(and a pug, naturally)
I got the little chalkboard from one of my first graders for Christmas. In case you can't tell, I wrote, "Let It Snow" on it. I didn't know it was a magic chalkboard when I got it. Next month I'll be writing "Let Us Win the Lottery" on it.
and, of course, snowflakes
Snowflakes on the mugs for my hot chocolate and coffee bar...mmmmm
and snowflakes of the real variety
Aren't public libraries one of the best things about our country?
It also was the month in which my niece was baptized.
We were honored to be the godparents. They made us an offer we couldn't refuse. ;) I actually didn't come up with that. A friend of mine on Facebook did. Too good not to share.
I purchased my first sewing machine. My daughter and I made two little bags for her American Girl doll.
This was a good project for one of the four snow days we've had this month. So yes, the Polar Vortex is something I'll always remember about this January. It made me remember the January I turned seven. That winter was so bad that we cancelled my birthday party three different times due to the weather. We finally had it in February.
My husband and daughter attended their third Daddy/Daughter Dance. I love this event. And more importantly, I love that they both love it.
To serve this meal, I used my mom's blue willow dishes that she collected when I was growing up. She gave them to me about a year ago because she knew I'd always loved them. You can kind of see them in the picture above.
At the end of every January comes my birthday. I'm an Aquarius. I don't really buy into astrology, but I think it's kind of fun. I've always felt the characteristics of an Aquarius fit me pretty well too.
My sister-in-law, who also happens to be my co-worker, surprised me with a bacon donut at work the morning of my birthday.
My family took me out for dinner to our favorite Japanese restaurant. I then requested CherryBerry because, hey, it was my birthday. We came home for cake afterwards even though we were all too full to eat a piece. But I had to have one bite that night for the ceremony of it.
I feel like 2014 is off to a fantastic start.