up for a minimum of 30 days.
2. Continue working on BOBs that I started last year.
3. Sell any unnecessary things I own that haven't been used in 6 mo or more. This is mostly electronics, gadgets, and the like. Tools and guns are exempt from my 6 mo requirement, but I a still evaluating all of them. One gun is on the list to sell. So far I have sold about $2k in stuff and keep finding more. I hope to get this done by the first quarter of this year, but to continue reevaluating all the time.
4. Pay off CC
5. Try hunting everything I can, turkey, bear, ducks, geese, pheasant, and deer.
6. Practice fishing more
7. Start a garden
8. I want to take up geo-caching again and get the wife and kid involved. This hopefully will encourage us to get outside and hike more, which we haven't done much since the kid arrived.

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Post by maxxb » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:45 pm

- Revamp my BOB and set one up for my girlfriend oh and set one up for the dogs
- Get rid of all the excess around the house, there is a ton of clutter
- Get the garden in the ground and growing
- Build a wood shed
- Finish the car project
- Service the trucks transmission
- Spend more time at the shooting range with the girlfriend
- Finish gathering food stores
- Lose 40 lbs and keep it off
- Ask the girlfriend to marry me :mrgreen:
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by Prepared American » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:28 pm

New Here but here are some of my goals for 2011.
- Redo my BOB, GHB, and EDC.
- Get my family (wife and 4 kids ages 4-12) more involved in prepping.
- Build appropriate BOB's for family.
- Build up Food Stores (we plan to BIL until it is neccessary to Bug Out)
- Start a vegetable Garden
- Do more Family "Camping" and hiking trips
- Pay down my debt. All I have left is my mortgage. :D
- I plan to practice some Bug In scenarios too. (you know sorry kids all the utilities are out and we are snow bound, now what do we do this weekend.)

I don't really anticipate a "Zombie" Appocolypse or a 2012 scenario, but I will to be prepared for whatever disaster may strike, be it Earthquake, tornadoe, floods, ice storm, winter storm, or even societal unrest. Plus a lot of the stuff involved with this is a fun way of sharing my current and former line of work with my family.
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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by yeti101 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:48 pm

get my BOB's finished
My wife and I getting our Concealed Carry Permits next month
Declutter and streamline the household
pay all debt but mortgage

move out of the city by 2014

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Re: What is your 2011 Family Goals

Post by marbhán marfóir » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:21 pm

Replace current BOB set up to be less dependent on my vehicle and to use a Large ALICE with frame. current bag is a 3 day pack and is about bulging at the seams with minimum needs right now. ALICE with a frame should cover it.

Develop BOB for the wife beyond some extra food and clothing. if TSHTF and something happened to me AND my BOB she'd be hosed. probably use a medium ALICE

Replace the current diaper bag set up with a knock off Jumbo Versipack.

Streamline the current munchkin FAK, vehicle FAK, and in-house FAK. this means to ditch the plastic cases and get cordura bags, remove items made redundant, add items needed and not included when purchased. I'd like to talk to my wife about her attending a first aid/CPR class and building a FAK for her vehicle too. speaking of vehicle...

Get my wife A replacement vehicle, ideally a small 4x4 SUV, we've narrowed it down to early 90's XJ cherokee 4 door, early 90's Explorer 4.0 4x4 (selectable 4x4 not the push button) early 90s 4 door S10 blazer with 4x4 and 4.3 V6. we really REALLY want to get a jeep.

Build a solid assault rifle and practice with it. a lot.

build a chest rig for said rifle, to integrate into my Bug out Gear.

take food and water supplies from 14 days to 45 days by november/december

The main goal for 2011 that is really tied into all of these is better organization. our current living situation has very little built in room for storage. I'm looking to really crank the dual function knob up to 11 on all of our furniture. I want to build an entire wall of shelving to put our belongings in a easy to reach, organized fashion, and free up room in our storage areas to put preps, weapons, car parts, tools and other things i'd like to keep out of reach of children and prying eyes of visitors. I'd like to do the same with my truck, the vehicle my wife eventually gets and the storage unit we have.

Far and away my biggest goal for 2011 is to get my brothers and my uncle to start thinking about prepping. even on a mundane scale of what to do if the power/utilities go out, making plans if one of us gets sick/injured, getting them to start prepping too.
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