We spent most of this January in TX with my family. We were so happy to skip out on some of the winter and enjoy much nice/fallish weather.
Annie has had a bit of a mental "growth spurt" in January...over the course of a few days she seemed to start making sentences much more often and even started playing different, much more advanced pretend play. Its been fun! She can be a bit more descriptive about things she notices and how she feels. She has started to pray all by herself sometimes...she starts out really strong, naming people that she knows and asking for God to keep them safe and she ends with any words that pop into her head, we've heard phrases like "Ikea hotdog" "nighttime, daytime" and just any random word you can think of.
Calvin is just so sweet. He is definitely an easy-going baby and is ok with anyone holding him, as long as he is being held. :) Still working on getting those naps longer than half an hour each (which can easily become 4 naps a day) and waking up less than 5 times in a night. I didn't worry too much about all the crazy wake-ups while being in Texas, but since we've been home we've managed to get that number down to about 2 wake-ups per night. (usually!) And his naps are actually improving a ton as well...up to 1 hour and even 1 1/2 hours for each. He is 5 months old, rolling over back to front and front to back and he has discovered those toes!! He loves Sophie and LOVES his sister. They make each other laugh a lot now.
Michael is on parental-leave this month and has been able to get so much school done. And we have been so spoiled having him home with us...its been a dream!! I'm dreading the day he goes back to work, but so thankful that he has a job and that he is so hard-working.
And I have been so happy to be back home. I've been taking an online course called "Marriage for Mothers" by Rachel Jankovich and I have been reading some wonderful books too. I have been challenged and encouraged in my calling as a wife and mom.
Well, that's us, and that was January.