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I tried to mow the lawn tonight because James works a crazy week. About 1/4 of the way through, the lawnmower stopped and I couldn't restart it. Lovely. I'll try again tomorrow.
I'm LOVING Yoga. I'm also getting nice and sore as I've just started "fast" walking 3 days a week with my friend Jessica here in the neighborhood. It's refreshing and yet tiring all at the same time. Especially at 6am.
I'm taking an Intro to Biblical Counseling class this fall. It's being offered at our church but is a seminary level class so I'm pretty excited about it. My mom always says I love learning and it's totally true. I'm an information fiend. Pray that I don't just get more "info" but that it can be used in great ways for the kingdom of God and the glory of Christ. It'll be on Friday mornings for 9 weeks.
We're going to the Newport Aquarium on Friday....looking forward to family time.
In two weeks we're visiting my friend Amy in Ohio. It's been too long and I miss her! Should be some nice downtime.
In three weeks, we're celebrating our 3yr anniversary. I can't believe it's already been three years! We're hoping to celebrate with a day of fun at either King's Island or Holiday World while my mom takes care of the kiddos.
So a few days ago I posted some videos of Benjamin. I thought it would be Hannah's turn. In the first one, she teaches us about colors. In the second one, she labels family members and really expresses her sadness over her Auntie Natalie's move to Hawaii!
I haven't been writing much but I've been trying to keep everyone up to date with pictures and videos at least. I hope that's encouraging! ;)
This week is going to be super busy for James. He's literally going to be working just about non-stop from now until Friday. He has several meetings for his chaplaincy on top of his normal 40hr work week at Meijer. Then we're going to have some family time at the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati. Please, please pray for strength and energy there.
Hannah and I had a cold this past weekend/week. It was no fun but we're doing great now. This morning, Benjamin woke up with a cough. I'm guessing he's now getting what we already had. Pray for quick healing for his little body (he's 3 1/2 months old now).
I've been doing yoga pretty much daily at home for the past week now. I never knew how amazing yoga could be! Seriously... I've felt more rejuvenated and had WAY less back pain then I do in a typical week. I'm so grateful to my friend Leigh-Anna for introducing me to it at the Y first! It means early mornings (about 6am) but it's totally worth it.
After reading up on some posts from my friend Courtney Bell's blog (see right side of this page for link), I was encouraged to start a weekly cleaning rotation. Each day the focus is on a different room and then there are certain things I do daily. Then I've also created a daily schedule to help me plan Hannah and Benjamin's day. This schedule is loose in the sense of activities but very specific in mealtimes and naptimes for example. Different things work for different people but so far, I've found that taking a little time to set these up has given me a great deal of EXTRA time to do things day to day. Oh..and a MUCH cleaner home! If you'd like to see my files, just leave me a message with your email address (if I don't already have it) and I'd be happy to send them.
Okay...so that's life in the Santos' home for now.
Today Hannah wrapped a small ball of Play-Doh in a napkin, said "It's cold," and asked to microwave it. Wow.
In other news, I attempted to take both of the kids to the YMCA's waterpark today. That was just entertaining. Benjamin was being happy but he's only 3 months old and has to be carried around. Hannah was dying to go into deeper water or on the slides but I couldn't help her sufficiently enough carrying Benjamin. After about 30 minutes of trying, I decided we'd simply have to come another day. And as you could imagine, Hannah was really not happy about that.
Things around here have been busy but good overall. We joined the YMCA ("Y") last month and I know I've personally really enjoyed it. I've been taking Yoga and Spinning (aka Cycling) with my friend Leigh-Anna. I never realized just how hard yoga can be! I expected Spinning to be hard so that was no surprise.
Our church has launched a new campus in the St. Matthews area. That has been fun and exciting. The public launch will be this Sunday and I'm looking forward to it.
I've been limiting my online time lately (as you can probably tell) and hope to do even better. I'll try to get some new pictures on here later though. I just need to upload them.