As this year is winding down to a close, my end of the year blogging also seems like it’s winding down a bit as well.  This past week of vacation has been nice.  Lots of family time and lots of just catching up on rest and relaxation before next week and normal life comes.  A friend from home was Instagram posting her day today and it inspired me to do the same.  So here are a few bits and pieces from my day.

I woke up this morning needing a workout quite badly.  It was a bit cold to run, so I searched around to find an online workout video.  I came up with some sort of 90s Kickboxing Bootcamp that streamed for free from Amazon.  It was actually a pretty good workout, though I have to admit, kickboxing always gives me a little anxiety.  The instructors always seem to be encouraging you to punch and block some unforeseen attacker and it’s kind of unnerving to go through an entire hour punching and kicking as though my life depended on it.  All that being said, I worked up a good sweat and it was a mostly great way to “kick-off” my day.

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After my workout, I walked downstairs to find Christian, half cleaning the kitchen and half doing this.  In between loading the dishwasher, he invented a game involving a wrapping paper tube, a bouncy ball and getting it to roll down the tube, across the room into the hole in our stool.  It made me smile.

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After a quick shower, Christian went to hang out with Jeremy and Ellee and I drove out to a dentist appointment in Riverhead.  I have to admit, I get dentist anxiety pretty easily.  Thankfully, since finding our amazing dentist, Dr. Sal of Bella Smiles, that has decreased greatly.  He is probably the best dentist ever and he comes very highly recommended.  He is very good at what he does and also has a very calming presence.  I’m happy to share that my appointment went well and soon enough we were on our way.

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Afterwards, Ellee and I stopped into Michaels.  Where I wanted to buy pretty much everything.  There is something about walking into that store that makes you think you can be the greatest crafting genius there is as long as you pick up any number of their fun items or kits.  We tried to have some self control and ended up mostly with a few much needed organizing items.  Ellee bought her own with her birthday money from Grandma and was delighted to get to check out, all by herself.

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Our next stop was a nearby bagel shop, where we got bagels like good New Yorkers.  They were pretty good and it made me realize how much I’ve come to love a good New York Bagel.

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We drove home to hang out for the rest of the afternoon.  I typed up all 500 of the words that Ellee is supposed to know for a test next month.  It was tedious to say the least.  I was thrilled though, when we went through a few pages and she knew quite a few of them.  These kinds of things are challenging for her at times, but she really has come so very far.

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And after that, I organized my desk, with my cute new organizers.  My goal is to keep things neater around my desk which gets pretty bad at times.  There is nothing like fun organizational tools to keep me motivated.

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While I worked, Christian sat at the table doing a paint by number that I got him for Christmas.  It was a flashback because I’m pretty sure I did a similar one when I was his age.  It was nice to see him do something creative and he enjoyed it.

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And I really do have to give another shoutout to our Sculpey Clay.  That stuff is super fun.  Ellee and I created a few more food items for her dolls and it was quite delightful to see what we could come up with.

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The evening included a stop at Rite Aid.  They usually have these crazy beginning of the year sales combined with their points so I took advantage and got these four bottles of Tide basically for free.  I picked up a few other things that we needed and ended up with the $30 worth of products that I needed to get $20 back in rewards which covered the cost of these bottles of Tide.  They were on sale, but retail for $9.99 each so you can imagine my money saving excitement.

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And speaking of money saving excitement, gas was only $1.97 at Costco!  I’m pretty sure the last time it was that price I was in college.

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And speaking of Costco, that is where we ended up tonight.  Part because Jeremy was checking out some fun electronics, part because we “needed” a few things, and part because our family just likes going to Costco.  It’s another store full of things that I didn’t even know I wanted.  And they hand out samples.  And they have really good cinnamon bread.  Enough said.

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And when we got home, this was basically the end of our day.  Ellee has been so excited to get to learn to play her recorder.  Her song of the night was “Hot Cross Buns” and she had it mastered in about five minutes.  She giggled with delight and played it about ten times for us.  And every time, we cheered on her amazing recorder skills because we are supportive like that.

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And those would be my favorite bits and pieces from today.  I’m so thankful for this week and for another amazing year as it slowly but surely comes to a fantastic end.  Many of our days and weeks have been filled with fun and excitement, but many have been just like today.  Simple with lots of little blessings to be thankful for.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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