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January was generally a pretty uneventful month, and yet every day felt busy.  It seemed like we spent the month getting used to a new routine now that I’m working full-time.  For me, starting work in December was relatively easy.  January was when it really felt like a change.  I think that is because prior to starting work in December, I had time to get things done–clean the house, do the grocery shopping, get all the laundry cleaned and put away, etc.  So when I started working in December, there wasn’t much to worry about at home.  Over time, things started to build up.  Then over New Year’s weekend, we took a trip up north for skiing and revelry with friends.  We had a really fun time, but then we came home to piles of laundry, empty cupboards, a house that needed cleaning…and work for both of us the next day.  It almost felt to me like I needed the rest of the month to regain equilibrium.  The thing that I’m realizing I need to do is re-calibrate and learn a new equilibrium. The dog won’t get as much exercise, the house won’t always be as clean as I’d like, and we are going to be eating out more often.  We have to prioritize the things that are most important to us and be able to let go of the other things.  That is my goal for February.  But before I get too far ahead of myself, here is a quick recap of our last few days of December and month of January.

Over Christmas, the sewage pipes in our basement started leaking (again), so we figured we couldn’t put off the plumbing work any longer.  When we called the plumbers, they said they could come the next week, so we decided to get it over with.  It was a major project that lasted over 3 days.  Our basement floor had to be jack-hammered out, the old pipe removed, and the new pipe installed, and new concrete poured to fill in the trenches.  It was stinky dirty work, but it’s done now, and we haven’t had any leaks since.

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Henry did not mind the basement being ripped up.

Henry did not mind the basement being ripped up.

Every evening, he asked to go downstairs and dig in the dirt.

Every evening, he asked to go downstairs and dig in the dirt.

As I already mentioned, went up north over New Year’s weekend to ski and spend time with friends.  We had 6 adults and 3 kids.  The guys and girls took turns skiing and watching the kids.  We tried bringing the kids to the ski trail head one day, but it was somewhat of a bust.  The kids were more interested in playing with a crumpled up aluminum foil ball in the warming hut than playing outside in the snow.  So it goes.

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Henry wasn't much of a fan of the snow. Or the cold. Or wearing his snow pants. Or his boots. Or his mittens. Or his hat.

Henry wasn’t much of a fan of the snow. Or the cold. Or wearing his snow pants. Or his boots. Or his mittens. Or his hat.

He was happier staying snug and warm in the cabin hanging out with the other kids.

He was happier staying snug and warm in the cabin hanging out with the other kids.

We didn’t have any far away trips or out-of-the ordinary activities planned for the rest of the month, but we still had a lot of fun.  I instituted Doughnut Friday.  Henry and I stop at a doughnut shop on the way home from daycare.  We don’t eat until dinner around 6:30 after Jordan gets home from work, so the doughnut doesn’t seem to spoil his appetite.

Hanging out in front of Greenbush Bakery, eating a donut, hoping for a firetruck to drive by.

Hanging out in front of Greenbush Bakery, eating a donut, hoping for a fire truck to drive by.

When we lived in Luxembourg, Anita and Will would often invite me over for risotto, which was always delicious, so I’ve been meaning to try Anita’s recipe for a while now.  I finally got around to that.

Mmm. Luxembourg memories in a bowl.

Mmm. Luxembourg memories in a bowl.

Henry has been chipping in on the cleaning front, thanks to the Melissa and Doug cleaning set his auntie got him for Christmas.

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We’ve had lots of weekend pancake/latte mornings at home as a family.

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Don’t worry. He’s drinking steamed milk, not an espresso.

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Jordan and I also got a rare night out together just the two of us when Jordan’s mom came to stay for the weekend.  We went out for a nice dinner and called it our anniversary celebration since we hadn’t done anything special for that earlier in the month.  Since we were celebrating our anniversary, the restaurant gave us a complimentary bottle of Champagne.  Such a treat!

In general, we’ve just been enjoying soaking up some time with our little guy.  He’s been growing and developing leaps and bounds, and he is such a cool little kid.  He will pick up random things at daycare and surprise us, like saying the alphabet or counting to 10.  He is putting multiple words together and repeating words we say that he’s never said before.  He loves to jump and is getting pretty good at jumping off of things and landing on his own two feet.

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We signed him up for soccer and yoga, which both started this month.  He seems to hate soccer.  He hides behind Jordan or I and asks to go home the whole time, so I think we’re going to stop going to that and maybe try again when he’s older.  Today was his first yoga class, and I didn’t have high hopes for it given his soccer experience.  However, he really had fun at yoga.  He thought it was so funny to crawl under me and around my arms and legs while I held downward dog.  To be honest, that’s pretty much the only class activity he actually participated in, opting instead to run from one end of the room to the other back and forth pretending to be a dragon for the rest of the class, but I’ll take that rather than him hiding behind my legs asking to go home.  I say, during winter in Wisconsin, you gotta take any kind of activity you can get.

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I could go on and on, but suffice it to say he brings us so much joy, and we have so much fun being around him. That’s about it from our end.  I hope your 2016 got off to a great start.

Until next time.
Thanks for reading.