There is truly only one downside I can find to leading a full and adventurous life whilst trying to maintain a blog:
It can be difficult to remember to (or have the energy to) blog about all the goings on.
To share with you some highlights of our winter that haven’t quite made it into full blog posts:
We enjoyed visits from both of my parents, as well as my in-laws, including my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and little nephew. We loved our time with family here.
We rang in the New Year with cowbells….at 8 pm. There is no way my kids are staying up until midnight yet!
My girls have been taking ballet at a school near my husband’s workplace. Both my shy, self-conscious girl and my theatrical, musical girl loved this class equally, and I can attribute it to nothing more than the skill, patience, and manner of their instructor. Baby Brother and I have loved getting to know some of the moms and caretakers in that class, as well.
My husband celebrated his 30th birthday this year. We were able to celebrate with family, friends, church family, and as a couple. We saw a concert of Schubert’s music at the local university. Normally we are not fancy enough for such an activity, but we do both love classical music.
We had some unusually warm days in February that allowed us to go outside without thermal underwear. Though I was sad to see the snow melt so quickly, the warm sun perked up my spirits for a few days. Until it left and brought the colder true winter temperatures behind it.
I have been able to crochet much more than I ever have. My mom taught me to crochet when I was a preteen, and I have picked it up off and on for years, never really excelling at it. This winter, though, with some fewer household chores, I have been able to work at it some more. I’ve worked on some things for Baby Brother, the girls, and Grandmom (in-law).
There has also been a lot of good cooking going on this winter. There have been homemade soups from rotisserie chickens, tortellini, lots of butternut squash, and more onions than anyone should ever cook. Needless to say we’ve all been fairly healthy this winter, and not as fragrant as one would imagine from our onion consumption.
The girls and I have explore so much of the wooded acreage here this winter. My oldest daughter, at the tender age of 4, is able to remember the routes we take and can often lead us back home from different spots where we play. As a woman with a very poor sense of direction, I admire this quality in her, and I purposefully encourage her to remember different routes we walk, as well as the drives we often take to town or to the grocery store.
Baby Brother is a champion breastfeeder, and he has been gaining weight like it is his job. Well, it is, isn’t it? For each of his pediatrician visits, the adults in the house write down guesses for his current weight (clothes and diaper-less). So far, we have all guessed too low each time.
My husband and I celebrated my birthday early, and he spoiled me with what any girl would want for her birthday: new running shoes. I settled on a pair of Vibram FiveFingers Women’s KSO EVO Barefoot Shoes Purple / Grey 40 & Pemium Toesock Bundle
and I hope to be able to review how to get accustomed to them as I break them in.
Check back in soon for some more thorough updates on what is going on with this domesticated physicist in a new land.