Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ten Things to Smile About in January

I saw this idea on a new friend's blog yesterday and I love it! At the end of each month you write a list of ten good things that happened that month. So without further ado, here are ten things that made me smile in January.

1) I kicked my To-Do Lists's butt and got a lot of things done in January. It feels good to be productive!

2) I started taking an ice-skating class, something I've been wanting to do for years! I really enjoy it.

3) I hired a housecleaning company to come and clean once a month. No more monthly deep-cleaning of four different bathrooms on three different floors for me! No more streaking the Pergo floors with my apparently inadequate mopping skills! (P.S. I am not a big fan of Pergo!) The days I had to do those things were always among my least favorite days of the month, and now they're a thing of the past!

4) I finished a book that took me over a year to read. But it was so worth it for the things I learned about nutrition and health! I now consider myself a "flexitarian" and it feels great to be eating healthier than I probably ever have.

5) Downton Abbey. I love it!

6) An overall mild, unseasonably warm January. I even took my kids to play at the playground one day, in January, in Iowa. This winter has been the best!

7) I finally let go of my fears and got a babysitter for my kids! And they were great!

8) I bought a new dress and new high heels and went to my husband's fancy corporate holiday dinner, complete with dueling pianos as the evening's entertainment. (Hence the need for a babysitter). It was fun!

9) I enjoyed my children, especially my 2-year-old, who is at one of my favorite child stages. Sometimes I wish I could freeze him and keep him that age for the next ten years!

10) Hot cocoa topped with marshmallows and whipped cream (despite what I said in #4!). January is a great month for that!

Thanks Emmy for the great idea! I plan on doing this every month as a way to focus on the good things in life, big and small.


Kristina P. said...

Sounds like things are going super well!

Ann Marie said...

Love all of your happy things!

I am enjoying this weather as well.. as long as it doesn't show up in May! :(

I AM dying over last weeks episode of DA. So much sadness.. emotion.. and I told my husband.. that -- that episode alone.. was Emmy worthy with the Actors. AMAZING!

It is torture to wait each week.
February 7th can't come soon enough... ( when Season 2 is out on DVD )! SQUUUEEEEEEEE!!!!

PS: Good for you with cleaning help. If I had more than 2 bathrooms.. and 3 boys.. I would too!

Emmy said...

Yea!! Great great list! Thank you for linking up. Yes, I really enjoy and it helps me focus going back and seeing the good.
And jealous of your house keeping company- that would be nice! Though we have a landscaper that takes care of our yard, so at least I have that at least.
Okay everyone seems to be talkinga bout Downtown Abbey- I really need to watch it.
And good for you for going out and looking all hot while doing so!!

Cherie said...

I'm loving your list! It is a fun thing to do each month :-D

Ice Skating - I took lessons for years as a kid and I still love to do it. I don't go very often but when I do it all comes back just like riding a back. So fun!!!

Yayyy for babysitters. I think it that is such a hard thing for every mom. When my first was born a wise older mother said to me "Be sure and get a babysitter and go on dates with your husband - it will be the best thing you ever do for yourself, your marraige and your children". She was right. It makes for a happy mama!

DA - LOVING it even though Sunday was so sad. It is really hard to wait a whole week - Ugh!!!!

Enjoy your hot chocolate :-D