Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy February!

As per usual, January has been a little more dreary than I had originally hoped. Every year between Christmas and New Year's I dream of an uncluttered house and new beginnings. While it is always refreshing to get Christmas down and new toys put away, January still always seems to be the coldest snowiest, and longest . Before I had kids, January wasn't too big of a deal, but now that I do have a few children, January also comes with a slew of different illnesses. I think we've been mostly home bound for the past 2 weeks, and intermittently before that. Today I saw a meme that said something along the lines of, "January is the Monday of the year." Can I get an amen?

Being trapped in the house is tough and it begins to take its toll quickly. The kids have been coloring non-stop. Well, Ellie has. Fitz mostly likes to take 1 crayon out of the bowl at a time and then throw each of them on the floor. He also loves to walk around with one gripped in his tiny had and practice his signature whenever it strikes his fancy. That's been fun, except I won't complain because I live in a day where magic erasers are plentiful. That boy loves to scatter things about the house. I spend most of my days following him around and picking up his trail of debris. His favorites are balls, mascara tubes, crayons, and random trinkets from Ellie's room.

We've also cycles through our extensive Disney least 3 times. Fitz will even sit for about 20 minutes, which is a winter miracle. I got Pinocchio yesterday and forgot how much smoking there is! Yikes! However, the music is the epitome of walking down Main Street in Disneyland. It makes me want to ditch Utah and all of our responsibilities and run back!

Today is February though and things already feel different! Well, mostly because we're finally healthy, but I was able to open my windows for about 10 minutes and that's a game changer. We had our little preschool in our house and Ellie and Fitz got some coveted cousin play time as well. Social engagements always perks our moods right up. It must be noted how good of a little cleaner Ellie is with the right motivation. Her cousins are exactly that and she swept through the house in about 15 minutes and had it looking spic and span. We'll be having them over everyday if this keeps up!

 It'll be warming up a bit over the next week, and even though it's supposed to be a wet one, I'll take it! Once February hits I'm bitten by the spring cleaning bug. Today I cleaned our bathroom from top to bottoms, and I'm not kidding, it sparkles. Side note: One of my biggest fears is putting my hands in rubber gloves and finding that a spider in one of the fingers after I put the gloves on. No, it's never happened to me. This fear of ridiculous things is second only to movie theater bathrooms while all the movies are going, but that's a post for another time. Anyway, when I pulled out my gloves today I made sure to vigorously shake each glove and then turn it inside out and then right side in, because I can't even take that chance. No spiders! My favorite cleaner (sorry, not natural) has been the Lysol Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner. It's good stuff! I also brightened up our front door with a new wreath. It's amazing what a little color can do.

We have a few fun things coming up over the next few weeks so I'm sure February will fly by and then we'll be heading to Hawaii at the end of March! Then it'll practically be spring, so I really don't have any complaints. I'm determined not to wish away a single day this year, so bring on the movies, crayons, and long chilly days. My kids are growing up too quickly anyway.

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