And just like that we rang in a New Year last night! I said I’d be back to normal posting at the New Year but it might take me a little while to get back into the swing of things around here. My plan had been to catch up on writing during the holidays so I’d have my drafts full and ready to go, but the truth is my drafts are still blank here on January 1st!
It’s been a wonderful holiday season this year for my family. From Thanksgiving to the first week in January we have been blessed to be able to see just about every one on my mom and dad’s side of the family. The last of family leaves this weekend and then next week it is back to normal routines around here.
While I am looking forward to getting back to “normal”, I tend to always feel a little down in January. I know I’m not alone in this feeling. With the holiday season past and my husband’s CRAZY work schedule in Januarys, I just don’t like January much at all.
But there are things to look forward to in 2014! I always look forward to my “Go Through Everything and Get Rid of Stuff Januarys”. I start in January going through every closet, drawer and cabinet in the house, evaluating what we have, getting rid of stuff we don’t need and reorganizing what we do have, if necessary. I LOVE doing this every year and I do it in January because it gives me something to do while Dave works his crazy hours. Plus, it’s nice to start the year with a clean, organized home.
I am VERY excited to follow the journeys of two friends as they bring their children home in the year 2014! Rebecca and Luke leave for the country their child(ren) is in on January 17th! They’ve been in town for the past few days and we’ve had a ball together. Luke’s company has an office in our city and I tell them all the time they need to move here! And, extra bonus, the house across the street is for sale! haha!
Another dear friend of mine is due to have her baby at the end of January. She unexpectedly got pregnant after battling infertility for years. She has taken me along on her pregnancy journey and given me an inside viewpoint of pregnancy via her experience. I am so looking forward to seeing the face of the little “blob” who miraculously came to be last summer.
And then there is homeschool. I am already beginning to think of where we are going next after Ready-Made Preschool! I have some ideas of where I think Little Bug will be academically and what might be a good fit for her next. I’m also starting to think about Sweet Pea’s Learning Time and what that is going to look like now that she is nearly 2.5 years old.
As a general rule, Little Bug does not like to take pictures. I was shocked when she said, “Mama, take my picture here!”.
It’s crazy that this year my baby will be THREE. When Little Bug turned 3 she seemed so old. Sweet Pea still seems like a baby to me! We still affectionately call her “the baby”. I’ve had more people ask me if we are “done” or will adopt again now that our baby is two. At this point, I can honestly say we feel like our family is complete just the way it is at this moment in time, but we have learned that God is the ultimate decision-maker in our family growing process and if He wills another child into our life He will reveal that to us when the time is right – and we will follow Him in obedience.
The girls are doing well. They are both in a slightly difficult stage right now and I’m in one of those phases (again!) where I dream of bedtime a little too much probably. But I know all this recent craziness with them is mostly due to all the holiday festivities and being off our routine for several weeks at a time. If there is one thing I’ve learned about parenting it is this: Children THRIVE on structure and routine and when you take that away from them the normal “craziness” of raising children is just magnified ten fold. I am looking forward to giving my children the gift of structure and routine next week so that things can calm down around here!
Happy New Year!