February may have been short, but it was full of love and fun. Henry enjoyed his first Valentine’s Day at school. (And mom almost forgot to buy said Valentine’s, but I’m giving myself a break on that one.) We finally had a break in the cooler temperatures and enjoyed some serious sunshine in Arizona, too. (Plus some wonderful family time.)
February highlights …
We have been doing lots of house dreaming this month – making final decisions for the house. And Ryan’s been making big progress on the plaster. But in terms of finished projects, here are a few favorites …
Maybe it was the warmer temperatures. Maybe it was a little getaway. Maybe it was feeling like I actually (kind of) have myself together. But this was a good month. I felt like I didn’t lose my cool (as often). And I did a good job of putting aside all the to-do lists and just spent time hanging out with my family, reading or relaxing.
I’m sharing the books I read each month – in (approximately) the order of favorites. Partially because I love to see what books people love and partially because I think reading actually does make me a less vile person – thus leading to my goal of kindness. Maybe it’s convoluted. The links with to the books are affiliate links on Amazon, in case you want to buy any of the books I’ve read.
- Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (review on Goodreads)
- Long Man by Amy Greene (review on Goodreads)
- Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon (review on Goodreads)
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (review on Goodreads)
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (review on Goodreads)
- The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (review on Goodreads)
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (review on Goodreads)
- The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston (review on Goodreads)
- All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner (review on Goodreads)
- The Heir by Kiera Cass (review on Goodreads)
When it comes to kindness, I want to be the person who encourages and uplifts the talents of others. Here are a few things I’ve really been inspired by this month …
- Moody guest room at Primitive and Proper
- Pantry organization at Hudson and Company
- Barnwood wall at Maybe Matilda
- Big boy room at Crazy Wonderful
A few things that helped us make it through the month with a smile:
- DINNER WINNER Kids’ Dinner Tray (A hit with my picky eater – this has been a fun way to encourage healthy eating.)
- 3/4 Sleeve Raglan Tee (I love the fit of these tees – long and roomy. I want all the colors.)
- Makeup removal cloths (I cannot believe how well these work. Quick and easy at the end of the day.)
- I want to be an astronaut (Henry’s favorite new book of the month)
Next month …
Is going to be a good month – I’m talking about even warmer temperatures (fingers crossed) and more house progress. I sure hope we are close to painting by the end of March, which would be such an amazing step in the process. But I’m also trying my best to be patient – supporting my husband and all the hard work he’s doing to make this home for us. It’s not a quick job, but I’m so proud of how far it’s come and how wonderful he’s done.
In regards to kindness, I need to focus more on being kind to myself – my health and my mind. So I’m going to try to work on getting more activity in each day and considering the things I’m eating and drinking. (More water. Less junk.) Nothing too major, but trying to be kind to my body.