Good Morning Friends! And Happy Saturday! I am so happy that today is the last Saturday in January. I can’t wait for this month to be over.
To be fair, it’s actually gone by pretty quickly, especially for a January. The weather was mild in the beginning of the month and with birthdays and basketball and dances and whatnot we had a pretty busy calendar. Still, January is one of my least favorite months of the year. And even though February and March aren’t much better (March is my other least favorite month in case you were wondering, February gets a reprieve because at least it’s short), I never fail sad about waving January good bye.
Of course, if you are reading this on Saturday we still have six days of the month left, but at least the end is in sight.
We took Owen back to New Jersey on New Year’s Eve. But before we did they kids squeezed in one last game night.
My brother’s cat, Bailey, sure was glad to see us – or at least his new best buddy Kyle.
I decided to start the year off right with a #100AbChallenge, hosted by Cassey Ho from Blogilates. I’m pretty sure there isn’t going to be any difference between the before and after pics because I’ve been eating cake and ice-cream all month long like its my job. But my abs are definitely stronger. And I think that committing to do something every single day is a great way to establish a habit. In fact, I liked this challenge so much that I am going to continue to do 100 repetitions of a different abdominal exercise every day even after January ends. I’m not sure if I am just going to start this challenge over from the beginning or move on to something different – but I really like the consistency. There were only two times (so far) this month where I missed a day and I just doubled up the next day. This challenge has also been great since I just returned to the Pilates studio as an instructor. I definitely have a stronger core today.
Early in January we celebrated my birthday. Whoop-de-do. Actually, I already wrote about what an amazing job my kiddos did to ensure it was a special day for me. And any day that includes a 7-mile run and chocolate cake gets a big thumbs up in my book.
My Dad sent me these beautiful flowers for my birthday. He’s so sweet! And he helped me accomplish another thing on my “19 for 2019” list – well, at least this first month – which is to have fresh flowers at home at least once a month.
The first half of the month I nailed my running goals. The weather was unseasonably warm and we even had some sunshine. The surfaces were dry, the conditions perfect and I could feel myself getting stronger and faster. Then I had my favorite run of the month, a long run in the snow (just flurries), and from there things have gone down hill. It started snowing and hasn’t stopped.
So, when the weather turned, Kelly and I headed indoors for some warmer workouts.
And I have pretty much been treadmill-bound ever since. Sigh.
Kyle and Kelly found themselves sidelined with upper respiratory infections in the middle of the month. But at least Kyle and I made the best of it and had movie marathons on the couch.
And I took to the kitchen for cooking marathons on Sundays. I love when I can bang out a whole weeks worth of meals and snacks in one day.
I also managed to finish one little project around the house – the bench for our mudroom! That room is really coming together – finally!
Kelly turned 13 last week, which meant more chocolate cake. And presents.And a surprise visit from my Dad. ❤️
And friends, please think of me tonight, and maybe even send me some strength, as we will be hosting 15 girls for a murder mystery sleepover and I will be flying solo in the parenting department.
I’ve been focusing a lot more on my wiring and dedicating time each day to write in my journal, work on my book and even outline some new ideas, as well as create a writing plan for the year. I’ll be sharing more about that in upcoming weeks.
We got a significant snowstorm last weekend. So, the kiddos built this cute little guy in our front yard.
Kelly went to her first semi-formal! You guys, this is a story in itself and I was so worried we were not going to pull it together. Between the short notice, her getting sick and the snow that wouldn’t stop falling I didn’t think we’d ever find a dress and shoes and enough energy to make it to dance. But we did! And she looked beautiful!! So grown up. And so did all of her friends. The girls has a blast at the pre-party – how amazing to see 25 girls all having fun together – and then from what I understand they had more fun at Starbucks than the dance itself. But it is fun to get all dressed up.
Finally, we were treated to this amazing sunrise earlier this week. The temperature was below zero, but the sky was glowing. No filter necessary on this one.
Until next time . . .