January was a wonderful month for us. We were hotel Vandervaart and enjoyed every minute of it. My mom came to visit the 2nd weekend of January. We did a little shopping, went to lunch and hung out at our house. The next weekend, my sister and her boyfriend, Matt came to visit. We got a babysitter on Friday night and went out to dinner and for drinks. I took Beth to a spinning class and she seemed to like it. We relaxed and hung out at home on Saturday. The following weekend, Keith and Allison came to visit. Deb was, unfortunately, sick and unable to come. We had a nice dinner and pretty much hung out here the entire time. It was great to just relax and enjoy each other's company. Saturday night, friends came over and we all played poker. We had a great time with all of our visitors!
At the beginning of the month, I started watching our friend's baby Nolan who is 3 months old. He is a great baby and the added income is nice. It is very busy and hectic at times but I suppose it helps solidify our decision to stop at 3 kids :)
Claire continues to have more energy than I can keep up with! She has a great sense of humor, she is very polite, and she loves to talk! (Karma for me as a kid I am sure!) She loves to color and do any sort of art! Unfortunately, she got sick at the end of the month and was not herself. She is much better today and back to bouncing off walls!
Grace is talking more and more. Her advancement in talking amazes me. Let me rephrase, she is not advanced in talking - her progress throughout this month is amazing! I will say that she seems to excel in fine motor skills like puzzles and how things go together, etc. She also loves to color and do any sort of art.
Jake has gotten SO big! He sits up on his own now and rolls over left and right. He will start sitting up on 1 side of the room and end up on his tummy on the other side of the room. He babbles and eats well. His smile simply melts my heart!
Pete and I are continuing to go to the gym and have lost another 10-15 lbs combined. We are hoping to continue on this journey (mine longer than his!).
Pete had a birthday this month and we went to our favorite Hibachi grill on a date. Then we went out with a bunch of friends another night to celebrate.
Here are some pictures from our month...
Grace painting Jake's toenails - oops!!!
Jake and his buddy, Harrison
Jake and cousin, Bently
They look like twins in this picture!
Jake and his crazy hair
A photo that I am sure will be in graduation and wedding slideshows :)
Rockin on all fours
Pete on his birthday night!
Grace and Aunt Beth
We went to Chucke Cheese with some friends...
Grace, cousin Allison and Claire
Uncle Keith and Claire
Jake and Allison
Me and my mini-me