One word characterizes January in our home- celebration! Not only have we celebrated multiple birthdays but we've also thoroughly enjoyed simple time spent together. Last month was rather challenging and exhausting, and so a month of calm and joy was welcomed.
|Happy Birthday, dear!|
David enjoys craft beers, and so I themed his birthday cake and gift around that interest. I made a beer cake with a beer flavored icing and candied bacon garnish (it was just for him to enjoy and so I made a mini cake). I gifted him a set of beer glasses so that he can enjoy the various types of beer in the appropriate glass.
|Happy 2nd Birthday, Tennyson!|
|Happy Birthday to me!|
I think we all had such wonderfully special birthdays, and felt deeply loved afterwards. That's the point, right? I really enjoyed our simple birthday celebrations!
|7 months old!|
|24 months old!|
My New Year Resolution was to write weekly on the blog and monthly on the book. So far, accomplished! Some weeks have been a challenge to break away to write, but I have so enjoyed being able to do so and being able to continue to fulfill my resolution. Thanks to David's gift, I was also able to write another section in my book. Hooray!
We've also made big strides in regard to getting sufficient sleep and reducing stress. We've finally been able to move Annelise to a bottle. This has made a huge difference for everyone! She sleeps so much better and is much more content when awake. I'm able to more adequately care for Tennyson and our home.
Now that things have calmed down a bit, I feel like I need to get a better handle on managing our home and days. I believe the best way to do so is through the use of our daily schedule. However, it's difficult to just jump into a well-planned and well-organized day. The best way to ensure success is to ease in to establishing the tasks as regular parts of the day. Therefore, I've contemplated and decided to take our daily homemaking schedule and create weekly homemaking challenges. It's always exciting and encouraging to me see little successes, and then also step back to see the progress made on the overall goal(s). This Homemaking Challenge is that for me. So, I'm eager to begin next month!