Steve has been home for most of the month, with just a few days of work here and there, and that has definitely made the month much more fun for the whole family. He's able to get some projects done and spend much (much) more time with the kids every day than during the rest of the year when he works so many hours. Despite little bumps here and there, the kids are in pretty predictable stages in each of their development, especially where sleep is concerned, and so we are able to get a surprising amount of alone time during naps and the evening hours after the kids have gone to sleep. We'd love to sneak away for more dates than we're currently able to, but really we can't complain too much.
Our days have been filled with...
lots of outside play
(despite it being -15 degrees outside)
plenty of indoor snuggle time;
sleeping bags are always a great way to get
him to settle down and read for a while
the first rays of sun returning to our yard since November
(one of the negative aspects of living so close to Pioneer Peak,
it completely blocks the sun all day long for nearly three months
of the year; so we get daylight, but no actual sunlight)
more outdoor playtime for the kids
while Steve and I work on projects
Not pictured: plenty of cookies, hearty soups nearly every day, eggs-bacon-toast for most breakfasts, movie-watching, train-track building, Bible reading, and some deep cleaning thrown in here and there.
January, I'm sorry for disliking you all this time; does it make it better to know that I'm really warming up to you now?