Has it really been almost two weeks since I checked in here?? Hello? Hello? Anyone still out there?
I mean, I knew I was in need of a little time away from the blog and social media, but I honestly didn’t plan on taking THAT long. Apparently I needed it though, so it is what it is and here we are. Happy 2019 to YOU!
Did you guys have a great holiday season? We were blessed with a really, really great Christmas this year; the boys are at such a fun age, so they were totally into everything. But I will say, I am SO happy to be getting back into a regular routine once again!
We actually kicked off the holidays the Friday before Christmas by hosting our first (and hopefully annual!) adults-only neighborhood Christmas party. Winter always keeps everyone cooped up and we don’t get to see our favorite neighbors nearly enough in the colder months. Plus, it was so nice to be able to have a conversation without being interrupted or worrying about what your kiddo might be up to in the next room. These people, man. Just the best.
Fast forward a bit to Christmas Eve, which we spent at home and had some fun baking and decorating Christmas cookies throughout the day (when Lucas realized we didn’t have any to leave for Santa).
My mother-in-law came over later in the evening, and we all shared a nice dinner, followed up with a showing of the Polar Express and Christmas Chronicles (on Netflix).
By the way, has anyone else caught the Christmas Chronicles movie on Netflix?? I swear, if I had a dollar for every time we’ve watched that movie, I’d be a rich woman. Alex became OBSESSED with it and still continues to ask for it on a daily basis. It’s actually a cute movie though, and I’m still catching new bits and pieces every time we turn it on.
We finished up Christmas Eve by putting out our cookies and milk for Santa and spreading out all of our reindeer food. Oats and glitter for dayyyyys.
Christmas day was filled with presents, family, and fun, and I swear, being able to watch their eyes light up come Christmas morning just gets better and better (and never gets old).
Our living room floor basically became non-existent after what seemed like about five minutes…
And the boys made out with some pretty neat new toys (which I’m still working on trying to find space for…!).
The Little Tikes STEM Junior Wonder Lab was a hit with both boys, as I suspected, but I immediately regretted my decision to do “snow making” as our first experiment.
I’m pretty sure we were vacuuming up snow for days…
But I meeeean, that face…pure happiness. How can you say no? : )
As for the rest of our Christmas break, we really didn’t have a whole lot planned (which, note to self, future breaks from school/daycare are definitely going to require a little more structure and planning. Because sure enough, two days in and my child is complaining of boredom. Yeppp…a house full of new toys but he was just “so bored” and didn’t know what to do. Ayyyy yi yi, kiddo!)
The day after Christmas we enjoyed our last Christmas celebration over at my parents’ house, where the boys were spoiled all over again.
We played outside any chance we could get (aka, if it was dry and not freezing cold), because we all needed some fresh air, and they needed to be able to just MOVE!
I worked on cleaning up the basement a bit to make room for some of our new stuff, and also have a “working” pile of toys that need to be donated or sold.
I also ended up starting a new Fitness Blender workout program, which I’m SUPER pumped about. After having tried their FB Strong program, and their FB Mass program (love both of them), I decided to give their FB Burn program a shot. I’m almost through week 1, and it seems to be a great mix of HIIT and strength, along with some pilates, too.
After weeks of riding the sugar and alcohol train, my body is craving getting back into a regular food/exercise routine!
And we also rung in the new year with our neighbors, John and Tal, and their kiddos, which was an awesome time as always.
So there we have it, I think we’re pretty much caught up!
I feel like I still have yet to really even sit back and reflect on 2018, let alone, come up with any sort of plans or goals for 2019. I know I have thoughts and ideas, for all aspects of my life, and my hope is that I’ll be able to get them all together and share them with you guys soon (because what sort of blogger would I be if I didn’t share my new year goals?). ; )
As for the blog, if there is anything in particular you guys are hoping to see/see more of for 2019, PLEASE let me know!! I always truly value your input <3