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Whew! I have made it through the first week back to school/work after the holidays. It has gone pretty smoothly, but man am I tired! I've got to get myself back onto a sleeping/eating/living schedule really quick so that week two doesn't feel quite as exhausting!
Thank-you so much for all your comments on my "resolutions" in my last post. It feels wonderful to have so many supporters!
Speaking of resolutions, I came across this list of New Year's goals and I found it very realistic:
|Borrowed from the Simplified Bee|
Amen to all of that, wouldn't you agree?
I am joining again this week with Amy's Five On Friday. Here are five photos from my phone that illustrate the week that has been.
Number One: My daughter wanted to spend some of her Christmas money on a new stuffed animal. I suggested we visit "Build-a-Bear Workshop" where she could create her own stuffed animal.
She quickly chose a rainbow-hearted bear that she scented with strawberries and dressed in glittery pants and a sequinned top. "Valerie" is the perfect bear for her!
Number Two: In order to cut down a bit on my cookie/cake/muffin consumption, I have switched to enjoying a low-calorie hot chocolate as a dessert after my meals. It satisfies my sweets craving and adds some milk/calcium to my diet! A cute mug helps, too!
Number Three: I took a week to un-Christmas and unclutter the house. I am gradually adding back in the things I love and the items that will bring joy during this un-exciting month of January.
(Those oranges were gone in 2 days by the way. They are just SO GOOD this time of year!)
Number Four: On the last day of holidays I was up before the sun worried about the lesson-planning I hadn't done for school the next day. So, I was in my kitchen by 6am, lesson books and coffee in hand. By 7:30 I had done enough prep and I decided to drag the family out of bed too, and take them out for breakfast.
Everyone grumbled and complained until their meals arrived at the table. Then, all of a sudden, smiles abounded and no one regretted the early rising time. Here's my breakfast - a cinnamon swirl brioche bun covered in bananas, pecans and caramel sauce. It was more like a dessert than a breakfast, but I didn't mind! :)
Number Five: Now that all of my Christmas crafts are done (or not done and packed away!) I've gone back to some unfinished projects that I was working on back in October. This patchwork quilt made up of circles appliqued onto squares is now mostly done after a enjoyable sewing session one night this week. I need to pick up some backing fabric and binding ASAP and I hope to get the whole project done in the next week. Watch this space. I'll let you know how it's going......
Got any plans for the weekend?
So far nothing is in stone here, but I really want to check out a tea-shop or café somewhere near by. My usual date, my daughter, is unavailable due to another "date" with her grandparents. So I may have to give her brothers a try. I think my 7 year old would be adorable in a tearoom, but I am not sure how long he would last. It definitely wouldn't be a slow and relaxing tea time.
My older son (11) would enjoy the cake and sweets but will be wondering when the meat and potatoes will arrive at the table.
Hmm......I guess it might be a "tea room experiment."
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Have a great weekend everyone!