Kevin had a birthday! It was a Monday so he had to work until about three but I think he still had a good day. We started out the morning with smoothies. His work people took him to lunch at Los Cuates. He was able to come home a little early and take a little nap while Ava was napping too. Then we just hung out. Ava and I made him Thin Mint brownies (from a box) which we had with ice cream after dinner. Dinner was food his parents picked up Pars (Mediterranean cuisine) and brought it to our house. We did presents and then bedtime for Ava and Owen. Monday night football would have been on, so I’m sure we checked in on the game. Kevin is just the best and I love celebrating him any chance I get.
I also had a birthday. I felt lots of love – texts, Facebook posts, phone calls, etc. Owen started off the gift giving by sleeping two four hour stretches overnight, plus a shorter stretch in the early morning hours. Kevin got us breakfast burritos from our favorite spot. Then he had to go to work and I hung out with Ava and Owen. Sue came over for most of the morning. Kevin made us delicious chocolate peanut butter smoothies for lunch (decadent but light and healthy enough to feel good after our massive burritos). Ava and Owen napped simultaneously for a bit. He took a few good naps, including a cuddle nap with me, through the day and she took one really long nap in the afternoon. I read my book and did enough around the house to make myself feel productive. Kevin brought home roses and a beautiful card and an amazing spa package gift certificate. His parents came over and we all went to dinner at Los Cuates. I had steak fajitas. Owen and Ava were both really good little kiddos in the restaurant. We went home and had ice cream with Kevin’s parents who surprised me with my dream Coach purse and a pretty pearl bracelet as a gift. The kids went to bed well and Kevin and I got to cuddle on the couch in front of the fireplace in our room. Owen slept a four hour stretch to end the day. It was such a nice day!
I actually didn’t have ice cream on my birthday because I’m doing a no sweets challenge with my sister this month. It has not been too hard to resist the sweets because I made it a point to borderline overdo it in late December. I was snacking on candy and cookies basically all day and now – dare I say – it feels good to NOT be eating that stuff.
Lisa and I are doing a year long challenge. We each chose six things and then assigned one challenge category to each month. Here they are, broken out:
January: No sweets
February: We set dollar amounts and are limiting discretionary spending for the month so no going overboard with clothes shopping, Amazon purchases, eating out, etc.
March: Send a card to a friend or family member each week of the month.
April: 10,000 steps per day each day of the month
May: We’ll each choose a book for the other person to read.
June: Drink half of body weight (or more) in ounces of water each day.
July: Do a 30 day fitness challenge of some type (squats, lunges, plank, whatever).
August: No eating out (I think Lisa’s going to try to do no eating out – I told her there was no way I could do a month of no eating out – hello, we eat Dion’s at least once a week – so I’m limited to one eating out event per week)
September: No alcohol (I won’t drink at all; Lisa is limited to one drink a week – girlfriend loves her beer like I love my Dion’s)
October: No fried food
November: One big DIY project or two little DIY projects
December: Try one new recipe a week.
Speaking of recipes, I had Dinner: A Love Story: It all starts at the family table on my Christmas wish list and got it. It has soooo many good recipes that I can’t wait to try. I basically read it cover to cover.
What else do I want out of 2018? I want to be more focused – whatever it is I’m doing. If I’m hanging out with Ava and Owen, I want to really focus on being with them. I want focused, quality time with Kevin. I want to accomplish things around the house without getting distracted by other things that need to get done. I want to find a balance between keeping the house tidy (because it seriously stresses me out when things are cluttered) and just letting go and letting Ava and Owen enjoy their play spaces. I want to get a lot of fresh air and I want to be physically active but not be a slave to working out x number of times a week.
What do you want to accomplish in 2018? What’s something random and recent in your life?