I'm doing pretty good on my New Year's Resolutions.
I mean. I can't really think of most of them at the time...but I think I'm trying!
Anyway - one of my resolutions was to blog at least monthly. I love going back and reading the blog...but if I don't write - I don't have anything to read. All I have to do is write a monthly update. 12 times in one year...I can do that - right?
So here we go!
January was a pretty exciting month for us - despite not seeing the sun for weeks and weeks. Despite it being winter and not having any snow! Despite having to take down all our Christmas decorations and return our house to normal. Despite giving up nights of drinking Baileys with Andy on the couch. Despite starting to work out again!
On January 8 we celebrate Nic's birthday (Karl's too, but he's 3 years sober, so he doesn't get a shot!). Andy does shots of tequila 2 x a year...Once in January. We even got to further celebrate with a Packer victory!
After a few shots of tequila and a debaucherous Saturday evening with too much white wine that left me more hungover than I have been in years, we started our 3rd 24 Day Challenge. Our glutenous holiday season caught up with us and we welcomed 24 days of whole-clean eating!
And even though we were feeling amazing after just a few days...it didn't mean we weren't sad when Andy's mom brought over the most giant tub of frosting - EVER - for Eleanor's birthday party.
Also - with how busy we were in December - there was very little time for working out - so when Santa brought us Insanity Max 30 - we were excited to start! Do you know Shaun T? Sometimes, during our workouts...I want to cry. Literally. I want to cry! It's crazy intense and SO amazing! Eleanor and Oliver usually hang out with me in the basement during workouts. They cheer me on and laugh when I do power jumps! I hope I'm setting a good example for them!
And even though winter has been incredibly mild, I haven't been running much. However, just a few days a week of Insanity Max 30 and I was able to run our annual Indoor Marathon Relay with Team Twinkle Toes. This year I wasn't pregnant, Oliver wasn't sick, or in the hospital, so I was pretty happy with my participation level! I'll be happy to get back to running though and am super excited it's actually light past 4:30 and may be able to get back outside sooner than later!
Enough about Andy and I, our eating and exercising habits! Let's talk about the kiddos!
This year Eleanor decided she wanted a winter themed birthday party. We planned on going to Andy's mom's house to sled down her amazing yard. We were going to do hot cocoa and cake.
Mother nature had other plans! Who would have thought a January birthday party could be ruined by lack of snow?
So we improvised and had an indoor winter birthday party. We made snowmen out of each other and toilet paper, we had a snowball fight, we still had hot cocoa and made our own snowflakes with beads and pom poms. It wasn't what we imagined, but it turned out rather cute in the end!
|8 years old! What?|
I don't know. Maybe I'm being naive...but maybe she'll let him tag along to birthday parties for awhile.
|Mom can still get away with matching jammies! And she LOVES IT!|
I used my final day of vacation to stay home with Eleanor on January 16. We were going to drive down to Chicago to see my friend Lindsey and her newest addition. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans for us and an ice storm kept us off the roads. I still had an awesome day hanging out with my oldest buddy...but we were both pretty bummed.
We were also blessed with some crazy warm weather and hung out for a bit on the patio and listened to the kids play! The day was perfection!
And while I don't have any pictures to document the moment (Andy wouldn't let me take one while she was walking out the door...) Eleanor survived her first sleep over at a non-family members house! Man. Did that make her seem grown up or what? Walking up to bed that night and walking past Oliver's shut door and Eleanor's open door was weird! The next day Eleanor couldn't stop talking about the sleep over and I see a whole new world open for us!
This month Eleanor also lost her third tooth. That tooth has been loose since October! I was concerned it was going to fall out when we were in Vegas! It was SO loose in the end, that Eleanor would have to push it back into place while she was eating. I kept telling her to pull it, but she didn't want to/ was too nervous to. So one night while brushing her teeth she literally SPIT it out! But she sure was proud to have lost that tooth! And DANG that front tooth is big!
Eleanor also had her first cavity this month. I wanted to cry. But the dentist told us not to make a big deal of it. She called it a "flossing cavity"...which makes sense, because I'm pretty sure Eleanor never has flossed. But it's so weird, she brushes, doesn't drink juices and really doesn't eat a lot of candy. But now we have floss sticks and mouth wash...and we get the cavity filled on February 14 (insert wide eyed emoji!)
Speaking of cavities...We were also busy selling Girl Scout Cookies in January. Glorious, glorious girl scout cookies. Although...they've yet to make a calorie free cookie....
And my littlest buddy. You guys. I can't even with this kid. He's exhausting...and he's magical. I don't even know how to describe it. He can make me SO exhausted, but then he looks at me with those blue eyes and those dimples. He talks. He says something I've never heard him say before. He sings me a song. He wants just one more book. He wants to read the book. He just wants to help. He wants to try. And I need to take a deep breath and let him. Everything can take 10x as long...but it's 10x better.
I mean...He's even adorable watching PJ Masks (aka Superman) at the kitchen table.
And I bought sunglasses from Zenni.com. It's a long story. And I'm not sure I'm an aviator type of sunglasses girl...
Bacherrones Out! That's our first month of the year...how was yours?!