This year I had the added bonus of getting to spend time in Michigan with my in-laws. I know, I know...most people are like...what..you want to spend time with your in-laws without your husband?!? (CME had to work.) But seriously...I love my mother-in-law! And all our Michigan family! What was even better was the fact that there was a beautiful blanket of snow covering the ground! Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy snow? No? Well, let's just say that it is right up there with coffee and PB2! :) I truly felt like I was in a Winter Wonderland!
And the NSVs that went with it? Well, for starters? I can't remember the last time I actually got out and played in the snow. Not only did I make a snow angel this year, I actually ran a (very) few times up and down the (slight) hill in my in-laws' yard. AND I wrestled with the boys...finally taking down my 14-year-old. So he was already on his knees from taking down his brother...I still finished the job! NSVs all around!
On top of that, I did something I haven't done since I was a teenager... I went ice skating!!! Was I graceful? No. I could blame the hockey skates that had shoe laces too short to even begin to tie, but I'll not do that. I'll say it's for a lack of skating in over 30 years! Oh. My. Gosh! It was so fun! Bonus...it was outside! In past, I not only would have worried about falling, but I would have worried about the possible humiliation of trying to get back up after falling. Was I afraid of falling? Yes. Did I? No! Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY! Another NSV!! Plus, we visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum (which was totally decked out for Christmas!) where I rode a carousel; walked up 3 flights of stairs without being out of breath; yeah...the whole day was full of NSVs!
Another NSV happened when I met up with CME's Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and his family. Before having dinner at The Corner Bar, we stopped at a The Rockford Footwear Depot. I didn't need shoes, but they also had 30% off all their apparel. I found the cutest Merrell sweater dress that was already on sale. I got a $90 dress for $20!!! Size aside (Medium)...seriously, that's an NSV...being able to walk into a store and buy something off the rack!
But the very best part of the trip was the time I got to spend with the family. My boys...my mother-in-law...and every member of CME's family in MI. The only way this trip could have been better is if CME had been with me. It was a GREAT time. The boys thanked me repeatedly and they even put up with my silliness. Oh how blessed I truly am!
So that's how my time has been spent recently. Two years ago (12/28/11) I began this blog. My life has changed so much in these two years!!! Tomorrow, the boys and I are running in a New Year's Day 5K...expect a blog post after that too!
Until that time, here's a glimpse of my life recently... I thank God for this life He's blessed me with and pray that I can use it to bring Him the glory He deserves!
|Love this man so very much! My best friend and support!|
|All 4 of my kiddos! <3|
|CME, my kiddos and g-baby!|
|My kiddos...and my Saudi "son"|
|Love my boys!!|
|I think I've about got him...or vice versa??|
|I really did get him down...before they piled on their Mom!|
|Ice Skating with my sister-in-law and nieces!|
|Busha and her Grandkids|
|Great time with my sons!|
|Ha ha ha!|
|My youngest...who knows WHAT he's telling his Busha!?!|
|Oldest son and my nieces on the carousel.|
|Busha and my youngest.|
|Selfie with Santa!|
|Picture for his daddy...the geography major! Maps are cool!|
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14