I always find some sort of photo like this on my camera. Matt and Janey.
One of her Christmas presents-she just loves it and when she wears it when we go out everyone thinks it's the cutest thing ever. (It's this one here-she can wear it in back or front, and I cross the straps so it stays on.)
We went on a giant cookie making spree for the college kids.
Chocolate chip cookies for both Abbey and Isaac and Abbey's special request was snickerdoodles.
I had the chance to go BY MYSELF ALL DAY to visit Abbey. It was so much fun, honestly I could do it every weekend, but darn, we'd be too spoiled (and that would be a lot of driving!). We went out to lunch and dinner (this the way to Abbey's heart, that girl likes to eat out!) and went shopping here, and there and everywhere. It was nice seeing her beautiful face, and knowing she is doing great. We text everyday but there is something about just seeing them in person that makes a mother's heart feel better.
Dropping her back off at the dorm again and it always feels like the first day of leaving them at preschool. I want to say, "No, no, just come back home, don't leave!!!!", and they do just fine but it makes my heart feel a little sick.
This the day I am on, I mark it off on a little calendar I have on the fridge. I loved loved loved Whole30 and followed it exactly. Day Two I forgot and put a piece of popcorn in my mouth at a basketball game and felt like spitting it out again. So I guess that counts as a cheat, but I'll just call it forgetfulness. I am going to keep going till I am happy where I am at weight and fitness wise, we'll see where it leads me. I am on a roll so I'm sticking with it.
And by the way, if you have never made sweet potato chips in the oven, this is my weakness now-if the kids don't eat them first. (I am feeding my family "normal" but it's funny how many things they are eating-roasted cauliflower etc, so it's been good for all of us.)
Trying to drink more water, as I am waking up at night thirsty, thank you furnace. :(
It is so fun spending every day with this girl. We shop, we cook, we bake, we clean, we watch Sesame Street, (she watches I get things done), we do laundry (she knows which item of every piece of clothing belongs to which person), we listen to music, we color, we drive kids to soccer practice or pick them up from high school or take them to tennis, we don't take walks because my face freezes off, but can't wait till it gets a little warmer out.
I set her up at this window to watch for Daddy's car in the evening during the "witching hour".
Jeff and I got up to a MI game by ourselves.
Love when I can see a beautiful sunset beyond the trees and this time I knew it was worth driving to the river to see, but darn, I forgot my Matthew had my van, so I had to be content with this view. It's such a pretty, quiet time of evening, and always reminds me of Anne of Green Gables for some reason.
His speciality-popcorn. He tortures me (but then he gave up cookies, candy, cake for Lent so I am sure it might be torture for him when I make cookies for the college kids.)
Valentine's Day baking.
A little kindergartner picture of my oldest that I adore. He has always always been such a good boy and I am proud of him. Graduating this spring from college, how can that be??? I think back on how school was never easy for him-he was never a student that excelled, and he sometimes was forgetful and I was always so worried about it. If this is your son, it will be OK, boy I wish I would have known that.
If he forgets his binder in junior high when he has homework, or studies for a quiz and knows it all but gets a C, or just doesn't absorb all the material lectured in class, I want to tell you that it will be OK. Some kids are "school kids" and some aren't, some need more help and reminders certain years and some don't ever need one bit of help or reminders, and I have both and looking back see that our kids are all blessed and challenged in some way or another. Sometimes I think the ones that struggle learn how to work harder at it (at everything?), or just know what they are capable of and have an easier going personality, which are good traits-to learn to work hard, and not always be the one who gets all the rewards, but to get along so well with others, and take things in stride.
Isaac has had a job since day one of college and sometimes worked that job and an internship, and attended full time classes and he's made it through (in four years, yay!) and loved his college experience, and made such good friends, and I am so so proud of him.
Last, I took this in the car wash-scared but excited! Now on Tuesday we go pick up our 1/2 price bagels at Panera for the boys and get a car wash.