-the new year brings, new beginnings, new hopes, a fresh slate...this is not how my new year started, so I've deemed February 12th as my January 1st (more one this later this week).
-these last few weeks have been grueling...monsterous...some of the hardest days I've faced. There were lots of tears, asking God why, punching pillows and stomping feet. And after all that was over there were lots and lots of prayers, asking God for strength, and there was rest.
-I feel like I've just been surviving the last few weeks...doing enough just to get by, but yesterday I finally woke up. God does not want me to just survive, He wants me to thrive. And on those days when I feel like I'm going to just barely make it, I need to draw my strength from Him.
-I've jumped on the oily bandwagon and wow, I am amazed how much they have changed our lives. (more on my oily adventure later)
-my baby boy finally calls me "momma" all the time now, not just when he's upset, and my heart cannot be happier. there is something to be said when your baby calls you "momma".
-the last few weeks I've been an Eeyore and stuck under a raincloud, but the storm is moving and I'm running towards the sun.
-I've been sick and in bed....I'm so sick of being sick. it seems that just when I start to feel better a few days later I'm sick again.
-there have been lots of sleepless nights...our little princess has decided to boycott sleep...I know! who boycotts sleep?!?!
-our little guy has been teething for what feels like months and yet still no molars. but don't be dismayed that does not stop him from eating anything that is placed in front of him.
-family life has been a big jumble as of late as we try out new dinner and bedtime routines to make life flow a bit easier...earlier bedtimes for the kiddos + early bedtime for me = more sleep= a win, win
-the turn of the new year is my busy season...it's always better to be drowning in work than bored with none.
-a new year is a clean slate. I'm using this month to figure out what worked in 2014 and what didn't. I'm brainstorming, planning, experimenting---I want to make the best of this year...this year I want to move mountains both in personal and professional life.
-I've been on a cooking high as of late...trying new recipes and experimenting with new ingredients.
-the "Endless love" and Taylor Swifts "1989" have been on repeat on my ipod....to say I'm obsessed is a bit understated.
-I've been addicted to audio books, so much so, I've got Shane addicted to them too...it's been great...instead of listening to the radio on the way to school we listen to our audio book.
-we've been making a big effort to have a lot more family time and it's been great. the other night over dinner the husband came up with an idea to have theme dinners...it's going to be fun.
-I feel is it's very important for Shane to know how to cook. he took over the cooking a couple times while I was sick in bed. and let me tell you it was pretty good. so, I've decided that Friday night is Shane's night to cook. he gets to plan it all out...this should be interesting.
with kids every day is a memory. it can be a good memory or a bad memory, regardless its origin every day is memory.
schedules, routines, the busyness of the life can make the days run into each other and cause us to forget the special or minute moments of the day. and it is in those smallest of moments which hold the most precious of memories. it is those moments of which I do not want to forget.
I want to remember...
...the morning that Reagan buried Sawyer is mound of toys and he smiled in glee.
...the endless typing of the Shane's typewriter.
...the other night when I just cradled Reagan in my arms because she just needed to feel loved.
...the simplicity and excitement of dinner picnics on the living room floor.
...how time just seems to pause when we're all outside playing and having fun.
...the sound of laughter when one crazy kid is chasing another in the hallway.
...how excited Sawyer gets when I tell him it's time for oils.
...how Reagan will do almost anything for a gummy bear and then take hours to eat the said gummy bear.
...the type written notes that Shane leaves on my desk asking if he can watch a movie in his room.
...how on New Year's Ever we all squeezed into the car, covered in blankets to drive around and see the Christmas lights.
...how on a bad day we dropped everything and went get some much needed froyo.