02.02.15 | IT'S FEBRUARY!

a lot of people tend to hate february, and i don't blame them. especially if you live in oregon. the weather is still awful, it's no where near spring yet, and nothing special happens. unless you're me! because february is my birth month. and that typically means that i like to call february my BIRTHDAY MONTH! month-long celebrations, if i had it my way. c; it never happens but i like to milk it as much as i can.

anyway, none of these pictures have anything to do with my birthday but they're recent and seeing as how my blog has been somewhat neglected as of late, i wanted to post them. 

^^last week, we had a couple days where the fog finally cleared around late afternoon and so one of those days we took advantage of it! we took a little walk around the 'hood and grabbed the mail. claire's carrying all the paper mail and landon's got his newest koala crate for the month. apparently he's too cool to walk with me and claire anymore.
^^also last week we had a little starbucks date, just me and the kids. i've been selling some of their old toys on a fb group and we met the lady this particular morning. to get out the door, i bribed landon with a hot chocolate. easiest way to get him out the door, apparently. he was so excited to order it all by himself. and to get a couple of cookies to share with claire,  too. claire was excited to get her own water.
^^this is the face claire makes when i ask her to smile. it's kinda the best.
^^justin sent me this picture last weekend when he was upstairs, getting ready. the kids decided they were going to wear some of his clothes, apparently. 

other things of note:

// THE PATRIOTS WON THE SUPER BOWL! to all you patriots haters: suck it! i've been a patriots fan since tom brady entered the league (for obvious reasons, hah!) and have enjoyed watching them play every so often. for some reason though, this year i really got into football. like, we got redzone, and i didn't miss a single game. all season long. pretty hardcore. it's pretty awesome when the year you decide to really watch the game, the team you want to win  makes it all the way to the Super Bowl and then wins it. it was INCREDIBLE. did you watch it?! please say you did. and that you're not a seahawks fan. bc i don't know if i can still be your friend if you are. c;

// our taxes are filed! i think i may be the only person that enjoys doing their taxes but whatever, i do. i use turbo tax otherwise i fear i may not actually enjoy doing them. i really like seeing the little refund amount go up when i enter our information in. it's so rewarding!

// the kids are really into tents lately. justin has been making tents in landon's room and they've really enjoyed playing in them. when landon woke up this morning, the first thing he said was "so, let's make a tent under the table, okay?" so i did. and he played under it for five minutes? yeah, kind of a waste.

// they kids are also really into frozen again. it's really the only movie that claire will actually sit through and watch from beginning to end. i can already tell it's going to be on heavy repeat this week as the weather forecast is rain all week.

// so about whole30. no judging, alright? i made it three days. three. i'm pathetic. i was having major sugar/caffeine withdrawals and instead of powering through, i gave in. i was so gung-ho about it too! i know i can do it. i just don't think i was fully prepared for what i was going to be dealing with? plus, i am not an egg person and three days of having eggs for breakfast was the worst. i'm also not a big meat person. and i only like apples, with an occasional banana or grape, in the fruit department and as for veggies, again, i only like a select few. so maybe whole30 isn't the right program for me? i'm still drinking about a pepsi a day, but i don't feel like i need it. and i still feel like i'm making healthier choices - but i'm still eating bread every once in a while and some cereal. and i haven't completely cut out sugar. justin, on the other hand, has been doing really well! he isn't following it completely. like yesterday he had some doritos and we went out to dinner once last month where he had a small piece of bread and some dessert with me and landon but really, he's been sticking with it pretty well. he's down like 14lbs or something. so that's awesome. i've got plans to implement a regular workout routine soon, with the intention of getting up earlier and going to bed earlier, too. so there's that.

// also, i'm slowly organizing things in our house. the toy situation is out of control. so that's getting worked on and all of our paper stuff has been filed in our new (to us) file cabinet in the garage. i feel like i get little spurts of energy where i'm super focused on getting stuff done. they're few and far between though. c;

// and finally, i'm in the thick of making my sister's wedding invitations! i've got them all mocked up and everything. the next step is digitizing them. and even though it's somewhat tedious, i find it relaxing. hopefully i can get our desktop computer working long enough to get it done! 

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thanks for the input!