I was planning to do a post earlier this week about how last weekend was really great. It was the perfect blend of fun and relaxing. The kids were funny and sweet and - this is probably the most important factor - cooperative. Jonathan and I went on a official dinner date at our favorite restaurant. Finally I had a chance to wear my fabulous new red dress! The food was delicious and overall we had a really lovely time. On Saturday I ran six miles, and on Sunday we went to church. Swede and I made Christmas M&M cookies and helped decorate my parents' Christmas tree. The kids napped and I drank Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea with a book. It was everyday wonderful in the way that you always hope life will be.
Is this the face of someone who's been sneaking cookie dough while I wasn't looking?
Drinks at Torchy's
That long-winded story pretty sums up how I feel lately, which is: alternating between a) peaceful and content and that I have all my ducks in a row, and b) that I'm failing in pretty much every aspect of life and that I will never again catch up at work or make it through a morning with the kids without losing my patience.
In other news: I made plans last summer to go visit and run a half marathon with my friends Jill and Kelly in Florida at the end of January. Now that it's almost here I've realized how foolish it was to think that both kids would be easier for Jonathan (or anyone) to handle solo by then. So I'm thinking about bringing Swede along for our first girls adventure weekend. I know everyone travels with kids, but I haven't yet and it makes me extremely nervous. But I think it could be really fun. My friend Kelly has two little girls aged (almost) three and five - I know Swede would love playing with them. And I'd like to run a flat course in warm weather at zero elevation. And I'd love to see my friends and do another race together. We met up for the Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in November 2012 and then Jill came to visit Durango for the Steamworks Half Marathon in June 2015. Please convince I can handle the travel!
At the Savannah Rock 'n' Roll in 2012
Swede is so into all things Christmas this year - It's everything that I hoped it would be and more. She loves to examine all the ornaments on the Christmas tree and sing "O Christmas Tree" together. She likes the Grinch and Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, and you should have seen her face light up when we told her there's a Peppa Christmas episode on tomorrow. We're doing an Advent calendar (with M&Ms) and my mom is doing one with fun little toys. We've been baking (probably too many) Christmas cookies, and reading Christmas books every night, and we're doing a Polar Express train ride next weekend. Abel's contribution to the Christmas spirit is that he isn't old enough to have any say regarding his wardrobe so I've gone a little overboard with festive outfits.
Both kids are obsessed with this new ornament
- Day in the Life: I think these glimpses in everyday life are fascinating but I can never remember to keep track and take photos throughout the day, or I keep waiting for a perfect and/or typical day, which, I need to face the facts here, is never going to happen.
- Thoughts on One Year with Two Kids
- Pros and Cons of Working from Home
- The Planner Post: I love Sarah's posts on planning and organization, I've been using the Erin Condren Life Planner for several years and my 2017 version just arrived!
- The Time We Went To Paris/Amsterdam: Did you like The Time We Went to Austria? I might do similar posts on Paris and Amsterdam but I don't have enough photos from any travel before 2012.
I think that's all for now! What would you tell me if we were having coffee?