It was a much quieter week than the Christmas week. THANK GOODNESS. We still had family things on the Monday and Tuesday but the rest of the week was completely chill. Here’s how it went down, and we owe this post to my friend Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feets for hosting yet again this week’s Week in Review. *applause* *boob flash*
I was able to start off the week with a solid 10 mile run with Lora, and we finished up just before it started to snow. After coming home and showering, and while I was getting ready and prepping for Andrew’s family to come over, my sister Tracey texted me saying that they’d be passing our house on the highway behind where we live. I couldn’t invite them in so I told her to honk and I’d wave the brightly-patterned patio cushion above the fence while they drove by.
I just lost all my readers.
Okay so whoever is still with me, we had a great time that night with Andrew’s family. Drank dranks, ate too much food, as usual. Excellent. Then the very next morning I started ripping down all the Christmas decorations and dismantling the tree. I guess I got distracted during the clean-up because all of a sudden smoke started coming off the leather kitchen chair I had left in front of the fireplace, the one I used to stand on to reach the lights up high. I nearly burned the house down, and it wouldn’t be the first time.
After Ethan saved our lives by yelling “THE CHAIR IS ON FIRE!” we got ready to go bowling with my extended family. I ended up with a DNS because I got caught on the phone with one of Jake’s doctors. Although when I did manage one shot, I got a strike. YASSS. Pure luck. I suck at bowling.
I got up at 5:45 to drive Jake to work on most days of the week so I’d just come home and run right after that. Wednesday was a quiet day but Thursday stayed pretty busy from the second I got up. After I dropped Jake off, I ran, and then got groceries, then brought Kylah to basketball, drove out to Langley to pick Katie up from her cousin’s, got back into Abbotsford in time to drop Katie and Freddy off at Jason’s (his wedding rehearsal was that night) and then after that it quieted down and I really just spent the rest of the day resting. I read my book, we got pizza for dinner, and Ethan’s cousin slept over and they went to bed at a decent hour.
I got my hair cut on Friday morning. I hadn’t had a professional hair cut since September 2015! She took a couple of inches off the length and then gave me some long side bangs, which I love.
The rest of the day was a bit of a struggle fest. I think the stress from the holidays finally started leaking out, probably because I had just published a post on how well we managed everything. Murphy’s Law, right? Sometimes we just have to ride out the waves and collect ourselves once we’ve been spit out onto the beach. I spent the day alone with Callum, which I made into something special. He and I are a good little team.
The kid hasn’t been outside in days because the weather has been so bad, but it was sunny that day so I bundled him up and let him dictate where he wanted to take us. First we went to the park, then Starbucks for a cake pop and some chocolate milk, then the pet store to visit the kittens, and then back home to play playdough, read books and snuggle. After I put him to bed at 7 I hopped on the treadmill and sweated out some stress (I’m so thankful for running!) and then I climbed into a hot lavender bath. SO RELAXING. Then I crawled into bed beside my little man and went to sleep.
The next day, Saturday, I woke up at 5:45 to drive Jake to work and then came home to run outside. It was so icy so I walked a lot but I was listening to an incredible podcast and didn’t mind at all the extra time it took me to get back home. I showered, got Callum ready, we ate breakfast (green smoothies and banana toast) and headed out again. This time it was snowing but we still went to the park, visited the kitties, picked up my MacBook (I got it serviced) and then headed to the dairy farm to visit the cows. Callum loves that place.
Callum fell asleep in the van so I parked outside Starbucks and used their free wifi to do some writing. It’s a pretty vulnerable post, but I’ll share it when the time is right. I think it will be a helpful one for me, and maybe someone out there as well.
Now I’m typing this in real time. It’s Saturday night, New Years Eve, at 8:55 pm. I’m alone, with Callum fast asleep in our bed upstairs. I have a decaf coffee and Bailey’s beside me and I had every intention of working on my book (I spent about an hour on it today, which felt great!) but I’m so tired that I may just pack it in early. The year 2016 already knows what I’m thankful for, and the year 2017 senses my hopeful optimism, so there’s no need for me to get all up in their grills at midnight. A gentle nudge tomorrow morning on the soft blanket of sparkling snow will do just fine.
Okay so I did end up going to bed at 9:30, snuggling beside Callum in bed with me, and then we both woke up at midnight for a second to the sound of fireworks, but once I pulled him into me, he settled down and we fell back asleep.
On New Years Day Sunday morning I got up early and headed out into the freshly fallen snow for a 5 mile run. It was so serene and just what I needed. Later on in the day, I layered Callum up with his snow stuff, picked up Katie from Jason’s and took the two of them to the park to romp around in the snow.
They had a lot of fun and Callum nearly fell asleep on the couch beside me in front of the fire, but I kept him awake so that he’d have an early bedtime.
What did you guys do to ring in the new year?
Did you stay awake until midnight?
What changes are you hoping for this year?
Have you ever stood in line to get into a favourite restaurant?