Hey there, it has been one hot minute. I have been trying to keep busy during the last few weeks, but a lot has happened since we last had a chat, so let me keep you updated! We experienced Boise snow, Calvin had a big milestone, and we got a visitor!
Boise had its first snow of the season on December 2nd. We were not prepared for it, so we mainly hung out inside and listened to Christmas music and stayed cozy. I realized I didn’t have snow boots, so we couldn’t go sledding or go out to build a snowman otherwise my feet would get wet and cold. Calvin got to experience the snow for the first time, I’m not sure he knew what to think of it. Taylor and I dressed him in a warm snow suit and brought him outside to play. We set him down in the snow and he just sat there looking at it. He didn’t want to touch it because the snow was too cold. Maybe when he starts walking we can take him to a park to go sledding.
The following day was Calvin’s first birthday! I spent the whole day remembering the first moments with him. Its bittersweet knowing that the first year is over, but there’s so many more experiences ahead. He’s growing so much already! His smile lights up the room with his ten teeth… no, that’s not a typo… that’s ten teeth. He loves water, both to drink and to play with at bath time. His favorite food is anything that comes from a cow. He really likes cream cheese and spinach mixed together. We gave him lots of that for lunch, and then spent the evening at a Christmas party from a small group in Meridian. We even could bring a smash cake for Calvin’s birthday celebration! I decided to go with a chocolate cake. At first, he seemed hesitant, but after a little coaxing, he had both fists full of cake and frosting! Just like that, Calvin’s first birthday was over.
This week has been a busy one. Monday afternoon I went to the airport to pick up Taylor’s sister. She flew in from Seattle and will be staying for a full week. We have all been so excited to have her with us for a week! We don’t have much space at our apartment, so she’s been sleeping on the couch which has worked out fine so far. She is practically attached to Calvin… she missed him so much! Monday night we ate dinner downtown to welcome her to the city. Tuesday was a relaxing day. We took a walk around the neighborhood and Calvin fell asleep in the stroller while we browsed around Tuesday Morning (a home décor store). The downtown library has a “baby readers” class Wednesday mornings, so we went to that and then met up with Taylor for lunch. In the evening after Calvin’s nap, we went to The Village, an outdoor mall in Meridian. They have a small ice rink for children, pictures with Santa, and a fountain. Calvin loves watching the water come out of the fountain! In the evening, Taylor, Sabrina, and I sat down together and attempted to follow along with a Bob Ross painting video. It was messy, and none of them turned out as good as his. But we all had fun! Thursday was a busy day. In the morning we went on a short walk. Taylor got home early because we had a meeting with a real estate agent and then had a date at the DOL (woohoo). It didn’t take as long as I thought it would! In the evening, I went to a ladies Christmas dinner event at another church in Meridian. Today is Friday and we have a lot to do. This morning we went to a gym for kids, called The Sensory Playce. It’s designed specifically for children with special needs, but they welcome all children too. Calvin crawled and climbed everywhere, he loved it so much! On our way there, we FaceTimed Avery, who specifically wanted a shout out in today’s blog post (hi Avery)! Tonight, Taylor and I have a date night planned. We are going to a hockey game downtown and then staying at The Grove Hotel. It should be fun! Saturday, we plan to go to open houses in the area and then maybe go ice skating after! Sabrina goes home Monday afternoon, so we might take it easy on Sunday apart from going to church in the morning. It has been wonderful having her visit with us, and I will be very sad to see her go.
As you can see, I’ve been keeping busy for the past few weeks. I still have lapses of loneliness and moments when I feel tempted to not do anything but sit around. Writing things down in a planner really helps me to visualize activities that I set myself to do, and it’s easier to follow through on them! I hope to keep busy, but in a good way! One of my goals for 2019 is to say yes more and follow through with commitments that I make. Here’s to a busy season!