So what have we been doing for the last month? First of all, we were greeted at the airport by my mom, dad, brother and all the grandparents! Sherlock (the Beagle) was waiting for us at home. We enjoyed New Years and "second Christmas" with my family and took a new family portrait - it was the first time all five of us have been together since Christmas 2010. We played lots of games, including new versions of our favorite, Ticket to Ride. =)
We're still playing games, but after the holidays finished we felt like we should add a few productive things to our routine. Dylan's teaching himself computer programming and I'm teaching myself statistics. The local library is a great resource, both for textbooks and fun reading. We've been regularly exercising in an attempt to combat the great American calorie intake. Dylan's starting a part-time job with a local tutoring center, and I'm volunteering as a tutor with church and singing in the church choir. There's been a good amount of snow shoveling in the last month too!
Otherwise, we're enjoying the luxury of not having to rush around or struggle through the many snow storms to work or appointments! We're getting to know a few people at our church here, and also have time to catch up with old friends around the country - thus far in San Diego and Cincinnati. We're also enjoying luxuries such as washing machines, central heating, and having a car!!
On kind of a side note, this weekend we went to the Fort Wayne Farmer's Market, which was surprisingly well attended considering the rain that was turning the snow to sleet on Saturday morning! Dylan and I used to go to Wheaton's farmer's market all the time. It's always fun to meet people who actually grow/raise/make local products that are useful and good for you! Barbara Kingsolver's book, Animal Vegetable, Miracle, is what got us started on this. I recommend it if you haven't read it!
Hope you have a lovely February!