January started off with Arthur, Kevin , and I all getting terrible colds. And I mean terrible - like the worst sore throat I have ever had without it being strep. Arthur even had a bad fever with it. Not a great way to star off the year, and it lasted almost two weeks. Just as I was starting to feel better, I got hit even harder, and so Arthur and I had to miss church for the second week in a row. Luckily we had "Music and the Spoken Word" to listen to while we rested. Thank goodness we got better :).
One of the highlights of January, was when I got to go have the spa day that Kevin gave me for Christmas. It was a mini-massage, mini-facial, and a pedicure. It was just what I needed, especially after being sick.
Something wonderful that has happened this month, is that Arthur rediscovered how much he loves books. He had been suffering from too much TV while he was sick, and so I had a few days where I cut it out completely. That was all it took, and he was back to wanting us to read stacks of books to him every day. And when we aren't reading to him, he has my mom, or his siblings read to him :).
One of my favorite parts of this month was getting the kids back in music lessons again. As I mentioned in a previous post, Derek started taking guitar, but aside from that, after searching for months, I finally found the kids a new piano teacher. Ever since we moved, they haven't had any lessons, and yet I was still making them practice songs six days a week to keep up their skills. Well, their new teacher is fabulous, and I can't tell you what a huge weight off of my shoulders it is to have them with a teacher again. And they are really loving it.
Another exciting thing that happened this month, was that Derek started Webelos, since he turned ten in December. He is loving it so far, and he gets to be with his cousin, Luke. At one of their den meetings, they worked on an art elective and Derek made this cute clay tiger :).
One night, Kevin had the fun opportunity to accept a special Scouting award on behalf of his dad (who was on vacation in Hawaii). It was the District Award of Merit, and it was very well deserved. And they even fed us a pretty yummy dinner, and I got the roses that were meant for Kevin's mom, Valerie. We were sad that they missed it, but were happy they were enjoying their anniversary trip to Hawaii.
Another January event was my sister, Heather's, birthday. (Which just happens to be Arthur's birthday as well.) We had already had Arthur's celebration earlier in the day, and so that night, we had cake with Heather. And no, there weren't the right amount of candles on the cake - I ran out of room ;).
My sister, Cheryl, came to town, along with her daughters, McKayla and Madeline. It was so fun to have them visit, even if it was for only a day. My mom, Heather, Holly, and Cheryl and I got to go to the the temple all together in the morning, and it was so awesome to be there with so many of my sisters and my mom. After the temple, I made a yummy brunch for us to have together. It was so great, and I really loved getting to catch up with my nieces.
In the middle of everything, Kevin and I still made time to go out on dates. One night, I was really in the mood for a Japanese steakhouse, but I didn't think we had one in Twin Falls. And crazily enough, there is one! It was really yummy too, and who can beat a meal where the chef sets things on fire at your table and tosses food into the air for your husband to catch in his mouth :).
The weather in January has been just as cold and snowy as it was in November and December, and it has made me so grateful that bought me these amazing Merrel hiking shoes for our trip to Germany. I have been wearing them all winter, and they are perfect for all the ice and snow. I sure wish I had had them back when we lived in Colorado :).
January has been the month of crocheting for Kevin. He learned how a couple months ago, but he has improved so much and so quickly. And so the other day when I mentioned that I needed a bag to hold all my nursery music stuff, the next day he made me the coolest, cutest little bag for them. Best husband ever!
And lastly, my parent's living room has turned into a full blown music room, with Derek guitar and music stand, and Arthur's new microphone and stand. The other day I came into the room and stumbled upon this scene - Kevin playing Derek's guitar, and Arthur singing on his microphone - and no, they were not even doing the same song ;). Life is good, and January was a great month.