Gah! I just love this time of year. November was such a fun month for our family. Aside from Thanksgiving week, we didn’t have a whole lot going on, but it was a really happy month.
My month started out with a business trip to Pittsburgh, which was a blast. It was my first time being away from Kinnick, which was hard, but I was so grateful that my mom came into town to help Neal with the kiddos. I also pumped for 4 days, which was pretty draining (pun intended), but I was proud of myself for being able to pump while traveling.
I decorated the house for the holidays Veteran’s Day weekend, just like last year, and have really enjoyed getting into the holiday spirit. Even now, writing in the early morning hours by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree… it doesn’t get much better!
So what went well in November? After a couple of crazy months, I felt like I really settled in over the course of the month. July and August were all about having a newborn, healing my body, and sleep exhaustion. September and October were a difficult transition back into work, mainly because I was only back part time but I still had a full job to do. November was just calmer and I felt like everyone around me settled into the new routine as well.
What could have gone better? I think one of the most difficult parts of having two kids, working full time, and keeping up with all of our chores, responsibilities, and hobbies, is that Neal and I aren’t left with a whole lot of time for just us. I think we’re both really looking forward to returning to work full time in January, having both kids into their daycare routine, and redefining our lifestyle. These months home with Kinnick has been heaven and I know I’m going to have a really hard time sending him to daycare, but I also know he’ll love being with others. Neal and I are very thankful for this season of our life and it’ll be good to find our groove once we’re both back at work full time.
What is on the horizon? The semester at work comes to a close December 8 and then I’ll have a couple of weeks to work on projects before the winter break between Christmas and new years. I return to work full time on January 8, so it’s this balance of preparing for that week and enjoying these last 4 weeks home with Kinnick. Again, it’s bittersweet. I’m excited to get back to work full time, but I’m also really going to miss being with my sweet boy 3 days during the work week. I am really looking forward to the Christmas holiday and having that week with my family.
I am grateful for all that November gave to our family and I am looking forward to the month ahead! Ready or not, here we go! My goals are built around my 2017 New Years goals.
Coming Up In December
- Kinnick turns 5 months old
- Neal’s birthday!!
- Hair appointment
- CPR Certification in prep for my NASM CPT exam
- Traveling to Texas for a long weekend
- Christmas in Maryland
- Vacation in Nashville
December 2017 Goals
Investing in Family
- Visit the Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park
- Celebrate Neal’s birthday weekend (can’t wait to share what we’re doing!)
- Make the most of my time in Texas with my family and best friend
- Enjoy our family vacation in Nashville
Around the House
- Go through the kids clothes and toys
- Finish our landscaping before the ground freezes (just cleaning up the beds and redoing the drainage)
Prioritizing Personal Wellness
- Make studying for my Personal Training Certification a priority each day
- Track my eating in the Weight Watchers app as I follow WW Freestyle
- Workout at OrangeTheory twice a week
- Make healing my plantar fasciitis a priority
- Visit the knee doctor to discuss my torn meniscus
- Sit down with a cup of coffee and journal at least once a week
Preparing for the Holidays
- Create a list of presents to buy for the holidays and finish shopping
- Wrap presents as I buy them (trying to avoid the night before Christmas wrapping session)