January's been a slow month for news at our house. However, things are starting to get a little more exciting: after a four-month hiatus, I returned to the stage with the Rabid Aardvarks this past weekend. We played to a packed crowd at a venue in Brookfield, Wisconsin (a neighboring suburb). It was a lot of fun. I didn't realize how much I missed it.
Meanwhile, I've been very busy at work and the kids are enjoying school and their many activities. This past week, Aubrey attended high school orientation and received her registration materials. (I can't believe that I will have a high-schooler next year!) In other news, it appears that Finn is left-handed! He now consistently eats and throws (and hits and punches . . .) with his left hand. He still loves to clean. In fact, earlier this week, he was in the middle of a meltdown (the Terrible Twos are arriving right on schedule . . .) and he got the bottle of 409 and sprayed the front of the refrigerator and wiped it clean until he calmed down. It cracked me up that he knew how to soothe himself (even if his modus operandi is a little unorthodox).
Regan has been occupied with constant playdates recently. She had two sleep-overs and a separate play date this past weekend. She is currently selling Girl Scout cookies to raise money for Girl Scout camp this summer. Jack is in Boy Scouts and plays constantly with the neighbor boys. He has learned to read and can now read almost anything. He has adopted Aubrey and Regan's nightly habit of reading until he falls asleep. Finn has also become interested in books recently and can actually say the word "book." Finn has acquired another peculiar habit: he likes to take his clothes off every evening after dinner. You know when Finn starts stripping down to his diaper that it's time to get the party started!
As for me, all is well. I've been very happy and at peace and surrounded by friends who help me in every possible way. I love my job and my coworkers. My kids are happy and healthy and thriving. I really couldn't ask for more. I'm eager for all the new and exciting opportunities the new year will bring for us and will continue to report here as it all unfolds.
So, hopefully, I'll have something juicy to write about soon. In the meantime, you'll just have to settle for my mindless little missives about nothing and be reassured that no news is good news.
Until next time. . .