Friday Phone Dump (and what we've been up to in the past 7 months!)
I knew it had been a while since I had blogged, but I was NOT expecting October 2020 to be my last post! Guess I need to catch up! I'll save big events like Christmas and birthdays for their own posts, but here's a glimpse of what we've been up to thanks to my google photo gallery on my phone :)
In November, my friend Ami and her little dog Mollie stayed with us while her home was being renovated. It was so much fun having another adult to talk to! She was the best roommate as well... always helping with dishes and laundry and with the kids. Mollie and Shaggy became best friends, too!
Jaina was 18 and got to vote in her first Presidential election! And she even let me take a picture!
I also turned 42 this month and was celebrated by so many of my friends and family! My co-teacher, Celeste, threw me a surprise party in our class. Her homemade pico and guacamole is the best! Ami spoiled me with balloons and homemade cinnamon rolls. We also got to take my mom out to eat for the first time during Covid!
Other notable November happenings included a park play date with Jocelyn's friend Sydney, getting Grandma set up on her new iPhone 12 and iPad, and visiting Asheville.
The holidays always make time fly fast and this year was no exception. Here is what our Pre-Christmas season looked like....
Murray came back!
The kids were with Brian until Christmas Day. That was really hard. I'll do a separate post documenting our Christmas Day 2020.
Jocelyn loved her LED lights!
Finally, we celebrated NYE 2020. It looked SO different to what the kids and I (and Ami!) are used to. But we made the best of it and had a great time with my neighbors!
And that bring us to January 2021!
(I'll do a separate post about Jocelyn's birthday)
I shot a wedding and got to see one of my besties!
(BTW, I really suck at Axe Throwing!)
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day. I think my toddlers at the preschool got more out of the holiday than my own kids at home, but that's okay.
Willow shed her winter undercoat. If you are ever thinking about getting a husky, you need to know about this!!
I started working with a life coach and it has been an amazing journey! For so many years, I doubted myself and had very little confidence in certain areas of my life. Not any more! I can finally admit that I am good at what I do. I'm a good mother. I'm a good preschool teacher. I'm a good photographer. And it's okay to say that. It's not conceited. I know I'm not the best and that there is always room for improvement in all areas. But I need to be proud of who I am right now.
Speaking of preschool, we had the most adorable baby chicks visit us! I was so proud of my sweet and gentle toddlers for being very careful with them!
And I can't forget that my mom finally got a haircut! Thanks, Chelsey, for doing an awesome job!
Moving on to APRIL!
Whew! All of a sudden, it was Spring! Kristina and I thought it was warm enough for margaritas finally, but it kind of wasn't :P
And then we went to go visit Nancy and Robert at their house.
And then we went to Grandma's house to see her!
The next day we drove to Atlanta, Georgia and spent 4 days there for Spring Break!
Six flags, Zoo Atlanta, Stone Mountain, Uncle Jeff's house, Buffalo's... it was a fun trip!
In turn (not a fair turn by any means!), we watched Mollie while Ami and Jason went to Chicago. Shaggy was glad to have his best friend back.
Unfortunately, she is not like Sam at all. She doesn't like to be held, she bites, and she's already escaped once (took 3 people 30 minutes to trap her in Jocelyn's room). We miss Sam the Ham, who was literally the best hamster, ever. Even the vet said so!
That brings us to the end of April where we celebrated Jayce's birthday (more on that in a separate blog post).
Lastly, the end of April brought with it the fury of getting everything done for the end of the year at the preschool. Thanks to my friends Jessica and Celeste, we cut out 80 different animals that the toddlers painted. This is NO easy feat because the animals have a lot of details (like bear claws) that were preserved. Jessica did a much better job than Celeste and I :P
And, FINALLY, I can recap MAY! Which is what I was going to do originally when I started this blog post yesterday!
Let's see if I can make this quick....
I photographed my 4th newborn of 2021.