I was going to sit down and write an apology for my sudden disappearance from the blog world. I was going to explain how busy I have been and how much I have been doing. But then, I realized… I haven’t been busy at all. And I’ve loved every minute of it!
The past two weeks have been full of deliciously unimportant-important time spent with my kids and Chris. Afternoons are low-key and slow-paced for once. I’ve been leaving work on time instead of staying later, which means afternoons with my kids are longer and much more enjoyable. Weekends have been just as relaxing. Laundry gets done load at a time, in between movies and long bike rides and errands to places like bookstores and playgrounds, instead of grocery shopping and Home Depot trips. (Though, there have been a fair amount of Home Depot runs lately as we renovate the kids’ bathroom… More on that later.)
We’ve had pizza nights with friends, trips to the park, movie nights, family renovations projects, tea parties, math night at preK, forts in the front yard, forts in the living room, forts in the kids’ rooms, baking adventures, and kindergarten paperwork.
March 1st brought about a whole new set of goals for my happiness project, too. I have been waiting anxiously for this month’s goals! Starting yesterday, I begin walking the dogs every single day, participating in some kind of physical activity every single day, and running three days a week. I’m ready to get up and get moving! So is Big Molly. We’re getting ourselves ready for bathing suit season!
February goals were hit and miss. Here’s what I decided:
Goal 1: Drink a breakfast smoothie every day – This was the overwhelming winner of February’s goals. I love making my frozen smoothie packs on Sundays and then throwing them in the blender on weekdays before school. I have really felt a difference when I drink them, too. I haven’t gotten sick or even felt crummy in a month now. Well, except for that little stroke thing… But the flu and a stomach virus has run through my school all month, and I didn’t cough once!
Goal #2: Replace all snacks with vegetables – FAIL. This didn’t happen. Like, at all. But, I did realize that I didn’t snack a lot in the first place. I have one mid-morning snack while I’m teaching, but it’s a Koshi bar and I didn’t feel the need to replace that. Plus, the whole idea of replacing my snack was so that I would eat more veggies, but I’ve made a conscious effort to add veggies in other places instead. My smoothies have spinach, carrots, and other various veggies thrown in. And our dinners have been fresh veggies lately as they begin to come into season here in Florida. So, I didn’t really care that this one flopped.
Goal #3: No sweets. This one was a win/lose. I learned that I need a little sweet in my life. But I did try to be more aware of when I had sweets and how much I had. So, a cookie or two after dinner? No big deal. An entire sleeve of Thin Mints in one sitting? Bigger deal. Moderation was the key to cutting way back on the sweets. And it was key to my happiness, too, which is the goal, after all.
So far, my year is going better. I do feel happier, despite a little medical blimp on the radar. I am still feeling incredibly tired. Not sure what that’s coming from. I have tried to diagnose myself medically, but I am finally starting to accept the fact that sometimes I get tired. Sometimes my body needs to rest for no reason other than that it’s tired. And so, I do. I sleep a little later when Chris lets me. I take naps when the kids nap on the weekends. I lay around and read by book while the kids play. And, miraculously, I feel rested! Ha! Who knew?!?!
Really, though, life has been pretty dull lately. Not blog-worthy at all. And, you know, I kind of like it that way.