The first InstaFriday of 2014 (& my first in a while!)

I haven’t posted an InstaFriday in forever, maybe even a year at least. But I’m laying in bed at 4:30, wide awake because of a husband who has to leave the house for work right about now, and decided to try it out again. Mostly because of something Jeanett said in her InstaFriday from today, instagram is her favorite (mine, too! I love it more than any other social media outlet out there) and telling the story behind these pictures is what her Fridays are all about. Sometimes we can only say so much in a caption.

My pictures this week only go as far back as Monday evening because I broke my phone on Christmas day & a friend gave me a new phone to use on Monday until I’m eligible for an upgrade. I sure am thankful for generous friends, even if now some of my pictures are a little more grainy than usual (it was only an iPhone 4, but heck, free is free).

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Monday night I broke out the bubbly. Sure, it wasn’t New Years Eve yet, but I had a hankering for a nice cold glass of champagne, and with my unopened bottle sitting in the fridge tempting me, I just couldn’t resist. Good thing too, because on New Year’s Eve Mike and I fell asleep on the couch watching a movie and missed the ball drop completely. Oops.

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This was my bed on the last morning of 2013. All four snuggled in for about 2.5 seconds until one of them shouted, “I’m still hungry!” which in turn made all of them shout, “I’m still hungry!” and run for the kitchen for more breakfast. Is it only me or do your kids eat a full meal and then say, “I’m hungry” five minutes later? These kids eat all.day.long and I fear my grocery bill when they are teenagers!

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Mike usually works at least a little bit of Christmas Eve & New Years Eve every year, but was pleasantly surprised with having both days off this year. We decided to do something fun as a family in celebration of the last day of 2013, and bowling was something the kids have never done before. I had signed us up for the kids-bowl-free summer promotion AMF does but never got around to taking the kids this past summer. After seeing how much they enjoyed it on Tuesday, I will certainly be signing up again this summer but actually be sure to take them! We had an hour of bowl time and that was just enough time for us to get one game done (and probably how long their attention for the game can last right now). Lexie & Mike even made it into the strike club & they didn’t complain one bit about having to wear those fancy bowling shoes.

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On the evening of NYE, we celebrated with yummy food, a fire going outback in our fire pit, and fancy drinks & glasses for the kids (sparkling cider in plastic champagne flutes). Seeing as Mike and I passed out on the couch just after 10:30, the kids obviously didn’t make it to midnight either. One of these days…
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New Years Day in Florida started out gray & rainy. A perfect day to lounge around & do absolutely nothing. I read a book on my iPad (one of the free Amazon books) and eventually when the rain subsided, Mike and the kids went outside to play a bit. We were going to go on a family bike ride now that the girls have gotten better at riding their bikes, but my bike has bit the bullet, so Mike took them around the block on his own. I guess I’ll be spending some of my Christmas cash on some new wheels for myself. One of our family goals for 2013 is to be outside more, I see a lot of bike rides in our future. Speaking of goals, for some reason I forgot to upload the picture of our goal sheet for 2014. I made it a new tradition this year for us each to jot down a few goals for ourselves and then Mike and I made goals together for our family as well. I can’t wait to see how this turns out when 2014 comes to an end.

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I traditionally make all the New Years Day southern staples on January 1st: ham, black eyed peas, greens. This year I had seen a pin about a crockpot recipe for something called Hoppin John. It said it was a traditional New Years Day recipe, too. I decided to try it out and was pleased with how it turned out, especially because it was such a dreary day. Perfect comfort food paired with a nice slice of bread. 20140103-042740.jpg

Yesterday, we ran a few errands and met up with friends for lunch at Chick-fil-a. By the time we were heading home, the rain was starting again. We got home just in time to curl up on the couches for a little afternoon down time. Tucker pulled out his trains in the afternoon, perfect play for a rainy day. That evening, the kids were doing a little pretend play while I was getting dinner ready. They were dressed as mommies & daddies & workers. They carried babies & bags & phones and were talking houses & meetings & dates (say what!?). It was pretty precious. They were using the living room as a workplace, and one bedroom was a hotel (my kids love staying at hotels) and another bedroom was home. I really should have video taped them.

20140103-042749.jpgLast night, while Mike was getting the kid’s bath ready and I was finally putting away our Christmas trees (all the other decorations came down a few days after Christmas but the trees I usually keep up until after New Years), Tucker was at his desk writing. He would come out & show us these “love notes” he was writing to the us & the girls. This boy is seriously the sweetest kid and such a good brother. I love the part where he tells us “you tack us fun plasis” and that the girls can “some timebs you can watch tv in my room”. I hope he is always this sweet & caring of his family and others.

Okay, now that it’s just on the verge of 5 am, I think I’ll try to get some shut eye. This little “up when Mike leaves” situation is okay this week since I don’t have anywhere I need to be, but I don’t know what I’ll do come next week when I have to go back to work, too. I see a lot of coffee in my future (& a few dark circles under my eyes, too!).

Happy first InstaFriday of the new year! I can’t wait to read along.

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2 Responses to The first InstaFriday of 2014 (& my first in a while!)

  1. Mindy Curtis says:

    LOVE the 2014 banner. And the notes by your boy are too sweet!!!
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