I’ve been pretty absent on this here blog the last few months. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things – not only to keep up the “online journal” of our lives for those few family and friends that actually read this, but also because it’s really beneficial for me to write. Sure, I could actually keep a real journal (and have one sitting in my nightstand ready for just that!), but I feel it would be a lot of negativity, which is probably why I haven’t started it. This blog was started to embrace the positivity.
While I’ve been absent here, I have been steadily active on Instagram. I love just using pictures to illustrate my life and all the good things in it. So for those of you not on Instagram, here are some of my favorite pics from the past few months as a way to catch you up on what we’ve been up to here in Rhode Island.
I decided my closet was too full of stuff I never wore. It nagged me every time I opened the doors. So one day in February, I decided to start from scratch. I pulled everything out of the closet (and I mean everything!) I got rid of anything that didn’t fit, was out of style, or was old and ragged. I would say I got rid of a least 1/3 of this pile and tons of shoes! Then I put what was left back, and it was so cathartic. Now when I open my closet, I don’t feel stressed or worried that what I pick won’t look good. What I have left is worth wearing.
We took a quick trip down to Maryland to celebrate Jeremy, Kristin and Papa’s birthdays. Somehow I managed to
persuade convince the gang to go to my favorite restaurant, Matchbox! And Meema and Jerry even joined us. It was a wonderful family lunch with delicious onion straws, pizza and sliders. Yum!
Movies have been a big part of our long cold winter up here. We saw Frozen twice, and I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD next week. (Thank you Amazon Pre-Order!) But the real family favorite was The Lego Movie. We also saw it twice – once with friends and then again in Maryland with the family. Such a surprising ending that, of course, made me cry. I’m such a sap. “Everything is awesome!”
Jeremy has been wanting a “garret” in the garage since we moved in. The rafters are so high that it feels like wasted space up there. Since I couldn’t comfortably give him the green light for a play area in that space, he realized storage was his only hope. We had to clean out the attic for new insulation to be put in, so we decided to put it all back in the garage instead along with our seasonal outdoor decor and patio furniture. The whole process took about 3 hours and $50. Those are the kind of projects I like!
The kids had their Winter Break the week of President’s Day. Thankfully Nana was able to come and watch the kids during the day while Jeremy and I worked. Weather wasn’t great, and we had to take both cars to work most of the week, so the kids and Nana were stuck at home a lot. To get us all out of the house and having fun, I took an afternoon off and enjoyed some Duckpin bowling with the kids. The bowling alley we go to is so old school. So old school, you keep score with paper and pencil. So old school, there are only about 10 lanes. So old school, it is simple, easy and fun!
This picture was taken in my favorite chair in my favorite room. We have a corner of windows in our living room, and on sunny days, the chair in that corner gets so cozy and warm. It was the perfect place to snuggle with Cooper for a little bit. I am loving his age right now. He is still a little lovey, but also maturing and growing and learning. I wish he could stay like this forever. I asked him if he could, but he said he has to get older every year on his birthday. Bummer!
And just from today, here are the kids doing the tree pose before their yoga class. They’ve been taking some enrichment classes before and after school this winter. Yoga seems to be the favorite. Mason is also taking hip hop, and they both take tennis. Their last yoga class is next week, and I get to participate! I’m excited to learn more and have a little “namaste” time together.
So there you have it. My Instagram update! I’ll try to do this more. I love sharing our daily life pictures and also giving a little more background to the stories and memories built from these moments. I hope you’re finding good in your days as well! Feel free to share below.