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and we are already nearing the end of January.. what did we accomplish this month? so much.. and a whole lotta nothing.

D finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.. and has moved on to James and the Giant Peach. Over the weekend we binged on the sinfully decedent Godiva Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory while watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie, the Gene Wilder one of course! We also discovered this month that D got accepted to an advance reading and advanced math class!! This deserves some celebrating and we have the perfect reward in mind.. Did you know there is a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical on Broadway?!


Silly hat day in school

H has some skills of his own.. he is talking up a storm! He is quick witted and has a clever reply to anything we throw at him. While mostly amusing it get's difficult to keep a straight face when trying to tell him no! Which is a lot.. he is very fiery strong willed child. 


With D growing into such a great reader I have felt that I don't get enough time to focus on H. So I have been making weekly stops at the library with him. We don't spend much time there.. he is far too loud for a library but we pick up a board book or two and happy to report we read a minimum of three books a night. His favorite.. Brown Bear by Eric Carle

 

We had one great snow so far.. other wise we have had a mild and rainy winter.. H got the snow angel making direction mixed up. 


My in laws have shown interest in getting a studio family picture taken.. so when I found a Groupon for it I quickly snatched it up. Preparing for the picture itself was a task in itself.. planning a wardrobe. My MIL wanted to go traditional and I jumped on board. I didn't want to have to buy clothes so we dug through our respective wardrobe till we found a match. The picture turned out nice except for the fact that H refused to smile.. lol


M and I found time to sneak out for two date nights this month.. thank you grandparents for making that possible. First we went to go see La La Land.. I wasn't convinced of all the hype till I saw it and I was moved to tears by the end of it.. and M and I talked about it the whole way home. This weekend we went to go watch a hockey game. I have only watched the Ranger's play so it was weird cheering for the Islanders but these seat were phenomenal. 

How has your January been treating you?   

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45 comments:

  1. Hi Hena, it sounds like January has been good to you all! I'm so glad to hear the boys are doing well and growing a lot. Reading is so wonderful and I'm happy to know they both enjoy it. I've been taking my daughter to the library alone on Fridays after school lately when my son has a computer club meeting (she's not old enough to join the club yet). We have to wait around near the school for an hour and it's too far to drive home and back, so I take her to a public library near the school and we have such a good time. It's not out normal neighborhood library so there's a lot of new stuff she hasn't seen before. It's nice to spend time alone with her too, it doesn't happen enough. Your family portrait is beautiful! I'm glad you went traditional, you look so pretty. Thanks for sharing what you've been up to lately. :)

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    1. Thank for stopping by Jennifer and the sweet words. Spending some one on one time with a child is very important. We try to do that with D especially since the baby of the family obviously gets more attention on a regular day.
      I am a big believer in reading.. so I'm happy that the boys are following suit :)
      We weren't initially planning in going traditional, in glad my MIL suggested it.

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  2. Sounds like a good January for you. The family picture came out so well! You all look wonderful. January was a bit so-so for me - hopefully February will be better.
    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

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    1. Thank you.. here's to a great February.. January is usually a little slow for everyone.

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  3. Your boys are growing up so fast:) Congrats to D. My daughter loves both versions of the Charlie movie:)

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    1. Thank you. I'm sure the graphics are way better for the newer one and I did show D some clips of it just wasn't sure how he'd take Depp's version of Wonka. This was the first time we had done a book movie combo so he was busy tallying up the differences.

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  4. what a great adventure! I still need to go see La La Land!


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    1. I loved it.. wasn't sure how my husband would feel and he too enjoyed it. And he hates musical movies.

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  5. Yay for date night! Looks like you all ave been having fun.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. thanks.. dates nights are a life saver.

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  6. Thanks for the yarny comments. I love that you took a family picture. Yours and your MIL's outfits are lovely. Here in the lower east bay we have a large Indian community besides an Afghan one. I always admire the happy and bright colors of the tunics and pants the Indian mums wear. Some are ornate while others have some embellishment. I envy them especially when it's hot here as I feel they're cooler than I am and dressed smarter in such weather.

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    1. Thanks.. we hadn't planned on going traditional so I'm glad when my MIL suggested it.

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  7. Sounds like your family's year is off to a great start! How nice of the kids grandparents to make date nights possible for you.

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    1. yes, a big thanks to the grandparents.

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  8. Looks like a busy and fun month - love that you guys snuck out to a few date nights! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. thanks.. date nights are a life saver.

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  9. WHOA!! I just read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my kiddos this month too!! BTW, your fam looks gorgeous! Happy to have found your blog! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. thanks for stopping by!
      That's great, Roald Dahl is such a great way to transition kids onto longer chapter books

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  10. As an LA Kings' hockey fan, I'm SOOOO jealous of those seats. Holy cow! But NY? Why Not NJ? ;)
    You know I love hearing about kids going to the library.
    Beautiful family photos.

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    1. They were amazing seats and the Islanders beat the LA Kings!
      Why NY? NY takes over NJ in almost all aspects.. they are rarely represented in any sports so even though we have the Devils we are already so used to associating ourselves with everything NY that they are easily overlooked. Also my husband get these tickets from his company. :)

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  11. Aw what fun family photos! I've been hearing so many amazing things about La La Land!

    Tina
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    1. Thank you.
      I really liked it and surprisingly my husband who hates musical movies did too.

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  12. Cheers to the reading you have all been doing lately! I love Roald Dahl's writing - Matilda is one of my favorite books!

    xx

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    1. Matilda is the one I want to try with him next.

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  13. Congratulations D! Your boys are adorable. You must have so much fun with to them. Here's to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Gene Wilder version! Love it so much.

    Great family photo!

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  14. Awww Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is the best book! I still read it even now! xx

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  15. Hi, what a wonderful blog. I found you through the Etsy blog team. I'm at Nature in Things.

    You bring back my memories of the proud days of our children's successes, my kids are grown now. I miss the children's books, they are so creative. Sounds like you have a wonderful family.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cathy.

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  16. Bahahaha, I LOVE his snow angel!

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  17. So awesome that your boys love books so much! My oldest has always loved books, and is now learning to read. I am hoping my youngest will be the same way. I have heard so much about La La Land. I may have to go see what all of the hype is about. That is such a beautiful family photo!

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    1. Thank you.. I am a book lover so I too am very happy to see them sharing in my love.

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  18. I love howdifferent siblings are!

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  19. looks like you did get a lot done by living and enjoying life. The photo of your family is precious :) I saw la la land and enjoyed it, especially the ending!

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    1. thanks you
      yes, it's the ending that really set it apart from other movies.

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  20. I absolutely LOVE the snow angel picture!!!
    And Godiva Cheesecake? I need a piece of that!
    I can't believe it's almost February. It doesn't seem like it, but it is.

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    1. I can do with another piece of that cheesecake too.. mmm

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  21. I can't believe that January is almost over!! And both of your date nights sound amazing!

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  22. It's wonderful that your child likes to read. I hope he continues to always have this love of reading. Your days are going very well!! We are quite North so we will have lots of Winter yet but I am already dreaming of flowers and green grass.

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  23. This post is so cute.

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  24. Sounds like January was full of good things! Godiva Cheesecake sounds delicious :)

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  25. Your kiddies are the cutest omg.. Love the snow angel face down picture. Lol

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  26. Oh my gosh, I can't imagine the visual spectacle you guys will experience at the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory show. Very exciting and congratulations for raising such a little reader!

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