Wow, it's February 1st tomorrow! I can hardly believe it. It seems like it's been ages since I did one of my monthly round-ups, so I thought I'd throw in a few photos and tell you guys how we've been doing over here on the farm.
Photo from New Year's Eve. :)
New Year's Eve is usually pretty uneventful over here, or at least it has been for the past 6 years since we've had kids! Pre-kids, I used to meet up each year with my best group of girlfriends at a different location each year. We are all scattered between Texas, DC, Boston, Virginia and NY so it was always so much fun to all meet up and celebrate the ringing of the new year together. We don't do that anymore, but those were some fun times!
This year my sister and her financé came over as well as my good friend and her boyfriend that were both traveling home from Oregon. We drank lots of hard cider from a local cider mill and snacked and chit-chatted the night away.
We made it until midnight and saw the first moments of 2016. It was nice. :)
Other than that, this month has been very uneventful, but extremely relaxing. After the flurry of Florida travel and then holiday preparation, last month proved to be a little challenging for me anxiety-wise. In the first few years after having my first daughter, I had really bad anxiety (complete with panic attacks) which started happening out of the blue every year around this same time. During our Florida trip and a little after, I felt myself falling back into that anxiety a little more that usual, which was no fun, but with this month of quiet and stillness, I am feeling much better and back to my balanced self. Phew!
I got back into my daily walking routine, which has been so incredibly beneficial to me (my cholesterol was off the charts amazing this year!)
This is my absolute favorite place on the farm. It's a large hayfield about a mile out back from our house.
The snow you see here is pretty much all we have gotten the entire winter. This is extremely bizarre for this area of the US. Thank you, El Niño! I think it is supposed to be close to 50 degrees today. I don't miss the stress of winter driving, but I do wish we would get a good heavy snowfall at least once, just for the sheer beauty of it. Pumpkin Pie is totally crushed that we haven't gotten any snow. :(
Lots of calves are being born, but I haven't been able to get too many good photos of them yet! I will for next month though, as they are so cute. :)
Currently, the ground is totally dry and we have patches GREEN GRASS growing. This is just weird and I'm sure many of you that live around here can agree! Especially with places just south of us (DC, Maryland area) getting slammed with that snowstorm last weekend!
Overall, January was a lovely month. I stuck to my doll buying budget and kept a list of every purchase to try to create more structure in this hobby. I was feeling a bit out of control last year with my blind spending and should've been saving this whole time! This year will be better. :)
We dropped the girls off at Grammy's house last night (my mother had been chomping at the bit to have them over for a sleepover :) ) so hubby and I after off to a quiet breakfast and a peek into Barnes and Nobles. Heavenly to be able to browse the isles, kid-free! :)
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Best to you all,