For the last couple of weeks we have been hitting the library hard. Before that the last time I had taken Miss Charlie to the library was when she was two! At that time we use to borrow movies, books, and go to the story readings. We always went to the city library but at the recommendation of a friend I tried out our local town library. It is fantastic.
We made it! We survived our first week back to the grind and lived to tell the story. Jordan is off starting today and I have a hair appointment this afternoon so I am very happy. Here are some other things making me happy:
I did it!!! I challenged myself to read 12 books in 2016 and I was so happy when I got this alert!!! Follow me on goodreads. I started a new challenge for 2017…16 books this year! I love to read but over the years with small children, I have constantly used the excuse that I did not have time; then I started making the time. Instead of waiting for a free hour to turn up I would read when I had 5 minutes. Before I knew it I was finishing books & buying new ones. With a quick google search I found out reading can prevent/slow the process of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, reduce stress, improve your focus, expand your vocabulary and the list goes on. Are you convinced yet? I reviewed my first six books here and now I am going to review the last six books I have read for you. No spoilers, just letting you know how I liked it and if it is worth a read. Click on the titles and it will take you straight to amazon to order your own copy!
The last couple of weeks have been great! Jordan headed back to work today after having 2 weeks of vacation after Christmas. It was great to have him home. He let me sleep in quite a few days and it felt amazing. Now we are back to our regular programming of stuff we need to be at on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each week. I am actually looking forward to it and I know Miss Charlie is really missing her gymnastic classes.
A new year always feels like a new beginning. This alone makes me happy. I hope you are all having a great first week of the year. I encourage you this year to look for the happy in your own life each week as I do here. It truly brought me joy to write this post during the more difficult times in 2016.
oooEach year the week after boxing day I get organised. I do not wait for the new year to come. I get it done, pronto. When we didn’t have any kids this took two days: one day to clean out and get rid of the old, and one day to put away all of our Christmas decor. Now, with both kids it takes a full week. So many new toys! I go through all of the old and broken toys and clothes and throw out or donate. I also use this opportunity to change around rooms, switch up furniture, and clean those spots that keep getting missed. It is a hard and long few days that ends with the Christmas decor being taken down and stored away but when it is finished it is such a great feeling!
Happy New Year!!! Did 2016 fly by or what? I always use the first week of the new year to reflect back on the past year. This past year was a roller coaster ride for me. There are many personal goals I achieved, big changes, and even bigger challenges that I faced. I sit here however, phycially healthy, a true heart for God, and ready to take on a new year and a new set of challenges. I am thankful for the lessons 2016 have taught me and that although I have been shaken, my foundation (who I am and who I aspire to be) remains intact.
We are switching up the usual “5 Things That Make Me Happy” again this week to “5 gifts that are making me happy”. I just love hearing about what other people received for Christmas. Gifts that tend to make me happiest are the ones that make me feel thought about. It honestly doesn’t matter to me the time, energy, or cost put into the gift it is the thought that counts to this gal. When we had Christmas with Jordan’s family this year my brother & sister-in-laws, hubby and I did a gift card exchange and used this left/right Christmas game to do the exchange. So we bought gift cards (to anywhere) not knowing who would end up with which one. Both of my sister-in-laws brought gift cards to Starbucks with the hope that I would end up with a Starbucks gift card at the end of the exchange(I did). I thought it was so sweet that they both had me in mind when they were out shopping for their gift cards to bring. So sweet, now on to the other 5 gifts that are making me Happy!!!
We had a wonderful Christmas this year and I hope you all did too! Due to Jordan’s work schedule it is hard to keep the same traditions each year in how we do Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Instead of grumping though I always figure out early how we will tackle the holiday. On Christmas Eve this year Jordan was sleeping after working a night shift so I knew I wanted to get the kids out of the house to give him some peace and quiet.
“Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” -An Angel, Luke 2;10-12