Wow! I'm finding it a little more difficult to post regularly since I'm back at work. It feels like there are so many things to do when I get home (think cleaning pump parts, make dinner, talk to Kev) and this doesn't even include what I want to do the most...get as much time possible with Elliott. I'm sure it will get easier (or is this wishful thinking) as I get used to it, but right now I'm still trying to work on the balance of it all. I'm finding Monday is probably my most difficult day because I work a full day, then we have small group at 7, and then I leave the next day for work at around 7. The good thing is once I make it through Tuesday, the rest of the week feels like it is downhill. I totally miss Elliott at work, but I'm not miserable because I know she's in good hands, and I've actually enjoyed being at work again. That's a plus.
Thanks for all your super helpful comments about the carbon monoxide and dressing a baby in the cold. So helpful! We got a good carbon monoxide monitor (one that plugs into the wall...thanks Vicki!), and so far it hasn't gone off. We are a much happier family in the warmth of a heater. Makes me incredibly thankful we actually have a heater.
I'm still working on my 3 month post for Elliott (I can't believe she is already 3 months), but in the mean time, I thought I would share with you one of our favorite new traditions with our friends Stuart and Amy and their sweet little boys. They're some of our dear friends who we met after college, but constantly say to each other, "Why weren't you in my wedding?" Do you have friends like that? We have experienced a lot together, like
a trip to the Big 12 Championship in 2004 (we look so young),
a wedding in Eureka Springs,
a vacation to California
and Seattle, and SO much more.
Back when we were kid-less, it was easy to get lots of quality time together. Fast forward 6 years, quality time is limited and looks a little different. They have 2 precious little boys who are 3 (almost 4) and 1 and 1/2 years old. You can imagine life is slightly chaotic. Well this year, in an attempt to get regular time together, we started "lattes after pilates" on Saturdays (or "lattes pilates" as their little guy says). I have pilates at 8, then we meet at Starbucks or Cafe Plaid for coffee then walk around campus. Our conversation is not completely uninterrupted, but the boys are pretty occupied running around looking at fountains and such. It is fabulous! Here are some pics of our time last Saturday.
Never realized how difficult it was to get a good picture of such active subjects. This is the best we got. :)
Everything is so interesting when you're a kid!
Elliott conked out in her stroller.
What a cool dad!
Do you have any new traditions you have started recently?