It's 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night, and I feel like I'm just now sitting down and recovering from Christmas break. The bonus of being a teacher (and being married to one), is the generous break for the holidays, which we used to drive from Florida to Wisconsin and back. With a toddler, a 5 month old, and a dog.
The extreme exhaustion from driving through the night and the gigantic dark circles under my eyes were totally worth it to see family, participate in Christmas traditions, and play in the snow with our babies! Although, tbh, Teddy and I walked out in the snow, took a few pictures, then retreated for some hot chocolate and snuggles, so... yeah. At least Pippa appreciated it! And it reminded me not to take for granted the luxury of wearing my $2.50 Old Navy flip flops year round in Florida.
So here I am, sitting in bed with my laptop trying to catch up on lesson plans, blog posts, and
with half-unpacked suitcases scattered about the floor. But my calendar is color-coded and filled up, my
for the year is chosen, and my husband and I are ready to start our
tomorrow to ease ourselves into a healthier lifestyle, get rid of some accumulating Christmas cookies around the middle, and boost our energy (although mine will be modified since I'm still nursing Teddy).
A few things of interest as you ease yourself into the New Year:
+ If anyone is interested in some guidance in your personal Bible studies, our pastor has started a Read the Bible in a Year group on
. It's an awesome community of people encouraging each other, asking and answering questions, and growing in faith together.
+ The 30 Day Systems mentioned above have free shipping until January 17th! We've got an awesome group of people with similar health goals getting started this week. If you're not sure you're ready to commit, we have a Facebook group with healthy recipes, workouts, encouragement, and healthy lifestyle tips so you can watch and learn more. Who wants in?
And now for a barrage of holiday photos for your viewing pleasure and for posterity's sake:
And finally, back to this:
Hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start!