I had to do a lot of inside yoga this month due to inclement weather, but lots of progress was made and a few new poses tried. I’m dealing with a lot of “almosts” in my poses and I’ve recently stopped going to the gym and switched to the new yoga studio downtown. Her studio is more Vinyasa Flow style and will help with cardio as well. She has a foundational class and what I would call a power class. I hope her studio will continue to grow and she’ll be able to expand her classes. Franklin needs more yoga!
This is what we woke up to last week not once, but twice. It was beautiful. We got between 3-4 inches both times which is enough to be stuck at home and play in during the morning.
The kids were off all week due to “inclement weather and secondary road conditions”. Our first winter when the kids would have snow days I was a little appalled at how easily they called off school, but now I’m used to it and have acclimated. We seem to get at least one Winter Break 2.0 per year. It was actually a nice break from our routine. :)
The first few days were more ice than snow. It would fall then melt a little and fall again and freeze, so Jason was working from home for a few days. It finally snowed a little more on Thursday and again Friday late. I wish it would have just dumped a load and been done, but the weather is so silly sometimes.
Jason and I did some acroyoga in January! We had so much fun. It is quite the trust exercise and team building experience. I did three challenges this month including the acroyoga one and I think that’s my limit. I had a good time working on my inversions and doing some interesting variations. I’ve started doing more videos and hyperlapsed videos, which is fun. Find me on instagram (dgreb) to see them!
Half of these are taken with my phone and half are taken with the real camera, so I apologize for half of these pics being grainy. Lol
Jason’s department decided to meet at a restaurant in Downtown Asheville Friday night for an evening that included their significant others since their annual Christmas party is for employees only. Jason’s sister graciously agreed to watch the kiddos so we could stay overnight as a little getaway. It was wonderful!
After dinner at Pack’s Tavern we headed over to The Book Exchange in Battery Park. There we had truffles, coffee and adult conversation! Yay! It is a great place filled with used books and a cozy atmosphere.
We stayed at Aloft right in Downtown and it was awesome. The room, though a bit small, was ultra modern and clean and the bed was comfy. It was very colorful, with these neat fabric boxes over the hallway lights.
When we got to the hotel and started unpacking, look what I found! I bought this game two Christmas’ ago and then promptly lost it. I had brought it down to Florida to play and blamed my aunt for taking it, though she swears she didn’t. Ha! It was funny to find it after all this time.
We stopped at Green Sage in the morning for breakfast. Jason humored me because it is an interesting place where tempeh and tofu are popular menu selections. We had real eggs and sausage, however and it was delicious!
We had a great time in Asheville and returned to Franklin refreshed and happy.
I promised you some inversions and I think I delivered! December was a good month of progress. There were a couple of poses I’ve never done which kept it interesting and a few poses towards the end were difficult, but I pushed through and am glad I did. I gained a lot of strength and have decided to do three month-long challenges in January. I think that’s my limit. One is a regular challenge coupled with some internal work, the second is an inversion challenge and the third is Acroyoga! Acroyoga is a partnership yoga, so you’ll see Jason in some of my pics for next month. :)
We did Christmas late this year. In recent Christmas’ we have opened presents without Noah and Nora on Christmas day and then let them open their gifts when they got home. That kinda sucks all around, so we waited this year. It was Patrick’s turn to have them for Christmas day, so they returned home the day after and we ended up celebrating on Saturday. We hadn’t done it that way yet and I have to say I enjoyed it the most. Probably because my mom, aunt and uncle were there as well.
After eating Christmas lunch we set up foursquare downstairs. My family loves to play those types of games on holidays and I love it! We are super competitive and Noah and Nora got “schooled” in the art of foursquare, for sure. :) They enjoyed it though.
My aunt and uncle have taken up jump rope for cardio. They got all of the kids jump ropes for Christmas and demonstrated their skills for them. It was neat to see their tricks and quite impressive.
It was a great visit. It always makes Christmas special to have family together.
Jason has done a Summer term and a Fall term this year and plans to continue in the Spring with obtaining his BA in MIS (Management of Information Systems). He’s currently going Full-time and handling it well.
I’ve wanted to return to school for a while, but, you know, I keep having babies. ;o) I took a Physics class a few semesters ago which tided me over for a little while since it was crazy hard and I had a newborn at the time. As the kids get older and I get older I yearn to get back to it. A few months ago I applied for a really great job. The job market in Franklin is really bad unless you only need 8$ an hour and/or part-time work, so when a full-time HR position became available I went for it even though half of my paycheck would go to childcare for the time being. It would get my foot in the door and eventually all of the kids would be in school and childcare would go down dramatically. I didn’t get it (they went with someone who had way more experience then I did), but it kicked up the need to either work or go to school that much more.
My AA affords me a better position, but still not anything I want to do or that pays very well. Better than minimum wage, but not much. You need a BA and cross your fingers the job isn’t in Asheville. My AA is in Business Administration. Although I love management, a BA in Business Management will get me a job running a Dollar General around here. I’ve also lived a bit vicariously through Jason’s endeavors up the corporate ladder and the classes don’t seem as interesting to me for that degree. What I LOVED about the business administration was the writing classes. Since I’ve been blogging for over ten years (and journaling for twice that) perhaps I enjoy writing a bit more than management. Another thing I’ve noticed is that I really enjoy Noah’s age right now and what he is learning in school. I almost want to do his homework for him. I can get a BA in English with a concentration in Professional Writing from the local University and would have my BA and might possibly be able to get a job at the Middle or Intermediate school. Either way the prospects would be better for a solid position anywhere. I would most likely go on to get my Masters and teach at the college level, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
This term coming up in the Spring I was unable to find childcare. There is literally only one place for children under two years old and a handful of home daycares, so I will need to wait until Henry turns two in June and can start in the Fall and Lorelei can do Pre-K. I am ok with that, a little disappointed, but I was hesitant to put Henry in childcare so early anyway. Thankfully, there is one class that I can take online at the local community college that will transfer to the University; American Literature. I don’t heart literature so much, so paying less for this class does not bother me one bit. We’ll also get to see what having two college students looks like in our household.
We’re crazy busy already, so maybe taking an online class right now is a good transition. I’m looking forward to it.
(not great phone pics, but I was busy cooking and didn’t pull out the real camera this year)
The kids were plenty old enough this year to help. That was fun. ;o)
Grandma was here too, but I missed getting a pic of her.
After lunch/dinner we pulled out the Christmas tree. That amazing $20 tree I found two years ago at an after, after Christmas sale works perfectly in the new house. :) I’m currently working on a tree skirt. Let’s hope Cookie doesn’t pee on it. :oP