Well, so far January hasn't gotten off to a great start. The January blah's have hit me. This happens to me pretty much every year in January so you think it wouldn't catch me off guard but it always does. January is such a long dark month. I'm tired of winter, I haven't seen the sun in ages.
I always spend January planning vacations that I can't afford to take. Yesterday I priced out a cruise and a family trip to Disney World. We're not going on either, I just like to pretend we are because the idea of it cheers up my January blahs. I research airline prices and hotels and and pick out travel dates and show all of my ideas to Shawn who is used to my January travel planning and just smiles and nods like I'm not insane.
To add to my blahs we had a major plumbing problem in our house last week and we're still in the process if getting everything working again. A week ago our water softener broke and released a sandy resin into all the pipes in our house. We woke up one morning to no running water and totally freaked out. Thank goodness we figured out what the problem was and we've slowly been able to take all the toilets and faucets apart, clean out the resin and get the water flowing again but it's been a frustrating process. The kitchen faucet still isn't working and Shawn has finally given up and has a plumber coming over this evening. We got the resin cleaned out of it and the water is flowing through the pipes again but he had to completely take the faucet apart and he can't get the pipes reconnected properly again. Having no running water in the kitchen is driving me a little crazy.
Not everything is blah around here these days though. Matthew started the gifted program at school a few weeks ago and absolutely loves it. Both boys got their high green belts in taekwondo recently, which is awesome! Clarissa is talking more and making me laugh 50 times a day. She recently decided that she's obsessed with strawberries, but she calls them strawbabies, which is ridiculously adorable. I keep giving her strawberries just to hear her say it. :)
She has such a cute personality. She loves to sing, so we sing songs together a million times a day. She also really loves to color-I think we have a budding artist on our hands! She's really interested in colors and can identity several of them. She walks around the house all day pointing to things and saying "what color is that?". She can pretty consistantly identify pink, red, yellow, blue, black, white and purple. She's getting so big! She turns two in a few weeks, which I can hardly believe. Last night I watched some video we took in Korea and it was really fun to relive those memories and think about how far we've come.
So aside from the fact that I'm in the middle of my January blahs, things are going pretty good around here. I'll continue to plan vacations I'm not really going to take, Shawn and the plumber will get the kitchen sink fixed, the kids will continue to make me smile and we'll keep plugging along. The good news is that January is over half over and life always looks better in February. :)