As always, my birthday falls right after the start of a new year. I’ve never been much for resolutions, but I definitely enjoy the fresh feeling of a new year, new age, new semester, etc. etc. I like to remember the first foods I eat, just for fun. This year: champagne and banana walnut mini-muffins. Seems like a good start, I’d say!

This year, however, I did come up with something of a resolution. I’m a big follower of the “treat yo self” idea. In a lot of ways, I am super good to me. I prioritize me time and social time in my week. I wear what I love to wear. I stay active, do yoga several times a week, and read a lot of great books. I also allow myself lots of sweets. And that’s where I’m treating myself, but not treating myself so very well. I don’t keep track of what I eat or do anything like counting calories, and I don’t plan to. I have good, healthy food habits. Except sugar. I eat a lot of straight-up candy, desserts, and whathaveyou. It’s something I constantly say I need to get better at, but then I never do.

So why not now?! This year, I get one treat a day. That includes all the aforementioned things as well as snacks like popcorn and drinks like soda, beer, cocktails, and sweetened coffee drinks. For the first little while, I’ll be photographing what I choose for the day to help me keep track of what choices I make and to fully acknowledge and appreciate the treat, so as to get full enjoyment from it.

My birthday was on a work day, so I went out the weekend before (on my brother’s birthday, actually) and pretended it was mine, too. I went to Mia (Minnesota Institute of Art) and hit the special exhibition, Egypt’s Sunken Cities.


Then I enjoyed some time reading at Lakes & Legends Brewery before the boys and I met up for Black Sheep Pizza.


Later, I hit a yoga session where I had my sweets epiphany. That night, while I thought about it, I ate some apple pie while drinking a beer. haha!


So on the first, I thought through my ideas. By the time I came up with it, I had already had a Mexican Mocha and some dark chocolate cake…so I guess I picked those!

I thought it would be harder to make it through my birthday without treats, but it’s a lot easier to stick to something when you’ve established a plan and rules. So I made it all day, easy peasy. That night, Joe and I watched the Gilmore Girls episode, Rory’s Birthday Parties, while we enjoyed this wonderful stout gifted to me by Bret and Leslie.


Yesterday and today were the same things: Ice cream cake!!!!! My favorite.
Thank you, Novaks!!!!

Tonight I enjoyed it while watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Yes, the Melissa Joan Hart one. I’m super into it.


Alright, enough about that. I won’t keep posting those, I promise. But I wanted to publicly establish that intention, because I’m much more likely to stick to something people know about.

So, speaking of ‘sticking to…’ check out what’s sticking to Henry’s face. We got him mustaches for Christmas, and they’ve gotten a lot of wear so far. It’s amazing.


While Charlie’s been busy constructing Lego gadgets and vehicles from Christmas, Henry’s been creating and experimenting with all kinds of things.


Today I made him a house for his critters from some cardboard packaging, and he immediately got busy setting it up and decorating it.


He had a whole story about how the critters hadn’t decorated for Christmas, but luckily Santa was willing to do it for them. (Gee, I wonder where he got that from?) Then he pretended to be Santa, and decked the halls with stickers and Sharpie.


The boys have also been able to go to some kid yoga gatherings at my studio.


They really seemed to have fun, and were excited to go back a second time.


So it’s been a great start to the year. Normal life starts back up (i.e.: winter break is over) on Monday. I’m ready, but this week has been really great. I’ve loved waking up late, hearing the boys play together all day, staying in jammies til…sometimes bedtime…and just having the freedom to do whatever. But routine is good for everyone, and I know the boys will be happy to get back to school.

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