Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jumping into January

Well! My goodness! Here it is, the second week in January, and I haven't even written a single blog post. WHAT?! That wasn't my intention. There are reasons. But let's get into those reasons later. First, let's jump into January, where we were both blessed and cursed with horrendous winter weather, which gave us more time at home, which we loved, but also extended the school year, which we don't love. Britt, for his part, was absolutely thrilled with the snow, and spent every second out in the cold, building and creating and just being a happy boy. His snowman was so precious! 
The kids were supposed to go back to school on the 4th, but they didn't get to go until Friday, the 6th due to the nasty roads from the weather. On Friday, the one day of the week they were able to go, I came out to this sweet message on my pickup window. It was from from Britt. Mama's Boys are the sweetest!
After one day of school, the weekend was met with another storm, full of ice and then more snow. This snow had the largest snowflakes I have ever seen. They were the size of silver dollars, and I am not exaggerating! Britt was, of course, thrilled! 
Brady propped his snowman back up, and he survived a few more days! One of my dance team mom-friends said he looked like a dancer - I have to agree! His posture is very good! This snowman was the very last bit of snow to leave, and now all that is left are his arms.
The kids didn't get to go back to school until Tuesday, which was also the morning Brady flew out for Denver and my 45th birthday. I dropped Brady off at the airport early in the morning, and came home to a decorated kitchen! 
More about this later, because I am sure it will garner some hate. But in the spirit of this particular post and my birthday, let's save it for another day. I am celebrating the fact I am 45 the same year our 45th President takes the Oval Office, a President I very much support and love and look forward to (remember, please save your hate if you disagree - it is a free country). God bless my sweet girl for putting all this together as a surprise for me! Red, white and blue decorations, which she got up extra early to put together. What an ANGEL she is! I was feeling a little blue after I dropped Brady off at the airport, and a few tears did fall, because who wants to put their best friend on a plane on their birthday? But Brailey's efforts to make me feel special totally turned my blues around, and from here on out, it was a great day!
Then, another surprise - my parents sent me these gorgeous flowers! The delivery man was an older gentleman, and he sang me the entire Happy Birthday song before he handed me the arrangement. This is the most beautiful bouquet I can ever remember receiving - so lovely and colorful! 
I waited to open my presents until the kids were home from school - they always spoil me! As an example, these new shades are so perfect! I sent this selfie to Brady to show him how much I love them. My first pair of Ray Bans weren't really shaped for my face, but I think these fit just right! 
So anyway, January is obviously in full swing. The weather is colder than it has ever been since I have lived here, and it seems weird to see snow on the sides of the roads, but we seem to be in the clear from more snow and ice at least for a few days. I am so ready for winter to be O-V-E-R! But I am grateful we are all healthy and happy and guess what? It's a good life, so why not live our best one? 2017 is here, and we are ready to live it up! 

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