You guys, February was fantastic, so don’t let me lack of blogging tell you otherwise. While California’s drought is a bit scary, I have to admit that I’m loving our mild winter. We have spent a lot of time outside as a family, and we’re enjoying the simple things like trampoline jumping, avocado picking, and cul-de-sac playdates with “the neighbor boys.”
…Here’s what I’ve been up to…
Books: I mostly read Amy Poehler’s new book, but skimmed the last half. And I’m almost done with Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Mind. So good.
Music: Uptown Funk has been on constant repeat since December. Also: Sugar by Maroon 5 is my new jam. The super cute music video, combined with a few family weddings, has given Anna major marriage fever. A few days ago we had a long discussion about the appropriate age to get married. Right now, she’s convinced it’s 16. Sigh.
Food: Anne and Amy’s Chicken Noodle Soup is amazing, but if I shared the recipe I’d have to kill you. (Just kidding. I’m too lazy to type it all out.) We also tried Blue Apron this month because of their “two free meals” deal. The food was delicious, but I didn’t love the concept. Each meal took an hour to cut, chop and prepare. With a little boy who still likes to be held, especially in the late afternoon, I rely on pre-made food, make ahead meals or simple, 15 minute or less prep. Have you tried Blue Apron?
TV/Movies: I made it through the Parenthood season finale, sob, and wish the series wasn’t over forever. Did you watch? We also saw American Sniper (double sob) and I’ve been sneaking in a few episodes of Sister Wives Season 5, because I can’t help myself, and nothing makes laundry folding more fun.
Podcasts (new category!): I’m still really sad that Serial is over. I need it back in my life. But if I’m on the treadmill, I do have a few other favorites. This American Life’s If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS was one of the better podcasts I’ve heard in a really long time.
Wearing: Jenny gave me the greatest ever birthday present: a hand-me-down Lululemon workout top. (She remembered that I wanted one last year, and hers didn’t fit well anymore, so I got it! Score!) I’m also loving this tiny gold ring from Ashlee and my favorite pair of black skinny jeans. The stretch on these babies is so, so forgiving.
A few of my favorite purchases in February: This drawing for our new hallway gallery wall and lots and lots of Girl Scout Cookies.
Things I loved in February:
- Sarah’s wedding in San Diego (January 31st, but it still counts.) Anna nailed her flower girl job duties; smiling the whole way down the aisle and sitting quietly in the front seat during the ceremony. The rest of us had a blast dancing, eating cookies, and feeling the love of family and commitment. That photo at the top of the page is the happy couple and us, at their rehearsal dinner.
- Lots and lots of sunsets, all month long. It’s a New Year’s goal to catch 1-2 sunsets over the water each week, and so far, I’m doing it! We even caught an amazing sunset during the Superbowl halftime with cousin Isaiah.
- Visiting the Melvins at their new house in Costa Mesa.
- How Anna is calling everything “cute.” Example: “Mommy, your wedding photo is so cute.” and “Mommy, this birthday card is so cute. Awwwwwww.”
- Owen learning the word “applesauce” (or, to be specific, a grunting rendition only we can understand.) He uses this word daily to communicate his food preferences.
- Writing the feature story for Kidaround’s latest issue, which comes out today!
- My birthday (I went on a beach walk! I got a pedicure! I drank a Blenders! And we had a date night!)
- Valentine’s Day at the beach with our kids. It was 80 degrees. Crazytown.
- Hachoo’s weekday visit, our birthday dessert at the El Encanto, and flying kites at Elings during sunset hour.
- Anna graduating to the next level of swim lessons. The girl launched herself into the pool yesterday and then swam back to the wall. We are so proud of her! And she is SO proud of herself.
- Spending too much time on Glide, catching up with my college girlfriends, and sending each other funny messages using the Crazy Helium Booth app. Trust me, it might be the most entertaining thing you’ll ever download.
Pope Francis’ Guide to Lent: What You Should Give Up This Year (hint: you might be surprised.)
A trip to Chicago for a Redbud meet-up, finishing What Alice Forgot (it’s so good!) and receiving Shauna’s new book in the mail.