Another month to look back on, and I haven’t decided if I should post a year in review as well! December brought us back from our NJ trip with a few days left of Hanukkah, a few weeks left before the end of the school semester, and our reinstated annual trip to Florida to see my parents. Here is a look back at December.
The kids went to school and I drove them back and forth. I had some appointments, I took Zachary to the orthodontist, Simon got his second vaccination shot, and Dave traveled for work for the first time since March 2020. Simon and I continued walking dogs at the shelter every week and we helped transport a puppy to his foster home, but we haven’t fostered any dogs since Marigold yet.
We celebrated Hanukkah, which started in November, while we were in NJ and when we got back home.
Zachary and Gabbie had finals and Simon finished up his semester as well. Zachary managed to greatly bring up his grade in English (with my help) and he did well on his finals. Gabbie has continued to do well in her classes, as has Simon, with his hardest class being math.
This month we got to see Gabbie dance at a basketball game as well as attend her winter dance show. Gabbie and Zachary had a youth group hang out night and Zachary went to a birthday party at a trampoline jumping spot.
We went to the Auschwitz exhibit which is currently in Kansas City. The boys went with school already, and Simon hadn’t wanted to go in the first place, so he stayed with a friend and Zachary saw it twice. I didn’t take any pictures. It was an interesting exhibit, maybe meant for people who don’t know anything about Auschwitz already. This is the website for the exhibit, and this is an article by Dara Horn, who explains what it is like.
If you wrote about Local Adventures this month, you can link up with Lauren and me here.
Health / Fitness
I had my follow up MRI from my mammogram 6 months ago. I read the results from the radiologist and they said it was benign, but inconclusive, as the type of MRI was only partial – but that is what the doctor had ordered. So I was annoyed, but the doctor said it is fine and I just have to come in for a mammogram and ultrasound in another 6 months. I did not like the MRI and felt dizzy when they moved me on the table! But it is better than having a biopsy.
I continued to run, on days that were over 40 degrees outside. I should probably start going back to the gym when it is too cold to run!
I am all caught up on the shows that I watch and recently realized I hadn’t watched the most recent season of Call The Midwife, so I watched that. I also watched the movie for The Hating Game, which is a popular book, and I thought that the movie was pretty true to it. I also have been watching the Chiefs, of course, and after a rocky start, they’ve been playing well again!
I read some cute books this month but my favorites so far have been 2022 publications! I am excited to share them with you on Friday. I have shared the first half of my December reading here.
I’ve completed a whole year of including books in my 52 Frames photos! It was a fun, personal challenge for myself. Next year, I hope to go back to concentrating on improving my photography, because while these pictures were fun, they weren’t necessarily good. Here are weeks 48-52.
[inspired by a photographer]
[black and white minimalism]
[in the middle]
[combine 3 challenges]
January will (hopefully) bring Gabbie’s Competition Showcase, the start of the second semester with a week of specialty classes for the boys, more football to watch, and maybe a new foster dog!
How was your December?