There's 31 days of nothin' much, I get so bored I yawn.
Each day seems to roll along, with nothin' to look forward to.
So I guess I'll sing this little song, till January's...till January's...till January's through.
I have sung this song every January since elementary school because.. there's nothing else to do.
January started out really good. It was cold and snowy, but our family was healthy (not counting colds all around) and the sun was shining. My mood was really good for most of the month. I felt better than I have for probably over a year (thanks to not being pregnant anymore). The end of the month was a bit more dreary due to smog and such. This winter has been so much colder than last year. I guess there was only so much warm weather from Florida that we could bring. It snowed and snowed, and never melted, then it snowed some more. I'm so grateful for a warm house! It got so cold that I went and bought an emergency indoor-safe propane heater in case our furnace went out. We would totally die in this weather! Even the garage is frigid.
Keeping warm with the hats Grandma made them
Using their snow markers
They came inside and got into their swimsuits on the same day. I think they were cleaning the shower, and I use the word "cleaning" loosely.
Other things they do when it's cold outside
Destroy our living room
Be couch potatoes (starting 'em young)
I never posted the project that we finished in December. It was started before Hallie was born and dreamed about for much longer (by me at least). We had 6 hooks in the mudroom for a family of 7, and the kids couldn't even reach them. Our mudroom was always a mess. Add in backpacks, lunchboxes, lots of winter gear, homework, artwork and lots of school papers and it can get messy really fast. I had been wanting to make this for so long. The design changed about 4 times along the way, but I love how it turned out. The only dumb part is that I used the magnetic paint under the chalkboard paint and the magnetic pull is very weak. I could use really strong magnets, or I could just add a clip on the top to hang papers/artwork. The best part is that the kids actually hang their stuff up now. Connor can even reach it. Now I just need to work on the other side of the mudroom.
This is what it usually looks like
Hallie at 4 months old
Starting to roll, but mostly she propels herself backwards with her feet (when she's on her back)
She looked so small when we put her in her new high chair and pulled her up to the table
Erin started some new things in January. She wanted to do gymnastics so we signed her up for a class at a nearby gym with her best friend Emma. They love it! I don't see the Olympics in either one of their futures, but at least they are enjoying it and learning something new. I also signed her up for some art classes at Thanksgiving Point. They are an hour and a half on Saturdays and focus on a different technique every week. It is so awesome! She just loves art so much that I knew she would have fun. She is still taking piano lessons and has activity days, so her life is pretty full right now. She still seems to get her homework done and play with friends almost every day. And since we weren't spending enough money on this child, she started her orthodontic treatment a few weeks ago--the start of many, many appointments with all of our crowded-mouthed children. Oh, and she will be getting her own room in the next couple of weeks which she is so excited about.
We watched a whole bunch of family movies recently and Erin hated seeing/hearing herself. Ever since she has hated getting her picture taken.
Okay, who's my other kid? Oh yeah, Alex. He is still doing great in school and with piano. He amazes me with his memory. I asked the kids if they knew our phone number and he spouted it off. We really haven't focused on it so it kind of surprised me. He said he just remembered from when we told him a few months ago. I went to eat lunch with him when he was astronaut of the week and he was so funny. He didn't talk to me, or anybody. Everyone seemed to like him though. A girl gave him some fruit snacks. Apparently she gives him something from her lunch every day. He's so funny. He is really quiet, but also very nice. I think people really like him once they realize he is there. I am still so grateful that he is in first grade instead of kindergarten. It is so obvious that this is the right place for him.
The day I gave them fake wounds. I see some good fun in our future with this stuff.
I just finished my week of preschool. It was the letter S so I did a whole bunch of science experiments the first day. I thought they were cool. Only a few didn't work. My older kids enjoyed them when they got home that day. Today we did shapes and seasons. There are always things I wish I had done differently, but overall it was good. I like this year of preschool and Marissa loves it. I have been working on the bed almost every day. Last year we were working on Alex's castle bed in the garage. This year I turned the basement into my shop. It's still cold, but better than the garage. My goal is to make this one all on my own. So far, I've made every cut, sanded everything and put everything together myself. So empowering! I think that is why I had a dream where I won "Coolest Girl in the School" award, but only for 3 days. The award was a round cut out 1" piece of wood, so yeah, that's what I think about in my sleep.