And just like that, Chapter one of twelve for this year is complete. Goodbye January, hello February.
We have had an incredible month, full of wintry fun, outdoor adventures, indoor hibernation, and loads of family time. Here are the highlights...
Winter hikes are so good for the soul. When it's cold and everyone is sick of being indoors, but then the weather warms up for just a minute, long enough to rush to the woods, it just feels so good to breathe in fresh air.
Our hike this month was to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. I wrote about it here. It was an hour drive for a rigorous 2.3 miles, but we spent lots of time exploring, and some time flying the boys' drones in an open field. It was a great first hike of the year, and we can't wait to log some more miles!
It happened! 18 inches (give or take) of beautiful, wet, big flake, perfect packing snow. It was amazing. In Missouri, when we do get snow, it's often with frigid temperatures, meaning dry snow that's not good for anything. But this snow was perfect. The temperatures stayed in the 30's so it was perfect for playing outside. The boys built a fort, an igloo, and a snowman. There was also plenty of snowball throwing, and a trip to the park for sledding! I hope this is a snowfall they will never forget.
New RecipesI tried several new recipes this month. Here are a few that I wrote about on the blog.
Spinach Pear Salad
Easy Ranch Pretzels
And the links to some other recipes I tried, but didn't post.
Greek Layer Dip (perfect for watching playoff games!)
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Healthy Crockpot Potato Soup
I finished a novel during the month of January. Shocking, I know. Shocking because I typically only read non-fiction. But I'm really trying to like fiction, and so I decided to start checking out novels from the library until I found one that stuck. And this one stuck! It only took me three books before I found one I could get through. I say all that to say that if you're also not a fan of fiction, then maybe you would also like this book. The main character has great inner dialogue, and the book is set in Maine, which is interesting. Also, her family is quite dysfunctional, which always makes for an interesting read. Check it out from the library, or buy it here.
I took the boys to see The Boy Who Would be King. The boys gave it 2 thumbs up. I thought it was clever, and loved Merlin's character, but it is not a movie I'm dying to see again. The best part was being with these two.
Oh my goodness. This dog has us wrapped around his paws in every way. He is so incredibly spoiled by every one of us. We are so lucky to have this fur baby as part of our family. He turned 2 this month on January 3rd, but he still seems like a giant puppy.
I'm trying to take a family selfie every Sunday this year. Here's how we did for this month.
Thanks for reading! We are looking forward to the next month of adventures!