and today i woke up excited to put some of my shiny new january goals into action. i think my first act of the day was -- drumroll -- deleting the facebook app from my phone. if i decide come february that i really missed it, i'll bring it back. [and i'm still planning to check in from my computer of course -- this will just help me eliminate that mindless faux-connectedness that random frequent check-ins tends to bring].
YES. onward to more patience, less distraction, and more deliberate pursuits. such as the book i'm about to read [for 5 minutes] followed by the nap i'm inevitably going try to take.*
new years' eve: josh and i have spent many 1/1s in miami beach, but this one was pretty special since we actually LIVE here now. a's grandparents along with her uncle and aunt [josh's brother + s-i-l] prepared a feast consisting of "everyone's favorite foods." from burgers to bananas [there were a lot of kids!], everything was incorporated.
bebe presenting the table
dinner for 13 [5 kids, ranging from 20 months - 7 years, plus 6 parents and 2 grandparents] was pulled off with nary a hitch. i was impressed.
the artichokes were my favorite part of the dinner spread -
with luscious mushroom risotto a close second
[although my official favorite food contribution was peanut butter --
which was incorporated into dessert!]
1/1 so far:
thus far, i haven't had to go into the hospital, which allowed for:
* this run:
[even though i look like THIS now:
OMGGG, i still have 7 weeks left until my due date. how is this even possible!?]
* family outing to south pointe park in south beach [annabel with her uncle + cousin]
* more outdoor time at our local playground:
happy new year!
PS: i haven't forgotten about the monthly donations --
late this fall, i started donating all monthly earnings from this blog to different worthy causes [here's november and december]. this month's recipient to be announced tomorrow.
* subject to pager/phone call interruptions, as i'm on call, but i am feeling zen about it and remain open to whatever comes. the end.