Happy New Year! Now that we’re a few days in and my schedule goes back to normal, I thought I’d share a few new scenes from life lately. I’ve been thinking about some goals for 2016 and reflecting on the whirlwind of 2015, but I think I’ll save those ramblings for another post. After all, it is the Monday after a long holiday break, so let’s keep things light and easy today!
Obviously we’ll start with the little man. 🙂 He’s been a bundle of joy this winter break. William runs faster, talks more, and gets smarter every single day. Lately, he’s been loving chase and loves it even more when he is caught as he bursts into a hilariously adorable bout of contagious giggles!
Speaking of giggles, I was in stitches when I noticed William’s hair:
For Chanukah, one of William’s big gifts was this awesome play set. (For those interested, it’s the Step 2 Woodland Climber and it’s amazing!) It’s plastic, so as William climbs up the stairs and goes down the slide, his hair builds up some crazy static. I always see how long his hair is in the bath tub when it’s wet and straight, but it looked even longer when it was sticking straight up! So funny!
Many of you know that Annette from Enjoy Your Healthy Life and I have been friends since we were just toddlers at the same Montessori school when we were two years old. Every time she comes in town to St. Louis (which is far too infrequently, if you ask me!), we always make sure to get together. Our catch up dates have become even more special now that we bring our little ones. Just as we played for countless hours growing up, now our littles can, too. This was the first time I got to meet Annette’s new little peanut, Lexi!
linking up with katie and erin
(Stephanie, how in the world do you get such amazing shots of babies, toddlers, and families? Clearly a skill I’m missing! I used the one shot – out of 100 – where they were at least all somewhat looking!)
I’m grateful to have had this friendship in my life for 28 years! Annette is such an inspiring woman who is kind, intelligent, and passionate in all aspects of her life (and bold!). She’s an amazing mother, friend, sister, wife, and fitness instructor, and always has time to catch up! While we live thousands of miles apart, we text often and always pick up where we left off from the time before. Conversations between us are honest, lively, and endless and remind me what true friendship is. Now only if I could convince her to move back to St. Louis…
I love having time off work because it means a lot more time to have play dates with my friends! One of my best friends, Diana, has a baby who is almost one named Emily. We always laugh when we get Emily and William together because William can be a bit rough with Emily. It’s funny because he’s not usually like that, but William usually is the youngest of his friends, so, really, he’s the one getting pushed. Well, this play date was no different. William threw a fit when Emily played with his toys (we are working on sharing), so I asked him to find Emily a toy she could play with. He brought her one of Zoey’s dog toys… That was no accident, I’m sure! Little stinker!
We definitely made progress when we moved the play date to the basement and William actually wanted Emily to sit at his table with him. Baby steps!
Another play date with William’s best bud Wolf happened. Wolf is a few months older than William (and one that definitely beats up on William, at times… out of love!). Wolf got a new tent for Chanukah and the boys LOVED playing in it. It was so fun to watch them actually play together, instead of parallel play which is the stage that happens before kids playing with each other. Sometimes their playing together led to quarrels (who was pushing the grocery cart first?! who gets to hold the bottle of ketchup?!), but in general, the boys play very well together!
Wolf’s momma is Julie, one of my closest friends. We went to a St. Louis Blues hockey game last week. While we may have been more interested in taking selfies, talking, and deciding what food to get for dinner, we had a blast and did watch part of the game. We brought home a winner!
New Year’s Eve 2015 was wild and crazy over here! William played with his cousins Audrey and Jacob, they partied with crowns, and William was out by 7:30. Oh baby, oh baby!
Too early to wake up! No pictures, Mom! C’mon! Ok, fine, just one.
Maybe how some of you were feeling on New Year’s Day? 😉
What new scenes do you want to share? What’d you do for NYE?
From the bottom of my heart, I wish each of you a healthy, happy New Year full of love and laughter! Thank you for your ongoing support. xoxo