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Saturday, January 30, 2016

life lately.

life lately has included a lot, LOT, of coffee roasting.
after weeks of waiting for inspections and gas line hook-ups we were given full clearance to get to' roastin' a week ago and have been making practice batches ever since.
More to come on The Village Roastery because it feels like that deserves its own post with the story of WHY we're doing it, HOW we're hoping it will help and so on. 

A few weeks ago Jackson started ski lessons.
Each Sunday night he and Dan hit up the slopes, usually going early to get in extra ski/snowboard and tubing time. 
He LOVES it and has declared himself to be a future Olympian. Love his big dreamin'!
Whenever we can, I try to take Audrey and Jonah down to watch with lots of hot chocolate, of course. 

Winter also finally showed up, bringing a few snow days and school delays for the babies. 
The cold outside also makes for some extra snuggle time inside (when little monsters who cannot sit still allow for it). 

And of course there's been work... isn't there always? It's been hard lately, really hard actually, but we're working on it. I checked off another "new state" with a quick visit to Boston, Mass to help our Gillette business, but in terms of trips there is one coming up that I'm far more excited for... Disney World with my sweet babies in just ONE WEEK!

The peanut is a liiiitle excited to say the least and has been "wearing in" her new Ariel bikini in preparation. I cannot, cannot wait for a week away in the sunshine and magic that is Disney World with these three little people of mine and Nanna + Pop too. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

milestones on the double.

Yesterday we hit two milestones:

1) Jackson lost his first tooth! It had been loose for nearly a week and it finally, FINALLY came out Saturday morning while at Nanna's house. He. was. pumped. 

2) Jonah is now in a big boy bed! This one was not by choice- at all. But, when your one year old climbs out of his baby bed like a little ninja you have to give in out of fear of him breaking a bone. I think Audrey was even more excited for him than he was and cuddled with him for a bit to tell him all about how to sleep in a big kid bed... her advice must have sunk in because night one was a success! He went to bed with no tears and stayed put until this morning. I'm not naive enough to think this good behavior will stick, but it will certainly be nice while it lasts :) 


Happy, happy NEW YEAR! 

I feel like we're creeping into the years that sounded like sci-fi growing up... it's 2016?! That is crazy. That means Jackson is almost 6, Audrey is 4 and Jonah is creeping up on being TWO. Slow down time, go ahead and slow it on down. 

I'm so grateful to have had these past two weeks off work. Time to really soak up my babies and just be. To be still. Or as still as one can be with three little monsters. This time together has been a complete microcosm of 2015: a roller coaster with the highest of highs and some lows too. The year's highs included a new house, traveling to many new places in the world and watching our babies hit milestone after milestone. And the lows were a lot of pain (two words: ruptured discs) and a whole lot of new pressure and stress to learn to manage bit by bit. 

And so went the end of the year:
Leading up to Christmas? So fun!
Passing strep person to person for the past week and a half AND experiencing yet another back episode? That would be the low part of the ride.

BUT we're making the most of it... learning to weave fun into the darker days too, to not allow the pain to play the starring role when it rears its ugly head.  

As always, I have big goals for 2016.
And as always, I have written them, re-written them, studied them and arguably obsessed over them. 
My conclusion? It's going to be a great year. One for the Engel history books, I'm sure. 

It was only fitting that we kicked off the new year in our new community with the annual Hidden Valley Lake Polar Bear Plunge. And by "we" I really mean bundling up the babies in warm, warm clothes and watching Dan jump in like a crazy man. 

So fun! And cold! But mostly just really fun to watch.