So I probably should have gotten back to blogging a week ago, but I was so backlogged with things I wanted to blog about that there was a log jam in my brain and none of them squeezed out. So today we're going to play catch-up. Here, in no particular order, are some things that have been going on.
EYES. My eyes aren't back to normal yet, but are good enough for everyday functioning. I was really taken aback by how long it took them to get to feeling normal ... it was definitely 4 weeks until the light sensitivity subsided enough for driving to be ok, especially on sunny days. I have a check up later this week, but I already know the vision is quite good now, though still some trouble with eye strain when reading too much.
COUPONING. I've used coupons on an occasional basis for years, but in early January a good friend and I decided to challenge ourselves to take it up more seriously and see what kind of savings could be had. I had planned to blog my intention to start couponing, then follow up after the first month. So much for that. But about 5 weeks in, I estimate I've saved at about $100 by using coupons alone, and gotten some great deals by pairing coupons with sale prices. I'll post more about this soon.
MAYA. My girls are growing by leaps and bounds, and both have surprised me often in the past month with the stuff they can do, seemingly out of nowhere. Maya is making all sorts of new connections to things around her and puzzling out things for herself and is growing increasingly independent. Conversations with her are often fun and interesting.
CHLOE. Apart from walking very steadily and swiftly, Chloe is now into climbing up on things, and this week is taking delight in climbing up and sitting on chairs all over the house, looking immensely proud of herself. She says several words now (her favourites are "Mama" and "uh oh"), and chatters away having long conversations ... if only we understood her language. She's discovered she can reach things on counters and tables and that she can open cupboards and drawers and help herself to their contents ... so we're spending a lot of time chasing after her and putting things back where they belong.
VACATION. We're heading to Florida soon for a family vacation. My parents are joining us, and we're looking forward to having this time away together. We won't be going to Disney, but we have some other fun things planned.
FRIENDS. A number of our friends have moved away from the area over the past few years, and at the same time we've been consumed by work and keeping up with our young kids, leaving not enough energy for socialising. But we've both been feeling the lack of companionship beyond our families, so we've pledged to renew old friendships and forge some new ones this year. We're feeling better already, and it's only February!
HOUSEKEEPING. Not good at it usually, have been worse at it the past month due to eye surgery. The kitchen floor was so bad at one point that I'm surprised my children weren't glued to the floor. (which might have been poetic justice, since they're the ones who made it so sticky, with all the food they spill/drop on purpose onto the floor!)
Phew! My brain feels lighter again. And just in time, as Chloe has started to cry and it's time for the school pick-up run.