Welcome 2017!

Whew!  Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year has arrived.

Here’s random sampling of some pictures from our holiday season…

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We did two Thanksgiving!  This is a sporting event that I suggest you properly train for.  We have perfected it over the years.  😉

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We are day 4 of snow, and I am so thankful to be home {except for an urgent care doctor trip + a library visit} with these people!  The Mr. had to work both weekdays, but he played it up with Holden over the weekend (and celebrated his 32 birthday!).  I just got the call that schools are closed tomorrow as well.  I know we will have to make it up in some form…I just love this unexpected time off!

2016 was quite a year!  Holden turned four, started Pre-K, played two soccer seasons, did awesome at swimming, and just plain grew a ton before our eyes!  We can’t forget the addition of sweet Helen Elizabeth back in April 2016.  She’s such a blessing, and we are all over the moon for our little girl.  She is small but quite strong in body and spirit!  🙂

I didn’t do any resolutions directly on January 1, but I have done some thinking about it and some areas that I would like to improve upon.

  1. Gossip ~ Isn’t this just a the hardest?!  It’s not like you are stealing, killing, etc. BUT it can steal your joy, and it can kill others’ happiness.  I find this one hard, because I do actually like to talk although I’m not really outgoing with a large social circle.  I really want to make the effort and succeed to not talk about others in a negative light EVEN if it’s just recounting facts (which is how I usually validate it to myself).
  2. Respecting My Husband ~  Whew!  This is a tough one as well.  I do feel like I respect the Mr.  HOWEVER, I tend to not do the best job that I could.  I must accept that I married an imperfect man (just as he married a very imperfect woman) who cannot give me everything that I need and want at exactly every moment of the day.  Just as I cannot do that for him.  The really struggle is when he corrects Holden.  This is a very tough one.  I really feel like parenting/education/kids is MY area.  I’m the expert.  Sounds a bit prideful, huh?  Although I would say I have put lots of time and effort into this area, I want to handle disagreements or critiques of how he handles situations for a time when we can talk about it one-on-one.  It is my hope that this will make us more productive parents and more on-the-same-page.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  Ephesians 4:29

“God doesn’t want me to be a ‘fix him’ wife, God wants me to be a ‘love him’ wife.”

– Lysa TerKeurst

“My husband is one of my greatest blessings from God. His love is a gift that I open everyday.”

– Darlene Schacht

Do you make resolutions?  What is your favorite holiday, Christmas v. Thanksgiving?

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

Happy Tuesday!

Last Day of Swimming Lessons + Winter Thoughts in July

Hi there!  We started off our day with a sugar rush.  Today’s letter was D, and D stood for doughnuts!  I used this Real Simple recipe to make some hot, sugary treats for breakfast.

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H’s pajamas are from Old Navy. – click here to buy

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H finished up his first round of swimming lessons today.  Although I’ve had some time for reading/list making, I’m relieved the commitment is over.  We decided to enroll him in lessons at another place that start next Monday.  This will be quite different as it will only be four children and one instructor, thirty minutes {versus fifty}, a heated indoor pool, and seems to be a more focused lesson on learning the mechanics of swimming {versus the playful nature of the last ones}.  We’ll see how it goes!  H is excited as this place/pool is primarily a dive center.  There were actual scuba divers in the pool practicing/learning when we enrolled him.  He pretended to be a scuba diver for about thirty minutes this morning…just swimming around the den!

Back to today – My view for the first part of the lesson today…That tomato sandwich looks amazing!  I ended up slicing two skinny pieces from a delicious tomato for a mayo-tomato open face sandwich today.  I paired that with a salad, heavy on humus and pickles.

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He made great progress over the course of the past two weeks!  Unfortunately, it was a chilly day {no sun, last night’s rain dropped the temps}, so he was less than thrilled with being in the water.  Here he is below doing his swimming thing…

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I believe that’s him running into the instructor in the red swimsuit.  It kind of looks like chaos, but today was the “reward day.”  Kids got to play in the water mushroom, go down the twisty slide, and jump off the diving board.  Well, H was having none of any of that.  He came running over to me wanting to dry off and go home.  I convinced him {after lots and lots of talking and some tears} to give the slide a try.  I got 0 pictures since I was actually at the top of the slide with him, BUT he did it!  Somehow, I managed to convince him that he should do the diving board one more time {he did it twice before with one of the instructors kind of lowering him into the water a little}.  After waiting in the breezy air for a bit, he was way chilly and way grumpy about the whole thing.  He wasn’t too thrilled about just jumping himself, but he did let me lower him in from the end of the diving board.  I was so proud of him!

It seems like the Nordstrom sale is all over the internet!  I was doing a little perusing and was reminded of how I so want to get H a good winter gear set up this year.  He really needed a better coat/glove combo last winter, and I vowed to get it straight early this year.  Here are some options I’m thinking of…

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Columbia Boys’ Powder Lite Puffer – currently 49.99

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L.L. Bean’s Power Puffer Jacket – currently 59.99

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North Face Denali E-Tip Gloves – currently 17.90

These are unavailable until tomorrow unless you have a Nordstrom’s credit card.  FYI 🙂

Do you have any brands/suggestions for winter gear?  It seems like some places are having decent sales going on the nicer products.  It does seem a little crazy to spend lots of $$$ on something that he’ll grow out of so quickly, but boy, he got really chilly in a hurry last winter when we were playing outside.  I love how we spend so much time outdoors in the spring/summer.  I hope to keep that going into fall.  Perhaps some warm gear will be a help!

Natalie