Happy 2017! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here. Christmas was a lot of fun but sort of a mad-house; we did Christmas Eve at my parents’ condo and then had my family over Christmas morning. The girls both got a little overstimulated on presents and sugar, but I didn’t mind so much, as Drew was making mimosas with fresh squeezed mandarin juice  😉

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Our good friends Dave and Rachel made their annual visit the next day. We had a relaxing few days with a trip to the children’s museum, some beer brewing for the boys, a trip to the Harmony for walnut burgers. Junip was introduced to Where’s Waldo and she’s kind of amazing at it!

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And then off to Arlington Heights for Christmas, round 2.

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(Sorry Lindsay, but I laughed so hard when I saw your expression in this one!)

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^That would be Drew trying to lure Quinn down the slide with blueberries.

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Plenty of time for games, decorating eating a gingerbread house, nerf wars, reading, and snuggles.

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It’s been ages since Quinn last fell asleep in our arms. Drew was soaking up the snuggles while the gettin’ was good.

And, if you ever need to lure all the children in the house to one spot, the answer is: Daniel Tiger on your phone. They wander over like moths to the flame.

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We’re home now, and I’m fighting off the post-Christmas slump with cleaning and work. Took the decorations down yesterday while Junip was at school (she handled their absence remarkably well) and am now catching up on paperwork and a ketubah order. The girls have been so sweet the last few days; a break in routine always seems to refresh them. I hope the same can be said next week – Drew and I are flying to Oregon for a wedding. It will be my first time away from Quinn for more than a few hours. Grateful my sister and parents will be babysitting, but still feeling kind of weird with guilt.

And, resolutions: renewing the date-night resolution (last year we aimed for twice a month and totally failed. This year I’m going with the more realistic goal of once a month.) And also, only eating eggs that are sustainably farmed. We are good about this at home, but I’m guilty of ordering eggs at restaurants where I know they’re getting factory farmed eggs (mostly an issue when we’re traveling.) Drew is going vegetarian! (At least for the year.) Oh and my last: more acts of kindness for my loved ones, particularly handmade surprises. I used to do that more and I miss it.

Happy 2017!

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