I usually start off my posts saying something about how fast the time has gone and I can't believe another month has gone by. That is not the case for January. January was the longest month in existence. I'm certain there were at least 74 days in it this year. That all said, I am so glad it is now February. We are ready for a fresh start around here!
We started off the month by paying a towing fee. We took our friends to the airport in December and then I drove their car back to their apartment complex and parked it. Unknown to me, reserved spots are printed on the pavement. Due to snow and ice I couldn't see the reserved sign and their car was towed. Since I don't live there I didn't know the car was towed until I went back to get it 10 days later. By this point the impound company had had it for at least a week and the fee was $700 to get it out. With a little luck I talked them down to $400 but it still sucked.
Then my car decided to break and needed $1300 worth of repairs. WHAT IN THE WORLD?! Some stupid intake manifold broke. Needless to say I am still mad at my car and so Rob is driving it.
Oh and then my favorite thing happened. While I was in the shower my kids decided it would be a good idea to hammer on our big tv with their toys. Shattering the entire screen.
So if I wasn't feeling broke already, this was really the cherry on top of it all.
The towing company has been paid, my car is fixed, but we still have no tv. Some lessons are best taught through consequences.
On to a little happy...
Charlotte is recently loving necklaces. Specifically this old pearl necklace of mine. She wears it to everything- James swimming lessons, church, around the house. Its amazing, and she's really fancy.
I made A LOT of baked goods this month. Because lets be honest, I eat my feelings.
We did have this one miracle afternoon in which James napped. It was glorious. Up until he decided to wake up in the middle of the night (multiple times) for the next four nights.
Suffice it to say this kid is no longer allowed to nap. So I'll just appreciate his angelic sweetness in this photo and forget about the lack of sleep in January.
We had a few warm days so the park was a must!
James has been rocking swimming lessons this season. He has a perfect record of actually getting in the pool. HOORAY! He loves the time he gets to spend with his buddy, Cohen.
James finally got his new glasses! After the optical shop broke them and then forgot to order them, we finally got them 4 weeks later. James loves the red color because he says they are spider-man glasses. I was so worried about whether or not he would keep them on, but he is such a good sport. He wears his patch everyday for 4 hours and keeps his glasses on all the time. It is seriously such a huge blessing!
Charlotte has become even more wild. She is a constant mess of stains and messy hair, but I love her. There isn't much that is delicate about this lady but she constantly keeps me on my toes.
Her newest discovery is that it is better to eat a peanut butter and nutella sandwich by opening it and licking out the inside than actually taking bites.
James has developed an interesting fashion sense this month. He is all about putting on whatever clothes he can find. This particular day he got dressed, was so proud of himself, and then asked me to take a picture of him and send it to Aunt Nicole.
We made a trip in to the city to see the Batmobile at the American History museum for this little super-hero loving boy. While we were there we also played in the mini Julia Child kitchen.
This is what I see every morning:
all of my people in my bed.
I secretly love these quiet moments that we get to spend together, and I am really grateful for our king sized bed.
We also had a lot of fun at scramble this month:
We went swimming at Cub Rub RECenter. They have an amazing indoor play feature, lazy river and whirlpool. Charlotte was in heaven as this was the first time she was in a pool without being held. She went crazy! She was splashing, jumping, and floating. I'll never forget her sweet little chubby toes sticking out of the water as she was floating down the lazy river.
James was so worn out that he totally passed out on the way home.
Don't worry- Char was wide awake. haha
Three days after swimming, Charlotte noticed that her feet had gotten cut up on the bottom of the pool. Once she found them (even though by this point they were healed) she couldn't stop freaking out about it so I told her to "bring your chubby little toes over here so I can look at them." She thought "chubby toe" was the term for the sores and couldn't stop calling them her "chubby toes."
Char singing wheels on the bus:
What we are looking forward to:
-Our trip to England!