Happy April Fools day! I was tempted to tell Ben I was pregnant again as a fun prank, but I thought I might push him over the edge and cause some permanent emotional damage, so I passed. My mama is here for an entire week, which is a huge treat, and we’re planning to visiting some family, having dinner in the city with Laurel, and taking Milo out so she can see him action on playdates. Here are some other plans we have for this true beginning of spring:
Nightly movie theme: This is superhero month. Plans include the Spiderman franchise, the Xmen franchise, Avengers, Superman, Ironman, the Hulk…anything we’re missing? I’m definitely going to pull for Keaton Batman on the nights it is my pick.
Holiday plans: This month we have Earth Day AND April Vacation! When I was teaching, April Vacation always felt like the kick off to the countdown to summer. This year, I want to do some fun trips with the boys- maybe even a beach day with Ben. The Boston Marathon is also sometime this month, and I’d love to go watch a little of it with Laurel. She’ll be running it one day, and I can’t wait to be cheering her, so getting some practice is probably a good idea.
Routine: As I get more used to Elliott, he’s gaining weight and his health is solid, and I have more emotional strength to handle the ups and downs of being out and about with a toddler and an infant, I’ve been keeping Milo home from school. It’s getting nicer and there are fun things to do around town that I’d like to experience with my son while I have the chance to be home during the week. I’m hoping to spend Monday volunteering at my school, Tuesday/Thursday doing things with Milo and Elliott (Mom’s groups, library, museums), and Wednesday/Friday running errands and having one-on-one time with Elliott.
Health: I just rejoined Weight Watchers, and I’m pretty excited to having even MORE structure in my life. I like rules. The first week on plan, I hadn’t done any special grocery shopping and already had a meal plan written, so I just did my best to track and lost 2 pounds. I went a little wild at Easter brunch (I’m not skipping lobster mac and cheese, thank you), but it’s a new week and a new month and I’m ready. Ben and I are also planning to start walking in the mornings before he goes to work. I have a couple of motivators- bopping around in my bathing suit all summer, my mama’s 50th birthday cruise in November, and being a healthy example for my two little mirrors who will do what I do, eat what I eat, and act like I act for most of their lives.
Goals: This month I will read 2 new books from the library (I’m thinking The Secrets of Happy Families and something fictional and escapist), I will lose at least 5 pounds, I will paint my fingers/toes, and I will write a meal plan/shopping list before every weekly shop. These things will make me infinitely happy, healthy, and help my family. All four of them.
I hope your outlook for April is sunny and fortified with love. Spring is coming, good things are on their way!
(The image above was found on Pinterest, and this site is the closest credit I could find.)