How old are you? "Free!"

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Henry turned "free" on Saturday and although the week started out with a stomach bug that involved each one of us, it ended with a low key bang on his birthday. We started the day with birthday doughnuts, he opened presents and played to his heart's content, and then played at a friends house while Ryan and I went to NJ for a quick trip to buy a grown up couch (hurray!). He had chocolate cake, pasta for dinner, and got a little wild around bed time, which meant he had played nice and hard all day.

We love this vivacious three year old. He's getting pretty talkative, loves to play with Walter, loves to make noises, sing, play, move and throw. I'm excited to sign him up for his first formal sport/team this year, I have a feeling he's going to LOVE it. He recently said that his best friend was Walter and he loves our neighbors and friends from nursery as well. It's so fun to see friendships really emerging and playing together happily moments lasting longer and longer.

I present to you, the many looks of "Henry, please can we take a picture together?"


On the new year, and feeling good.


I've gone to bed way too late these last few days, and Walter even woke up last night for an hour and we had to do some sleeping triage with Henry in our bed while we calmed a loudly crying Walter, but these last few days have been heavenly.

I can't pinpoint an exact reason, but it just feels so good. We've got a routine going, Henry is more helpful and I can reason with him a little bit more. Walter is getting bigger, more toddler-like, more boy-like. I feel calmer, and even putting the boys to bed on my own last night while Ryan worked late I was good, in a rhythm, and not completely done/exhausted.

Also, I'm really in love with my boys right now. Not that I wasn't before, but, they're really lovable right now. They're not little robots, but even with their meltdowns or sadness when something doesn't go their way, they're just lovable. 

I don't know if I'm doing my feelings any justice right now by trying to put into words how I feel, but it just feels good. I'm sure this new year has something to do with it, too. My outlook is better, I feel more positive, I've been writing down catchy little life themes to help me get by like 'you have to finish what you start' and 'life is tough but so are you.' 

There was even snow this morning and so we watched a movie, made cookies, played.... It was a good day to be the mama of Henry and Walter today.

++ In 101 in 1001 news, I started my gluten free/dairy free month yesterday so for the cookies this morning we made these peanut butter oatmeal cookies. I made some with chocolate chips for the boys and some with raisins for me, since I didn't have any dairy free chocolate chips in the house. They're easy and yummy and definitely satisfied my baked-goods-because-it's-snowing craving.


2015: 101 goals in 1001 days.


We've made multiple lists, posted one once, then deleted it forever on accident. This one is for real. Honestly, being here in nyc is super helpful because this list could just consist of city goals, but we decided to make that a smallish part of the list and still focus on some bigger personal goals, spiritual goals, and goals we have for the boys and as a family.

I'm not sure what these next few years will hold, but I'll try my darndest to make sure we accomplish at least this, and record our experiences here as we go along.

New York City
  1. See a Broadway play
  2. Family pictures in Central Park
  3. See the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  4. Go to the Central Park Zoo
  5. Go to the Bronx Zoo
  6. Attend an event in Madison Square Garden
  7. Ride on the Bryant Park Carousel
  8. Get tickets for a tv show
  9. Go see the Macy’s Day Parade (or the balloons the night before)
  10. Ice skate in Central Park/30Rock/Bryant Park
  11. See the AMNH Christmas Tree
  12. See the Bergdorf Christmas windows
  13. See the Plaza Santa
  14. Go to top of Empire State Building
  15. Take the Staten Island Ferry
  16. Visit the Cloisters
  17. Take a trip to the beach
  18. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  19. Go to the Transit Museum
  20. Bike in Central Park
  21. See the TODAY show live
  22. Visit September 11 Memorial and Museum
  23. Date night to a jazz club in Greenwich Village
  24. Visit the United Nations
  25. Eat at Katz Deli
  26. Lunch in Chinatown (Prosperity Dumpling)
  27. Go to economy candy
  28. Brunch in SoHo
  29. Eat at Chelsea Market
  30. Eat at Grimaldi’s
  31. Hot Chocolate at City Bakery
  32. Go on a tourist bus tour
  1. Read the entire Book of Mormon
  2. Family scripture study for one month consecutively
  3. Memorize 12 scriptures (at least 3 from each standard work)
  4. Attend the temple as a couple each month for 4 months consecutively
  5. Do temple work for 5 family names
  6. Have a family indexing party
  7. Read an entire Conference Ensign within 6 months of publication
  8. Keep a gratitude journal for a month
  1. Wear red lipstick
  2. Reread all Harry Potter
  3. Run a half marathon (formal or informal)
  4. Schedule 2 paid family/children photo shoots
  5. Gluten/Dairy free for one month
  6. No candy/sweets for a month
  7. Make/Buy reusable sandwich bags
  8. Sew a shirt
  9. Sew a baby blanket
  10. Sew aprons for the boys
  11. Tech-free Sundays for a month
  12. Join a gym
  13. Get ring polished
  14. Buy leather boots
  15. Take a vacation without the family
  16. Get a pedicure
  17. Central Park rowboat date
  18. Write in journal for 30 consecutive days
  1. Reread the Divine Comedy
  2. Run a 10K
  3. Cheer for the Dbacks in New York
  4. Read two Dickens Novels
  5. Read two Doris Kearns Goodwin books
  6. Take photography lessons from Emily
  7. Write in journal for 30 consecutive days
  8. Make 10 family blog posts
  9. Study Spanish consistently for three months
  10. Do two home-improvement projects
  11. Win a fantasy baseball/football league
  12. Become competent/confident in the kitchen (cook three saturday meals in a row)
  13. Buy high-end dress shoes
Walter and Henry
  1. Henry goes to his first baseball game
  2. Attend Kindergarten (Henry)
  3. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  4. Play catch (formally, with baseball gloves) with Dad
  5. Sign the boys up for a formal class (art, soccer, etc)
  6. Have a themed party with friends
  7. Learn how to ice-skate
  8. Memorize a scripture
  9. Visit Dad’s Office
  1. Buy a couch
  2. Buy dining room chairs
  3. Hang pictures up in living room
  4. Embroider Christmas stockings
  5. Buy a nativity/advent
  6. Create a 72 hour kit
  7. Visit 3 new baseball stadiums
  8. Weekend vacation for just the adults
  9. Go on a cruise
  10. Vegetarian dinners for one month
  11. Unplugged Sundays for one month
  12. Send out Christmas card
  13. Send out birthday cards to all family members
  14. Go to the baseball Hall of Fame
  15. Collect 12 Christmas books
  16. Watch all of Lord of the Rings
  17. Watch 2 Indiana Jones movies
  18. Reach a Saving Fund Goal
  19. Stay under budget 10/12 months in a year
  20. Within 6 months of employment, have a fixed budget
  21. Add one more to the family