January as it happens

1. Ellie sees a glimpse of her first snow flurries.  As much as I love California- and being a Californian- I am somehow totally content that Eliana is a Chicago baby.  It just seems so appropriate since this is where T & I met, fell in love, & have lived all of our married lives.  I'm so happy she'll have Chicago rooted deep down in her heart always.  

With that being said.
I hate the snow.
And I think she does too.  ;)

2. Ellie's toys & books are multiplying by the day it seems.  Which is such a joyful sight for this mommy!  I LOVE when she gets new stuff- it feels like Christmas day when I show her something new & I can't wait to see how she's going to respond to it.  Most of the time I'm more excited about her toys than she is- but whatever.  I've been working & spending Christmas money on a sweet little spot for all her toys.  It's in the front of the house, in the same room as T's office. 

A date!  How nice this was.  Taylor's brother was staying with us for a bit before Moody started classes again & we were able to leave Ellie with him & sneak out for a coffee/tea date at our favorite coffee shop.

You guys.  We're doing this cah-razy diet thing.  My mom, husband & I.  No sugar, no gluten, no preservatives, no dairy.  Paleo on steroids.  Whole30.  So we eat meat, veggies, tons of eggs, fruit & some nuts & olives.  That is about it, folks.  Everything from scratch.  Everything good for you.  My cravings for a diet coke, and T's for a cheeseburger are strong.  But we're on day 11 & have not cheated once!  I think I am starting to feel more clear headed & bright eyed than I have in a long time.  I'm curious to see how much money it will end up being in the end (we're buying the cleanest meat & eggs possible- & the fruit & veggies are not all organic, but are all from Whole Foods).  We haven't eaten out at all though this month because it'd be way too hard with the restrictions- so that part of our budget added to our grocery budget might help.  My poor budgeting hubby.  ;)  At first I truly hated it & wanted to hurt the people that invented it- but now I'm thinking- it's not that bad!  It's a lot of friggin work, and that may be my biggest complaint.  I spend a lot of time at that stove there.  

1. It's freezing here & I cannot drink enough tea.  Also.  My mom made this incredibly beautiful gray shawl & it goes everywhere with me.  She's so handy at crocheting & over Christmas taught me some stitches.  I'm excited to work on a scarf & try my hand at it!

2. My little girl in her leg warmers.  She is just a couple weeks away from being 6 months old & I am dying over how fun she is!  She truly is sunshine to my heart every single day.  My pregnancies knocked me out guys.  Spiritually, emotionally, & for sure physically.  I feel like I'm finally starting to lift my head out of the fog for the first time in a year & a half- but even in those foggy, confusing & dark days- Ellie could always get a smile out of me.  She is just the cheeriest little one I've ever met.  So thankful she's ours.

 1. I'm learning so much about staying at home with Ellie.  I think some people will always have the perception that stay-at-home moms sit around all day- and that's fine.  But it's just so not true.  I'm not going to debate that it's harder or easier than a working mom's life- because I just have no idea.  But it's a reality that staying at home 24/7 with your baby is hard work.  It's hard, and it's rewarding, and it's beautiful, & it's hard again.  And I'm learning that taking a quick break is absolutely necessary!  T is back in school part time, and working full time so we're trying to juggle raising E without family here...which is so hard...but with the two of us I can at least get a break every couple days even if it's just to run to the grocery store without Ellie.  So helpful.

2. This one breaks my heart.  Our friends Dave & Sarah are moving to Taiwan at the end of this month.  Over the years we've gotten to know them through church & outside of church- and we just love them. Sarah is one of those girls in Chicago that I feel really comfortable around. I feel like she gets me.  And she's so joyful.  Her & her husband are absolutely so precious to us- as is their sweet baby girl growing inside of Sarah.  Their daughter has some possible health issues that are truly very scary- so if you ever think about them- pray.  Pray on behalf of their sweet girl.  And you can keep up with their story here.

1. I hate the winter.  That's all I have to say. 

2. I feel a photography bug.  It's been a long time since I've felt like getting my DSLR out & playing on photoshop.  A long time.  And it feels really, really good to want to play with it again.  Really good. 

I feel like I talked way too much just now.
How are you?
How's your January going so far?